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Media Advisory 04-30

Briefing, Discussion and Exhibits Explore the New Technology of Sensors

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An artist's impression of a micro-cantilever sensor.

September 23, 2004

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Arlington, VA --From tiny robo-spies designed to prowl unseen through hostile territory, to wireless networks of chemical sniffers monitoring pollution in the wilderness, ultra-high-tech sensors have begun to link the cyberspace of bits and bytes with the analog world we actually live in. And in the process, these devices are transforming the way we understand and manage that world.

On September 30, 2004, interested reporters are invited to "Sensors: Buildings, Battlefields, and Beyond": a media briefing that will explore the implications and potential of the new sensor technology--complete with hands-on demonstrations and an opportunity to make your own sensors. The briefing will be hosted by the National Science Foundation (NSF), in collaboration with the American Chemical Society, the Materials Information Society, and the National Academies, and will run from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in room 110 of the NSF building, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va.

That same evening, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on September 30, the hosts invite reporters and members of the general public to a reception, an informal discussion, and exhibits on sensor technology at the Keck Center of the National Academies, 500 Fifth St. NW, Washington, DC.


Curt Suplee, NSF - Moderator
Dr. Amy Duwel, MIT Draper Laboratories
Dr. Nate Lewis, Professor of Chemistry, Caltech
Dr. Kathleen Hickman, Defense Threat Reduction Agency


Media Briefing: "Sensors: Buildings, Battlefields, and Beyond" — Afternoon Media Briefing & Evening Reception


Thursday, September 30, 2004
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.


National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Room 110
Arlington, VA 22230
(Ballston Metro stop)

Media visitors can go directly to room 110; there is no need to check in at the security desk. Mult box provided for broadcast journalists


Curt Suplee, NSF - Moderator
Dr. Amy Duwel, MIT Draper Laboratories
Dr. Nate Lewis, Professor of Chemistry, Caltech
Dr. Kathleen Hickman, Defense Threat Reduction Agency

1. Next Dimension Technologies (Build your own sensors!)
2. Boston University (Sensors in emergency medical care)
3. Sionex Corporation (Miniaturized MEMS spectrometer chips)
4. Purdue University (Miniature mass spectrometer)


Reception, Informal Discussion, and Exhibits


Thursday, September 30, 2004
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.


The Keck Center of the National Academies
500 Fifth St. NW
Washington, DC 20001



Please RSVP to, and tell us whether you're coming to the afternoon session, the evening session, or both.

Media Contacts
M. Mitchell Waldrop, NSF, (703) 292-7752, email:

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