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NOVA scienceNOW: Profile: Naomi Halas

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Meet Dr. Naomi Halas, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University in Houston, Texas. She teaches physics and nanotechnology, heads a group of engineers and scientists, researches innovative cancer treatments, manages her own business, and runs a ranch.

This NOVA scienceNOW segment:

  • describes Halas's work in the fields of nanotechnology and applied physics.

  • explores how Halas became interested in calculus and physics and overcame the myth of these subjects being too difficult for women.

  • describes her work using gold nanoshells that may, one day, help treat some forms of human cancer in a non-invasive way.

  • considers some of the difficulties women in physics and engineering face, such as finding a balance between career and family and persevering in a male-dominated field.

Taping Rights: Can be used up to one year after the program is taped off the air.

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