Myers receives NNCI award for Education and Outreach

Ben Myers, Director of Operations for NUANCE and the SHyNE Resource, has been awarded the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) Outstanding NNCI Staff Members Award in Education and Outreach.
The award is intended to acknowledge the significant efforts by NNCI site staff who endeavor to provide excellent service and support to all network users. Nominations were reviewed by the NNCI External Advisory Board, and winners were selected from among a site-diverse pool in the following three categories: Technical Staff, Education and Outreach, and User Support.
 
“It’s great to be recognized for my contributions to the SHyNE Resource and the NNCI network,” says Myers. “This award truly reflects the hard work of the entire SHyNE team and the leadership of SHyNE Director Vinayak Dravid.”
 
Myers will receive a plaque, acknowledgement at the NNCI Annual Conference and in NNCI's yearly reporting to NSF, and mention on the NNCI website.
 
Additionally, this award allows for reimbursement for travel costs to annual NNCI conference, held September 12-14 in Seattle.
 
SHyNE Resource is one of 16 sites around the country that make up the National Science Foundation’s National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure to provide access to nanotechnology research facilities.
 
“Education and outreach are integral components of SHyNE’s mission,” says Myers. “We continuously strive to make the most advanced research equipment in the world available, which enables incredible innovations in nanoscience. I have been actively involved in education and outreach since I began working at Northwestern almost 16 years ago and I have taught more than 1,000 students to use electron microscopes and other instruments.”
 
In his current role as director of operations for SHyNE, Myers has helped extend these efforts to external academic, corporate, and non-profit organizations through workshops, symposia, tours, and demos.