This item originally appeared in the November 4, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.
By RINDY METCALF
Gov. Kathleen Blanco will tour Tech's Institute for Micromanufacturing this afternoon to research possible economic benefits in the institute's work.
Before Blanco's tour of the IfM, Tech President Dr. Dan Reneau will meet with her and show her a biotechnology media video that details research and start-up companies that are being developed in nanobiotechnology by instructors and students at Tech.
Reneau said the tour is to show that this university "is well-worth supporting in future endeavors and also to thank her for her support in the past."
Reneau said Blanco was invited to Ruston to attend Ruston's Kiwanis Club luncheon at the Ruston Civic Center, but decided to stay until afternoon to tour Grambling and Tech and to attend a fund-raiser at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant.
After the video, Blanco will be escorted to the IfM to be shown prototypes for research projects such as a microgeiger counter, nanotechnology applications for the pulp and paper industry, and new developments in the controlled release of nano-encapsulated drugs, among others.
The economic relevance of these projects in such industries as farming, medicine and forestry will also be discussed.
Dr. Les Guice, vice-president for research and development, said, "It's a great opportunity to have someone on campus to see some of the research and how that research can affect [Ruston and Louisiana's] economic development."
Guice said Blanco obviously makes many decisions about the direction the state is going, and he hopes her visit will be an opportunity for Blanco to market the university and state to others.
"[During her visit] she can see current things that are going on in the state," Guice said.
"We all learn things when we see what's happening where people are working, and that is the objective of her tour."