GREENSBORO, N.C. — Eighteen students will be sweating the small stuff as a new school to study nanoscience opens in North Carolina.

North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro together operate the opening Monday.

James Ryan, a 26-year veteran executive at IBM, a professor and a researcher with 47 patents, is the school’s dean.

"The JSNN aims to enhance the access of undergraduate and K‐12 students into the fields of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering and to provide Nanoscience and Nanoengineering training for scientists and engineers already in the workforce," the school says.

Students at the school will study atoms and molecules about 1,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair,

Experts say these nanoparticles may be able to help make drug therapies more effective. They are also used in technology that allows people to watch TV shows on cell phones and improves the computing power of game systems.

The National Nanotechnology Initiative says fewer than 10 schools nationally offer degree programs in nanotechnology.

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