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March 28-April 5, 2015

The NanoDays 2015 digital kit is available for download!  

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2015 Network-Wide Meeting

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015 to Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The 2015 Network-Wide Meeting was held on June 3-4, 2015 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre and the Science Museum of Minnesota in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  The meeting was attended by nearly 300 NISE Network partners from throughout the United States featured: keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, and opportunities for attendees to meet with others in the Network and share their own work. 

Attendance at the Network-Wide Meeting was by invitation-only due to space and budgetary limitations.
We are sorry we are unable to invite all NISE Network partners to attend the meeting; we are making digital versions of many slides and handouts available following the event.

Nano Bite: June and July 2015

Welcome to the combined June and July Nano Bite, the monthly e-newsletter for the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net).


  • Letter From the Director - NISE Net at its Peak and Exploring New Possibilities
  • Upcoming Events - Online Brown-Bag Conversations: Staying Connected to the Network
  • Featured on the Website - From Lab to Fab: Pioneers in Nano-Manufacturing; Interference Acrylics: Painting with Structural Color
  • Community News - New Project Opportunities for Existing and New NISE Network Partners; June 2015 NISE Network-Wide Meeting
  • Nano in the News - Building the World's Smallest Faucet

Online Brown-Bag: Planning a Museum and Community Partnership Project

NISE Net Online Brown-Bag Conversation
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Join this conversation for an introduction to NISE Net’s new Museum and Community Partnerships project, which will support efforts by Network partners to develop or improve existing partnerships with local community-based organizations. Through these partnerships, museums will be able to extend their reach to underserved audiences and help community organizations provide high-quality STEM learning experiences to their audiences. 

NISE Net at its Peak and Exploring New Possibilities

Larry Bell

Even as our ten years of funding from the National Science Foundation comes to an end, the NISE Net's capacity to reach the public is at its peak! The numbers in our year-10 annual report show a total of 598 organizations that regularly participate in NISE Net activities, of which 352 are museums or other kinds of informal science education groups, 203 are groups from universities, and 43 are a variety of other kinds of organizations.

ASTC Annual Conference 2015

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Friday, October 16, 2015 to Monday, October 19, 2015

The NISE Network will have many activities and professional development opportunities at the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) annual conference:

Visitor Studies Association Conference 2015

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 to Saturday, July 18, 2015

The 2015 Visitor Studies Association Conference is to be held in Indianapolis, IN July 14-18, 2015 and features many NISE Network evaluation and research findings.