NISE Network Blog

Partner Highlight: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and Chicas Youth Development Program: A Bilingual, Bicultural Collaboration Model

Veronika Nunez, OMSI

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) has a history of fruitful collaboration with one of the most focused and dedicated local community organizations providing support to Latina girls and women in the state of Oregon: Adelante Mujeres. Adelante Mujeres, through the Chicas Youth Development Program (one of their many programs), helps participants to develop their potential as community leaders, adopt a healthy lifestyle, develop their cultural identity, and achieve academic success in their education, from school to their enrollment in college. Over the past few years, OMSI and Chicas Youth Development Program have collaborated in various ways, including OMSI’s participation during their STEM summer camp week.

Larry Bell and Marilyn Johnson both win ASTC Leading Edge Award for Leadership in the Field

Catherine McCarthy
Larry Bell and Marilyn Johnson

Many congratulations to Larry Bell and Marilyn Johnson - the 2015 recipients of the ASTC Leading Edge Award for Leadership in the Field (Nonexecutive Leadership). 

As senior vice president for strategic initiatives at the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts, Larry has tirelessly served at the NISE Network's PI for the last 10 years. Our longterm collaborator Marilyn has just recently retired after nearly 20 years with OSMI in Portland, Oregon. 

Pow! Zap! Crash! Nano? – How to incorporate nanoscience content into an amazing Superhero Science event!

Christina Akers
superheroes at Science Museum of Minnesota

Little Shop of Nano...

If you’re not familiar with the film or Broadway show, “Little Shop of Horrors,” you may not realize what happens when you feed and nurture a strange plant that ultimately grows, well…beyond needing you. The rest of the plot of this classic tale is irrelevant, but the idea of nurturing something until it can stand on its own without your care and attention is not…

Partner Highlight: "Making More of the MOST" Out of Museum and Community Partnerships at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology in Syracuse, NY

Kayla Berry, Museum of Science, Boston

During the summer months, youth often have more free time on their hands, and many families find themselves seeking ways to keep their children safe and engaged when not in school. Youth-serving and community-based organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Scouts, YMCA, and public libraries provide countless benefits and opportunities to the youth they serve year-round. At the intersection of youth-serving and community-based organizations seeking to provide high-quality STEM learning experiences to their audiences and for science museums seeking to reach underserved audiences not currently engaged in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology, there presents a unique and rich partnership opportunity for local community organizations and science museums.

Building the World's Smallest Faucet

Joshua E. Brown, University Communications, University of Vermont

Making things small can make them behave differently and in new research, an international team of scientists have extended this to superfluid helium (which only exists near absolute zero temperature). Superfluids are already interesting in a lot of ways, like having no friction and the ability to climb walls but it turns out that if you confine them to nano-sized pipes, instead of flowing faster (like when you mostly cover the end of a garden hose with your thumb) the superfluid actually slows down.

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.

Partner Highlight: An Invasive Beetle Puts a Local Spin on Penn State’s NanoDays 2015

Jayatri Das, The Franklin Institute, and NISE Network Mid-Atlantic Regional Hub Leader

In her position as Program Director for Education and Outreach at Penn State University's Center for Nanoscale Science, Kristin Dreyer's initiatives reach a wide range of audiences. For NanoDays 2015, she planned three different events targeting children and families (through a festival-style NanoDays at a local museum), research colleagues (through a weekly café), and grade 6-12 teachers (through a teacher workshop). Working to leverage the intersection of these events, Kristin recruited graduate student volunteers who could commit to participating in all three events to achieve "bigger picture" broader impact goals.

NanoDays 2015 Media Roundup!

Ali Jackson

We've gotten some great press and social media coverage of NanoDays events around the country this year. Below are a few highlights!

Boxing up Boxes in Boxes - NanoDays Kit Storage

Christina Akers

Oh no! It’s after NanoDays and your office looks like this! 

So many boxes, so little time! Tape is so sticky, and cardboard is a deathtrap for dry hands!

But thanks to the latest in Nano-kit-storage-technology, you can turn this mess into something practical and attractive!