NISE Network Blog

NSF's Mike Roco to receive Global Leadership and Service Award

Larry Bell
Mihail Roco

Mihail (Mike) Roco, the founding Chair of the National Science and Technology Council's subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology, will be honored for his extra-ordinary services in the area of Nanotechnology with significant impact in the USA and around the world. 

Partner Highlight: Real-World Examples of NISE Net's Team-Based Inquiry (TBI) - Maryland Science Center Shares Their Evaluation and Capacity Building Project

Abby Goodlaxson, Maryland Science Center

In 2014, Maryland Science Center was awarded a NISE Net mini-grant and was invited to participate in the 2014 Team-Based Inquiry Cohort, which was made up of 20 staff from 10 NISE Net partner institutions, providing cohorts with in-depth TBI professional development training both virtually and in-person. As part of their mini-grant project, Maryland Science Center created a new stage program presented on their museum's demonstration stage introducing audiences to nanoscale science and engineering, supported by a training session on nanotechnology for staff and volunteers.

NanoDays 2015 physical kits awarded!

Catherine McCarthy

NanoDays 2015 physical kit award decisions have been made and 250 kits will be distributed to locations nationwide by early February. This year's kit includes 8 new hands-on activities and 3 returning favorites! 

The Future of Nanoscale Research and Development

Larry Bell
Mosaic of Nano Images over the years

The 2014 Nanoscale Science and Engineering Grantees Conference kicked off today with a presentation by Mihail (Mike) Roco, Senior Advisor for Nanotechnology and leader of NSF's contribution to the National Nanotechnology Initiative. He presented a view of nanotechnology research and development through 2030.

NISE Net Partners Learn-by-Doing the MOS "Sharing Science Workshop & Practicum" with Grad Students in Boston

Carol Lynn Alpert

NISE Network partners flew in from southern Mississippi, Montana, California, North Carolina, Ohio, and New York to participate in the Network's "Sharing Science Workshop & Practicum," a professional development program in nanoscale informal science and education for early career researchers, with the goal of implementing their own professional development workshop at their institution in the coming year.

Partner Highlight: A Bi-Polar Affair Captivates Visitors with EnLIGHTening Nanoscale Science

Luke Donforth, The University of Vermont

The University of Vermont (UVM) Physics Department and ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center have a long collaborative relationship, through which the NISE Network has provided an excellent framework to help strengthen and deepen. Although an institution of formal learning, UVM values and contributes to informal education in the surrounding community. Recently, the UVM Physics Department and ECHO received a NISE Net mini-grant to develop a daylong event outside the purview of NanoDays.

Partner Highlight: The Leonardo Conducts Team-Based Inquiry on their All-Girls Nano-Themed Summer Camp!

Brooke McNaughton, The Leonardo

If you want to do something big, you’ve got to think small! Yes, you read that right—we’re talking atomic level tiny. Female scientists and engineers lead this all-girls camp into the amazing world of nanoscience using art, technology, and even games. Campers also developed their own activity to share with their friends and family at home. STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) is what we are all about here at The Leonardo!

Partner Highlight: Arizona Science Center Introduces Scale and Nano-Medicine in Mobile Game

Frank Kusiak, The Lawrence Hall of Science

'Doctor Know', the Arizona Science Center’s newest mobile game, opens with a vivid, yet darkly humorous, animation about the history of medical diagnosis and treatment. We watch the painful evolution of a “healers” practice from ancient Greece to Medieval times to modern medicine. It concludes by introducing your mission and the game’s scope of learning: you are a doctor and you will diagnose and treat many patients based on available tools and technology. The player learns about the human body’s interconnectedness in regards to health at multiple scales.

Partner Highlight: The Nano Lab at the Imaginarium Science Center, Fort Myers, Florida

Brad Herring, Museum of Life and Science, and Sarah Von Williamsen, Imaginarium Science Center

The Imaginarium Science Center in Fort Myers, Florida was awarded a 2014 NISE Net mini-grant and used the funding to expand and enhance their current nano exhibit, the Nano Lab. This expansion was designed to complement the NISE Net Nano mini-exhibition they received earlier this year and to incorporate additional NISE Net resources into a unique exhibit experience for their visitors.

“The mini-grant allowed us to dedicate exhibit space to an exciting and progressive topic. In the past two years, the number of visitors to our museum has increased significantly. The Nano Lab is one of the changes that we think has contributed to our recent successes.”  - Sarah Von Williamsen, Imaginarium Science Center