NISE Network Blog

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!

Looking for inspiration for your NanoDays 2015 PR and Marketing?

Catherine McCarthy
NanoDays at Purdue

NanoDays promotional and marketing materials include a sample press release you can customize for your institution, promotional 30-second video, logos, clip art, and photos (these were included in your physical kit). We’ve also included  icons if you want to put a link on your website to the public audience website: More information and resources  are available here: