NISE Network Blog

Partner Highlight: NISE Network partner museum honored with 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Brad Herring, Museum of Life and Science
Mid-America Science Museum

We’d like to extend our most sincere congratulations to NISE Network partner, Mid-America Science Museum of Hot Springs, AR, on receiving the prestigious 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. This award, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their community, honors institutions that respond to societal needs in innovative ways, making a difference for individuals, families and their communities.

"NanoDays Collection" printed book shipped to active NISE Network partners in the US

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota
NanoDays Collection compendium cover

The NISE Network will soon be shipping a box of printed and digital materials to selected active NISE Network partner museums and universities located in the United States.The NISE Network leadership wants to thank partner organizations for your involvement with the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) and for all your efforts to engage public audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology over the past years. We are pleased to share a compendium of all the NanoDays activities developed over the past ten years. For most partner organizations, we are only mailing one box, so please share these resources with your colleagues and local collaborators.

Building with Biology physical kits ship this week!

KC Miller, Science Museum of Minnesota
Building with Biology kit at warehouse

We are putting the finishing touches on the kits now, and they will be on their way to you this week (week of June 1, 2016)! These kits are the product of a lot of hard work by leading institutions in the fields of informal science education, science communication, and research. We are so excited to get these activities in your hands for outreach in your community. 

Partner Highlight: Center for Nanotechnology in Society, Arizona State University

Deron Ash, Arizona State University
Center for Nanotechnology in Society, Arizona State University

In 2005, the National Science Foundation simultaneously announced funding both for NISE Net and the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU). Up to that point, the two proposed projects weren’t aware of each other, but after a few email exchanges and phone calls, Principal Investigators Larry Bell (NISE Net) and David Guston (CNS-ASU) initiated what would turn into many years of productive work together. CNS-ASU ideas have been incorporated into many NISE Net educational products, and so are integral to the public engagement work of many NISE Net partners.

Sharing Science Workshop & Practicum Gets Researchers Quickly Up to Speed with Family Audiences

Karine Thate, Museum of Science
Sharing Science Workshop & Practicum

Seeing a child’s face light up with excitement as they interact with real-life scientists and grad students at your outreach event is always a pleasure.  Many researchers are interested in sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with the public, but they typically need some prior guidance and practice working hands-on with public audiences. With this in the mind, the NISE Network created the Sharing Science Workshop & Practicum (SSW&P), a time-efficient, low-cost, low-commitment solution to preparing researchers for successful interactions with youth and community audiences. 

Final Gathering of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society

Larry Bell, Museum of Science
NISE Network

Our partners at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU) held a final event gala in Tempe, Arizona on May 3-5, 2016, focused on "Advancing the Legacy of Anticipatory Governance."  I was happy to be among the 110 participants at this final event in the work of CNS to represent the NISE Net. CNS Director Dave Guston describes anticipatory governance as: A broad-based capacity extended through society that can act on a variety of inputs to manage emerging knowledge-based technologies while such management is still possible.

Partner Highlight: NanoDays…keep the fire burnin’ in Bozeman, Montana!

Suzi Taylor, Extended University, Montana State University – Bozeman
Montana State University NanoDays / MicroDays

Apologies for the REO Speedwagon earworm, but it’s been fun to see how we at Montana State University can continue hosting…and even growing…our NanoDays program now that the 10-year NSF-funded program has ended. 

New Space and Earth Informal STEM Education project announced!

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota
National Informal STEM Education Network logo

 

We are pleased to announce the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) has been selected for five years of funding by NASA Science Mission Directorate to implement the Space and Earth Informal STEM Education (SEISE) project.

New logo unveiled for National Informal STEM Education Network!

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota

We are pleased to introduce a new logo for the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network). As the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network transitions to the National Informal STEM Education Network we will begin using this logo to communicate the new identity of the Network now engaged in a range of STEM topics.  Over the coming months you will increasingly see the new logo, though we will continue to use the existing NISE Net logo with nano-related materials and activities as the nano project winds down.

Building with Biology 2016 Physical Kit Recipients Have Been Selected!

Kayla Berry, Museum of Science
Building with Biology

Congratulations to the recipients of the Building with Biology 2016 physical kit! Building with Biology is one of several projects that extends the Network into the its new identity as the National Informal STEM Education Network by addressing new content areas, such as synthetic biology. This project also focuses on fostering public engagement in science by having scientist volunteers interact and have discussions with the public through hands-on activities and forums. Building with Biology physical kits have been awarded to over 150 organizations across the U.S. who will participate in Summer 2016 Building with Biology Events.