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Program Adaptation: Horton Senses Something Small

By Vrylena Olney on September 12, 2011 | 0 comments

Horton Senses Something Small activity picture

The "Horton Senses Something Small" activity

Partner Highlight: ECHO and UVM

By Vrylena Olney on September 12, 2011 | 0 comments

In 2008, Dennis Clougherty, a physics professor at the University of Vermont, called up nearby ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center to see if they’d be interested in working together to host a NanoDays event. In the three years since, ECHO and UVM have developed an ongoing partnership.

NISE Network announces new 2012 Mini-Grants for partners - due November 1, 2011

By Catherine McCarthy on September 8, 2011 | 0 comments

What’s a Mini-Grant?
The NISE Network is making available a limited number of small, one-time awards to support initiatives by NISE Net partners to engage their local audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology topics. Requests can be made for an award up to $3,000 dollars to fund a small project or be put towards a larger endeavor.

Program Overview
The Program Overview gives basic program info as well as examples of applicable projects.

Partner Highlight: MOST, Syracuse, New York

By Vrylena Olney on July 26, 2011 | 0 comments

What do 17th-century Japanese literature and a science summer camp in Syracuse, NY have in common? Haiku!

The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) in Syracuse, New York has been working to incorporate nano content into their ongoing summer camp program. As part of that effort, they’re using the haikus from the Nano Bite newsletter to spark discussions about science content.

National Science Board Reviews Broader Impact Criterion

By Carol Lynn Alpert on July 25, 2011 | 0 comments

Science museums and their audiences often benefit from sub-awards provided by research centers which choose to address the NSF Broader Impact Criterion through partnerships for education outreach.   Therefore, the National Science Board’s current review of this criterion (commonly known as “BIC”) alongside its companion criterion “Intellectual Merit,” is of particular interest to the science museum and entire informal science education community.

NanoDays Collaborations

By Vrylena Olney on July 8, 2011 | 0 comments

As many of you know, NanoDays is the NISE Network's annual festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future. Each Spring, hundreds of NISE Net partners across the country plan and host local NanoDays events (find out who participated in NanoDays 2011 here). We in the NISE Net ask that partners hosting events let us know about their experiences by filling out an online NanoDays report.

If you missed the deadline, you can still submit your NanoDays 2011 report

By Catherine McCarthy on June 22, 2011 | 0 comments

Thanks to partners who have filled out their NanoDays 2011 reports!

Nanotechnology moves from discovery to commercialization

By Larry Bell on May 6, 2011 | 0 comments

Research on publications and patent applications filed by both large and small corporations illustrates the trends in commercialization of nanotechnology -- to what extent and in what fields ideas are turning into commercial products.  Jan Youtie of Georgia Tech presented the following slide at a workshop on Nanotechnology, Business, and Anticipatory Governance organized by the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University today.  I thought you might enjoy seeing it.  (Click on the image to see it full size.)

CAPITALIZING on your NanoDays Partnerships, Pt. 2

By Carol Lynn Alpert on April 20, 2011 | 0 comments

    The demos and banners have been put away; the thank          

    you notes have gone out, the reports filed, and NanoDays    

    2011 is now a pleasant blur receding into the collective  

    archive of organizational events, while you, perhaps,

Partner Highlight: CNSE at the University of Albany

By Vrylena Olney on April 5, 2011 | 0 comments

Many NISE Net partners planned great NanoDays events at their museums or research centers, but a few went a little further afield. For instance, as part of a comprehensive line-up of events for NanoDays, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at the University of Albany hosted a series of programs at a local mall!