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Education and Outreach Events at the MRS Meeting

By Vrylena Olney on March 10, 2010 | 0 comments

It's all-MRS-all-the-time around here lately (see here, here, and here)! Which is fine, because our partners at MRS are lovely. Also lovely: science education and outreach events at the MRS Spring Meeting! There are lots of them:

MAKING STUFF Frequently Asked Questions

By Vrylena Olney on March 10, 2010 | 0 comments

Last week I posted information about the small grants MRS and WGBH are offering to organize outreach events around the premiere of Making Stuff.  Apparently, a lot of folks have had similar questions about the outreach events, so the team wrote up answers to the top questions:

Posters, Presentations, and Broader Impacts

By Vrylena Olney on March 8, 2010 | 0 comments

The NISE Net is sponsoring a bunch of professional development opportunities at the upcoming Materials Research Society Spring Meeting in San Francisco, April 5 - 9.  Admission is included in meeting registration for all of these workshops, no additional registration is required.

Here are the workshops:

(New!) Technical Poster Design Seminar

Grant Opportunity for Materials Science Outreach Program

By Vrylena Olney on March 2, 2010 | 0 comments

Richard Souza, who is leading the Materials Research Society's involvement in the NISE Network, forwarded me this announcement about a small grant opportunity open to our partners. There's more information below, but please note that the application due date is April 1. The grant is for organizing outreach activities in connection with the release of Making Stuff, a PBS tv series on materials science. One of the four episodes is focused on nanotechnology, and nano will be a common thread throughout the segments.

NanoDays Training for Museum Education Newbies

By Vrylena Olney on March 2, 2010 | 0 comments

If you're a researcher, there's a big difference between talking about nano with fellow classmates, colleagues, or professors, and talking about nano with hundreds of Museum of Science visitors on a Saturday afternoon. NanoDays at our institution generally means lots of help from a cadre of graduate students. As smart and enthusiastic as our volunteers are, they're also often new to doing demonstrations and activities with public audiences.

Real World Nano: Why does nano matter? Surface area.

By Clark A Miller on February 15, 2010 | 0 comments

authored by Clark Miller, Arizona State University

Thanks, everyone, for your great comments to the first RWN post! Keep 'em coming. I'll respond there and in future posts. The question for today is: why does nano matter?

Broader Impacts - A Provocative New Look

By Carol Lynn Alpert on February 9, 2010 | 0 comments

NSF's Broader Impacts Criterion (BIC) gets a provocative re-examination in a special issue of the British journal Social Epistemology, and in that issue, the NISE Net's focus on science museum - research center partnerships is included as a model for authenticating and reinforcing the intentions of the BIC fram

Kickoff for NanoDays 2010

By Margaret Glass on February 5, 2010 | 0 comments

The NanoDays kits have been shipped and the digital resources are ready for downloading. Now it's time to get busy thinking about what you actually want to DO with all this stuff! Whether this is your first time creating a public event about nano or you are a NanoDays veteran, it helps to start planning your activities and contacting collaborators early.

Nano Jobs!

By Vrylena Olney on February 1, 2010 | 0 comments

Lotus Leaves and Nano Pants at the Too Small To See Opening at the Sciencenter.

NanoDays Training Resources

By Vrylena Olney on February 1, 2010 | 0 comments

NanoDays is next month, and the NISE Net has a number of training materials that might be useful for those new to presenting nano content to public audiences: