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NISE Network announces 2013 Mini-Grants - applications due November 4, 2012

Catherine McCarthy

 

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 information, eligibility details, examples of  applicable projects, and includes a PDF copy of the...

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Partner Highlight: Informal Science Learning Associates (ISLA)

Aaron Guerrero

The Informal Science Learning Associates (ISLA) is a newly-formed nonprofit organization dedicated to improving educational opportunities for all children. A museum without walls, ISLA provides interactive programming in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to promote life-long learning in the community and surrounding communities of Laredo, Texas. ISLA educators are bilingual/bicultural trainers in professional development, early childhood with emphasis in Montessori, robotics from elementary through high school ages, and outreach to underserved audiences with special...

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Evaluation and Research Findings: Communication Study part 3

Eli Bossin

Over the past year, the evaluation team has been conducting A Study of Communication in the NISE Network (Network Communication Study) to learn about how the Network's primary communication components, NanoDays, face-to-face meetings, the regional hub structure, and the nisenet.org website, are being used by actively involved partners. We'll be highlighting different findings from the study - such as the bulleted points below - over the next few months in our Featured Finding section, and you can also read the whole report at...

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Partner Highlight: Cincinnati Museum Center and Liberty Science Center

Jayatri Das

It’s always fun and inspiring to hear how partners modify NISE Net programs as they present them during NanoDays and beyond. This month, the Cincinnati Museum Center and Liberty Science Center, both partners in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Hub, share some of their favorite “hacks.”

The Cincinnati Museum Center has a new space called the LITE Lab (Learning, Innovation, Technology, and Education) that is designed to engage creative thinking and problem-...

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Evaluation and Research Findings: Communication Study part 2

Eli Bossin

Over the past year, the evaluation team has been conducting A Study of Communication in the NISE Network (Network Communication Study) to learn about how the Network's primary communication components, NanoDays, face-to-face meetings, the regional hub structure, and the nisenet.org website, are being used by actively involved partners. We'll be highlighting different findings from the study - such as the bulleted points below - over the next few months in our Featured Finding section, and you can also read the whole report at...

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Broader Impacts, Revisited

Carol Lynn Alpert

It’s been a tumultuous 18 months for the Broader Impacts Criterion (BIC), the NSF merit review standard that gets a lot of grant-seeking scientists and engineers thinking about including plans for education, outreach, and diversity.  First, Congress asked the NSF to explain exactly what it means by "broader impacts," and how it monitors compliance.  Then, the National Science Board stepped in, announcing it would review both the BIC and the IMC (the companion criterion for "intellectual merit.")  Then, in June 2011, the NSB issued a set of draft guidelines for the BIC that listed explicit...

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Evaluation and Research Findings: Communication Study part 1

Eli Bossin

Over the past year, the evaluation team has been conducting A Study of Communication in the NISE Network (Network Communication Study) to learn about how the Network's primary communication components, NanoDays, face-to-face meetings, the regional hub structure, and the nisenet.org website, are being used by actively involved partners. We'll be highlighting different findings from the study - such as the bulleted points below - over the next few months in our Featured Finding section, and you can also read the whole report at...

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MRS Call for Papers- Deadline Approaching!

KC

The 2012 MRS Fall meeting in Boston takes place November 25-30, but the deadline for abstract submission is just around the corner!  All abstracts must be submitted by June 19th.  Click here for more information on abstract submission guidleines and details about the meeting.

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NanoDays 2012 report - winners chosen

Catherine McCarthy

NanoDays logo   Two winners!

We have two randomly drawn winners who submitted their online NanoDays reports by the May 1st deadline.  Both will be receivinig additional educaitonal materials to use with their visitors:

  • Barbara McMillin, Program & Volunteer Coordinator

    the Children's Museum in Oak Lawn, Oak Lawn, IL

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