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NanoDays Highlights: Involving Industry

Vrylena Olney

Looking for ideas for NanoDays 2012? I'll be highlighting some examples of NanoDays activities from the 2011 NanoDays reports in the NISE Net blog over the next few weeks. I encourage you to get in touch with the partners listed to learn more about their work, or to contact your regional hub leader for additional ideas and support.

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NanoDays 2012 Physical Kit Applications Now Available

Catherine McCarthy

Apply now for NanoDays 2012 physical kits!

March 24 through April 1, 2012 is NanoDays, a week of community-based educational outreach events to raise public awareness of nanoscale science, technology and engineering throughout the United States. NanoDays kits are currently in production and will be ready for distribution in early January 2012. From October 1 through December 8, 2011 we invite you to fill out an online application for a physical kit containing all of the materials and resources you need to start planning your community events.

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ASTC to Announce Support for a PES Community of Practice

Larry Bell

ASTC is going to announce its support for a Community of Practice around Public Engagement with Science at the upcoming ASTC conference in an open session on Sunday, October 16, at 10:30 AM...

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Partner Highlight: Helping Blind Students Explore Leading Edge Nanoscience

Brad Herring

In July 2011, about 150 blind high school students from all over the United States gathered for one week to learn about science and technology at the biannual Youth Slam summer camp organized by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) at the Towson University campus near Baltimore, MD. The NFB Youth Slam is a five-day STEM academy designed to engage and inspire the next generation of blind youth to consider careers falsely believed to be impossible...

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Partner Highlight: Cool Science Week at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Vrylena Olney

Our NISE Net partners at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History recently organized a number of events with Yale materials scientist and NISE Net advisor Ainissa Ramirez as part of their “Cool Science Week.”

“Cool Science Week” is an annual program run during the summer that includes fun and informative activities around science, particularly dealing with cool/cold temperatures. This year, our partners at Fort Worth decided to broaden “cool” to include innovative an exciting new scientific...

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Risk, Uncertainty, and Sustainable Innovation: New perspectives on emerging challenges

Larry Bell

We scientists and innovators should just accept the idea that when it comes to new and emerging technologies that at some point along the way we are going to “cock it up.”  The public knows it will happen and we can build a more trusting relationship with the public if we fess up to it in advance. This is one idea expressed today at a conference organized by Andrew Maynard at the University of Michigan.

Participants from industry, government, academia, and non-government sectors gathered today in Ann Arbor today to explore thorny topics related to risk and emerging technologies. Rae...

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Growing Interest in Networks

Larry Bell

The National Science Foundation has asked CAISE (Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education) to explore creating a focus on networks at it's PI Summit in the spring.  CAISE is using the ASTC session that NISE Net Manager Vrylena Olney proposed, with me as moderator, as a jumping off point for their planning their network strand, along with a meeting in DC in November.  Here's what the announcement in a recent issue of ASTC Informs ...

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Partner Highlight: International Partner - NanoDays - The Italian Way!

Rashmi Nanjundaswamy

Dozens of children participated in the second annual Nano Piccola event in Gagliato, Italy, in July, which gave kids a chance to learn about nanotechnology and nanomedicine through hands-on activities and (little) talks by researchers from The Methodist Hospital Research Institute (TMHRI) in Houston, USA. TMHRI also held an event in Houston as part of the Gagliato. (watch video).

NanoPiccola -- formally Piccola Accademia di Gagliato delle Nanoscienze -- is a member of the NISE Network. The children's event is modeled after...

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