A short time ago, I heard from a veteran program officer in one of the NSF science research directorates that she was skeptical about the strategy of apportioning funds from these directorates to fund the NISE Net. Why not give the funds directly to the individual nano research centers to bolster their own education and outreach (E&O) programs? Why set up a whole new Informal Science Education (ISE) infrastructure to do it?
NISE Network Blog
authored by Margaret Glass, ASTC
“The Network is going to grow. I don’t think you can stop it or control it even if you wanted to.” So said, Cal Tech nano researcher Mamadou Diallo, a member of the NISE Net’s NSF review panel at a meeting about nano education at the University of Southern California on April 27. Didn’t Michael Crichton predict a similar thing in his novel Prey? NISE Net Program Manager Vrylena Olney saw the similarity.
The NISE Net team at the Museum of Science, Boston is preparing to submit our proposal to the National Science Foundation for another five years of funding, so blog posting will be light for the next few days. Here's a haiku from Eric Marshall that seemed appropriate:
Nano in all things
Probe the promise of what’s next
NISE Net permeates
The Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland is organizing an exhibit and festival "exploring nanotechnology and its implications for our future," and they're looking for ideas and proposals. They say they want proposals from "scientists, engineers, artists, designers, and creative thinkers," which sounds a lot like the NISE Net community to me.