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.
NISE Network Blog
In April, the Duluth Children’s Museum joined forces with the Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) to represent the NISE Network at the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration conference held in Duluth, MN.
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.
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.
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:
Over 20,000 people have downloaded the new DIY Nano App!
The Discovery Museums located in Acton, MA is a unique campus featuring two hands-on museums for children of all ages. This year, the Discovery Museums received a NISE Network mini-grant to provide NanoDays training sessions for its science education staff and teen volunteers, and to present two NanoDays@Night family nights as part of an ongoing series of free first Friday special events.
Tell us about your NanoDays 2012 event by filling out the NanoDays Online Report:
We ask that partners hosting NanoDays events report back to the Network about your experiences through this online survey. There are two sections in this survey:
In April 2005, when we were conceptualizing the NISE Net and writing the first proposal, we made various stabs at trying to draw a diagram that would represent the NISE Net. Here's one that I did. We never used it but it became known as the Easter Egg diagram. So here it is 7 years later and you can see that things are quite different today from what is in this image. Nevertheless, spring is in the air and that is something to celebrate!
Welcome to the Wonderful World of Teacher Workshops!
This January, seventeen middle school and pre-service teachers from around central Indiana descended upon The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for the Museum’s first nano-infused teacher workshop. Armed with a curriculum of half-NISE Net/half-NSTA materials, Becky Wolfe and John McCollum engaged these teachers in the concepts of nanoscale science, engineering and technology.