Observations and Insights

Growing focus on societal implications in NISE Net work

By Larry Bell on September 1, 2010 | 0 comments

Just about a year ago NISE Net launched an expanded collaboration with the Center for Nanotechnology in Society and you'll hear more about upcoming activities in the months ahead. The conversation started when staff from seven science centers brought cart demos and stage presentations to the S.NET conference in Seattle on Labor Day weekend last year. S.NET is a new professional society for the study of nanoscience and emerging technologies in areas of the social sciences and humanities.

The Crab Nebula and Nanotechnology Have Both Changed My Life - Have They Changed Yours?

By Larry Bell on August 26, 2010 | 0 comments

Forty years ago the Crab Nebula changed my life and now nanotechnology is doing the same thing, not just for me but for many people in the NISE Net. Here's my story; share yours by leaving it in a comment below.

NISE Net Folks at the S.Net Conference

By Larry Bell on September 8, 2009 | 0 comments

Six members of the NISE Net programs team and four members of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society presented tabletop and stage programs at the Pacific Science Center yesterday and at the S.Net conference today. Jamey Wetmore and Ira Bennet of the CNS at Arizona State University have incorporated the development of tabletop demos into a couple of their courses with the aim of helping students think about the societal implications of their research by having them talk with the public about it.

Building connections between social science and informal science education

By Larry Bell on July 15, 2009 | 0 comments

Members of the NISE Net Program group and faculty and students at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University are teaming up to demonstrate and discuss potential collaborations between the social science community and the informal science education community at a conference of the Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies in Seattle in early September.

Can Nanotechnology Save the Planet? Perspectives from INC5

By Larry Bell on May 26, 2009 | 0 comments

Some science fiction stories, like Michael Crichton’s novel Prey, portray nanotechnology as leading to developments that can destroy the world, but some of the presenters at this year’s International Nanotechnology Conference for Communication and Collaboration (INC5) told a story that was quite the opposite. The world, or at least humanity, is already on a path toward destruction and nanotechnology may be the only hope to save it.

Nano is bigger than you think: Perspectives on the NNI from INC5

By Larry Bell on May 21, 2009 | 0 comments

While nano may be about things on a very tiny scale – around 10-9 meters, there is nothing small about the government’s investment in nanoscale research -- it’s now around 10+9 dollars.

NISE Net is the new grey goo!

By Larry Bell on May 10, 2009 | 0 comments

“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.


Observations and Insights

Larry Bell is VP of Strategic Initiatives at the Museum of Science in Boston and PI for the NISE Network.