2010 Network-Wide Meeting

Date: 
Monday, October 25, 2010 to Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Location: 
San Francisco

The 2010 Network-Wide Meeting was held in San Francisco and hosted by the Exploratorium.  The meeting featured a professional development sessions, scientist talks, showcase of programs and exhibits, concurrent sessions, and opportunities for NISE Network partners to meet and share their own work with others in the Network.  Attendance at the Network-Wide Meeting was invitation-only due to space and budgetary limitations.

This year's invitation-only event kicks off NISE Net’s work for years 6-10. Keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, and in-depth workshops will explore how we can use our network to engage the public in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.

Meeting Logistics:

  • Location and Lodging: The meeting and accommodations will be at the Argonaut Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. NISE Net will cover a maximum of four nights.  If invitees wish to extend their stay, invitees will be responsible for their own hotel charges.  When you register, you will be prompted to provide the Network with the exact nights for which you will need hotel accommodations.  To ensure you receive our discounted rate, please do not make reservations with the Argonaut directly.  If you have questions, you may contact Donna Valentine at nisenet@exploratorium.edu. 
  • Airline Tickets: In September, invitees will be contacted by logistics coordinators from the Exploratorium to set up airline tickets. If you have questions, you may contact Donna Valentine at nisenet@exploratorium.edu.
  • Expenses:  The NISE Network will cover invitees' airfare, hotel, and group meals. For your convenience, expenses will be billed directly to the Network.  Invitees will, however, need to provide a credit card at the hotel for any additional nights or incidental expenses.

 

PRELIMINARY AGENDA

Tuesday, October 26

7:30 am  Registration Opens

8:00 am Breakfast

9:00 am Welcome

  • Paul Martin, Senior Vice President, Science Learning, Science Museum of Minnesota

9:10 am Keynote: Smoke, mirrors and some really cool science: Current trends and issues in nanotechnology

  • Andrew Maynard, Professor, Risk Science Center, University of Michigan School of Public Health

10:10 am Break

10:30 am Keynote: Engaging the public on nanotechnologies - so how are we doing?

  • Kathy Sykes, Professor of Sciences and Society, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Bristol

11:30 am NISE Network, Years 6-10

  • Larry Bell, Senior Vice President - Strategic Initiatives, Museum of Science

12:15 pm  Lunch  (NISE Network regions)

  • Northeast: NY, VT, NH,ME, RI, CT, MA
  • Mid-Atlantic: PA, NJ, MD, DC, DE, OH
  • Southeast: VA, NC, KY, TN, LA, MS, AL, GA, FL & Puerto Rico
  • Midwest: ND, SD, NE, KS, MN, IA, MO, WI, IL, MI, IN
  • West: AK, WA, OR, ID, MT, WY, CO, UT, NM
  • Southwest: CA, NV, AZ, HI
  • South: TX, AR, OK
  • International

1:30 pm Concurrent sessions (detailed descriptions at the link):

  • 1. Teacher Professional Development
  • 2. Training Volunteers, Interns, and Staff
  • 3. Nano for Young Audiences
  • 4. Nano Everywhere for Everyone
  • 5. Nano Project Leads to Macro Partnership - a Success Story
  • 6. From Lab to the Classroom: Bringing Scientific Research to Science Ed
  • 7. A Guide to Research Center - ISE Partnerships

3:00 pm Break

3:30 pm Getting involved with the NOVA Making Stuff series

  • Jennifer Larese, NOVA Outreach Coordinator, WGBH

5:00 pm Evening wine and juice hour in Argonaut lobby

6:15 pm Bus from Argonaut to Exploratorium

6:30 pm Dinner reception at Exploratorium

  • Hands-on activities provided by Lawrence Hall of Science and Making Stuff

Wednesday, October 27

7:30 am  Registration Opens

8:00 am Breakfast

9:00 am Welcome

  • Paul Martin, Senior Vice President, Science Learning, Science Museum of Minnesota

9:05 am Engaging the public in nano:  Evaluation results  

  • Christine Reich, Director, Research and Evaluation, Museum of Science
  • Marjorie Bequette, Director of Evaluation and Research, Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Marcie Benne, Manager, Evaluation and Visitor Studies, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
  • Paul Martin, Senior Vice President, Science Learning, Science Museum of Minnesota

9:45 am  Content map for nanoscale informal science education

  • Kirsten Ellenbogen, Senior Director, Lifelong Learning, Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Marjorie Bequette, Director of Evaluation and Research, Science Museum of Minnesota

10:15 Break

10:30 am  Concurrent sessions (detailed descriptions at the link):

  • 8. It’s a Nano Summer! Nanoscience in Museum Camp Programs
  • 9. What “REU” and “RET” Really Mean: Professional Development and Opportunities for Collaboration with Young Researchers and K-12 Teachers
  • 10. Nano for School Groups
  • 11. Best NanoDays Ever!
  • 12. Making NanoDays Inclusive of All Learners
  • 13. Exploring the Uncertain Nanotech Future: Lessons in Anticipatory Governance

12:00 pm  Lunch  (NISE Network regions)

  • Northeast: NY, VT, NH,ME, RI, CT, MA
  • Mid-Atlantic: PA, NJ, MD, DC, DE, OH
  • Southeast: VA, NC, KY, TN, LA, MS, AL, GA, FL & Puerto Rico
  • Midwest: ND, SD, NE, KS, MN, IA, MO, WI, IL, MI, IN
  • West: AK, WA, OR, ID, MT, WY, CO, UT, NM
  • Southwest: CA, NV, AZ, HI
  • South: TX, AR, OK
  • International
1:30 pm  Concurrent professional development workshops: (detailed descriptions below)
  • A. Nano 101
  • B. Engaging the Public in Societal Issues
  • C.Team-Based Evaluation
  • D. Implementing Science Communication and Education/Outreach Skill-Building Programs for Early Career Scientists
  • E. Visualizing the Nanoscale World

5:00 pm Evening wine and juice hour in Argonaut lobby

5:15 pm Performance of public programs and demonstrations

  • Stephanie Long, Public Programs Manager, Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Anders Liljeholm, Program Developer, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
  • Leigha Horton, Performer, Public Programs, Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Rebecca Wall, Performer, Public Programs, Science Museum of Minnesota

POST-MEETING ACTIVITIES   (Special invitation only for each meeting)

Wednesday, October 27

5:00 pm Network Advisors meeting  (NEGNOG and 6-10 advisors)

Thursday, October 28

7:30 am - 9:00 am Breakfast

8:00 am Work group meeting

  • Web work group

8:30 am Public engagement steering

  •    Content steering work group
  •    Inclusive audiences work group
  •   Public engagement advisors

9:00 am  Concurrent work group meetings

  •  NanoDays work group

10:30 am Break

10:45 am  Concurrent work group meetings

  • Community Hubs work group
  •  RISE steering group
  •  Inclusive audiences work group

12:00 pm  Lunch

1:00 pm  Concurrent work group meetings

  • Research work group
  • Programs work group

2:30 pm Break

3:00 pm Concurrent work group meetings

  • Evaluation work group
  • Exhibits work group

5:00 pm Meeting debrief

  •   Meeting planning team

6:30 pm NEGNOG meeting

Concurrent Professional Development Workshops

 Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - afternoon

A.  Nano 101:  If you're new to the NISE Network or looking for new ways to engage the public in nano, this workshop is for you!  Presenters—including informal science educators and scientists—will provide an overview of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology, describe highlights of current and future research, and explore societal and ethical implications.  We'll share public programs, demonstrations, and hands-on activities that are suitable to engage a wide range of audiences in nano.  And we'll cover effective methods and techniques for making nano intelligible and interesting for a wide variety of audiences, as well as tips for training others to present nano to the public.  

Presenters:

 

  • Ali Stein, Exhibit Project Manager, Sciencenter (Workshop Organizer)
  • Ira Bennett, Assistant Research Professor, Center for Nanotechnology in Society, Arizona State University
  • Jennifer Correa, Senior Manager of Explainers, New York Hall of Science
  • Anders Liljeholm, Program Developer, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
  • George Lisensky, Professor of Chemistry, Beloit College
  • Stephanie Long, Public Programs Manager, Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Keith Ostfeld, Director of Exhibit and Program Development, Children's Museum of Houston

 

B.  Engaging the Public in Societal Issues: How can your organization engage the public in important societal issues? In this workshop, informal science educators and scientists will discuss the benefits of engaging older youth and adult audiences in societal issues concerning nanotechnology, and explain the role informal science educators can play in this form of public engagement. We’ll share some of the programs the NISE Network has developed to stimulate conversations around these issues, and discuss some of the obstacles you may face in delivering them. This workshop will also feature a collaborative brainstorming of ideas for future programming that we can all use to further engage our audiences in societal issues in everything nano.  

Presenters:

 

  • Brad Herring, Director of Nanoscale Informal Science Education, Museum of Life + Science (Workshop Organizer)
  • David Sittenfeld, Program Manager, Forums, Museum of Science
  • Leigha Horton, Public Forums Coordinator, Nanoscale Informal Science Education and Performer, Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Jameson Wetmore, Assistant Professor, Center for Nanotechnology in Society, Arizona State University
  • Clark Miller, Associate Professor, Chair, Center for Nanotechnology in Society, Arizona State University
  • Sookram Ramsaroop, Supervisor, Visitor Interactions, New York Hall of Science

 

C.  Team-Based Evaluation: When people hear the term “evaluation”, they often associate it with accountability. But evaluation is more than accountability—it’s also a tool for professional learning. During this workshop, you’ll learn more about the team-based evaluation approach NISE Net will use in Years 6 through 10, and how you can conduct your own evaluations to improve your professional practice. We’ll share information about the core elements of team-based evaluation, including learning through inquiries, working with trusted peers, and being explicit about your theory of action. We’ll also provide tips, tools and strategies for collecting, analyzing and reporting your own evaluation data.  

Presenters:

 

  • Christine Reich, Director of Research and Evaluation, Museum of Science (Workshop Organizer)
  • Amy Grack Nelson, Evaluation & Research Associate, Science Museum of Minnesota

 

D.  Implementing Science Communication and Education/Outreach Skill-Building Programs for Early Career Scientists: Are you a university educator who wants to build your students' communication skills?  Or a science museum educator who wants to create or strengthen a mutually beneficial partnership with a research center in your community?  Then this workshop is for you.  Several members of the NISE Net have developed science communication professional development activities that support science student participation in NanoDays and other public outreach activities, as well as enhancing the skills of the students in their own professional careers.  These are programs that science museums can offer to their local universities in connection with partnership progams.  They can support such university programs as Research Experiences for Undergraduates and graduate degree programs while building a community of young scientists better able to communicate with the public and with each other about their work.  In this workshop you will learn about these programs and experience some of the activities they include.  You'll also learn about workshops developed for presentation at scientist professional meetings and brainstorm ideas for immediate implementation at upcoming MRS conferences.  

Presenters:

 

  • Larry Bell, Sr. Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Museum of Science (Workshop Organizer)
  • Carol Lynn Alpert, Director of Strategic Projects, Museum of Science
  • Troy Livingston, Vice President for Innovation and Learning, Museum of Life + Science
  • Lauren Russell, Portal to the Public Project Manager, Pacific Science Center  
  • Karine Thate, Education Associate, Museum of Science 
  • Greta Zenner Petersen, Director of Education, Materials Research Science and Engineering Center on Nanostructured Interfaces, University of Wisconsin

 

E.  Visualizing the Nanoscale World:  How do we picture a world we can’t see? How do we envision just how small an atom is, or the movement of a molecule where gravity is barely relevant?  Visuals such as images, animations, and diagrams are critical for engaging the public with the unfamiliar realm of nanoscale science.  But which types of visuals are most effective?  And how does the public interpret them?  This workshop will explore the power and challenges of the different kinds of visuals used to present nanoscale science to the public.  The first part of the workshop will give participants an overview of nanoscale visuals, with talks by Felice Frankel (based on her new book “No Small Matter: Visualizing Nanoscale Science”), Gail Jones (on size and scale), David Goodsell and Graham Johnson (on artists' representations), and Chris Robinson (on microscope images).  The second part of the workshop will focus on giving participants tools to incorporate visuals more effectively into their own work. Jennifer Frazier will give an overview of the products and research developed by the NISE Net Visualization Lab.  Participants will then work in small groups with speakers and the NISE Net Viz Lab team to get feedback on their own work.

Presenters:

 

  • Jennifer Frazier, Project Director, Exploratorium (Workshop Organizer)
  • Felice Frankel, Senior Research Fellow, Harvard University
  • Gail Jones, Professor of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, NC State
  • David Goodsell, Associate Professor of Molecular Biology, The Scripps Institute
  • Chris Robinson, Professor of Art and member of NanoCenter, University of South Carolina
  • Graham Johnson, Graham Johnson Medical Media
  • Kate Nichols, UC Berkeley

Photo from the 2009 NISE Network Annual Meeting by Emily Maletz Graphic Design.