Observations and Insights

Convergence of Knowledge, Technology, and Society

By Larry Bell on June 17, 2013 | 0 comments

At our reverse site visit at NSF this week, Mihail Roco, NSF's Senior Advisor for Nanotechnology, suggested that NISE Net envision its activities in the years ahead to encompass the applications that will be made possible by convergence. See the just published report at this website: http://www.wtec.org/NBIC2-Report/

The NISE Net is an Easter Egg Treat?

By Larry Bell on April 6, 2012 | 0 comments

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.

Compelling Need for Nano Education

By Larry Bell on December 7, 2011 | 0 comments

Day 2 of the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Grantee Conference in DC on December 6 had a signficant focus on education.  As a discussant following one of the panels, Bob Chang, Director of the Nanotechnology Center for Learning and Teaching, made a compelling presentation on the need for nano education.

Where is nano research happening?

By Larry Bell on December 7, 2011 | 0 comments

Where is the research happening?  Is the National Nanotechnology Initiative continuing to grow?  What are the focus areas? Mike Roco, who leads NSF's nanoscale science and engineering work, shared the following images at the annual Nanoscale Science and Engineering Conference in DC on Dec 5. (Click the "read more" link to the right of the map for the other images.)





ASTC to Announce Support for a PES Community of Practice

By Larry Bell on October 5, 2011 | 0 comments

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 in room 315 at the

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

By Larry Bell on September 20, 2011 | 0 comments

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.

Growing Interest in Networks

By Larry Bell on September 12, 2011 | 0 comments

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.

Nanotechnology moves from discovery to commercialization

By Larry Bell on May 6, 2011 | 0 comments

Research on publications and patent applications filed by both large and small corporations illustrates the trends in commercialization of nanotechnology -- to what extent and in what fields ideas are turning into commercial products.  Jan Youtie of Georgia Tech presented the following slide at a workshop on Nanotechnology, Business, and Anticipatory Governance organized by the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University today.  I thought you might enjoy seeing it.  (Click on the image to see it full size.)

Nano is real! And it's not just silver and sunscreen.

By Larry Bell on March 26, 2011 | 0 comments

Sheets of carbon nanotube material 4 yards wide and 100 yards long! Two kilometer spools of carbon nanotube yarn! Mercedes adjustable tint sunroofs! Mobile phone charging shoulder bags. Powerplastic! All of these were featured at NanoDays in Boston today.

NISE Net on one page

By Larry Bell on January 17, 2011 | 0 comments

For NSF's Nanoscale Science and Engineering Grantee Meeting last month, I put together a poster on the NISE Net. It's an overview of what the NISE Net. I find it useful to have this in my office. I can use it as a visual for a quick answer to the question "What is the NISE Net?"

For a larger file you can access a pdf here: http://www.nisenet.org/sites/default/files/nise__net__poster_2010.pdf