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2011 Regional Meetings

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Multiple locations

In the Fall of 2011 he NISE Network hosted seven meetings at multiple locations throughout the United States to increase the capacity of NISE Network partners to engage the public in nanoscience, engineering, and technology. Attendance at the Regional Meetings was invitation-only due to space and budgetary limitations.

Meeting locations:

  1. Northeast: Sciencenter, Ithaca, NY, Sept 13-15
  2. Mid-Atlantic: Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA, Sept 21-22
  3. Southeast: Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC, Sept 21-23
  4. South: Children’s Museum of Houston, Houston, TX, Sept 12-14
  5. Midwest: Science Museum of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN, Sept 21-22
  6. West: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), Portland, OR, Sept 20-22
  7. Southwest: Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkley, CA, Sept 12-14

Regional Meeting Goals and Outcomes

  • Goal 1: Nurture and deepen relationships with existing partners in the NISE Network.
  • Goal 2: Provide valuable networking opportunities among workshop attendees, focusing on museum educators and outreach coordinators.
  • Goal 3: Create opportunities for sharing experiences with using NISE Net products.
  • Goal 4: Provide professional development resources—including knowledge, tools, and skills—to increase museum educators’ capacity to engage a diverse public in the societal and ethical implications of nanoscale science, engineering and technology.
  • Goal 5: Present an update of NISE Net’s resources, including new programs, tools and guides, mini-exhibition, and Mini-Grants.


AGENDA (host sites to customized as needed)

Day 1

Arrive and have dinner on your own

7:30   Societal & Ethical Implications (SEI) Science Café (with refreshments)


Day 2           

9:00   Welcome and introductions

Agenda, participant list, logistics

9:15   NISE Network update

New products, resources, tools, and guides, featuring new Inclusive Audiences and RISE resources
Future opportunities: mini-grants, mini-exhibition

10:15 Social break

10:45            Societal and Ethical Implications (SEI) Roundtable

Reflect on science café
Discuss challenges to implementing SEI programming
Brainstorm potential approaches to SEI programming

12:15 Lunch and museum visit time

2:00   Programs workshop (and other show-and-tell) presentations

3:00   Social break

3:15     Mini-grant presentations

Partners present mini-grant projects, highlighting IA and RISE elements
Group discussion about future opportunities

4:15   NanoDays small group sharing session

New approaches tried in 2011
Inclusive Audiences and RISE collaboration highlights
How are you extending NanoDays beyond NanoDays?
NanoDays 2012 update

5:30   Break

6:30   Group Dinner


Day 3

Field trip (optional)