The NISE Network is a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. is an online digital library of public nano educational products and tools designed for educators and scientists.

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March 26-April 3, 2015

The NanoDays 2015 digital kit is available for download!  



Featured News

Museum & Community Partnerships

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The NISE Network is pleased to make available a limited number of Museum & Community Partnerships “Explore Science” kits designed to facilitate outreach and collaborations.  The Network will provide kits to up to 100 NISE Network partner institutions that apply and meet eligibility requirements (see below) and are selected through a competitive review process.​

ASTC Annual Conference 2015

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Thursday, October 15, 2015 to Sunday, October 18, 2015

The NISE Network will have many activities and professional development opportunities at the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) annual conference:

Larry Bell and Marilyn Johnson both win ASTC Leading Edge Award for Leadership in the Field

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Larry Bell and Marilyn Johnson

Many congratulations to Larry Bell and Marilyn Johnson - the 2015 recipients of the ASTC Leading Edge Award for Leadership in the Field (Nonexecutive Leadership). 

As senior vice president for strategic initiatives at the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts, Larry has tirelessly served at the NISE Network's PI for the last 10 years. Our longterm collaborator Marilyn has just recently retired after nearly 20 years with OSMI in Portland, Oregon. 

Nano Bite: September 2015

Welcome to the September Nano Bite, the monthly e-newsletter for the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) and community.


  • Community News - Engaging Underserved Audiences in Nano Through NISE Net's Museum & Community Partnerships (MCP) Project, New Opportunities Through Building With Biology Project
  • Upcoming Events - National Chemistry Week, ASTC Annual Conference 2015, Online Brown-Bag Conversations: September 21, 28, 30 and October 5
  • Featured on the Website - Partnerships in the NISE Net: A Study of Partnerships Between University Scientists and Museum Professionals, National Chemistry Week
  • Science in the News - Another Milestone in Hybrid Artificial Photosynthesis
  • Nano Throughout the Year - Astronomy Day, Back to School, National Chemistry Week

Partner Highlight: "Making More of the MOST" Out of Museum and Community Partnerships at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology in Syracuse, NY

Kayla Berry, Museum of Science, Boston

During the summer months, youth often have more free time on their hands, and many families find themselves seeking ways to keep their children safe and engaged when not in school. Youth-serving and community-based organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Scouts, YMCA, and public libraries provide countless benefits and opportunities to the youth they serve year-round. At the intersection of youth-serving and community-based organizations seeking to provide high-quality STEM learning experiences to their audiences and for science museums seeking to reach underserved audiences not currently engaged in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology, there presents a unique and rich partnership opportunity for local community organizations and science museums.

Online Brown-Bag: Findings from NISE Net's Public Impact Studies (Recorded)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Come learn about findings from several NISE Net evaluation studies focusing on the Network’s public impacts. In this brown-bag conversation you’ll get (a) a snapshot of the entirety of NISE Net's ten-year public impact, and (b) a description of the kind of impacts that any single institution might have on its visitors.