Envisioning a new kind of museum conversation. With the pilot year of the Building with Biology project now complete, we are excited to share with the community the experiences and accomplishments achieved throughout this initial year. Building with Biology - Activities and Conversations about Synthetic Biology - is a project that incorporates much of the knowledge and experiences gained through the NISE Network as a way to expand public education and outreach around a fast-growing research field - synthetic biology.
At the October 2015 ASTC Conference, the NISE Network distributed a one-page summary of all the new upcoming opportunities for new and existing NISE Network partners including:
- Museum & Community Partnerships Explore Science kits,
- Building with Biology kits, Sustainability in Science Museums kits,
- NASA Space and Earth Informal STEM Education,
- Transmedia Museum,
- NanoDays events using existing materials, and
- Small Footprint Exhibitions.
A summary is provided below as well as a downloadable PDF.
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.
Pow! Zap! Crash! Nano? – How to incorporate nanoscience content into an amazing Superhero Science event!
Little Shop of Nano...
If you’re not familiar with the film or Broadway show, “Little Shop of Horrors,” you may not realize what happens when you feed and nurture a strange plant that ultimately grows, well…beyond needing you. The rest of the plot of this classic tale is irrelevant, but the idea of nurturing something until it can stand on its own without your care and attention is not…
Making things small can make them behave differently and in new research, an international team of scientists have extended this to superfluid helium (which only exists near absolute zero temperature). Superfluids are already interesting in a lot of ways, like having no friction and the ability to climb walls but it turns out that if you confine them to nano-sized pipes, instead of flowing faster (like when you mostly cover the end of a garden hose with your thumb) the superfluid actually slows down.
Three New Opportunities Announced: 1) Museum and Community Partnerships, 2) Building with Biology, and 3) Sustainability in Science Museums
The NISE Network's DIY Nano app is featured in the September issue of FamilyFun magazine!
What’s a mini-grant?
The NISE Network is making available a limited number of small, one-time awards to support initiatives by NISE Net partners to engage their local audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology topics. Requests can be made for an award up to $3,000 dollars to fund a small project or be put towards a larger endeavor.
We have recently made some major improvements to the nisenet.org website. The new site features all the same popular content from the existing website but with a fresh new look, much faster load times, and improved content filtering. All of these changes will make it easier than ever for visitors to find exactly what they’re looking for.
We’ve been listening to your feedback and we think you’ll like what you see.
We’re making some major improvements to the nisenet.org website. The new site features all the same popular content from the existing website but with a fresh new look, much faster load times, and improved content filtering. All of these changes will make it easier than ever for visitors to find exactly what they’re looking for.
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