NISE Network Blog

Changes Afoot at NIH - More $$$ for Science Education?

By Carol Lynn Alpert on July 27, 2009 | 0 comments

The National Institutes of Health maintains a 30 billion dollar portfolio of health and biomedical research, a yearly budget that roundly trumps that of the National Science Foundation (about 7 billion) and the National Nanotechnology Initiative (1.6 billion). Although NIH has no “Broader Impacts” criterion in its RFPs, it does expect researchers to contribute to education and outreach. This is fairly fertile territory for science museums to explore, perhaps through nurturing relationships with local NIH-funded research institutes.

Nanotubes and Asbestos Video

By Vrylena Olney on July 27, 2009 | 0 comments

(A confession: Brad Herring sent me a link to this video months ago and I carefully filed it away to include in a later blog post and in the newsletter. Then I forgot about it until Brad very graciously mentioned it last week. My apologies.)

Nano Sunscreens: Not So Bad?

By Vrylena Olney on July 20, 2009 | 0 comments

There's been some debate about the safety of nano-sized particles of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in sunscreens-- one of the scenarios discussed in the NISE Net's Nanomedicine in Healthcare forum relates to using nano-sized particles of zinc oxide in sunscreen. However, one consumer group recently weighed in that maybe nano sunscreens are okay.

Building connections between social science and informal science education

By Larry Bell on July 15, 2009 | 0 comments

Members of the NISE Net Program group and faculty and students at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University are teaming up to demonstrate and discuss potential collaborations between the social science community and the informal science education community at a conference of the Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies in Seattle in early September.

Blowing Bubbles and Learning About Nanostructures

By Vrylena Olney on July 8, 2009 | 0 comments

Visitors to the Sciencenter in Ithaca, NY, are blowing bubbles and exploring the nanoworld at the same time.

Visitors to the outdoor science park investigate the properties of bubbles, structures that self-assemble from soap film. They also create large soap films, observing that the colors of the film depend on its thickness. Summer campers are using clear nail polish to make rainbow-colored thin films that won't pop.

There's POLYMER SLIME in that summer camp!

By Vrylena Olney on July 2, 2009 | 0 comments

Campers at the Austin Children's Museum will be learning about molecules and mixing up a batch of polymer slime this summer, as well as extracting strawberry DNA, and doing the liquid crystals activity from the NanoDays kit in the museum's Girls Explore Science Camp.

What makes you think that?

By Vrylena Olney on June 19, 2009 | 0 comments

The NISE Net has a forum called "Risks, Benefits, and Who Decides?" but maybe the question should be "How do they decide?"