NISE Network Blog

Network-Wide Meeting Materials: Team-Based Evaluation

Vrylena Olney

The NISE Net Network-Wide Meeting was held in San Francisco on October 26 - 28, 2010 and included a number of concurrent sessions and workshops (see the full list of workshops and sessions).  Some of the presenters and organizers have graciously offered to make their presentations, handouts, or other resources from their workshops and sessions available to the larger Network through the Nano Bite blog.  The following materials are from the Team-Based Evaluation Session led by Christine Reich and Amy Grack Nelson.

Network-Wide Meeting: Keynotes

Vrylena Olney

Just a few weeks ago, the NISE Net hosted its Network-Wide Meeting in San Francisco (October 26 - 28, 2010). There were three keynote talks during the first morning of the meeting, and all three presenters have graciously agreed to share their presentations with the Network here.

"The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Pencil Lead"

Vrylena Olney

We didn't have room in the latest newsletter to include all the different links and interesting resources related to the 2010 Nobel Prize award for work on graphene.   If you missed it in the newsletter, or are just looking for even more graphene information, keep reading:

An excellent source of online resources for public engagement is the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD)

Larry Bell
Keynote addresses by Andrew Maynard and Kathy Sykes at the recent Network-Wide Meeting of the NISE Net, and sessions and workshops on addressing societal, environmental, and ethical issues in connection with nanoscale science, engineering, and technology, may have left attendees looking for ideas about how to build public engagement into their program activities.

Lifecycle of a Decision-maker

Larry Bell
Last week's Network-Wide Meeting raised questions about how science museums can engage the public in consideration of societal, environmental, and ethical issues related to nanoscale science and engineering and any emergent technology, and how we as a society and as individuals make decisions that affect the future. Scientists and universities together interact in many ways with the lifecycle of a decision-maker. Here's an image that I made for the session last Wednesday on Anticipatory Governance.

NanoDays 2011 Kit Application

Margaret Glass

The online application for 2011 NanoDays kits is now live! The NISE Network renewal is exciting for many reasons – not the least of which is the continuation of NanoDays as the signature public outreach event for nanoscale science and technology. As we move into this second 5-year period, the NISE Net team will continue to develop and distribute high quality, hands-on activities for informal educators and research outreach specialists for public engagement about nano.


Carol Lynn Alpert

Small Steps; Big Impact: A guide for science museum leaders developing partnerships with university based research centers has been published online at   The online format facilitates visitors in selecting topics of greatest interest and it will allow the guid