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20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Vrylena Olney

The legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability was signed into law on July 26th twenty years ago.

The NISE Net has worked to create products that meet the needs of a diverse group of visitors, including people with and without disabilities, and through that work has developed universal design guidelines for both exhibits and public programs.  You can find the guides in the Tools and Guides section of the NISE Net catalog (/search/product_category/professional-development-27):

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Call for Network-Wide Meeting Session Ideas

Vrylena Olney

We're in the early planning stages for our Network-Wide Meeting, scheduled for October 26 - 28 in San Francisco, and we want to hear from you. 

We're planning a series of sessions focused on the ways that our partners are integrating nano topics into their outreach work (in a variety of contexts, including nano in afterschool programs, homeschool workshops, REU and RET trainings, summer camps, and more).  The sessions would involve short presentations followed by Q&A and discussion.  If you have work...

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2010 Kavli Price in Nanoscience

Vrylena Olney

The Kavli Prize recently announced their 2010 winners, and Don Eigler of IBM's Almaden Research Centre and Nadrian Seeman of New York University won in the nanoscience category.  Eigler was the first person to move an individual atom in a controlled way, and Seeman is "the founding father of structural DNA nanotechnology."  You can read more about the scientists' work in the attached Kavli award explanatory notes.

The awards go to scientists whose discoveries have "dramatically expanded human understanding in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience."  The prize...

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MRS Fall Meeting: Call for Papers

Vrylena Olney

 

Our partners from the Materials Research Society passed the following message on to me-- they're looking for papers and presenters for an Educational Symposium at the Fall 2010 MRS Meeting. -VO

This year the MRS 2010 Fall Meeting in Boston, November 29th – December 3th, is having an Educational Symposium – Symposium XX -  Materials Education Development and Outreach – From K-Grad.  We are hoping you will seriously consider participation in some capacity...

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Nano Haiku: Update Your Profile!

Vrylena Olney

I love to see your
Shining face. Please update your 
Contact info, thanks!

by Karen Pollard, Science Museum of Minnesota

Maybe when you first logged in you wrote a paragraph about your fascinating work, and included three ways to get in touch with you, and uploaded a super-flattering photo.  That's great!  But maybe you haven't updated your profile since you first logged in two years ago and now you work somewhere else.  And live two states away.  That makes it harder for other Network...

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Real World Nano: Nanotechnology for Human Enhancement: What Does the Public Think?

Clark Miller, Arizona State University

In 2002, two scientific leaders at the US National Science Foundation, Mihail Roco and William Bainbridge, edited a report entitled Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance. The report highlights nanotechnology for its ability to drive a convergence of technologies from multiple domains, including neuroscience, biotechnology, and computing, for the purposes of human enhancement. That is,...

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Real World Nano: Why Does Nano Matter? Bio-Non-Bio Interfaces

Clark Miller, Arizona State University

What would it mean if biological and non-biological systems were not just fully connectable but fully interchangeable? That’s one of the questions that nanotechnology poses for us. More than any other field of scientific inquiry, nanotechnology operates at the basic scales of biology. DNA, for example, has a rough width of 2.5 nm. Viruses are roughly 20 to 250 nm. A bacteria is roughly 1000 nm. So, nanotechnology spans from the scale of individual biological molecules through the scale of simple biological systems to the scale of living cells....

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Earth Day 2010

Vrylena Olney

Earth Day is April 22nd, and there are lots of potential Earth Day - nano ties.  Here's a sample of resources, activities, and articles that might be relevant: 

Energy (general)

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