Director, Strategic Projects
Founding Co-Principal Investigator

Carol Lynn Alpert


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Carol Lynn Alpert, director of strategic projects at the Museum of Science in Boston, is one of the founding PIs of the NISE Net, and also serves as director of informal science education for the NSF Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing headquartered at Northeastern University, and director of public engagement for the NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center headquartered at Harvard University.

Carol Lynn has worked in the area of nanoscale informal science education since 2001, leading a team that produces museum programs, interactive media, science theater, TV news, guest researcher events, and professional development workshops. She wrote and directed The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show and produced the Nanomedicine Explorer interactive multimedia exhibit. Carol Lynn also directed the museum's annual Nanotech Symposium for Educators and Journalists for three years and executive-produced the six-DVD video series, Talking Nano, (available at She currently oversees production of a series of special live nanotech news segments on New England Cable News. She served as an advisor for Dragonfly TV: Nano, the Twin-Cities Public Television PBS series.

For NISE, Carol Lynn developed the Research - Informal Science Education (RISE) partnership initiative, and is working on the development of ISE and science communication professional development programs for early career researchers. She serves on the advisory board for the NSF Portal to the Public initiative.

Carol Lynn was also appointed to serve on the City of Cambridge Nanomaterials Advisory Committee. In this role, she was instrumental in arranging the first joint science museum - municipality public forum on nanotechnology. She has published several articles about nanotechnology, education, and public engagement in Materials Today, ASTC Dimensions, and in MRS, NSF, and ASEE conference proceedings. She is also active in the NIH NCRR SEPA community.

Carol Lynn joined the staff at the Museum of Science in 1999 to lead the development of the Current Science & Technology Center, an award-winning live stage, exhibit, cablecasting, and multimedia production facility designed to engage public audiences with current research. The CS&T story is told in the chapter "Bridging the Gap" in the 2004 Altamira Press book Creating Connections.

Before coming to the Museum of Science, Alpert developed and produced documentaries for the NOVA Science Unit, Frontline, the American Experience, Scientific American Frontiers, War and Peace in the Nuclear Age, and The Nobel Legacy for PBS, and five short films and the introductory film for the American Museum of Natural History's Hall of Biodiversity. She edited the book The Art of Possibility by Zander and Zander for Harvard Business School Press and Reagan: An American Story, for TV Books, served as business manager and writer for the Let's Go: Europe, series, and co-authored and designed The Aspen Trail Guide. Her first venture in informal science education was as a middle school student co-authoring The Charlie Ecology Coloring Book. Charlie was a penguin orphaned by DDT who traveled the world with his friend Dr. Environment getting people interested in living in harmony with the environment and other species. (Charlie found a home working as the education mascot for the Maryland National Capitol Park and Planning Commission.)

Alpert earned her BA Magna Cum Laude in the History of Science department at Harvard University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, AAAS, ASTC, and MRS.


Nanoscale phenomena, Data visualization, Technology tools and applications, Health and medicine, Environment, Information technology, Energy, Societal implications, Safety, Economics, Equity, Careers in nano, Consumer products, Envisioning the future

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