NISE Net at the ASTC Annual Conference

Vrylena Olney

The Association of Science-Technology Centers Annual Conference is coming up at the end of October and the NISE Net will have a bunch of stuff going on there. Here's a preliminary list of what's happening:

Welcome Reception
Meet us for drinks and appetizers on Friday, Oct. 30th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the Library Bar on 611 Houston St as part of the Fort Worth Welcomes You! Receptions. No need to RSVP, just stop by.

NISE Net Breakfast
The NISE Net is also hosting a breakfast on Monday, November 2nd for staff from institutions who have been involved in the Network. The breakfast will be an opportunity for you to tell us about your experiences, meet other NISE Net collaborators, get a first-hand look at a few of the new things in the development pipeline, and take home some outreach materials as a thank you from us for your work over the year. Please RSVP here so we can make sure we have enough food and coffee for everyone. If you're not coming to ASTC but someone else from your institution is and might might like an invitation, please let Juli Goss know (jgoss AT mos DOT org) so we can be sure to send them an invitation.

Exhibit Hall
We'll be in the ASTC Resource Area in the Exhibit Halls again this year, answering questions, showing off our revised NanoDays kit, and doing some hands-on activities.

- Grab a few friends and try out one of our new NanoDays activities: following simple rules to "self-assemble" your group into predetermined shapes!
- While you're there, try using your nose as a nano detector, identifying scents hidden inside colored balloons. Tiny, nano-sized scent molecules too small to see with just your eyes--but not too small to smell!

And, of course, we'll have the I'm Made of Atoms Tattoos.

Live Demo Hour
Frank Kusiak, Keith Ostfeld, and Anders Liljeholm will be doing live demos as part of the Live Demo Hour at 11:00 am on Sunday, November 1. The NISE Net demos will involve ice cream, potatoes, Diet Coke, and Mentos.

Conference Sessions
There will be nine conference sessions that feature NISE Net work. A full list with session descriptions, times, dates, and room locations is posted on the Nano Bite blog here.

Saturday Sessions:

  • Interpreting the Nanoworld through Juggling, Drama, Art, and Media
  • Public Engagement with Science and Technology Policy: How Far Should We Go?
  • Making the Invisible Visible: Visualizing Emerging Science with Artists

Sunday Sessions:

  • Dimensions of Public Engagement: Finding Your Footing in a Paradigm Shift
  • Public Impact Results for the Nanoscale Informal Science Education (NISE) Network

Monday Sessions:

  • Creative Programming and Current Science Learning
  • Sustainable Diversity Workshop: Conversation and Tools for Inclusivity

Tuesday Sessions:

  • Science Alliance: Advancing Science Communication by Bridging Diverse Organizations
  • Public Engagement in Current Science and Global Issues

Hope to see you there!