Nano and Society Case Study of a Research-to-Practice Partnership between University Scientists and Museum Professionals - 2014

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This case study conducted by SRI Education examined how complex and potentially controversial science ideas are translated for the public through a research-to-practice partnership between university scientists and museum professionals, collaborating to address a problem of educational practice, with mutual benefits. The study explored how collaborators leveraged each other’s expertise and priorities in order to create workshops to educate museum staff and educational products to engage the public about the Social and Ethical Issues (SEI)1 of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology (nano). The collaboration was part of the NSF-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), which has been working for the past nine years to educate the public about nano.


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Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

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SRI International


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