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Nano Bite: September 2010

Welcome to the September Nano Bite, the monthly e-newsletter for the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net).
What's New? Back to School!
A K-12 NanoDays Collaboration     
Last NanoDays, the University of Wisconsin-Madison MRSEC collaborated with the Madison Children's Museum and 800 students and teachers at the Aldo Leopold Elementary school to create a 5' round window decorated with nanoparticle stained glass (actually hardened plastic with tiny particles of silver and gold in it).  After 6 - 7 days at the school and many, many presentations on nanotechnology and stained glass, the window is now complete and permanently installed in the arts wing of the new children's museum building.  Read more about the collaboration and download some of the materials on here.
National Science Resources Center Webinar
The National Science Resources Center (NSRC) of the National Academies and Smithsonian Institution are organizing a webinar on informal science learning this Thursday, September 9 from 2 - 3 pm eastern time.  The webinar will focus on disseminating information from the National Academies practitioner guide, Surrounded by Science: Learning Science in Informal Environments, with a look at learning in museum environments.  Those of you in the DC area can also participate in person at the National Museum of Natural History.  Visit the NSRC website for information about the event and to participate in the webinar.
What Else?
There are a few new blog posts up on, including:
Call for Papers - MRS Spring Meeting
The Materials Research Society has put out a call for papers for their Spring 2011 Meeting in San Francisco, April 25 - 29.  MRS is having an Educational Symposium on Materials Education and Evaluation, covering K-12, Undergraduate, Graduate, and Informal education and are encouraging NISE Net partners to consider participating in any capacity.  MRS will be accepting paper submissions from October 2 - November 2.  Click here for more details.
NISE Net at the ASTC Conference
The NISE Net will be at the Association of Science-Technology Centers Conference in Hawaii at the beginning of October.  You can find us in the ASTC Resource Center in the Exhibit Hall, presenting at sessions, at one of the Honolulu Welcomes You! Receptions on Friday evening, and hosting a breakfast Monday morning.  Check out for more information and a full list of activities.
Nano Haiku
Kit kit kit kit kit kit kit
There are no nodes now.

by Anders Liljeholm of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.  Those of you who may not remember that our regional hubs used to be call nodes (or those looking to brush up on their NISE Net vocabulary in general) can check out the NISE Net Glossary in the catalog. 
Questions? Haikus? Contributions to the newsletter? Contact Vrylena Olney at [email protected]