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Newsletter: March 2022

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MARCH 2022     


NETWORK NEWS

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NanoDays

NanoDays is an annual event about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology and their impact on society. This is the time of year when NanoDays is celebrated (March 26-April 3, 2022). If you aren’t able to hold an in-person event this year, don’t worry –– you can use NanoDays activities anytime during the year to engage public audiences in-person and virtually. 
Learn more nisenet.org/nanodays

 

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World Quantum Day 

World Quantum Day (April 14, 2022) aims to promote public understanding of quantum science and technology. Learn more about quantum educational resources at nisenet.org/quantum
 


UPCOMING EVENTS

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Online Workshops
The NISE Network hosts free online workshops as professional development opportunities for our partners to share with and learn from each other. Online workshops take place on select Tuesdays at 2pm-3pm Eastern. View upcoming online workshops at nisenet.org/events 

  • April 5, 2022
    Communicating Climate Change to Diverse Audiences
    Learn more and register
  • May 3, 2022
    Earth and Space Resource Roundup - an Overview of All the NISE Network has to Offer
    Learn more and register
  • June 14, 2022
    Reconnect and Re-engage with the NISE Network 2022 - An Overview of Projects and Time to Reconnect
    Learn more and register

 

Association of Children’s Museums InterActivity Conference
May 16-18, 2022, Saint Louis
Learn more about NISE Network activities at the conference 


Children at the Lewisburg Children's Museum using the Exploring the Solar System: Design, Build, Test activity

PARTNER HIGHLIGHTS

Lewisburg Children's Museum in Pennsylvania Celebrates the James Webb Space Telescope Launch with NASA Astronaut Andrew Feustel

The Lewisburg Children's Museum in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania celebrated the recent launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) with someone very familiar with space telescopes: NASA Astronaut Andrew J. Feustel. The museum also welcomed U.S. Congressional Representative Fred Keller and Dr. Joel Leja from Penn State University, a researcher who studies galaxy formation and evolution to their event. 
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Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC works with local residents to monitor their air quality

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What role might a science center play in assessing local environmental risk? What responsibilities do science centers have in increasing environmental literacy in their local communities? In Durham, particulate matter pollution from highways, industry, and wildfires pose a disproportionate local health hazard to residents. The Museum of Life and Science is committed to helping residents find solutions, beginning with a better understanding of the scope and scale of the problem. 
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FEATURED ON THE WEBSITE

Looking for an easy way to discover resources on the nisenet.org website?
Check out our “Browse by Themes and Topics,” featuring curated collections of hands-on activities and resources by themes and STEM topics: nisenet.org/browse-topic

Featured collections

Recorded NISE Network online workshops

View the recordings and resources from recent NISE Net online workshops:

  • Increasing Community Resilience to Extreme Weather and Environmental Hazards - The Citizen Science, Civics, and Resilient Communities (CSCRC) Project (recorded 2/15/2022) View the recording
  • Working with STEM Experts - If Only There Was A Guide... Now There Is! (recorded 3/1/2022) View the recording

COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Artemis I Launch Anticipated Late March/April 2022
Artemis I will be an uncrewed flight test in 2022 that will provide a foundation for human deep space exploration. 

COVID-19 Coronavirus and Vaccine Resources - Messaging and Pandemic Fatigue
The Public Health Collaborative has updated its tough questions related to COVID-19, with suggested answers including how to respond to pandemic fatigue. 
Learn more 

NISE Network continues to compile resources as the situation continues to evolve:

 


SCIENCE IN THE NEWS


NANOTECHNOLOGY NEWS
Snowflakes up close
In this charming 5-minute PBS video, a Colorado doctor captures the stunning uniqueness of snowflakes using a black sock and a camera. A snowflake’s macroscale structure that we can see (the snowflake) reflects the nanoscale arrangement of water molecules.

Watch and read more

NISE Network resources: 

• Self-Assembly activity
Snowflakes: Nano at its Coolest program

• Water, ice, and snow resources
• Size and scale resources


SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY NEWS

Bioengineered food labeling
On Jan. 1, 2022 a new bioengineered food disclosure standard took effect in the US. Shoppers are seeing new "bioengineered” or “derived from bioengineering” labels appearing on their food. More than 90% of US-grown corn, soybeans, and sugar beets are genetically modified. This means that many processed foods containing high-fructose corn syrup, beet sugar, or soy protein may fall under the new disclosure standard. 

Read more

NISE Network resources:

• Bio Bistro activity
• Food activities
• Building with Biology kit


SPACE NEWS

NASA’s Perseverance rover celebrates one year on Mars
The rover has been on the planet for one year exploring Jezero Crater. A key objective for the mission is searching for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate, pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith (broken rock and dust). Read more

NISE Network resources: 

• Mars public engagement resources


CLIMATE CHANGE NEWS

New climate public opinion maps
The Yale Climate Opinion Maps have released a new set of maps displaying information about the diversity of US climate opinions. These maps can be a powerful tool for understanding opinion and can influence climate change policy and decision making for mitigation, adaptation, justice, and equity.
 Read more

NISE Network resources: 

• Climate Change resources


SUSTAINABILITY NEWS

Airless tires get their public test drive
The new Michelin tires are a step on the road to sustainability. As the name suggests, the airless tires don’t puncture, so they should last longer — which means less tires will need to be produced, helping limit waste. 
Read more

NISE Network resources:

 Sustainability resources


CHEMISTRY NEWS
Plastic dot sniffs out infections we can’t see 
Chronic wounds take months to heal, and infections can happen very fast. Keeping wounds covered can help them stay clean. But if bacteria grow beneath the bandages, things can get dangerous.

Read more

NISE Network resources:

• Chemistry Makes Scents activity
• Exploring Size - Smelly Balloons activity


STEM THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Discover activity ideas for incorporating current science, engineering, and technology content into events, special programming, holidays, and seasonal activities by visiting: nisenet.org/seasons

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NATIONAL MEETINGS AND CONFERENCES

  • Visitor Studies Association Conference, July 12-14, 2022, Omaha

    Learn more

  • ASTC Conference, September 12-15, 2022, Pittsburgh 

    Learn more

  • CAISE InformalScience.org conference calendar

    Learn more

  • National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Conferences

    Learn more

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