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Small Matters: Communicating Science at the Nanoscale

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Much of this issue is devoted to the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), a National Science Foundation-funded initiative intended to foster an informed U.S. citizenry and a competitive workforce in the emerging field of nanotechnology. Articles from the Museum of Science, Boston (lead institution), Science Museum of Minnesota, Exploratorium, and others describe network members’ progress in creating new public programs, exhibitions, media, online resources, and professional development opportunities based on the latest in nanotechnology. Of course, NISE Net was not the first to tackle the nano challenge. Here, too, are stories of pioneering exhibitions about science at the nanoscale and a preview of projects now done in development.

CONTENTS
  • A Very, Very Small Opportunity, by David Rejeski
  • Thoughtful Decisions: The Evolution of the NISE Net Forums, by Larry Bell and Troy Livingston
  • RISE: A Community-Focused Strategy for Public Engagement, by Carol Lynn Alpert
  • Scientists Speak about Nano: Nanoscience and the Public, by Bob Westervelt
  • Visualizing the Invisible: At the Frontier of Art and Science, by Tom Rockwell
  • Scientists Speak about Nano: Capturing the Public Imagination, by Krishna Madhavan
  • Too Small to Grasp? Lessons from Formative Exhibit Evaluation, by Kirsten Ellenbogen
  • Scientists Speak about Nano: Nanoscale Science and the Science Curriculum, by M. Gail Jones
  • Scientists Speak about Nano: Nanotechnology as a Catalyst for Change, by Ainissa G. Ramirez
  • A Nano Sampler: Exhibiting Emerging Technologies, by Natasha Waterson, Darrell Porcello and Catherine McCarthy
  • Resources for Nanoscale Science and Technology Learning

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