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Dimensions, January/February 2008—Small Matters: Communicating Science at the Nanoscale

IN THIS ISSUE January/Febuary 2008 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,... Read More

Thoughtful Decisions: The Evolution of the NISE Net Forums

By Larry Bell and Troy Livingston From ASTC Dimensions January/Feburary 2008 Though scientific research may at times appear removed from the daily concerns of life, the development of new technologies based on that research inevitably has societal implications. Decisions about technological development, therefore, require input beyond scientific knowledge, as the authors of Science for All... Read More

Dimensions, November/December 2007—Immersed in Science: Learning in Today’s Digital Environments

IN THIS ISSUE November/December 2007 In July/August 2006, ASTC Dimensions examined new social technologies—blogs, podcasts, wikis, RSS feeds, and other “Web 2.0” communication tools that allow Internet users to personalize their online experiences. That was then; this is now. Moving past MySpace, Facebook, and YouTube, the buzz today is about immersive digital experiences, mixed realities,... Read More

Dimensions, September/October 2007—The Engaged Scientist: Fostering Successful Museum-Researcher Collaborations

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2007 The IMLS-funded VolTS (Volunteers TryScience) project described in the September/October 2007 issue of ASTC Dimensions is a recent U.S. effort aimed at helping ASTC members forge better relationships with practicing scientists and engineers. But collaborations among content experts and museum educators are nothing new. Such partnerships date back to the... Read More

Content and Commitment: Insights from the VolTS Front-End Study

By Renee Miller From ASTC Dimensions, September/October 2007 In November and December 2005, Randi Korn & Associates Inc. (RK&A) conducted a front-end study for the Volunteers TryScience (VolTS) project (see sidebar at end). The evaluators conducted and analyzed 26 in-depth telephone interviews with members of three groups: scientists and engineers who volunteer in educational programs... Read More