The December 2013 issue of The Nano Bite (from the Nanoscale Information Science Education Network [NISENet]) includes a notice about this new item in the catalog,
→ National Geographic’s Mysteries of the Unseen World 3D film opened at selected theaters across the country in November. The film also includes accompanying educational materials, a museum educator guide, as well a free iPad app. More details on Mysteries of the Unseen World 3D film are available here.
By following the link I found this information about National Geographic’s ‘Mysteries of the Universe’ mentioned above,,
What You Can’t See Is All Around You. Mysteries of the Unseen World will transport audiences to places on the planet they’ve never been before, to see things that are beyond their normal vision yet are literally right in front of their eyes. Existing and emerging technologies are giving science exciting new images of long-hidden worlds—allowing viewers to see things not visible to the naked eye. Using high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology, one can peer into these invisible realms of things too fast, too slow, and too small to see. A collection of selected videos, activities, microscopic images, articles, and other resources accompany the film. You are invited to use these resources to help students describe the relationship between light and visibility, examine the properties of objects at the nanoscale, explore advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology, and journey into the unseen world around us.
As for this next tidbit, I don’t usually excerpt listings for upcoming conferences but I feel inclined to feature them at least once here,
→ Conferences and Meetings
If you’re planning to present at a conference on NISE Net-related projects and want to make the community aware of these activities, please notify Kayla Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org. Upcoming meetings and conferences that include NISE Network participation are indicated with an asterisk.
- *2013 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting – Boston, MA – December 1-6, 2013
- American Society for Nanomedicine (ASNM) 4th Annual Meeting – Rockville, MD – March 28-30, 2014
- *2014 Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting – San Francisco, CA – April 21-25, 2014
- *Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) Interactivity Conference 2014 – Phoenix, AZ – May 14-16, 2014
- *2014 American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo – Seattle, WA – May 18-21, 2014
- Visitor Studies Association (VSA) Conference 2014 – Albuquerque, NM – July 15-19, 2014: Deadline to submit conference session and workshop proposals is Monday, December 16, 2013
Happily, there’s a job listing in New York state this month,
→ Job opportunity: University of Buffalo – NSF BioXFEL Science and Technology, Education and Diversity Coordinator position
For the curious, NSF (National Science Foundation) BioXFEL is,
BioXFEL is a consortium established in 2013 of eight U.S. research universities that
addresses fundamental questions in biology at the molecular level.
Using a recently-invented pulsed hard X-ray laser, our researchers can capture biological molecules in atomic detail, view their functional motions by taking brief snapshots, and observe interactions in their native environment.
This opens up a new world to biology, to science, and to human health.
The job listing does not have its own webpage so you will need to scroll down past other job postings to find the Education and Diversity Coordinator position or you can view the full description below,
Education and Diversity Coordinator
Open from Sept 2013 until filled
Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute
The position of Education and Diversity Coordinator is supported by a new grant funded by the National Science Foundation and devoted to the application of free-electron X-ray lasers to structural biology. The Coordinator will support educational and diversity initiatives and will be responsible for recruitment, retention, and professional development efforts. He/she will integrate and foster education and research efforts through innovative activities and outreach to trainees, either physically or virtually.
The Coordinator will work with members of the grant to ensure that all educational and diversity objectives are met. He/she will work under the direction of the Chief Educational Officer and Community Coordinator to recruit, retain, and educate a diverse community of students and postdocs to excel in scientific discovery and will provide professional development to Summer fellows, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Ideal candidate will hold a Master’s degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math), have demonstrated experience developing and conducting educational initiatives and programs, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, experience with educational program development and administration, be a team player and have demonstrated the ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team.
A PhD in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math); specific experience with programs for undergraduate, graduate students and post doctoral fellows; working knowledge of education assessment and evaluation methods and procedures.
Note: This position will require some travel to other campuses and active participation in recruitment and educational/outreach programs.
Please send resume and cover letter to:
Director of Operations and Academic Affairs
Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute
700 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, New York 14203
Finally, here’s a Nano Haiku,
Calling all poets and authors! Seeking creative and fun haiku submissions to include in the monthly Nano Bite.
Rescue us nano
This month’s haiku was submitted by Kayla Berry and was inspired by the potential that nanotechnology has on the remediation of human-influenced polluted ecosystems.
You can find the full December 2013 issue of The Nano Bite here.