The January 2015 issue of the Nano Bite (newsletter from the Nanoscale Information Science Education Network [NISENet]) provides some information about preparing for NanoDays 2015 (March 28 – April 5),
→ Getting Ready for NanoDays 2015: March 28 – April 5
We’re busy packing up the NanoDays 2015 physical kits and getting all the digital files ready to post to nisenet.org. This year’s kit includes eight new hands-on activities and also includes planning and marketing materials for your event, professional development materials for staff and volunteer training, and training videos for all the NanoDays 2015 activities. The digital kit will be available for download at http://www.nisenet.org/nanodays by the end of January.
Next, one of NISENet’s online brown bag conversations features a session on video production,
Nano 101 – How to Introduce the Smallest Science
Wednesday, January 14, 2015: 2 pm – 3 pm ET
How can you present the basics of nano in just an hour or two? Join this discussion to learn how your colleagues introduce nano to different audiences. We’ll share our favorite examples, activities, and videos. [Sign up]
The last item to be featured from the Jan. 2015 newsletter is a report by Larry Bell on The Future of Nanoscale Research and Development published in a Dec. 9, 2014 post on his NISENet blog,
The 2014 Nanoscale Science and Engineering Grantees Conference kicked off today with a presentation by Mihail (Mike) Roco, Senior Advisor for Nanotechnology and leader of NSF’s [US National Science Foundation] contribution to the National Nanotechnology Initiative. He presented a view of nanotechnology research and development through 2030. He started with this chart:
The chart predicts that at some point in the future nanomanufacturing, as a general purpose technology that is useful for many different applications, will overtake digital technology in terms of economic importance and societal impact.
Then, there was this penultimate paragraph, which changed the topic somewhat,
So even though the funding that supported convergence within the nanoscale informal science education community will end in the year ahead, the work of the NISE Net will live on in divergent ways throughout the informal science education community.
I will miss NIISENet. Ah well, everything changes. In the meantime, you can find the entire January 2015 Nano Bite here.