Small Steps; Big Impact
This guide, designed for the U.S. science museum community, was produced by the Strategic Projects Group at the Museum of Science, Boston, for the NISE Network, with funding from the National Science Foundation (ESI-0532536 ). It was written by Carol Lynn Alpert and illustrated and designed by Jeanne Antill.
A Living Resource
This website is in development. It is designed to grow and expand with community input. We welcome your comments, feedback, suggestions, anecdotes and case studies on the Comment/Discuss page. Or, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Other NISE Network resources for building partnerships can be found at nisenet.org/rise.
The NISE Network
The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network is funded by the National Science Foundation “to foster public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology through the establishment of a Network, a national infrastructure that links science museums and other informal science education organizations with nanoscale science and engineering research organizations.” The Network’s Research Center – Informal Science Education partnership initiative (RISE) grew out of this mandate to foster partnerships between science museums and research centers. The NISE Network includes individuals and organizations involved in nanoscale research, outreach, and education. There are no requirements for membership. Please see www.nisenet.org
For University-Based Researchers
A similar guide, designed for use by the STEM research community, is available at Bringing Nano to the Public: A Collaboration Opportunity for Researchers and Museums
The author would like to gratefully acknowledge the following individuals for sharing their extensive experience, wisdom and expertise, and for carefully reading and commenting on earlier drafts: Jeanne Antill, Larry Bell, David Chesebrough, Jayatri Das, Margaret Glass, Kim Kiehl, Catherine McCarthy, Chris Roman, Karine Thate. Any surviving errors are my own, and, of course, further feedback is welcome.
Many thanks to the following individuals who were also consulted and in many cases provided quotes that are used throughout the text: Shefford Baker, Carol Barry, Jacy Bird, Ahmed Busnaina, Raoul Correa, Mike Falvo, Bruce Fuchs, Andrew Greenberg, Laura Higgins, Kathryn Hollar, Jackie Isaacs, Larry Klein, Troy Livingston, Tom Mallou, Eric Marshall, Andrew Maynard, Marco Molinaro, Amy Moll, Greta Zenner Peterson, Ainissa Ramirez, Mike Rathbun, Christine Ruffo, Laura Russell, Dennis Schatz, Richard Souza, Dan Steinberg, Bob Westervelt, Jameson Wetmore, George Whitesides, Lauren Zarzar.
About the author
Carol Lynn Alpert is one of the founders of the NISE Network and serves as director of the Strategic Projects Group at the Museum of Science in Boston (MOS). She has co-developed many successful long-term collaborative partnerships with university-based research centers and has written and spoken extensively on the subject. Alpert led the team that developed the award-winning Gordon Current Science & Technology Center at MOS. She has developed and produced numerous CS&T exhibitions, as well as live programs and performances, live science news TV reporting, videos and DVDs, multimedia programs, educator symposia, and science communication professional development workshops. Before joining the Museum of Science in 1999, Alpert produced and co-produced history and science television documentaries for several primetime PBS series – including NOVA, The American Experience, Frontline, War and Peace in the Nuclear Age – and exhibit films for the Hall of Biodiversity at the American Museum of Natural History. Alpert received a BA in History and Science magna cum laude from Harvard University. She is a member of AAAS, ASTC, MRS, and Phi Beta Kappa.
About the illustrator and designer
Jeanne Antill is a little shy about writing anything about herself and often tries to shrink into the background, despite her prodigious art and design talent, her hilarious writing and stand-up comedy skills, and her uncanny ability to notice an overwritten and wordy sentence when one is thrust upon her in a design context. Just in the past five years, Jeanne has designed and illustrated more educational material about nanotechnology than anyone should be called upon to do in a lifetime. Before coming to the Museum of Science, Jeanne “did” the corporate world and had a real life.