The Nise Network Visits Capitol Hill
July 13, 2012
The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network™ (NISE Net) headed to Capitol Hill in May for the 18th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) exhibition and reception in the Rayburn House Office Building. The theme of this year's event was Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Research and Education: Underpinning American Innovation. The Museum of Science, Boston is a lead partner with the Exploratorium and the Science Museum of Minnesota in the NISE Network, a 10-year, $41 million project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Over 280 Congressional staff, key NSF officers, representatives from the scientific community, and several members of Congress explored the CNSF exhibition which highlighted 35 research and education projects made possible through NSF funding.
The NISE Network™ is a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology by developing educational resources for various audiences. NISE Net representatives Larry Bell (center, photo) and Eli Bossin (not shown), both from the Museum of Science, discussed NISE Net programs and impact nationwide with NSF deputy director Cora Marrett (on left in photo) and NSF assistant director for education and human resources Joan Ferrini-Mundy (on right).
The Museum of Science's National Center for Technological Literacy® is a member of CNSF, an alliance of over 120 organizations united by a concern for the future vitality of the national science, mathematics, and engineering enterprise. CNSF supports the goal of increasing the national investment in NSF research and education programs in response to the unprecedented scientific, technological and economic opportunities facing the United States.