Catherine McCarthy

  • What I do, where I work

  • I currently work for the Science Museum of Minnesota as Project Leader for the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network) ( The goal of the network is to create a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.

  • Current position

  • Project Leader - NISE Network at Science Museum of Minnesota

Earlier positions

  • Grant Projects Director at Sciencenter


  • More about me

  • Previously, I worked for the Sciencenter in Ithaca, NY, as Grant Projects Director managing a wide variety of grant funded exhibit projects and educational programs as well as overseeing our traveling exhibitions program ( I was the project manager for the “It’s a Nano World: Smaller than a Spot on a Ladybug” ( and “Too Small to See: Zoom into Nanotechnology” ( exhibitions and active in the NISE Network. I also had the opportunity to focus on other topics such as astronomy (, Sagan Planet Walk (, chemistry (, re-use (, tobacco, and integrated pest management.

    Outside of work, I enjoy the outdoors and am currently President of the Cayuga Nature Center (

    Prior to joining the museum field, I worked for local government agencies in environmental management, solid & hazardous waste, and pollution prevention. I hold a BS from Cornell University in natural resources and environmental engineering and an MS and PhD from UC Davis in ecology, focusing on environmental policy analysis and planning.

  • Zoom into Nano

    Zoom into Nano

    Case Study

    by Catherine McCarthy Published July 30 2007

    A traveling 5,000 sq. ft. hands-on interactive museum exhibition focusing on how we see and make things that are too small to see. Nanoscale science and engineering is the process through which materials are manipulated on the molecular scale to...

  • It's a Nano World

    It's a Nano World

    Case Study

    by Catherine McCarthy Published July 30 2007

    It's a Nano World: Smaller than a Spot on a Ladybug A traveling 3,000 sq. ft. hands-on interactive museum exhibition that introduces children and their families to the biological wonders of the nano world thatÂ’s too small to see with just...