Lesley Lewis, ASTC president, and Wit Ostrenko, ASTC immediate past president, presented retiring ASTC executive director Bonnie VanDorn with the Fellow Award for Outstanding Contribution “for leading ASTC from its modest beginnings to a truly global community of science center professionals, while simultaneously expanding the size, stature, and strength of the entire field. Bonnie used a reflective encyclopedic knowledge of ASTC’s members—the people they employ, the challenges they face, and the audiences they serve—to help build capacity, nurture creativity, and cultivate inclusiveness in all. Buoyant, brilliant, inquisitive, and persevering, she steered ASTC’s course steadfastly for 27 years, earning our deepest admiration and respect.”
The ASTC Fellow Award for Outstanding Contribution, first presented in 1974, is bestowed upon individuals who merit special recognition for their significant contributions to the advancement of public understanding and appreciation of science and technology or of ASTC itself.
About the image: Bonnie VanDorn accepts the ASTC Fellow Award.