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Where's the Science in Science Centers

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September/October 2001

How to put science in the hands of the people, when the scientific enterprise now operates on a scale both microscopic and vast? That’s a central question for science centers, one that gets harder to answer as museum leaders feel increasingly constrained by a complex, competitive environment. In this issue, we hear multiple perspectives on the challenge of keeping the science in science centers—from the role of floor staff to the meaning of “science” itself.

CONTENTS
A Scientist for the Day: Exploration and Discovery in the Museum, by J. Shipley Newlin Jr.
• What is ‘Science’ Anyway? Differing Perceptions among Science Center Staff, by Shawn Rowe
• Science at the Smithsonian, by Carolyn Sutterfield
• Partners for Public Understanding: Science Researchers and Museums Join Forces, by Art Ellis, Paul Krajniak, Deanna TeBockhorst, Wendy Naughton and David A. Ucko
• Doing ‘Wet Science’, by Ingrid Sulston and Martin Weiss
• In Defense of Scientifically ‘Worthless’ Exhibits, by Albert J. Read

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