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ASTC 2008: In the Public Eye

Science center professionals from across the globe will gather in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 18–21, for the 2008 ASTC Annual Conference. ASTC 2008, “In the Public Eye: Science Centers at the Crossroads of Science and Culture,” is being hosted by the Franklin Institute. Highlights include conference sessions on topics like learning in informal environments, covering current... Read More

In the shadow of the Moon

As the Moon’s shadow fell over the Xinjiang Province in northwestern China today, an eclipse expedition team from the Exploratorium, the center’s fifth since 1998, stood ready to webcast the total solar eclipse live to the world. Four cutting-edge telescopes were used to provide live feeds of the eclipse, and Exporatorium scientists Rob Semper and Paul Doherty provided... Read More

Dimensions, July/August 2008—The Frugal Science Center: Doing More with Less

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2008 In today’s economy, science centers faced with shrinking resources are challenged to find innovative ways of doing more with less. How can science centers save money without sacrificing content or mission? In this issue, directors, chief executive officers, directors of operations, and other staff share their successes with strategies such... Read More

Noyce Leadership Institute launched

The Noyce Leadership Institute’s first cohort of Fellows—17 chief executives from science centers worldwide—recently gathered in Seattle for a week-long session beginning the nine-month program of face-to-face sessions, coaching, video conferencing, and peer learning. The Institute was founded in partnership with ASTC to immerse both existing and aspiring executives in cutting-edge knowledge and tools, promising... Read More

Iowa flood damages Science Station

On June 11, Cedar Rapids Science Station sustained serious flood damage and will be closed indefinitely. Water rose to a level of seven feet on the first floor, leaving a coating of mud on virtually everything up to the high-water mark. All but a few exhibits were destroyed, along with computers and other media equipment. “One... Read More

RACE exhibition receives award at AAM annual meeting

RACE: Are We So Different?, a traveling exhibition developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota in partnership with the American Anthropological Association, recently received the American Association of Museums’ Award of Excellence in Exhibition. The 5,000-square-foot exhibition explores the history, science, and lived experience of race and racism in the United States. Says project director... Read More

Dimensions, May/June 2008—From Intent to Impact: Building a Culture of Evaluation

IN THIS ISSUE May/June 2008 Science centers regularly collect data about exhibits and programs, documenting how visitors respond to what the institution offers to public audiences. But once the report is filed, what happens to this knowledge? Is it used to inform daily practice, influence future planning, or demonstrate to a funding organization that the... Read More