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Q&A with the 2013 McGrath Fellows

Interviewed by Emily Schuster This interview appeared in the January/February 2014 issue of Dimensions magazine. Last October, a museum director from Brazil, a museum educator from Uruguay, a science teacher from Zimbabwe, and a deputy general director of a brand new science park in Israel joined nearly 1,700 attendees from 43 countries at the 2013... Read More

Dimensions, November/December 2013—Enlightening Our Practice: Advancing the Field Through Research

IN THIS ISSUE November/December 2013 While Dimensions has published new studies and research-based articles in the past, this is the first time an issue has focused entirely on research related to the science center and museum field. Research is critical to science center and museum professionals—it expands our perspectives and understanding, grounds our work in... Read More

Today’s Destination Visitors

By Diane Lochner and Tom Owen From Dimensions November/December 2013 Now that the United States has passed through the crucible of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, destination visitors, both locals and those traveling, are back. And they are wiser, seek greater value, and are more sensitive to “pain points” (see graph) than... Read More

A Fresh New Look

The entire ASTC staff is tremendously excited about the fresh, new, and inspirational look to ASTC these days. We hope readers ASTC’s print and online materials have noticed that the ASTC logo has taken on a new “flare,” literally! You could say the Association is “ablaze” with new programs and services, and our new logo... Read More

Engaging the Whole Community

On Monday, October 21, at ASTC 2013, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Garibay Group led a session entitled, “Promising Practices for Community Partnerships: A Call to Support More Inclusive Approaches to Public Participation in Scientific Research.” Session leader Jennifer Shirk of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology framed the discussion by explaining that at... Read More

Meet the McGrath Fellows

ASTC’s Lee Kimche McGrath Worldwide Fellowship aims to help individuals from science centers and museums outside the United States to attend the ASTC Annual Conference, in the hope that this experience will help them in the development of their institutions and the growth of the field worldwide. The Fellowship is named for ASTC’s first executive... Read More

Standard Practice

On Saturday, October 19, a standing-room-only crowd gathered at ASTC 2013 to discuss a topic that will impact both formal and informal science educators around the United States: the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The interactive session, entitled, “PD, NGSS, Science Centers, and Schools . . . Oh My!”, was led by Sharon Kortman,... Read More

Q&A with Jeffrey Rudolph

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson This interview appeared in the November/December 2013 issue of Dimensions magazine. Thirty-one years ago, Jeffrey Rudolph entered the science center and museum field “more or less by mistake.” Chance events led Rudolph, now president and CEO of the California Science Center (CSC) in Los Angeles and president of the California Science... Read More

Field Trips: What Teachers Told Us

By Mary Ann Wojton From Dimensions September/October 2013 Student field trips to COSI in Columbus, Ohio, attract approximately 75,000 visitors annually. We wanted to understand how teachers perceive our science center and field trip offerings in order to better serve them and to represent ourselves to them in the most positive and relevant way. Therefore,... Read More