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PLACES: Helping Science, Politics, and Communities Interact

By Emma Wadland From Dimensions September/October 2011 “PLACES is ensuring that science centers and museums are quickly becoming the ideal forums for politicians to easily access reliable scientific information and for citizens to engage in two-way dialogue about science. This will allow people to exercise full citizenship in science and technology issues.” —Antonio Gomes da... Read More

What is your institution doing to sustain high staff morale in tough economic times?

This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the September/October 2011 issue of Dimensions magazine. We make time to celebrate successes! It’s important to focus on the impact our institution has on its visitors and how each staff person contributes to this impact. Additionally, we continue to have... Read More

Q&A with Ayman Elsayed

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson This interview appeared in the September/October 2011 issue of Dimensions magazine. The deputy director of the Library of Alexandria’s Planetarium Science Center on global partners, local heroes, and surviving a revolution Egypt’s cultural and educational institutions were not spared the chaos in the country early this year. Looters broke into Cairo’s... Read More

What steps has your institution taken to maximize its relevance to its community?

This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the July/August 2011 issue of Dimensions magazine.   Chabot Space & Science Center has proudly become the local source for environmental science education. Our newest exhibition, Bill Nye’s Climate Lab, increases climate literacy through engaging, solutions-based activities. Chabot’s 50,000+ school field... Read More

Q&A with Michael Specter

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson This interview appeared in the July/August 2011 issue of Dimensions magazine. The science writer and ASTC 2011 speaker on denialism, vaccine phobia, and why organic food won’t save the world In the face of today’s massive organic movement, Michael Specter lauds synthetic drugs and genetically modified foods. Specter, staff writer at... Read More

Empowering and inspiring youth

What makes a successful youth program? At the session “Making the Most of a Youth Development and Employment Program” at the ASTC Annual Conference on October 3, representatives from U.S. and U.K. science centers and museums described how they’re empowering youth to gain meaningful work experience, take on high levels of responsibility, increase their STEM... Read More

Partnerships for public engagement

Science centers are ideally positioned to help scientists communicate and engage in dialogue with the public, according to Alan I. Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and executive publisher of Science. Leshner presented a special session entitled “Scientists and Science Centers: A Great ‘Glocal’ Partnership Opportunity” at the ASTC Annual... Read More