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Science treads the boards

One presenter traveled across 7,000 miles and 2,250 years to be at the ASTC Annual Conference. The November 1 session “Lights Up on Science: Rich Learning Experiences Through Live Theater” began with a performance of Eratosthenes’ Shadow, an original play created at Explora in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in which an actor portraying Eratosthenes, the chief librarian... Read More

Take it to the stage

“REDOX, that’s a chem. abbreviation, REDOX, it means reduction-oxidation That’s what’s got you down, nearly driving you insane, It happens when electrons are lost and gained.” The sounds of songs like this one drifted out from the session “Science in Song” at the ASTC Annual Conference on October 31. Three science center bands shared their... Read More

Anousheh Ansari speaks of passion for science and education in keynote

Technology innovator, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and space explorer Anousheh Ansari gave the keynote address, entitled “Science Centers as Agents of Change,” at the ASTC Annual Conference on October 31. Deeply committed to bringing people together for social change, Ansari spoke of the great potential she sees in science centers for inspiring curiosity, creativity, and action on societal... Read More

1,800 from 31 countries attend ASTC 2008

More than 1,800 science center professionals from 31 countries gathered in Philadelphia, October 18–21, for the 2008 ASTC Annual Conference. Over 140 conference sessions challenged participants to explore their responsibility to both their scientific and public constituencies. Keynote speaker Steven Berlin Johnson, a journalist, cultural critic, and web developer, encouraged science centers to become places... Read More

Museums and the mind

As advances in neuroscience reveal biological pathways underlying emotion, attention, and memory, how can science centers harness this new research to create effective museum experiences? In an October 19 session at the ASTC Annual Conference, Jayatri Das, senior exhibit and program developer at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, led a panel of experts in neuroscience,... Read More

Science centers and bioethics

What role should science centers play in addressing complex ethical issues in the biomedical and life sciences, such as embryonic stem cell research, cloning, global warming, genetically modified foods, and vaccine safety? In the session “Why Don’t They Understand? Public Perception of Controversy in Science” on October 18 at the ASTC Annual Conference, Arthur Caplan, director of... Read More

Steven Berlin Johnson delivers ASTC 2008 keynote address

Journalist and cultural critic Steven Berlin Johnson gave the keynote address at the ASTC Annual Conference in Philadelphia on October 18. His talk, entitled “Thinking Across Boundaries: Inspiration from The Ghost Map,”  drew upon his most recent bestselling book. The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic—and How it Changed Science, Cities, and... Read More