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Do smartphones and their cameras enhance or detract from the museum experience (or can they do both)?

This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the May/June 2016 issue of Dimensions magazine. I will not tell people whether or not they will have a better experience with or without those kind of media or technologies. We put up our “Photography Encouraged” signs [in the exhibition... Read More

In Memory of Sean Duran

ASTC is sad to report that Sean Duran, vice president of exhibition and design at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, Miami, passed away on April 30 at the age of 49 after a yearlong battle with a heart condition. As his colleagues at Frost Science wrote, he “brought a powerful intellect, a... Read More

Going Green

This is a supplement to an article that appeared in the March/April 2016 issue of Dimensions magazine. We asked science centers, museums, and aquariums to share how they are making their facilities and their practices more green and energy efficient, and how they have used these efforts to educate their visitors and communities about energy... Read More

Our Boards in Action: Matt Lorentzen on Turning a Science Center’s Finances Around

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson This interview appeared in the March/April 2016 issue of Dimensions magazine. Founded in 1961, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is an “important institution” in Palm Beach County, according to board chair Matt Lorentzen. Unfortunately, its finances didn’t always match its reputation. Before Lorentzen came aboard in 2008, the center... Read More

A Tribute to Remo Besio

We are sad to report that Remo Besio, director of the Swiss Science Center Technorama, Winterthur, from 1990 to 2008, died of cancer on March 14 at the age of 75. The following tribute was written by his friend Joe Ansel. Friends and colleagues are invited to share their memories here. Remo Besio, my friend... Read More

Making Teacher Professional Development More Effective: Energize Your Practices workshop series

As providers of teacher professional development (PD), we know that informal science education (ISE) centers provide an ideal setting for learning by capitalizing on creative and interactive approaches that easily inspire teachers. As ISE professionals, we know that this work is demanding and that it can be a challenge to share effective practices about how... Read More