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Remembering Claudine K. Brown

ASTC is saddened by the loss of Claudine K. Brown and honored to share this tribute by her friend and colleague, Shari Rosenstein Werb, director of education and outreach at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Claudine K. Brown, who served as the Smithsonian Institution’s assistant secretary for education and access,... Read More

In Memory of Craig Blower

On March 16, Craig Blower, chief operating officer at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, passed away after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 63. Blower started working at the Fleet in 1999, where he became a part of a strong and devoted team. He was also an integral member of the... Read More

Has your institution used any creative or “outside-the-box” methods to attract visitors?

This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the January/February 2016 issue of Dimensions magazine. In November 2015, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History teamed up with the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut, for a very successful “outside-the-box” program that was actually an “inside-the-box” experience! In conjunction... Read More

Marketing Success Stories

This is a supplement to an article on marketing successes and failures that appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of Dimensions magazine. To announce the Orlando Science Center, Florida, surpassing a record 500,000 total visitors for the year, we developed an opportunity that attracted great buzz and media attention. We wanted to award our 500,000th... Read More

Our Boards in Action: Chatting with Outgoing and Incoming ASTC Board Chairs Chevy Humphrey and Linda Conlon

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson This interview appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of Dimensions magazine. “Out with the old, in with the new” does not apply to Chevy Humphrey and Linda Conlon, ASTC’s outgoing and incoming board chairs, respectively. The two women have worked together closely since Humphrey, president and CEO of Arizona Science Center... Read More

In Memoriam: Bill Stanley

ASTC was sad to learn that mammaologist and educator Bill Stanley passed away on October 6 while doing field work in the mountains of Ethiopia. He was 58 years old. Stanley was director of the Gantz Family Collections Center at Chicago’s Field Museum. He began his tenure at the museum in 1989 as collection manager... Read More

No Money, No Mission: Strategies for building a financially strong museum

“Talk about money, and everybody shows up!” Ann Metzger remarked to a standing-room-only crowd at the Monday morning ASTC 2015 session “No Money, No Mission: Strategies for building a financially strong museum.” Metzger, the Henry Buhl, Jr., co-director of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Science Center, convened a group of chief executives to discuss the “nitty gritty” details... Read More