ASTC Announces Partnership with U.S. Department of Agriculture

On October 1, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack signed a partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) that will provide more than 500 member museums and science-technology centers with resources to incorporate agricultural science and research in their programs. The MOU was signed by Vilsack and... Read More

If you could go back, what advice would you give yourself when you first started your museum or informal education career?

This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the September/October 2015 issue of Dimensions magazine.   Before my first nonprofit management position (in England), I wish I could have coached my newbie self: learn about spreadsheets, practice daily meditation and stretching, and schedule physical exercise and play time... Read More

Q&A with Annick Desjardins: Using Polio to Kill Cancer

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson This interview appeared in the September/October 2015 issue of Dimensions magazine. When neurologist Annick Desjardins first heard about an experimental therapy that uses the polio virus to attack cancer cells, she admittedly thought it was an off-the-wall idea. In the 12 years since then, however, Desjardins—now associate professor of neurology at... Read More

2015 Diversity & Leadership Development Fellows

ASTC has chosen its 2015 Diversity & Leadership Development Fellows, including nine new Fellows and six alumni Fellows. The Fellows are museum professionals from underrepresented groups who will attend the 2015 ASTC Annual Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to gain professional development experiences, broaden their peer network, and have the opportunity to acquire and hone... Read More

Welcome New ASTC Members!

The following museums and organizations are now ASTC members: Imagination Playground, New York, New York Imagination Playground is the creator of play spaces designed around child-directed, unstructured free play, comprised of the Big Blue Blocks that were such a hit at ASTC 2014. (The blocks will be returning to ASTC 2015!) Cultural Assets Consulting, Henderson,... Read More

Dimensions, July/August 2015—Collections: More than Just Objects

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2015 In recent years, the line between collections-based and hands-on museums has sometimes become blurred. Many collections-based museums are incorporating hands-on experiences to help visitors connect more deeply to collections, while many science centers are finding that combining real objects with interactive exhibits and programs can create more meaningful visitor experiences.... Read More