Science Celebrations

November 15th, 2008 - Posted in 2008, Dimensions by Christine Ruffo

IN THIS ISSUE
November/December 2008

In 2009, science centers and museums will celebrate the Year of Science, Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday, and the International Year of Astronomy. Every year, many institutions plan programs around global initiatives like Earth Science Week and international holidays like World Environment Day. New celebrations such as NanoDays and the Cambridge Science Festival, Massachusetts, are introducing thousands of people to science. In this issue, we examine how science celebrations are advancing public engagement with science, changing attitudes, bringing in new audiences, and strengthening links among science centers.

Contents
• Year of Science 2009: Communicating, Collaborating, and Celebrating Science, by Sheri Potter and Judy Scotchmoor
• From the Origin to the Future of Species: Celebrating Darwin’s Legacy, by Katie Edwards
• Stars Align for the International Year of Astronomy 2009, by Kat Stein
• ASTC and the International Year of Astronomy 2009, by Walter Staveloz
• Challenging and Changing Minds: Emotional Learning and Physics Competitions, by Rachel Moll
• We Threw a Party and Everybody Came: A Science Celebration Sampler (Small Things Considered, by Vrylena Olney and Karen Pollard; Doors Wide Open for Earth Science Week, by Geoff Camphire and Adrienne Barnett; Cooking Up Science in Cambridge, by John Durant and P.A. d’Arbeloff; Celebrating Science, Enlightening Community in Gujarat, by Narottam Sahoo)

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Cooking Up Science in Cambridge

November 15th, 2008 - Posted in 2008, Dimensions by Christine Ruffo

By John Durant and P.A. d’Arbeloff
From ASTC Dimensions
November/December 2008

Recipe:
1. Take one science city.
2. Carefully extract the juiciest parts, making sure to retain all the most enthusiastic graduate students, and as many superstar researchers and Nobel Laureates as you can find.
3. Mix thoroughly with generous quantities of actors, artists, broadcasters, critics, curators, entrepreneurs, exhibitors, impresarios, inventors, musicians, raconteurs, and writers.
4. Add a cup of civic leadership and a teaspoon of organizational flair, and bake for several months.
5. Serve as more than 200 separate courses over nine days, making sure that all sections of the community get plenty to eat.
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‘A Powerful Force for Good’: Science Centers and Social Issues

September 12th, 2008 - Posted in 2008, Dimensions by Christine Ruffo

ASTC DimensionsIN THIS ISSUE
September/October 2008

In April, ASTC committed to a new strategic direction, recognizing the responsibility of science centers to address critical societal issues locally and globally. The Toronto Declaration, presented at the Fifth Science Centre World Congress in June, underscored ASTC’s new focus, proclaiming that science centers can be “a powerful force for good.” By promoting dialogue on issues like climate change and human health, science centers can help forge the way toward a better future.

Contents
The Road Ahead: ASTC’s New Strategic Direction, by Lesley Lewis
• The Toronto Declaration
• Leading for Impact, by Lynn Luckow
• RACE: Fostering Community Conversations for Social Change, by Robert Garfinkle, with Science Centers and Social Change: Questions to Consider
• Still in Search of Relevance, by Emlyn Koster
• Building the Future: Science Centers and the Net Generation, by Jennifer Corriero
• Bringing the Public’s Voices to the Forefront, by Luigi Amodio
• Engaging Leaders and Citizens in Science, by Nohora Elizabeth Hoyos and Sigrid Falla
• ASTC’s IGLO Initiative: An Interim Review, by Colin Johnson
• The Albedo Experiment: They Came, They Saw, They Reflected, by Lynn Lim
• Spot On: The Albedo Experiment in Italy, by Lavinia Del Longo
• The Decide Game: An Indian Experience, by Emdadul Islam
• Resources for Addressing Social Issues

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The Road Ahead: ASTC’s New Strategic Direction

September 12th, 2008 - Posted in 2008, Dimensions by Christine Ruffo

By Lesley Lewis
From ASTC Dimensions
September/October 2008

In April, representatives of the ASTC Board, Committee Chairs, and Governing Members met in Birmingham, Alabama, to review the organization’s purpose and strategic directions. As a group, we were truly representative of ASTC members, with both small and large institutions at the table. We all left enthusiastic about the new strategies that emerged, and with a renewed sense of conviction about the powerful role science centers can play in a rapidly changing world.
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The Frugal Science Center: Doing More with Less

July 15th, 2008 - Posted in 2008, Dimensions by Christine Ruffo

Dimensions coverIN THIS ISSUE
July/August 2008

In today’s economy, science centers faced with shrinking resources are challenged to find innovative ways of doing more with less. How can science centers save money without sacrificing content or mission? In this issue, directors, chief executive officers, directors of operations, and other staff share their successes with strategies such as taking advantage of free web services, creating a program or exhibition on a shoestring, becoming more energy efficient, and pooling resources with community partners.

Contents
The Frugal Director: Leadership on a Limited Budget, by Ann Fumarolo
Off the Shelf: How Outsourcing Products and Services Can Deliver Visitor Satisfaction, by Marilyn Hoyt
‘Low Budget, High Impact’: Innovative Projects from Around the World, by Stephen Pizzey
Nine Free or Nearly Free Ways Museums Can Take Advantage of Web 2.0, by Jim Spadaccini
How ASTC Uses Free and Cheap Online Services, by Wendy Pollock
Big Ideas, Big Savings: A Cost-Cutting Sampler, by Robert Ade, David Kramer, Laura Davies, and Craig Blower
Resources for Saving Money

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