Q&A with Ari Daniel: Telling Science Stories on the Airwaves

June 26th, 2014 - Posted in 2014, Dimensions, Q&A by Emily Schuster

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson

This interview appeared in the July/August 2014 issue of Dimensions magazine.

Strange noises in a Connecticut backyard, love affairs between tiny copepods, and chemicals that exist in the clouds between stars: These are a few of the subjects that Ari Daniel has turned into fascinating science stories. Daniel has united his lifelong passions for science and storytelling through his work as a freelance radio journalist (you may have heard him on (U.S.) National Public Radio) and digital associate producer at NOVA. He also hosts the Boston chapter of the Story Collider, in which other narrators take the stage to relay their science-related tales. Here, Daniel reveals how—and why—to find and share great scientific anecdotes with the public.

Read the full transcript, or listen to the podcast below.


Q&A with Sean Carroll

April 24th, 2014 - Posted in 2014, Dimensions, Q&A by Emily Schuster

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson

This interview appeared in the May/June 2014 issue of Dimensions magazine.


Ron Howard and Natalie Portman are among the Hollywood elite whose work has been influenced by Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology. Based in Los Angeles, Carroll counts working with television and movie bigwigs among his many extracurricular pursuits. The Science and Entertainment Exchange, a program of the (U.S.) National Academy of Sciences, links Carroll and other experts with entertainment industry figures who are looking to add a scientific dimension to their productions. In a recent discussion with Dimensions, Carroll recounted favorite moments from consulting on box office smashes, as well as the importance of adding elements of science to unexpected realms.

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Q&A with Angelo Vermeulen

February 27th, 2014 - Posted in 2014, Dimensions, Q&A by Emily Schuster

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson

This interview appeared in the March/April 2014 issue of Dimensions magazine.

Angelo Vermeulen’s title is tricky to fit on a business card. He defines himself as an even combination of visual artist, scientist, and community organizer. Vermeulen completed his first Ph.D., on the deformation of teeth of nonbiting midges, at Belgium’s Catholic University of Leuven in 1998. (He is now at work on a second Ph.D. in starship design.) He also graduated from the city’s Academy of Fine Arts with a degree in photography. This combination of art and science has taken Vermeulen around the world—and nearly beyond—speaking at the TED conference in California, developing a community art project in the Philippines, and experimenting with food on the (simulated) surface of Mars. He chatted with Dimensions about his multifaceted career and endeavors, and how they someday might help sustain humankind.

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Q&A with the 2013 McGrath Fellows

December 19th, 2013 - Posted in 2014, Dimensions, Q&A by Emily Schuster

 Interviewed by Emily Schuster

This interview appeared in the January/February 2014 issue of Dimensions magazine.

Last October, a museum director from Brazil, a museum educator from Uruguay, a science teacher from Zimbabwe, and a deputy general director of a brand new science park in Israel joined nearly 1,700 attendees from 43 countries at the 2013 ASTC Annual Conference in Albuquerque. These four professionals were the recipients of the Lee Kimche McGrath Worldwide Fellowship, thanks to significant financial support from the Gelfand family.

Named for ASTC’s first executive director, the Fellowship helps individuals from science centers and museums outside the United States attend the ASTC Annual Conference, in the hope that this experience will help them in the development of their institutions and the growth of the field worldwide. This year’s Fellows—Diego Vaz Bevilaqua, director of Museu da Vida/Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Fiorella Silveira Segui, head of education at Espacio Ciencia, Laboratorio Tecnológico del Uruguay, Montevideo; Susan Wairimu Mahachi, a science teacher at Chisipite School, Harare, Zimbabwe, who has started working on creating the Zimbabwe Science Centre; and Netzach Farbiash, deputy general director for scientific content at Carasso Science Park, Beer Sheva, Israel—came to the conference seeking opportunities to network and gather resources and ideas.

We spoke to the McGrath Fellows during ASTC 2013 to learn about their institutions’ current work and future goals and challenges.

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Q&A with Jeffrey Rudolph

October 19th, 2013 - Posted in 2013, Dimensions, Q&A by Emily Schuster

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson

This interview appeared in the November/December 2013 issue of Dimensions magazine.

Thirty-one years ago, Jeffrey Rudolph entered the science center and museum field “more or less by mistake.” Chance events led Rudolph, now president and CEO of the California Science Center (CSC) in Los Angeles and president of the California Science Center Foundation, to a storied career. That, in turn, earned him the ASTC Fellow Award for Outstanding Contribution, the Association’s highest honor, this year. Here, Rudolph reveals his favorite memories and his hopes for the future of the field.

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