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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Q&A with Chevy Humphrey

August 25th, 2013 - Posted in 2013, Dimensions, Q&A by Emily Schuster


Interviewed by Joelle Seligson

This interview appeared in the September/October 2013 issue of Dimensions magazine.

How can a child follow the paths of a musically inclined mother and a science-oriented father? Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO of the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, managed to do both. She worked with the Houston and Phoenix symphonies before beginning at the science center 15 years ago. Along with her parents, Humphrey credits mentors with helping her find career success—and she pledges to pay it forward. Here, she shares advice for aspiring museum administrators, and reveals where she plans to guide ASTC when she begins her term as the new board chair at the 2013 ASTC Annual Conference in October.

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Q&A with Alejandro Frank

June 27th, 2013 - Posted in 2013, Dimensions, Q&A by Emily Schuster

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson

This interview appeared in the July/August 2013 issue of Dimensions magazine.

Alejandro Frank had been a nuclear physicist for around 25 years when, as he explains it, he “turned toward the children.” Eight years ago, Frank, professor of physics at the Nuclear Science Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), joined colleagues to determine science’s most important contribution to the country. Their conclusion: Science must be brought to the children. Frank and fellow scientists are now working to achieve this goal through PAUTA, which stands for “Programa Adopte un Talento”—the Adopt a Talent Program. Frank discussed the challenges and triumphs of this innovative project, which he’ll present as part of a daylong workshop before the ASTC Annual Conference in Albuquerque this October.

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Q&A with Ilan Chabay

April 22nd, 2013 - Posted in 2013, Dimensions, Q&A by Emily Schuster

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson

This interview appeared in the May/June 2013 issue of Dimensions magazine.

“It was a case of professional schizophrenia—but a very useful one,” laughs Ilan Chabay about his varied career path. He has dabbled in the natural sciences, exhibition design, museum administration, and higher education. Currently professor and senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany, Chabay advocates taking a similarly multidimensional approach to addressing global change. Here he advises on how science centers and museums can become key partners in transdisciplinary research for sustainability, as he’ll discuss at the 2013 ASTC Annual Conference in Albuquerque this October.

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Q&A with Ainissa Ramirez

February 21st, 2013 - Posted in 2013, Dimensions, Q&A by Emily Schuster

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson

This interview appeared in the March/April 2013 issue of Dimensions magazine.

Whether it’s the world’s biggest wardrobe malfunction or MacGyver meets Survivor, Ainissa Ramirez knows that generating interest in science requires a hook. A professor at Yale University, Ramirez prefers the title “science evangelist”—in her words, a person who “takes the call” to ignite curiosity in kids of all ages. She spoke with Dimensions about the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education—the topic of her TED Talk last year—and how to put science in unexpected places.

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