Q&A with Ayman Elsayed

September 1st, 2011 - Posted in 2011, Dimensions, Q&A by Emily Schuster

Ayman Elsayed

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson

This interview appeared in the September/October 2011 issue of Dimensions magazine.

The deputy director of the Library of Alexandria’s Planetarium Science Center on global partners, local heroes, and surviving a revolution

Egypt’s cultural and educational institutions were not spared the chaos in the country early this year. Looters broke into Cairo’s Egyptian Museum and other sites during the revolution, stealing and smashing ancient treasures. Yet, thanks to an inspiring demonstration, the Planetarium Science Center (PSC) at the Library of Alexandria came out unharmed.

Ayman Elsayed, deputy director of the center and ASTC’s 2010 Lee Kimche McGrath Worldwide Fellow, will attend the 2011 ASTC Annual Conference in Baltimore, October 15–18. He tells his institution’s story, and discusses how working together benefits science centers worldwide.

Read the full transcript, or listen to the podcast.

Q&A with Michael Specter

June 20th, 2011 - Posted in 2011, Dimensions, Q&A by Emily Schuster

Michael SpecterInterviewed by Joelle Seligson

This interview appeared in the July/August 2011 issue of Dimensions magazine.

The science writer and ASTC 2011 speaker on denialism, vaccine phobia, and why organic food won’t save the world

In the face of today’s massive organic movement, Michael Specter lauds synthetic drugs and genetically modified foods. Specter, staff writer at the New Yorker and author of the 2009 book Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives, does not factor political correctness into his crusade to conquer fear with facts.

Here’s a taste of what he’ll discuss as a featured speaker at the 2011 ASTC Annual Conference in Baltimore, hosted by the Maryland Science Center, October 15–18.

Read the full transcript, or listen to the podcast.

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