Achieving Impact in Our Communities

October 12th, 2011 - Posted in 2011, Dimensions, From the CEO by Anthony (Bud) Rock

I recently “googled” the words “mayor,” “commission,” “task force,” and “science” and was astounded at the extensive number of socially relevant topics that are being considered by local decision makers in every corner of the globe. In nearly every instance, a body of scientific experts conveys wise counsel to policy planners. Occasionally, such initiatives include “public forums,” often composed of representatives of various special interests.

More than ever, though, our local leaders are recognizing that lasting and positive policies require not only scientific rigor and integrity, but also transparency and determined efforts to build and retain public trust—which begins with a fundamental public grasp of the science in the policies.
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New Dimensions

August 23rd, 2011 - Posted in 2011, Dimensions, From the CEO by Anthony (Bud) Rock

ASTC is committed to helping our members worldwide achieve their goals, by equipping individual professionals with essential skills, providing member institutions with valuable information and perspectives, and linking our members to one another.

With this mission in mind, we proudly launched the newly redesigned Dimensions magazine with our July/August 2011 issue. We hope you’ll find the new magazine to be even more relevant, readable, and attractive.

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Communities of Knowledge and Practice

May 26th, 2011 - Posted in 2011, Dimensions, From the CEO by Anthony (Bud) Rock

As an association, ASTC places a high priority on providing quality professional development services to its members—from online training programs and publications, to networking and consulting, to an annual conference that serves to inform, educate, and inspire. The ASTC leadership and field development committee has been busy assisting the association to establish and implement a comprehensive plan of professional skills enhancement for our diverse membership.
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The Lessons of History

March 1st, 2011 - Posted in 2011, Dimensions, From the CEO by Anthony (Bud) Rock

When considering the topic of this column, I stumbled across a debate that has persisted for quite some time in the science education domain, one that has been considered by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, AAAS, NSF, and other respected organizations around the world. The subject is the extent to which the history of science should be incorporated into the teaching of science. (more…)

ASTC Advocacy: Update on Continuing Resolution

February 22nd, 2011 - Posted in From the CEO by Anthony (Bud) Rock

When we last checked in with you on February 18, the U.S. House of Representatives was in the process of completing work on a fifth “continuing resolution” (CR) that would keep the federal government operating between March 4 (when the fourth CR expires) and the end of fiscal year 2011 on September 30. I’m writing to update you on where things stand and what we might expect in the future.
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