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Dimensions, March/April 2016—Looking Toward the Future of Energy

IN THIS ISSUE March/April 2016 Communities and nations across the globe are faced with the challenge of meeting rising energy demands in environmentally and economically responsible ways. In this issue of Dimensions, science centers and related institutions share how they are increasing energy literacy through exhibitions, education programs, artworks, and more. These institutions are promoting... Read More

Investing in Renewable Energy: Aligning Actions with Mission and Values

By Richard V. Piacentini From Dimensions March/April 2016 In October 2015, the Board of Trustees of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh, voted to move our investments in fossil fuels to investments in renewable energy. The initiative was first presented to our board’s executive committee in September and finance committee in October. While this appears... Read More

Going Green

This is a supplement to an article that appeared in the March/April 2016 issue of Dimensions magazine. We asked science centers, museums, and aquariums to share how they are making their facilities and their practices more green and energy efficient, and how they have used these efforts to educate their visitors and communities about energy... Read More

Matt Lorentzen on Turning a Science Center’s Finances Around

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson This interview appeared in the March/April 2016 issue of Dimensions magazine. Founded in 1961, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is an “important institution” in Palm Beach County, according to board chair Matt Lorentzen. Unfortunately, its finances didn’t always match its reputation. Before Lorentzen came aboard in 2008, the center... Read More

A Tribute to Remo Besio

We are sad to report that Remo Besio, director of the Swiss Science Center Technorama, Winterthur, from 1990 to 2008, died of cancer on March 14 at the age of 75. The following tribute was written by his friend Joe Ansel. Friends and colleagues are invited to share their memories here. Remo Besio, my friend... Read More

Making Teacher Professional Development More Effective: Energize Your Practices workshop series

As providers of teacher professional development (PD), we know that informal science education (ISE) centers provide an ideal setting for learning by capitalizing on creative and interactive approaches that easily inspire teachers. As ISE professionals, we know that this work is demanding and that it can be a challenge to share effective practices about how... Read More

Remembering Claudine K. Brown

ASTC is saddened by the loss of Claudine K. Brown and honored to share this tribute by her friend and colleague, Shari Rosenstein Werb, director of education and outreach at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Claudine K. Brown, who served as the Smithsonian Institution’s assistant secretary for education and access,... Read More

In Memory of Craig Blower

On March 16, Craig Blower, chief operating officer at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, passed away after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 63. Blower started working at the Fleet in 1999, where he became a part of a strong and devoted team. He was also an integral member of the... Read More