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Dimensions, September/October 2007—The Engaged Scientist: Fostering Successful Museum-Researcher Collaborations

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2007 The IMLS-funded VolTS (Volunteers TryScience) project described in the September/October 2007 issue of ASTC Dimensions is a recent U.S. effort aimed at helping ASTC members forge better relationships with practicing scientists and engineers. But collaborations among content experts and museum educators are nothing new. Such partnerships date back to the... Read More

Content and Commitment: Insights from the VolTS Front-End Study

By Renee Miller From ASTC Dimensions, September/October 2007 In November and December 2005, Randi Korn & Associates Inc. (RK&A) conducted a front-end study for the Volunteers TryScience (VolTS) project (see sidebar at end). The evaluators conducted and analyzed 26 in-depth telephone interviews with members of three groups: scientists and engineers who volunteer in educational programs... Read More

Working with scientists and engineers

Ongoing engagements with research scientists, mathematicians, and engineers help assure that the content of science centers remains strong and current. Starting September 24, we’ll be hosting an ongoing series of discussions and problem-solving sessions within a new ASTC Connect forum to help support those working to foster and strengthen these relationships. The first, week-long discussion kicks off with a... Read More

Science at the nanoscale

How do science centers engage the public in science they can’t see? The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) will share their stories during the ASTC Annual Conference, October 13–16, Los Angeles. The challenges are tough, network members report. As one member reflects, “The scale is unfamiliar, the science is hairy, and many people... Read More

Stories from a changing planet

During the International Polar Year, running through March 2009, more than 50,000 researchers from 60+ nations will be working in some of the most remote locations on Earth, observing at firsthand developments at the Poles that will shape our planet for decades to come. On Saturday evening, October 13, during the ASTC Annual Conference, some... Read More

NOAA Administrator Conrad Lautenbacher to open October 12 climate change workshop

Retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will give opening remarks at the ASTC preconference IGLO workshop on October 12. Admiral Lautenbacher will discuss timely NOAA climate information and answer questions. This is a unique opportunity... Read More

Science meets fiction in LA

Ray Bradbury will join Martin Sklar, former Vice-Chairman and Principal Creative Executive of Walt Disney Imagineering, for a conversation about the science of fiction during the ASTC Annual Conference, October 13-16. Bradbury is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of more than 500 works, including the classic 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury also served as Idea Consultant... Read More

Carnegie Science Center weathers storm

The Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh reopened Sunday after weathering a severe storm on Thursday, August 9. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on August 10 that visitors “watched a dark cloud race up the Ohio River, bearing down until it sideswiped the building, tore siding from one corner and shattered windows, scattering both glass and patrons,... Read More