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26 miles across the sea

ASTC Annual Conference-goers have an opportunity to visit Santa Catalina Island, 26 miles offshore from Long Beach, California, on a full-day post-conference tour, October 17. Southern California’s eight Channel Islands, located off the coast between Santa Barbara and San Diego, are home to rich biodiversity. Nearly 90 percent of the 75-square-mile land mass, created when tectonic plates... Read More

Starry-eyed in Pasadena

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA’s research center at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, will open its doors to ASTC Annual Conference-goers on October 12. JPL’s “Explore Space!” tour will follow the lifecycle of a scientific mission from concept to assembly, test, and operations. Along the way, participants will have the opportunity to visit key... Read More

Dimensions, July/August 2007—Sound Around Us: The Audio Experience in Science Centers

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2007 Researchers who study the human brain and nervous system continue to find connections between environmental sound (both ambient and organized) and behavioral and emotional response. Anthropologists and neuroscientists alike tell us that music has been and remains critical to the development and survival of our species. It seems that people... Read More

Climate conversations coming up

ASTC and its member museums will open their doors October 4 for a National Conversation on Climate Action, organized in collaboration with the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and ICLEI-US (Local Governments for Sustainability). The objective of the National Conversation is to highlight and catalyze local efforts through a national event that builds... Read More

ASTC 2007: Lights, camera, action!

The California Science Center, Los Angeles, will host the 2007 ASTC Annual Conference, October 13-16. With the recent completion of its new Wallis Annenberg Building for Science Learning and Innovation, the center is poised to share the story of how its vision is becoming reality—and to inspire colleagues from around the world. The Big Lab,... Read More

Science meets art in LA

ASTC Annual Conference-goers will have a chance to get an inside view of the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) during a preconference tour, Friday, October 12. GCI is part of the 110-acre, hilltop Getty Center campus in western Los Angeles that also houses the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Leadership Institute,... Read More

Personalizing the science center experience

Discussion starts Monday, July 23, in ASTC Connect’s New Science Center Models Forum about how science centers can respond to new possibilities for customizing user experiences. As moderator Beverly Sheppard notes, many science centers are moving from an “attraction model” to an “engagement model.” Participants will share experiences and reflections about personal customization and user-generated content. Beverly Sheppard is president... Read More