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Agents of Change: 5th Science Centre World Congress

Science centers worldwide are preparing to convene in Toronto, June 15–20, for the 5th Science Centre World Congress, Science Centres as Agents of Change, hosted by the Ontario Science Centre. Global environmental sustainability and science centers’ social responsibility are key conference themes. Among those addressing them are two notable keynote speakers: Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Inuit leader,... Read More

Dimensions, January/February 2008—Small Matters: Communicating Science at the Nanoscale

IN THIS ISSUE January/Febuary 2008 Much of this issue is devoted to the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), a National Science Foundation-funded initiative intended to foster an informed U.S. citizenry and a competitive workforce in the emerging field of nanotechnology. Articles from the Museum of Science, Boston (lead institution), Science Museum of Minnesota,... Read More

Thoughtful Decisions: The Evolution of the NISE Net Forums

By Larry Bell and Troy Livingston From ASTC Dimensions January/Feburary 2008 Though scientific research may at times appear removed from the daily concerns of life, the development of new technologies based on that research inevitably has societal implications. Decisions about technological development, therefore, require input beyond scientific knowledge, as the authors of Science for All... Read More

OMSI honored at White House ceremony

On January 14, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), Portland, was honored at a White House ceremony  as a 2007 National Award for Museum and Library Service recipient. The award is given annually by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in coordination with the White House, to recognize institutions that have made exceptional... Read More

Working with scientists and engineers: discussion starts January 14

A new round of discussion starts January 14 in  the ASTC Connect forum “Working with Scientists & Engineers.” Kim Kiehl, Vice President for Learning & Research Partnerships at COSI Columbus, will join us as guest moderator. Kim will share COSI’s experiences in fostering close integration of the museum with local STEM-rich organizations, including Ohio State University, Battelle Memorial Institute, and TechColumbus.... Read More

Dispatches from Antarctica

On January 4, weather permitting, the Exploratorium webcast team will hook up with scientists at Palmer Research Station in the Western Antarctic Peninsula as part of its continuing series Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists. The peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming places on Earth and the site of a Long Term Ecological... Read More

The Tech opens in Second Life

On December 11, the Tech Museum of Innovation opened a replica of its San Jose, California, facility in the virtual world of Second Life and announced a design competition on the theme of “Art, Film, and Music.” Curators, artists, craftspeople, and exhibit builders worldwide are invited to participate. An online collaboration platform will enable participants... Read More