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IPY-IGLO videoconference creates dialogue between scientists and students

On March 13, two interactive videoconferences themed Our Changing Planet: Past and Present were sponsored by the International Polar Year (IPY) and ASTC’s IGLO initiative. A program of presentations by polar scientists and students was developed in partnership with NASA, MAGPI (an Internet2 consortium), and seven science centers from all over the world. Dr. Robert... Read More

Let them eat Pi

March 14 marks the 20th anniversary of Pi Day, an international holiday founded by the Exploratorium, San Francisco, California, to celebrate the irrational number (it also happens to be Albert Einstein’s birthday). The highlight of the festivities is the annual Pi Procession to the Pi Shrine, a small brass plate engraved with pi to a... Read More

Searching for Darkness

The third annual GLOBE at Night program began on February 25, enlisting people around the world in reporting on sky brightness and star visibility. Through March 8, participating science centers are holding public events to encourage citizen-scientists to contribute observations and measurements to a growing global database. Globe at Night is designed to teach about... Read More

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