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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

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