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Annual Conference

Quantum Levitation

At first, you can’t believe your eyes. Is the magnet really levitating, you wonder? But while this demonstration of quantum levitation by Tel-Aviv University’s Superconductivity Group, shot during the recent ASTC Annual Conference in Baltimore looks like something that Harry or Hermione may have conjured up, there is true physics behind it. To date, this... Read More

Getting better and better

How can science centers and museums work to welcome and include all audiences? A group of museum practitioners convened on Tuesday, October 18, at the 2011 ASTC Annual Conference in Baltimore to hear how science centers are working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. The first presenter in the session, entitled “Diversity in Practice:... Read More

A lively debate on the value of evaluation

At the 2011 ASTC Annual Conference in Baltimore, a session entitled “Exhibit Evaluation: Useless Bureaucratic Hurdle or Valuable Tool?” sparked a particularly spirited discussion. The session had its origins in a provocative post  on ASTC’s listserv (ISEN-ASTC-L) in January. Held Monday, October 17, the session was moderated by Sam Taylor of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of... Read More

A call to action

Owen Gaffney, director of communications at the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), Stockholm, Sweden, delivered a riveting featured session at the 2011 ASTC Annual Conference in Baltimore on Sunday, October 16.  Using striking visualizations, Gaffney showed how human impact on the planet has increased exponentially since 1950—a phenomenon known as the Great Acceleration. Human impact, he... Read More