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Q&A with Ellen Stofan: New Director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

  Interviewed by Susan Straight This interview appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Dimensions magazine. Ellen Stofan, the former chief scientist of NASA, recently accepted the position of John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Stofan spoke with Dimensions about her new role and why the... Read More

Risky Business

By Charlie Trautmann and Dean Briere From Dimensions May/June 2018 Ask a dozen people what “risk” means, and you’re likely to get two dozen answers, or maybe three. That’s because risk, a concept brought into the English language from the French some 400 years ago, is so multifaceted. Why is risk important? It’s because how... Read More

Risk and Reward

By Cristin Dorgelo In this May/June issue of Dimensions, we take a close look at the challenging topic of “risk,” a concept that manifests in all aspects of our lives. As individuals, we regularly face financial, personal, professional, and social risks. As leaders, we seek to manage, share, and distribute risk, while at the same... Read More

Q&A with Caitlin O’Connell Rodwell: Communicating Elephant Science to a General Audience

Interviewed by Susan Straight This interview appeared in the March/April 2018 issue of Dimensions magazine. Caitlin O’Connell Rodwell is a behavioral ecologist at Stanford University and chief executive officer of Utopia Scientific. She is a world-renowned expert on elephants and vibrotactile sensitivity and is using her findings to develop hearing aid technologies for humans. She has given TED... Read More

The Path Forward

By Cristin Dorgelo I am thrilled to have taken the helm in January as ASTC’s president and CEO, and I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from, and serve, our members around the world. In my path to this point, I’ve focused on the role of science and technology in solving the grand challenges... Read More

Dimensions, March/April 2018—Not Just for Kids: Engaging Adults in Science

IN THIS ISSUE March/April 2018 Attracting adults to science museums and programs presents opportunities and challenges. Considerations include differences in: backgrounds, professions, experience with science, financial situations, availability, and comfort with museum settings—just to name a few. While many science institutions are engaging adults in meaningful ways, some are going the extra mile in providing accessible, relevant science and technology programming. Following are some of the many noteworthy... Read More

Sustainable Development Goals and Achieving Gender Equality

During International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) on November 10, a new Girls: STEM-SDG Marathon will highlight how women and girls are using science to help achieve the world’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over the course of the day—across 30 global time zones—the marathon will showcase interviews with these amazing people who are working... Read More