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2017

The Mentor and the Protégé: What, Who, and How?

By Julie I. Johnson From Dimensions July/August 2017 Mentoring is about establishing and nurturing mutually beneficial relationships, either face-to-face or virtually. The format of a mentoring relationship can vary widely. We are most familiar with the traditional one-on-one format, in which a senior person mentors a junior person. Other forms of mentoring are reverse mentoring (junior mentors senior),... Read More

Our Boards in Action: George Cogan on the Science of Human Perception

Interviewed by Andrea Appleton This interview appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of Dimensions magazine. George Cogan is a businessman with a head for science. He heads the technology practice at the global management consulting firm Bain & Company and serves as board chairman at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. He spoke with Dimensions about... Read More

Q&A with Emily Graslie: Science, Art, Curiosity, and The Brain Scoop

Interviewed by Andrea Appleton This interview appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of Dimensions magazine. Emily Graslie has a pretty cool job. She is chief curiosity correspondent for Chicago’s Field Museum. She landed the position through her YouTube Channel, The Brain Scoop, in which she explores scientific topics with a disarming inquisitiveness. Graslie spoke with... Read More

Sustainable Science Center Business Models

By Linda Conlon From Dimensions May/June 2017 Science centers are the same—but different. Look at the mission statements of science centers worldwide. They use slightly different wording, but they all focus on making science accessible, relevant, and inspiring for people of all ages and backgrounds. We are united in our quest to do this. The scale... Read More

What misconceptions about science centers and museums do you wish you could correct?

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2017 issue of Dimensions magazine. The biggest misconception about science centers that I would like to correct is the idea that a science center is a place for children only. Many people associate interactivity with “for children.” Many adults see the interaction with an exhibit as playing and... Read More

Q&A with Anthony Leiserowitz: Climate Change and the Current Political Climate

Interviewed by Andrea Appleton This interview appeared in the May/June 2017 issue of Dimensions magazine. The evidence is conclusive: the planet is warming and humans are to blame. But there are still those, some in powerful positions, who don’t believe in climate change. Yet Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication,... Read More