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Dimensions, September/October 2008—’A Powerful Force for Good’: Science Centers and Social Issues

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2008 In April, ASTC committed to a new strategic direction, recognizing the responsibility of science centers to address critical societal issues locally and globally. The Toronto Declaration, presented at the Fifth Science Centre World Congress in June, underscored ASTC’s new focus, proclaiming that science centers can be “a powerful force for... Read More

Dimensions, July/August 2008—The Frugal Science Center: Doing More with Less

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2008 In today’s economy, science centers faced with shrinking resources are challenged to find innovative ways of doing more with less. How can science centers save money without sacrificing content or mission? In this issue, directors, chief executive officers, directors of operations, and other staff share their successes with strategies such... Read More

Dimensions, May/June 2008—From Intent to Impact: Building a Culture of Evaluation

IN THIS ISSUE May/June 2008 Science centers regularly collect data about exhibits and programs, documenting how visitors respond to what the institution offers to public audiences. But once the report is filed, what happens to this knowledge? Is it used to inform daily practice, influence future planning, or demonstrate to a funding organization that the... 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