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Upcoming Workshops—Tinkering: The Series

More adventurous than the latest Hollywood superhero movie franchise and more exciting than a PowerPoint presentation on the theory and philosophy underlying the facilitation of making experiences, ASTC announces: The Tinkering Workshops, a series of in-depth gatherings designed by members of the ASTC Making & Tinkering Spaces in Museums Community of Practice (CoP). The Series... Read More

Eclipse across America

On Monday, August 21, all of North America will experience a solar eclipse, and anyone in the path of totality can see the moon completely cover the sun, a dramatic experience some have called life-changing. The path arcs from Oregon coast to the shores of South Carolina, passing through many communities served by ASTC members—where... Read More

ASTC Member Mid-America Science Museum Receives National Medal for Museum and Library Service

By Lesley Markham At a White House ceremony today, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services Kathryn K. Matthew honored 10 outstanding U.S. museums and libraries with the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. ASTC is delighted that Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs, Arkansas—an... Read More

In Memory of Sean Duran

ASTC is sad to report that Sean Duran, vice president of exhibition and design at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, Miami, passed away on April 30 at the age of 49 after a yearlong battle with a heart condition. As his colleagues at Frost Science wrote, he “brought a powerful intellect, a... Read More

A Tribute to Remo Besio

We are sad to report that Remo Besio, director of the Swiss Science Center Technorama, Winterthur, from 1990 to 2008, died of cancer on March 14 at the age of 75. The following tribute was written by his friend Joe Ansel. Friends and colleagues are invited to share their memories here. Remo Besio, my friend... Read More

Remembering Claudine K. Brown

ASTC is saddened by the loss of Claudine K. Brown and honored to share this tribute by her friend and colleague, Shari Rosenstein Werb, director of education and outreach at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Claudine K. Brown, who served as the Smithsonian Institution’s assistant secretary for education and access,... Read More

In Memory of Craig Blower

On March 16, Craig Blower, chief operating officer at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, passed away after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 63. Blower started working at the Fleet in 1999, where he became a part of a strong and devoted team. He was also an integral member of the... Read More

In Memoriam: Bill Stanley

ASTC was sad to learn that mammaologist and educator Bill Stanley passed away on October 6 while doing field work in the mountains of Ethiopia. He was 58 years old. Stanley was director of the Gantz Family Collections Center at Chicago’s Field Museum. He began his tenure at the museum in 1989 as collection manager... Read More

The Passing of Sally Duensing

ASTC is incredibly sad to share the news of the passing of Sally Duensing, a star in the science center field. The following was written by Dennis Bartels, executive director of the Exploratorium. Long-time Exploratorium veteran and family member Sally Duensing has passed away after a lengthy hospitalization. Sally is an Exploratorium legend, and her... Read More