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ASTC hosts reception for AAAS Annual Meeting attendees at Koshland Science Museum

Thousands of scientists, educators, and decision-makers from around the world have converged on the U.S. capital this week for the 177th American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting. In honor of the conference, which explores “Science Without Borders” with representatives from more than 50 countries, ASTC invited participants to spend yesterday evening... Read More

ASTC members awarded NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants for science education

On November 15, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Education announced that it has awarded Environmental Literacy Grants totaling more than $8 million to 17 institutions, including seven ASTC member museums, to engage the public in science education activities that improve understanding and stewardship of the local and global environment. “NOAA is... Read More

Earth Day 2010

April 22, 2010, marks the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day, and science centers are joining the celebration with their own festivals, service projects, and even musical performances. The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, is kicking off the week with their Earth Day Festival, April 17–18. Among the many activities offered, visitors will be... Read More

Rolling along

On April 5, ASTC members brought hands-on science to the White House lawn during the annual Easter Egg Roll. Thousands attended the event, themed “Ready, Set, Go!” following U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to combat childhood obesity. Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, California, ran a kite-making acitivity, to help kids learn about... Read More

Fresh thoughts on climate change

On March 9 and 10, high school and college students from this decade’s four Olympic host countries—Canada (2010 Winter Games), the United Kingdom (2012 Summer Games), Russia (2014 Winter Games), and Brazil (2016 Summer Games)—gathered for a video conference sponsored by the Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, and the British Council to discuss the challenges of and... Read More

ASTC Diversity Fellow Named ‘Imiloa Executive Director

In December 2009, Ka’iu Kimura was named Interim Director of ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of the University of Hawaii at Hilo. She is the first alumnus of the ASTC Diversity & Leadership Development Fellows program to be named as executive director or CEO of an ASTC-member institution. Kimura has been involved with the center since initial planning began... Read More

ASTC members receive National Medal for Museum and Library Service

On February 23, 2010, Anne-Imelda M. Radice, the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) director, and Susan Sher, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama’s chief of staff, presented the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries, at a Washington, D.C., ceremony. The National Medal is... Read More