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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

Discovering Engineering

On February 20, over 5,000 visitors flocked to the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., for Discover Engineering Family Day. The celebration featured dozens of interactive activities, from building gumdrop geodomes to experimenting with natural and nano-manufactured materials that show properties like water resistance. The activities were provided by local engineering chapters, national organizations, and museums, including the... Read More

Science Museum of Minnesota participates in "A New National Dialogue on Race"

On January 12–13, the Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM), St. Paul, participated in a two-day symposium, “A New National Dialogue on Race,” in Washington, D.C. The event, co-sponsored by the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the Congressional Black Caucus, consisted of four panels of experts from academia, civil rights organizations, and museums, designed to look... Read More

Where Art Meets Science

On September 17, the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, unveiled a new permanent sculpture by world-renowned artist Maya Lin. The sculpture is one component of Lin’s last memorial, “What is Missing?”—a multi-sited, multimedia artwork dedicated to raising awareness about the current crisis surrounding biodiversity and habitat loss. Rethinking the traditional stationary monument, “What is... Read More

To the moon…and beyond?

Science museums across the United States joined the Newseum, Washington, D.C., in celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. A panel discussion, simulcast to six ASTC member institutions and moderated by journalist Nick Clooney, featured lunar module pilots Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11) and Charlie Duke (Apollo 16); John Grunsfeld, mission specialist during a recent... Read More

Flickering lights

Are firefly populations declining? Last year, the Museum of Science, Boston, in partnership with Tufts University and Fitchburg State College, developed Firefly Watch, a citizen science project, to help find out. The museum is asking volunteers to check their backyards for fireflies, one evening a week for 10 minutes throughout the summer, and to report... Read More

Summer science

Summer has arrived in the northern hemisphere, and ASTC members are offering a wealth of warm-weather science activities. Many museums held summer soltice celebrations on June 21, including Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where visitors received free admission if they brought a snowball from this past winter to launch from a giant slingshot into the Ohio... Read More

Transforming Science Education

On June 10, the Carnegie Corporation of New York—Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) Commission on Mathematics and Science Education kicked-off a national mobilization to achieve much higher levels of math and science learning with the release of its report, The Opportunity Equation: Transforming Mathematics and Science Education for Citizenship and the Global Economy. The report... Read More