2015 Lee Kimche McGrath Worldwide Fellowship Recipients

ASTC’s International Committee has selected four recipients of this year’s Lee Kimche McGrath Worldwide Fellowship. Named for ASTC’s first executive director, the Fellowship helps emerging professionals from outside the United States attend ASTC’s Annual Conference. The program has received significant financial support from the Gelfand family, which is supporting the creation of several science centers in Africa.

This year’s McGrath Fellows are

Alemayehu Abera Alemayehu Abera, STEM coordinator for Africa, Gelfand Family Charitable Trust, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Abera is responsible for coordinating STEM projects in Ethiopia and nearby countries, including working with schools and science centers and facilitating links with the national, regional, zonal, and municipal governments.
Shyamal Bashak Shyamal Bashak, senior artist cum audio-visual officer, National Museum of Science & Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Bashak plans and executes science exhibits, arranges mobile science exhibitions across the country, and creates print and audiovisual materials for the museum.
Shirin Husseini Shirin Husseini, director of programs and operations/acting executive director, Al Nayzak Organization–Science and Technology House, Ramallah, Palestine. Husseini is responsible for the implementation, management, supervision, and evaluation of all Al Nayzak’s programs, which support scientific and technological innovation in Palestine. Her other responsibilities include training staff and designing exhibits.
Kenneth Monjero Kenneth Monjero, assistant research officer, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO)–Biotechnology Research Institute, Nairobi. After participating in capacity building in South Africa, Monjero launched the science center movement in Kenya by establishing an informal science center corner at the institute in 2012.