ASTC’s Global Committee has chosen three 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.
Meet the 2016 McGrath Fellows:
Gerardo Ibarra Aranda (CEO of Centro de Ciencias Explora, León, Guanajuato, Mexico, and secretary of the Mexican Association of Museums and Science Centers) is responsible for strategic and operational planning, fundraising, and implementing educational programs, especially for people from underresourced communities.
Berie Getie Kassa (director of Bahir Dar University STEM Incubation Center, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia) coordinates all of the center’s activities, including teacher training, a math camp, and a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) camp for girls.
Kafeero Martin (managing director of the Initiative for Science and Technology–Tanzania, Mwanza) oversees operations, finances, and strategic partnerships, and serves as the primary contact to the community. The initiative plans to establish the Mwanza Science and Technology Center in the near future.