Department of Education launches YOU Belong in STEM initiative

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education held a National Coordinating Conference on STEM Education to launch the Department’s YOU Belong in STEM initiative. This effort is meant to convene the entire STEM education enterprise—including government agencies, non-governmental and community-based organizations, and leaders across the public and private sectors—to come together to help advance STEM …

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White House announces new national vision for STEMM Equity and Excellence

Earlier today at the White House Summit on STEMM Equity and Excellence, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced a set of actions to advance a national vision for equity and excellence in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine). The vision seeks to tear down barriers that have long stood …

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Blooloop Zoo & Aquarium Influencer List 2022 includes members of ASTC community

Two members of the ASTC community have been named to the first Blooloop 50 Zoo & Aquarium Influencer list. The Blooloop 50 highlights 50 key individuals working in the sector whose work has made a real impact; the 2022 list for museum professionals will be announced soon, following on similar lists in 2020 and 2021. …

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NEH supports projects at four ASTC members

The U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced $31.5 million in funding for 226 projects across the country—including four at ASTC-member organizations. This is the third and final round of awards in fiscal year (FY) 2022, which ends on September 30, 2022. NEH made awards in 14 categories including collaborative research, digital humanities …

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IMLS makes funding awards of more than $8.4 million to ASTC members

The U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced the fiscal year (FY) 2022 recipient of funding awards through several of its competitive grant programs. This includes $6.3 million in National Leadership Grants for Museums and $29.7 million for the Museums for America program—including the Museums Empowered and Inspire! Grants for Small Museums. National …

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ASTC members share in $1M Museum Initiative from Verizon and NYC MediaLab

Earlier this year, Verizon and NYC MediaLab announced the winners of the $1M Museum Initiative, which asked museums and other cultural institutions to develop new immersive educational content for educators. ASTC helped spread the word about this funding opportunity when applications were being accepted. Several ASTC-member institutions are among the 10 awarded up to $100,000 …

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CHIPS and Science Act authorizes significant investment in STEM

Earlier today, President Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act (H.R. 4346) into law, a sweeping piece of legislation impacting the country’s scientific enterprise. ASTC’s President and CEO Christofer Nelson was honored to be on the South Lawn of the White House for the signing. The CHIPS and Science Act brings together elements of several …

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ASTC joins with museum community to request increased funding for museum programs in FY 2023 Federal budget

ASTC joined with fellow museums associations to request increased funding for the Federal programs that support our field in the fiscal year (FY) 2023 budget, which begins on October 1, 2022. The public witness testimony was submitted to subcommittees of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees that are currently at work developing the budgets for …

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Latest NEH grants support two ASTC-member projects

The U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced the recipients of $33.17 million in grants to support 245 projects. Among the list of projects are two led by ASTC-member institutions. The announcement includes grants in 13 different categories, including public humanities projects archaeological and ethnographic field research, infrastructure and capacity building, humanities collections, documentaries and …

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2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service finalists are named

Three ASTC-member institutions are among the 15 museums named as finalists for the 2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Awarded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that demonstrate excellence in service to their communities. Since 1996, …

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ASTC members named to 10Best lists for top museums

Many ASTC-member science centers and museums have been named among the best science museums and children’s museums in the United States, according to votes in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice awards for 2022. Twenty nominees in each category were chosen by a panel of experts including a combination of editors from USA TODAY, editors from …

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IF/THEN arrives at the Smithsonian

One hundred twenty statues of inspiring women in STEM are now on display at the Smithsonian on the National Mall in the center of Washington, D.C. This past weekend, the orange life-sized 3D-printed statues of the AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors were unveiled in the Enid A. Haupt Garden, adjacent Smithsonian Castle, and the Arts + Industries …

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America COMPETES Act of 2022 promotes informal STEM education and intersection of science and society

Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the America COMPETES Act of 2022 (H.R. 4521) on a vote of 222–210. This bill contains major policy provisions and authorizes funding levels for the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), as well …

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Congratulations to new AAAS Fellows committed to public engagement with science

Among the new class of AAAS Fellows announced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) are several individuals affiliated with ASTC members and other committed to public engagement with science. Since 1874, AAAS has been electing Fellows in recognition of diverse accomplishments, including research, leadership, teaching, mentoring, fostering collaborations, and advancing public …

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Museum community requests additional COVID-19 relief for museums

A coalition of national museums associations—including ASTC—are speaking up on the continuing need for relief to museums as a result of the lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter sent to the bipartisan leadership of the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate, the museums associations asked for additional funding through …

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