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All posts by Alejandro Asin

Dimensions, March/April 2015—Leadership at Every Level

IN THIS ISSUE March/April 2015 A consistent theme throughout our field is the importance of cultivating science center and museum leaders with the vision and commitment to serve diverse communities everywhere. So many of ASTC’s programs and services for our members reflect this topic, including, for example, the Association’s close collaboration with the Noyce Leadership... Read More

Appreciating the Dynamic Process of Scientific Advancement

By Anthony (Bud) Rock A recent report of the (U.S.) Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee contains federal nutritional recommendations indicating that there is now insufficient evidence to substantiate the recommended 300 milligram-per-day limit on cholesterol intake. While the conclusions were met positively by the “foodies” who have struggled to work around such dietary limitations, some characterized... Read More

Dimensions, January/February 2015—A Meeting of Minds: Neuroscience in Science Centers

IN THIS ISSUE January/February 2015 Science centers strive to make science compelling and relevant to their visitors, and it’s hard to think of a subject more intriguing or personal than the human brain. The brain is a hot topic these days, with major projects like the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative in... Read More

When Heureka Went Crazy

By Heidi Rosenström From Dimensions January/February 2015 Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre, in Vantaa, developed a traveling exhibition that aims to decrease the stigma connected to mental health problems and encourage visitors to take care of their mental health. Called Heureka Goes Crazy, this award-winning interactive exhibition was developed in cooperation with Pavilion of Knowledge–Ciência... Read More

Dimensions, November/December 2014—Reconstructing STEM in our Schools

IN THIS ISSUE November/December 2014 Countries worldwide recognize the need to cultivate a scientifically literate population and prepare a strong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce for the challenges and opportunities of the future. Many national and regional governments are therefore launching initiatives aimed at teaching STEM more effectively in schools. In this issue,... Read More

How Can Museums Help Teachers with the Next Generation Science Standards?

By Jim Short From Dimensions November/December 2014 Released in 2013, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have the potential to revolutionize science education in the United States, requiring a very different way of thinking about learning and teaching science. Now is an opportune moment to prepare teachers for these new approaches to science instruction and... Read More