ASTC and IF/THEN® award more than $300,000 to 27 science centers and museums to advance equity in gender representation

Contacts:Adam Fagen (ASTC)Jodi Davis (Goodman Media for Lyda Hill Philanthropies®) ASTC and IF/THEN® award more than $300,000 to 27 science centers and museums to advance equity in gender representation Grantees leverage the IF/THEN® Collection digital library to increase representation of women in museum exhibits WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – The Association of Science and Technology Centers …

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New AAAS Fellows include those committed to public engagement in science

December 3, 2020 A number of individuals involved in science engagement have been elected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as AAAS Fellows. Beginning in 1874, AAAS has been electing Fellows in recognition of diverse accomplishments, including research, leadership, teaching, mentoring, fostering collaborations, and advancing public understanding of science. James Bell …

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ASTC welcomes new board members from U.S., Canada, and Colombia

The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) has welcomed six new members to its Board of Directors, which provides leadership for the nonprofit organization representing science and technology centers and museums across North America and around the world. New to the board are the following science center leaders: Tracy CalogherosCEOThe Exploration PlacePrince George, British …

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In Memoriam: Gregory Andorfer

The Association of Science and Technology Centers is saddened to share the news of the passing of Gregory Andorfer on October 29, 2020. Our community has lost a true champion for public engagement in science and powerful advocate for the science center and museum field. Greg served as executive director and chief executive officer of …

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New free webinar series helps museums take diversity and inclusion efforts from intention to action

This post was produced in collaboration with the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and crossposted on the ACM blog.  Museums across the country are navigating a critical moment: the urgent need to challenge systemic racism in our communities and institutions alongside the interconnected effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic stress. To effectively respond to …

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ASTC awards more than $200,000 to 26 science centers and museums to advance equity in gender representation as part of the IF/THEN Initiative

The IF/THEN® Gender Equity Grant Program aims to increase the representation of women and gender minorities in STEM The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the first cycle of IF/THEN® Gender Equity Grants. Through the support of IF/THEN®, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies, more than $200,000 …

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How Museums Are Helping Keep Essential Workers Safe

This post was written in collaboration with the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and is crossposted on the ACM blog. Updated on April 27 to add The Franklin Institute and Gateway to Science. Children’s museums and science centers have overwhelmingly closed in response to COVID-19. While museums can no longer welcome visitors, they are leveraging …

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Two New Grant Opportunities for ASTC Members in United States

We are excited to present two new funding programs designed to support and engage our members as the science center and museum community responds to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. These grant programs are limited to eligible ASTC members in the United States. Applications for STEM Activities Outreach During COVID-19 Grants due April 24 With generous funding …

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Present your ideas at the 2020 ASTC Annual Conference!

Are you thinking about session ideas for ASTC 2020? The Call for Proposals, with details about the conference theme, New Frontiers, is available now. This document describes the elements your proposal should contain and the broad issues the theme covers. We are seeking session proposals that address one or more of the goals listed below and …

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Bibliotheca Alexandrina Safe During Egypt Unrest

The current political unrest in Egypt has taken a toll on a number of public buildings across the country.  In a testament to its role in the community as a promoter of open reform and civil liberties, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina was protected from any damage by local youth, who formed a cordon around the facility. …

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