All posts by Emily Schuster

Do you think science centers and museums have a role in developing or hosting exhibitions on controversial topics? Why or why not?

This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the November/December 2011 issue of Dimensions magazine. Yes, we should. Science and technology raise controversial topics, and as institutions that promote civil engagement, we should present these topics as part of our responsibility to society. (Pictured: Bloomfield’s Peace Labyrinth exhibition.)... Read More

Q&A with Helen Augare

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson This interview appeared in the November/December 2011 issue of Dimensions magazine. The director of the Blackfeet Native Science Field Center on traditional knowledge, Western science, and understanding our place in the world In high school, she took an interest in science; at the University of Montana, she pursued business. Today, Helen... Read More

Getting better and better

How can science centers and museums work to welcome and include all audiences? A group of museum practitioners convened on Tuesday, October 18, at the 2011 ASTC Annual Conference in Baltimore to hear how science centers are working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. The first presenter in the session, entitled “Diversity in Practice:... Read More

A lively debate on the value of evaluation

At the 2011 ASTC Annual Conference in Baltimore, a session entitled “Exhibit Evaluation: Useless Bureaucratic Hurdle or Valuable Tool?” sparked a particularly spirited discussion. The session had its origins in a provocative post  on ASTC’s listserv (ISEN-ASTC-L) in January. Held Monday, October 17, the session was moderated by Sam Taylor of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of... Read More

A call to action

Owen Gaffney, director of communications at the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), Stockholm, Sweden, delivered a riveting featured session at the 2011 ASTC Annual Conference in Baltimore on Sunday, October 16.  Using striking visualizations, Gaffney showed how human impact on the planet has increased exponentially since 1950—a phenomenon known as the Great Acceleration. Human impact, he... Read More

Welcome to Baltimore, hon!

Attendees from across the globe are arriving in Baltimore for the 2011 ASTC Annual Conference. This year’s theme, Knowledge that Works—From Theory to Practice, is tremendously appropriate given the collective body of knowledge the science center community possesses. The conference is our best opportunity to share our knowledge and put it to work for all. We... Read More

Dimensions, September/October 2011—Forging the Connection to Local Leaders and Communities

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2011 How can science centers and museums become valued by their local leaders and citizens as essential elements of vibrant, livable, growth-oriented communities? Science centers are taking a central role in helping their local communities address key challenges and priorities—from environmental sustainability and support for underserved populations to economic development and... Read More