All posts by Larry Hoffer

National Competition Selects 12 Libraries and Museums to Build Innovative Learning Labs for Teens

Today,the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced the first 12 winners of a national competition to build 21st Century learning labs in museums and libraries around the country. The winners—four museums and eight libraries—will receive a total of $1.2 million in grants to plan... Read More

EdVenture, Madison Children's Museums among recipients of 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

ASTC members EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia, South Carolina, and the Madison Children’s Museum in Madison, Wisconsin, were among the 10 libraries and museums selected by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to receive the 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor for museums... Read More

Quantum Levitation

At first, you can’t believe your eyes. Is the magnet really levitating, you wonder? But while this demonstration of quantum levitation by Tel-Aviv University’s Superconductivity Group, shot during the recent ASTC Annual Conference in Baltimore looks like something that Harry or Hermione may have conjured up, there is true physics behind it. To date, this... Read More

Michael Specter, king of denialism…

“Science isn’t always open and shut, black and white. But there’s data…if you don’t agree with the data, it still exists.” So said New Yorker writer and author Michael Specter, during the opening keynote session of ASTC’s 2011 Annual Conference in Baltimore on Saturday, October 15. Specter, the author of Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders... Read More

California Science Center, Maloka, Sci-Port among MCCA Grant Recipients

Three ASTC-member institutions were among those museums awarded grants as part of the 2011 Museums & Community Collaborations Abroad (MCCA) program by the American Association of Museums (AAM) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Recipients of the nine grants included California Science Center in Los Angeles, CA; Maloka in... Read More