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Coming Up: Museum Week 2019

#MuseumWeek 2019, May 13–19 this year, will bring together cultural institutions from all over the world—with seven days, seven themes, and seven hashtags. Whether online or on-site, your organization can participate in the global event by sharing your unique take on, or inviting the public to participate in, these topics on these days #WomenInCulture (Monday,... Read More

ASTC’s Statement on the U.S. President’s 2020 Budget Proposal

Cristin Dorgelo, President and CEO of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget.   Although we await the eventual release of details, the broad outlines of President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal made public today are acutely troubling for America’s scientific enterprise and... Read More

Ellenbogen Appointed to U.S. National Academies’ Science Communications Committee

Kirsten Ellenbogen, president and chief executive officer of the Great Lakes Science Center, has been appointed to a new National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee that was created to improve science communication nationwide. As a member of the Standing Committee on Advancing Science Communication Research and Practice, Ellenbogen will help to “build a... Read More

U.S. Congress Again Saves, Increases Museum Funding

“The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) commends the U.S. Congress for completing work on the Federal budget for Fiscal Year 2019 and for continuing to support science; research; and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. This bipartisan effort to resolve Fiscal Year 2019 funding is particularly welcome as the science community works to recover... Read More

ASTC Members Respond to Partial Shutdown of U.S. Federal Government

About 800,000 Americans are now furloughed from their jobs working for the Federal government, and several science centers and museums have implemented free-admission programs and events to help government workers and the families maintain access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning opportunities. With community members in nearly every U.S. city facing paycheck losses,... Read More

Season’s Greetings

  Wishing you a joyous holiday season and all our best wishes for 2019! with gratitude from your team at the Association of Science-Technology Centers   1 – Lesley Markham, 2 – Nina Humes, 3 – Todd Happer, 4 – Wendy Hancock,  5 – Walter Staveloz, 6 – Melissa Ballard, 7 – Ann Hernandez, 8 – Korie Twiggs, 9 – Rachel Diamond, 10 – Cristin Dorgelo, 11 – Michelle Kenner, 12 – Jamie... Read More

ASTC, Members Join “We Are Still In” U.S. Climate Action Movement

ASTC is proud to be part of the ever-growing We Are Still In coalition supporting climate action, an alliance of U.S. cultural institutions, businesses and investors, cities and counties, colleges and universities, faith groups, health care organizations, states, tribes, and other non-federal actors. We Are Still In, at nearly 3,600 signatories, demonstrates America’s enduring commitment... Read More

Remembering Vic Danilov

ASTC is saddened by the loss of Vic Danilov, a founding member of ASTC in 1973. Below this inadequate memorial are recollections from some of his colleagues, Jim Backstrom and David Ucko. Victor J. Danilov, who passed away in July at age 93, dedicated much of his life to the science museum field, perhaps most... Read More

Spooktacular Science

Jeepers creepers! There are plenty of tricks (and treats!) awaiting visitors at science centers and museums this Halloween season—from ghostly dry-ice bubbles that bounce in the night to ghastly pumpkins that ooze and explode. Here are just a few of the most spooktacular science events you can find at ASTC-member organizations between now and October... Read More