Science centers as news centers

Science centers regularly provide their communities with science news and promote dialogue on current science issues. As concerns over the H1N1 virus continue to grow, ASTC members are serving as places where visitors can learn more about the virus and share information with others, both on-site and online.

Adventure Science Center, Nashville, Tennessee, and the Exploratorium, San Francisco, are hosting on-site public programs on May 1 and May 3, respectively, where microbiologists will present information and answer questions about the “swine flu.”

Science Buzz, the website of the Science Museum of Minnesota’s “current science” initiative, focuses on science in the news, emerging research, and seasonal science. The web site is designed to be a source of science information, but also encourages users to respond to the stories they find and even contribute their own.

ScienceNetwork WA, a web site developed and hosted by Scitech, Perth,  in partnership with the Government of Western Australia, is a source for science news, as well as information about events and career opportunities in the region.

About the image: Users have contributed information about the H1N1 virus, including links to official disease control web sites, on the Science Buzz blog. Image courtesy Science Museum of Minnesota

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