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Amazonian Ideas on a Small Budget

By Renata Moretti and Ennio Candotti From Dimensions March/April 2019 The idea of setting up a museum in the greatest forest on Earth—the Amazon rainforest—brought along with it some questions: How could the visitors really engage in exploration, make the visit their own, and have a transformative experience they would take away with them? With an annual budget of... Read More

Q&A with Mary Roach

Interviewed by Susan Straight This interview appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of Dimensions magazine. The Washington Post has called Mary Roach “America’s funniest science writer.” She is the best-selling author of six books: Grunt, Packing for Mars, Bonk, Spook, Gulp, and Stiff. She has received numerous awards, appeared on national media such as the... Read More

Big Contributions

By Cristin Dorgelo The history of science, technology, and innovation is filled with novel ideas, creative approaches, and impressive accomplishments generated by small teams faced with limited resources and pressing challenges.   Science museums themselves are hardly small in mission or purpose, and yet most face resource constraints common to many mission-driven institutions. Doing more with less, working smarter not harder, and prioritizing are solutions we all try to apply... 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

Future Thinking

By Cristin Dorgelo Charting a course for the future is one of the more difficult things we are called upon to do as leaders and as individuals. The futures of our institutions, the future of our communities, and the future frontiers of science and technology are inextricably linked. As we scan those horizons and set... Read More

Q&A with DJ Patil

Interviewed by Susan Straight This interview appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Dimensions magazine. DJ is the head of technology at Devoted Health and a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. During the Obama administration, he was appointed by President Obama to be the first U.S. chief data scientist. In that role, his... Read More

Looking Back to Look Ahead

By David A. Ucko From Dimensions January/February 2019 Science centers may seem commonplace today. However, that was not so four decades ago, when total attendance at my first ASTC conference was about 50. Reviewing the history of the field, beginning with those institutions that influenced its development, can offer perspective for considering future directions. Natural history... Read More