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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

Dimensions Editorial Calendar

The 2019 Dimensions Editorial Calendar is now available. If you are interested in contributing a feature article to any of the issues of ASTC’s award-winning Dimensions magazine, please contact Susan Straight, managing editor, at sstraight@astc.org with your ideas by the date listed. Topics and deadlines are subject to change. We are also always looking for contributors for... Read More

Science Museum of Minnesota Is Still In

By Pat Hamilton From Dimensions November/December 2018 Something momentous happened on December 12, 2015. After years of negotiations, 197 nations came together in Paris and agreed by voice acclamation to the world’s first binding commitments to fighting climate change. Then something alarming happened on June 1, 2017. President Trump announced that he was withdrawing the... 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

Q&A with Ed Yong

Interviewed by Susan Straight This interview appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Dimensions magazine. Ed Yong is an award-winning science writer for The Atlantic magazine. His work has appeared in National Geographic, the New Yorker, Wired, Nature, New Scientist, and Scientific American. He is originally from the United Kingdom but currently lives in Washington,... Read More

The Place of Soft Skills in Informal Science Learning

By Lesley Markham From Dimensions November/December 2018 Why is it important for science center and museum professionals to cultivate soft skills? What is their relevance to our work and to the wider informal science learning field? For more than a century, researchers have recognized that soft skills—critical thinking, communication, and creativity—are as valuable as technical... Read More