Informal Science Learning: Unpredictable, Chaotic…and Viral!

I recently represented ASTC on the scientific advisory board of a large media group that held its annual retreat in the pristine Colorado wilderness. Gathered together were leading scientific researchers, innovators, captains of industry, technology-based investors and philanthropists, artists, and science communicators. In a relaxed venue, this diverse group explored the science issues that are... Read More

Should science centers and museums adopt ethical guidelines regarding corporate sponsorships? If so, what should these guidelines be?

This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the January/February 2012 issue of Dimensions magazine. Science centers and museums should adopt overarching gift acceptance and ethical fundraising policies that should be approved by their governing boards.  In addition, in order to ensure accountability and informed decision-making regarding corporate... Read More

Q&A with Clarence Sirisena

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson This interview appeared in the January/February 2012 issue of Dimensions magazine. From collaborations to chopped-up mannequins, Clarence Sirisena, assistant chief executive in projects and exhibitions at Science Centre Singapore (SCS), finds innovative approaches to traveling exhibitions. His research on this topic—and his efforts to share knowledge with other science centers—earned him... Read More

Dimensions, November/December 2011—Working Across Worldviews: Traditional Knowledge and Western Science

IN THIS ISSUE November/December 2011 At the 6th Science Centre World Congress in September, science center and museum leaders from 56 countries resolved through the Cape Town Declaration to promote awareness of the value of Indigenous knowledge. In this issue, we examine how science centers and traditional and Indigenous communities are exploring commonalities and differences... Read More

Shifting Paradigms: Embracing Multiple Worldviews in Science Centers

By Laura Huerta Migus From Dimensions November/December 2011 Science centers and museums fill a unique community role as centers of learning, research, entertainment, and community congregation. Beyond teaching scientific concepts, the underlying motivation for all science center activities is promoting the value of science and scientific thinking to the general public. Science centers and museums... Read More

Do you think science centers and museums have a role in developing or hosting exhibitions on controversial topics? Why or why not?

This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the November/December 2011 issue of Dimensions magazine. Yes, we should. Science and technology raise controversial topics, and as institutions that promote civil engagement, we should present these topics as part of our responsibility to society. (Pictured: Bloomfield’s Peace Labyrinth exhibition.)... Read More