Q&A with Helen Augare

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson This interview appeared in the November/December 2011 issue of Dimensions magazine. The director of the Blackfeet Native Science Field Center on traditional knowledge, Western science, and understanding our place in the world In high school, she took an interest in science; at the University of Montana, she pursued business. Today, Helen... Read More

Dimensions, September/October 2011—Forging the Connection to Local Leaders and Communities

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2011 How can science centers and museums become valued by their local leaders and citizens as essential elements of vibrant, livable, growth-oriented communities? Science centers are taking a central role in helping their local communities address key challenges and priorities—from environmental sustainability and support for underserved populations to economic development and... Read More

PLACES: Helping Science, Politics, and Communities Interact

By Emma Wadland From Dimensions September/October 2011 “PLACES is ensuring that science centers and museums are quickly becoming the ideal forums for politicians to easily access reliable scientific information and for citizens to engage in two-way dialogue about science. This will allow people to exercise full citizenship in science and technology issues.” —Antonio Gomes da... Read More

Achieving Impact in Our Communities

I recently “googled” the words “mayor,” “commission,” “task force,” and “science” and was astounded at the extensive number of socially relevant topics that are being considered by local decision makers in every corner of the globe. In nearly every instance, a body of scientific experts conveys wise counsel to policy planners. Occasionally, such initiatives include... Read More

What is your institution doing to sustain high staff morale in tough economic times?

This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the September/October 2011 issue of Dimensions magazine. We make time to celebrate successes! It’s important to focus on the impact our institution has on its visitors and how each staff person contributes to this impact. Additionally, we continue to have... Read More

Q&A with Ayman Elsayed

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson This interview appeared in the September/October 2011 issue of Dimensions magazine. The deputy director of the Library of Alexandria’s Planetarium Science Center on global partners, local heroes, and surviving a revolution Egypt’s cultural and educational institutions were not spared the chaos in the country early this year. Looters broke into Cairo’s... Read More

Dimensions, July/Augustl 2011—Money Matters: Science Centers Thriving in Tough Times

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2011 Faced with the challenges resulting from the worldwide economic crisis, science centers and museums must work diligently and creatively to maintain financial viability. Many science centers are diversifying their income sources, both by adhering to time-tested best practices of fundraising and by pursuing new methods and opportunities. Especially in these... Read More

The State of the Science Center

By Katherine I. Goodall From Dimensions July/August 2011 There is no question that recent years have been extraordinarily challenging for those responsible for the financial well being of science centers and museums. Since the global economic downturn began in 2008, every revenue stream has been under threat. Some organizations have been forced to make huge... Read More

Great Opportunities Through Active Corporate Partnerships

By Larry Dubinski From Dimensions July/August 2011 U.S. nonprofit organizations have long benefitted from the largesse of the for-profit sector. In 2009, corporations donated more than $14 billion to U.S. charitable causes, and the corporate sector has proven especially fruitful for science centers. Many centers—including the Franklin Institute (TFI) in Philadelphia, where I oversee external... Read More

New Dimensions

ASTC is committed to helping our members worldwide achieve their goals, by equipping individual professionals with essential skills, providing member institutions with valuable information and perspectives, and linking our members to one another. With this mission in mind, we proudly launched the newly redesigned Dimensions magazine with our July/August 2011 issue. We hope you’ll find... Read More