ASTC and IF/THEN® award more than $300,000 to 27 science centers and museums to advance equity in gender representation

Contacts:Adam Fagen (ASTC)Jodi Davis (Goodman Media for Lyda Hill Philanthropies®) ASTC and IF/THEN® award more than $300,000 to 27 science centers and museums to advance equity in gender representation Grantees leverage the IF/THEN® Collection digital library to increase representation of women in museum exhibits WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – The Association of Science and Technology Centers …

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Science center visits down almost 75% from 2019, but slowly increase after reopening

Members of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) that have reopened to the public after closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic have seen visitor attendance that is down 74 percent from the same time period in 2019. This is one example of the sobering information shared in a recent ASTC report detailing the …

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ASTC welcomes new board members from U.S., Canada, and Colombia

The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) has welcomed six new members to its Board of Directors, which provides leadership for the nonprofit organization representing science and technology centers and museums across North America and around the world. New to the board are the following science center leaders: Tracy CalogherosCEOThe Exploration PlacePrince George, British …

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Science centers have lost more than $600 million in revenue due to the pandemic

A new report from the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) estimates that ASTC museum members around the world have lost more than $600 million in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, almost overnight, every one of the ASTC’s nearly 500 member science and technology centers and museums closed their doors to …

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ASTC awards more than $200,000 to 26 science centers and museums to advance equity in gender representation as part of the IF/THEN Initiative

The IF/THEN® Gender Equity Grant Program aims to increase the representation of women and gender minorities in STEM The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the first cycle of IF/THEN® Gender Equity Grants. Through the support of IF/THEN®, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies, more than $200,000 …

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Two New Grant Opportunities for ASTC Members in United States

We are excited to present two new funding programs designed to support and engage our members as the science center and museum community responds to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. These grant programs are limited to eligible ASTC members in the United States. Applications for STEM Activities Outreach During COVID-19 Grants due April 24 With generous funding …

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Science Centers and Museums Can Play Life-Saving Role During COVID-19

The American Red Cross needs the help of U.S. science centers and museums. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to impact communities across the United States, the Red Cross mission—to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies—continues with a deepened resolve. One example of essential emergency response is to remain steadfast in providing …

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Introducing ASTC’s Community Science Initiative

As communities grapple with daunting global and local challenges, and as the role of science and technology in our society continues to evolve, access for all people to engage with, participate in, and benefit from science, technology, and innovation is more important than ever. The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) is excited to …

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ASTC Staff’s Commitment to Embrace and Prioritize Diversity, Accessibility, Inclusion, and Equity

During this period of strategic change for our membership association, ASTC has prioritized expanding the scope and impact of our shared diversity, accessibility, inclusion, and equity efforts. All members of our staff and board are active in this process, and the following is an update on our journey. I invite you to follow along through …

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Announcing a Collaborative Project Management Opportunity

Applications closed Monday, December 10, 2018, at 11:45 p.m. ET   Leading complex, diverse, multi-organizational teams working to broaden participation in STEM is a challenging mission with potentially life-changing outcomes. Having a plan doesn’t mean a project will be successful. Individuals and organizations are diverse in their experience, cultural perspectives, personal motivations, and priorities. Properly …

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ASTC Staff Begin a Journey with Cultural Competency Conversations

By Gwen Crider In January 2017, ASTC launched Cultural Competency Conversations (C3), a journey through which ASTC staff could increase their understanding of cultural differences and grow their cultural competency skills. While some structured learning sessions were included along the way, the team wanted to learn directly from those with different lived experiences. Instead of …

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My First Weeks Aboard ASTC: Reflections and Next Steps

These first weeks as ASTC’s new President and CEO have been an exciting time of forging new connections, listening, learning, and hearing ideas for the future from ASTC’s staff, members, and partners. In the few short weeks that I have been aboard, my days have been filled to the brim with inspiration and forward action. …

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Meet Cristin Dorgelo, ASTC’s New President and CEO

I am so excited to begin leading ASTC today, energized by the many illuminating conversations I had with ASTC members during the 2017 ASTC Annual Conference in San Jose and the Science Centre World Summit 2017 in Tokyo, as well as numerous working sessions and calls over the past few months with ASTC staff and …

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ASTC On Air with USDA Under Secretary Dr. Catherine Woteki

The May 3 edition of ASTC On Air featured a conversation with the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, as well as the Department’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Catherine Woteki. Interested in hearing more about the memorandum of understanding between ASTC and USDA, possible ways in which science centers …

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ASTC Board Chair Linda Conlon Is Made a Member of the British Empire

Linda Conlon, chair of ASTC’s board and chief executive of the International Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, was made a Member of the British Empire in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year Honours List on December 31, 2015. The New Year Honours List recognizes the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United …

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