NEH supports projects at four ASTC members

The U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced $31.5 million in funding for 226 projects across the country—including four at ASTC-member organizations. This is the third and final round of awards in fiscal year (FY) 2022, which ends on September 30, 2022. NEH made awards in 14 categories including collaborative research, digital humanities …

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IMLS makes funding awards of more than $8.4 million to ASTC members

The U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced the fiscal year (FY) 2022 recipient of funding awards through several of its competitive grant programs. This includes $6.3 million in National Leadership Grants for Museums and $29.7 million for the Museums for America program—including the Museums Empowered and Inspire! Grants for Small Museums. National …

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ASTC members share in $1M Museum Initiative from Verizon and NYC MediaLab

Earlier this year, Verizon and NYC MediaLab announced the winners of the $1M Museum Initiative, which asked museums and other cultural institutions to develop new immersive educational content for educators. ASTC helped spread the word about this funding opportunity when applications were being accepted. Several ASTC-member institutions are among the 10 awarded up to $100,000 …

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CHIPS and Science Act authorizes significant investment in STEM

Earlier today, President Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act (H.R. 4346) into law, a sweeping piece of legislation impacting the country’s scientific enterprise. ASTC’s President and CEO Christofer Nelson was honored to be on the South Lawn of the White House for the signing. The CHIPS and Science Act brings together elements of several …

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Statement by ASTC’s President and CEO on gun violence in the United States

In the past two weeks, the United States has once again been saddened by horrific mass shootings targeting children at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, targeting Black shoppers at the Tops grocery store in Buffalo, New York, and targeting Asian churchgoers in Laguna Woods, California—among more than 200 mass shootings so far this year, …

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ASTC joins with museum community to request increased funding for museum programs in FY 2023 Federal budget

ASTC joined with fellow museums associations to request increased funding for the Federal programs that support our field in the fiscal year (FY) 2023 budget, which begins on October 1, 2022. The public witness testimony was submitted to subcommittees of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees that are currently at work developing the budgets for …

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Latest NEH grants support two ASTC-member projects

The U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced the recipients of $33.17 million in grants to support 245 projects. Among the list of projects are two led by ASTC-member institutions. The announcement includes grants in 13 different categories, including public humanities projects archaeological and ethnographic field research, infrastructure and capacity building, humanities collections, documentaries and …

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2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service finalists are named

Three ASTC-member institutions are among the 15 museums named as finalists for the 2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Awarded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that demonstrate excellence in service to their communities. Since 1996, …

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America COMPETES Act of 2022 promotes informal STEM education and intersection of science and society

Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the America COMPETES Act of 2022 (H.R. 4521) on a vote of 222–210. This bill contains major policy provisions and authorizes funding levels for the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), as well …

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ASTC member receives prestigious STEM education award

The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, California, has received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). The awards represent the highest honor in the United States for individuals and organizations working with and serving those who are underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education fields …

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Congratulations to new AAAS Fellows committed to public engagement with science

Among the new class of AAAS Fellows announced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) are several individuals affiliated with ASTC members and other committed to public engagement with science. Since 1874, AAAS has been electing Fellows in recognition of diverse accomplishments, including research, leadership, teaching, mentoring, fostering collaborations, and advancing public …

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Museum community requests additional COVID-19 relief for museums

A coalition of national museums associations—including ASTC—are speaking up on the continuing need for relief to museums as a result of the lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter sent to the bipartisan leadership of the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate, the museums associations asked for additional funding through …

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Submit your ideas and examples for advancing equity in STEM to the White House

Earlier this month, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced the launch of a new challenge to broaden participation in science and technology. The Time is Now: Advancing Equity in Science and Technology Ideation Challenge is soliciting input on steps that can be taken to “guarantee that all Americans can fully …

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Blooloop 50 Museum Influencer List honors ASTC community

The ASTC community is well represented among the Blooloop 50 Museum Influencer List 2021. This includes ASTC’s immediate past chair Larry Dubinski (President & CEO, The Franklin Institute) who is named to the “Power 10” list, with his service as chair of the ASTC Board of Directors among the achievements highlighted. Larry Dubinski – Power …

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A year of data on science center attendance and operations provides signs of hope

In response to the continuing impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on science centers and museums, ASTC has been conducting a Weekly Attendance and Operations Survey since June 2020. This ongoing survey project contains a data-benchmarking tool for members to collect and report on their visitor attendance and operational status. We have now completed analysis …

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