ASTC’s Statement on the U.S. President’s 2019 Budget Proposal

Cristin Dorgelo, President and CEO of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget. At ASTC, we are deeply concerned that President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 proposed budget will devastate America’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education efforts, by eliminating or severely crippling many …

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ASTC’s Statement on the U.S. Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

“The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is pleased to see progress on the U.S. Federal budget for fiscal year 2018. Looking ahead, we encourage robust funding for programs in informal science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and National Aeronautics and …

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U.S. Congressional Updates—January 15–22, 2018

By Jane Sargent, Akerman, and Todd Happer, ASTC   January 22 Update— This afternoon—about 60 hours after the U.S. federal government shutdown last Friday night—a bipartisan group of Senators negotiated a deal that is expected to lay the path for resuming normal government operations. Essentially, Senate Democrats lent their support for reopening the government in …

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Scientific Evidence Is Proving No Match for Emotionalism

Linda Conlon took stock of the growing primacy of emotional resonance over fact during an address at the opening of the 2017 ASTC Annual Conference in San Jose, California. She is chief executive of the International Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, and served as ASTC Board Chair, 2015–2017. The text of her speech …

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Science and Museum Programs Advance in U.S. Senate

On Thursday, September 7, the U.S. Senate’s Appropriations Committee voted for funding bills that advance many science and museum programs for the 2018 fiscal year that begins on October 1, rejecting the Administration’s proposals for drastic cuts and eliminations. While this is just one step in a complex, ongoing process supported by the advocacy efforts of …

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Raising an Army for Science Centers and Museums

I’ve been watching The Last Kingdom, a historical fiction series set around the time of Alfred the Great and the formation of a unified English kingdom in response to invasions by the Vikings. It’s hard, sometimes, to just watch a series like this without running to the internet to look stuff up. Where was the kingdom …

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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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Youth Representatives Visit Capitol Hill to Advocate for Afterschool Programs

On Thursday, May 22, 2014, youth representatives from museum programs met with Members of Congress to advocate for afterschool programs as part of the Afterschool Alliance’s Afterschool for All Challenge. Held as part of the Afterschool Alliance’s National Network Meeting, the Afterschool for All Challenge “[provided] unique networking and professional development opportunities that empower participants …

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