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Portal to the Public honored by Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society

Portal to the Public has been honored with the inaugural Enduring Achievement Award from the Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS). The initiative is a flexible strategic framework that helps science centers and other informal learning organizations create meaningful face-to-face interactions between working scientists and public audiences. Although each setting is unique, most... Read More

Members of science center community elected as AAAS Fellows

Several members of the science center community have been elected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as AAAS Fellows. Beginning in 1874, AAAS has been electing Fellows in recognition of diverse accomplishments, including research, leadership, teaching, mentoring, fostering collaborations, and advancing public understanding of science. While some of the new Fellows... Read More

Geometric Bubble Events Pop Up Across the U.S.

Have you ever seen bubbles like these? On Saturday, May 4, 2019, ASTC-member organizations across the U.S. hosted Geometric Bubble Events as part of the 2019 National Math Festival held in Washington, D.C. This coast-to-coast celebration focused on math and its relationship to our daily lives.  Using bubble kits provided by Zometool, participating science centers and museums... Read More

Ellenbogen Appointed to U.S. National Academies’ Science Communications Committee

Kirsten Ellenbogen, president and chief executive officer of the Great Lakes Science Center, has been appointed to a new National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee that was created to improve science communication nationwide. As a member of the Standing Committee on Advancing Science Communication Research and Practice, Ellenbogen will help to “build a... Read More

ASTC Members Respond to Partial Shutdown of U.S. Federal Government

About 800,000 Americans are now furloughed from their jobs working for the Federal government, and several science centers and museums have implemented free-admission programs and events to help government workers and the families maintain access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning opportunities. With community members in nearly every U.S. city facing paycheck losses,... Read More

Remembering Vic Danilov

ASTC is saddened by the loss of Vic Danilov, a founding member of ASTC in 1973. Below this inadequate memorial are recollections from some of his colleagues, Jim Backstrom and David Ucko. Victor J. Danilov, who passed away in July at age 93, dedicated much of his life to the science museum field, perhaps most... Read More

Spooktacular Science

Jeepers creepers! There are plenty of tricks (and treats!) awaiting visitors at science centers and museums this Halloween season—from ghostly dry-ice bubbles that bounce in the night to ghastly pumpkins that ooze and explode. Here are just a few of the most spooktacular science events you can find at ASTC-member organizations between now and October... Read More