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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

Math is Sexy!

The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) is the only museum in the United States focused solely on math. Its mission is to change public perceptions of mathematics by providing engaging, hands-on, exploratory experiences for visitors of all ages. A common misperception is that MoMath is a children’s museum, and it has long been an audience... Read More

Science Rocks!

Harmonious Harbor-mates Great Lakes Science Center in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, is in an enviable position. Situated overlooking North Coast Harbor and Lake Erie, the museum is also next door to what is arguably Cleveland’s most recognizable landmark, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Both museums opened within a year of each other in the... Read More

News from Near the Kilauea Volcano

Volcanic activity around the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii has been an ongoing fact of life for residents since 1983, but on May 3 magma started spouting and flowing, forcing some people to evacuate and filling news media with dramatic images of the Earth’s geology in action. The ʻImiloa Astronomy Center is an... Read More

The Royal Wedding at The Rangos Giant Cinema

  The Rangos Giant Cinema at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh is the city’s most technologically advanced motion picture experience, boasting a 70-foot Certified Giant Screen, crystal-clear images through a 4K laser digital projection system, brilliant colors, and rich Dolby Atmos surround sound. Chad Hunter, Director of The Rangos Giant Cinema, and Tamra Birchfield, Director... Read More