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Climate Scientists: Honest Brokers or Aligned Advocates? | The Energy Collective January 15, 2013

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Both argue that as scientists are increasingly viewed not as honest brokers, but as advocates aligned with the goals of the Democratic party, scientists and their organizations risk losing public trust and only likely contribute to polarization on hot button issues like climate change. As their commentaries suggest, for all the attention that science communication research has deservedly received, what is still missing from this discussion is careful analysis, understanding and application of normative and ethical principles to how experts and their organizations can effectively engage the public and policy makers.

via Climate Scientists: Honest Brokers or Aligned Advocates? | The Energy Collective.

Museum History: Dr. Frank Oppenheimer | Exploratorium November 8, 2012

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Dr. Frank Oppenheimer

The qualities that made Exploratorium Founder Frank Oppenheimer so special are the same qualities that make the Exploratorium special: an insistence on excellence, a knack for finding new ways of looking at things, a lack of pretentiousness, and a respect for invention and play.

via Museum History: Dr. Frank Oppenheimer | Exploratorium.

About ISB | Institute for Systems Biology September 18, 2012

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About ISB | Institute for Systems Biology.

Roger Malina, son of Rocketeer Frank Malina, given mention in Huffington Post article. August 27, 2012

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“PROPULSION” friend and editor in chief of Leonardo Magazine on science and art receives a mention in widely read online publication.

(SPACE) – Fresh off the success of the “Pleasure of Light: Malina/Kepes” retrospective exhibition at the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Roger Malina was given a proper shout-out in an article by blogger “Max Eternity”. The article is about artist/educator Joe Nalven and his recent “Homage” showcase, a touring exhibition co-curated by Nalven and digital artist Jim Repress.

The Huffington Post, long read for political discourse, has recently invited bloggers and reporters from outside the political realm and Mr. Eternity is just the latest example of outside-the-box journalists throwing in their two cents. In the Oct 19, 2010 post, Eternity states:

“About 6 months back, I had an email exchange with Roger Malina, editor of Leonardo Magazine, who said to me that in reading some of my writings, it “reminded me how long it is taking the mainstream art world to really integrate digital and new media into their views of the world.”

via Roger Malina, son of Rocketeer Frank Malina, given mention in Huffington Post article..

The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment Starting its 24-Hour Game Beating Fundraiser August 9, 2012

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The Oakland-based institution is setting a $20,000 pledge goal to keep the lights on

This seems like an interesting opportunity for those of you out there looking to preserve gaming history and maybe pass a little along to the next generation of gamers: the Museum of Arts and Digital Entertainment (MADE) is holding a 24-hour fundraiser from today through Saturday where participants at the Oakland location will attempt to beat one of their favorite games, in the hopes of earning donations from the community to support the next six months of operations at MADE.

via The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment Starting its 24-Hour Game Beating Fundraiser.

 

<<Sandy Note: Games as fundraisers…>>

14 Wacky “Facts” Kids Will Learn in Louisianas Voucher Schools | Mother Jones August 8, 2012

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Many of these schools, Kopplin notes, rely on Pensacola-based A Beka Book curriculum or Bob Jones University Press textbooks to teach their pupils Bible-based “facts,” such as the existence of Nessie the Loch Ness Monster and all sorts of pseudoscience that researcher Rachel Tabachnick and writer Thomas Vinciguerra have thankfully pored over so the rest of world doesnt have to.

via 14 Wacky “Facts” Kids Will Learn in Louisianas Voucher Schools | Mother Jones.

Exploratorium Launches Global Tinkering Studio(TM) Initiative With Inaugural Event at Saudi National Science Festival – MarketWatch August 7, 2012

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The Exploratorium, the global leader in informal learning, today announced the launch of its Global Tinkering Studio(TM) Initiative to extend the reach of its signature hands-on learning space to museums, science centers and cultural organizations and events around the world. The initiative kicks off at the Saudi Aramco Cultural Program, an annual science festival in al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, which is expected to draw upward of 100,000 visitors over the next five weeks. Informed by 10 years of educational research and development, The Tinkering Studio(TM) invites visitors to build, hack, invent and “think with their hands” while working on individual creations that explore the natural world.

via Exploratorium Launches Global Tinkering Studio(TM) Initiative With Inaugural Event at Saudi National Science Festival – MarketWatch.

 

<<Ignore the Exploratorium at your peril… They would be on the US top ten…>>

Scanner located on UT campus allows scientists to scan and research nearly anything | The Daily Texan August 7, 2012

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Timothy Rowe, geology professor and director of the Digital Morphology Group, said the technique allows for unprecedented access to an organism’s structure.

“This has allowed us to examine some of the oldest and rarest species available to us without having to damage the specimen, which a museum curator wouldn’t let us do anyway,” Rowe said.

According to the UT Digital Morphology library website, the X-ray CT scanner is located in the center of the University’s High-Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography Facility, and has amassed “nearly a terabyte of imagery of natural history specimens that are important to education and central to ongoing cutting-edge research efforts. The scanner has analyzed specimens ranging from fossils and modern organisms, to meteorites and rocks.”

via Scanner located on UT campus allows scientists to scan and research nearly anything | The Daily Texan.

The 10 Best family science events – Science – News – The Independent August 7, 2012

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1. Science Museum, Birmingham

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Cell! Cell! Cell! is an interactive show which lets children explore the human body by seeing what it’s like to shrink to the size of a living cell.

2. Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Halifax

eureka.org.uk

The Me and My Body gallery here is top notch, explaining the human body in all its belching, squelching and gurgling glory.

3. INTECH, Hampshire

intech-uk.com

A new permanent learning zone for children and adults alike, Push the Limits: the Science of Sport lets you see if you’re the next Usain Bolt by measuring your sprint speed.

4. National Space Centre, Leicester

spacecentre.co.uk

The Space Centre has paired up with a local radio station to hold daily sports challenges all summer, pitting DJs against visitors.

5. Museum of the History of Science, Oxford

mhs.ox.ac.uk

One for older kids, this Oxford museum houses a pretty much unrivalled collection of early scientific instruments.

6. Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), Manchester

mosi.org.uk

MOSI holds free “historical characters” workshops on Sundays and holidays from 2.30-2.50pm.

7. Science Museum, London

sciencemuseum.org.uk

This summer sees explosive stage shows where children can learn about the world of explosions, rockets, bubbles or forces. All are interactive, so be warned.

8. Techniquest, Cardiff

techniquest.org

Possibly the coolest science museum in the UK. Learn about rockets and explore the solar system. Head down this weekend for an Olympics-themed fitness extravaganza.

9. World Museum, Liverpool

liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Make your own animal or plant DNA bracelet at this fascinating science drop-in event. Part of Wonderful World weekend on 18 and 19 August.

10. MAGNA, Rotherham

visitmagna.co.uk

The emphasis here is on learning through play, so you can explore the elements in one area, or dive into the fire water and air pavilions in another part of the museum.

via The 10 Best family science events – Science – News – The Independent.

 

<<Hey hey!   A top 10 UK Science list!  What would be on the american list? Science and Industry in Chicago, certainly, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Smithsonian… The list would need a major planetarium… Hmmmm.>>

Calif. Science Center Lines Up Hangars for Space Shuttle Endeavour | Space.com August 7, 2012

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When NASA’s space shuttle Endeavour lands in Los Angeles in September, it will call a United Airlines hangar home before parading through the city’s streets to the California Science Center.

Endeavour, once it is moved into the center’s new shuttle-dedicated hangar, will be reunited with one of its missions’ larger payloads, the commercial logistics module that flew with NASA’s first educator astronaut to the International Space Station.

via Calif. Science Center Lines Up Hangars for Space Shuttle Endeavour | Space.com.