Tag Archives: Museums

Happy anniversary?

Middle Fork, by John Grade, is a cast of a tree, made out of many tiny pieces of wood.

Well, this is embarrassing. It wasn’t until I received a notice to renew my domain name that I checked in on this blog, and discovered to my chagrin that the last post was dated February 25th—2015. D’oh. I suppose this is what happens when your day job tethers you to a computer, writing scripts. It’s very hard to Continue Reading →

More surprises

examining a dinosaur

A day or two after my resolution to keep a journal of “surprise” moments, I wondered how often I’d be able to update it. My Sunday was particularly uninspired. Ah, but then Monday came along with some startling news. moment of surprise: I might not have a job come July. Oh, trust-funded positions, and your Continue Reading →

Long overdue

trilobite illustration

It’s been a long time since my last post. I’m not entirely sure which factor holds the most blame: my new love, roller derby, certainly takes up my time (though now that I’m injured, that excuse has lost some power); my day job as an exhibit writer makes me less inclined to keep typing in Continue Reading →

It’s Tapirs All The Way Down…

fused fossil rhino rib

I was not a particularly happy camper this morning, having woken up balls-early for a road trip out to Boone, NC. Thankfully, my mood had vastly improved by the time we reached the Gray Fossil Site and Natural History Museum outside Johnson City, TN, enabling me to better appreciate their specimens, exhibits, and dig site. Continue Reading →

AAM Rundown 7: The Museum as Prototype

Rube Goldberg Machine

We’re nearing the end of my AAM series… only a few more interviews and session recaps to go! This one was one of my favorite sessions at AAM, and I’ve been holding off writing about it out of fear that I won’t do it justice. But as the walrus said, the time has come to Continue Reading →

AAM Rundown 5: Media and Technology MUSE Awards

AAM's media and technology MUSE awards

This year was the 23rd Annual MUSE Awards, brought to you by AAM’s Media and Technology committee. You can read about all the various nominees, honorees and winners in more detail at the actual MUSE homepage, but I thought I’d take the opportunity to comment on the ones that I thought sounded the coolest. Audio Continue Reading →

AAM Rundown 4: Narrative as a Platform for Public Engagement

"Follow the North Star" experience at Conner Prairie

I am a huge proponent of storytelling. It’s why I became a film major, and it’s why I went the museum route with my interest in science education. One of my favorite speeches is Robert Krulwich’s commencement address to the California Institute of Technology, titled “Tell Me A Story“. You can go check it out Continue Reading →

AAM Rundown 3: A Conversation with Kevin Sayama

Kevin Sayama from C&G Partners

A number of lovely, generous people in my life donated money to help get me to AAM this year. I promised that I would report back about the sessions I attended, as well as interview fellow attendees, as a way of showing just what they helped pay for. It also allows for some vicarious AAM Continue Reading →

AAM Rundown 2: 75 Ways to Connect in 75 Minutes

example of crowdsourcing and visitor participation

I have to admit, I missed some of this session because I tried attending another one. “An Update on Art and Science Collaborative Approaches” sounded like it had a lot of potential, especially for someone like me who loves both art and science. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as inspiring as I had hoped it would be. Continue Reading →

AAM is finally here!

Or rather, I’m finally here at AAM! The Expo opens tomorrow, but today is already chock-a-block full of activities and meetings. For expample: 11:00-12:45 AAM New Member and First Timers Orientation, where I get to meet other newbies and find out about more of the secret handshakes or some such thing. 1:15-2:30 Sessions. I have Continue Reading →

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