Congrats to these Affiliates on their recent accomplishments.
Mystic Seaport announced today it has received a $1 million gift from the Thompson Family Foundation to support the Thompson Exhibition Building, the Museumâ€™s first new exhibition building in more than four decades. The Thompson Building opened to visitors on September 24, 2016.Â The Thompson Family Foundationâ€™s latest gift caps the $15.3 million required to fund the exhibition building and the McGraw Gallery Quadrangle project. This fundraising effort was scheduled to conclude on December 31. The first exhibit to be featured in the Thompson Building will be â€œSea-Change,â€ a dramatic presentation of a range of beautiful and unique objects drawn from the collections of Mystic Seaport.
Massachusetts officials have announced state funding for an exhibit at a new museum highlighting the life and work of a renowned childrenâ€™s book author. The two state senators representing Springfield, Eric Lesser and James Welch, said Wednesday that $200,000 has been earmarked for a bilingual literacy exhibit in the new Dr. Seuss Museum. Springfield Museums President Kay Simpson said momentum is building toward the opening of the new museum in just a few months. The museum will be the only one in the world devoted exclusively to Theodore Geisel, the Springfield native who authored the Dr. Seuss childrenâ€™s books.
IMLS announced four STEMeX awardsâ€“ the first of their kind for the agency â€“ which fund research on informal educational approaches that make use of the knowledge and skills of community Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) experts. These long anticipated awards generated a tremendous response from the field, and all of us at IMLS are anxious to see the results of this important work. Researchers from the High Desert Museum, Oregon State University Cascades and the Deschutes Public Library, will answer questions including: How might the expertsâ€™ use of storytelling impact rural families’ talk during STEM activities, understanding of the nature of science, engagement, and attitudes?
Awards and Recognition
Antonio “Tony” J. Busalacchi, president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), will be inducted next week into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Election to the NAE honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, or education. It is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer and those working at the intersection of science and engineering. Busalacchi was elected for his contributions to “understanding of tropical oceans in coupled climate systems via remotely sensed observations and for international leadership of climate prediction/projection research.”
The Arab American National Museumâ€™s (AANM) founding director, Dr. Anan Ameri, has been selectedÂ for induction into the Michigan Womenâ€™s Hall of Fame. Ameri is one of nine women chosen, from among more than 110 nominees, to receive the honorÂ as a member of the 33rd class of the Michigan Womenâ€™s Hall of Fame, part of the Michigan Womenâ€™s Historical Center in Lansing.
The Greensboro Historical Museum has received a national award from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) for the exhibition “Warnersville: Our Home, Our Neighborhood, Our Stories.” The Leadership in History Award is the most prestigious form of recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.