[ASC-list] Public Lecture - The Science Centre of the Future

Glen Moore gkm at uow.edu.au
Thu Sep 25 02:46:45 UTC 2008

Fee Public Lecture - 'The Science Centre of the Future'
10th October - 7.30pm
Robert 'Mac' West - Editor, Informal Learning Review

Bookings required - Call 02-42865000 (Kim) to RSVP

Science Centre and Planetarium
Innovation Campus (Fairy Meadow)
University of Wollongong

Mac West has been involved with informal education in a variety of museums 
for thirty years. In addition to his extensive teaching experience in the 
Biology Department of Adelphi University (NY) and the Department of 
Geophysical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he has 
chaired the Geology Department of the Milwaukee Public Museum (WI) and has 
directed two major science museums: The Carnegie Museum of Natural History 
(PA) and Cranbrook Institute of Science (MI).
He has been active as an AAM MAP site visitor, as an ASTC Full Member site 
visitor, as an AAM accreditation evaluator, and as a consultant to museums, 
scientific associations and funding agencies throughout the U.S., as well as 
in China, India and Nepal. His background as a university teacher, 
scientific researcher, and museum programmer and administrator equips him 
uniquely to work with various issues ranging from feasibility, evaluation 
and governance to finance and development to programs, exhibits and 
collections. He oversees the Traveling Exhibitions Database for ILE, and 
coordinates the twice-annual Traveling Exhibitions Roundtable at ASTC and 
AAM meetings.
Mac has a B.A. in Geology from Lawrence College, an S.M. in Geophysical 
Sciences and a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Chicago, 
and did postdoctoral work at Princeton University. He received the Arnold 
Guyot Prize from the National Geographic Society in 1981 for his 
paleontologic research in the Canadian Arctic and was named Man of the Year 
in Science in Pittsburgh for 1986 in honor of his efforts on behalf of The 
Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Mac has published more than 130 papers 
and abstracts on paleontology, museum science and science education. He 
participated in Chamber of Commerce community leadership programs in 
Pittsburgh and Detroit. He has served on the Board of Directors of the 
Association of Systematics Collections, and the Association of 
Science/Technology Centers, and was Vice President of the Association of 
Science Museum Directors. He served as the U.S. natural history museum 
representative on the Indo-U.S. Subcommission on Education and Culture. He 
currently serves on the boards of the National Center for Science Education 
and the Visitor Studies Association. Mac is a charter member of The Museum 

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