published May 8, 2014

Reception Honors 10 Years of Inspired Science Education at Koshland Science Museum

Hailey Chenevert, NCSCE

On April 24, the Marian Koshland Science Museum celebrated 10 years of inspired science education with a private reception and opening of the Idea Lab, an unconventional exhibit in which the museum plans to pilot interactive approaches in collaboration with visitors. The reception recognized the museum's history, honored the Koshland family, and thanked its past and present staff, board members, and volunteers.

The reception included speeches Dr. May Berenbaum, the chair of the museum's advisory board; Dr. Bruce Alberts, a member of the advisory board member and former president of the National Academy of Sciences; Dr. Brian Tse, a 2009 Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellow at the National Academies; and two of Daniel and Marian Koshland's children, Drs. Gail and James Koshland.

Speakers discussed what they believe Marian and Daniel Koshland would think of the museum today. Daniel Koshland gifted funds to the National Academies for the development of the museum in honor of his wife, Marian, and her passion for improving the public's understanding of science.

The speakers also reflected on their involvement in the museum, what it means to be a part of the Koshland, and the impact the museum has had on their lives. Dr. Brian Tse discussed moving from a formal teaching setting and wanting the experience of communicating science in an informal setting. Dr. Tse is now an AAAS Science & Technology Fellow in the Department of Health & Human Services.

Dr. Karen Mowrer, another a past volunteer and a 2010 Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellow, relates to Dr. Tse's interest in the benefits of an informal science education environment. While enjoying the many hands-on exhibits the museum has to offer, Dr. Mowrer discussed what drew her to the Koshland after graduating from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Mowrer commented, "There are so many skills, beyond the technological aspects, that scientists could use, particularly the ability to communicate their science to the community, government, and the media." Following advice given to her, Dr. Mowrer sought to gain these skills at the Koshland, a science museum with a history of excelling in science communication.

To learn more about the Marian Koshland Science Museum, please visit museum's website.