Connecting the Public with Museum Researchers

Track
Curatorial Practice
Start Day and Time
Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
230-231 America's Center
Description
The scholarly pursuits happening within our museums are exciting, and maintaining a research staff offers many opportunities to the public. Museum funding models are changing, and so are visitors' expectations for engagement in the processes and results of museum scholarship. Visitors want content to be relevant to their lives; they want to learn by doing and to see things they can't see elsewhere. Hear about and help us imagine new and innovative ways to bring the work of museum scholars to the forefront of our visitors' experiences.
Learner Outcome
  1. Obtain insights on past successful (and unsuccessful) projects to connect visitors with curators and other scientists.
  2. Leave the session with concrete ideas to try at your institution.
  3. Meet other museum professionals who are struggling with similar challenges.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Edward Fleming
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Curator of Archaeology
Organization: 
Science Museum of Minnesota
Bio
Dr. Fleming is Curator of Archaeology at SMM, where he works at the intersection of research, collections work and interpretation. He is a North American archaeologist who regularly leads teams of college students and youth on field excavations in the Midwest. Ed is also a key content contributor to SMM-developed exhibits such as Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed", "Dead Sea Scrolls: Words that Changed the World", and "We Move and We Stay.""
Presenter: 
Laurie Fink
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Director, Science Programs
Organization: 
Science Museum of Minnesota
Bio
Dr. Fink directs the Science Programs group at SMM and has been the PI for multiple human biology related projects, including NSF and NIH-funded projects Cell Lab", "Wonder Years", "Disease Detectives", and "Weighing the Evidence". She developed wet-lab biology activity benches for SMM and other museums. Before entering the museum field, Laurie worked in the biotechnology industry while completing her doctorate work in pharmacology."
Presenter: 
Megan Smith
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Project Director/ Creative Developer
Organization: 
National Museum of American History
Bio
Megan Smith is Project Director of What It Means to Be American at the National Museum of American History. Megan works to connect audiences to the museum's scholarship through world-class exhibitions and creative programs. Megan has a B.A. from Amherst College and a M.A. in American Studies from the George Washington University. She is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute's NextGen program and the SI Emerging Leaders Development Program.
Presenter: 
Nicole Garneau
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Curator and Chair, Health Sciences Department
Organization: 
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Bio
Dr. Garneau directs the NIH SEPA-funded Genetics of Taste Lab, where she conducts and publishes scientific research on taste and learning research to help citizen scientist practitioners increase learning, scientific output and diversity in their projects. She promotes an interactive dialogue with the public, and was recognized for this as a finalist for the 2012 AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science.