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ASTC honors Chabot Science Center’s Bill Nye exhibit with Leading Edge Award

Click to read more about this exhibition in the current issue of IPM

OAKLAND, Calif. USA, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Chabot Space & Science Center’s exhibition Bill Nye’s Climate Lab was awarded The Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Visitor Experience from the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC). The award is presented in recognition of extraordinary accomplishments that not only enhance the performance of the awarded institution, but that significantly advances the mission of science-technology centers and museums worldwide.

Chabot Space & Science Center Executive Director/CEO Alexander Zwissler accepted the award at the ASTC annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland. “Bill Nye’s Climate Lab is a groundbreaking exhibition focused on the planet’s most urgent scientific challenge. It engages visitors to take action to reduce greenhouse gasses and create energy solutions that can lead us to a sustainable future. We are honored to receive this award and the recognition coming from our peers at science-technology centers around the world,” said Zwissler.

A seven member jury of professionals, knowledgeable about the science center field, representing a broad spectrum of ASTC’s worldwide membership reviewed the eligible nominees to select the award. Founded in 1973, ASTC numbers nearly 600 member institutions in over 40 countries. Members include not only science centers and museums, but also nature centers, aquariums, planetariums, zoos, botanical gardens, and natural history and children’s museums, as well as companies, consultants, and other organizations that share an interest in informal science education. For more information, visit

Opened in November of 2010, Bill Nye’s Climate Lab at Chabot Space & Science Center is an innovative, hands-on exhibition educating visitors about the science of climate change cultivating positive, workable solutions to the challenge of energy production on the planet. The exhibition’s Webby Award nominated website, continues the visitor experience at home or in the classroom. For complete press release, click here.

Chabot Space & Science Center, a Smithsonian affiliate, and Bay Area Certified Green Business, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit interactive science center whose mission is to inspire and educate students of all ages about Planet Earth and the Universe. Founded in 1883, the Center is located at 10000 Skyline Blvd. just off Highway 13 in the Oakland hills. For more information, visit

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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