Sci-Port President/CEO Awarded International Honor
Published Thursday, October 21, 2010 4:00 pm
by Karen Wissing

Sci-Port CEO/President Ann Fumarolo and Marti Cortez, the Leading Edge jury chair and senior vice president, director of museum operations, at the Saint Louis Science Center.Ann Fumarolo, President/CEO of Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center, was honored with the Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Experienced Leadership in the Field at the Association of Science-Technology Centers' (ASTC) 2010 Annual Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.  This award is the highest honor given to an individual in the field. 

A release distributed by ASTC on October 2 stated: "Fumarolo was honored for her devotion to cultivating new leaders and aspiring professionals in the field.  She demonstrated inspiring optimism and ambition for herself, her center, all of her staff and the field of informal science education itself.  The jury found her practice of actively seeking out and personally funding professional development opportunities for her staff especially notable."

Ann was awarded a jade glass "Edgie," a paid registration to the 2011 ASTC Annual Conference, recognition in ASTC Dimensions and on the ASTC web site.

Since 2005, the award has been presented annually to ASTC members and/or their employees in recognition of extraordinary accomplishments in Business Practice, Visitor Experience and Leadership in the Field that not only add to the performance of their own institutions but also considerably advance the mission of science-technology centers and museums.

Ann's nomination came from Sci-Port's Board Chairman Ann Stokes, accompanied by recommendation letters from current and former staff and board members and professional colleagues.

The Leading Edge Award for Business Practice was given to COSI of Columbus, Ohio for Partnering with Others @COSI: Creating a Center of Science in the Community, and the Omaha Children's Museum received the Leading Edge Award for Visitor Experience (Small Institution) for Construction Zone, a 10,000 square foot exhibition which opened in 2010.

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science of Denver, Colorado, and The Pacific Science Center of Seattle, Washington (Large Institutions) were also awarded the Leading Edge Award for Visitor Experiences for their Expedition Health permanent health science exhibit and Portal to the Public, respectively.

ASTC has almost 600 members in 45 countries. Members include science centers and museums, 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.

Photographs are courtesy of Kris Scanlon, Eye of the Islands Photography.

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Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center is a 92,000 square-foot science and entertainment center featuring 290 hands-on exhibits, 70 interactive programs and demonstrations, a Space Center and Space Dome Planetarium, IMAX Dome Theatre, gift shop and cafe.  Sci-Port is located at 820 Clyde Fant Parkway on the downtown Shreveport Riverfront.  From September through February, Sci-Port's hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, Noon - 6 p.m.  From March through August, Sci-Port is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, Noon - 6 p.m.  For information regarding hours, IMAX showings or special programs, call
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Sci-Port Discovery Center
820 Clyde Fant Parkway
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101


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