Paul Martin awarded ASTC Leading Edge Award for Leadership in the Field

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota
ASTC 2019 Paul Martin leading edge award

Congratulations to Paul Martin - the 2019 recipient of the ASTC Leading Edge Award for Leadership in the Field (non-CEO). Paul has tirelessly served on the leadership team of the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) since 2005. Kudos to Paul for supporting NISE Network partners in their efforts to engage the public in learning about STEM in hundreds of communities around the country!


The Leading Edge Award for Leadership in the Field (non-CEO) is given this year to Paul Martin, Codirector of the Center for Innovation in Informal STEM Learning at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society in Tempe. His exemplary leadership during the past three years has helped reinvigorate and expand the impact of the long-running National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) through his role as Principal Investigator of the new Space and Earth Informal STEM Education (SEISE) project. SEISE leverages and expands the NISE Network to include many new participants and viability for another decade, ensuring its continued impact on the missions and activities of hundreds of ASTC-member organizations and their local community and scientific collaborators.

Prior to joining Arizona State University, Paul held positions at: Science Museum of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN; Minnesota Historical Society, Saint Paul, MN; The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL; Museum Content Builders, Inc., Sudbury, Ontario; and Jim Henson Productions, Inc. New York, NY.


ASTC 2019 Conference

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The Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards are presented annually to ASTC members and/or their employees in recognition of extraordinary accomplishments in Visitor Experience, Business Practice, and Leadership in the Field that not only enhance the performance of their own institutions but also significantly advance the mission of science centers and museums.


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