Asian Americans in Science

Omnifest 2015 isn’t the only thing beginning this weekend at the Science Museum of Minnesota.Beginning this Saturday, January 10, science, culture and opportunity will meet during the Science Museum’s popular Science Fusion event series. This long-running event series, taking place on four Saturday afternoons in January and February, focuses on the accomplishments of members of the Twin Cities’ Asian American, African American, American Indian and Latino and Hispanic communities in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).During each Science Fusion event, science and education professionals from leading Twin Cities companies will present displays that demonstrate their passion for their work and highlight the contributions they’ve made to science and innovation. Visitors of all ages will get a memorable, hands-on look at the scientists’ areas of expertise in a science fair-style setting that is the perfect atmosphere for in-depth, one-on-one interaction between visitors and presenters.In addition, eight students from around Minnesota will be formally recognized and awarded the 2015 Donaldson Science Award, which recognizes outstanding student effort and achievement in the STEM disciplines.The 2015 Science Fusion events are:African Americans in Science: Saturday, January 10First celebrated in 1992, African Americans in Science was the pioneer Science Fusion and has become a beloved Science Museum tradition. Visitors will meet science and educational professionals from USDA Forest Service, Boston Scientific, the University of Minnesota Medical School, 3M, the Association of Genetic Technologists, and other organizations, learn about what they do through interactive displays and presentations, and discover the inspiring contributions they’ve made to technology, education, health care, and innovation.Amantes de la Ciencia!: Saturday January 24Amantes de la Ciencia (Lovers of Science) introduces visitors to science and education professionals from the Twin Cities’ Latino and Hispanic communities. Companies and organizations represented this year include Academia Cesar Chavez, Ecolab, General Mills, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Continue Reading

Museum Day Live: An excuse to be a tourist in your hometown

Saturday, September 27 was Museum Day, or at least according to Smithsonian Magazine it was. Five museums in the Twin Cities participated; we visited four. The fun part was that they were museums that we don’t visit often – two were entirely new to me. Celebrating Museum Day really just means you can get access to free tickets but it’s also a good excuse to get out.Stop number one was the American Swedish Institute; this was one of the new-to-me museums. The best part of museum is FIKA, the restaurant. I would go there again in a heartbeat. Continue Reading

THEATER REVIEW | Sally Rousse and Noah Bremer pay tribute to August Strindberg with “Kom Hit!” at the American Swedish Institute

Johan August Strindberg is known mostly as a prolific author of plays, novels, poetry and essays; he also painted, married around four times and was mentally unstable. His most produced play is likely Miss Julie (1888), a naturalistic and class-criticizing piece. He dabbled in philosophy and the occult and wrote novels considered to be Sweden’s first modern literature. He was also fond of photographing himself (see ASI’s exhibit ” The Image of Strindberg”). The American Swedish Institute is presenting an array of events to acquaint us with the work of this enigmatic figure. You are given a mustache to wear upon arriving to see Sally Rousse and Noah Bremer’s Kom Hit! (which translates to Come Here!). Continue Reading

New Bell Museum: A tale of tenacity

Rep. Alice Hausman was understandably upbeat after the 2014 session of the Minnesota Legislature. After a 10-year struggle, funding for a new Bell Museum of Natural History—and planetarium—was finally secured.

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The Bell Museum unveils plans for new facility

Museum of Natural History officials earlier this month unveiled plans to build a new $57.5 million state-of-the-art facility in Falcon Heights to replace its “outdated and inflexible facility” on the East Bank.

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Minnesota African American Museum fights to open

Along a stretch of museums and other points of interest in Minneapolis sits a beautiful Victorian mansion at 1700 3rd Ave. S. that houses the Minnesota African American Museum (MAAM).Though the site houses the Minnesota African American Museum (MAAM), in many ways the museum is homeless as the 1884 built structure is uninhabited due to a fight between the museum and a contractor that has walked off the job and placed a lien on the property. This, on top of a promised $1 million bond that has since been denied, leaves the building in disrepair and far from being visitor ready.According to one of the museum’s founders, the project got off to a roaring start, raising nearly $1 million in less than a year. Givens said in addition, MAAM secured a matching $1 million bond from the state, which should have put the project in full swing, but when a dispute with the contractor arose midway through renovations the work stalled and left the building in near shambles, non compliant with code and MAAM out of nearly $800,000 and owing the contractor another $800,000.Givens said the main contractor – chosen because of its willingness to subcontract to the minority owned Tri Construction – was slow to complete tasks and the work that was completed was sub par.This article is reposted from TCDP media partner Insight News. Check out the links below for other recent Insight News stories:November arrives in MN, along with cuts to SNAP 12 Years a Slave reflections: American slavery as close as three generations Insight News has reached out to the contractor, but is not naming the company in order to give the company adequate time to respond to the allegations.Adding to the woes, the matching bond that was believed to have been secure has since been held up and four and a half years since MAAM’s inception the main building on the property sits with exposed electrical, unfinished plumbing and vulnerable to the elements.“(The contractor) jumped ship and walked off the job in September of 2012,” said Givens.Givens (right) said the contractor was owed money, which was supposed to have been paid with the money from the matching state bond – the bond that the state never made good on.“Hennepin County is in charge of the bond and initially they said they can’t release it because there was a mortgage on the place, so we bought the building,” said Givens. Continue Reading