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New Museum Director

Posted Thursday, August 12, 2010

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New Museum Director If you grew up in northeast Ohio, your class probably took a field trip to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Thursday morning, we'll board the bus once again. We'll talk about everything from fossils to physics with the museum's new executive director, Evalyn Gates. We'll hear about the exciting changes she plans to bring to the museum. And we'll take an imaginary trip into deep space where science is just starting to find out a lot of what we thought we knew about the universe was dead wrong. Come along for the ride. To infinity and beyond, Tuesday morning at 9:00 on 90.3.


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Evalyn Gates, PhD, executive director and CEO, Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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Brian Griggs 7:52 AM 8/12/10

Many people dont realize that the Natural History Museum is available to be rented out as a venue for parties or even weddings.  My wife and I were married there almost seven years ago and the staff of the museum were wonderful. On top of the surroundings being an easy conversation starter, I’ve never seen kids enjoy a wedding more!

Nancy Darling 9:28 AM 8/12/10

What makes science exciting - especially for kids who don’t know that much about science - is learning to see things in new ways.

If you don’t know HOW to look, you can’t see.  You need people to help share that vision - not just cool exhibits. 

How are you planning on using people in your new vision of the center?

In any new museum, you see kids running through, half bored, flipping through the exhibits and not knowing what they’re looking at.

Sam 9:31 AM 8/12/10

Dr. Gates, I have several questions on cosmology and physics:
a) What was there before the big bang?
b) The current view appears to be that the universe is expanding thereby ruling out the expanding-contracting theory of the universe. How can one be sure that the expanding universe model is correct since if the observations are made in the expanding mode of the expansion-contraction model, the conclusion can be very wrong?

c) Why do most planetary objects spin (i.e. what caused the spin component) since if there was “big bang” that should be radial force with no torque? I note that our moon does not spin.


Christine 9:33 AM 8/12/10

Don’t forget to visit the DISCOVERY CENTER!!!

Bob Keesecker 9:48 AM 8/12/10

Can you comment on the collaboration the museum has now in developing Observatory Park in the Geauga Park District?  I’m an employee at GPD, in case it’s important to know this with regard to this question.

Jan C. Snow 9:54 AM 8/12/10

Your guest has talked several times about engaging children in science. I believe that’s important, but what concerns me most in the inear term is the lack of understanding of basic science and its methods by most adults. As voters we need a better understanding of basic scientific concepts. What are your plans to address that problem?

Tom Ramsey 10:02 AM 8/12/10

@ Ca Acad Sci Museum in Goldengate Park last weekend. They had a “NightLife Party” for the 20- 30-somethings. What a wonderful way to bring the young people in. It was like the party scene in Willoughby except it was at a Sci Museum


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