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NASA and NGA Center Turn to NCTL Staff

January 10, 2011

Ioannis Miaoulis, president and director of the Museum of Science, Boston and founding director of the National Center for Technological Literacy®(NCTL®), has been awarded the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal "for exemplary leadership, dedication, and commitment to NASA" as a member of the NASA Advisory Council. Selected for his "unique expertise" in his discipline, Miaoulis served on the Council's Human Capital Committee from 2007 to 2009.

Currently a member of the NASA Education and Public Outreach Committee, Miaoulis testified in May 2010 before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee that he was "alarmed" by reports that NASA could face a shortage of engineers because of retirements. He argued that NASA was unique in its ability to inspire students to pursue engineering careers and that Congress should support NASA's ability to be a leader among federal agencies in K-12 and informal engineering education.

NASA also drives many of the innovations and discoveries the Museum of Science communicates to the public through free stargazing in its observatory, visits from NASA astronauts, and presentations on the Space Shuttle and the Mars Rovers. On February 13, 2011, the Museum will unveil a totally transformed Charles Hayden Planetarium with a new Zeiss Starmaster, high definition immersive video and digital acoustic technology and software, and the premiere of an original exoplanets show.

Yvonne Spicer (pictured), NCTL vice president of advocacy and educational partnerships, is a member of a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Advisory Committee formed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) to help the 29 new governors and incumbents develop STEM agendas in their states. Committee members were chosen to represent expertise across education, policy, business and STEM content areas.

The NCTL "is beginning to transform how state educational leaders view technology and engineering as fields that bridge the gap between science and math and have important economic and career implications," said Spicer, who has been an advisor to the NGA and is a consultant to states on engineering standards, leadership development, and assessments.

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