Press Room for the Sciencenter

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Kelly Barclay
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(607) 272-0600 ×114


Science Cabaret Finds New Home at the Sciencenter

Ithaca, New York – Ithaca’s Science Cabaret has a new home at the Sciencenter. For twelve years, Science Cabaret has brought scientific research to the general public through exciting informal lectures and programs. On March 14, Science Cabaret will officially move to the Sciencenter where they will continue to share with the public the thrill of exploration, and the excitement of the big ideas.

“Since I arrived in Ithaca, I have dreamed of expanding the Sciencenter’s programming to reach an adult audience,” said Sciencenter Executive Director, Dean Briere. “Who better to partner with than Science Cabaret – a group that delivers rich, fascinating programming on current and sometimes controversial topics in science. We’re incredibly excited about this partnership and look forward to the exciting year of programs ahead.”

Science Cabaret hosts monthly programs where scientists informally share their research with the general public through conversations, demonstrations, and interactive experiences. Topics range from climate change, to robotics, and astrophysics. Guests learn about the latest research being conducted, get to know the faces behind the science, and have opportunities to ask questions and deepen their understanding of the research being done in and around the Finger Lakes region.

“On behalf of Science Cabaret we’re honored and thrilled to work with the Sciencenter,” said Kitty Gifford, Science Cabaret Curator and Program Director. “The Science Cabaret programs are designed to bring excitement for science through interactive public programs for adults, and this dovetails nicely with the mission of the Sciencenter. We look forward to refreshing the programs and sharing more fascinating science discoveries happening in the region.”

Programs are open to the public – no science background is required. And while topics may not always be of interest to children, all ages are welcome. Advance tickets are $5 for Sciencenter members and $8 for non-members. Tickets at the door are $8 for Sciencenter members and $10 for non-members. Please note, museum exhibits are not open during Science Cabaret. For information about upcoming Science Cabaret topics and dates, or to purchase tickets, please visit or Come join the conversation!

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Cargill Deicing Technology Donates $100,000 to Sciencenter: Funds will support Cayuga County field trips for 2nd grade students

Ithaca, New York – On February 20, Cargill Mine Manager, Shawn Wilczynski, presented Sciencenter Executive Director, Dean Briere, with a check for $100,000 in support of the Sciencenter’s Science for All initiative. The Science for All initiative provides free field trips to the Sciencenter for all 2nd grade students in Cayuga County, in perpetuity.

“This generous donation from Cargill greatly expands the Sciencenter’s field trip programming to now reach all of Cayuga County,” said Sciencenter Executive Director, Dean Briere. “Thanks to Cargill every 2nd grade class will have the opportunity to visit the Sciencenter on programmed school field trips, for free, for as long as the Sciencenter stands. We are incredibly grateful to Cargill for making this possible.”

The Science for All initiative is an endowed program of the Sciencenter that provides annual field trips to the Sciencenter for all 700 2nd grade students living in Cayuga County. This initiative is a critical element in the Sciencenter’s vision to empower every young person to use science in shaping a better future. “We are delighted to partner with the Sciencenter on this initiative,” said Shawn Wilczynski. “This community is where our families live, work, and go to school. We know how important it is to invest in our children’s future so they have the skills, tools, and education to succeed in life.”

Currently, the Sciencenter provides free annual field trips to all 2nd grade classes in Tompkins County and Cortland City schools through Kids Discover the Trail!. During these trips, students take part in a supplementary interactive, hands-on program called Power the Future where they explore engineering principles, climate, and energy science. The donation from Cargill provides funding to bring Cayuga County second graders to the Sciencenter for free, supplemental educational programming that meets with Next Generation Science Standards, and free “Come Back” passes for field trip students and their families.

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In the News :


  • December 19. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Keeps Families Busy During Holiday Break
  • November 6. Tompkins Weekly. Discover the World: Eight-member Discovery Trail explores nature, science and culture
  • November 4. Ithaca Journal. Ithaca’s Sciencenter to Donate to Museums Affected by Recent Disasters
  • October 19. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Promises Hair-Raising Halloween
  • September 21. Ithaca Journal. Fall into Science Fun at the Sciencenter
  • August 24. Cornell News. Fun, hands-on course teaches science communication
  • August 10. Ithaca Journal. August Fun at the Sciencenter Include Eclipse Party and More
  • August – September. Dimensions. Millenials: Are Science Centers and Museums Attracting and Retaining Them?
  • July – August. Informal Learning Review. The Discovery Trail: A Community Partnership for Museums and Libraries
  • July 20. Ithaca Journal. Stay Cool and Have Fun this Summer
  • June 22. Ithaca Journal. Playground, Touch Tank, Grossology, and more
  • May-June. Dimensions. The Business of Science Centers
  • May 12. The Ithaca Voice. Grossologgy Exhibit Opens at the Sciencenter
  • May 15. Tompkins Weekly. Discover the Trail! Group of Institutions Connect Art, History, Literature, Science, and Natural World
  • May 12. The Ithaca Voice. Grossologfy Exhibit Opens at the Sciencenter
  • May 9. Ithaca Journal. Explore the Gross Side of Science
  • April 29. Ithaca Times. Meet the New Executive Director of the Sciencenter
  • April 28. Lansing Star. Trautmann Honored by Discover Trail
  • April 4. Ithaca Journal. Spring into Science this Month at the Sciencenter
  • March 13. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter’s multi-year campaign raised $4.1M
  • March 9. Ithaca Journal. Adventure + Discovery = Sciencenter Summer Camp
  • February 16. Ithaca Journal. Spend Winter Break with Sciencenter Next Week
  • February 12. Tompkins Weekly. Human Service Coalition set to recognize three
  • January 15. Finger Lakes Woman Magazine. Winter Offerings at the Sciencenter
  • January 8. Tompkins Weekly. New Sciencenter Exhibition Reveals Inside Story About Toys
  • January 4. Ithaca Times. New Sciencenter Exhibit Aims to Teach Through Play
  • January 4. Life in the Finger Lakes. Learning Through Play at Ithaca’s Sciencenter


  • December 12. Tompkins Weekly. ‘Human Origins’ Headline Discovery Trail Weekend
  • December 9. Ithaca Voice. Tompkins Projects Receive $3.2 Million from Economic Development Awards
  • November 17. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Offers Special Programs for Families this Fall
  • October 20. Ithaca Journal. Science Gets Spooky at the Sciencenter
  • Fall 2016. New York Space Grant News. Fall 2016 Newsletter
  • September 20. PR Log. Sciencenter Sustainability Gallery Bears Fruit
  • September 16. Auburn Citizen. Ithaca Sciencenter Launches Movement Exhibit
  • September 6. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Kicks Off Fall with More Science Fun
  • August 23. Ithaca Times. Discover Others: Field Trips Help Students Meet Diverse Community
  • August 11. Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source. Students Make Invention Initiative in Ithaca
  • August 3. Ithaca Journal. New Curiosity Playgrounf at Sciencenter Fosters Learning, Fun
  • August 1. Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce Chambergram. Member Profile: Sciencenter Executive Director Announces Retirement
  • July 28. Lansing Star. Sciencenter Executive Director Trautmann Announces Retirement
  • July 26. CNY Business Journal. Sciencenter Executive Director Trautmann Announces Retirement
  • July 26. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Executive Director Retiring
  • June 16. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Filled with Fun and Learning this Summer
  • June 7. Finger Lakes Times. Romulus Students Celebrate Science
  • May 20. Ithaca Times. All Part of a Larger Plan, Alternative Energy Options for Businesses
  • May 14. Ithaca Journal. Volunteers come out for the Sciencenter. Photo Gallery
  • April 5. IMLS UpNext Blog. Museums for All Offers Science for All at the Sciencenter
  • March 10. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Summer Camps Offer Learning and Adventure
  • February 11. Ithaca Journal. Spend Winter Break at the Sciencenter
  • January 5. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Opens Two New Exhibits
  • January 5. Ithaca Voice. Bloodsuckers Coming to Ithaca’s Sciencenter


  • December 10. Ithaca Journal. Learn Fun Lessons at Sciencenter in December
  • November 5. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Has Fun Planned Inside and Out
  • November 1. Finger Lakes Woman. Fall Offerings at the Sciencenter
  • October 22. Cornell Daily Sun. Non-Profit Solar Project Raises $17,000
  • October 15. Cornell Chronicle. Educators Meet to Bolster Undergrad STEM Outreach
  • October 14. Ithaca Journal. Explore How Science Gets Spooky
  • September 28. WENY. Mini-Golf Monday: Sciencenter’s New Course
  • September 23. Ithaca Week. Sciencenter Mini-Golf Reopens with Interactive Exhibits
  • September 22. Ithaca Week. Touch Tank Highlights Sciencenter’s Focus on Local Conservation
  • August 13. Ithaca Journal. Activities and Fun for All at the Sciencenter
  • August 10. Tompkins Weekly. Sciencenter Opens New Tidepool Tank
  • August 7. Ithaca Journal. Horseshoe Crabs’ Debut
  • August 5. Ithaca Times. Redesigned Exhibit to Open at the Sciencenter
  • July 29. WENY. Twin Tiers Sunday
  • July 11. Ithaca Journal. Touch and Learn: Enjoy Summer Museum Fun with Children
  • July 9. Ithaca Journal. Summertime Science Keeps Kids’ Minds Sharp
  • July 9. WRGB Channel 6 News. Road Trippin’: Ithaca
  • June 25. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Offers a Summer of Hands-on Fun
  • June 19. WETM 13 My Twin Tiers. Day Trippin’: Things Get Weird at the Sciencenter this Summer
  • June 15. Tompkins Weekly. Change Sweeping Through Sciencenter
  • June 11. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Raises Money to Renew and Reach Out
  • June 10. WHCU 95.5FM/870AM. Sciencenter Breaks Ground for Renovation Project
  • June 10. IthacaVoice. Sciencenter Launches Capital Campaign
  • June 9. Finger Lakes Woman. A Summer of Hands-on Fun Awaits at the Sciencenter
  • May 14. Ithaca Journal. Strange Matter is Coming to the Sciencenter
  • May 1. UpNext: IMLS Blog. Science from the Start Kicks Off at the Sciencenter
  • April 21. InformalScience. Sciencenter And Cornell University Research On Early Childhood Cognition
  • April 20 – 24. Tompkins Weekly. Early Explorers Celebrated at Sciencenter
  • April – May 2015. Finger Lakes Woman. Learning + Adventure = Sciencenter Summer Camp
  • April 9. Ithaca Times. Eight Local Cultural Institutions Provide a Linked Learning Experience
  • April 9. Ithaca Journal. Exhibits, Activities Highlight Sciencenter Spring List
  • March 11. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Connection: Celebrate NanoDays at the Sciencenter
  • February 27. Cornell Chronicle. Undergrads Make Connections Through Biology and Service
  • February – March 2015. Finger Lakes Woman. Look Who’s Living in the Trees
  • February 12. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Connection: Indoor Fun for Winter Break
  • February 5. Ithaca Journal. New Sciencenter Exhibit Features Bones on a Bike
  • January 8. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Connection: ‘TreeHouses’ Exhibition Opens Saturday at Sciencenter
  • January 8. Ithaca Journal. New Sciencenter Exhibit to Open


  • December 21. Time Warner Cable News. Sciencenter Opens New Undersea Exhibit in Ithaca
  • December 18. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Adds Virtual Underwater Video Exhibit
  • December 1. AAA Travel Guide. Winter Fun
  • November 23. WETM Channel 18. Mars Rover Exhibit
  • November 3. Tompkins Weekly. Journey to the Red Planet at Sciencenter
  • November 1. Ithaca Journal. Mars Rover Lands at Sciencenter
  • June 16. Tompkins Weekly. Students Exhibit Science Knowledge
  • June 16. Tompkins Weekly. Rainforest Explorers
  • May 20. Cornellcast. Students in Rapid Prototpying course demo inventions at Sciencenter (VIDEO)
  • April 24. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Connection: Sciencenter Summer Camp is Around the Corner
  • April 23. Ithaca Times. Hot on the Trail
  • April – May 2014. Finger Lakes Woman. Join us for Sciencenter Summer Camp
  • March 22. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Opens Nano Exhibit Today
  • March 20. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Connection: Sciencenter Presents NanoDays on Saturday
  • March 6. Fox 40 WICZ. Walking the Solar System with the Force Behind Cosmos. (VIDEO)
  • March 5. Fox 40 WICZ. Sagan’s Influence Still Felt as Cosmos Relaunches. (VIDEO)
  • February 13. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Connection: Round Up Indoor Fun During Winter Break
  • February – March 2014. Finger Lakes Woman. Turtle Travels: Experience Life in the Slow Lane
  • Spring 2014. Ithaca Child. Who is Tim Scott? And How Does He Make Science Engaging?
  • January 16. Ithaca Journal. Turtle Travels Opens Saturday at Sciencenter
  • January 9. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Connection: Featured Exhibition “Turtle Travels” Opens January 18
  • January 6. Ithaca Journal. Students Teaching Students Science
  • December 2013 – January 2014. Finger Lakes Woman. Science Fun for the Whole Family



    If you’re interested in older archived news articles or press releases please contact Amy Gaulke, Public & Media Relations Manager, at (607) 272-0600 ×14 or

  • Additional Information:

    Two Approaches to Addressing Fracking in New York State (download)

    Executive Director Charlie Trautmann and Director of Program Michelle Kortenaar discuss the Sciencenter’s creative approach to teaching the public about hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

    Organizational Stability Facilitates Succession – and Attracts Candidates (download)

    Executive Director Charlie Trautmann outlines the key building blocks of organizational stability.

    Attendance at Science Centers (download)

    Christine Ruffo (ASTC), James Chung (Reach Advisors), and Charlie Trautmann (Sciencenter, Ithaca, NY) present the results of a 10-year study of attendance at science centers during the 2013 ASTC Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM.

    Orienting New Team Members for Long-Term Success, Dimensions, the bimonthly magazine of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), July – August 2013 (download)

    Sciencenter Executive Director Charlie Trautmann outlines the Sciencenter orientation process.

    Our Boards in Action: Interview with Robin Davisson, PhD (download)

    ASTC Dimensions, May-Jun 2013, p. 14) Davisson, chair of the Sciencenter’s board of trustees, discusses the board-staff relationship and the Sciencenter’s impact on its community.

    Attendance at Science Centers: Trends from 2002-2011 (download)

    (Trautmann, C.H. and Ruffo, C., Informal Learning Review, Vol. 119, Mar-Apr 2013, pp. 18-21) A report on ten years of attendance data from 107 science museums worldwide and implications for the field.

    Strategies for Financial Health, Dimensions, the bimonthly magazine of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), July-August 2011 (download)

    Sciencenter Executive Director Charlie Trautmann and Deputy Director Lara Litchfield-Kimber report to the ASTC community on how the Sciencenter has managed to stay financially healthy during economically tough times.

    Monograph on Sustainability and Global Warming (download)

    Sciencenter Executive Director Charlie Trautmann visited 34 European museums in 2007 to see how they address issues in sustainability and global warming.


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