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Museum of Discovery and Science President/CEO Kim L. Cavendish Featured at the China –U.S. Science Popularization Forum in Shanghai  





June 18, 2007 Fort Lauderdale – Kim L. Cavendish, President/CEO of the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale, was recently the guest of the Peoples' Republic of China as a featured speaker at the China-U.S. Science Popularization Forum, hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology. The forum, held in Shanghai during May 23-25, 2007, was co-hosted by the China Science and Technology Exchange Center and the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Cavendish was one of six U.S. delegates invited to the Forum, attended by hundreds of Chinese scientists, researchers, government officials and museum leaders from throughout the People’s Republic. The Forum focused on science and technology dissemination and public scientific literacy. Cavendish was the sole representative of U.S. science museums, and addressed the group on The Role and Function of Science Centers in the U.S. in Science and Technology Literacy. Other U.S. delegates made presentations on such subjects as the evaluation of public science literacy, and the growing importance of citizens’ science experiments. The Forum featured formal presentations by the U.S. delegates, Chinese officials and scientists, smaller discussion groups, tours of several Chinese museum facilities, and several social events graciously and elaborately hosted by the Chinese representatives.

Cavendish praised the Shanghai Science & Technology Museum as one of the most advanced and beautiful she had ever experienced. Cavendish commented, "The Chinese take the issue of public science literacy very seriously and are making it a priority of the Chinese people to doing everything they can to advance it. The government there understands that science centers have a major role to play in this effort and it is investing major funds in building state of the art science museums in the major cities, and smaller science centers in outlying areas. They know that schools cannot do the job alone."


The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 400,000 visitors annually. Major operational support for the Museum is provided through generous support by Leadership Guild members including: City Furniture, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Sun-Sentinel and Wachovia.

The Museum is open seven days a week, 365 days a year; Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. with extended IMAX® hours on Friday and Saturday evenings. General Admission prices are $15 for adults; $14 for seniors; $12 for children 2 to 12. Children under 2 are free. A General Admission Ticket includes admission to the Museum exhibits and one classic IMAX film. The Museum of Discovery and Science is located downtown at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information about the Museum, visitors should call 954.467.MODS (6637).

Photo Caption: Kim L. Cavendish, President/CEO of the Museum of Discovery and Science was recently a featured speaker at the China-U.S. Science Popularization Forum held in Shanghai May 23-25, 2007.

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