Health Science Education Partnership

About This Collaboration

NIH’s Science Education Award program (SEPA) provided the Museum with support for the development of the Gordon Current Science & Technology Center and staff support for the development of multiple exhibits and programs on cutting edge medical research, between 2000 and 2007. Partnering with the Museum on these efforts were: Harvard School of Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health, the Whitehead Institute, Harvard-MIT Health Sciences Technology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, McLean Hospital, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the journal Nature.

The SEPA award also supported the development of the Museum’s Nanomedicine Explorer exhibit kiosk and Nanomedicine Explorer website. This exhibit kiosk was installed in several science museums by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, and is available to others. Updating of Nanomedicine Explorer content and the website is currently supported by the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing.

The principal investigator for the Museum’s SEPA award was Carol Lynn Alpert, director of strategic projects. SEPA helped support the writing of “Bridging the Gap: Interpreting Current Research in Museum Settings,” by C.L. Alpert in Creating Connections: Museums and the Public Understanding of Current Research, edited by Chittenden, Farmelo, and Lewenstein, AltaMira Press, 2004. For more information, email