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In June 2012 Portal to the Public mentors and new partner institutions meet in Seattle to begin implementing the PoP model at five new sites. Jim Ringlein and the North Museum will mentor the University of Michigan's Museum of Natural History. Posted May 2012.

 In April 2012 the Portal to the Public team meets to develop plans for meeting the goals of the IMLS grant. TheNorth Museum's Jim Ringlein will serve as a faculty member and a resource to similar institutions that wish to develop their capacity to bring scientists and the public together in a face to face fashion. Posted March 2012.



Portal to the Public partners awarded IMLS 21st Century grant!

This award will continue to extend the reach of this project to fifteen additional museums and science centers across the nation! Posted October 2011.


The Portal to the Public project recieved the Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Visitor Experience- Large Institution at the Association for Science and Technology Centers 2010 Conference. Posted October 2010.

Visit the link to a youtube video that shows all the nominees for this award. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6O4HK0Laec . The lead institution on Portal was the Pacific Science Center. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science was a co-recipient of this award with Portal. 

Featured in the clip is a scene taken from our 2009 Disease Detectives event here at the North Museum, and a photo of the North Museum's own Jim Ringlein meeting with a Johns Hopkins University graduate student.

We are proud of our role as the "small partner museum" on this national initiative and look forward to continuing Portal type programming at the North Museum.

In addition to the Pacific Science Center and the North Museum, Explora Science Center in Albuquerque, NM, and the Institite for Learning Innovation of Edgewater, MD, were collaborators throughout this three year effort.