RALEIGH, NC – Although it’s personal day job news, I’m certain this announcement will be of interest to all of our PLoS readers and others in the science communications community.
The SECU Daily Planet is the iconic centerpiece of the new 80,000 square foot wing of North Carolina’s flagship natural science museum.
The NRC addition will open to the public with a 24-hour program of Grand Opening events beginning at 5 pm on Friday, April 20.
The Grand Opening will be preceded by a formal Gala and After Party on the evening of Friday, April 13. Tickets for the Gala and After Party are on sale here but admission to the April 20th public grand opening – and every day afterward – is free.
Building upon a 132-year history of showing visitors what we know about the natural world, the Museum’s NRC will engage visitors in-person and online to experience the scientific process in action: how we know what we know.
And what exactly is the Daily Planet?
This three-story, 42-foot-high immersive high-definition multimedia theatre will host rich science visuals, on-site discussions, and global town hall presentations from scientists in the field and at sea. This and other programming will bring the process of scientific discovery and its societal impacts to Museum visitors, K-12 classrooms, universities and research institutes locally, nationally, and internationally. In addition to seating on the first floor of the theatre, visitors can also view programming from sweeping balconies on the NRC’s 2nd and 3rd floor.
Malow will lead these and other presentations, such as K-12 teacher workshops, science book author events, and science cafes. He is already booked to host a two-hour cafe in the NRC’s new “science sports bar” from midnight to 2 am at the April 20-21 grand opening.
Malow also has visions for a science talk show and other interactive audio and video features. Together with Museum scientists and education experts, Malow will work on providing broader impact activities for National Science Foundation grantees at our local partner universities and elsewhere. Malow will also conduct science communication workshops for students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty as he has done for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), NSF, and National Research Council Canada.
“The Museum has always been a very fun place to go to, but now it is going to be SuperFun – absolutely perfect match between the job and the person,” says Bora Zivkovic, Blog Editor for the Scientific American blog network and Chapel Hill, NC, resident. “I can’t wait to see Brian in action at the Daily Planet!”
NRC Director and tree canopy conservation biologist Dr. Meg “Canopy Meg” Lowman says, “We’ve already hired some rockstars as scientists at the NRC. Brian Malow is totally over the top to complete our team. His sense of humor, science expertise and passion for science communication will inspire millions of visitors, both virtual and real.”
Enthusiasm for this match is certainly mutual.
Malow reflects, “This really feels like the culmination of so many separate threads in my career – live performance, video and audio production, and helping scientists communicate their message to the public . . . but on a much grander scale and with these amazing resources – not just the technology but an incredible team of scientists and educators.”
“I’m a little bit excited,” Malow laughs.
To arrange an interview with Brian Malow, please contact me (David Kroll), NRC Director of Science Communications, at (919) 564-9564 or david.kroll [at] ncdenr [dot] gov.