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October 12, 2016

Acton, MA – The Discovery Museums have welcomed Pamela Gannon, Ph.D. to their board of directors.

Pam brings to the Board educational and professional experience in scientific research and science communications, coupled with significant experience in the public and nonprofit sectors.

“Pam is an engaged and respected member of the community, and has a clear understanding of the importance of STEM and its significance for our children’s’ future,” said Bill Ryan, Board Chair. “Importantly, she also has thought about and worked on the challenges involved in educating our kids. We are thrilled to have Pam’s insight as we move ahead with the next significant phase of the museum master plan.”

Pamela Gannon is currently a Board member and the Parent Outreach Chair for the MIT Association of Independent Living Groups, an organization that provides support and oversight for MIT’s fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups.

Her public sector and non-profit experience includes two terms on the Concord School Committee and Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee from 2008 through 2014. She also served on the Concord Children Center’s Board of Directors from 1999 through 2006.  Pam’s professional experience includes work as a science writer for publications including The Scientist and Current Biology, and as a web resource consultant and manager for several publishing groups and publications.

Pamela holds a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology; a Ph.D. from the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University School of Medicine in Cellular and Molecular Physiology; and was an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biology at MIT.

Pamela joins a Board that has led the Museums through a successful period of growth and change. In July of 2016, the Museums opened Discovery Woods, an inclusive and fully accessible outdoor nature playscape and 550-square foot treehouse. An emphasis on reaching out to families that face financial, developmental or cultural barriers to visiting museums has enabled more than 26% of total visitors—including families with children on the autism spectrum, who are deaf or hard of hearing, or have vision loss—to be served for free or deeply reduced cost.

Pamela lives in Concord, MA with her family.



About The Discovery Museums

The Discovery Museums are the children’s and science museums of Metrowest Boston. Two great museums and the new Discovery Woods nature playscape and treehouse—for one admission price—blend the best of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning on a beautiful 4.5-acre campus in Acton, MA, located about 20 miles west of Boston. The Museums serve families and schools from towns throughout the region, with a commitment to informal education that enhances classroom learning. The hands-on, playful exhibits, developed by professional educators, inspire curiosity, exploration, experimentation, and imagination. The Discovery Museums combine manageable scale, convenient location and free parking to provide a fun and engaging experience where children and adults can discover their world together. The Discovery Museum are an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information please visit www.discoverymuseums.org.

The Discovery Museums’ programming is supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.