Association of Science Museum Directors


Dr. Douglas Jones, Director of the Florida Museum of Natural History, and President of the Association of Science Museum Directors, presents a check for $500 to Dr. Tonya Matthews, President & CEO of the Michigan Science Center. Prior to the Michigan Science Center, Dr. Matthews served as the Vice President of Museums for Cincinnati Museum Center. She is a scientist, educator, community volunteer, award winning writer/poet, and currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the American Alliance of Museums. Dr. Matthews was presented the check at the 2015 Annual Director’s Forum in Tampa Florida hosted this year by the Museum of Science & Industry, MOSI.


Clare Intress was an active and respected member of the Association of Science Museum Directors when she was the Director of the North Museum in Lancaster, PA.  After her untimely death in 2004, her will provided a gift of $1,000 to be used to help underwrite ASMD Annual Meeting expenses for those young science museum directors entering the field without the resources to attend.  In addition, a volunteer of the North Museum, Leonard Eisner of Lancaster, PA, donated $500 in memory of Clare to help sustain the scholarships.  These gifts enabled the ASMD to offer two $500 scholarships to attend the 2011 meeting.  ASMD  has committed the resources to make two yearly scholarship of $500 in honor of Clare.

Members on good standing with ASMD can nominate a recipient of the scholarship.  Recommendation should include accomplishments of the candidate and the demonstrated need for the resources. Recommendations should be sent to Joe Keiper, Executive Director of the Virginia Museum of Natural History, and ASMD Scholarship Committee Chair to joe.keiper@vmnh.virginia.gov.

Clare Intress from 2001 to 2004 was executive director of the North Museum of Natural History and Science. She had played a key role in the Lewis & Clark exhibitions tour last year in Lancaster.  From 1998 to 2001, she was a National Science Foundation program director of elementary, secondary and informal education and teacher- training proposals from around the country.  Prior to her NSF appointment, she was master teacher of the “Living in Water” curriculum at National Aquarium in Baltimore; a grant reviewer for Institute of Museum and Library Services; an education specialist; and an evaluator for the NSF-funded “Molecular Biology for Youth” project in Iowa State University.  From 1974 to 1991, Intress held a number of positions with science and medical organizations in Albuquerque, N.M.  She graduated from University of New Mexico with a doctorate in science education in 1992 and a master’s in curriculum and instruction in multicultural secondary education in 1988. She earned her bachelor of science in biochemistry from Iowa State University in 1974.