Director of Koshland Science Museum Selected for Prestigious Fellowship Program

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Maureen O'Leary, Office of News and Public Information, The National Academies
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March 26, 2009Washington, DC – Patrice Legro, director of the Marian Koshland Science Museum, has been named a 2009-2010 Noyce Leadership Fellow. The fellowships, sponsored by the Noyce Foundation’s Leadership Institute, are designed to assist chief executives in science centers and related institutions “…. move forward with greater effectiveness and public impact in the 21st century.”

“The Koshland Science Museum has established itself as an important resource for making science accessible to the public,” said Legro. “I’m very excited about the opportunities this fellowship provides for the Koshland to become even more innovative in serving the community and a broad range of audiences.”

The Noyce fellowships are designed to provide chief executives of museums and science centers with knowledge, tools, best practices, and professional networks that enable fellows to advance innovation in their institutions. Fellows are selected through a competitive process based on their capacity to bring about change in their organizations. As a fellow, Legro will participate in residential retreats and work with experts in areas such as leadership, governance, organizational change, and nonprofit management. The program will run through April 2010.


The Marian Koshland Science Museum explores the complexities of science and brings current scientific issues to life for the general public through interactive, dynamic exhibits based on reports by the National Academies. Located on 6th and E Sts., NW, the museum is easily accessible by metro at the Gallery Place/Chinatown and Judiciary Square stops. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except Tuesdays. For more information, visit the museum's website.

The Noyce Foundation is dedicated to stimulating ideas and supporting initiatives designed to produce significant improvement in teaching and learning in mathematics, science and literacy in grades K-12. For more information, visit