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Museum of Science Honors 2014 Star of STEM

April 30, 2014

Honoree Recognized for Commitment to STEM Education and Community Development

Boston—Dedicated to transforming the nation’s relationship with science and technology, the Museum of Science, Boston is proud to recognize outstanding members of the community who have made a difference in the lives of others through their commitment to innovation and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. At the fifth annual signature event of the Museum of Science, The Science Behind the Stars, the Museum will honor the 2014 Star of STEM Biogen Idec and The Biogen Idec Foundation, with George Scangos, PhD, CEO of Biogen Idec, accepting.

“At the Museum of Science, STEM is at the heart of everything we do and at the core of our mission to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators,” said Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis, Museum president and director. “Creating a scientifically and technologically literate society requires the support of other organizations, companies, and individuals. We are honored to recognize Biogen Idec and The Biogen Idec Foundation for all they have done to advance STEM education and for their commitment to our mission.”

For the past 35 years, Biogen Idec and the Biogen Idec Foundation have been dedicated to changing and improving lives within the community, not only through innovative therapies for neuro-degenerative diseases and auto-immune conditions, but also through their commitment to STEM education and community development. Earlier this year, the Biogen Idec Foundation awarded the Museum a $2.5 million grant to support the Hall of Human Life. In 2012 they awarded the Museum $1 million to establish the endowed Biogen Idec Foundation Science Education Fund to support interactive science education and outreach programs for middle and high school students with its “Hands on Lab” in the Suit/Cabot Lab.

“Restoring the scientific acumen of today’s students must be an industry imperative globally – and we believe it is central to our mission to play a role in ensuring that we are providing both resources and opportunities to help close this critical gap,” said George Scangos, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Biogen Idec. “Our programs provide access to learning opportunities for students at all phases of their education, from kindergarten through post-doctoral studies, supporting and growing the next generation of scientific leaders. We are delighted that the Museum of Science, Boston is a key partner in this effort and appreciate the critical role they have played in science education over many decades.”

Past Stars of STEM include Liberty Mutual Insurance, Dr. Pendred Noyce, and the Noyce Foundation in 2013, Governor Deval Patrick, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murrary, and Intel, accepted by Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr. Jane Shaw in 2012, and Genzyme Corporation, accepted by former Chairman, President, and CEO Henri Termeer, and Raytheon, accepted by President and CEO William Swanson in 2011.

The Science Behind the Stars supports The Campaign for the Museum of Science, which will transform more than half of the Museum’s 130,000 square feet of gallery space. To date, the Museum has raised $234 million -- and is well on its way to meeting its $250 million campaign goal by 2015. The campaign supports exhibits, programs, and facility improvements that explore the duality of our natural and engineered worlds and enhance the visitor experience along with the Museum's sustainability efforts.

About the Museum of Science, Boston
One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces about 1.5 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. The Hall of Human Life, a groundbreaking 10,000-square-foot exhibition drawing from the latest discoveries in the life sciences engages visitors in their own biology and health. Other highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, Butterfly Garden, and new 4-D Theater opening in August 2014. Reaching over 20,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. The Museum’s “Science Is an Activity” exhibit plan has been awarded many NSF grants and influenced science centers worldwide. Its National Center for Technological Literacy®'s engineering curricula have reached over 70,400 teachers and 5.1 million students nationwide. The Museum has also: been recognized by Boston and Cambridge for energy and sustainability efforts; named an Employer of Choice by Work Without Limits, a Massachusetts disability employment initiative; is Yankee Magazine's "Best of New England Readers' Choice" for Cultural Attraction in Science and "Best of New England -- Editors' Choice" for Best Sky Show; and is El Planeta's Best Tourist Attraction for the Massachusetts Latino population. The Museum's Undiscovered Worlds was recognized as the “Best Immersive—Fulldome Program” by the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards. Visit Follow the Museum of Science on Twitter at @MuseumOfScience or Facebook at

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