The Lawrence Hall of Science celebrated its 40th Anniversary in style during its Global Groove Gala on May 9, 2008. The entire Hall was transformed into a stunning display of light and color as 340 guests enjoyed an evening of international cuisine and entertainment set against the stunning backdrop of San Francisco Bay. The night was full of surprises as guests were treated to the first public viewing of the Hall’s newest exhibit, Science On a Sphere; enjoyed tasting wines from around the world; sampled unique treats from the molecular gastronomy bar; and viewed dazzling light-filled performances featuring the Zebbler Encanti Experience, Gregangelo and Velocity Circus, the Mirthlings, and Steve Beck.
The dynamic evening continued as guests dined outdoors, enjoying the panoramic view of the entire Bay Area in a unique transparent tent. It was a spectacular venue for the presentation of the Hall’s prestigious Awards for Excellence in Science Education, honoring an organization and an individual whose work have had significant impact on the public understanding of science. UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau presented the organization award to Deborah Adler Myers, Senior Vice President of Programming, who accepted on behalf of Discovery Communications/Science Channel, The Science Channel was honored for ensuring that a wide array of scientific knowledge as well as “breaking” scientific news is broadly available to the public and for demonstrating a deep commitment to foster increased student interest and proficiency in math and science, through its support of the Discovery Young Scientist Challenge. Dr. Alan J. Friedman, former Director of the New York Hall of Science, accepted the individual award for Excellence in Science Education for his innovative, creative leadership. Dr. Friedman’s advocacy and work on behalf of informal science education has strengthened the field and influenced the work of science centers worldwide. The presentation took on special significance as guests learned more about Dr. Friedman’s early career at the Hall where he was instrumental in establishing the Holt Planetarium and the groundbreaking astronomy and space science education programs used worldwide today.