Lawrence Hall of Science, 50 years: 1968-2018; University of California, Berkeley
Rena Dorph

Dear Friends,

I’m writing to update you on the status of our work and our programs here at The Lawrence Hall of Science. As you know, as of March 16, we suspended our in-person offerings to the public based on guidance from health officials about how to curb the spread of COVID-19. At the same time, we continue to work from our homes to support families in their homes, schools through online curricular materials and professional learning, and partners with expertise and resources, as we all navigate the current reality of distance learning as well as to engage in research and innovation to ensure a transformed tomorrow. Further, rest assured, we are both taking care of essential business (such as caring for the animals in the Animal Discovery Room) and planning ahead for a bright future.

At this point we are unsure about when we will reopen our science center to the public and restart our programs as we are awaiting guidance from local public health authorities. We plan to wait to do so until we can be certain that we can do so in a safe manner that allows us to provide you with the kind of fun and high quality experience you have come to expect. It is our goal to enable our organization to both survive and thrive into the next 50 years

As we look ahead, the importance of the work of The Lawrence Hall of Science has never been more clear than it is now. Scientific thinking, evidence and innovation are central to coping with, managing, and overcoming the challenges we are facing due to the current pandemic. Further, the need for broad and deep public understanding of science, facility with technology use, and amelioration of deep and persistent societal inequities has been laid bare. We continue to be innovative leaders and steadfast partners in inspiring and activating diverse thinkers, innovators, and change makers to use science to create an equitable and healthy tomorrow.

We hope you and your family stay well, and we look forward to welcoming you online anytime and back to The Lawrence, in person, soon.

Be well & take care, Rena Dorph cursive signature Rena Dorph, Ph.D

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