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February 16th, 2012

Science Education Advisor Daniel Menelly Joins Liberty Science Center as VP of STEM Education

Science House Foundation is pleased to announce that Science Education Advisor and board member Daniel Menelly, who is also the host of Science House’s wildly popular science education app VideoScience, has just accepted a position as Vice President of STEM Education at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. This will add a new, exciting layer of collaboration and science education opportunities to our growing worldwide network of collaborators focused on sparking the imaginations of students around the world about the excitement of science and mathematics.

The announcement from Liberty Science Center:

Daniel J. Menelly, a Pre-eminent Authority on Science Education, Named Vice President of STEM* Education at Liberty Science Center

February 14, 2012 (Jersey City, NJ) – Liberty Science Center today announced the appointment of Daniel J. Menelly to the position of Vice President of STEM Education starting March 12. Mr. Menelly will direct the Science Center’s extensive instructional programs that reach 190,000 students and teachers throughout New Jersey and the greater NYC area.

Paul Hoffman, President and CEO of Liberty Science Center, says, “Very few people have Dan’s extraordinary range of experience and diversity in STEM teaching and curriculum development. Liberty Science Center is committed to bringing the excitement of science to students and families from all backgrounds, and Dan is the right person to expand our already robust programs.”

Since 1998, Mr. Menelly has worked at the United Nations International School in Manhattan, where he developed and taught middle-school science through a minds-on, experiential model and integrated science lessons into other academic disciplines. In 2010-11, he took a leave of absence from the UN school to become the Albert Einstein Distinguished Fellow at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. There Mr. Menelly tracked, evaluated, and promoted STEM education policy and reform initiatives at the national level.

Mr. Menelly’s areas of specialization include curriculum design and review, cyber-enabled learning, science education media, teacher evaluation, and hands-on science. He has developed curricula in astronomy, materials science, oceanography, chemistry, and physics, and he holds patents on science teaching aids known as The Alien Magnet Ball and The Galactic Manipulative. He has achieved national recognition for his many science instructional videos, including Light Physics and What’s Stomata With You?

He is a science education advisor at the Science House Foundation. He previously worked at the Harlem Day Charter School in New York City and has taught science at the American School of Paris in St. Cloud, France, and at Seacrest Country Day School in Naples, Florida.

Mr. Menelly was a Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Materials Science. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut and received his General Science Grades 7-12 teaching certificate from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He is a resident of New York City.

*Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

About Liberty Science Center
Liberty Science Center ( is a 300,000-square-foot learning center located in Liberty State Park on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty. Dedicated to bringing the excitement of science to people of all ages, Liberty Science Center houses seven museum exhibition halls, a 3D theater, the nation’s largest IMAX dome theater, live simulcast surgeries, tornado and hurricane-force wind simulators, K-12 classrooms and labs, and teacher-development programs. 600,000 students, teachers, and parents visit the science center each year, and tens of thousands more benefit from the center’s offsite and online programs.

October 5th, 2011

SHF Board Member Paul Hoffman Named CEO of Liberty Science Center

Paul HoffmanWe’re thrilled to announce that Science House Foundation board member Paul Hoffman has accepted a position as President and CEO of New Jersey’s Liberty Science Center. We’ve posted the full release below.

Congratulations Paul, we’re looking forward to collaborating with you in your new incarnation!


Paul Hoffman Named President and CEO of Liberty Science Center
Internationally Renowned Journalist, Consultant and Author Begins Tenure November 1

Jersey City, NJ – October 3, 2011 – The board of trustees today announced the appointment of Paul Hoffman as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Science Center. Mr. Hoffman is the institution’s fifth president since its 1993 opening.

“We are thrilled to welcome Paul to Liberty Science Center,” says board chair Dr. William A. Tansey. “His career has been dedicated to broadly and creatively communicating the fascinating ideas of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to the public through print media, film, the Web, museums and exhibitions, scientific institutions, books, and even puzzles. There are very few people who can illuminate the adventure and beauty of science as well as Paul. We are confident he will help bring our award-winning exhibits and programs to an even higher level of ‘wow.’”

Mr. Hoffman’s career is remarkable for its variety and range. Widely published in The New Yorker,

The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, Time, Wired and more, he describes himself as “a journalist and biographer whose work explores the relationship between genius, madness, obsession and creativity.” Mr. Hoffman is also co-owner of a new locavore Italian restaurant in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, called Rucola.

He has been a “brainstorming expert” for Internet startups, publishers, advertising agencies, museums, and scientific organizations from NASA to the National Science Foundation. He also served as an award-winning president of both Discover magazine and Encyclopaedia Britannica and as the editorial chairman of Big Think. A well-known television personality, Mr. Hoffman has appeared on CNN, ESPN, the BBC, Good Morning America, PBS NewsHour, David Letterman, and Oprah, among others.

“The board was very impressed that in the midst of all these remarkable accomplishments, Paul also has museum experience,” Dr. Tansey explains. “He is the creative director of a planned Rubik’s Cube worldwide traveling exhibition and an ‘evangelist’ for the new Museum of Mathematics whose exhibition, Math Midway, opens at Liberty Science Center on October 7.”
Mr. Hoffman is the author of 11 books including the international bestseller, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdös and the Search for Mathematical Truth, which received the Rhone-Poulenc prize for best science book of the year.

Paul Hoffman graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

About Liberty Science Center – A NJ not for profit institution: Dedicated to providing transformative experiences that connect schools and society with science and technology, Liberty Science Center is the New Jersey-New York City region’s largest education resource. Liberty Science Center brings the excitement of science to students, educators, families and adults in engaging new ways, establishing a progressive benchmark for the science center field. Visit to learn more about Liberty Science Center, located in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ.