Dr. Edward A. Jones is the contracted program coordinator of the Japan
Fulbright Memorial Fund Master Teacher Program. He is actively working to coordinate science education and the exchange of science communications between Japan and United States. He established his office, the Tama Research Development Organization MTP (Master Teacher Program) in affiliation with the Information Society Research Institute at Tama University.
His program of science communication has already been launched in US and in Japan. It links museums, schools, universities, and npo’s in a cascade network. On the Japanese side, this has involved science museums in Sendai, Nara and Hiroshima, along with volunteer teachers and student from universities and high school, who engage children and other visitors to the museums. This effort has received recognition from professional science communicators, including managers in the National Science Museum at Ueno (Kahaku), and the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Nihon Kagaku Mirai-kan).
Dr. Jones has described its activities in a colloquium at the GLOCOM
Seminar, entitled "Public Communication to Create Social Knowledge on
Science and Sustainability (*)". Following this, he contacted me about my presentation at GLOCOM "The Science Communication Project in Japan - Science and Society, an approach of Interdisciplinary Research."
We discussed both projects and found they share mutually complementary approaches to the social knowledge of science and it's sustainability and creativity. Where one constructs exchanges between the US-Japan on museums and educators’ science communications, the other restructures the social debate by connecting stakeholders in science communication and interdisciplinary research. We are very pleased to find that we are capable of mutually helping each other.
Dr. Jones is interested in enlarging the scope of this communication with
the help of NPO Science Communication Japan (**), partly to promote his project’s in its next steps, and partly to access budgetary assistance from the Japanese national program of Science Communication.
(*) This is the posted version of his presentation of 22. February 2007.