FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ATOMIC MUSEUM ANNOUNCES MATT MALINOWSKI
AS NEW DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
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LAS VEGAS (August 2023) – The Atomic Museum announces Matt Malinowski as its new director of education. In his new role, Malinowski will guide the evolving vision of education at the museum by working closely with team members, community partners and educators. He seeks to create engaging curriculum, programming and resources sparking discovery in science, technology, engineering and math while also sharing the story of Nevada’s nuclear history.
Before joining the Atomic Museum, Malinowski held several positions at the Shark Reef Aquarium in Las Vegas. Most recently, he served as a biologist educator, strengthening the aquarium’s educational initiatives, supporting a team of exhibit interpreters and tour guides and increasing community engagement.
A graduate internship with the preservation society Historic New England further developed Malinowski’s skill in creating educational programming for cultural institutions. Malinowski was also a science communication intern with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. There, he worked with scientists and editors to adapt scientific stories for general audiences and continues to write for the organization on a volunteer basis.
A recent Harvard University graduate, Malinowski holds a master’s degree in museum studies and a graduate certification in digital storytelling. His museum studies capstone focused on the role of technology and storytelling in museum education. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in anthropology from Penn State.
Malinowski was raised in the small town of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, which has its own atomic connections. The Standard Chemical plant that produced radium for scientists such as Marie Curie would have stood a few miles from his childhood home. He has been a resident of Las Vegas for 17 years and enjoys writing, photography, exploring museums and traveling with his wife, Nicole.
“I know firsthand that a visit to a museum can create a lasting impact on a person’s life,” said Malinowski. “Opportunities for exploration and creative engagement in museums can create excitement and offer different pathways to learning, so I am thrilled to be working with the Atomic Museum team.”
ABOUT THE ATOMIC MUSEUM
The Atomic Museum is operated and maintained by its parent company, the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation (NTSHF), an IRS 501(c)3 charitable, non-profit organization chartered in Nevada. The Atomic Museum is one of 37 museums designated as an Affiliate Partner of the Smithsonian Institution and is a repository for one of the most comprehensive collections of nuclear history in the world. Covering nuclear history beginning with the first test at the Nevada Test Site on January 27, 1951, the Atomic Museum’s exhibitions and programming also address current affairs related to the nuclear industry. For more information, go to atomicmuseum.vegas and follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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