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OMSI's Latest "Science" Project

THIS is Science?!
A note from OMSI (with references to names removed), offered without further comment:


From: OMSI Volunteer Services
Subject: OMSI Porsche Parade - Volunteers Needed!
Date: Thursday, August 3, 2006 12:33 PM

Hi there!
We are looking for 10-15 people interested in volunteering for a special
OMSI event, the Porsche Parade, that is happening the evening of August 10
from 5:00-10:00 p.m. There will be great (free) food and 15 beautiful
Porsches for you to enjoy, as well as many new visitors to introduce to OMSI!

We need volunteers in the exhibit space and the lobby. You will be
answering questions, interacting with visitors, and providing a friendly
presence in the museum. Please do not feel limited to volunteer where you
usually do, you will be mainly answering basic questions, and helping
people navigate through the museum (however, please feel free to help them
explore the exhibit space if they're interested!).


* We need 10-15 volunteers.
* Please plan on arriving at the museum a little before 5:00 and staying
until 10:00 p.m.
* Free dinner is provided by the cafe.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
1945 SE Water Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 239-7814
Porsche parade??? 03.Aug.2006 16:01

no corporate influence


OMSI has a lot of new cars on show as "Science" 03.Aug.2006 16:44


OMSI needs to be put on the radar for this abuse.

I've ridden my bike past them many times and they have some shiny new car out in front on offical display.

What is up with this?

OMSI is a private company -- no public funding 04.Aug.2006 00:23


It is generally believed, and encouraged, for the Oregon public to believe that OMSI is somehow blessed as a public entity. From what I understand, however, it is nothing of the sort. It is a sacred cow.

It would be easy enough to find out if it's private or public -- probably it would be listed with the Attorney General Hardy Myers' Dept. of Corporations, under the fictitious business name of Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and what sort of corporation it is -- whether it's for-profit, or non-profit.


Science and Industry 04.Aug.2006 01:39

part of the name

So are they saying this is "science", or are you drawing that conclusion based on OMSI's name? You must have missed the "Industry" part of "Oregon Museum of Science and Industry."

Still, I was plenty disgusted when they did a "history of money" exhibit, which glossed over many aspects of how the money system works and glorified money itself. They could have used the opportunity to demonstrate how US buying power results in slavery of young kids in countries that don't have the same worker protection laws we do here. Now, THAT would be instructional and valuable.

Science First 04.Aug.2006 08:07

Den Mark, Vancouver

Yes, the "I" in OMSI stands for something (& should be dropped), but the Museum presents itself first as a Science museum, & i think the public assumes that primacy. Besides, "Industry" is a vague term. I agree about the money exhibit. It was a major lost opportunity, & i told them so. Happily, it was a money-loser for them, btw. Another telling move was OMSI's partnership a couple years ago with ringling brothers circus. I had to contact the director & tell her about animal abuse in circuses! OMSI's leadership simply does not "get it". So, after fourteen months of twice-weekly volunteering in their cool Chem lab, i quit in '04. I could not be part of validating that ignorant leadership.