Social psychologist and highly regarded science journalist Alana Conner has joined The Tech Museum as Vice President of Content Development, a role vital to the museum's sweeping mission to renew more than two thirds of its galleries within the next 24 months.
Conner's chief responsibility involves researching, assessing and organizing high-quality, creative content material for a new wave of unique museum galleries that include up-to-the-moment Silicon Valley innovations that represent the region's most recognized tech giants. She will lead a team of five specialized curators focused on the areas of health and biotechnology, digital media arts and energy, among other science and technology-related topics.
"The museum is undergoing dramatic change, taking big, bold steps to cement its place as the region's - if not the nation's - foremost science and technology institution," Conner said. "I'm excited to play such a key role in this wide-ranging, yet comprehensive, strategic vision to take the museum to the next level."
Conner formerly served as senior editor of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, a quarterly magazine that presents stories of social change to nonprofit leaders, socially responsible businesses, and government agencies. Her features, essays, and news stories about culture, psychology, and health have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Static, the American Psychological Association's Monitor on Psychology, and the Association for Psychological Science's Observer.
She earned a doctorate in social psychology at Stanford University and her postdoctoral certificate in psychology and medicine from the University of California, San Francisco.
Peter Friess, president of The Tech Museum, said Conner brings an exceptional set of diverse skills to the post, which will prove valuable in her new role.
"We were looking for a game-changer, someone who challenges convention and appreciates the value of taking risks - in the same spirit of Silicon Valley," Friess said. "We look forward to working with Dr. Conner and leveraging her keen journalistic skills as we provide exciting content designed to educate, inform, provoke thought, and inspire action."
Alana's hiring brings to four the number of Stanford-based talent employed by the museum. They are: Geneticist Dr. Barry Starr, who leads the museum's popular "Stanford at The Tech" program; Matteo Bittanti, curator of the soon-to-be-revealed The Tech Silicon Valley Innovation Gallery, and Jackie Benjamin, curator of an upcoming gallery on health and biotechnology.
About The Tech Museum
The Tech Museum is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum - located in the Capital of Silicon Valley - is a non-profit learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum celebrates the Spirit of Silicon Valley by encouraging the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future.