College of Liberal Arts Names Science Center Director Alumnus of Notable Achievement


ST. LOUIS— The University of Minnesota announced Dr. Christine Roman, PhD has been named a 2008 “Alumnus of Notable Achievement” for its College of Liberal Arts (CLA). Roman is a 1975 graduate of the University, and currently is the Associate Director of Emerging Technologies for the Saint Louis Science Center.

CLA Interim Dean James A. Parente and other University officials noted that Roman has distinguished herself as a leader in the community through her role at the Saint Louis Science Center and her tremendous civic engagement, particularly through her years of work with the FIRST Robotics program.

The College of Liberal Arts “Alumnus of Notable Achievement” (ANA) initiative was created in 1994 to honor the significant achievements and contributions of CLA alumni. Of the College of Liberal Arts’ nearly 110,000 graduates, Roman is one of only 1,200 who hold the “Alumnus of Notable Achievement” distinction. All ANA members are nominated by CLA alumni, faculty and staff.

Doug King, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Science Center said, “This is a tremendous honor for Chris, and we are very proud of her many accomplishments.” King added, “We’re fortunate to have such a consummate science professional and educator as a part of the Science Center staff.”

In her role as Associate Director, Emerging Technologies at the Saint Louis Science Center, Roman oversees all exhibits, programs, grants and collaborations related to emerging technologies, including the Cyberville and Infomachines galleries, the community-wide FIRST Robotics programs and several NSF grants. Roman joined the Saint Louis Science Center in 1990 and has directed the development of numerous exhibits and galleries for the institution, including Cyberville’s Nano Center, Saint Louis Science Center:  20th Anniversary, Space and Popular Culture, Mental Health: Your Brain Matters, and others.




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Saint Louis Science Center

The Saint Louis Science Center is one of the top five science centers in the United States, serving 1.2 million visitors annually. Recently named one of America’s most visited museums by Forbes Traveler Magazine – the only museum in Missouri to be named to that list – the Saint Louis Science Center complex includes a four-story OMNIMAX Theater, the air-supported EXPLORADOME, the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, and the state-of-the-art Taylor Community Science Resource Center. The goals of the Saint Louis Science Center are to educate, inspire and motivate visitors of all ages and engage the community in public dialogue about science-related issues of the day. For more information about the Saint Louis Science Center and its programs, visit


For further information, contact:

Beth Bishop

Saint Louis Science Center

(314) 289-1455 or (314) 267-9916


Mary Hediger

For Saint Louis Science Center

(314) 725-5645 or (314) 910-7895


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