Photograph Album -
The Carnegie Science Center

Internet Web Site Master Index for the History of
The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, Pittsburgh

Click here for the Official Web Site of The Carnegie Science Center

Special Carnegie Science Center Topics and News

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The newest museum to bear the Carnegie name, The Carnegie Science Center, opened to the public on October 5, 1991. It is the successor to The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science which opened as this country's fifth major planetarium on October 24, 1939. The Carnegie Science Center is located on Pittsburgh's North Shore just west and across Allegheny Avenue from Heniz Field, the new home of the National Football League[NFL] Pittsburgh Steelers professsional football team and the University of Pittsburgh's college football team, the Pitt Panthers; The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science building is located one mile to the northeast, in Allegheny Center.

The Carnegie Science Center includes a new Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium* Observatory*/Buhl Digital Dome, Rangos Omnimax Theater, Miniature Railroad and Village*, one million-volt Oudin-type Tesla Coil*, Computer Lab*, and, some years ago, a WPXI-TV 11 Weather Center*, as well as a World War II diesel-electric submarine, the U.S.S. Requin(SS-481)*, moored in the Ohio River next to the Science Center building.
Note: Items with an asterisk * indicate that the exhibit or program began at The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science.

The Carnegie Science Center is also the home to the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair. The third oldest Science Fair in the United States(the oldest regional Science Fair in a major metropolitan area; the two older fairs are state-wide fairs), under the affiliation of Science Service, Inc. which facilitates the International Science and Engineering Fair, it started as the Pittsburgh Regional School Science and Engineering Fair at The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science in 1940. This competition is free to all students in grades 6-12 in public and non-public schools throughout 22 counties within Western Pennsylvania and 3 counties in northern West Virginia. The Science Fair is co-sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University, The Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, University of Pittsburgh, and various foundations, universities, colleges, industries, corporations, and professional societies. -

Photograph 1 shows the main entrance to The Carnegie Science Center. Photograph 2 shows the exterior of the Rangos Omnimax Theater.

Photographs 3, 4, and 5 show scenes from the Science Center's very popular exhibit, The Miniature Railroad and Village[which has been displayed in Pittsburgh(at Buhl or The Carnegie Science Center) for more than forty years]. Photographs 3 and 4 show an historic replica of the Sharon Steel Mill(not a Carnegie Steel or U.S. Steel mill) on the railroad and village platform. The Pullman Palace Car Company was one of Andrew Carnegie's many businesses; photograph 5 shows the original model used to obtain a patent for the Pullman Parlor Car, in 1878.

Photographs 6 through 11 show several long-time Science Center favorites, which began exhibition at The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science. Photograph 6 shows the world globe made by Rand McNally; The Carnegie Museum of Natural History also has a world globe, of the same exact size, which displays the continents a little differently. Photographs 7 and 8 show the Foucault Pendulum; the beautiful brass and marble pendulum pit, displaying the true cardinal points of direction, remains at the Buhl building.

Photograph 9 shows a 746-Pound(340 kilograms) Iron-Nickel Meteorite, which is the fifth largest fragment from the Barringer Meteor Crater near Winslow, Arizona; it is on display near the entrance to the Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium (next to Planetary Weight Scale). This fragment came from a meteor[which, due to its iron-nickel composition, suggests that it came from the interior of a small planet], weighing 300,000 tons and measuring 150 feet across, which impacted this Arizona site some 50,000 years ago, traveling at a speed of 40,000 miles per hour; the force generated by its impact was equal to the explosion of 20 million tons of TNT. The Barringer Meteor Crater is approximately 0.75 mile in diameter. Other meteorites, including two large fragments(smaller than the 746-pound Meteorite) have been placed in storage at The Carnegie Science Center. More meteorites are displayed in the Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems of The Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Photographs 10 and 11 show an historic four-inch refractor telescope (displayed and sometimes used during Friday and Saturday evening observing sessions, weather-permitting) in the Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium and Observatory/Buhl Digital Dome of The Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh) produced by John Brashear, a well-known Pittburgh astronomer and optician near the end of the nineteenth century. An 11-inch Brashear Refractor Telescope is used for free public star parties of the Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory, operated by the Amateur Astronomers' Association of Pittsburgh.

Photograph 12 shows the U.S.S. Requin(SS-481), World War II diesel-electric submarine, moored in the Ohio River, on the North Shore of Science Park near The Carnegie Science Center.

Photograph 13 shows the historic Zeiss II Planetarium Projector, of Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, on display-only in the Atrium Gallery of The Carnegie Science Center. Click here for more information about The Carnegie Science Center display, which began in July of 2010.

Photograph 14 shows a wall display, at The Carnegie Science Center, regarding Astronaut and Pittsburgh-area native Mike Fincke. Mike Fincke was student of Francis G. Graham (now Professor Emeritus of Physics at Kent State University) at Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science.

Photo 1 (1) ***Photo 2 (1) ***Photo 3 (1) ***Photo 4 (1) ***Photo 5 (1) ***Photo 6 (1)

Photo 7 (1) ***Photo 8 (1) ***Photo 9 (1) ***Photo 10 (1) ***Photo 11 (1) *** Photo 12

Photo 13 *** Photo 14

Photographs with Number (1): © Copyright 1999 to 2014 Lynne S. Walsh, All Rights Reserved.

Carnegie Institute/
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Original Science Center building:
The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science


Special Carnegie Science Center Topics and News

News Regarding Carnegie Science Center Reuse of
1980s "Snowballs on Summer Solstice Day" Promotion
of Pittsburgh's Original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science

Razing of Science Center's Miller Printing Building Warehouse for
Construction of PAT Elevated Light Rail Transit Station: Allegheny Station --
Historic Buhl Planetarium Artifacts Were Stored in Warehouse

Casino Development Next to Carnegie Science Center; Including Controversy of
Effect of Excess Casino Lighting on Carnegie Science Center Observatory

Controversy Regarding 2007-2008 Exhibit of Human Cadavers at The Carnegie Science Center:
"BODIES...The Exhibition"

Carnegie Science Center Expansion Plans

Born, Molly. "Obituary: James Paul Hughes / Longtime educator at Buhl Planetarium." Obituary.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2017 Oct. 16.
Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium, and later the Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium and Observatory at The Carnegie Science Center, are where James Hughes would spend most of his career,
beginning with operating the Zeiss II projector that was long used to display planets and other cosmic gems on the domed ceiling of the “Theater of the Stars.”

Matoney, Nick. "Carnegie Science Center will be closed through Friday."
WTAE-TV 4 Pittsburgh 2017 Oct. 9.
Construction crews are working on several projects, including improvements to the main lobby and café, a new theater and new exhibits and programs.

Auth, Miriah. "Honors Program employs new assistant director."
The Globe, Point Park University, Pittsburgh 2017 Sept. 26.
Brendan Mullan, former Director of the Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium and Observatory at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Science Center, has been appointed as Assistant Director of the Point Park University Honors Program.

Meyer, Jacob. "Finalizing South Fayette construction taking longer than expected."
The Almanac, South Hills, Pittsburgh 2017 Sept. 22.
Also during the meeting, Alana Kulesa, director of strategic education initiatives at the Carnegie Science Center, recognized the district as a Distinguished Pathway Partner to promote STEM education initiatives. In the past three years, Kulesa said the project has grown to 18 states with more than 200 partners, and South Fayette was one of the first districts to become a partner.

Batz, Jr., Bob. "Even the partial eclipse can be totally fun at Pittsburgh-area events."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2017 Aug. 13.
The local hot spot to be for this one will be Carnegie Science Center on the North Shore, which is going all out with activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. that Monday.
With admission, Science Center guests can safely view it on equipment including a solar telescope. They can also watch live video feeds of the total eclipse in other places in the Science Stage, with commentary by center experts. There’ll even be a chance to use a solar telescope to take a photo with your mobile phone.
For an additional $5 ($3 for members), guests can get reserved seats in Buhl Planetarium for live feeds with commentary plus other shows and demonstrations, and those tickets come with a set of eclipse glasses.
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on the North Side is holding an “Eclipse Viewing Celebration from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Aug. 21. Guests will gather in front of the museum not just watch to directly through glasses, but also to hear eclipse folktales from around the world. In the museum’s Makeshop, guests can make their own pinhole projector to indirectly view the eclipse.
Mt. Lebanon Library’s 1 to 4 p.m. viewing party will include live feeds on a big screen indoors and, weather permitting, a safe-for-solar-viewing telescope provided by the Friends of the Zeiss (friendsofthezeiss.org).

Tady, Scott. "Eclipse promises spectacular sights above Beaver Valley."
The Beaver County Times, Beaver PA 2017 Aug. 13.
When Mike Hennessy joined the Carnegie Science Center's Buhl Planetarium staff two years ago, colleagues gave him a strict mandate: Don't even think about taking a vacation the week of Aug. 21, 2017.
Think of it as a very rare opportunity to get a unique glimpse "at our friendly neighborhood star," said Hennessy, who began working at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh in 1998 and was the creative force behind many of the center's most popular Science on the Road programs.

"Solar eclipse events in the Pittsburgh area."
WTAE-TV 4, Pittsburgh 2017 Aug. 11.

"Pittsburgh area may not notice total solar eclipse, but you can still watch it live."
WPXI-TV 11, Pittsburgh 2017 Aug. 10.

"How to safely capture the total solar eclipse."
WTXF-TV FOX-29, Philadelphia 2017 Aug. 8.

Chavez, Michelle. "Photographing the solar eclipse: What you need to know." Video and Text Report.
Fox News 2017 Aug. 8.
Interview with Carnegie Science Center Planetarium Manager Mike Hennessy.

Highfield, David. "Solar Eclipse’s Path Over Pittsburgh: Moon To Block 80 Percent Of Sun." Video and Text Report.
KDKA-TV 2, Pittsburgh 2017 Aug. 7.
Interview with Astronomy educator Ralph Crewe at the Carnegie Science Center.

"Local libraries offering free eclipse viewing glasses."
WPXI-TV 11, Pittsburgh 2017 Aug. 1.
Libraries involved in this program include the Beaver County, Pennsylvania libraries of the Carnegie Free Library of Beaver Falls and the Carnegie Library of Midland.

"Carnegie Science Center experts ready to guide Pittsburgh through August event."
WPXI-TV 11, Pittsburgh 2017 July 26.
Regarding August 21 Solar Eclipse.

Batz Jr., Bob, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"Get ready for the 'Great American Eclipse'."
Reading (PA) Eagle / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / Associated Press 2017 July 5.
Describes Carnegie Science Center's plans for the August 21 Solar Eclipse.

Toledo, Adalberto, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"Obituary: Donald Deets / High school chemistry teacher loved to blow things up for Independence Day." Obituary.
Reading (PA) Eagle / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / Associated Press 2017 July 4.
Donald Deets was the faculty sponsor of the Instructional Media Department (i.e. AV Department) at the Pittsburgh-suburban Shaler Area High School (when Friends of the Zeiss Project Director Glenn Walsh was the student director of the Instructional Media Department); in later years, he was “Don the Science Guy” at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Science Center.

"Carnegie Science Center Omnimax to go out with movie marathon."
TribLive.com: Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh 2017 May 19.
Carnegie Science Center theater to be upgraded.

Collier, Sean. "Rangos Omnimax Theater to Close." Blog: The 412.
Pittsburgh Magazine 2017 May 17.
Carnegie Science Center theater to be upgraded.

Gough, Paul J. "Five things to know today, and there are fewer homes for sale in the region."
Pittsburgh Business Times 2017 March 24.
PPG exec joins Carnegie Science Center board
PPG Chief Technology Officer David S. Bem has joined the board of the Carnegie Science Center. Bem, a West Virginia University graduate, has worked at Dow Chemical Co., Honeywell UPO and Celanese Corp.

Aupperlee, Aaron. "New Roboworld bot holds court at Carnegie Science Center."
TribLive.com: Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh 2017 March 3.

Highfield, David. "Big Changes Underway At Science Center, Including New Robot That Can Shoot Hoops."
KDKA-TV 2 Pittsburgh 2017 March 1.

Murphy, Kara. "Pittsburgh lives up to new nickname, Kidsburgh."
GoErie.com 2017 Feb. 19.
We got to the city mid-day Friday and headed straight for the four-floor Carnegie Science Center. The center, opened in 1991, is perched over the Ohio River on Pittsburgh's north shore. It is in the process of a $21 million expansion, which will include 14,000 additional feet of exhibit space when it is completed in spring 2018.
The next day we were off to the Children's Museum, also on Pittsburgh's north side...We all went "wow" when we turned a corner and found the "Garage," a former planetarium repurposed into a cavernous room of creative play.
We traveled from the museum to the Duquesne Incline, which the kids had watched go up and down the hill the day before from the windows of the Science Center.
By then, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History was getting ready to open and we squeezed what could have been easily an entire day of learning into two hours. The full-sized dinosaur skeletons were awesome, and the kids enjoyed getting hands-on time as paleontologists at the Bonehunters Quarry.
We also speed-walked through the adjoining Carnegie Museum of Art, with my 5-year-old tugging me forward chanting "this is boring, this is boring."

Tascarella, Patty. "Five things to know today, and a new chair for local museum."
Pittsburgh Business Times 2017 Jan. 5.
Noland Cheung, chairman of the intellectual property group at law firm Cohen & Grigsby PC, is now chairman of the board at Carnegie Science Center. Cheung, who joined the board in 2012, succeeds Jerry Whitaker. He had been vice president and chief patent counsel at Bayer MaterialScience LLC before coming to Cohen & Grigsby in 2012.

Hill, Natalie: Compiled by. "People on the Move: 12/31/16 - Nonprofit." Column: People on the Move.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2016 Dec. 31
Nonprofit
Carnegie Science Center named new members to its board: James Altman and John “Jay” Wilkinson. Mr. Altman is a regional executive for Huntington National Bank and manages the middle market banking business for the state of Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware. Mr. Wilkinson is senior vice president for PNC Financial Services.

O'Shea. Ryan. "NASA astronaut comes home, talks Pittsburgh roots." Text and Video News Story.
WTAE-TV 4. Pittsburgh 2016 July 16.
Includes brief, partial views of the historic Zeiss II Planetarium Projector
from Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science,
as displayed at the entrance to the Science Stage Theater of Pittsburgh's Carnegie Science Center.

Poupore, Phillip. "Emsworth astronaut stresses importance of STEM learning."
Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh 2016 July 14.

Malerbo, Dan. "Let's talk about science: Observe the wonders of the universe."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2016 July 7.
Local residents have a variety of opportunities available to learn about the wonders of the night sky. They can attend a live star identification show at the Buhl Planetarium to become skilled at locating planets, constellations and deep sky objects, or attend a monthly SkyWatch session at Carnegie Science Center’s rooftop Buhl Observatory to get a close look at the universe through our 16-inch telescope. Stargazers can also learn about the wonders of the night sky by attending one of the star parties offered by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh.
The Buhl Observatory’s SkyWatch program happens monthly rain or shine. The observatory’s 16-inch telescope is used if skies are clear. In the event of inclement weather, a virtual tour of the night sky is presented in the Buhl Planetarium. Our next scheduled SkyWatch session is July 16.

Sheehan, Andy. "Planetarium Gives Unique View Of Juno’s Jupiter Mission."
KDKA-TV 2 2016 July 5.
And folks at the Buhl Planetarium are no less excited about the mission, the first images of Jupiter and its four Galilean moons, and for close-up images to come.
“These are images that will be literally more than you can imagine,” Ralph Crewe with the Planetarium said.
And later this month, you’ll be invited to the Science Center roof to actually view Jupiter through the Planetarium’s powerful telescope. Those SkyWatch Nights will begin after dark on July 16 and 27.
“And we have a bunch of staff here that’s willing to answer all sorts of questions, any questions that anyone might have,” Charissa Sedor with the Planetarium said.
Also see: SpaceWatchtower Blog Post.

Alvino, Virginia. "Army Corps Recommends Restoring Ecosystem On Pittsburgh's North Shore."
WESA-FM 90.5 Pittsburgh 2016 June 3.

Gough, Paul J. "Hearing planned June 9 on North Shore riverfront development."
Pittsburgh Business Times 2016 June 3.

Hopey, Don. "Report recommends restoration of riverbank near Carnegie Science Center."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2016 June 2.

Poupore, Phillip. "Stargazers delight: Summer of celestial wonder awaits."
Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh 2016 May 31.
Telescopes are a common tool for viewing celestial events, but they won't be necessary this summer, said Charissa Sedor, Carnegie Science Center's Buhl Planetarium producer.

"Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh seeks funding for expansion."
WPXI-TV 11 Pittsburgh 2016 April 20.

Hartmans, Avery. "Carnegie Science Center launches $34.5M campaign to expand programming, build pavilion."
Pittsburgh Business Times 2016 April 20.

Lindstrom, Natasha. "Carnegie Science Center expanding exhibit capacity."
Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh 2016 April 20.

Daly, Jill. "Carnegie Science Center raising funds for major expansion."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2016 April 20.

"Carnegie Science Center to receive nearly $2M donation."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2015 Dec. 3.

Wilson, Jasper. "Clouds, rain don’t eclipse the eclipse for some Pittsburghers."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2015 Sept. 28.
Early on during the Buhl Planetarium’s SkyWatch for Sunday’s total lunar eclipse, a full moon hid behind clouds as rain drizzled down, keeping many of the attendees gathered behind the Carnegie Science Center in suspense...
The moon can take on a variety of colors, commonly orange and red, during a total eclipse, depending on how much dust and clouds are present in the atmosphere, said Dan Malerbo, education and program coordinator at the Carnegie Science Center’s Buhl Planetarium and Observatory.

"Sunday - Sept. 27, 2015" - Photo of Rising Super Moon Over Downtown Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2015 Sept. 27.

Schmitt, Ben. "Eclipse, supermoon to share sky to delight of Allegheny Observatory manager."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2015 Sept. 26.

"Events set up for lunar eclipse Sept. 27."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2015 Sept. 25.

"Lunar Eclipse SkyWatch." News Release.
Carnegie Science Center 2015 Sept. 18.
Super Moon Lunar Eclipse Public Event at The Carnegie Science Center 2015 Sept. 27.

Connors, Fred. "Wheeling Jesuit University Will Pay Government $2.3 Million."
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register 2015 Aug. 4.
"Wheeling Jesuit University agrees to $2.3 million settlement for misuse of grant."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review / AP 2015 Aug. 3.
Wheeling Jesuit University operates two NASA-related programs: Challenger Center and the National Technology Transfer Center.

Fleegl, Erika. "From Normandy to North Shore, local Sea Cadets take history-driven field trip."
The Northside Chronicle 2015 May 21.

"Carnegie Science Center announces partnership with Allegheny Health Network to create new anatomy program."
The Northside Chronicle 2015 May 21.
Transpara the Talking Glass Lady was a similar exhibit at Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, from 1965 to 1991.

Nozicka, Luke. "Carnegie Science Center, AHN introduce educational program on anatomy."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2015 May 20.
Transpara the Talking Glass Lady was a similar exhibit at Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, from 1965 to 1991.

Walsh, Glenn A. "No Obvious Signs of Advanced ET Societies in 100,000 Galaxies: Penn State Study." Blog Post.
SpaceWatchtower 2015 April 21.
Director of Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium and Observatory, Carnegie Science Center, part of Penn State University research team.

Skirtich, Ed. "Science Center train exhibit reaches milestone."
The Northside Chronicle On-Line, Pittsburgh 2014 Dec. 11.
The 60th anniversary of the Miniature Railroad and Village in Pittsburgh includes a scale-model of the original
Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science building.

"SCIENCE CENTER TO HOST WEEKEND OF TRAIN-THEMED FUN." News Release.
Carnegie Science Center 2014 Dec. 3.
All of this is in addition to the beloved Miniature Railroad & Village® with its newest feature, the Buhl Planetarium;
a mini-railroad and village around the holiday tree in the main lobby; and dozens of historic model train artifacts from
Lionel’s private collection.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Buhl Planetarium Scale-Model Joins Miniature Railroad and Village." Blog Post.
SpaceWatchtower 2014 Nov. 27.
For the 75th anniversary of Buhl Planetarium, the 2014 opening of the Miniature Railroad and Village at The Carnegie Science Center includes a scale model of Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science building.

Gormly, Kellie B. "Carnegie Science Center adds legendary Buhl Planetarium to railroad village."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2014 Nov. 20.

Carnegie Science Center added 3 new photos on Facebook Facebook Micro-Blog Post.
Carnegie Science Center 2014 Nov. 19.
A scale model of the original building of Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science
is added to other scale models of Pittsburgh historic structures on the platform of the Miniature Railroad and Village,
which started display at Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium in 1954 and now is displayed at Pittsburgh's Carnegie
Science Center.

Pitz, Marylynne. "Carnegie Museum of Natural History names new director of science and research."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2014 Nov. 19.

"BUHL PLANETARIUM BUILDING TO BE UNVEILED IN MINIATURE RAILROAD ." News Release.
Carnegie Science Center 2014 Nov. 17.

Santoni, Matthew. "Former submariner was vessel of knowledge." Obituary.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2014 Oct. 12.
Started his Navy career on submarines in World War II, and for many years he served as a Tour Guide of the USS Requin submarine, located on the Ohio River next to The Carnegie Science Center, beginning in 1990 when the USS Requin tours were operated by the Buhl Science Center.

Mauti, Lisa. "The Carnegie Science Center knows how to teach girls about STEM." Letter-to-the-Editor.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2014 Oct. 9.

Serafini, Kristina. "Serafini: No fix to gender stereotypes — yet." Commentary.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2014 Oct. 8.

Sostek, Anya. "Carnegie Science Center defends its offerings to girls after criticism in social media.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2014 Oct. 7.

"Buhl Planetarium observes 75th with space events."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2014 Oct. 7.

Karlovits, Bob. "Buhl Planetarium at 75: Still state-of-the-art science."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2014 Oct. 4.

"SCIENCE CENTER TO COMMEMORATE 75 YEARS OF BUHL PLANETARIUM
ASTRONOMY-THEMED EVENTS, EDUCATION ACADEMY TO FETE PITTSBURGH ICON.

News Release. Carnegie Science Center 2014 Sept. 29.

Mullan, Brendan. "Those we train to think like scientists will always find new frontiers, writes the Buhl planetarium director." Op-Ed Commentary.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2014 July 20.
Brendan Mullan was named director of Carnegie Science Center’s Buhl Planetarium and Observatory earlier this month. At Penn State University, where he earned his Ph.D., he designed and conducted outreach programs in astronomy and astrobiology.

Coyne, Justine. "New director named for Buhl Planetarium."
Pittsburgh Business Times On-Line 2014 July 3.

Stanley-Becker, Isaac. "Carnegie Science Center announces new director for Buhl Planetarium."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2014 July 3.

Kennedy, Corinne. "Science Center names PSU space expert as Buhl Planetarium director."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2014 July 3.

"CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER NAMES DIRECTOR OF BUHL PLANETARIUM." News Release.
Carnegie Science Center 2014 July 3.

"SPLASH! Kick Off to Summer Community Free Day - Children's Museum of Pittsburgh." Web Page Notice
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh 2014 June 21.
Sponsored by the Jack Buncher Foundation.
From 1985 to 1991, Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science
(a.k.a. Buhl Science Center) provided an annual free-of-charge day to the public, in honor of the Summer Solstice.
Also see:
* Carnegie Science Center Reuse of 1980s "Snowballs on Summer Solstice Day" Promotion of Pittsburgh's Original Buhl Planetarium and
Institute of Popular Science

* Annual Summer Solstice Day Event at Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science,
1985 to 1991

Spatter, Sam. "Grant sought for repairs to USS Requin submarine."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2014 June 20.

Coyne, Justine. "Bayer donates $150K to Carnegie Science Center to support STEM programs."
Pittsburgh Business Times On-Line 2014 March 26.

Coyne, Justine. "Brown named to post at Carnegie Science Center." Blog Post.
Pittsburgh Business Times 2014 March 25.
Jason Brown has joined the senior leadership team at the Carnegie Science Center as the new director of science and education.
In his new role, Brown will oversee and manage the design and implementation of the science center's education programs as well as take on a leading role as the center develops its Teacher Excellence Academy.
Most recently, Brown taught engineering and science at Propel Braddock High School.
Justine Coyne covers manufacturing and higher education.

"Carnegie Science Center Names New Director of Science and Education."
Blog Post: News Release from The Carnegie Science Center.
STEMblog 2014 March 24.
Includes photograph of Jason Brown.

"Engineering, science instructor fills Carnegie Science Center post."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2014 March 24.

"CALLING ALL SCIENCE FAIR ALUMNI - HELP CELEBRATE 75 YEARS OF SCIENCE!
"PITTSBURGH REGIONAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR TO HOLD 75TH COMPETITION."
News Release.
Carnegie Science Center 2014 March 4.
More on the history of the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair, which began as the Pittsburgh Regional School Science and Engineering Fair at Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science in the Spring of 1940, the oldest regional science and engineering fair in the country!

Walsh, Glenn A. "Museum & Library Workers Seek Better Treatment." Blog Post.
SpaceWatchtower 2014 Feb. 27.
Last week, the Pittsburgh City Paper ran a story on a new initiative by museum and library workers in the city, to seek better pay, benefits, and greater say in the work place. For many of these cultural-industry workers, the issue came to the forefront when some non-profit employers, including Carnegie Museums and Carnegie Libraries, cut employee hours, to avoid the expense of complying with the Federal Affordable Care Act, thus denying these part-time workers the opportunity to purchase discounted health care insurance.
Included is a letter-to-the-editor by former Buhl Planetarium employee and former Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall Life Trustee Glenn A. Walsh regarding this issue. Viability of Carnegie Science Center's latest $55 million expansion plan is questioned.

O'Driscoll, Bill. "Museum and library workers are looking for better treatment at work."
Pittsburgh City Paper 2014 Feb. 19: 58.
"Ultimately, $7.25 an hour isn't a suitable wage for any position, and especially not in the Carnegie system."

Pitz, Marylynne. "Carnegie Science Center expansion plan stumbles out of the gate."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2014 Feb. 18.

Daniels, Melissa. "Senator John Heinz History Center expanding into former chair warehouse."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2014 Jan. 26.
The building has a specially designed, Smithsonian-standard heating and air-conditioning system to control temperature and humidity. The three spare floors will be leased to other museums in the region, Arenth said.

Horn, Alyse. "Save a snowball for the summer solstice."
The Northside Chronicle On-Line, Pittsburgh 2014 Jan. 9.
The idea was thought of in 2007 by the museum as a way to kick off the first day of summer and “saving a snowball in the winter to get a summer bargain [that] made winter a little less painful,” Zimecki said.
Actually, this snowball promotion on the Summer Solstice Day was the idea of Public Relations Director Jo Lee at Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science (a.k.a. Buhl Science Center) in 1985.

Hennessy, Mike. "Let's Talk About: Tesla and Kaufman." Column: Let's Talk About.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2014 Jan. 2.
In 1950 Kaufman's Tesla Coil was donated to Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science. This Tesla Coil is now demonstrated in the Works Theater at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Science Center.

Pitz, Marylynne. "Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh trustees face multiple tasks."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2012 Nov. 25.

* Pitz, Marylynne. "Carnegie Museums receive $1 million grant for technology upgrades."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2012 Nov. 14.
* Zlatos, Bill. "Grant to expand tech capabilites at Carnegie museums."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2012 Nov. 14.
The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh has received $1 million from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to upgrade the technology infrastructure of the museums, museum officials announced Wednesday.
The corporation made the grant in honor of its 100th anniversary and to help organizations founded by its namesake, Pittsburgh steel magnate Andrew Carnegie.

Wagner, Adam. "Inspection scheduled for Cold War-era sub."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2012 Aug. 4.

Arbogast, Sarah. "Students Come From Near, Far To Compete In Science & Engineering Fair."
KDKA-TV 2 2012 May 17.
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair occurred at Pittsburgh's David Lawrence Convention Center. The last time the International Science and Engineering Fair was in Pittsburgh was in May of 1989, for the 40th Intenational Fair, in commemoration of the 50th Pittsburgh Regional School Science and Engineering Fair and the 50th anniversary of Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science.

"Three named to board of Carnegie Science Center."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2012 March 2.

"Science Center adds 3 to directors' board."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2012 March 2.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Former Buhl Science Center President Dies." Obituary.
SpaceWatchtower 2012 Jan. 29.
Joshua Whetzel, who transformed Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science and spearheaded
construction of The Carnegie Science Center, dies at age 90.

Spatter, Sam and Rachel Weaver. "Rust threatens to mothball Science Center's Requin submarine."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2012 Jan. 28.
The USS Requin submarine started as a special exhibit of Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science
in the Autumn of 1990.

"Carnegie Science Center gets $764K grant from NASA."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2011 Dec. 21.

"Science center's flight simulators turn public into 'Top Gun' pilots."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2011 Dec. 18.
Exhibit was at The Carnegie Science Center, successor to Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science.

Zlatos, Bill. "Scientific literacy gets $1 million boost."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2011 Dec. 1.
Chevron and six other partners are giving the Carnegie Science Center $1 million to create a new center to improve science, technology and math education in the region, officials announced on Wednesday.

Carpenter, Mackenzie. "Chevron, Science Center pact aims to boost STEM learning."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2011 Dec. 1.
Chevron and six other partners are giving the Carnegie Science Center $1 million to create a new center to improve science, technology and math education in the region, officials announced on Wednesday.

Zlatos, Bill. "Volunteers save the day at many historic attractions."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2011 March 10.
"The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh has 1,000 volunteers."

Daly, Jill. "Carnegie Science Awards announced."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2011 Feb. 3.
Includes award: Emerging Female Scientist -- Sara Majetich, Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Majetich listed herself as an alumnus of the Pittsburgh Regional School Science and Engineering Fair, of Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, for the 1989 publication: "Lives Touched...Worlds Changed," Fifty Years of Alumni Achievements.

"Season of change: The Carnegie Museums chooses a new leader." Blog.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2011 Jan. 29.

"Season of change: The Carnegie Museums chooses a new leader." Editorial.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2011 Jan. 29.

Carpenter, Mackenzie. "Carnegie's new chief to run fast 'in the same direction'."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2011 Jan. 29.

Zlatos, Bill. "Carnegie Museums eye outreach, cooperation."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2011 Jan. 29.

Carpenter, Mackenzie. "Carnegie Museums chooses John Wetenhall as new president."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2011 Jan. 28.

Carpenter, Mackenzie. "John Wetenhall will head Carnegie Museums starting March 7."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2011 Jan. 27.

Zlatos, Bill. "Wetenhall named to head Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2011 Jan. 27.

Pitz, Marylynne and Michael A. Fuoco. "Carnegie Museums pick new president."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2011 Jan. 22.

LaRussa, Tony . "Ross couple: Help no longer wanted by science center."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2010 Dec. 21.

Gormly, Kellie B. "Science Center program focuses on girls as math, science leaders."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2010 Dec. 14.

O'Toole, Kevin. "Carnegie Outrage Center?" Letter-to-the-Editor.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2010 Dec. 1.

"Laurels & Lances" - Lance: To the Carnegie Science Center. Editorial.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2010 Nov. 26.

LaRussa, Tony . "Volunteers' American flag removed from Science Center."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2010 Nov. 23.

"Science Center Welcomes Summer With Snowballs."
KDKA-TV 2, Pittsburgh 2010 June 21.
Snowballs on Summer Solstice Day began in 1985 at Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science. Carnegie Science Center resumed snowball tradition in 2007.

Pitz, Marylynne. "Carnegie Museums president to retire."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2010 Jan. 8.

Deitch, Charlie. "Classroom Discussion."
Pittsburgh City Paper 2009 Dec. 24.
Quote from Allegheny Institute on Public Policy President Jake Haulk--
"Haulk: The city would be in a lot stronger position if they hadn't created Heinz Field, Carnegie Science Center, PNC Park, a new convention center that gobbled up a tremendous amount of space and a huge new hockey arena that have taken valuable Downtown property off the tax rolls. To be fussing about CMU, which has been there for a hundred years, when you're taking valuable property off the tax rolls ..."

"Science Center to make co-directors permanent."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2009 Feb. 12.

"Carnegie Science Center announces co-directors."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2009 Feb. 12.

Lowry, Patricia. "City's Friendship Quilt back for show."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Jan. 24.
Great Pittsburgh Friendship Quilt, created at Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium in 1988, found in basement of Carnegie Science Center's original SportsWorks/warehouse building, after being unseen for 20 years.

Zlatos, Bill. "Carnegie Museums president earns praise for guidance."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2009 Jan. 4.

Heinrichs, Allison M. "Private donors supply scientists with crucial tools for research."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2009 Jan. 3.

Majors, Dan. "Another fine mess: Science center's sloppy celebration amuses, educates youngsters."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2009 Jan. 2.

"Science Center offers Hubble photo exhibition."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Nov. 2.

Gormly, Kellie B. "Science center event teaches ins and outs of chemistry."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Oct. 23.

Zentner, Andrew R. "About that 'projector'." Letter-to-the-Editor.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Oct. 15.
(Fourth letter of six on web page)
Also see Adler Planetarium, Chicago, News

Thomas, Mary. "'Sensational year' for Carnegie Museums, says CEO Hillenbrand."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Oct. 14.


Huge Robot Exhibit To Prevent Display of Zeiss II Planetarium Projector

On 2008 April 9, Carnegie Science Center officials announced a new permanent exhibit, "RoboWorld," will be installed in what was used as space for traveling exhibits on the second floor of the Science Center. When completed, the exhibit "will be the largest and most comprehensive robotics exhibit anywhere in the nation," said Science Center Director Joanna Haas. The exhibit will include Carnegie Mellon University's Robot Hall of Fame.

In 2002, Science Center officials had promised the City of Pittsburgh that some of this second floor space, near the Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium (now also known as the Buhl Digital Dome), would be used for a "Final Frontier" exhibit, which would include display of the historic Zeiss II Planetarium Projecctor, the oldest, operable major planetarium projector in the world prior to its 2002 October dismantling. Also included in the "Final Frontier" exhibit was to be another original Buhl Planetarium artifact, the large Mercator's Projection Map of the World, which was considered the world's largest such map when first installed at the 1939-1940 World's Fair in New York City.

The "Final Frontier" exhibit, which was not supposed to be dependent on the proposed $90 million expansion project which was cancelled in May of 2003, has never been developed. Nor has there been any word about the future of this proposed exhibit, which was a major reason why the City of Pittsburgh permitted the Science Center to remove the Zeiss II Planetarium Projecctor and the large Mercator's Projection Map of the World from the original Buhl Planetarium building. Now it seems this large, new, permanent robotics exhibit will preclude the ability to install the "Final Frontier" exhibit next to the Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium.

Friends of the Zeiss has always contended that the best place for the historic Buhl Planetarium artifacts is the original Buhl Planetarium building, the only place (due to custom-construction of the building) where the Zeiss II Planetarium Projecctor and the 10-inch Siderostat-type Refractor Telescope can be fully unitlized to teach science to children visiting the Children's Museum.

* "Zeiss projector restoration."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2002 Dec. 30.
Regarding proposed "Final Frontier" exhibit.

* Templeton,, David. "Robots coming to life in 2009 exhibit."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 April 10.
* Houser, Mark. "Roboworld could cement 'Burgh as robotics capital."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 April 10.
* Houser, Mark. "Robot exhibit coming to Carnegie Science Center."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2008 April 9.
* "Carnegie Science Center will open comprehensive robotics exhibition."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 April 7.
* Houser, Mark. "CMU at forefront in building thinking machines."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 April 6.
* "What is artificial intelligence?."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 April 6.
* "Will A.I. work lead to robots taking over the world?"
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 April 6.
* Houser, Mark. "Robots do a little networking."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 April 9.


* "Science center to celebrate astronomy."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 March 24

* Walsh, Glenn A. Letter-to-the-Editor:
"Demanding transparency from local museum." (Second of two letters on web page)
Pittsburgh City Paper 2008 March 19.
Regarding current Carnegie Science Center "Bodies" exhibition,
and the sale, in the 1990s, of original Buhl Planetarium human-anatomy exhibit,
"Transpara," to the Cleveland Health Museum to be used as spare parts
for their transparent woman exhibit.

* Fisher, Ken. "Spelling bee hopes scatter with avifauna."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 March 20
* Simonich, Milan. "'Clavichord' sounds sweet for bee champ."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 March 16
* Simonich, Milan. "Spelling Bee champ crowned."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2008 March 15.
Western Pennsylvania Spelling Bee sponsored by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Carnegie Science Center. For many years, the Spelling Bee was sponsored by The Pittsburgh Press and Buhl Planetarium. With the opening of the new Carnegie Science Center, sponsorship shifted to Point Park College (now Point Park University) and, with the closing of The Pittsburgh Press, to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.The Carnegie Science Center has now accepted co-sponsorship of the Spelling Bee.

* "Carnegie Science Center picks new chairman."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line/AP 2008 March 13.

* McCoy, Adrian. "Science center laser shows now high-def."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Feb. 15.
Regarding $500,000 upgrade to laser-light concerts and
$206,000 upgrade to Observatory and Planetarium lobby (not
including display of Zeiss II Planetarium Projector or large
Mercator's Projection Map of the World!).

* 2008 Jan. 7 - Reuse, by The Carnegie Science Center (beginning in 2007) of original Buhl Planetarium
"Snowballs on Summer Solstice Day" promotion (from 1985).

* 2007 Dec. 27 - NOTICE:
Pittsburgh City Council votes to allow abandonment of America's first publicly-funded
Carnegie Library
, Allegheny Regional Branch, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
(formerly Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny), next-door to Pittsburgh's original
Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science
.

* 2007 Sept. 21 - PAT will purchase and raze Carnegie Science Center warehouse
where historic Buhl Planetarium artifacts are currently in storage.

News of Controversy Regarding 2007-2008 Exhibit
of Human Cadavers at The Carnegie Science Center

Carnegie Science Center Education Division employee Elaine Catz resigned
her employment due to unanswered questions regarding a traveling exhibit
of human cadavers, from China, which will be displayed in
The Carnegie Science Center for a seven-month run beginning in 2007 October.

News Related to Casino Development Next to Carnegie Science Center (2007) Carnegie Science Center has complained that light from new casino, which will be next-door to Science Center, might harm viewing at Science Center's rooftop observatory.

Cancellation of proposed $90 million expansion of Carnegie Science Center:
2003 May, 2003 November

Carnegie Science Center Staff Layoffs in 2003:
2003 April, 2003 July

Response to the City of Pittsburgh Request for Proposals(RFP)
For Lease of Equipment and Artifacts of The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science
2002 May 22

Friends of the Zeiss Efforts to Prevent Dismantling of
Historic Buhl Planetarium Equipment and Artifacts - A.D. 2002

"Zeiss Wide Shut" 10-page cover story, By Pittsburgh City Paper Editor Chris Potter,
Regarding Children's Museum Proposal to Dismantle Historic Buhl Planetarium Artifacts
2001 February 21

News Articles Regarding 1995 May 18 Pittsburgh City Council Public Hearing
On Proposed Sale of Historic Buhl Planetarium Equipment and Artifacts.

Internet Web Site Master Index for the History of
The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, Pittsburgh



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