Upcoming Events for 2016
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Stephen Tonsor, PhD, Director, Science and Research: The Advent of the Anthropocene
Evidence is incontrovertible that we have entered a new era in the earth’s history, one in which humans strongly influence nearly every aspect of earth’s ecosystems, its atmosphere and geological processes without accepting responsibility for that power. Explore the evidence of our influence and the positioning of our museum to bring the arts, humanities and the sciences together for the development of a sustainable culture.
Suzanne B. McLaren, MS, Mammals: The Childs Frick Abyssinian Expedition of 1911-1912 and a whole lot more!
Discover how Childs Frick, son of Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick, provided the foundation for Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s world-class collection of African mammals. A fascinating story of the rewards and hardships of fieldwork before cell phones and automobiles.
Jacob Slyder, Powdermill: Geographic Information Systems—Finding Our Way in the World
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a powerful toolset for better navigating and understanding our world. Anyone who has ever looked for travel directions or googled a map has benefited from a GIS. Learn how our GIS Lab utilizes these technologies to facilitate ecological research with a focus on utilizing emerging technologies, such as unmanned aerial vehicles, to get a bird’s eye view on forest regeneration and change.
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June 16, 2016
Eric Dorfman, PhD, Director, Carnegie Museum of Natural History: The Future of Carnegie Museum of Natural History
This is your opportunity to meet the man and to hear his plan. Learn about an exciting strategy that embodies the best of the museum’s past coupled with a clear and concise understanding of what is needed to move the museum to a position of scientific and educational leadership in the 21st century and beyond.
Find out about the improvements that already have been made to core galleries and what is planned for the near future. Understand why the museum is undergoing an institution-wide review of its collections and how it applies to a revised vision and mission for the museum, and most importantly, hear how and where the Discoverers can fit into his plan.
May 19, 2016
David K. Brezinski, PhD, Invertebrate Paleontology and Maryland Geological Survey: The Geologic History of Western Pennsylvania
The geologic history of Western Pennsylvania is one of mountain-building and basin formation. Immense faults were created when Rodinia was torn apart by tectonic forces followed by the development of the Cambrian continental shelf and the origination of the Appalachian Basin where continuous subsidence led to the formation of Western Pennsylvania’s prolific fossil fuel deposits.
April 21, 2016
Elizabeth Castonguay, Artist: ENDANGERED/ Between the Lines
This artist’s works has sought to break down barriers between diverse groups of people. It has evolved to speak not only about the fragile interrelationships between humanity but between humanity and our ENDANGERED natural history world.
March 17, 2016
Richard Pell, Director, Center for PostNatural History: The Missing Museum: PostNatural History
Over the centuries, a vast array of living organisms have been intentionally and heritably altered by human beings through domestication, selective breeding and genetic engineering. Learn about the Center for PostNatural History, the world’s first and only museum dedicated to this phenomenon.