(Diane Turnshek is still doing the Allegheny Observatory talk. Reservations needed: 412-321-2400).
De-Light Pittsburgh – Special Public Astronomy Seminar: Diane Turnshek (Physics, CMU)
New date: Thursday, March 5, 2015 7:00 pm
102 Thaw Hall, 3943 O’Hara Street, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA 15260
De-Light Pittsburgh is a year-long initiative designed to inspire a city-wide focus on energy efficiency while encouraging energy consciousness and ecological conservation to citizens. This innovative program will kick-off during the internationally-recognized Earth Hour 2015. Downtown and Oakland property owners and managers are encouraged to dim or turn off rooftop signage and other non-essential lighting for one hour on Saturday, March 28th from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m..
2015 is the International Year of Light and, by turning them off, we hope to bring attention to climate change issues, educate the public about the dangers of over-lighting, show off the wonders of the heavens and change the public’s perception that brighter is always better. See how scientists are using art as a vehicle for social change in the battle against light pollution. Come, help celebrate the dark.
Diane Turnshek stacks careers. She’s a part-time instructor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh and a special faculty member in the Department of Physics at Carnegie Mellon University. She’s also taught at seven other local institutions of higher learning. She publishes hard science fiction stories about colonizing other worlds and first contact with aliens and, in 2012, spent weeks on Mars (the Mars Desert Research Station in the high Utah desert).
Free and open to the public. The room is handicapped-accessible with prior notification; call 412-624-9000. Sponsored by Allegheny Observatory.
Check back and check AAAP’s Facebook Page for more Earth Hour Programming.