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Join us for Café Scientifique

Interested in science? Want to learn more about the latest technology breakthroughs in normal English, minus the jargon? Then Café Scientifique Pittsburgh at Carnegie Science Center is the place to be!

Café Sci is THE place in Pittsburgh where anyone interested in science can get together at a scientific hub to discuss today's science issues with experts, and best of all... you can ask your own questions! After a brief talk by our monthly guest speaker, the evening is dedicated to a question-and-answer session. Plus, enjoy our pub-type atmosphere with food and drinks available for purchase.


3/4/2017 to 12/3/2019

Join us for Café Scientifique on Mon., Dec. 2

Presenter:

Matthew C. Lamanna, PhD Matthew C. Lamanna, PhD
Mary R. Dawson Associate Curator, Section of Vertebrate Paleontology
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Awakening the Titans: Discovering Giant New Dinosaurs in the Southern Continents

Near the end of the Mesozoic Era, at the same time that T. rex, Triceratops, and their relatives dominated North America and Asia, very different kinds of dinosaurs ruled the Southern Hemisphere landmasses. The most diverse and abundant of these were the titanosaurs — long-necked, plant-eating sauropods that ranged from the size of a cow to the size of a humpback whale or more. Although well over 70 titanosaurian species have been discovered to date, many aspects of the biology of these animals remain mysterious due to a scarcity of relatively complete, well-preserved fossils.

Dr. Matthew Lamanna and collaborators have spent the past two decades searching for titanosaur fossils throughout the southern continents, from Argentine Patagonia to the Egyptian Sahara, from the Australian Outback to the frozen wastes of Antarctica. Foremost among their discoveries are a Patagonian behemoth that is the most complete giant titanosaur ever discovered, and a recently named Egyptian species that fills a 30 million-year gap in the dinosaurian fossil record of the African continent. Collectively, these discoveries cast critical new light on the anatomy, evolutionary history, and body dimensions of the most massive land animals that have ever existed.

Dr. Lamanna is the Mary R. Dawson Associate Curator and Head of Vertebrate Paleontology and the principal dinosaur researcher at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Within the past two decades, he has directed or co-directed field expeditions to Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, China, Croatia, Egypt, and Greenland that have resulted in the discovery of multiple new species of dinosaurs and other Cretaceous-aged animals. Dr. Lamanna served as chief scientific advisor to Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s exhibition Dinosaurs in Their Time, and has appeared on television programs for PBS, Discovery Channel, History Channel, A&E, Science Channel, and more.


Time: Doors open at 6 pm, and the program is 7–9 pm.
Location: Carnegie Science Center
Admission: FREE!
Parking: $5
Cash bar: Open from 6–7:30 pm

Although this event is free, we ask that you register opens in a new window so that we can prepare the room and have enough food available for purchase.

A la carte menu:

  • Pre-made deli sandwiches and salads
  • Chips and cookies
  • Bottled Beverages
  • Beer and wine

Register here for Café Scientifique

8/6/2018 to 9/3/2019

Join us for Café Scientifique on Mon., Sept. 2

Presenter:

Zolt Levay Zolt Levay
Photographer, Hubble Space Telescope

Visualizing Hubble’s Colorful Universe

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has been exploring the cosmos for nearly 30 years. In that time, it has revolutionized astronomy with numerous groundbreaking discoveries, but Hubble has also enabled us to reimagine our perception of the universe through a wealth of spectacular, dramatic views of space in unprecedented detail. On Sept. 2, join Zolt Levay, a photographer involved with several space missions at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, as he describes some of the most powerful images in Hubble’s gallery and how science data can be translated into colorful pictures.

Zolt Levay has been pursuing astronomy and photography throughout his career. As far back as high school, he was observing the sky and taking photographs through a home-built telescope and processing photographs in a home darkroom. Levay earned a degree in astronomy and worked with several space science missions at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. For over 35 years, he was professionally involved with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope mission at the Space Telescope Science Institute. For most of that time, he was responsible for translating science data into images and graphics that illustrate Hubble’s discoveries for the public and balancing science content with aesthetics.

He produced some of the most remarkable, profound, and widely distributed Hubble images and has described this work in public talks, magazine articles, books, and documentaries. Levay has also pursued a wide range of photographic interests, exhibited in galleries, and won awards in photography competitions. Currently, he is working on personal photography projects including seeking out dark, clear skies to explore the relationships between landscapes, the night sky, and the cosmos.


Time: Doors open at 6 pm, and the program is 7–9 pm.
Location: Carnegie Science Center
Admission: FREE!
Parking: $5
Cash bar: Open from 6–7:30 pm

Although this event is free, we ask that you register opens in a new window so that we can prepare the room and have enough food available for purchase.

A la carte menu:

  • Pre-made deli sandwiches and salads
  • Chips and cookies
  • Bottled Beverages
  • Beer and wine

Register here for Café Scientifique

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