Carnegie magazine - Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

In the foreground is one of 30 large-scale sculptures by the late Polish artist Igor Mitoraj that rest among the ruins at Pompeii.

Photo: Nick Night/ Unsplash

Big Picture

Fall is an exciting and busy time for our avian researchers at Powdermill Nature Reserve, Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s environmental research center in Rector Pennsylvania. As birds migrate south, thousands fly through Powdermill, where they are identified, banded, and studied before they continue their long journey to their winter nesting grounds.

Face Time

Marcus Harshaw

Marcus Harshaw

Marcus Harshaw is senior director of museum experiences, a new position at Carnegie Science Center. When people ask him what that entails, he says, “I oversee all the fun stuff”—a long list that includes permanent and traveling exhibitions, The Rangos Giant Cinema, Highmark SportsWorks®, the USS Requin (SS 481) submarine, the Miniature Railroad & Village®, and Buhl Planetarium. Harshaw’s path to the fun stuff wasn’t a straight one. He managed a pizza chain before attending college for education. Then he started a career based on his childhood love: museums. He’s held senior learning and community engagement posts at the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Indiana Historical Society, and the Kaleideum science center in North Carolina.

Inside the Museums

Gretchen Anderson, conservator at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, performs restoration work on a panda diorama now prominently on display in the museum’s gift shop.