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Sixth Annual Carnegie Gem & Mineral Show
November 21- 23, 2003





Among the highlights of this year’s Gem & Mineral Show is the world’s largest flawless diamond— all 407.48 carats of it!

Carnegie Museum of Natural History annually hosts one of the world’s most outstanding shows of gems and minerals. In 2003, the Sixth Annual Carnegie Gem & Mineral Show will be presented by PNC Financial Services and the world-renowned jeweler, Bailey, Banks and Biddle.

More than three-dozen vendors with specimens from famous mines and worldwide locations, as well as displays by award-winning jewelry designers, will fill the elegant halls of the Oakland museums.

Diamonds are in the spotlight this year. On special exhibit in the Founders Room will be the 407.48-carat Incomparable, the world’s largest internally flawless faceted diamond. Accompanying the Incomparable will be its 14 satellite diamonds of various colors and shapes, weighing from 1.33 to 15.66 carats.

Admission: This year the show is free with general museum admission ($8 for adults, $5 for children and seniors) through the generosity of the show’s Presenting Sponsors.

Special Show Events
The Diamond Dazzler Gala
Thursday, November 20, 7-10 p.m.
A catered reception. Be the first to see the spectacular gems and minerals from some of the world’s most prestigious retailers. For reservations call 412.622.3232.

Benefit Mineral Auction and Awards Ceremony
Saturday, November 22, 7-10 p.m.
Awards will be given out for outstanding displays, and an auction of stunning museum pieces de-accessioned from the collections of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Seaman Mineralogical Museum, and Harvard Mineralogical Museum. Bidding starts at 7 p.m.

Public Displays and Activities
Friday, November 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, November 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.(Main show), 7-10 p.m. (Awards and Auction); Sunday, November 23, noon to 5 p.m.
See some of the most prized mineral exhibits in the United States and Canada as invited exhibitors show their crystals. Also, gem and mineral clubs compete against each other for aesthetically pleasing displays, with the winning exhibitors receiving cash prizes.

Fun for Kids with Minerals
Bring the kids for special mineral-related activities presented by museum educators and enthusiastic members of local rock clubs, held in the museum classrooms. Friday is reserved for pre-registered groups. Call 412.622.3238 for group appointments. Saturday and Sunday are open to the public from noon to 4 p.m.

  • Pick your own geode—select a geode from a box, have a professional crack it open with a machine, and see what is inside!

  • Wire-wrap your own necklace made up of interesting stones that you choose.

  • Collect a set of minerals in an egg carton and keep them. Rock club members talk to the kids about the properties and uses of specimens of salt, gypsum, calcite, agate, and other rocks, and help kids collect their own box of specimens.

  • Pan for gems at a working sluice.

A New Director - Dr. David A. Smith

Carnegie Museum of Natural History has appointed Dr. David A. Smith as the new director of Powdermill Nature Reserve, the museum’s 2,200-acre field station in Rector, Pennsylvania.

“We are very excited Dr. Smith has accepted the position of director of Powdermill Nature Reserve,” says Carnegie Museum of Natural History Director Bill DeWalt. “He has a wealth of financial and nonprofit management experience. He is also well-known and respected in the communities surrounding Powdermill, and he holds board leadership positions in a variety of non-profit organizations.” Dr. Smith was a founder and partner with Lane, Noland, Smith & Company Inc., a commercial mortgage banking company, and Pentrust Real Estate Advisory Services Inc., a pension fund advisory business. He received his doctorate in economic geography from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Arts and undergraduate degree from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Semi-retired since 1999, for the past seven years Smith has served as Board chairman of Magee-Womens Hospital, and is now chairman of Magee-Womens Health Corporation. He also is a board member of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Forbes Reinsurance Company Ltd.

Smith regards Powdermill Nature Reserve as “a very special place” and looks forward to “helping raise the visibility and knowledge of this outstanding resource.” He will be responsible for the day-to-day operations, renovating and improving the facilities, encouraging regional and national scientists to utilize the reserve for research, increasing its endowment and building stronger links with Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Powdermill’s community.


A New Book on Mammal Species at Risk in Pennsylvania
Dr. Joseph Merritt, the former managing director of Powdermill for the past 24 years, will continue to pursue his research as resident scientist when Dr. Smith assumes the position of director of Powdermill. In addition to ongoing research in the adaptations of shrews, flying squirrels, and other small mammals to cold, Merritt has been named co-editor by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Fish & Boat Commission to update Vertebrates of Special Concern in Pennsylvania. Merritt is also currently writing a new book, The Biology of Small Mammals: Strategies for Survival (The Johns Hopkins University Press).

Vertebrates of Special Concern in Pennsylvania was first published in 1985, and Merritt notes that “In the past 20 years, a lot of energy has been given to the research, conservation, and management of Pennsylvania’s species of special concern. But there hasn’t been a coordinated attempt to compile the increasing amount of research and recommendations about these at-risk species since the first volume was published.”

The State Wildlife Grant of $40,000 allows Merritt and colleague Dr. Michael S. Steele of Wilkes University to update the research in a single volume that will be both a technical reference and a guide for management and conservation. It will be designed to serve as a model for the development of other similar volumes on invertebrates and plants.

The Bird Atlas of Pennsylvania
Robert S. Mulvihill, field ornithologist at Powdermill Nature Reserve, has been named statewide coordinator of Pennsylvania’s Second Breeding Bird Atlas. The project will provide an updated database presenting the current distribution for about 200 nesting bird species.

Like the first atlas, done from 1984-1989, the new version will update statewide locations of species of special concern, providing new information for the management of rare species. The first data collection is expected in January 2004. Samples will be taken in 10-mile-square sections statewide, with a majority of the work done in June and July when most species are nesting.

Mulvihill has recruited regional coordinators, and the project will involve thousands of volunteers from the birding community. Mulvihill also hopes to involve schools and colleges throughout Pennsylvania.

The bird atlas program was one of 15 projects selected to share in the $2.5 million allocation from the State Wildlife Grant Program, a cost-share program administered through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s federal aid program. The five-year project is expected to cost $366,000 and will be hosted by Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

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