Bill Hunt takes his seat as Museum of Art chair
Museum of Art has added yet another distinguished and talented
Pittsburgher to its list of board chairs. Bill Hunt recently
took over the role of chairman after serving on the board
since 2000. He is also a trustee of
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and a member of Carnegie
Museums’ Executive Committee.
I am honored to be chairman,” Hunt says, “and
look forward to working with the museum’s dedicated
staff and board and building on the great work that’s
already been done.”
Succeeding Marcia Gumberg, who
served as chair for the past six years and will continue
to serve on the board
as emerita trustee, Hunt has a long history of commitment
to local organizations. President and chief executive officer
of the real estate development firm Elmhurst Corporation,
Hunt is a trustee of the Roy A. Hunt Foundation and a member
of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. He also has served as
chairman of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, president
of Pittsburgh Public Theater, and president of the Western
Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Office
and Industrial Properties.
We welcome Bill Hunt’s leadership,” says Richard
Armstrong, the Henry J. Heinz II director of Carnegie Museum
of Art, “and we anticipate continued success in collecting
art and presenting great exhibitions to the region.”
The fun of science at this year’s
says science can’t be fun? Certainly not the folks
bringing this year’s SciTech Spectacular to vibrant
life at Carnegie Science Center October 13-22.
that science can even be a laughing matter, they’ve
invited not one but two British scientists/ comedians—Dr.
Harry Witchel, a respected physiologist at the University
of Bristol and funny guy, and Timandra Harkness, a freelance
science writer and occasional stand up comic—to make
special presentations. Doesn’t “The Science
of Dating” and “POW! Superhuman Science” sound
Expect even more fun with the hysterical and spectacular
mint-powered version of the Bellagio Foundations in Las
Vegas, compliments of Internet celebrities “the Diet
Pop/Mentos guys.” Find out what happens when you
combine 200 liters of Diet pop and more than 500 Mentos
Of course, science has its touchy-feely side, too.
For that, SciTech turns to the Senso Car. Developed by
MaterialScience and Rinspeed, this concept car actually “senses” the
driver—his or her pulse and driving behavior—and
then responds accordingly. For example, depending on the
operator’s mood, the Senso Car’s four LCD monitors
might emit orange/yellow (stimulating), blue/violet (relaxing),
or green (neutral) color patterns that “bathe the
cockpit in dazzle-free ambient light.” In addition,
the Senso comes equipped with sounds, scents, and action;
should the driver start to show signs of fatigue, the electric
motors in the seat will shake him.
According to the Senso
Car’s creators, “A person
who is relaxed and wide awake simply drives better and
For the sheer sensory thrill of it,
the SciTech Spectacular will also have the Segway
Obstacle Course up and running—or,
more accurately, gliding. Sporting five gyros, two tilt
sensors, and some pretty complex hardware, the Segway Human
Transporter is said to sample and react to its rider’s
center of gravity 100 times per second, making gliding
as easy as walking.
SciTech visitors can also explore interactive
exhibits from Pittsburgh’s hottest science and technology
companies; experience the hi-tech sports and hi-tech
vehicle zones; enjoy live comedy, music, and more.
Spectacular is the only event of its kind in the United
States. For a preview of events, go to www.SciTechSpec.org
or call 412.237.3335.
Who let the bugs
|Above: Bob Davidson, collections manager, with just
a sampling of the museum’s huge bug collection.
forces, the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Agriculture
Department’s (USDA’s) Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service, and Carnegie Museum of Natural History
are determined to keep our shores safe…from bugs.
year, new species of invasive insects (think moths, worms,
aphids, and other creepy-crawly things) arrive in
the United States by land, sea, and air. More than a nuisance,
they can do billions of dollars in damage to forests and
That’s why Homeland Security
has made it a priority to track down the tiny troublemakers.
And in July,
law went into effect calling for all wood-packing materials
to be heat treated or fumigated in an effort to destroy
But before those pesky pests can be eliminated,
they need to be identified. And Carnegie Museum of Natural
Biodiversity Services Facility is doing just that. Working
with the USDA, the museum’s entomologists are taking
their expertise on the road—setting insect traps,
reviewing samples, and making new discoveries. Just last
year, the museum’s Invertebrate Zoology team helped
identify the Xyleborus maiche, aka an Asian ambrosia beetle
(this particular species is not considered a threat).
the museum’s extensive insect collection, scientific
know-how, and reference department, it’s a natural
choice to help the government get the bugs out.
Countdown to launch: DigitalSky at the Science Center
countdown has begun to launch the latest high-definition, full-dome digital
technology at Carnegie Science Center’s Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium.
Estimated time of launch: September 27, at a special media and VIP preview.
A $1 million grant from the Buhl Foundation gave the Science Center the buying
power to purchase and install the state-of-the-art video system. Dubbed DigitalSky,
it allows planetariums equipped with the high-tech system the ability to
download real-time images of planets, stars, comets, and other galactic entities
or events that NASA collects from its fleet of unmanned spacecraft currently
cruising the cosmos. This means that Buhl Planetarium staff will be able
to customize their presentations with the most current images from space.
And boasting a projection of five million pixels per frame, DigitalSky will
greatly enhance all existing Planetarium productions. The Buhl will be one
of the few facilities worldwide to use this cutting-edge technology.
to Doreen Boyce, the Buhl Foundation’s president and a trustee
of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the technology is “amazing,” and
she looks forward to seeing all that that the Science Center staff will be
able to accomplish with it.
This gift,” she says, “will help ensure that the Planetarium
inspires and educates for years to come—and that it maintains its strength
as a source for international programming.” As of today’s star
date, current Buhl shows, created by its own creative staff, are seen in
400 planetariums in 18 different countries.
The Hazlett gets another encore
take your seats: Act III of the North Shore’s Hazlett
Theater is about to begin. Thanks to the resolve of its
neighbors—including The Andy Warhol Museum’s
Thomas Sokolowski and the Children’s Museum’s
Jane Werner—the grand old building is about to reopen
(for a second time) in grand style. The premiere of The
New Hazlett Theater is slated to feature a preview party
on Friday, September 15 (7 p.m.-midnight), a family and
kids party on Saturday, September 16 (3-5 p.m.), and a
public open house on Sunday, September 17 (1-5 p.m.)
back in 1889 as part of the Carnegie Free Library and Music
Hall, the Hazlett took its first last curtain
call in the 1960s. Left vacant for nearly 10 years, the
building then enjoyed an encore performance as home to
the Pittsburgh Public Theater from 1974 until the group
packed its bags and moved across the river in 1999. Forsaken
once again, it looked like the Hazlett’s fate was
permanently sealed. Enter Sokolowski and Werner.
as a dynamic performance venue and community space (the
facility is also rentable), The New Hazlett,
directed by Sara Radelet, will be operated and programmed
through the collaborative efforts of the Children’s
Museum, The Warhol, the Northside Leadership Conference,
Prime Stage Theatre, and the City of Pittsburgh.