Professional Conferences Attended by Friends of the Zeiss

The following is a list of professional conferences which were attended by a member of Friends of the Zeiss. Unless otherwise indicated, Friends of the Zeiss Project Director Glenn A. Walsh attended these conferences. Please note that Friends of the Zeiss was not formally established until 2002 April 4, while some of these conferences predate 2002.

* 1989 May - Pittsburgh: 40th International Science and Engineering Fair
In Pittsburgh to commemorate the 50th Pittsburgh Regional School Science and Engieering Fair and the 50th anniversary of Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science (1939 to 1991).
Glenn A. Walsh (who, at the time, was Buhl Planetarium Astronomical Observatory Coordinator and Planetarium Lecturer) and John D. Weinhold (who, now deceased, at the time was a Buhl Planetarium Observatory Volunteer), both of whom later helped form the Steering Committee of Friends of the Zeiss, assisted with the International Science and Engineering Fair as volunteers.

* 1995 June 12 to 15 - Pittsburgh: 186th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society
Attended by Glenn A. Walsh and former Buhl Planetarium Observatory volunteer Paul Ricker (now Associate Professor of Astronomy at the University of Illinois).
(Leo J. Scanlon, one of the first Buhl Planetarium lecturers and Co-Founder of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh (AAAP), was elected to membership in the American Astronomical Society in the early 1930s, having been nominated by Allegheny Observatory Director Dr. Frank Jordan. This led to Mr. Scanlon meeting Albert Einstein, when Dr. Einstein visited the AAAP booth, immediately after his mathematics lecture, at the 1934 convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Pittsburgh.}

* 1996 October 26 to 29 - Pittsburgh: Annual Conference of the Association of Science and Technology Centers
Attended by Glenn A. Walsh.

* 2001 October 13 - North Hills High School Planetarium, Pittsburgh: Ohio Regional Meeting of the Great Lakes Planetarium Association
Glenn A. Walsh delivered an invited address: "Pittsburgh's Original Buhl Planetarium: Public Science Education Pioneer."

* 2006 October 31 to November 5 - Pittsburgh: Annual National Preservation Conference sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation
Glenn A. Walsh (Project Director of Friends of the Zeiss) participated in a three-person panel discussion for the Carnegie Libraries: Challenges and Solutions educational session, following his presentation, "Primary Impediments to Historic Preservation: EGO and MONEY !"

* 2008 May 2 to 4 - Cincinnati Observatory: "The Vintage Observatory: Thriving in the 21st Century" - First thematic workshop of the Antique Telescope Society
Attended by Friends of the Zeiss Project Director Glenn A. Walsh.

* 2012 April 18 - Premiere, at Pittsburgh's Heinz History Center, of the historical documentary motion picture, Undaunted: The Forgotten Giants of the Allegheny Observatory. Friends of the Zeiss Project Director Glenn A. Walsh served as a History Consultant for this documentary.

* 2017 April 22 - March for Science - Pittsburgh
Attended by Friends of the Zeiss Project Director Glenn A. Walsh.
Also distributed flyer for Friends of the Zeiss' public observing session for the Great American Solar Eclipse on 2017 August 21.

* 2018 August 18 and 19 - Annual Conference of the North American Sundial Society, held in the Oakland Civic Center District of Pittsburgh.
Attended by Friends of the Zeiss Project Director Glenn A. Walsh, as a credentialed reporter for the SpaceWatchtower Blog.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Are Sundials, to Tell Time, Really Obsolete ?" Blog-Post.
SpaceWatchtower 2018 Aug. 22.
Regarding the 2018 Annual Conference of the North American Sundial Society.

* Tuesday Morning, 2019 August 13, 10:00 a.m. EDT / 14:00 UTC - Friends of the Zeiss Project Director Glenn A. Walsh (as a member of the National Space Society) and National Space Society Regional Director Randy W. Gigante met with Heather Painter, Legislative Assistant for U.S. Congressman Conor Lamb (D-Pennsylvania) in the Pennsylvania Congressional 17th District Office in Mount Lebanon PA, regarding legislation and funding for NASA. Congressman Lamb is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, as well as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy.

Major Astronomical Events Observed by --
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