RASC Vancouver Monthly Meeting

This is the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Vancouver monthly meeting for March 2013 and is shared with the general public at no charge.

Please take note of the special location for this lecture.

Location: Douglas College, Room 2201 (*)

Date: Thursday March 14, 7:30PM

Speaker: Ian McLennan

Title: "Looking Back - and Looking Up" - stories from a lifetime consulting for science centres and planetariums around the world

Ian McLennan has over a 50 year career both running and consulting in the inter-connected field of museums, science centres, planetariums, theme attractions, IMAX theatres and World Expositions. He was executive director of Canada's first public planetarium (Edmonton) then was founding director of the trail-blazing Strasenburgh Planetarium in Rochester, New York. After rising to executive director of the Rochester Museum & Science Center, he came back to Canada to direct Ontario Place in Toronto (home of the world's first IMAX theatre) - finally coming to Vancouver to help organize EXPO 86. He eventually became co-manager of the United Nations Pavilion at EXPO 86, and accepted a similar position at World Expo 88 in Brisbane, Australia. He returned to Vancouver in 1991 and set up his consulting practice - and has since conducted over 100 consulting assignments on six continents. His honours include the Service Award of the International Planetarium Society, Fellow of the Rochester Academy of Science, and recipient of the Career Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Science Centres.

(*) Room 2201 is away from the River Side of the college, close to the Library and just past the Security/Information booth on Level 2. A Douglas College campus map is vailable here (scroll down the document for the map of Level 2).

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey there, English girl looking for cool new cosmic pals . I look forward to meeting you.

    1 · March 14, 2013

    • Hojin Cate S.

      Hi!:-) it was good to see u at the meeting ~

      1 · March 15, 2013

    • James

      Nice meeting you too .How was the presentation for you ?

      March 17, 2013

  • James

    Great meeting. Really enjoyed the Ian sharing his life achievements.
    Outstanding as always.I am very interested in the Observatory in Maple ridge.

    1 · March 15, 2013

  • Mike

    Hi there, I spoke with someone about 2 months back I believe and I will be in New West tomorrow training until 8pm and I was wondering what time you run until?

    March 14, 2013

    • Leigh C.

      HI Mike, The meetings usually run to 9:30 and then we have coffee and cookies afterward.

      March 14, 2013

  • Sean H.

    Unrelated to the meetup, but does anyone know of a good, dark site with a low horizon to the west? Looking for somewhere to catch a glimpse of comet PanSTARRS this weekend if the weather cooperates.

    March 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was out in Vanier Park on Saturday - incredible view of the west horizon, and the cloud bank looked spectacular through binoculars too

      March 13, 2013

    • Scott M.

      It looks like our only chance for comet viewing in Vancouver will be sunset on Sunday the 17th. We'll be observing from at least one location, most likely two or three. I think Vanier Park is a great spot for this.

      March 13, 2013

  • James

    Looking forward to the event.

    March 13, 2013

  • Tegan B.

    Unfortunately another commitment came up. It sounds very interesting. Hopefully it will be repeated.

    March 13, 2013

  • Howard T.

    Weather looks to be a blow-out this week, did anyone see panSTARRS on Saturday? In the good news department, we have a lecture Thursday from one of the world's foremost consultants on planetaria, science centres, and museums of all stripes - and he's a Vancouver RASCal to boot, not to mention a delightful speaker - Ian McLennan. Hope to see you at Douglas College, where we'll have 1st rate accommodations thanks to Instructor (and RASCal) Jennifer Kirkey.

    March 11, 2013

    • John R.

      I went to Osoyoos to see PANSTARRS on Friday, unfortunately there was a layer of cloud right in the SW would it was supposed to be so couldnt see it. Looking forward to the talk this Thursday :)

      March 11, 2013

  • Hojin Cate S.

    Sounds good:)

    March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The presentation sounds interesting. Looking forward to it.

    February 24, 2013

  • Jennifer K.

    Looking forward to hosting you all at "my" college.

    February 13, 2013

  • David A.

    Looking forward to March and the Spring skies!

    February 8, 2013

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