GLPA Conference Proceedings: 1986

Proceedings Editors:  Bart Benjamin (Cernan Earth & Space Center, Triton College, River Grove, Illinois)
                                       and David Hoffman (Stevens Point, Wisconsin).
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Title Author Year Abstract
Encounter with an Alien Organization Batch, Dr. David 1986 Abstract: The author describes his recent experiences with local UFO enthusiasts and offers his suggestions for handling the pseudoscience/science controversy.
Einstein and an Atomic Myth Friedman, Dr. Alan J. 1986 Abstract: The author describes the development of the atomic bomb, the misconceptions about Albert Einstein's involvement, and the relationship between science and our society.
Match Those Moons Grossenbacher, Roger 1986 Abstract: The author briefly describes a classroom exercise in solar system identification.
Life Support Systems for the Space Age and Beyond Hooper, Dr. Dennis 1986 Abstract: The author describes the many life support systems that are incorporated into the design of present and future spacecraft.
Update on the Grand Opening of the Parkland College Planetarium Linton, David 1986 Abstract: The author describes the basic design of the new planetarium at Parkland College and the plans for its grand opening in the fall of 1987.
The Voyager 2 Encounter with Uranus Miner, Dr. Ellis 1986 Abstract: The author describes the many discoveries made by the Voyager 2 spacecraft in its close encounter with Uranus in January, 1986.
Morsels from the Buffet Perkins, Kenneth E. 1986 Abstract: The author describes a number of inexpensive ideas, including a planetarium apron, a technique for lengthening the life of projector lamps, and an adjustable projector stand.
Progress Report of a Retired Planetarian Perkins. Kenneth E. 1986 Abstract: Review of past eight years, report of current status (closed with instrument head in safe storage; planetarium chamber with wet carpet), view of the future with new dork.
How to Increase Your Attendance by 200% without the Use of Halley's Comet Pisano, Anthony 1986 Abstract: The author describes a variety of innovative strategies to increase school and group attendance to the planetarium, including the development of teacher resource booklets and a slide loan program.
Using Microcomputers to Teach the Deaf/Applications to the Planetarium Rall, Gloria 1986 Abstract: The author describes and effective program for teaching astronomy to deaf students utilizing microcomputers within the planetarium theater.
Melodrama in the Planetarium Schafer, Sheldon 1986 Abstract: The author describes a unique way to present astronomy within the planetarium theater - the presentation of a melodramatic play, complete with heroes, heroines, and villains.
Humanities and the Stars Starr, Eileen 1986 Abstract: The author describes a NEH funded planetarium program that describes different cultures throughout the world and the many beliefs that people have about the heavens and its origin.
Planetariums, Process Skills and Scientific Literacy Thomson, G. Robert 1986 Abstract: The author describes a number of ways that the planetarium can teach the process skills that are essential to scientific literacy.
The 20th Annual Armand Spitz Lecture Tuttle, Don 1986 Abstract: The author shares memorable planetarium experiences, notes the important contributions of Armand Spitz, and describes the valuable role of today's planetarium
Identifying Meteoric Specimens Wenning, Carl J. 1986 Abstract: Planetarians are often called on to identify meteorites and will likely be asked to do so more often with the approach of Halley's Comet. What follows is a short summary of how to identify meteoric specimens.
In Defense of Mythology Wenning, Carl J. 1986 Abstract: The author describes the importance of sky myths to past cultures and expresses his opinion that these myths have a place in today's planetariums.