Diane will be speaking at the following events. Please join her!

WeConservePA Workshop
The Journey Back to the Stars: Limiting the Harmful Effects of Light Pollution

Free Virtual Event
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
7:00 PM
Information and Event Registration.

The night sky is getting brighter each year, obscuring the stars from our sight. Light pollution is the cause, the excessive, obtrusive, artificial light at night that prevents us from living under a sky bright with stars. It adversely affects human health and the entire nighttime ecosystem, and can produce unsafe glare and raises our carbon footprint by wasting energy. We can limit the disruption of wildlife across Pennsylvania and restore our environmental balance with a combination of education, technology, and ordinances. Join experts in the field to learn about the dark side of light and what steps can be taken to bring back the stars. Learn more about the Pennsylvania chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association: https://www.idapgh.org/

Invited plenary speaker on Measurement and Modeling
Artificial Light at Night Conference

Calgary, Canada
Aug 10 – 13, 2023


Astronomy on Tap 

June 29, 2022
7 pm
Two Frays Brewery
5113 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh , PA 15224

Astronomy on Tap presents a great opportunity for the astronomy community to interact with the general public and present accessible, engaging science presentations on space and science topics ranging from planets to black holes to galaxies to the beginning of the Universe, along with trivia and other games, prizes, music, and more surprises! 
The national AoT website
Twitter: @AoTPgh, https://twitter.com/AoTPGH

Tenth Annual Pennsylvania Firefly Festival

Diane will be speaking about Dark Skies on Friday, June 24th and Saturday, June 25th at 8:30 pm
The PA Firefly Festival tickets are now sold out.


Upper St. Clair Library Zoom Event: “Have you heard the good news about dark skies?”

Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm (ET)
Online: This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

Join astronomer Diane Turnshek for this informative presentation.  Dark skies initiatives are sweeping the country. People are looking for good news and a type of pollution that’s easy to fix. Reducing light pollution (excess artificial light at night) is not only good for our health, safer, and better for animals and plants, it actually saves money and reduces our carbon footprint. Join us for nighttime outdoor lighting tips and ideas on how you can take part in a fun astronomy activism with no pushback — everyone loves seeing stars in a dark sky!

World Migratory Bird Day

Saturday, May 13, 2022
8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Frick Park, 15-person tours on hiking loop from the Frick Environmental Center (talks, tabling, bird banding)
*To ensure social distancing and safety, registration is required for each activity.*
[Information and Registration]

A panel talk at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Dim the Lights for Nature: a conversation about light pollution, wildlife, people and sustainable cities
Thursday, May 5, 2022, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, CMOA theater

Diane will speak at the Christine Frechard Art Gallery
Saturday, April 9 at 5-6 pm
5126 Butler St. Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Intersect@CMU Conference
Innovating a Sustainable Future For All Cities and Infrastructure

View the presentation video on Vimeo

Thursday Feb 10, 2022
Time: 10:45 AM-11:45 AM EST
This conference is free and open to all.

More than half the world’s population lives in cities, and the United Nations projects that this number will increase to two thirds by 2050. While the Sustainable Development Goals were agreed at the national level, cities are at the frontline of taking action. How will cities and infrastructure adapt to these new and growing needs? How will we ensure that everyone has access to green spaces, clean air and safe transportation? Who should have a say in how these decisions are made?

We will be hosting a conversation among planners, practitioners, academics and community leaders to explore how we should be thinking and planning for sustainable societies in the future.

Talk at La Roche University
“Outer Space” Part of the AAUW North Hills Great Decisions program.

Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 am EST
Free to attend and open to the public (virtual event*).

The launch of Sputnik I in October 1957 marked the beginning of the space era and of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. In the 21st century, there are many more participants in space, including countries such as India and China, and commercial companies such as SpaceX. How will the United States fare in a crowded outer space.

Sponsored by the North Hills Pittsburgh Chapter of The American Association of University Women.
The Great Decision topic comes from a list by the Foreign Policy Association.

*Due to COVID 19 there will be no Face to Face meeting for 2022. Great Decisions will be offered by a Virtual format. As you may know, Great Decisions is a non-partisan program developed by the Foreign Policy Association in 1954 that has become America’s largest discussion program. The program model involves reading, meeting to watch a documentary, and discussing the most critical issues facing America today. Our program will once again include a speaker each week who will share additional information on the topic of the week.