Adult Programs

Join us for Café Scientifique

Interested in science, but hate the stuffy atmosphere of a college lecture hall? Want to learn more about the latest technology breakthroughs in normal English, minus the jargon? Then Café Scientifique Pittsburgh at Carnegie Science Center is the place to be!

Café Sci is THE place in Pittsburgh where anyone interested in science can get together in a really cool setting to discuss today's science issues with experts, and best of all... it's not a lecture! After a brief introduction by our monthly guest speaker, the evening is dedicated to informal discussion, eating, and drinking.

Join us for Café Scientifique on Monday, April 7.


Matthew C. Lamanna, Ph.D.

Assistant Curator
Section of Vertebrate Paleontology
Carnegie Museum of Natural History


The Origin of Modern Birds

Birds are today's most diverse group of land-living backboned animals. They comprise more than 10,000 species. But their origins remain poorly understood. Lamanna's expeditions have unearthed dozens of exquisitely-preserved avian fossils – many of them including soft-tissues such as feathers and skin – from ~120 million-year-old sediments in the Changma Basin of northwestern Gansu Province, China. More recently, Lamanna and his team have conducted expeditions to latest Cretaceous exposures in the James Ross Basin of the Antarctic Peninsula in search of what may be the world's most ancient neornithines.

Dr. Lamanna studied at Hobart College and the University of Pennyslvania. He serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Geology and Planetary Science at University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Lamanna has extensive paleontological field experience in Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, China, Egypt, and the United States. In 2000, he co-led a research team that unearthed Paralititan stromeri, one of the largest dinosaurs yet discovered, in Egypt's Bahariya Oasis. More recently, Lamanna served as chief scientific advisor to Carnegie Museum of Natural History's $36M dinosaur exhibition, Dinosaurs in Their Time, which opened in 2008.

Learn more about Dr. Lamanna.

Date: Monday, May 5, 2014
Time: Doors open at 6 pm, and the program is 7-9 pm.
Location: Carnegie Science Center
Admission: FREE!
Parking: $5
Cash bar: Open from 6-7:30 pm

NOTE: RSVP by Wednesday, May 1, even if you are not ordering food. If you already reserved your spot, you do not need to do so again.


(Hot dinner combos available for $8)
Sizzling steak salad with steak and fries with house made ranch dressing and soft drink
Cheddar broccoli soup in bread bowl with soft drink
Chili served in a bread bowl with soft drink
Roasted vegetable wrap with red pepper spread, soft drink, and choice of cookie, fruit, or chips

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