The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas!” so say the song lyrics. Levent Gurdemir ensures the stars are indeed big and bright in Arlington.
Gurdemir, the Planetarium director, controls the size and brightness of the stars as they appear on the planetarium dome.
While he’s been Planetarium director for five years, Gurdemir has decided to pursue a doctoral degree from UTA.
His enthusiasm for astronomy is obvious and contagious, but not in the usual sense of just looking at stars.
“Astronomy actually is a different perspective and widens our perspective,” he said. “It’s, first of all, that I believe it is the curiosity of the night sky and where we live in the universe is embedded in our brains.”
When Gurdemir talks of igniting curiosity in people, his passion for teaching comes through. Read More. Source: Kurt Molitor’s article published on the Shorthorn, May 9 2013.
Amy’s love of the stars began at an early age from spending many summer nights under the clear, dark skies of northern Wisconsin watching meteors and the rare but beautiful aurora. This love continued through her college days when she enrolled in an Astronomy class at her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. From there she began working as an educator at the Allen F. Blocher Planetarium. This led to many opportunities including memberships in the Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA) and the Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota Planetarium Society (WIMPS), and educator positions at the Charles Horwitz and Daniel Soref planetariums in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
In 2008, after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Physics, Amy moved to Arlington to join the staff of the Planetarium at UT Arlington as Program Coordinator. Here she works both in front of and behind the scenes making the unique content of the planetarium theater. Working at the University of Texas at Arlington has provided Amy with the opportunity to learn many new aspects of planetarium show production, including real time scripting, 3D modeling and her favorite – fulldome photography. When Amy isn’t running planetarium shows for schools or programming new content for the dome, she can often be found running around the DFW metroplex with camera in hand.
Always warm and welcoming, Tina Poss works with diligence and upbeat energy to keep the scenes behind the scenes running smoothly at The Planetarium.