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About UTA Planetarium

Staff

Levent Gurdemir
Levent Gurdemir
Planetarium Director

Levent Gurdemir


Planetarium Director

"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, UTA 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: The Shorthorn, May 9 2013.

Email: gurdemir@uta.edu

Jim Bader
Jim Bader
Program Coordinator

Jim Bader


Program Coordinator

Jim develops the curriculum and star talks for the school and public programs, and ensures that all guests that enter the Planetarium leave with a greater understanding and greater curiosity about everything in the universe. 

Email: james.bader@uta.edu

Christy Cox


Office Coordinator

Keeping track of all the day-to-day behind the scenes work, Christy is always doing whatever she can to ensure you have best experience at the Planetarium. Whether it is booking a field trip or finding something else to do on campus after your show. Christy is the go-to source for all your Planetarium questions!

Email: christy.cox@uta.edu