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P.R. Durrell, W. Young, R. Pirko, S.L. Shanks, J. Neiheisel, M.E. Dean, R. Kotel, S. Schaefer, R. Morlan, A. Wilson (Youngstown State Univ.), J.J. Feldmeier (NOAO/YSU)
We report on recent progress and future public outreach plans in light of a significant upgrade of the Ward Beecher Planetarium at Youngstown State University. Over a period of 40 years, the facility has been a first-rate 150 seat planetarium and introductory astronomy classroom, and in its history has seen over 50 000 undergraduate students and over 750 000 visits from people in the surrounding area and beyond. Through a recent generous donation from the Ward Beecher Foundation, we have added the SciDome full-dome visualization system, and soon will be replacing our Spitz A3P planetarium star projector. These upgrades, in addition to new digital video projectors and a complete overhaul of our roof-top observatory, are being done in order to further enhance both the education of YSU students and our ability to continue numerous public outreach programs, including full-dome digital planetarium shows, public observing, shows for both elementary and high school students, and home-schooling programs.
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Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 37 #4
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