TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique: “Get Your Head In The Clouds! Cloud Computing – Risks and Rewards”

Saturday – June 17, 9:30-11:00am

Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology – Syracuse, NY


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Please RSVP to jrcafe@tacny.org

Speaker

* Yuzhe (Richard) Tang PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of EECS, Syracuse University

Talk Overview

Cloud computing has penetrated our daily lives like never before. Cloud is essentially a virtual computer that executes commands and stores data when we watch TV, when our parents pay the rent online, and when we receive medical care. All these convenience factors, however, cannot be taken for granted. With an “evil” nature and a vulnerable system under the hood, a cloud provider such as Amazon can leak or corrupt our personal data. So how can we safely utilize the cloud that cannot be fully trusted? Explore the possibility and learn about the magic behind it with Dr. Tang.

Presenters

Dr. Yuzhe (Richard) Tang’s research is broad in scope, covering cyber-security and computer systems, with emphasis on applied cryptography, programming languages, operating systems and databases. Dr. Tang earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2014, and his M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees from Fudan University, Shanghai, China. He is the author of more than 20 publications and is a recipient of the Best Paper awards in ACM/IEEE CCGrid 2015 and in IEEE Cloud 2012. In his spare time, he likes outdoor activities such as star gazing, bicycling, kayaking and jogging.

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique, a program for middle-school students founded in 2005, features discussions between scientists and students about topics in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an informal atmosphere and seeks to encourage students to consider careers in these areas. Students must be accompanied by an adult and can explore the MOST at no cost after the event.

Technology Alliance of Central New York

Founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse, the nonprofit Technology Alliance of Central New York’s mission is to facilitate community awareness, appreciation, and education of technology; and to collaborate with like-minded organizations across Central New York.

For more information about TACNY, visit www.tacny.org.

“June Stargazing In Upstate NY” Article Posted To newyorkupstate.com And syracuse.com

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

The latest article in the Upstate NY Stargazing series, “June stargazing in Upstate NY: What to look for in the night skies this month,” has just been posted to newyorkupstate.com and syracuse.com.

Direct Links: newyorkupstate.com and syracuse.com

* With only three articles to go before the great total solar eclipse on August 21st of this year, we go into a little more about the geometry that gives us such fantastic eclipses right now, and how some big science (namely, the Apollo Missions) have given us evidence that such eclipses will not be around forever.

For the record, amateur astronomers reserved their rooms years and years ago in all the best places – if you’ve not figured out your flight plans around the 21st already, there is a seriously good chance that you’ll be stick driving to see the best view of totality.

Caption:Different as night and day, except for their apparent size. The partial solar eclipse on 21 February 2012 from the Solar Dynamics Observatory. (NASA/SDO/AIA).

* We continue our look north with Cepheus, the fourth of six constellations that are always visible in the nighttime sky from our latitude (readers then can guess where the next two articles are headed).

* The June Bootids do occur this month, but are usually a poor showing. We push forward into the summer months with a wealth of Messier observing (and attempt to do so with fresh content and not the rehashing of too much from last year’s articles).

Caption: Cepheus, a broken barn hovering over the throne of Cassiopeia this month. (Image made with Stellarium).

GENIUS Olympiad, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 – Judges Needed!

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

This in from the TACNY email list and seconded by the indefatigable Mary Eileen Wood – and apologies for the short notice on this one (me, not them). If you’ve available this Wednesday, consider giving your time to a very good cause (and prepare to be amazed. Several CNYO members have judged in the past few years and have always come away feeling a bit better about the future of humanity).


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The GENIUS Olympiad is an international high school competition about environmental issues. The competition covers the disciplines of Science, Arts (Poster and Photography), Short Film, Creating Writing, Business, and Robotics. We are expecting more than 550 projects from 71 countries and 37 states.

We would like you to serve as a judge for our competition to help us encourage young minds from all over the world. Anyone with a passion for environmental issues and a BS/BA degree in STEM, business, art, music, writing, education, or who is professional in the area of the field may volunteer to be a judge for the appropriate field. As a judge, there is a time commitment of at least three hours per session, in which you are expected to talk to 12-15 students and grade their performance based on judging criteria given to you. For science and art categories, we would like to have you for both morning and afternoon sessions, if possible.

We will provide lunch, refreshments during judging, free parking, and a GENIUS Olympiad T-shirt and mug to judges during the event. More information will be sent via email to those who register a week before the event, but please put our event on your calendar as soon as you register

DETAILS:

* Wednesday, June 14, 2017
* Morning Session: 9-12 AM
* Afternoon Session: 1-4 PM
* SUNY Oswego Campus, Campus Center Arena, Oswego, NY 13126

You are also invited to the International Cultural Festival at 5 pm on the same day after judging. This event is fun and engaging with performances and activities from around the world.

REGISTER:

* If you would like to be a judge for the GENIUS Olympiad, please register on our website.
* Please also feel free to share this e-mail with your friends and colleagues to invite them to join us.

P.S. Creative writing judging will happen before the event by reading writings and also during the event by listening students.

Technology Alliance of Central New York

Founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse, the nonprofit Technology Alliance of Central New York’s mission is to facilitate community awareness, appreciation, and education of technology; and to collaborate with like-minded organizations across Central New York.

For more information about TACNY, visit www.tacny.org.