TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique: “The Onondaga Lake Remediation; A History-Making Environmental Cleanup Right Out Our Front Door”

Saturday – February 21, 9:30-11:00am

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


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Have you driven along Route 690 and noticed all the activity happening on Onondaga Lake? What you’re seeing is one of the largest and most complex environmental cleanup projects ever undertaken. The Onondaga Lake cleanup is the result of more than two decades and millions of hours of intensive effort under the supervision of state and federal regulatory agencies, and in cooperation with local elected officials and the community. Hundreds of local scientists, engineers, and skilled craft laborers are working with Honeywell, achieving significant progress implementing lake improvement plans. The Onondaga Lake cleanup is a model for how math, science, and engineering can be used to restore a vital asset to the community. Best of all, it’s all happening right our backyards! In this presentation, our speakers will discuss how the remedy is being implemented and how cutting-edge engineering and construction techniques are being used to achieve significant progress.

People interested in learning more about the Onondaga Lake cleanup are invited to attend the free Junior Cafe presentation on Saturday, February 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) in Syracuse’s Armory Square. Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask that people RSVP by emailing jrcafe@tacny.org by February 17, 2015.

Presenters

2015feb9_tacnyjrcafeDavid Smith graduated from Northeastern University with a BS degree in civil engineering. His career includes cleanup of multiple Superfund sites and environmental remediation projects. Mr. Smith came to Parsons in 2009 specifically for the Onondaga Lake Cleanup project. He worked on the design of the required dredge and cap, and then transitioned into the field at the start of the remediation project.

Tom Drachenberg graduated from Clarkson University with a BS degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering. He has worked for Parsons since graduating, and has worked on numerous environmental cleanup projects, a majority of which dealt with contaminated sediment. Mr. Drachenberg has been working on the Onondaga Lake Cleanup project in 2003, beginning with the Feasibility Study, and continuing on with the remedial design, infrastructure construction and the implementation of the remedy.

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique, a program for middle-school students founded in 2005, features discussions 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.

NASA News Digest: Space Science For 27 January – 9 February 2014 – Dwarf Planet-Centric!

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

The NASA News service provides up-to-date announcements of NASA policy, news events, and space science. A recent selection of space science articles are provided below, including direct links to the full announcements. Those interested in receiving these news announcements directly from NASA can subscribe to their service by sending an email to:

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NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Captures Best-Ever View Of Dwarf Planet

RELEASE 15-014 (Click here for the full article) – 27 January 2015

2015feb9_15_014NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres. The images were taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on Jan. 25, and represent a new milestone for a spacecraft that soon will become the first human-made probe to visit a dwarf planet.

“We know so little about our vast solar system, but thanks to economical missions like Dawn, those mysteries are being solved,” said Jim Green, Planetary Science Division Director at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

At 43 pixels wide, the new images are more than 30 percent higher in resolution than those taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in 2003 and 2004 at a distance of over 150 million miles. The resolution is higher because Dawn is traveling through the solar system to Ceres, while Hubble remains fixed in Earth orbit. The new Dawn images come on the heels of initial navigation images taken Jan. 13 that reveal a white spot on the dwarf planet and the suggestion of craters. Hubble images also had glimpsed a white spot on the dwarf planet, but its nature is still unknown.

The new Dawn images are available online at: go.nasa.gov/1wyp0LA

To view the images taken by Hubble, visit: go.nasa.gov/1Ju41mf

More information about Dawn is available online at: www.nasa.gov/dawn

NASA Spacecraft Returns New Images Of Pluto En Route To Historic Encounter

RELEASE 15-018 (Click here for the full article) – 2 July 2014

2015feb9_15_018NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft returned its first new images of Pluto on Wednesday, as the probe closes in on the dwarf planet. Although still just a dot along with its largest moon, Charon, the images come on the 109th birthday of Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered the distant icy world in 1930.

“My dad would be thrilled with New Horizons,” said Clyde Tombaugh’s daughter Annette Tombaugh, of Las Cruces, New Mexico. “To actually see the planet that he had discovered, and find out more about it — to get to see the moons of Pluto– he would have been astounded. I’m sure it would have meant so much to him if he were still alive today.”

New Horizons was more than 126 million miles (nearly 203 million kilometers) away from Pluto when it began taking images. The new images, taken with New Horizons’ telescopic Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on Jan. 25 and Jan. 27, are the first acquired during the spacecraft’s 2015 approach to the Pluto system, which culminates with a close flyby of Pluto and its moons on July 14.

To view the Pluto image online and see the mission timeline for upcoming images, visit: www.nasa.gov/newhorizons and pluto.jhuapl.edu

TACNY John Edson Sweet Lecture Series – Preparing Powerful Public Presentations

Tuesday, February 10th, 5:30 – 8:00pm
Networking starting at 5:30 p.m.; Lecture at 6:15 p.m.

Onondaga Community College, 101 Whitney Applied Technology Center



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Diana Wolgemuth will discuss tips for preparing powerful public presentations.

Those interested in learning more about public speaking are invited to attend the free TACNY John Edson Sweet Lecture on Tuesday, February 10, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Onondaga Community College. Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask that people RSVP by emailing sweet.lecture@tacny.org by February 6, 2015.

Presenter:

3d66efaDiana Wolgemuth is the Director of Professional Development for Dale Carnegie of CNY. She joined the company in February 2009. Diana has received several awards with Dale Carnegie including Silver Award Recipient for 4 consecutive years for Top Sales Growth and consistent independent production of over $300,000.00 in her first year as well as in 2011 & 2012, and she achieved $422,000.00 in sales in 2013.

Prior to joining Dale Carnegie, Diana was employed as the Learning and Development Manager at Hand Held Products (known today as Honeywell) in Skaneateles for 7 years. She also worked in a variety of capacities at Welch Allyn. Diana has delivered programs for TACNY, IEEE, ACEC, NSBE at SU, Rotary Clubs in Syracuse and Utica, PMI Chapters in Syracuse and Binghamton, Career Connections in Syracuse as well as for the Youth Group/eCuse for CNY Works programs. She is a past President of the Board of Directors for the CNY Chapter of American Society of Training and Development, and currently serves as the Executive Vice-Chair for CNY Works Board of Directors.

Diana makes her home in Baldwinsville with her husband, Mark. Their 22 year old twins, Amanda and Zachary, recently graduated from college and are now pursuing their professional careers.

TACNY John Edson Sweet Lecture Series

TACNY John Edson Sweet Lectures, a program founded in 1913, features discussions about topics in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an informal atmosphere. A minimum of six Sweet Lectures are held each year.

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.