Up, Up, And Away: Using Drones For Earth Sciences And Geospatial Research And Teaching – 16 April 2019

Research & Technology Forum
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 10:00-11:30 AM
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Unoccupied aerial vehicles (UAVs), a.k.a. drones, are emerging technologies that are transforming numerous industries. In the environmental field, UAVs are changing the ways we monitor and collect data on land and over water, revolutionizing the quality and frequency of remote data collection that has previously been conducted via planes or satellites.

In this Research and Technology Forum, you will hear from two Syracuse University faculty members who are applying UAVs in their own research, and developing educational programs to share this new technology with undergraduate and graduate students. First, we’ll introduce you to different types of UAV technologies, how these technologies are being used by earth and environmental scientists, and provide several local examples from thermal and multispectral monitoring around Syracuse that show how UAV data is improving our understanding at the intersection of hydrology and water quality.

To round out the forum, we’ll also discuss a new course, developed by Drs. Christa Kelleher and Jane Read, aimed at educating the next generation of environmental and earth scientists capable of using these tools when they leave Syracuse.

Presenters

Professor Christa Kelleher, Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences and Civil Engineering, Syracuse University

Dr. Kelleher’s research interests are at the interfaces between climate, hydrology, humans, and ecology, particularly using observations and mathematical models to investigate the organization of hydrology and water quality across spatio-temporal scales. Currently, she’s pursuing projects to examine the hydrologic role of vacant lots in urban areas, exploring the hydrologic controls on contaminants of emerging concern across Central New York, and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to understand patterns of hydrology and water quality in Syracuse and beyond. Christa teaches courses in water science, hydrology, earth systems modeling, and applications of UAVs to environmental and earth sciences.

Professor Jane Read, Associate Professor, Geography, Syracuse University

Dr. Read specializes in geographic information systems, remote sensing, land use and land cover, and human-environment interactions. Much of her research has focused in the neotropics, including Costa Rica, Brazil, and Guyana, although she has also studied historical land changes in the Adirondacks of New York State, USA and more recently working with colleagues on a digital atlas project – Onondaga Lake: Finding a Restorative Center in Digital Space. She was the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Geography from 2014-2018 and is interested in ways to incorporate active learning into the classroom. She teaches courses in global environmental change, tropical environments, spatial thinking and geospatial technologies (GIS, remote sensing, UAVs), and spatial storytelling.

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SU Engineering and Computer Science Open House – 13 April 2019

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

The announcement below has arrived through the TACNY email list:

Syracuse University is hosting our annual Engineering & Computer Science Open House on Saturday, April 13!  This is an excellent opportunity for high school students are interested in these fields.

The day will include a discussion of Engineering & Computer Science majors, application process, student success programs, co-curricular activities, study abroad, and internship and career opportunities. Prospective students will also meet with current students and faculty in our labs to learn about their projects and research. We’ll have a fun lunch on the Quad as well as residence hall tours and campus tours.

The complete schedule and RSVP link are available on our ECS Open House website. Please scroll down to the schedule for prospective students (10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and use the registration link for prospective students.

If this date doesn’t work for you, please consider visiting on a different date. We offer Engineering and Computer Science info sessions and lab tours on almost every weekday. Please register online for a campus visit.

About TACNY

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, visit tacny.org

Event Announcement: Maine Astronomy Retreat 2019

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

As you start making your 2019 star party list, consider the following – just in the inbox from the Maine Astronomy Retreat.

We are reaching out to share with you information about the Maine Astronomy Retreat at Medomak Retreat Center in Washington, Maine – a vacation for you and your telescope!

Washington, Maine has some of the darkest skies in the Northeast, with a limiting visual magnitude of 6.3 (SQM value: 21.3 MPSAS). This summer, July 28th- August 3rd, we are hosting our sixth annual Maine Astronomy Retreat. For six nights you will be able to revel under our expansive dark skies – we will have telescopes on hand and we encourage you to bring yours, too. During the day, in addition to engaging lectures and programs by our expert facilitators, our facility is at your disposal. Enjoy our quiet waterfront equipped with canoes and kayaks, play tennis and basketball on our courts, or take a scenic drive and explore the beautiful coastal towns of mid-coast Maine.

The retreat is led by J. Kelly Beatty, Sky & Telescope’s senior editor, and Bruce Berger, director of Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston Research and Imaging Observatory.

Our special guests will be Dava Sobel, former New York Times science journalist and author of Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter, and the recently published book The Glass Universe, and Babak Tafreshi, founder of The World at Night, and nightscape photographer for the National Geographic image collection.

For this star party there’s no need to bring a tent, sleep in a sleeping bag, or eat uninspired food. Medomak has comfortable, private cabins with real beds, hot showers, and electricity, as well as delicious, locally-sourced meals prepared on the premises. And it’s all included in your tuition. Limited to 40 participants.

We would love it if you would pass on this information to your group members or include it in your newsletter and calendar of events. Also, please be sure to stop by our booth at NEAF to learn more, or just for a nice “hello.”

More details and the ability to register can be found here: http://www.astronomyretreat.com

Questions? Would you like to speak with a live human? Please feel free to give us a call at 1-866-MEDOMAK.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

Best regards,
David Brunner
Director, Medomak
Summer Camp for Families & Retreat Center for Adults
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