TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique: “Disease, Death And Destruction From Water Borne Bugs: The ‘Ghost Maps’ Of John Snow To The Problems Of Today”

Saturday, February 18, 9:30 – 11:00am

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

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Charles T. Driscoll, PhD, Distinguished and University Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University

Talk Overview

We did not always know that water is a vehicle for disease. In 1858 in London there was a disease outbreak that was killing many people. No one could determine the cause. Enter the hero, John Snow and his “ghost maps“. By intellect and tenacity he solved the mystery and through the knowledge that followed his discovery millions of lives have been saved in the intervening years. There are many types of water pathogens, or disease causing organisms that have been discovered since the time of John Snow which we will discuss, including the toxic algae blooms we are experiencing today.


Charles T. Driscoll is a Distinguished and University Professor at Syracuse University. He received his BS from the University of Maine and MS and PhD from Cornell University. Driscoll’s research addresses the effects of disturbance on forest, freshwater and marine ecosystems, including air pollution (acid and mercury deposition), land-use, and climate change. Driscoll has testified at Congressional and state legislative committee hearings, and served on many local, national and international committees. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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.

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