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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.

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

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

CNY Girls’ Summit 2019 – 13 April 2019

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

For more information, see: https://www.esf.edu/womenscaucus/Summit.htm

Workshop topics have included paper-making and testing, watershed models, wind turbines, heart beat regulation, Science for Health and Life, coding, Scratch software, fermentation, environmental engineering, environmental health, ornithology, and more.

When: Saturday April 13, 2019, 9:30-3:45 (Check in, and on-site registration open at 8:30am)

Where: Marshall Hall and other locations at ESF and Syracuse University (GPS:1000 Irving Ave, Syracuse, NY, 13210, to get to the Traffic Control Station next to the CARRIER DOME, and follow the signs)

Pre-Registration is now live! Register HERE

Secure a seat, and ensure we plan for dietary, mobility and other constraints.

Contacts

Aja Everson, Program Manager, Girls Inc of the YWCA, 315-424-0040
Heather Engelman, Program Coordinator, ESF Women’s Caucus, 315-470-475

History at ESF

In 2015, in response to long-standing requests to the Women’s Caucus to extend the age range for Kids Day, and Girls Inc’s Youth Development team’s desire to find a permanent home for their established (but nomadic) program, the two groups partnered with ESF’s first Interim Chief Diversity Officer to plan and host a career exploration program for middle and high school girls right here on campus. In 2016, we were joined by staff in Outreach (now the Office of Experiential Learning and Outreach), C-STEP, and SU’s STEP program, and >90 girls participated in workshops and panels on both campuses! In fall 2017, Dimensions Mentoring program and our first official CDO joined the team to plan the 10th annual program in 2018, in which more than 100 girls participated!

Volunteer

Workshop leaders develop 45-minute hands on experiences to introduce some aspect of their fields. Group guides facilitate discussions, administer pre- and post-surveys and ice breakers, and get groups to where they need to be. Help is also needed during registration, data compilation for reporting requirements, and during lunch. Volunteers must register in advance in order to be screened per SUNY Child Protection Policy.