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The Detection Of Gravitational Waves – Lecture At Cazenovia College On Thursday, 14 April 2016

Fresh from the ACS and TACNY email lists – and quite topical!

There’s still time to RSVP to attend this free event!

The Detection of Gravitational Waves

with Dr. Steven Penn at Cazenovia College
Thursday, April 14th, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
RSVP to Dr. Venera Jouraeva at


Astronomy For Adults – Lifelong Learning Courses at the Strasenburgh Planetarium

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

This just in from the ASRAS (Astronomy Section of the Rochester Academy of Sciences) email list (PDF: Adult_astronomy_spring_2016_flyer_BW – click the image below for a larger view):


For all of the details (including registration links), see

From the Rochester Museum & Science Center website:

2016feb24_39ab3bf46ced9d4856c25205fb92582a_LAdult lifelong learners seeking an intellectually stimulating and provocative program blending science, the arts and history are invited to this new series of weekday afternoon programs at the RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium. Not geared for children, each session lasts about an hour, divided between a rich audio-visual presentation and a tour of current stars, planets and constellations using the Planetarium’s giant star projector. Attend several sessions and you’ll be on your way to becoming an expert on the sky!

Your regular presenters are Steve Fentress, Director of the RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium, and Paul Krupinski, Planetarium show presenter and proprietor of the Buffalo-based Mobile Dome Planetarium.

Volunteers Needed For The CNY Science & Engineering Fair, 20 March 2016

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

Fresh from the TACNY listserv – Far and away one of the most enjoyable science activities I engage in each year (this being my fifth year). Do consider putting your STEM skills to some good use and register to be a judge for this year’s CNYSEF!

2016feb19_mostVolunteers and judges are needed for the Central New York Science and Engineering Fair (CNYSEF, sponsored by the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at the SRC Arena (map below). Starting this year, students from eleven counties will compete in two divisions, the junior fair for 4th-8th graders and the senior fair for 9th-12th graders. Judges don’t need to be experts in science to listen as the students demonstrate how much they have learned and accomplished. A continental breakfast, lunch and training will be provided for the judges and volunteers.

Those interested in serving as judges or volunteers can apply online here. If you have registered with the MOST online in the past, you do not have to register again. Send an e-mail to with your name, contact information, judging choice (junior judge, senior judge, special awards judge) or volunteer choice and affiliation. For more information, contact the CNYSEF Director at, or call (315) 425-9068 x2163.

The encouragement and interest shown by volunteers and judges is an essential part of the student’s science fair experience. Help inspire our future generation of engineers and scientists.

For More Information About The CNYSEF, See Below (From

2016feb19_mapCNYSEFcountiesLOGOThe 2016 Central New York Science & Engineering Fair will be held Sunday, March 20, at SRC Arena on the Onondaga Community College campus. The CNYSEF accepts science fair projects from students in grades four through 12 at public and private schools and homeschooled students in Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Jefferson, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, St. Lawrence, Tioga, and Tompkins counties.

If you are coming from one of the outlying counties, you might want to arrive Saturday and spend the night in a Syracuse-area hotel. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Sunday and all participants must be in place when judging starts at 9 a.m. The closest hotels to the college are located in or near downtown Syracuse, including the Jefferson Clinton Hotel, Courtyard Marriott, Crown Plaza Syracuse, and Genesee Grande Hotel.

The last event’s projects showed the brilliance and ingenuity of some of Central New York’s future scientist and engineers, and we hope the 2016 event will provide more exciting projects. Students interested in participating in the CNYSEF are not required to have had previous science fair experience with CNYSEF or any other science fairs.

All the information you need to register your science fair project can be found on this site, including links to ideas for projects. Use the links at the top of this page to find information on the science fair, submitting your project, judging, or volunteering.

If you have any questions, please email CNYSEF Director Peter Plumley or call 315.425.9068 x 2163.