TACNY Listserve: SUNYIT Announcements Of Upcoming Events And Lectures

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

From the TACNY listserve, two emails announcing science- and technology-related lectures in the coming two months (plenty of advanced notice). The first is sent from Marv Meissner, Associate Director of Professional Development at the SUNY Institute of Technology:

1. Planning for a Net Zero Energy Footprint – Energy Symposium – April 12, 2013 – Syracuse

One of the most important Energy Conferences in the Northeast! Opportunity to look at successful models of renewable energy both from other countries and the U.S. Learn what can be done for more sustainability nationally and locally. This year we will be looking at a future: Striving toward a net zero Energy Footprint.  For more information an to register go online to www.energy21symposium.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2&Itemid=3 Or Contact: Rhea Jezer: rjezer@gmail.com.

The second is an announcement from Holly Jones (MS, RHIA, CTR) also from the SUNYIT:

SUNYIT Provost’s Lecture Series

Dr. Andrea Dzuibek will present “‘Modern’ computational mathematical modeling in teaching and research” as a part of SUNYIT’s Provost’s Lecture Series from noon until 2 pm on 04/12/13.

Pre-registration a week prior to the free event is necessary. Please register at www.sunyit.edu/provost_lectures.

Please park in the visitor spaces in parking lot A or B. The event will be held in Donovan Hall Room G152.

First Announcement: NASA Climate Day At The MOST – 2 April 2013

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

I’m pleased to announce that The MOST is hosting a NASA-sponsored Climate Day on Tuesday, April 2nd. The combined indoor/outdoor (hopefully outdoor, if the skies hold) event includes demos and lectures on NASA’s Global View of Climate Change, understanding the differences between Weather & Climate, mini-Green House demonstrations, and Ocean Salinity.

Four notable presentations will also be made during the event, including:

Dave Eichorn: “Climate Impact” (6:30 – 7:15)

Anne Saltman, CNY Regional Planning and Development Board: “Regional Climate Impact – Responding To Climate Change in Central New York”

Todd Rodgers, National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project: “NEED & The SCSD Green Team”

Emily Alexander: “Nano And How It Relates To Climate Change – Reducing The Carbon Footprint Through Nanotechnology”

And, while everyone else considers our changing climate indoors, a few CNYO members will be hosting a solar observing session on the Creekwalk just North of The MOST (at the same location that the Syracuse Astronomical Society hosted the Venus Transit session on 6 June 2012). A google map of the proposed location (centered in the map between West Fayette and Walton) is provided below (The MOST is located just below the bottom of the map).


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There will be more information to follow (esp. for CNYO organization) as the event draws near, but we’ll be looking for a head count of available solar scopes (and solar scope operators). The first flyer from the MOST is reproduced below.

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We hope you can join us!

Banner image at top: Snow Cover and Sea Surface Temperatures – With an albedo of up to 80 percent or more, snow-covered terrain reflects most of the earth’s incoming solar radiation back into space, cooling the lower atmosphere. When snow cover melts, the albedo drops suddenly to less than about 30 percent, allowing the ground to absorb more solar radiation, heating the earth’s surface and lower atmosphere. Credit: NASA. Read more at www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/earthandsun/climate_change.html.

Ying Tri Region Science And Engineering Fair & Central New York Science And Engineering Fair Judging Opportunities

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

Two requests for judges have come across my inbox from TACNY for the Ying Tri Region Science and Engineering Fair (TRSEF) this Sunday (March 17th) and the Central New York Science And Engineering Fair (PDF Link) next Sunday (March 24th). I am volunteering for both events and encourage others with any science inclination to see just how smart some of our CNY teenagers are.

1. Ying Tri Region Science and Engineering Fair – Sunday, March 17th

The Ying TRSEF has doubled in size this year, so we need over 120 judges. As a result, I’m personally inviting CNY Observers and Observing members, hoping each would like to inspire middle and high school students on March 17th up at OCC.

Judges train from 9:30-11:15, then interview the students and deliberate with their judge team until 3:00 latest. We provide both breakfast and lunch, and our students are absolutely marvelous!

Please encourage your members to judge; they register online, so it’s easy.

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2. Central New York Science And Engineering Fair – Sunday, March 24th

The Central New York Science and Engineering Fair (CNYSEF), formerly known as the Greater Syracuse Scholastic Science Fair, is in need of judges to evaluate students’ competition projects on Sunday, March 24, 2013, at the SRC Arena, which is located on the Onondaga Community College campus. Judges should arrive at the SRC at 8:00 a.m. The judging begins at 9:00 a.m. and the awards ceremony commences at 2:00 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and training for Judges will be provided on competition day. The CNYSEF is organized through the MOST, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, and is further supported by contributions from TACNY, NASA New York Space Grant, Time Warner Cable, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and several other local companies.

A bit about the CNYSEF:

Students from Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties will compete for designations as Honors, High Honors, and Highest Honors in two divisions: the Junior Fair for 4th-8th grade students, and the Senior Fair for 9th-12th grade students. Competitors are also awarded several unique Special Awards in addition to the categorial awards mentioned immediately prior. Judges do not need to be experts in science or engineering to listen as the students demonstrate how much they have learned and accomplished.

Those interested in serving as judges, please register online here. For more information, contact the CNYSEF Director, Peter W. Plumley, PhD, at CNYSEF@most.org.

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

Many, many thanks,
Diane & the CNYSEF Organizational Committee