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Sweet Science Series – Science in Art: It’s More than Pretty Pictures

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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


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Artists Anita Welych, Kim Waale, and David Rufo will present Science in Art: It’s More than Pretty Pictures, a talk about artists who create works that makes a statement about science, math, and the natural world, as part of the Technology Alliance of Central New York’s 2017-2018 Sweet Science Series.

People interested in learning more about science in art are invited to attend the free Sweet Science Series presentation on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Space Gallery meeting room at the Museum of Science & Technology in Syracuse’s Armory Square. Admission is free and open to the public. Light snacks will be served. Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask that people RSVP by emailing sweet.science@tacny.org by Sept. 12, 2017.

Presenters

Anita Welych is a mixed-media artist who studied painting at Cornell University, Syracuse University and the Universidad Nacional in Bogotá, Colombia. Her paintings, artist’s books, collages and installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally. She currently teaches in the Studio Art BFA program at Cazenovia College. She has received two Fulbright Grants to Colombia to study, teach, and lecture at various universities across the country. Welych’s current work is an ongoing project exploring the life history of North American bird species that have become extinct or critically endangered. Each work references specific species to convey the pain and futility of our inadequate human response to environmental crises. As the planet faces the increasing threats of global environmental degradation, this work serves as either an elegy or a call to action.

Kim Waale, professor of art, has taught art at Cazenovia College since 1988. She is an accomplished artist with many national and international exhibitions over the past two decades, and has been an artist-in- residence creating sculptural installations in Wales, Spain, Macedonia, Ecuador and within the United States. Waale has also written and been featured in books and articles. Waale makes site-based installations that simulate nature – whimsical fictions, slippages between reality and artifice. Her installations are made of dumb materials and yet they’re plastic sublimes – romantic natural hybrids. The unnatural materials used to construct these artificial landscapes are readily evident: ordinary plastic wrap, rubber, and Styrofoam. By making these materials self evident, the illusion of landscape disintegrates even as it is being created.

David Rufo holds a Ph.D. in Teaching and Curriculum with a specialization in Art Education at Syracuse University. He has worked as a general elementary classroom teacher and as an instructor at Syracuse University. His current academic research examines the way children’s self-initiated creativity is informed by student agency in various educational contexts and has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Art Education, Teaching Artist Journal, and the STEAM Journal. Rufo’s paintings explore visual oscillations and pattern structures. Currently, his work is informed by the hyper-kinetic shifts of the Op Art movement and viscous psychedelic imagery that permeated the visual landscape of his childhood in the 1960s and 70s. An additional element emerges in Rufo’s most recent work through the use of items such as commercial stencils and large flat washers to create a variety of masking effects. This added layer generates a perceptual dissonance brought on by a narrow depth of field and shapes that seemingly float atop parabolic spiral patterns.

TACNY John Edson Sweet Lecture Series

TACNY John Edson Sweet Lectures, a program founded in 1913, features discussions about topics in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an informal atmosphere. A minimum of six Sweet Lectures are held each year.

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.

TACNY John Edson Sweet Lecture Series – “Technology Behind Brewing” And Tour Of Anheuser-Busch

Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Anheuser-Busch Brewery, 2885 Belgium Road, Baldwinsville, NY 13027


Ryan Brown will discuss the technology behind brewing, then lead a tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery ending in the tasting room (must be 21!). Ryan has a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Previously, he was a controls engineer at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 5 years. He held multiple positions at Anheuser-Busch at the Los Angeles Brewery. Ryan transferred to the Baldwinsville Brewery in 2004 as Warehouse Manager to install a fully automated warehouse. He has served in multiple positions and is currently the Resident Engineer.

Space is limited and reservations are required no later than 6 April.

TACNY John Edson Sweet Lecture Series

Since 1916, the TACNY John Edson Sweet Lecture Series has annually presented a minimum of six lectures, free and open to the public. Former speakers have included Herbert Hoover, R. Buckminster Fuller, and Jacques Cousteau.

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.

TACNY John Edson Sweet Lecture Series – Renewable Energy Integrating With The Utility Distribution Electric Power System

Tuesday, March 11 2014, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Onondaga Community College, 101 Whitney Applied Technology Center



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Several local experts will discuss renewable energy sources, trends for integrating renewable energy, technical aspects of distributed power generation with the utility distribution electric power system, and a look at the electric grid of the future.

People interested in learning more about integrating renewable energy are invited to attend the free Sweet Lecture presentation on Tuesday, March 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Whitney Applied Technology Center on the Onondaga Community College campus. Networking and refreshments start at 5:30 p.m., the speaker is introduced at 6 p.m., the presentation is slated to run from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and the event ends at 8 p.m. following questions from the audience. Admission is free and open to the public. Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask that people RSVP here by March 7, 2014. This event is co-sponsored by the CNY Section of the American Chemical Society.

Neil F. LaBrake, Jr., P.E. is the Manager of Retail Connections Engineering covering all jurisdictions in National Grid USA for interconnecting distributed generation. Neil’s career with National Grid and former Niagara Mohawk spans 33 years of electrical engineering experience. He is a licensed professional engineer in NYS and has an M.S. Engineering Management degree from Syracuse University. Also, Neil is National Grid’s representative to Edison Electric Institute’s Electric Light & Power NEC Task Force serving in various technical and leadership roles in the NFPA National Electrical Code Committee since 1995.

Christopher R. Vance, P.E. is a Lead Engineer in National Grid’s Retail Connections Engineering Team. Chris’ career with National Grid and with local engineering consulting firms spans more than 12 years of electrical engineering experience in various technical and lead roles. He is a licensed professional engineer in NYS and LEED Accredited Professional with a M.E. in Electrical Engineering from WPI. Also, Chris is a National Grid representative to Edison Electric Institute’s Electric Light & Power NEC Task Force serving on Code-making Panel 6 of the NFPA National Electrical Code Committee since 2012.

Mohammad Nikkhah Mojdehi is a PhD candidate in department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University. He has been student member of IEEE since 2011. His research interests include power system operation and economics, distributed energy resources, ancillary services, vehicle-to-grid technologies, and power electronics. His doctoral research addresses technical and economic challenges of utilizing distributed energy resources in the power grid. This research is designed to be an invaluable academic contribution to the integration and operation of distributed energy resources including renewables and storage systems. In the context of the increasing importance of using clean energy, the project will provide a framework of integrating distributed energy resources as well as a market mechanism to improve social welfare. He has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and conferences.

Neil Webb is Director of Energy Project Development for O’Brien & Gere and has more than 23 years of experience in the energy industry. His understanding and background spans wholesale and retail energy markets in North America in their transition through deregulation. Neil has been engaged by utilities, institutions, municipalities, energy supply companies, management firms, and private equity firms on a wide range of energy topics from energy efficiency to capital planning and commodity risk management. Neil began his energy career at Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, now National Grid.

TACNY John Edson Sweet Lecture Series

The TACNY John Edson Sweet Lecture Series has annually presented a minimum of six lectures, free and open to the public, continuously since 1913. Former speakers have included Herbert Hoover, R. Buckminster Fuller, and Jacques Cousteau.

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.

Central New York Section of the American Chemical Society (CNY ACS)

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. A nonprofit organization, chartered by Congress, ACS is at the forefront of the evolving worldwide chemical enterprise and the premier professional home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions around the globe. For more information about CNY ACS, click here.