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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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Speaker

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.

Biography

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.

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique: “So Much To Know About GMO, Our Friend Or Our Foe? Analyzing The Controversial Genetically Modified Organism”

Saturday – January 21, 9:30-11:00am

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


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Please RSVP to jrcafe@tacny.org

Speaker:

Sara Velardi, MS, PhD Candidate in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy at SUNY ESF

Talk Overview:

So what exactly is a GMO? Why, a genetically modified organism of course! GMOs have been a popular topic in mass media today with opponents and supporters passionately stating their arguments for or against them. In this talk we will discuss the many sides of the coin in the debate surrounding GMOs and if we will expect to see a GMO label on our food in the future.

Biography:

Sara Velardi’s PhD research focuses on public perceptions of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the policy surrounding the regulation and labeling of GMOs. She has presented her current research at the New York State Biotechnology Symposium and the International Rural Sociology Conference in Toronto. Her previous Master’s research focused on science educators’ professional development in environmental education. Specifically she worked on the environmental education program Project Learning Tree. Sara got to explore her love for outdoor education as a naturalist at Beaver Lake Nature Center in Baldwinsville, New York while working on her Master’s degree. Sara has a love for teaching and has worked with SUNY-ESF Outreach in the past on various STEM mentoring and ESF SCIENCE summer camp adventures. She has taught biology at Onondaga Community College and hopes to continue teaching throughout her career. She has also had the great opportunity to be a Graduate Ambassador for the Graduate School at SUNY-ESF and give campus tours to prospective students. In her free time she likes to go hiking around Central New York and hold Jodi Picoult mini book clubs with her mom.

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.

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique: Two Talks From Intel International Science & Engineering Fair Finalists

Saturday – December 17, 9:30-11:00am

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


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Lectures:

Talk 1:TESLA: Glimpse Of Your Future Car”
Talk 2: “Learn How To Code And Use Your Skills To Develop A Successful Project And Business”

Please RSVP to jrcafe@tacny.org.

Speakers:

Talk 1 – Andrew Park, High School Senior, Manlius Pebble Hill
Talk 2 – Alexander Wulff, High School Senior, Skaneateles High School

Talk Overviews:

Talk 1 – After the recent reveal of TESLA’s Model 3, we got a quick glance to the future of the automobile industry. With more than 400,000 pre-orders, TESLA’s Model 3 shows that the world is finally realizing that electric cars are simply “better” than gasoline cars. Explore the fascinating nature of electric cars and why you want it as your first car!

Talk 2 – Almost everything in today’s world relies upon a few hundred to millions of lines of code in one of hundreds of different programming languages; you can start programming with just a web browser! Learn how Alex used programming to start a successful website and mobile application development business, and to create award-winning electronics projects, and how you can do the same!

Biographies:

Andrew Park is part of National Honor Society, Varsity Soccer, Varsity Golf, Math League, and Science Olympiad, and plays 1st Clarinet for Wind Ensemble. Outside of school, Andrew is a student editor for the Korea Daily Newspaper. Andrew received the Intel ISEF (Intel International Science and Engineering Fair) Finalist Award, the IEEE Award, and Highest Honors at the Central New York Science and Engineering Fair (CNYSEF). Andrew also created a history documentary, and was selected as a National History Day Finalist after receiving Second Place at New York State History Day and First Place at Central New York History Day. Andrew’s favorite hobbies are watching Parks and Recreation and riding his bicycle.

Alex Wulff’s passions lie in electronics and software. While recovering from a soccer injury, Alex began to experiment with the creation of electronics on the Arduino platform. Since then, Alex’ output ranges from interactive door locks to wearable assistive devices for the blind, which won the Intel ISEF Finalist Award at the CNYSEF, and a fourth place award at the Intel ISEF in 2015. In 2016, Alex created smart embedded cast-monitoring devices that can predict the onset of complications in orthopedic casts and splints, which again won him the grand prize at the CNYSEF and a fourth place award at ISEF. Alex’s business, Conifer Apps, owns, operates, and maintains multiple websites as well as 13 mobile apps on the iOS App Store.

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.