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Sweet Science Series – Serious Unseriousness: Exploring Games, Play, And Purpose

Thursday, 13 December 2018, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.; Refreshments at 5:30 p.m.
Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology – Syracuse, NY


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With recent advancements in virtual reality, game design, and other technologies, games have come a long way from the early days of Monopoly or Battleship. Join Dr. Nathan Prestopnik (Ithaca College) to discuss how games and game technologies are being used to tell stories, teach students, and bring enjoyment in educational, corporate, and private contexts. Following the talk, join Dr. Prestopnik for a live demonstration of the Play|Write VR creative writing system, or challenge your friends at popular contemporary board games from the game library of Play the Game, Read the Story.

People interested in learning more about gaming are invited to attend the free Sweet Science Series presentation on Thursday, December 13th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Cafe at the Museum of Science & Technology in Syracuse’s Armory Square. Admission is free and open to the public. Light snacks will be served at 5:30pm. Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask that people RSVP here by December 11th, 2018.

Presenter Information

Dr. Nathan Prestopnik is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Ithaca College, where he teaches game design and human-computer interaction. Nathan’s research is about storytelling, motivation, and engagement in serious games and playful systems, and he is constantly working with his students on innovative and exciting game design research projects. To date, these have included Happy Match & Forgotten Island, citizen science adventure games focused on taxonomic species classification, Arena, a Spanish-language learning game, and (most recently) Play|Write, a playful creative writing system for virtual reality built in Unity with the HTC Vive and Leap Motion 2. Nathan earned his Ph.D. in Information Science and Technology at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies in April 2013. He also holds dual bachelor degrees in film production and military history, an M.S. in New Media, and an M.Phil. in Information Science from Syracuse University. Before embarking on an academic career, Nathan was a UI/UX designer in various regions of the United States, including Los Angeles, CA, Clifton Park, NY, and Syracuse, NY. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, exploring, writing, and playing games.

Play the Game, Read the Story is the Syracuse area’s premier board game and comic store, with several locations throughout CNY.

TACNY John Edson Sweet Lecture Series

TACNY John Edson Sweet Lectures, a program founded in 1913, is now called the Sweet Science Series and features discussions about topics in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an informal atmosphere for adults of all levels of technical understanding. A minimum of six free and open to the public presentations are held each year.

About The MOST

The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) is a hands-on science and technology museum for all ages. The MOST hosts numerous STEM education programs and community outreach events annually and is home to 35,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, Silverman Planetarium, and Bristol IMAX® Omnitheater – the only domed IMAX theater in New York State. The MOST’s vision is to be a preeminent science and technology center, inspiring all generations through hands-on education and entertainment.

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.

Sweet Science Series – Life And Death In The Late Triassic: The Rise Of Dinosaurs

NOTE: Two excellent science lectures in Syracuse on October 11th! You cannot go wrong with Space and Dinosaurs.

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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


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Considered from a variety of perspectives, the Late Triassic, spanning the final 36 million years of the Triassic Period (237 to 201 million years ago), is the most interesting and perhaps, the most important interval of the last half-billion years. The face of the Earth was changing dramatically as the supercontinent Pangaea started to come undone with the continental breakup triggering massive volcanic eruptions that caused dramatic environmental changes. Reptiles were the dominant vertebrate animals of this world, ruling the ocean, land and skies. A burst of evolutionary innovations led to the appearance of the flying reptiles, the pterosaurs, as well as the first turtles, the earliest ancestors of crocodiles, the first dinosaurs and not inconsequentially, the first mammals. Dinosaurs were initially small animals, although they were active and agile creatures, and were only minor players on the landscape at the start of the Late Triassic. However, the loss of many of the competing reptile families by the close of the Triassic set the stage for dinosaur diversification and domination. LeMoyne College professor Lawrence Tanner will join the MOST on Thursday, October 11th, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM to discuss the rise of dinosaurs. Note that the MOST will once again be hosting Dinomania at the same time, the traveling exhibit of animatronic dinosaurs!

Those interested in learning more about dinosaurs are invited to attend this Sweet Science at the MOST presentation in the Space Gallery meeting room at the Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) in Syracuse’s Armory Square. Admission is free and open to the public. Light snacks will be served at 5:30 pm. Walk-ins are welcome, but TACNY asks that people RSVP by registering here.

Presenters

Lawrence Tanner is the Joseph C. Georg Endowed Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Le Moyne College where he teaches and conducts research in geology and environmental science. Much of Dr. Tanner’s research career has been devoted to the interpretation of ancient environments and climate from the study of sedimentary rocks, with specific focus on the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic world. He has extensive experience in using fossil soils for the interpretation of ancient climates, including the study of the chemical composition of soil minerals. His research has included field studies in the American Southwest, the Canadian Maritimes, Egypt, Italy, Iceland and Costa Rica and has resulted in over 100 journal articles, book chapters and edited volumes. Dr. Tanner’s current research with students focuses on the carbon cycle, specifically, the rates of exchange of carbon between the atmosphere, biosphere and geosphere in modern soils and forests in tropical and near-Arctic environments, as well as in laboratory settings.

TACNY John Edson Sweet Lecture Series

TACNY John Edson Sweet Lectures, a program founded in 1913, is now called the Sweet Science Series and features discussions about topics in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an informal atmosphere for adults of all levels of technical understanding. A minimum of six free and open to the public presentations are held each year.

About The MOST

The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) is a hands-on science and technology museum for all ages. The MOST hosts numerous STEM education programs and community outreach events annually and is home to 35,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, Silverman Planetarium, and Bristol IMAX® Omnitheater – the only domed IMAX theater in New York State. The MOST’s vision is to be a preeminent science and technology center, inspiring all generations through hands-on education and entertainment.

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.

Sweet Science Series – Street Smarts for Eaters: The Consumer’s Guide to Sustainable Food Production

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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


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What do the labels “grass-fed” and “organic” really mean? How does climate change affect farms, and vice versa? What should consumers know about the foods they buy and the farms that produce them? Farmer and food advocate Liz Pickard will join the MOST on Thursday, September 13th, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM to discuss sustainability and climate change as they relate to agricultural practices, animal agriculture, and food production. The evening will also include an interactive tutorial designed to help audience members distinguish between the various marketing claims made on food product labels.

Those interested in learning more about sustainable food production are invited to attend the free Sweet Science at the MOST presentation in the Space Gallery meeting room at the Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) in Syracuse’s Armory Square. Admission is free and open to the public. Light snacks will be served at 5:30 pm. Walk-ins are welcome, but TACNY asks that people RSVP by registering here.

Presenters

Liz Pickard is an organic dairy farmer and rural community organizer in Cortland County. She graduated from Ithaca College’s Park School of Communication in 2008. Since then, she has pursued her calling as a student of “regenerative agriculture” who works to produce nutrient-dense foods free of toxic chemicals to local consumers. Liz is also a founding member of the CNY Young Farmers Coalition, a group dedicated to supporting young and beginning farmers through food and agriculture policy.

TACNY John Edson Sweet Lecture Series

TACNY John Edson Sweet Lectures, a program founded in 1913, is now called the Sweet Science Series and features discussions about topics in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an informal atmosphere for adults of all levels of technical understanding. A minimum of six free and open to the public presentations are held each year.
ABOUT THE MOST

The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) is a hands-on science and technology museum for all ages. The MOST hosts numerous STEM education programs and community outreach events annually and is home to 35,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, Silverman Planetarium, and Bristol IMAX® Omnitheater – the only domed IMAX theater in New York State. The MOST’s vision is to be a preeminent science and technology center, inspiring all generations through hands-on education and entertainment.

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.