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Sweet Science Series – Women in STEM Forum

Thursday, 10 May 2018, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

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


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Join us as we celebrate the achievements and discuss the challenges of women in STEM fields! Refreshments will be served followed by a panel discussion among women in STEM in the Syracuse area. We welcome you to join the dialogue about what we can do — as institutions and individuals — to encourage women and girls to take an interest in STEM.

People interested in learning more about women in STEM are invited to attend the free Sweet Science Series presentation on Thursday, May 10th, from 6:00 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 at 5:30pm. Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask that people RSVP by emailing sweet.science@tacny.org by May 8th, 2018.

Moderator:

Dr. Miriam Gillett-Kunnath – Dr. Gillett-Kunnath is the Research Assistant Professor of the Ruhlandt Research Group in the Department of Chemistry at Syracuse University. She is also a member of the MOST Board of Trustees and a Technical Specialist for Barclay Damon.

Panelists:

Dr. Hilary McManus – Dr. McManus is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Le Moyne College. She is also a participant in Homeward Bound, a leadership development initiative aiming to heighten the influence and impact of 1,000 women in STEMM from around the world over the next 10 years. After the year-long leadership development program, she joined 77 other women in STEMM on a three-week, all female expedition to Antarctica this past February-March.

Dr. Marie Garland – From 2011 through 2017, Dr. Marie Garland was the Executive Director of an NSF-funded initiative (SU ADVANCE) to increase recruitment and retention of women faculty in STEM at Syracuse University. Her academic expertise in communication and inclusion in the workplace, and on gendered occupational segregation in STEM careers in particular, was the basis for her previous work as a faculty member and as a human resources professional at Ithaca College and Cornell University, respectively.

Dr. Kate Lewis – Dr. Lewis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Syracuse University. She directs a federally-funded research group which studies how different types of nerve cells are made in the spinal cord. She is one of two faculty Co-Directors of Syracuse University’s Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program and the Director of the Neuroscience Integrated Learning Major.

Dr. Mary Taylor – Dr. Taylor is a Principal Systems Engineer with SRC (formerly Syracuse Research Corporation). While earning her doctorate at Syracuse University, she was the Principal Investigator for an SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) contract with NAVAIR. She has taught at Syracuse University and LeMoyne College and has worked for ALCOA and Philips. She is currently an officer in the IEEE Syracuse Section and is also a member of the Electrical Technology Advisory Committee of Cayuga College.

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.

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique: “The Earth History Of Oxygen”

Saturday – February 17, 9:30-11:00am

Please RSVP to jrcafe@tacny.org

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


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Speaker: Zunli Lu, PhD, Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Earth Sciences, Syracuse University

Overview: Oxygen is an essential gas for many life forms on Earth today, but it did not exist in the atmosphere during early episodes of Earth history. Geochemists invested great amount of effort to study how trace level of oxygen first appeared at about 2 billion years ago and then rose to its concentration of modern atmosphere. Even when the atmosphere was rich in oxygen, global oceans experienced catastrophic oxygen losses in the last 100 million years. Last but not least, on-going global climate change and nutrient pollution are leading to the expansion of marine dead-zones and more frequent hypoxia. This talk will explore the Earth history of oxygen, addressing causes and evidences for changes in oxygen levels.

Biography: Zunli has been with Syracuse University since 2011 after obtaining his PhD at University of Rochester and completing post-doctoral research at University of Oxford (England). He is interested in using chemical analyses and computer simulations to solve puzzles in the Earth system at different time scales. He is in charge of a clean lab and mass spectrometer to measure trace elements in water, rock and fossil samples. Climate change and oceanography are his main areas of teaching at SU. Other than research, writing and teaching at university, Zunli plays volleyball, table tennis, and particularly enjoys fishing. He’s also learning skating and skiing with his 5 year old boy.

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: “Stranger Than Fiction: A Journey Through The History Of Life”

Saturday – October 21, 9:30-11:00am

Please RSVP to jrcafe@tacny.org

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


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Speaker: Emily J. Judd, PhD Candidate, Department of Earth Sciences, Syracuse University

Overview: The Earth is very old – 4.56 billion years old, to be exact. Yet it took about a billion years for life to first appear, and another 3 billion years or so to evolve to the complex forms we see today. Together we will journey through geologic time, from the very beginning of life through to the appearance of humans. We will explore the interactions between organisms and the Earth around them -not only how they’ve adapted to changing environments, but also how they’ve caused changes to the environment, from altering the landscape to oxygenating the atmosphere. Through the lens of the fossil record, we will look at the explosion of complex, multicellular life more than 500 million years ago, the transition from life in the oceans to life on land, the rise (and fall) of dinosaurs, the diversification of mammals, and eventually, the evolution of humans.

Biography: Emily Judd is a PhD candidate in the Department of Earth Sciences at Syracuse University. Before coming to Syracuse, she earned her BS in Geology, with a minor in Philosophy from the Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. Emily’s primary field of research is paleoclimate, or the reconstruction of ancient climates. Her research focuses on greenhouse climate intervals – times in Earth’s history when there was no ice near the poles, but instead there were palm trees and crocodiles. She looks at chemical signatures in fossils from these warm intervals to investigate how different environments respond to large-scale changes in climate, so that we may be able to better predict those changes in the future. These days, much of Emily’s work involves looking at 50-million year-old clams from Antarctica to assess seasonal changes in temperature and precipitation. When not in the lab, Emily enjoys exploring the great outdoors, be it hiking, mountain biking, or rock climbing, as well as reading, traveling, and spending time with her giant 12-year-old dog.

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.