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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.

CNY Rocket Team Challenge Volunteers Needed! – 2 June 2018

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

This in from the TACNY list –

The MOST’s CNY Rocket Team Challenge (additional link) is approaching quickly, and we need your help! Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM for a variety of roles during this annual event held at SU’s Skytop Field. Volunteers will be provided with lunch on the day of the event, as well as the opportunity to inspire the next generation of rocket scientists! For more information about the event, please visit the Rocket Team Challenge page.

Contact Emily Stewart (estewart@most.org) with your name and affiliation (employer, university, etc.), to request a list of volunteer roles, as well as to list role preference(s), no later than Monday, May 28.

As always, we are so grateful for the time and energy that you donate to the MOST and its outreach programs. These events couldn’t happen without you!

Thanks!

Emily & the 2018 CNY Rocket Team Challenge Organizing Committee

About TACNY

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 – 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.