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TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique: “Bringing A Volcano To Syracuse: Lava Experiments At Syracuse University”

Saturday – March 21, 9:30-11:00am

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

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Active lava flows in many parts of the world are fascinating, complicated, beautiful… and dangerous. Using a custom furnace, SU Professors Jeff Karson and Bob Wysocki are doing experiments with as much as 800 lbs of real, molten rock to better understand the behavior of lava and its many forms.

People interested in learning more about volcanoes are invited to attend the free Junior Cafe presentation on Saturday, March 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) in Syracuse’s Armory Square. Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask that people RSVP by emailing jrcafe@tacny.org by March 17, 2015.


2015mar12_Pod_LavaPour_230pxJeff Karson is Professor of Geology and former Chair of the Department of Earth Sciences at Syracuse University. Since earning his PhD at SUNY at Albany, he worked at the University of Toronto, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Duke University before coming to SU. His research focuses on fault zones and magmatic activity in ancient and active rift zones in the oceans, continents and Iceland. He has made many trips to the bottom of the ocean in small submarines (e.g., Alvin) and carried out field geology expeditions in remote regions for >40 years. Along with sculptor Robert Wysocki, he is the co-founder of the SU Lava Project, a fusion of scientific, artistic and educational explorations based on large-scale experimental lava flows. Karson is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and the author or co-author of over 150 scientific publications as well as a major book on the geology of the seafloor and oceanic crust: Discovering the Deep (2014) published by Cambridge University Press.

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.

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