Archive for October, 2011

TACNY Junior Café Scientifique – “Creepy Chemistry” – Saturday, October 15, 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

With a bit more advanced notice than the last lecture, TACNY is hosting a Junior Café Scientifique lecture at the MOST this Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. Information is below. The SAS will also be hosting one of these lectures on May 19, 2012!

Creepy Chemistry: Glowing Pumpkins, Magical Genies, Mysterious Fog and Much More!

Saturday, October 15, 2011 – 9:30a.m. – 11:00a.m.

Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST), Armory Square Syracuse, New York

Speaker: Neal M. Abrams, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Talk Overview: Ready to be spooked out of your seat? Join the TACNY Jr. Café on October 15th to see the chemistry behind glowing pumpkins, magical genies, bleeding paper, and mysterious fog. Dr. Neal Abrams from SUNY ESF will present a series of interactive Halloween chemistry demonstrations that will be sure to delight young and old alike. Come make your own slimy worms and celebrate the season!

Biography: Dr. Neal Abrams obtained his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and certification in teaching from Ithaca College, completed his doctorate at Penn State University, and was a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University. At ESF, Neal instructs the general chemistry labs and co-teaches a course in renewable energy. He also directs a chemistry research program centered on renewable energy and is the faculty advisor for the ESF chemistry club.

About the Technology Alliance of Central New York (“TACNY”):

Founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse, the Technology Alliance of Central New York enhances and facilitates the development, growth and advancement of education, awareness and historical appreciation of technology within the Central New York Community. Through its programs and support efforts, TACNY seeks to further serve members, as well as educational groups and institutions with similar missions, and be the key link among technical societies in Central New York.

TACNY Jr. Café Scientifique, founded in 2005, is free, held most 3rd Saturdays, from September to June from 9:30a.m. – 11:00a.m. at the MOST. Participants must be accompanied by an adult and can explore the museum at no cost at the program conclusion.

Reservations are appreciated but not required two days prior to event:

Diane E. Darwish at jrcafe@tacny.org – www.tacny.org

TACNY Sweet Lecture At OCC On Nanotechnology – TODAY – Tuesday, October 11 at 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

While not directly astronomy-related (unless you consider the materials science and physics connections for making better coatings, components, circuitry for GO-TO scopes, etc.), we will be posting lecture announcements from the TACNY – Technology Alliance of Central New York (tacny.org) – listserve to promote some of the best public lecturing on science and technology one can find in CNY. This lecture (and apologies for the short-notice) at the Whitney Applied Technology Center on the Onondaga Community College campus (PDF map available for download HERE – look for the Cassiopeia, er, “W” on the map) features Dr. Alain Kaloyeros of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Albany. One can get a look at his perspective on a syracuse.com article available HERE (and, as is regretfully the case on some syracuse.com posts, please ignore the comment section).

Nanotechnology: Driving a 21st Century Educational and Economic Renaissance in NYS

TACNY and the Tech Garden will host “Nanotechnology: Driving a 21st Century Educational and Economic Renaissance in NYS” on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 6 pm at the Whitney Applied Technology Center at OCC. The featured speaker is Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, Senior Vice President and CEO, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany-SUNY.

This free event is open to the public and is part of TACNY’s Sweet Lecture Series.

Dr. Kaloyeros is a key player in the development and implementation of New York’s high-tech strategy to become a global leader in the nanotechnology-driven economy of the 21st century. CNSE has generated over $7 billion in public and private investments, including more than $6 billion from the federal government and the international nanoelectronics industry. Dr. Kaloyeros will provide an overview of nanotechnology and will describe regional initiatives, including CNSE’s partnership with Lockheed Martin and CenterState CEO to develop the Nanotechnology Innovation and Commercialization Excelerator (NICE).

Dr. Kaloyeros is a past recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Young Investigator Award, as well as a number of other awards from organizations throughout the technology and business communities.

Snacks and light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to sweet.lecture@tacny.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.

We look forward to seeing you there – please pass the word!

Prof. John McMahon At The Tully Free Library – Thursday, October 13 at 5:00 PM

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

If you’ve not had the pleasure of hearing John McMahon lecture on the topic of astronomy, the Tully Free Library (google map HERE) is providing us all an opportunity to do so during daylight hours. Many attendees to Darling Hill Observatory Public Viewing sessions may recognize his voice (but not the contents of his dark outline) from his always fascinating tours of the Constellations and their mythological origins (and it’s likely that his Classics students at Le Moyne are equally well-versed in the reverse).

One of DHO’s great exponents of small aperture observing (“small scopes” for the uninitiated. He can setup and tear down twice in the time it takes most of us to get our Dobsonian bases out of our cars), John will be leaving all the gear at home to focus on touring the Night Sky with only the 1×6-7 mm binoculars we all carry around below our frontal lobes.


Join John McMahon as he talks about constellations and stars and introduces folks in the area to what they can experience after the sun goes down. Learn tips and tricks for observing the sky at night with the unaided eye and how to identify what can readily be seen after sunset. All ages welcome.

From The Tully News, September 2011 (Volume 13, Number 8)

Darling Hill Is Opening For “International Observe The Moon Night” Tonight, Saturday – October 8

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

It’s for our nearest celestial neighbor, it’s one of the many reasons why we’re here, and the skies are supposed to be crystal clear tonight. We’ll be opening Darling Hill tonight for the “International Observe The Moon Night” (www.observethemoonnight.org) and, if we’re extra lucky, we’ll catch as much of the Draconid Meteor Shower as our precious Moon won’t wash out with its reflected brilliance.

This is a general Public Viewing as well, so we hope to see everyone there at some point tonight. Dress for cold!