Archive for the 'SAS Lectures' Category

Paine Branch Library Lecture Moved Up To 5:30 p.m. Today, Tuesday – July 24

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

The (hopefully) solar observing and kids’ lecture at Paine Branch Library has been moved up by 1/2 hour to 5:30 p.m. For directions, see www.onlib.org/web/locations_hours/branches/paine.htm.

Junior Café Scientifique – Going into Orbit: Famous Rocket Payloads and What We Learn from Them – Saturday, May 19

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

A TACNY-hosted (Technology Alliance of CNY, of which the SAS is a member organization) Junior Café Scientifique lecture at the MOST is happening on Saturday May 19 at 9:30 a.m. More so, the SAS is in charge of the lecturing duties for this event in time for the TACNY Rocketry Competition coming up. Information is below.

When: Saturday, May 19, 9:30-11:00am
Where: Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST), Syracuse NY

Damian G. Allis, PhD, research assistant professor of Chemistry at Syracuse University and president of the Syracuse Astronomical Society, will present Going into Orbit: Famous Rocket Payloads and What We Learn from Them, a talk about rocket payloads, as part of TACNY’s 2011-2012 Junior Cafe Scientifique lecture series.

People interested in learning more about rocket payloads are invited to attend the free Junior Cafe presentation on Saturday, May 19, 2012, 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 May 17, 2012.

Allis is a research professor at Syracuse University, focusing on spectroscopy and drug design; works in the area of molecular nanotechnology as part of the international Nanofactory Collaboration; and studies DNA and genomics with AptaMatrix Inc. in Syracuse. He currently is president and webmaster of the Syracuse Astronomical Society, an organization that promotes observation, education, and light pollution issues from its Darling Hill Observatory in Vesper. During cloudy nights, he also is a drummer/percussionist in several local bands, including the Civil War-Era Excelsior Cornet Band.

With 2,500 years of documented history as toys, military tools and delivery systems for scientists’ instruments, rocketry has changed the face of humankind. Rocketry not only opened the imaginations of authors in the 20th century to the universe, but profoundly changed telecommunications, surveillance, geopolitics, education, and observational astronomy. The early 21st century has found governments having to collaborate on development and delivery at the same time as industry is developing new, competitive, commercial alternatives to orbit for equipment and humans alike. This lecture will take a science-centric look at the use of rocketry in recent history and consider some of the radical change that has come from its science and application.

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique, a program for middle-school students, features discussions between scientists and students 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.

For more information about TACNY, visit www.tacny.org.

“The Nighttime Sky Through CNY Eyes” – Lecture At Beaver Lake Nature Center Oct. 19 or 21, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

Image from www.waymarking.com.

The SAS is hosting a lecture/observing session at Beaver Lake Nature Center next Wednesday, Oct. 19 (with a rain date of Friday, Oct. 21). We don’t observe with Syracuse to our South very often, so hopefully the tree line is low enough to give us clear new views of our Northern Horizon. Pre-registration is required and the event is free. We hope you can join us!

Details, directions, and the registration link can be found at: www.parkscalendar.com/events/detail/20111019/33/26/1/0/0/2348

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

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)