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TACNY Sweet Lecture – Biometrics: Automated Human Measurement for Security and Convenience – Tuesday, April 10 At 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

A TACNY (Technology Alliance of CNY, of which the SAS is a member organization) John Edson Sweet Lecture is happening on the OCC campus on Tuesday, April 10. Information from the TACNY website for “Biometrics: Automated Human Measurement for Security and Convenience” is provided below.

When: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at 5:30 pm
Where: Whitney Applied Technology Center Room 101 at Onondaga Community College

Stephanie Schuckers, PhD, an associate professor at Clarkson University, will present Biometrics: Automated Human Measurements for Security and Convenience, a talk about using biometrics for automated identification of people, as part of the the Technology Alliance of Central New York’s 2011-2012 Sweet Lecture Series.

People interested in learning more about biometrics and its future are invited to attend the free Sweet Lecture presentation on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Whitney Applied Technology Center on the Onondaga Community College campus. Networking starts at 5:30 p.m., the speaker is introduced at 6 p.m., the presentation is slated to run from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and the event ends at 8 p.m. following questions from the audience. Admission is free and open to the public. Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask that people RSVP by emailing sweet.lecture@tacny.org by April 5, 2012.

Schuckers is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clarkson University and serves as the Director of the Center of Identification Technology Research (CITeR), a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. She received her doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan. Schuckers’ research focuses on processing and interpreting signals that arise from the human body. Her work is funded from various sources, including National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Homeland Security, the Center for Identification Technology and private industry.

CITeR is a multi-university research center involving Clarkson University, West Virginia University, University of Arizona, University of Buffalo, Michigan State University and St. Lawrence University. The center advances the performance of biometric systems and credibility assessment systems by enabling technologies, interdisciplinary training of scientists and engineers, and facilitation of new technology transfer to the private and government sectors.

Schuckers’ talk will focus on the state of the art of biometrics for automated recognition of individuals, as well as discuss the outlook for the next decade. She will also describe her research to minimize vulnerability in biometric systems, through the development of algorithms to reduce risk of spoofing, i.e. using fake biometric artifacts.

To help us plan, please email your RSVP.

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

TACNY Sweet Lecture – Nuclear Energy: Will It Survive? – March 13, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

A TACNY (Technology Alliance of CNY, of which the SAS is a member organization) Sweet Lecture (not to be directly confused with a sweet TACNY Lecture) is happening on the OCC campus on Tuesday, March 13. Information from the TACNY website for “Nuclear Energy: Will It Survive?” is provided below.

When: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at 5:30 pm
Where: Whitney Applied Technology Center Room 101 at Onondaga Community College

Stan Wilczek Jr., PE, author and assistant professor at Keuka College, will present Nuclear Energy: Will It Survive?, a talk about the future of nuclear energy in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, as part of the the Technology Alliance of Central New York’s 2011-2012 Sweet Lecture Series. The Event is being cosponsored by the Syracuse Chapter of the IEEE Power and Energy Society.

People interested in learning more about nuclear energy are invited to attend the free Sweet Lecture presentation on Tuesday, March 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Whitney Applied Technology Center on the Onondaga Community College campus. Networking starts at 5:30 p.m., the speaker is introduced at 6 p.m., the presentation is slated to run from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and the event ends at 8 p.m. following questions from the audience. Admission is free and open to the public. Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask that people RSVP by emailing sweet.lecture@tacny.org by March 8.

Stan Wilczek Jr. spent 30 years in the nuclear and utility industry and is currently an assistant professor of business and management at Keuka College. He earned a bachelor of science in nuclear engineering from SUNY Buffalo, an MBA from Syracuse University, and is a graduate of Harvard’s Advanced Management Program. The author of two novels, he lives in Central New York and is currently working on his next book.

Nuclear energy once promised to be an environmentally friendly, safe, abundant and economical supply of electricity that would be “too cheap to meter.” Though it appears to have been fading for decades, did last year’s accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Complex in Japan finally put an end to the nuclear dream? Will nuclear energy survive this latest test?

To help us plan, please email your RSVP.

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

TACNY Sweet Lecture – Forensic Science: Real-Life CSI – Tuesday, February 7

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

A TACNY (Technology Alliance of CNY, of which the SAS is a member organization) Sweet Lecture (not to be directly confused with a sweet TACNY Lecture) is happening on the OCC campus this coming Tuesday (February 7). Information from the TACNY website for “Forensic Science: Real-Life CSI” is provided below.

When: Tuesday, February 7, 2012, at 5:30 pm
Where: Whitney Applied Technology Center Room 101 at Onondaga Community College

Anita Zannin, owner and forensic consultant at AZ Forensic Associates, will present Forensic Science: Real-Life CSI, a talk about forensic science and bloodstain pattern analysis, as part of the the Technology Alliance of Central New York’s 2011-2012 Sweet Lecture Series. The event is also sponsored by the Syracuse section of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

People interested in learning more about forensic science are invited to attend the free Sweet Lecture presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Whitney Applied Technology Center on the Onondaga Community College campus. Networking starts at 5:30 p.m., the speaker is introduced at 6 p.m., the presentation is slated to run from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and the event ends at 8 p.m. following questions from the audience. Admission is free and open to the public. Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask that people RSVP by emailing sweet.lecture@tacny.org by Jan. 31, 2012.

Anita Zannin has been an expert witness in state and federal courts, and has worked on criminal and civil cases in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. She recently appeared on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” talking about evidence used in the case of Warren Horinek, a former Fort Worth, Texas, police officer who was found guilty of killing his wife based on the testimony of a bloodstain pattern analysis expert, which others believe to be wrong. Zannin graduated magna cum laude from Buffalo State College with dual bachelors degrees in forensic chemistry and criminal justice. She earned her master’s degree in forensic science from Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences, where she currently is an adjunct professor. She is also a visiting professor at Francisco Marroquin Law School in Guatemala. Zannin earned her certification as a competent forensic expert in bloodstain pattern interpretation from the Institute on the Physical Significance of Human Bloodstain Evidence, which only six people worldwide have earned.

Zannin will discuss the science of forensics and bloodstain pattern analysis, topics that have risen to prominence due to the popularity of television shows such as “CSI.” She will talk about how technology has transformed this field of investigation and share her thoughts on the future of forensic science. Zannin will also discuss some the many cases she has worked on.

To help us plan, please email your RSVP

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