March 2015 Meeting

3-D prototyping facility at Makerspace
3-D prototyping facility at Makerspace

Michael Giannattasio, MFA

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 7:00 PM
Dewitt Community Library, 3649 Erie Blvd. East, Dewitt, NY 13121

About the presentation
Michael Giannattasio will be covering what additive manufacturing techniques mean to the new inventor/entrepreneur. We now are becoming aware of what 3D printing is and how to make something from our own desk but, what are we really making? How can we turn these new tools into something productive and meaningful?

3-D printers and equipment at Makerspace
3-D printing equipment

About the speaker
Michael Giannattasio is the founder and director of SALT Makerspace. He grew up in California just south of San Francisco. where he experienced a very diverse population which influenced his outlook and goals in life.

Michael received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from California State College Chico. While there he worked with glass, bronze, aluminum, wood, and ceramics refining his process and knowledge of various mediums. Once his degree was completed he worked as a studio assistant, independent fabricator, and professional artist.

In 2009 Michael moved to Syracuse, NY, to go to Syracuse University and began working in the Sculpture Masters in Fine Arts program in VPA. During this time he focused on experiences relating to location specifically developed through digital installations.

In 2012 he began working with 40 Below specifically with the Public Arts Task-force creating collaborative permanent public art works in the City of Syracuse. During this time SALT Makerspace started to develop. During the last two years he has worked with a group of artists, engineers, fabricators, and business experts to develop a business plan that outlined how the Makerspace would sustain itself and what it would offer the community.

Photo of Michael Giannattasio
Michael Giannattasio

Save the Date for Joe Nickell

Joe Nickell at work in his office and laboratory at the Center for Inquiry
Joe Nickell at work in his office and laboratory at the Center for Inquiry

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Time: 6:00 PM at the Storer Auditorium, Whitney Applied Technology Center, Onondaga Community College

CNY Skeptics is excited to welcome back paranormal investigator Joe Nickell!

Joe Nickell is possibly the most famous and best respected paranormal investigator in the world. Known for his scientific approach to investigations, Joe never dismisses claims out of hand and is acknowledged for his compassion toward individuals who sincerely believe in everything from Bigfoot to alien abduction.

Joe holds a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky and is Senior Research Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry – an international scientific organization – and investigative columnist for Skeptical Inquirer magazine. He is the author of over twenty books including, most recently, The Science of Miracles: Investigation the Incredible and Ambrose Bierce Is Missing and Other Historical Mysteries.

His list of television appearances include “Larry King Live,” “Oprah,” “Ricki Lake,” “Jerry Springer Show,” “Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious Universe,” “Unsolved Mysteries,” “Politically Incorrect,” “20/20,” in addition to several documentaries on the Discovery Channel (“The Science of Magic,” “America’s Haunted Houses,” and the “Science Mysteries” series), History Channel, National Geographic Channel, and many others.

Mark your calendar for May 20, and join us for what is sure to be an entertaining and informative presentation by Joe Nickell.

January 2015 Meeting

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The End of Snow: Will Climate Change Melt our Winters?

Professor Susan Millar, Syracuse University

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 7:00 PM
Manlius Library, 1 Arkie Albanese Ave,
Manlius, NY 13104

About the presentation
Temperature records indicate that Earth has warmed an average of 0.85°C during the period 1880 to 2012. That increase, however, has been experienced most significantly at middle and high latitudes, regions that have witnessed as much as 2 degrees Celsius of warming. As New York still reels at the memory of last month’s mammoth snow storm in Buffalo, dumping unprecedented totals in excess of two meters in places, one has to question exactly how anthropogenic warming could possibly be connected. In this presentation, I will explore the atmospheric processes responsible for “snow events”, how snow fall has changed globally, and here in New York, why these changes may well be related to climate change, and what it means for the future of the Golden Snowfall Award.

About the speaker
Susan W. S. Millar is an Associate Professor of Geography at Syracuse University. Professor Millar is originally from Scotland, and hiking the Munros and Corbetts fueled her research interest in periglacial slope processes in both Quaternary and modern contexts. She has conducted NSF-sponsored research in Alaska, Colorado and New York State, examining connections between microclimate, freezing depth, and soil sedimentological characteristics. An on-going project explores relations between changing snow patterns in Central New York and how these affect soil thermal conditions.