Category Archives: Events

January 2016

Astronomical map showing Pluto and Jupiter system

A Big Year For Dwarf Planets: Highlights Of The NASA Missions To Ceres & Pluto

Damian Gregory Allis, Ph.D

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 7:00 PM, Dewitt Community Library, DCL Friends Room, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. East, Dewitt, NY 13214

This event is free and open to the public.

About the talk
Pluto’s demotion to dwarf planet status suddenly made more people aware of its fellow dwarf planet Ceres in the Asteroid Belt. With Ceres a snapshot of a planet that might have been, and Pluto the most famous member of the Kuiper Belt, both are of special interest to scientists studying the history and complexity of our own Solar System as a way to better understand the many extra-Solar Systems now being discovered by professional and amateur astronomers. This lecture will feature some historical background and as-recent-as-the-web-will-allow views and findings from both the New Horizons and Dawn NASA missions

About the presenter
Damian G. Allis Ph.D. is a Research Professor of Chemistry, Research Fellow with the Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute, bioinformaticist with Aptamatrix, Inc., and High Performance Computing Evangelist, all at Syracuse University. A crazy/overly-optimistic local amateur astronomer, he is a NASA Solar System Ambassador, long-time member of many CNY amateur astronomy clubs, and a founding member and webmaster of CNY Observers (www.cnyo.org). When/because it’s cloudy, he’s also the drummer for a half-dozen local bands. He is always happy to talk shop and can be found and contacted at www.somewhereville.com.

Solstice Party 2015

Celebrate the Solstice with CNY Skeptics

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It’s almost time for the annual CNY Skeptics Solstice Party. Our hosts are the always gracious Bryce and Judy Hand. The date of the party is December 19, and the time is 6 pm.

The Hands will provide turkey and stuffing, a vegetarian dish, and hot spiced cider. The rest is up to you. Email the Hands with your dinner contribution.

Bryce and Judy Hand
132 Lynn Circle
Syracuse, NY 13205

September 2015

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Women, Science, and Love: No One Cries in the Laboratory (Do They?)

Penny Higgins, Ph.D., Research Associate, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Rochester

Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 7:00 PM, Manlius Library, 1 Arkie Albanese Ave, Manlius, NY

This event is free and open to the public.

About the talk
On June 9th of this year, Nobel Prize winner Sir Tim Hunt explained to the World Conference of Science Journalists what he felt was the problem with women in science. “Three things happen when they are in the lab: you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them they cry.” Hunt’s comments are just one example of challenges that women face in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields. Even the dominance of men in typical STEM classrooms perpetuates a culture of “Stereotype Threat” which continues to discourage women from pursuing STEM careers. The challenge ahead is to accept that this as a real problem, and then work toward practical solutions where women and men are treated equally within the sciences.

About the presenter
Penny Higgins is a Vertebrate Paleontologist and Geochemist at the University of Rochester. She divides her time among managing the Stable Isotope Ratios in the Environment Analytical Laboratory (SIREAL), teaching, and doing research on ancient episodes of rapid climate change.

Paranormal Investigator 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

Important parking information

Be advised that Ferrante Quad is fenced off due to construction. Please park in Lot 13 next to the SRC arena and follow the bridge down to Storer Auditorium. For handicapped parking use Lot 2 behind Ferrante Hall. Storer is located on the second floor of Ferrante Hall.

We previously said that Storer was in the Whitney Technology Building, but it is not. It is in Ferrante Hall.

Investigating the Paranormal: Ghosts, Monsters, Miracles, and Other Strange Mysteries

John Edson Sweet Lecture by
Joe Nickell, Ph.D.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Time: 6:30 PM at the Storer Auditorium, Ferrante Hall, Onondaga Community College

This event is free and open to the public.

CNY Skeptics and TACNY are excited to welcome back paranormal investigator Joe Nickell!

Currently the world’s only full-time, scientific investigator of the paranormal, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Senior Research Fellow Joe Nickell will speak about his many past and present investigations into the paranormal, including weeping icons, crop circles, alien abductions, monsters, haunted houses, spontaneous human combustions, and many others. In contrast to many paranormal proponents, who are little more than mystery mongers, or to some skeptics who call themselves “debunkers,” Joe Nickell holds that mysteries should neither be fostered nor dismissed. Instead, they should be carefully investigated with a view toward solving them. He has spent his life trying to do just that—whether the mysteries were paranormal, historical, forensic, or literary

Joe Nickell, Ph.D. (University of Kentucky, 1987), is Senior Research Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI)—an international scientific organization—and investigative columnist for Skeptical Inquirer magazine. A former professional stage magician (he was Resident Magician at the Houdini Magical Hall of Fame for three years) and private investigator for a world-famous detective agency, Dr. Nickell taught technical writing for several years at the University of Kentucky before taking the full-time position with CSI at its offices at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, New York.

Utilizing his varied background, Nickell has become widely known as an investigator of myths and mysteries, frauds, forgeries, and hoaxes. He has been called “the modern Sherlock Holmes,” “the original ghost buster,” and “the real-life Scully” (from “The X-Files” ). He has investigated scores of haunted-house cases, including the Amityville Horror and the Mackenzie House in Toronto, Canada. Nickell was an inspiration for Hilary Swank’s role as a miracle investigator in The Reaping (2007). He is the author of more than twenty books, and regularly appears on TV and radio to discuss his investigations.

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.