Category Archives: News

September 2016

Bryce Hand at Bald Mt. Tower in 2006

A Geologist Looks at the Great Flood . . . or, Noah? No-ah Way!

Bryce Hand, Ph.D.

Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 PM at the Dewitt Community Library

Long-time CNY Skeptics member Bryce Hand will give us a look at Noah’s Flood from a geologist’s perspective. Bryce is professor emeritus at Syracuse University.

November 2014 Meeting

Ethan Kocak with lizard on head

Cartoon Science and Skepticism with Ethan Kocak

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 7:00 PM
Dewitt Community Library
Shoppingtown Mall
Dewitt, NY

About the presentation
Comics and cartoons are usually considered within the domain of entertainment, but at their core is the goal of communication. This discussion is about how that conversation can be about science, skepticism, and critical thinking and what form of comics and cartooning best suits communicating these topics. Since the Internet and comics are now so intertwined, we’ll also have to consider how that changes the discussion, for better or worse, and there will be some live demonstration of what digital comics creation looks like.

About the speaker
Ethan Kocak is an animator and illustrator who lives in Syracuse, NY. He is primarily known for drawing the webcomic “The Black Mudpuppy,” but has also been involved in the animation project “The Darwin Finches,” the all-science “Tetrapod Zoology Comic,” which is written by paleontologist Darren Naish, and “Al the Anoma Llama” with Doubtful News’s Sharon Hill. When not drawing, he’s writing, tweeting, or being a dad.

September 2014 Meeting

Photo of Debbie Goddard standing in front of Center for Inquiry banner

Debbie Goddard, Center for Inquiry

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7:00 PM
Manlius Library, 1 Arkie Albanese Ave,
Manlius, NY 13104

It’s September and time for our first meeting of the 2014-2015 program year.

We are pleased to welcome Debbie Goddard from the Center for Inquiry as our September 17th speaker.

Goddard is the outreach director at the Center for Inquiry Transnational in Amherst, NY. She is also the director of African Americans for Humanism, a program of the Council for Secular Humanism.

Before working for CFI, she participated in local freethought groups in the greater Philadelphia region and helped organize and support campus groups internationally as a student volunteer. She has also been involved with progressive issues and LGBT activism.

November 2013 Meeting

Onondaga Lake Cleanup Sign

An Inside Look at the Onondaga Lake Cleanup

Go on a field trip with CNY Skeptics!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 7:00 PM
Onondaga Lake Visitors Center
280 Restoration Way
Geddes, NY 13209

The Onondaga Lake Visitors Center gives the community a chance to experience and learn about the lake cleanup firsthand. The center was designed and built by Honeywell to provide public access to the significant work taking place by hundreds of scientists, engineers, and skilled craft laborers from this region.

Presenter Bio: John McAuliffe is Honeywell’s Syracuse program director with responsibility for Honeywell activities being conducted on Onondaga Lake and associated sites. He is a lifelong resident of Central New York.

Please join us for an inside look at the cleanup process.

This even is free and open to the public.

September 2013 Meeting

“Let’s Be Friends: A Skeptic Embraces the Paranormal,” a presentation by Kitty Mervine

Kitty can’t make it to the September meeting, but we will reschedule her visit to later in our program year.

Instead, come see Bryce Hand on

The “Magic” of Crystals

Bryce Hand at Bald Mt. Tower in 2006

Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 7:00 PM
Community Room at the Manlius Library
1 Arkie Albanese Ave.
Manlius, NY 13104

About Bryce’s presentation, in his own words:

“Sorry, folks, but I won’t offer to cure your arthritis, rheumatism, or athlete’s foot, align your chakras, or tune the vibrational rates of your auras.

“Such amazing mystical and magical properties that get ascribed to crystals would be more amusing if they weren’t actually believed by so many people. But these I’ll pass quickly — however disappointingly — because there’s so much to be said and shown about the real world of real crystals.

“Those strikingly beautiful forms we call “crystals” owe practically all of what we admire to the regular arrangement of their component atoms, yet only a hundred years have passed since this became known with certainty. We’ll explore some of the mechanisms by which crystals self-assemble, ways we determine their atomic arrangements, methods for identifying different minerals, and why it is that we’re able to use a particular chemical substance (like carbon) for such astoundingly different purposes, depending entirely on its structural form.”

Bryce Hand, Ph.D., is emeritus professor of Geology at Syracuse University and a long-time member of CNY Skeptics.