Saturday, May 12, 2012

Congratulations to Gwen Maturo-Grasso!

Congratulations to CNYTEEA member & teacher Gwendolyn Maturo-Grasso! Gwen teaches at Lincoln Middle School. She had just received a grant to buy iPads and other computers for her students. Read more about it ....
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2012/05/syracuse_teacher_wins_national.html

Monday, May 7, 2012

Junior Cafe Scientifique - Saturday, May 19th


"Going into Orbit: Famous Rocket Payloads and What We Learn from Them"

Saturday, May 19, 9:30-11:00am

Damian G. Allis, PhD, research associate 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.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Our last CNYTEEA Tour ~ Warner Energy LLC (May 9th)


Next week come join CNYTEEA's visit to Warner LLC as our final tour of the year on WEDNESDAY, MAY 9th @ 4:00 pm.

Warner Energy was officially formed in March of 2006 as a joint venture between Drescher Management Group (DMG) and the O'Brien & Gere engineering firm (OBG). The purpose of the venture was to pursue technology development and product advancement in the alternative energy industry.  Headquartered in Liverpool, NY,  Warner Energy’s campus includes our Technology Development Laboratory, Solar Module Manufacturing Lines, Meteorological Monitoring Station, Solar Module Testing and Demonstration Arrays, and Wind Turbine.
Today Warner Energy designs and develops solar projects for clients throughout the US and distributes solar modules and related components to solar installers throughout North and South America.  We are a center for research, development, and manufacturing of new renewable technologies.  Our products are installed and operating all over the world as we continue to expand our line of offerings.

Seeking Public Input on Common Standards for CTE Programs


The opportunity for the public to comment on the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC), a shared set of rigorous, high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE) standards developed and validated by business, industry and education experts, begins today.

The public comment period will run April 30 – May 11, 2012 and all CTE stakeholders, including business and industry, educators, parents, and students are urged to participate in this process.

The public comment period is an opportunity for CTE stakeholders to participate in the development process of the CCTC, which is intended to help ensure all CTE students have access to high-quality, rigorous career-focused learning opportunities in every state, and every community across the nation. The CCTC will complement and support other comprehensive college and career ready standards, such as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts and Mathematics. The CCTC initiative is being facilitated by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Consortium (NASDCTEc).

Forty-two states have declared support for the development of the CCTC. Each of the 42 states; Washington, DC and Palau nominated experts from a range of sectors -- from business and industry to education -- to participate in working groups charged with the development of the CCTC in the spring of 2012.

Once the public comment period ends on May 11, 2012 the state-nominated working groups will review the public feedback and finalize the standards.  The final standards are slated for public release at the National Career Clusters ™ Institute  on June 19, 2012. Provide public comment on the CCTC today.

For more information, contact Dean Folkers, Deputy Executive Director, dfolkers@careertech.org.

New York State Technology & Engineering Educators Association Participate in our 2012 Middle School Student Survey Participate in our 2012 High School Student Survey


Monday - May 7th thru Friday - May 18th, 2012

Why: This survey data will ultimately help support your own TE programs and the vital work of our association as we interface with the Board of Regents and Commissioner of Education. Our 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 & 2011 student survey results ARE very positive and truly helpful.   For greater validity and credibility we simply need to gather more student data. 
 Go to: http://www.nysteea.org to find our past survey questions and results.

When: The survey will be “HOT” and “ONLINE” for student and teacher access between Monday, May 7th ~ Friday, May 18th.

Where: Go to: http://www.nysteea.org and the survey links, for the MS and HS will be available and easily found by going to our main web page, scroll down and click on the survey. Please be sure to stress to your MS and HS students that they select the correct link for their respective survey.

Questions: There are 36 questions. For the HS there is one short essay question asking students to write how technology education classes have impacted them personally and with their future. 

Timeframe: This survey will take students between 15 and 28 minutes to complete.

Strategy: If you have a full compliment of computers, in your classroom, with Internet access, then you are all set. If you don’t have adequate computers, then schedule one of your school’s computer labs on the date you can fit this survey activity into your schedule.                                                                                           Why not schedule it in today!!

We all can agree Technology & Engineering Education is a powerful learning experience that enables students to discover more about themselves, the relevance of their academic subjects and it helps them to become more technologically literate. The survey information can provide local and state level decision-makers with the critical data they want and need to see about what we teach.  We especially want to share this survey data with the Regents and the Governor.

Please contact Chuck Goodwin at mailto:cgnystea@stny.rr.com with any questions or concerns.



"Wireless Sensor Networking: The New Wireless Revolution"


Please join us for SUNYIT's final Provost's Lecture presentation of the semester. Dr. Geethapriya Thamilarasu, Assistant Professor Computer Science, will present "Wireless Sensor Networking: The New Wireless Revolution". Friday, May 11 from noon to 2 pm in Donovan Hall, Room G152. www.sunyit.edu/provost_lectures for additional detail and to RSVP. www.sunyit.edu for directions and campus map.

Marv Meissner
Associate Director Professional Development
SUNY Institute of Technology
100 Seymour Road
Utica, NY 13502
Phone:315-792-7197
Cell: 607-745-8354
Fax:315-792-7278

Seeking Volunteers for Girl Scout STEM events


Did you know Girl Scouts is committed to providing every girl a chance to explore the fascinating world of STEM? Girl Scouting encourages girls of all ages by offering "fun with purpose" through its K–12 national program.  Girls explore a variety of interests, everything from the arts to the outdoors and, of course, STEM.
We are excited to reach out to the TACNY community for support with TWO upcoming girl events in Syracuse*.  Dynamic, engaging, enthusiastic men and women are encouraged to volunteer and women interested in serving as role models are especially welcomed.
1.       Feed Your Head, Wednesday, May 16th 6:30-8pm at the DeWitt Community Library
a.       We are seeking 4-8 volunteers with special areas of interest in: entertainment technology (with grades 4-5); simple home science experiments (with grades 2-3); forensic science & criminal psychology (grades 6-8); science behind the fashion/beauty industry (grades 9-12)
b.      Each age level will complete 2-5 activities within the theme towards a specific badge.  There is flexibility within the requirements that can be discussed in more detail.
c.       Materials will be purchased by the Girl Scouts.
2.       Top Jobs 2018, Tuesday-Friday, July 17-20th 12:30-2:30PM
a.       A business host and professionals within the field to host ONE day with a group of girls grades 6-12.  During the two hours, girls will tour an “innovative business,” share time with professionals and experience a sampling of what the job entails.
b.      Fields of interest include: biomedical engineers, network systems analysts, financial examiners, medical scientists, physicians assistants, biochemists & biophysicists, skin-care specialist, athletic trainers
c.       Note: On Monday, July 16th girls will receive What Color is Your Parachute? For Teens, identify some of their specific interests and assess their transferable skills and develop “burning questions” about the businesses we will visit.
*Each of these events is mirrored in both Utica and Binghamton.  We are seeking specialized support in those regions, as well.
Please contact me, if you are interested in learning more about either of these events. 
It is through the support of committed "real life topic experts" in our community, that the Girl Scout Leadership Experience comes to life and girls will become inspired to explore STEM careers!
Thank You,
Christina M. Verratti
Senior Manager, Series and Events Pathways
Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc.
8170 Thompson Road, Cicero, NY  13039

T 315.698.9400, ext 2126
F 315.698.9500

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Images from the NYSTEEA Conference














Paul Mizer Recognized at NYSTEEA Conference


Regents Discuss New Requirements:

The board of regents want feedback as they considers creating two new pathways to graduation: one in career and technical education, and the other in science, technology, engineering and math. Education Department staff members presented a proposal that would add the two options and make the Regents Global History and Geography exam optional. The policy, if adopted, would take effect for the 2013-14 school year.                            http://www.theithacajournal.com/article/20120423/NEWS10/204230362/Regents-consider-change-graduation-requirements?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Local%20News

Monday, April 9, 2012

VIDEO of our tour at AQUA VITA Aquaponic Farms

Check out this video of our tour!
http://youtu.be/doD34_fWpbY
Enjoy!

Short video on Ray Middle School's Baby Crawdads

Here is a short video that I shot of one of my 6th Grade "Hydroponic & Aquaponic"
student helpers watching the newly hatched baby Crawdads. Taking our Region's Vice President's advice (Mike Barbieri) we decided to use 12 Australian Red Clawed Crawdads as part of our Aquaponic system instead of Tilapia fish. There was certainly a learning curve as far as the care for these fierce creatures, but the student helpers certainly do not have to clean the filters as much.

NYSTEEA Spring Conference Presentations - It's on NEXT WEEK!

2012 NYSTEEA Conference 
Sheraton Syracuse University April 18th, 19th, 20th 
Wednesday Presentations: 
Jason Web– Adobe After Effects: Demonstration of different uses of Adobe After Effects for text or video effects 
Thursday Presentations: 
David Hardy/ Curtis Helt– Principles of Engineering and STEM 
Mike Fry– Engineering by Design Comes to NY 
Mark Leonard– Laser Technology in the MS/HS Fab Lab: This seminar will introduce laser cutting/ engraving technol- 
ogy as one format for student applications in a STEM based curriculum.  
Karin Dykeman/ Todd Dischinger-  Teaching elements and principles of design through product and graphic design: 
Incorporate the elements and principles of design in your curriculum! Intrinsic to the design process, these concepts and 
activities are tailored for teachers of DDP, but applicable to other courses. Walk away with ideas to use next week! 
Richard Bush/ Dan Tryon/ Mark Hardy– Technology Education at SUNY Oswego New Program– New Facilities: 
SUNY Oswego is undergoing significant updates with their facilities and teacher preparation program. Undergraduate 
program updates, new course offerings, and new facilities will be presented that address current need for technology and 
engineering educators. Promotional materials will be provided to participants. 
Dave Buckley/ Gerry O’Connor– HP in STEM Education: The HP presentation will discuss how high performance 
computing can enhance a student’s STEM experience. 
Steven Giglio-Successful Pre-Engineering Projects R/C Heli-Missile Launcher: Short HOD of a Pre Engineering project 
Robert Tufte: Don’t be overwhelmed trying to integrate Common Core: Introductory presentation on how to integrate 
common core standards into your technology education lessons. 
Craig Clark/ Kent Johnson– Zero Energy Home and Alternative Fuels Program: The presentation will highlight the zero 
energy home that was built by students and has geothermal, solar thermal, solar electric and small wind all integrated 
into a Gold Green NAHB Home. Our alternative fules program will explain all the current hybrid operations and our 
Green Grand Prix winner at 89.6 MPG 
Thomas Kubicki– Embedding Common Core Standards in Secondary Technology Curriculums: Presentation will focus 
on how to identify the Common Core Standards that can be linked to the Technology Education Curriculums and 
strategies to include them in the classroom activities, how to assess them and how to document them for administrative 
review. 
Chuck Goodwin– Time to Articulate and Build a Sequence: The times are a changing and technology education pro- 
grams now need to set up articulation agreements with regional community colleges and assemble your high school 
courses into a program of study sequence. 
Thursday Presentations: 
Graham Baughman– Cloud-Based Virtual Modeling: WhiteBox Learning is a complete standards-based STEM learning 
system. The worlds only truly “Clou”-based 3D virtual modeling STEM learning system. Flight 2.0, Structures 2.0, 
Green Car 2.0, Rockets 2.0, and Dragster 2..0 allow students to simulate their designs  and compete virtually 24/7 all 
around the world. 
Alta Jo Longware– Geometry and Packaging Design: Teaching cardboard packaging design is an inexpensive way to inte- 
grate the Common Core for Math standards into DDP or the WoT curriculum. This workshop will provide participants 
with hands-on experience in developing nets for common geometric shapes. The knowledge will be used to design an 
insert fusing only oak tag, that will hold and protect a raw egg drop challenge. Participants will receive an electronic copy 
of all lesson plans and resource material. 
Michael Hacker– A Research Study to Identify Overarching Themes and Instructional Contexts in Secondary Engineer- 
ing and Technology Education: This research study, Concepts and Context in Engineering and Technology  Education 
(CCETE) was an international effort to define the most salient themes (or big ideas) that cut across domains and thus 
give insight into the holistic nature of engineering and technology. The study was conducted jointly by researchers from 
Hofstra University (NY) and Delfty University (in the Netherlands). 
Lawrence Kassan– Rod Sterling Video Festival: This session will showcase award winning K-12 student videos from 
across NYS, a discussion on  the creative process, and festival information. Educators will learn how to team with the 
Rod Sterling Video Festival to initiate or compliment any video programs at your school. 
Steve Hughes– Build and Program a LEGO NXT Robot: BRING YOUR LAPTOP to this session to program the NXT 
robot you will build. We will load the MINDSTORMS software on your laptop; you can keep the copy. This is an ex- 
tended session limited to 24 participants WITH LAPTOPS. Laptops ARE required. (Offered again Friday) 
Friday Presentations 
Jason Wanek-Maximize your Interactive Whiteboard.: Your students want to use the SMART board or whichever IWB 
you have in your classroom. Learn easy ways to create opportunities for your students to be actively engaged  with the 
content you provide. We will be using a SMART Board during this session, but many concepts will transcend the brand. 
Jon Santiago– One 3D Printer per Child: MakerBots are low-cost 3-D Printers that allow people to physically make their 
own digital creations. MakerBot Industries believes that our tools can help “re-make” education by creating more ways to 
teach STEM in engaging, hands-on ways. Participants will be taught the basics of 3-D modeling for the MakerBot, using 
the free, web-based TinkerCad software to design their own buttons. 
Gwendolyn Maturo– Grasson– School Pad: “Touch it 2” The electronic playgrounds of our media-centric-digital-native 
students, become the virtual desk space where students work in collaboration to complete presentation or competition 
ready STEM commong Core based assignments connecting their classroom to the digital world and increasing HW re- 
turn rates! 
Friday Presentations 
Jason Wanek-Maximize your Interactive Whiteboard.: Your students want to use the SMART board or whichever IWB 
you have in your classroom. Learn easy ways to create opportunities for your students to be actively engaged  with the 
content you provide. We will be using a SMART Board during this session, but many concepts will transcend the brand. 
Jon Santiago– One 3D Printer per Child: MakerBots are low-cost 3-D Printers that allow people to physically make their 
own digital creations. MakerBot Industries believes that our tools can help “re-make” education by creating more ways to 
teach STEM in engaging, hands-on ways. Participants will be taught the basics of 3-D modeling for the MakerBot, using 
the free, web-based TinkerCad software to design their own buttons. 
Gwendolyn Maturo– Grasson– School Pad: “Touch it 2” The electronic playgrounds of our media-centric-digital-native 
students, become the virtual desk space where students work in collaboration to complete presentation or competition 
ready STEM commong Core based assignments connecting their classroom to the digital world and increasing HW re- 
turn rates! 
Steve Hughes– Build and Program a LEGO NXT Robot: BRING YOUR LAPTOP to this session to program the NXT 
robot you will build. We will load the MINDSTORMS software on your laptop; you can keep the copy. This is an ex- 
tended session limited to 24 participants WITH LAPTOPS. Laptops ARE required. (Offered again Friday) 
Jefferey Stevens– RE Training for you and curriculum for your classroom: Renewable Energy (RE) Education 4U. RE- 
NEW your skills– train at the Alfred State RE center. In 2011, we hosted and taught teachers (4free). See what they ex- 
perienced/ gained for their classroom & how you can too. Funding/ equipment available. 
Jason Wanek– Learning, Creating and Sharing with IPads: Particpants will be introduced to multiple ways that the IPad 
can be used to inspire students. This fast-paced session will introduce ways that students are able to learn new concepts, 
create products, and share what they have learned. Participants will be encouraged to help create a learning product. 
Altal Jo Longware/ Karin Dykeman– Exploring Biomimicry– Design Inspired by nature: “Biomimicry is the science and 
art of emulation Nature’s best biological ideas to solve human problems.”(Biomimicry institute.org) The bullet train, 
Shark Skin Swimwear and the Ultra Cane are a few examples of new products inspired by nature. In this workshop, par- 
ticipants will learn how engineers use biomimicry to enhance designs using techniques of observation, reverse engineer- 
ing and brainstorming. 
Mike Fry– Engineering by Design Comes to NY 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Aqua Vita Farms ~ A can't miss tour ~ Wednesday, April 4th @ 4:30 pm



At Aqua Vita Farms, we’re passionate about growing delicious, safe, and sustainable produce and seafood. And because our farm is indoors, we can provide crops to Central New York at a steady, reasonable price – all year long.

How do we do it? We use a growing method called Aquaponics which combines fish farming with hydroponic farming. The fish provide nutrients for the plants and the plants naturally refresh the water where the fish live. Our growing methods replicate systems and relationships found in nature to create a healthy environment where both our produce and fish can thrive. The result is some of the freshest, tastiest, safest, and most environmentally friendly produce and seafood you can find in Syracuse, Utica, or anywhere in between.


Here is a great YouTube video from the Utica based Television show ~ Mohawk Valley Living.

http://youtu.be/k7iCG2QRfj0

More on the Common Core

Rick Kulibert sent me tidbit the other day... The Pre-K Foundation Skills document for the Common Core 
 lists Technology Foundation Skills on page 37.  

These look very similar to many of our Introduction to Technology curricula and standards. Plus, it provides us with a direct link to Common Core, rather than just working on integration of literacy skills among our courses, which many of us already do.

The Story of the Honeybees ~ April TACNY Jr. Cafe Scientifique


April TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique
 

"The Story of Honeybees"

Saturday, April 21, 9:30-11:00am

Peter W. Plumley, PhD, exhibits project manager at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology, will present The Story of Honeybees, a talk about honeybees, as part of TACNY’s 2011-2012 Junior Cafe Scientifique lecture series.

People interested in learning more about honeybees are invited to attend the free Junior Cafe presentation on Saturday, April 21, 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 April 19, 2012.

Plumley is an earth scientist with an extensive background in computers and technology, and he is a research associate professor in civil and environmental engineering at Syracuse University. His research has been in the areas of plate tectonics and application of paleomagnetic techniques to regional tectonics. His most recent research is focused on motivating high school students to learn, and he developed and implemented a K-12 outreach program for the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University. Plumley has raised honeybees since he was 10 years old and currently manages a small bee farm, called Plumley Farms, in LaFayette. He was named TACNY’s 2003 College Educator of the Year and honored as a recipient of the 2011 Post-Standard Achievement Award.

Honeybees are one of the most important insects on the planet, yet frequently maligned. This talk introduces participants to gentle honeybees, their life as a social insect, their contribution to our food, and how they differ from the other bees in the world. The talk will examine the current parasites and maladies affecting them in Upstate New York and around the world, and how the distressed colonies are an indication of the health of our environment.

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

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Video of our tour at Syracuse Center of Excellence - March 22nd

North Country Colleague looking for guidance & info on the APPR pre-assessment in Technology Education

My friend and fellow Technology Education Teacher, Kevin McBath kmcbath@twcny.rr.com
 recently sent me an e-mail in regards to the upcoming APPR evaluations...

“…I am dropping you a quick line to see what your school and schools in your area are doing next year for the APPR pre-assessment in Tech?  I am on our district negotiation team that just finished the general language. However we had a staff development day on Friday where all of the Tech teachers in the area got together with the purpose of coming up with a pre-assessment tool for our courses.  As you know our state standards are so vague that any tech teacher could can make an activity fit the standards.  BOCES was driving this workshop and they wanted a regional tool.”
I know that there are individuals that are review this blog that give Kevin a more direct answer than myself. Please feel free to send Kevin and myself an e-mail response. I can then post any relevant information on my next blog post to be shared.

EngageNY ~ A GREAT RESOURCE for the Common Core Standards & APPR

http://engageny.org/


EngageNY is an evolving, collaborative platform for educators. As the Regents Reform Agenda moves forward across the state, we want you to be able to access and share resources that work for you.
A bit more about us: New York’s educators are always investigating better ways to improve what is being taught, how it’s being taught, and what to do about obstacles to student learning.
It was with these concerns in mind that we designed the Content Areas that Network Teams, administrators, principals, and teachers will use to facilitate change in schools:
  1. Common Core standards
  2. The Data-Driven Instruction cycle (DDI) and School-Based Inquiry (SBI)
  3. Teacher/Leader effectiveness (performance management systems)
As reform priorities grow and evolve over time, EngageNY will grow and evolve, too – so that you always have the resources you need to ensure success in your school.

John Edson Sweet Lecture: Biometrics: Automated Human Measurement for Security and Convenience


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!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Society of Women Engineers - Annual Scholarship Reception

The Society of Women Engineers, Greater Syracuse Area Section will host our Annual Scholarship Reception on May 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm.  Please join us as we honor our 2012 Scholarship Award Recipients!

The event will be at Justin’s Grill in East Syracuse.  This year’s theme is “Oh! The Places You’ll Go!” and we are excited to announce that Gwen Mannion of SRC will be our keynote speaker.  Please contact Monica Cody if you would like to attend ($15/non-member – appetizers and cash bar).  Registrations and payment are requested prior to May 11, 2012.

Scholarship applications are being accepted until April 6, 2012.  Please visit our scholarship page to download a scholarship application, obtain information about sponsorship opportunities, and learn more about the award.  Completed applications, scholarship sponsorships, and all questions about the award and the event should be directed to Monica Cody at SyracuseSWE@gmail.com.