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Stony Brook University Lecture Series

“The Role of Nuclear Power on a Warming Planet”
Max Katz

World of Physics

Friday, October 10, 2014
ESS 001; 7:30 P.M.

Climate change caused by human emission of greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide is already a serious problem for the world to address. Nuclear power has provided the world with low-carbon electricity for decades, but has lingering long-term concerns including cost overruns and safety issues. In this talk I will discuss the basics of global warming and argue that other environmental concerns related to nuclear power are not nearly as serious as global warming, which nuclear power can address by displacing fossil fuels. Thus it should be a key source of stable electricity in future decades. I will also discuss future developments in nuclear power that are expected to substantially mollify the current safety concerns, and discuss how future political and economic events might affect the deployment of nuclear power.

“Environmental Applications of Thermal Imaging”

Deanne Rogers 

Geology Open Night
 Friday, October 17, 2014
ESS 001, 7:30P.M.

Remote sensing is a powerful tool used by Earth scientists to understand a variety of problems related to climate, environment and natural hazards. Example applications using just one form of remote sensing, thermal imaging, include: quantifying groundwater discharge into marine waters, mapping soil moisture variability in time and space, quantifying the effect of urban development on local air temperatures and climate, and monitoring the onset and progression of volcanic eruptions worldwide. Rogers will discuss some of these applications, and focus on recent efforts by her research group and
colleagues to quantify groundwater flux into the harbor waters of Long Island’s northern shore using a combination of airborne thermal imaging and water geochemical sampling.

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 “Cosmic Explosions”

Rosalba Perna

Astronomy Open Night
 October 31, 2014
ESS 001; 7:30 P.M.

Stars play a fundamental role in the chemical evolution of the Universe, as well as in the development of organic life.  In this talk I will review how stars are born, what is that keeps them shining, and their ultimate fate when they die. In particular, I will discuss the explosive events associated with the death of the most massive stars in the Universe, as well as the compact objects that they leave behind, that is neutron stars and black holes. I will conclude with a summary of the observational evidence that has allowed us to identify these remnant objects in the Milky Way and in nearby galaxies.

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Directions to SUNY Stony Brook and ESS Building

⇨ From exit 62 of the Long Island Expressway (LIE, I-495) follow Nicolls Road
(Route 97) north for nine miles. Pass the South and Main entrances to the
⇨ Enter the North entrance which will be on your left.
⇨ At the top of the small hill, turn right on Circle Road.
⇨ Proceed about 1 mile.
⇨ Turn left onto Campus Drive and then immediately turn left again onto John
S. Toll Drive.
⇨ Proceed about 50 yards then turn right into the large paved parking lot.
⇨ The Earth and Space Sciences building is the large concrete building at the
northeast end of the parking lot.
Map of campus is on the web at:

If your school requires you to have a sequence of educational opportunities in order
to receive in-service credit, please advise them that during the Fall 2014 semester
we will provide attendance certification for each of the lectures attended.
Please call (631) 632-8200 for more information.

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Jamaica Bay Perspectives
Fall Lecture Series at the Wildlife Refuge
Wednesdays of October at 7pm

This year we decided to take a look at Jamaica Bay from various perspectives, and we have lined up a panel of experts who will examine the bay from various vantage points and perspectives for our fall Herbert Johnson lecture series, an homage to the first manager of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from the 1950s. These lectures, will occur on Oct. 8, 15, 22, and 29 at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

Mark Christiano, Oct. 8, Geographic Information Specialist, Gateway, will show us how the geography of the area has changed. Christiano will show maps, aerial photographs, and amazing digital images that show changes over time.

Mark Ringenary, Oct. 15, Water Resources Specialist &Environmental Scientist, will use his lens of scientist and chemist to show how the water quality and environment have changed over time and discuss the threats that are still being thrust upon the bay.

Hanem Abouelezz, Oct. 22, Biologist and Naturalist for Gateway will discuss the various species of wildlife that live in the bay and how the efforts to monitor these species have influenced the protection and preservation.

Dan Hendrick, Oct. 29, will close the series with a showing of footage from his documentary Jamaica Bay Lives, double entendre intended, and will share stories of what lives near Jamaica Bay, and some of the lives of people who are important to working to make Jamaica Bay a better place for all the creatures that live in, on or near.

Please join us for these free programs at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, One Cross Bay Boulevard, Broad Channel. Information, 718-318-4340.


For registration information contact:
Kathleen A. Nolan, Ph.D.
Chair of Biology and Health Promotion, and Health Care Management Dept.
St. Francis College
180 Remsen St.
Brooklyn, NY  11201

NYC Outdoors! Environmental

AMNH Election Day Workshop

Alliance of New Jersey Environmental Education

30th Annual
Environmental Education Conference

January 23 & 24, 2015

The elements of STEM education: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math can be the keys to developing solutions for a healthier planet. For 30
years ANJEE has encouraged innovative thinking, real world learning and
problem solving both in and out of the classroom. We will present two full
days of workshops designed to help educators make the natural connection
between STEM and Environmental Education. Target audiences are formal and non-formal teachers of students of all ages from Pre-K though adulthood with an interest in, and a passion for, environmental education.
Workshops at the 2015 conference will benefit any educator looking to
correlate individual lessons or in-depth curriculum to the Next Generation
Science Standards and the current state curriculum standards in STEM
subject areas. If you are looking to implement, enhance, or collaborate on
sustainability programs at your school, while still meeting the
expectations of your academic program, you won't want to miss this
professional development opportunity.
Conference Details
  • What: Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education (ANJEE) Annual Conference.
  • When: Friday and Saturday, January 23& 24, 2015.
  • Where: Mercer County Community College Conference Center (1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, NJ)
  • Cost: Approximately $130 per day/$200 for 2 days (Prices will be finalized in June) Includes 1-year ANJEE membership.
  • Who Should Attend: Classroom teachers, curriculum coordinators, administrators, student teachers, after-school educators, non-formal educators, youth leaders, and you!
Include ANJEE in your Professional Development Plan or PIP now!

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