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2018-2019 Annual Kick-off dinner

Rome Academy of Sciences (RAS) will host its annual kick-off dinner meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. on September 12, 2018 at the El Jarocho Mexican Restaurant and Bar (the old Bucky’s restaurant), 1303 Floyd Ave, Rome, NY 13440.  The event will present our program for the coming year to include the Rome science fairs, science hall of fame induction, recognition of outstanding RFA seniors, etc.  Current and past RAS members are encouraged to attend. The general public is invited to attend to learn more about the Academy and its programs. Our guest speaker for the evening is Mr. Monk Rowe, a noted jazz artist, performer and expert from Hamilton College.  He will share with us a presentation on the relationship between music and science and how both are interrelated. If interested in attending this event, please contact Fred Haritatos at  fharitatos@twcny.rr.com or Bob Herrmann at herrmann@twcny.rr.com.  This will enable us to give the restaurant an accurate head count.

John E. Meyer, Jr., Oneida County Director of Weights and Measures, April 11th

At 7:30 PM Tuesday, April 11, 2016 John E. Meyer, Jr.  will give a lecture open to the public about the Oneida County Bereau of Weights and Measures at the Rome Historical Society, 200 Church Street, Rome, NY.

The mission of the Bureau of Weights and Measures is to promote equity in all commercial transactions based on weight or measure.

Have you ever wondered about?

  • If you really got ten gallons the last time you filled your car with gasoline?
  • If that premium gasoline really was 93 Octane?
  • If you really got a half a pound of corned beef last week at the deli?

Mr. Meyer has been Director of the Oneida County Weights and Measures since 1997. He will explain the tools and techniques his office uses to ensure that people follow the rules and that no one gets cheated. Additionally, he will explain many of the different types of inspections and testing they perform. He will display some of his smaller testing standards for the attendees to see. The adherence to regulations and the role of the “honest broker” is critical for science, industry and commerce. He received AAS degree in Civil Engineering Technology from MVCC in 1995.

An informal dinner will be held at the SAVOY in Rome on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Anyone interested in having dinner with our guest speaker and some Trustees, please contact Fred Haritatos at telephone 315-336-9289 or email at FHaritatos@twcny.rr.com before April 10, 2017.

This meeting is open to the public.
Hope you will attend.

Donations for the Rome Academy of Sciences Scholarship Fund are always welcome.

Linda L. Martin, M.Ed. Lecture on Dyslexia, November 2nd

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At 7:30 PM Wednesday, November 2, 2016 Linda Martin will give a lecture open to the public about Dyslexia at the Rome Historical Society, 200 Church Street, Rome, NY.

Dyslexia is a common learning disability that hinders the development of reading skills.  Reading is not a natural act, it must be learned.  Most dyslexic people have average IQs and many dyslexic people have been recognized with very high IQs.

What can society do to bring out the full potential of a dyslexic youth?  Millions of school children with dyslexia endure frustration and demoralization on a daily basis as they struggle to acquire skills that many of us take for granted.

Linda Martin has a very challenging job, not only helping children, but in teaching and training teachers and other educators how to recognize and guide the dyslexic child.  She is the Director of the Central NY 32nd Degree Masonic Learning Center For Children. Linda’s work, and the goals of the Masonic Learning Center will be covered in this very enlightening lecture.  Linda is a certified trainer of tutors and advanced tutors.  She is also certified as a trainer of trainers.  The council in which she participates is called the International Multisensory Structure Language Education Council.  The Masonic Center is in its 12th year of the program.  They serve children throughout the north-central area of New York State.

An informal dinner will be held at the SAVOY in Rome on Wednesday, November 2nd 2016 at 5:30 p.m. Anyone interested in having dinner with our guest speaker and some Trustees, please contact us on or before Monday, October 31st.

Rome, New York, Water Supply Rebuilding the Water Tunnel From Taberg to Lee

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On Thursday October 20th, 2016 at 7:30 PM at the Rome Historical Society Auditorium, Jon R. Putnam, P.E., B.C.C.E. will present “Rome, New York, Water Supply Rebuilding the Water Tunnel From Taberg to Lee”.  We hope to see you there.

Mr. Putnam will present a description of the recent rehabilitation of the City’s East Branch Fish Creek Raw Water Tunnel located in Taberg, that was originally constructed in, and in service since, 1908. The mile-long underground tunnel provides water from the Kessinger Dam to the City of Rome’s water system. Presentation will include history of tunnel, the engineering investigations and design phase, and rehabilitation phase of the project.

Mr. Putnam has over 18 years of experience in civil and environmental engineering industry, including the planning, engineering, design, and construction of water and wastewater systems, street and site development, trenchless technologies, and construction engineering and engineering management.  He is a licensed professional engineer in New York State and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, New York Rural Water Association, North American Society of Trenchless Technologies, and the current Vice President of the American Public Works Association New York Chapter.  He holds Bachelor Degrees in Agricultural and Civil Engineering from SUNY Morrisville and the SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and is a manager at GHD Consulting Engineers Cazenovia NY.

Mr. Putnam will be at a dinner at the Savoy Restaurant at 5:30 before the talk.  The public is invited to attend both the dinner and the presentation.  The presentation is free.  Dinner reservations should be called in to the restaurant.

This meeting is open to the public. We hope you will attend.

Project Fibonacci – Full STEAM Ahead!

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On September 21st Andrew Drozd will present “Project Fibonacci – Full STEAM Ahead!” A dinner meeting will be held at Vescio’s Franklin Hotel starting at 6:00 p.m. Bar and dinner selections paid individually by cash or check, no credit card please. Attendees will order from the restaurant menu. If interested in attending, please contact Fred Haritatos on or before September 14, 2015. This event is open to the public and we hope to see you there.

Mr. Andrew L. Drozd is President and Chief Research Scientist of ANDRO Computational Solutions, LLC located in Rome, NY. Established in 1994, ANDRO Computational Solutions is a scientific research company that is leading developments in emerging electromagnetic spectrum technologies for secure wireless communications, command and control systems, including autonomous systems and vehicles. Mr. Drozd received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics and Mathematics in 1977 from Syracuse University, and a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering specializing in RF Communications and Signal Processing in 1982 also from Syracuse University. Mr. Drozd has authored over 170 technical papers, published reports, journal articles and book chapters. He is the past President of the IEEE Society on Electromagnetic Compatibility and an IEEE Fellow.

Mr. Drozd is passionate about promoting STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) throughout our region and especially in our schools. As a result, he initiated Project Fibonacci and a first-of-its-kind conference devoted to STEAM in Rome during 2016. In cooperation with local secondary schools, regional colleges/universities and other Mohawk Valley stakeholders, the conference promotes STEAM through an innovative and highly stimulating format with several world-renowned keynote speakers. During the presentation, Mr. Drozd will discuss the impact of the Fibonacci series, founded and inspired by the 13th Century Italian Western mathematician Leonardo Pisano Bonacci, as a metaphor for the importance of math as an interconnection across virtually all aspects of STEAM. He will also discuss major achievements accomplished during the 2016 Project Fibonacci STEAM conference as well as future plans.

June 9th: 10th Science Hall of Fame Dinner Banquet, Our 50th Annual Banquet

Thursday June 9th 2016  Delta Lake Inn, Rome, NY, Starting at 6 PM.

Banquet Reservations MUST BE MADE  by June 1st. This Dinner Banquet is OPEN to the Public.

Rome Science Hall of Fame Dinner

  • Fresh Garden Salad & Dinner Rolls  ~ Tri-colored Tortellini w/blush sauce
  • Grilled Steak w/peppercorn sauce ~ Herb-encrusted Tenderloin of Pork
  • Wild Rice + Seasonal Vegetable Medley ~ Chief’s Selection of Dessert +  Coffee & Tea Station

$25 per person, Gratuity Included

At 7:30 PM the Program Presentation will begin.

The 2016 Inductees are:

  • Dr. Peter Coccia
  • Dr. Sean Diehl
  • Dr. R. Linderman
  • 12 Seniors from the Class of 2016

The Rome Science Hall of Fame began 2007. It is located on the East Wall, 2nd Floor, at Rome City Hall.

Dr. Paul Phister will be the Master of Ceremonies and will introduce the Inductees as well as some guest speakers for this very special occasion.

For reservations, contact any RAS Trustee or get in touch through https://www.romescience.org/contact/

Donations for the Rome Academy of Sciences Scholarship Fund will also be accepted.

Present and Future Fiber Optic Networks in Rome NY

On Thursday May 19th, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Rome Historical Society Auditorium Joe Pasqualetti will present “Present and Future Fiber Optic Networks”.  We hope to see you there.

Joe Pasqualetti graduated from Rome Free Academy in 2010 and with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from SUNY Poly in 2015. He has published numerous applications to the iOS App Store in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. He interned at the AF Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate located on the Griffiss Business & Technology Park during the summer of 2013 and in the Fall of 2015 joined a defense contractor developing software with the Information Directorate.

In 2014, Joe read an article about new fiber internet networks in Vermont utilizing telephone and utility poles for greatly reduced cost. This sparked an idea that the internet infrastructure in Rome is changeable and can be improved. Since then he has become an advocate in upgrading the City of Rome’s communications infrastructure.

Currently, Joe continues to advocate for and research fiber optic technologies and how they can benefit Rome and he is the Chair of the Technology Committee of the Rome Main Street Alliance.

City of Rome Water Pollution Control Future Plans

On Thursday April 7th, 2016 at 7:30 PM at the Rome Historical Society Auditorium Rick Kenealy, Chief Operator, will present “City of Rome Water Pollution Control Future Plans”.  We hope to see you there.

Mr. Kenealy graduated from Rome Catholic High School in 1983 and attended Canisius College, majoring in Accounting, until May of 1985.  He took a job at the Rome Water Pollution Control Facility, starting in January of 1986 as a laborer, and attending MVCC at night majoring in Business Administration.  After four years he was promoted to an Operator Trainee.  Receiving his Operator’s License in 1993 he became a 2A Certified Operator.  Becoming a 4A Certified Operator, in 1997, he was promoted to Chief Operator in 2012.

An energy conference in Albany in 2012 sparked his interest in the prospect of upgrading Rome’s anaerobic digester complex.  A presentation was given about The Gloversville/Johnstown Waste Water Treatment Facility and their successful use of the anaerobic digestion of high strength biological waste.  This operation has given them, and can give Rome, substantial net income from “tipping fees” from the haulers of this waste and savings on energy costs by using the methane output to reduce the cost of operating the Rome Water Pollution Control Facility.

An informal dinner will be held at the SAVOY in Rome on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.  Anyone interested in having dinner with our guest speaker and some Trustees, please contact us on or before Tuesday, April 5, 2015.

This meeting is open to the public. We hope you will attend.

Results from the Rome Science Fair 2016

The Rome Academy of Sciences conducted the 59th Annual Rome Science Fair. The Rome Science Fair is comprised of three separate events. The Jr. Science Fair was held at Staley Middle School on Wednesday, Feb 24th; the Jr./Sr. Science Fair was held at NY State School for the Deaf on Wednesday, Mar 2nd, and the Sr. Science Fair was held on Saturday Mar 12th. The theme for this year’s science fair was “The Future of Drones”

The Junior Science Fair at Staley Upper Elementary School included those students in the 5th and 6th grades. There were a total of 103 students competing for ten cash awards plus Trophies.  The three Categories were 1) Display, 2) Demonstration, and 3) Experimentation.  The awards were $50 for 1st and $25 for 2nd for each of the three categories. This year we also awarded prizes for best in 5th and best in 6th grades. The awards were $50 for 1st and $25 for 2nd for each of the two grades.

The Jr./Sr. Science Fair at NYS School for the Deaf Fair was held at the Deaf School. Eleven students participated in this Fair, with six entries in the Junior Division and five in the Senior Division. The awards in the Junior and Senior Categories were $100 for 1st place, $75 for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place.

The Senior Science Fair, there were a total of 54 students in 36 entries for 40 awards. For the Categories and Grades, the awards were $100 for 1st place and $75 for 2nd place. There were three specialty awards: 1) $100 – Walter J. Gyngell Physics Award; 2) $100 – Teachers’ Award; and, 3) DESTINY Award – this year was a Balloon Car contest, with a rophy for 1st place.   The “Best of Fair Awards – Senior Science Fair” were subdivided into three major categories: a) Team Awards, 17 teams judged for the Team Awards of $500 for 1st place and $250 for 2nd place; b) Eight categories competed for the Applied Sciences Award – $500 for 1st Place and $250 2nd place; and, c) STEM Awards – six categories competed for a two-year Presidential Scholarship from MVCC valued at over $7,500 for 1st Place and $400 for 2nd Place.

The Rome Science Fair continues to be a total Rome community event. Even during these hard economic times, the Rome Academy of Sciences is proud to say that 31 companies and organizations served as sponsors for this year’s Science Fair. Great job Rome NY! Special thanks to Byrne Dairy, Ferlo’s Bakery, RFA-AFJROTC, and the Rome Board of Education for their continued support.

The Corporate Sponsors for this year’s Science Fair were: a) Jr. Science Fair – Kicks for Kids Foundation; b) Jr./Sr. Science Fair – Rome Sentinel, Rome Rotary, and Wal-Mart; and, c) Sr. Science Fair – Assured Information Systems for Team Awards, Merrill Lynch for Applied Sciences Awards, and MVCC and Berkshire Bank for the STEM Awards.

The following are the award winners and the associated category sponsors:

Junior Science Fair:      Sponsored by   Kicks for Kids Foundation

The winners for the Display Category

2nd place: Lilly Gilroy & Dominick Gratch, 6th Grade, “Why Doesn’t a Ball Fly Backwards When Thrown in a Moving Vehicle?”

1st place: Eva Rutkowski, 5th Grade,”Sugar in Soft Drinks”

The winners for the Demonstration Category

2nd place: Katelyn Boyer, 5th Grade, “Rainbow in a Jar”

1st place: Alexis Stevens, 5th Grade, “Rainbow Prism”

The winners for the Experiment Category

2nd place: Lydia Mullen, 6th Grade, “Will Different Types of Vinegar Affect the Outcome of a Self-Inflating Balloon?”

1st place: Emily Toth-Ratazzi, 5th Grade, “Dry Ice – How Does it Work?’

The winners for the 5th Grade

2nd place: Jack Wood & Christian Faroni, “Oobleck”

1st place: Katelyn Boyer, “Rainbow in a Jar”

The winners for the 6th Grade

2nd place: Tanner Brawdy & Eddie Rakowski, “Which Brand of Cube is the Fastest to Solve?”

1st place: Bethany Beeman, “What Contaminations are in Our Soil and Snow?”

NYS School for the Deaf Science Award: Sponsored by Rome Rotary, Rome Sentinel, and Wal-Mart

Junior Division:

3rd place: Katie Hence, 5th Grade, “Diffusion”

2nd place: Evan Hawkins, 6th Grade, “Density”

1st place: Cody Sharpsteen, 6th Grade, “Surface Tension”

Senior Division:

3rd place: Jonathan Allen, 8th Grade, “What Melts Ice?”

2nd place: Arif Cajic, 8th Grade, “Acid Indicator”

1st place: Hunter Ocmand, 7th Grade, “Making Plastic from Milk”

Senior Science Fair:

Categories:

  1. Behavioral and Social Science (sponsor: Birnie Bus Services, Inc.):

2nd Place: Elizabeth Johnson, “Neurodiversity”, RFA, 12th Grade

1st Place: Anthony Carambia and Vincent Argenzia, “Transcendence: The Story of Humanity”, RFA, 11th Grade

  1. Biochemistry (sponsor: Price Chopper of Rome [Golub Foundation]):

Sorry, but no Entries This Year

  1. Botany (sponsor: Kris Tech Wire):

Sorry, but no Entries This Year

  1. Chemistry (sponsor: Revere Copper Products):

2nd Place: Camryn Stamboly and Jared Smaldon, “Forensics”, RFA, 12th Grade

1st Place: Nicole Jeselson, “A Replacement for Road Salt”, RFA, 10th Grade

  1. Computer Science (sponsor: Harris Corporation):

1st Place: Rowan Call, “Thermo Electric Effect on PC Cooling”, RFA, 10th Grade

  1. Earth Sciences (sponsor: Deployed Resources LLC)

1st Place: Brendan Kilpatrick and Matt Abreu, “What the Frack?”, RFA, 12th Grade

  1. Engineering (sponsor: Association of Old Crows):

1st Place: Danny Loreto and Dalton Eastup, “Solar Panel Energy”, RFA, 12th Grade

  1. Environmental Sciences (sponsor: FPM Group):

2nd Place: Katelyn Testa and Carlie Noecker, “Environmental Science”, RFA, 12 Grade

1st Place: Nicholas Wenndt, “H2O, Do you Know?”, RFA, 11th Grade

  1. Mathematics (sponsor: Mohawk Valley Section of IEEE):

1st Place: Ryan Samuels and Marco Pasqualetti, “Parabolic Equations”, RFA, 12th Grade

  1. Medicine and Health (sponsor: Rome Memorial Hospital):

2nd Place: Chloe Call, “Dog Sense”, RFA, 9th Grade

1st Place: Nicole Hanrahan and Kaylee Holmes, “Acid Rain”, RFA, 11th Grade

  1. Microbiology (sponsor: Mohawk Glen Imaging, PC):

2nd Place: Hannah McCullough and Jamie Fleck, “Bacteria Growth”, Strough, 8th Grade

1st Place: John George, “Spatial Self-Recognition in Physarum Polycephalum”, RFA, 9th Grade

  1. Physics (sponsor: Alion Science and Technology):

2nd Place: Victoria Passalacqua and Jade Jarvis, “Calculating the Speed of Light”, Strough, 8th Grade

1st Place: Sven van Hoesel, “Thar She Blows – Optimizing Balloon Powered Cars”, Strough, 7th Grade

  1. Space Sciences (sponsor: Wal-Mart):

Sorry, but no Entries This Year

  1. Zoology (sponsor: Research Associates of Syracuse):

1st Place: Daniel Bailey and Danielle Meyers, “Zoology”, RFA, 12th Grade

Grades:

7th: (sponsor: Rome Fire Dept Benevolent Association):

1st Place: Sven van Hoesel, “Thar She Blows – Optimizing Balloon Powered Cars”, Physics, Strough

8th: (sponsor: AmeriCU Credit Union):

2nd Place: Victoria Passalacqua and Jade Jarvis, “Calculating the Speed of Light”, Physics, Strough

1st Place: Hannah McCullough and Jamie Fleck, “Bacteria Growth”, Microbiology, Strough

9th: (sponsor: Wal-Mart):

2nd Place: Chloe Call, “Dog Sense”, Medicine and Health, RFA

1st Place: John George, “Spatial Self-Recognition in Physarum Polycephalum”, Microbiology, RFA

10th: (sponsor: Booz Allen Hamilton):

2nd Place: Rowan Call, “Thermo Electric Effect on PC Cooling”, Computer Science, RFA

1st Place: Nicole Jeselson, “A Replacement for Road Salt”, Chemistry, RFA

11th: (sponsor: Toccolana Club of Rome)

2nd Place: Emma Gilroy, “The History in the Trees”, Environmental Sciences, RFA

1st Place: Bethany Weir, “Growing Greener Buildings”, Environmental Sciences, RFA

12th: (sponsor: Friends of Science):

2nd Place: David Jeselson, “Deflategate”, Physics, RFA

1st Place: Tessa Zmudosky and Sarah Alshaman, “Environmental Causes of CANCER in Our Area”, Environmental Sciences, RFA

Specialty Awards:

  1. Walter J. Gyngell Physics Award (sponsor: Family of Walter J. Gyngell):

1st Place: Victoria Passalacqua and Jade Jarvis, “Calculating the Speed of Light”, Physics, Strough, 8th Grade

  1. Teachers’ Award (sponsor: Rome Teachers Association):

1st Place: John George, “Spatial Self-Recognition in Physarum Polycephalum”, Microbiology, RFA, 9th Grade

  1. DESTINY Award (IESolutions & MANIAC Consulting):

1st Place, Trophy: Sven van Hoesel, “Thar She Blows – Optimizing Balloon Powered Cars”, Physics, Strough, 7th Grade,

Distances:  27ft 11in, 34ft, and 35ft 6in

“Best of Fair” Awards:

1. Team Awards (sponsor: Assured Information Security, Inc.):

2nd Place: $250: Hannah McCullough and Jamie Fleck, “Bacteria Growth”, Microbiology, Strough, 8th Grade

1st Place: $500: Nicole Hanrahan and Kaylee Holmes, “Acid Rain”, Medicine and Health, RFA, 11th Grade

2.   Applied Sciences Awards (sponsor: Merrill Lynch):

2nd Place ($250): Nicole Hanrahan and Kaylee Holmes, “Acid Rain”, Medicine and Health, RFA, 11th Grade

1st Place ($500): John George, “Spatial Self-Recognition in Physarum Polycephalum”, Microbiology, RFA, 9th Grade

3.   STEM Award (sponsor: MVCC and Berkshire Bank)

2nd Place ($400): Rowan Call, “Thermo Electric Effect on PC Cooling”, Computer Science, RFA, 10th Grade

1st Place (Two Year Presidential Scholarship – $7,500): Nicole Jeselson, “A Replacement for Road Salt”, Chemistry, RFA, 10th Grade