This summer, 48 area middle school students are curing the summer "brain drain" with a heavy dose of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fun at the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The program offers the team of budding scientists and engineers an exciting opportunity to work alongside professionals and a former NASA astronaut while experiencing life on a college campus.
To meet its potential for driving discovery and knowledge acquisition, data science must address the key challenges posed by "Big Data," assert Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professors James Hendler and Peter Fox in a commentary appearing in the June edition of the journal Big Data. Those challenges are not typically represented in university data science programs, which currently emphasize statistical techniques, visualization, and programming/analysis applications.
JOIN US FOR FAMELAB: EXPLORING EARTH AND BEYOND!
Think American Idol. . .but for scientists! FameLab is a panel-judged competition to find the new voices of science across the world. It all started in 2005 in the UK, and this event is the kickoff of "Season 3" here in the US. Ten young scientists will spin tall-but-true tales of exoplanet atmospheres, the possibility of life on icy moons, and much more. . .in 3 powerpoint-free minutes each!
And while the judges deliberate, we'll be treated to stories of how science meets science fiction from scientific advisor to Hollywood, Dr. Kevin Grazier!
Come cheer on these brave souls - vote for your favorite - and maybe you can claim, "I was there when the next Carl Sagan was discovered!"
Tuesday, July 29th - 7pm - FREE - Reception to follow
EMPAC Theater @RPI - 110 8th St. Troy, NY 12180 - Free parking!
Public Observing at the Hirsch Observatory
Public Observing presented and hosted by the Rensselaer Astrophysical Society. Come observe the stars, planets, galaxies, and other astronomical sights every Saturday night from 8-10pm at the Hirsch Observatory on top of the Johnson-Rowland Science Center (J-ROWL). Please enter through the south door of the building. Call (518) 276-6090 to check if people are up there. Parking is available in the Academy Hall parking lot. Visit astro.union.rpi.edu for more information.
For more information, please contact Amanda Thibault, firstname.lastname@example.org.