Noon Programs

IMPORTANT: As with so many things that have had to be adjusted, the Noon Programs that have been presented at the main branch in the McChesney room will now be presented as Zoom meetings for the foreseeable future due to Covid-19.

At the end of each program description there is a link to sign on via Zoom. Each program begins at noon on the date noted.

****For the Q&A section of this program, we will be utilizing Zoom’s RAISE HAND feature. Before you join this program, please make sure that you have read through the web article linked below on how to use RAISE HAND for the device you will be using to participate in this ZOOM program. Please click here to learn the procedure. ****

Geri Mulligan, Coordinator

Science Talks
Coordinated by Geri Mulligan

March 1: Why on Earth, go to Space, presented by Dr. Molly Mulligan of Space Commerce Matters. The International Space Station (ISS), has been continuously inhabited by astronauts for over 20 years. What do the astronauts on the ISS do all day? They exercise a lot! They do a lot of science – both to help us get to the Moon and Mars, but also to benefit people on Earth. From 3D printers to pharmaceutical research to studying shower heads, Astronauts are working on things to help improve our everyday lives. Recently, they also got to start having a little fun by working on photoshoots of products for advertisements for major companies! Click here for Zoom link Meeting ID: 340 506 1738

March 22: Celebrating 31 years with the Hubble Space Telescope presented by Dr. Valerie Rapson of SUNY Oneonta. The Hubble Space Telescope, NASA’s first Great Observatory, launched in April of 1990 and has been going strong ever since. Astronomers from across the globe have utilized Hubble to make discoveries related to stars, galaxies, exoplanets, and the early Universe. To date, there have been over 10,000 scientific papers published using Hubble data, making it one of the most prolific astronomical endeavors in history. This talk will cover a brief history of the Hubble Space Telescope, and explore some of Hubble’s most amazing and recent discoveries. Please note: To accommodate Dr. Rapson’s teaching schedule at SUNY Oneonta, this talk will run from 11:55-12:50. Click here for Zoom link Meeting ID: 340 506 1738

Book Sandwiched In
                  Coordinated by Richard Alben and Paul O’Brien

March 29:   Moby Dick by  Herman Melville reviewed by Bob Wakeman. Find out why Moby Dick is on every list of the 10 best novels of all time. This fascinating adventure story puts you aboard a ship with a cast of colorful well-drawn characters you will grow to love, hate and never forget. The themes of duty, ego, cowardice, and friendship resonate and endure. Click here for Zoom link Meeting ID: 340 506 1738

April 5: How to hide an empire : a history of the greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr, reviewed by Fred Eddy. This fascinating book traces the history of the influence of the United States from its colonization of overseas possessions to a new sort of influence, post World War II, based on culture and innovations.The book reveals forgotten episodes that cast American history in a new light.Click here for Zoom link Meeting ID: 340 506 1738

April 12:  Chris Leonard, gives a talk on  “Baseball in Schenectady” For a city that has never had an MLB team, Schenectady has a rich and storied baseball tradition. Join Schenectady City Historian Chris Leonard as he traces the highs and lows of professional baseball in Schenectady from rounders in the early 19th century, through the Schenectady Dorpians, the Mohawk Giants, the Schenectady Blue Jays, and MLB players from Schenectady County. Click here for Zoom link Meeting ID: 340 506 1738

April 19:  Lights Out: Pride Delusion and the Fall of General Electric  by  Thomas Gryta and Ted Mann, reviewed by Chris Hunter. Light’s Out explores GE’s “swift and sudden fall from grace.” Chris Hunter will add insight and historical context gleaned from his experience as curator of the GE collections at MiSci. Click here for Zoom link Meeting ID: 340 506 1738

April 26: Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keene, reviewed by Patti Rand. This book is an epic account of the conflict in Northern Ireland between the Catholics and Protestants from the 1960s through the 1990s. The complexities of the times are illustrated through history, politics, and biographies of people on all sides showcasing complicated moral dimensions. Click here for Zoom link Meeting ID: 340 506 1738

May 3: Paul O’Brien reviews his book Looking Back Looking Beyond, a collection of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry that looks at the past and the guides, the communities, and the art that helped to provide light for the road ahead.  You will learn, for example, what serendipitous event allowed him to overcome his fear and see the movie “Silence of the Lambs.” You will read about the four films that Paul would choose to be on his Mt. Rushmore of films.  Also, you will learn how eight golfers in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, narrowly managed to escape Hurricane Florence. Click here for Zoom link Meeting ID: 340 506 1738

Rescheduled from March 8:
May 10: Bats of New York: Their Darkest Hour,
presented by Alan Hicks.  Although there has been bat researchers in New York State since the 1930’s, the first serious effort to monitor their  populations  began in the late 1970’s. All trends for  all species  were positive, until that  snow covered day in March of 2007 when the DEC survey crew reached the entrance of Hailes Cave in Thatcher Park.  Although they did not know it as they turned on their helmet lights, they were about to be the first witnesses to  what may be the largest, and most rapid, die-off of wild mammals ever recorded.  Join Alan Hicks, retired specialist for DEC, for the telling of the ongoing story,  and for the lessons it teaches us. Click here for Zoom link Meeting ID: 340 506 1738