TACNY Jr. Cafe Scientifique

May 19 – Engineering the Human Machine

Speaker: Douglas Yung, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering, Syracuse University

Overview: The human body is often viewed as a sophisticated machine. Brain is like a big circuit, heart and lungs are like a pump. With malfunctioning machines, one can easily take things apart, fix and replace the broken components. But how can we diagnose and treat butterflies in stomach, brain freeze, water on the knee, Charley horse, and the like? Come join Dr. Yung to learn about ways to engineer our human machine!

Biography: Douglas Yung is an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University. He pursued a pre-medical curriculum and received BSc in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics/Applied Science from UCLA, and PhD in Bioengineering from the California Institute of Technology. He was awarded the NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship and conducted research at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is interested in deploying microorganisms as little yet powerful machines. He joined Syracuse in 2016 and acts as the program director for the bioengineering undergraduate program.

June 16 – Below the Surface: The Fisheries of Onondaga Lake

Speaker: Anne Burnham, M.S., Biologist, Parsons Corporation

Overview: Ever wonder what might be swimming just beneath the surface of your local lakes and streams? Whether you are swimming in your local water bodies or recreating along the shores of Onondaga Lake, there is a whole world living just below the surface. Join us on June 16 to explore the aquatic life of Onondaga Lake, and learn about its amazing story of recovery.

Biography: Anne Burnham is a Biologist with Parsons Corporation in Syracuse, NY. A Massachusetts native, she earned her B.S. in Biology and B.A in Environmental Studies at Saint Michael’s College in Burlington, Vermont in 2013. She then went on to complete her M.S. in Ecology from SUNY Environmental Science in the Fall of 2015. While at ESF, her research focused on the use of fish communities in the biomonitoring of freshwater streams throughout New York State. She joined Parsons Corporation in the spring of 2015, where she has helped to develop and implement the long-term monitoring plan for Onondaga Lake. She specializes in fisheries, helping to monitor the community dynamics and mercury cycling in the lake.

About Junior Cafe Scientifique
Junior Café Scientifique is sponsored by the Technology Alliance of Central New York (TACNY) and usually held on the third Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. during the school year at the MOST. A light breakfast is provided, and participants must be accompanied by an adult. The event is free, but TACNY asks that you RSVP to jrcafe@tacny.org. After the event, participants are welcome to explore the museum for free.