The first show of the year brought us a report from the Christmas bird count conducted by the Cayuga bird club, predictions of scientific discoveries for the new decade, and information about the Tompkins County SciHub.
Interviews: Esther Racoosin
On January 1st, 2020, about 150 volunteers ventured out to count as many local birds as possible. The birders participated in the Christmas Bird Count sponsored by Audubon and organized locally by the Cayuga Bird Club.
To find out more, Locally-Sourced Science contributor Esther Racoosin spoke with Diane Morton, president of the Cayuga Bird club, as well as with other birders.
A group at Cornell University is working on developing the Tompkins County Science Hub.
To learn more about Sci Hub, I spoke to Dr. Bruce Lewenstein, Professor of Communications in the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Lewenstein, project leader Norman Porticella, lecturer in the department of communications, and experts at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, are doing research on what a local science hub would look like.
In this show Liz Mahood interviews Dr. Peter McMahon,
Cornell Assistant Professor of Applied and Engineering Physics. He walks us through quantum computers and
what they are used for.
Later in the show, Esther Racoosin speaks with Dr. David
Shmoys, Professor in the Cornell School of Operations Research and Information
Engineering. He is also a faculty member
in the Department of Computer Science and is the Associate Director of the Institute for Computational