Browsing: Technology

By Kelsey McKim and Lindsey Witmer Companies like RosieApp, an online shopping app for ordering and delivering groceries, are becoming more common in Ithaca and Tompkins County. Apps are one example of growth in the county’s technology sector. RosieApp was founded in 2013 and now has over 34 locations in 12 states nationwide. It opened its headquarters in the Ithaca Commons in July 2015. “There’s definitely a growing trend for tech businesses,” said Phyllisa DeSarno, director of economic development for the City of Ithaca. DeSarno, who helps attract businesses to Ithaca and encourage their development, said the culture of technology…

By Emily Fedor and Miranda Materazzo Local marine life education and conservation are major focuses of the Sciencenter’s recently launched a $3.8 million capital campaign: Curious. Confident. Inspired. The fundraising effort  will allow the Sciencenter to create new exhibits as well as re-envision current attractions just as it has done with the tide pool touch tank. “We’re reimagining all of the exhibits and programs throughout the museum,” said Amy Gaulke, the Sciencenter’s public and media relations manager. “This is one of the first major changes to come.” The newly renovated touch tank officially opened to the public on August 7.…

By Taylor Rescignano & Ian Stone Students from universities across the Northeast gathered to take part in the second annual BigRed//Hacks hackathon at Cornell University, working nonstop from 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18 to 8 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 20. About 360 students competed for a variety of prizes donated by sponsors, including gift cards, swag bags and company credit. The hackathon has been more than just a competition. It also served as a way for students to promote their work and interact with potential and prospective employers. “These are great networking events,” said co-organizer Junia George, who is…

By Erica Dischino and Ciara Lucas Cornell University Associate Professor Kathie Hodge in the School of Integrative Plants Science  presented different fungi found in food and how to prevent future mold growth at the Science Cabaret on Sept. 15, held in downtown restaurant Coltivare. Science Cabaret, inspired by the European “Cafe Scientifique” movement in the 1990s, hosts informal presentations about various scientific topics. The gatherings are used to simplify and spread awareness of scientific research or processes that might not necessarily reach the public. “Science Cabaret is kind of a challenge to take fairly technical information and make it lively…

By Kelli Kyle and Olivia Cross The 2015-2016 school year has officially kicked off the Ithaca City School District’s 1:1 initiative that provides fourth through 12th grade students with Chromebooks and kindergarten through third grade students with iPads. The official announcement came in December 2014. The district said this move is a redistribution of technology. It leaves higher grade levels with Chromebooks and younger grade levels with iPads, relocated from the middle and high schools. “This [iPad Initiative] is not a true 1:1 but was seen as a practical, cost-effective and educationally sound transition,” ICSD Director of Technology Dominick Lisi…

The Tompkins County Public Library is 3 percent short of its goal entering its final year of a two-year fundraising campaign to add more technology. They hope to reimagine the space and make it a library fit for the 21st century. “The Campaign for a 21st Century Library: Books and Beyond in the Digital Age”, which was developed in early 2013 and was announced to the public in November 2014, has a final goal of $2.75 million. Susan Currie, director of the Tompkins County Public Library, said there has been an increased need and demand for new technology. “In terms…

BY KELSEY McKIM AND JENNY ZDROJESKI John Gurche, Artist in Residence at Ithaca’s Museum of the Earth, has created an artistic model of a newly-announced hominin’s head, which will be featured on the cover of the October 2015 issue of National Geographic Magazine. Gurche explained in a lecture at Ithaca College campus in the spring of 2015 that the hominin, meaning an early human-like species, was discovered by a group of scientists in 2013 and given the name Homo naledi. Details about the species were shared publicly early this month in a research article and announcement. Gurche was sent down…

By Kellen Beck and Katelyn Harrop A new weather station is being installed on the Ithaca College campus, giving the South Hill area accurate and up-to-the minute weather readings through its connectivity with Weather Underground. The project is expected to be completed within a month. Weather Underground is partnered with RainWise Inc., which manufactures the weather station. When the station is up and running in full, community members will be able to specially select the IC station on the Weather Underground website in order to get the most accurate reading of area weather. Currently, the closest weather stations to the…

By Elizabeth Morris and Steve Pirani Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology is celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2015 with open houses and new bird exhibits. Ithaca’s own bird research and observatory is reflecting on the past, while also looking toward the years ahead.  The lab was the brainchild of Arthur A. Allen, famed ornithologist who joined Cornell as a professor of entomology in 1915. From these humble beginnings grew the lab as it stands today, a stunning, glass-walled wedge of a building nestled into the 220 acres of nature that make up Sapsucker Woods. The lab has connected with over 12…

On September 26, Ithaca’s Sciencenter will open its re-designed mini golf course to the public. A team of nine designers from the exhibits department has worked on the completion of this science-themed, 18-hole course since September 2014. This interactive exhibit was created with access for all, as the course is fully wheelchair accessible and features Americans with Disabilities Act approved golf clubs. The Sciencenter looks to use the new course to add to its ongoing campaign: “Curious. Confident. Inspired.” “Our course is unique in that each hole has something interactive and that makes it really fun,” said Donna DiBartolomeo, the…

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