Lyceum Society April 2016 Meeting
Monday, April 4, 2016
The New York Academy of Sciences
The Lyceum Society comprises the Academy's retired and semi-retired members. Talks cover various scientific fields. All Academy members are welcome.
All Lyceum meetings (except December) are Brown Bag lunches.
Brown Bag: 11:30 AM
Brief-Brief: 12:45–1:00 PM
Lecture & Discussion: 1:00–3:00 PM
Speaker: Uldis Blukis
How Complex is Matter? Very Complex
Speaker: Raymond Schaeffer
Building $20 Billion of Mega Projects in NYC — New LIRR at Grand Central, Second Avenue Subway, Extension of No. 7 Line to Javitz Center, Fulton Center
Uldis Blukis, PhD
Uldis Blukis is Professor Emeritus, Brooklyn College, CUNY, where he taught chemistry, integrated science and history of the science of matter 1960–91. He is a co-author of a physical chemistry textbook and a series of educational short films. He was in the diplomatic service of Latvia as a representative to the UN 1991–8. He was a member of the UN Committee on Contributions 1994–2000. Education: BS in Chemistry from University of Illinois, Urbana and PhD in physical chemistry from University of California, Berkeley. He has spoken to the Lyceum Society on the knowledge of knowledge and ignorance in June 2010 (title: Ways of Knowing in Newtonian, Contemporary, and Future Science), as a panel member in May 2013 (Agnepilogy — the science of ignorance and knowledge), and in January 2015 (Agnepilogy); he has reviewed the Nobel Prizes in Chemistry at our December meetings in 2012, 2013, and 2014. He has also delivered "Briefs" including on the History of the Periodic Table.
Raymond Schaeffer is the Vice President of Program Controls at MTA Capital Construction, which oversees the building and expansion of New York City mega-projects, the city's most significant capital transportation infrastructure and capital security programs with a collective budget of over $20 Billion. Ray's career spans over 35 years of international transportation project management. Ray studied Civil Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy and received his bachelors and master's degree in Civil Engineering and Transportation from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne Switzerland. Following graduation, entrepreneurial projects brought Ray from Switzerland to Iran, Chicago and finally New York, where he served under multiple administrations as the Commissioner and Executive Director of the New York City Department of Transportation Parking Department. Ray later returned to the private sector as the Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President, and member of the Board of Directors, of Fay, Spofford & Thorndike of New York; the New York arm of the esteemed 100 years old Bostonian engineering consulting company. Ray is currently responsible for managing Risk, Cost Estimating & Budget, Schedule, Quality Assurance, and Site Security across all programs of the MTA Capital Construction, including such historic projects as the Second Avenue Subway, East Side Access, the Number 7 Line Extension and the Fulton Center.
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