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Lyceum Society November 2019


for Members

Lyceum Society November 2019

Monday, November 4, 2019

The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St Fl 40, New York

Presented By


Established in 1993, The Lyceum Society is comprised of the Academy’s retired and semi-retired Members. These Members are from diverse backgrounds, have different areas of scientific interest and expertise, and have practiced many professions. Their disciplines include Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Chemical and Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Information Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, and many others.

The Society hosts convivial monthly meetings at the Academy. These meetings feature lectures and discussions with scientists from around the world, and also provide participating Members with the opportunity to give self-directed presentations and seminars based on their own specialties or new research interests. All Academy Members are welcome.

All Lyceum meetings (except December) are Brown Bag lunches.

For more information about the Lyceum Society, click here.


Nonmember Student, Undergrad, Grad, Fellow
Member Student, Post-Doc, Fellow


November 04, 2019

11:30 AM

Brown Bag Lunch

12:45 PM

Smart Wildfire Integrated Prediction and Containment System


Margaret Gates, Member of the Junior Academy and 1000 Girls 1000 Futures

The amount of forest fires that burn per year has increased by about a thousand percent since 1980 and there are now 30.7 million residences at risk of damage in the United States. Our proposed system is designed to predict, prevent, and track these wildfires. Machine learning regression algorithms have the potential to predict these disasters before they begin and anticipate their spread. An improved algorithm that considers live data collected from a primary rod system in the forest and local weather data provides a live map of high risk zones. Secondary rods in forested areas are capable of detecting the beginnings of a fire and are equipped to extinguish it autonomously with an environmentally friendly chemical suppressant. Drones track large fires and collect data to predict their spread. This presentation will discuss the design, implementation, and viability of our project.

1:00 PM

The Earth's Magnetism


Mark Edelman, MA, Science Policy Analysis

Earth’s magnetism was understood with a dipole model by 1600. Magnetic declination became an object of worldwide observation due to its importance in navigation, which continues today. Electromagnetic field theory began by 1821, and the Earth’s field was eventually understood in terms of a dynamo. The dynamo and declination ultimately supported the plate tectonics revolution in geology. The Earth’s magnetic poles migrate and reverse unpredictably. The magnetosphere normally shelters Earth from space weather, but there is a serious hazard to infrastructure from solar coronal mass ejections.