Fall 2014
Mondays, 9:30 – 11:00


September 22nd

Laugh and Learn
Presented by Steve Lambert
Steve Lambert is retired from teaching and administration in the Rochester public school system but declares he is just a guy who likes to laugh and learn. That is why his family name begins with L.
A series of short talks based on a variety of topics from mathematics to art as seen on Ted Talks: Ron Englash’s You Have a Fractal on Your Roof will start the hour explaining how fractals are found everywhere in nature. Then Tracy Chavalier, author of The Girl with the Pearl Earring, will speak on Finding the Story Inside a Painting. They are serious lectures mixed with humorous clips that create 90 minutes you will truly enjoy.

September 29th

The Robots are Taking Over!
Presented by Bob Vukosic
Most of Bob’s professional engineering career involved the application of new technologies to the development, design and manufacturing of complex business and professional products. Bob continues to enjoy acquiring knowledge regarding science and technology and history and sharing this with others.
You may not realize it, but robots are in your life every day. They perform tasks beyond our human capability, work in environments that are hazardous to us, and improve the quality of our lives in general. This presentation will provide you with a basic understanding of robotics, provide examples of robots in wide use today, and take a glimpse of what the future may hold.

October 6th
The Pareto Distribution/Principle
Presented by Bill Hosley
Part of Bill’s career at Eastman Kodak was as a statistical analyst. He is a former member of the American Statistical Association.
Described by Vilfredo Pareto (1842-1923), the Pareto Principle explains why inequalities are inevitable in a free economy. Failure to recognize the Principle can result in misguided policies. Examples provided for discussion.

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