Hyatt Green on COVID-19: Predicting the Next Outbreak

The Strathmore Speaker Series and Onondaga Free Library are delighted to announce our January 2021 event, an evening with SUNY ESF professor Hyatt Green, whose novel approach to wastewater monitoring is currently being used as an early warning system for the next major outbreak of COVID-19 in Onondaga County. Battling COVID-19 requires rigorous testing. Testing, if it is to succeed, requires the close coordination of microbiologists, public health officials, and operational technologists. Professor Green’s cutting-edge wastewater monitoring project unites these fields. Its blend of microbiology and biotech provides local governments and public health officials with a non-invasive method for detecting the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community—a method that may just be able to contain the next outbreak before it spreads. You won’t want to miss this incredibly topical event. A brief Q&A will follow Professor Green’s presentation.

This event will be held on Thursday, January 14th at 7 pm on Zoom. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

You can register for this event here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About Hyatt Green

Hyatt Green is an assistant professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He holds a PhD in Microbiology from Oregon State University, and has been published in numerous scientific journals, including Applied and Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Science and Technology. His research looks at molecular microbial ecology, water quality and microbial source-tracking, microbial dark matter, and eDNA and molecular ecology.

In April 2020, Professor Green and his research team began developing a method to monitor wastewater for evidence of COVID-19. The New York State Department of Health awarded Professor Green $500,000 in funding to pilot a statewide coronavirus transmission early warning system. They are currently monitoring wastewater systems in 11 counties across New York State, including Onondaga County.

Missed Authors Liz Petrone and Ed Griffin-Nolan? Watch the video!

The Strathmore Speaker Series and Onondaga Free Library’s events are now available on YouTube!

Click below to watch Liz Petrone and Ed Griffin-Nolan speak on their latest books The Price of Admission and Nobody Hitchhikes Anymore. Pick up your own copy of Liz of Ed’s books at Spa at 500, Salt City Coffee, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. November Speaker Mike Streissguth’s latest book City on the Hedge: Hard Choices in the American Rust Belt is also available at Spa at 500.

Note: due to technical difficulties during the live event, we have remastered Ed’s presentation for this video.

Missed our last event? Watch the video!

The Strathmore Speaker Series and Onondaga Free Library are excited to announce that our virtual events will now also be accessible after the event in video form.

Missed Michael Streissguth and his presentation on City on the Edge: Hard Choices in the American Rust Belt? Watch the video below!

Dr. Jana Shaw on The Rise of the Anti-Vaccination Movement: Why Should You Care?

The Strathmore Speaker Series is delighted to announce our October 2019 event, an afternoon with SUNY Upstate’s Dr. Jana Shaw who will explore the rise of vaccine hesitancy and why it should matter to you. This event will be held on Sunday, October 20th at 2 pm at the Onondaga Park Firebarn. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

About Dr. Jana Shaw

Dr. Jana Shaw is an immunization content advisor with expertise in the area of vaccine refusal and 17 years of experience providing primary and specialty pediatric care. Dr Shaw is an Associate Professor at the Department of Pediatrics at the SUNY Upstate Medical University with training in pediatric infectious diseases, public health and immunology from the Johns Hopkins University and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

Dr. Shaw’s research has focused on identifying populations at-risk for undervaccination, with a particular focus on undervaccination and school systems in the United States. Findings from her research have been disseminated through presentations at national and state meetings and published in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Shaw has previously collaborated with the numerous public health and academic institutions on variety of vaccination coverage improvement projects such as Center for Disease ControlUniversity of Albany, the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins and the New York State Department of Health. Her expertise also extends beyond the national borders. She has collaborated with public health professionals in New Zealand to search of ways to enhance coverage in a country without immunization laws.

Dr. Ezra Wegbreit on “Aha” Moments

The Strathmore Speaker Series September 2019 event featured Dr. Ezra Wegbreit, who examined “aha!” moments, the moments we all get from time to time—those sudden bursts of insight that allow us to break through a stubborn problem we’ve been stuck on. This event was held on Sunday, September 29th at at the Onondaga Park Firebarn.

About this event

From the time of the Greek scientist Archimedes and his eureka moment, humanity has been fascinated by these solutions that seem to come from nowhere. Insightful solutions to difficult problems have a long and interesting history, with many other great minds experiencing them, including physicist Albert Einstein, mathematician Henri Poincaré, and chemist August Kekulé. A small, but growing, scientific literature has examined the psychology of insights, including work by Dr. Wegbreit. He will discuss the history, mythology, and psychology of insightful problem solving, with the audience having a chance to potentially solve some problems with insights.

About Ezra Wegbreit

Dr. Ezra Wegbreit received a B.S. in psychology and B.A. in philosophy at Virginia Tech.  He received his PhD in biological psychology at Northwestern University.  While there, he studied the links between creativity, insight, emotions, and attention.  After graduate school, he completed post-doctoral research fellowships focusing on the neuroimaging of mood disorders and ADHD at the University of Illinois ChicagoHarvard University Medical School, and Brown University Medical School.  He is currently an assistant professor in the psychology program at Cazenovia College and conducts research on creative problem solving via insights.  He lives in Skaneateles with his wife, Rebecca, who is a clinical neuropsychologist, and their three wonderful children.

Dr. Ednita Wright on The Opioid Crisis

The Strathmore Speaker Series is delighted to announce our May 2019 event, an evening with Dr. Ednita Wright as she examines the root causes of the opioid epidemic in America and what it means for individuals and families dealing with addition. This event will be held on Thursday, May 16th at 7 pm at the Onondaga Park Firebarn. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

About Dr. Wright

feature-ednita-wrightDr. Wright is a licensed clinical social worker and a credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor. She holds a Ph.D. from Maxwell School of Citizenship, Interdisciplinary Social Science Program at Syracuse University. She obtained a master of social work from Syracuse University’s Falk College and a bachelor of science in human services from Empire State College. Dr. Wright is an associate professor of Human Services and Teacher Education at Onondaga Community College. Her areas of expertise include: adolescents, synthetic drugs, community building, cultural diversity, HIV/AIDS, LGBT issues, social work practice, substance abuse, and marijuana legalization. In her spare time, Dr. Wright is working on a book about Harriet Tubman’s life in Auburn.

Dr. Keith Bybee asks “Is Civility Dead?”

Announcing the Spring 2019 Season!

The Strathmore Speaker Series is delighted to announce its Spring 2019 season!

Our first event will take place on Thursday, March 14th at 7 pm and feature scientist Dr. Donald Siegel who will examine the dismissal of facts in science-related decision making.

Our second event of the spring will take place on Thursday, April 11th at 7 pm and will feature Dr. Keith Bybee, who asks “Is civility dead?”

Our third and final event of the spring will feature Dr. Ednita Wright who will examine the root causes of the opioid epidemic in America and consider what it means for individuals and families dealing with addition. This event will be held on Thursday, May 16th at 7 pm.

As usual, the events will be held at the Onondaga Park Firebarn. They are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Children’s Book “The Silent Nightingale”

The Strathmore Speaker Series is delighted to announce the our November 2018 event, a family-focused afternoon with illustrator Erin Nowak and author Lamis Solaim who collaborated on the new children’s book, “The Silent Nightingale.”  This event will be held on Sunday, November 4th, 2018 at 2 pm at the Onondaga Park Firebarn. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series events, this presentation is free and open to the public.


About Lamis Solaim

Lamis Solaim is a New York City-based writer and Child and Adolescent Psychologist specializing in global mental health. Together, with illustrator Erin Nowak, Solaim will do a reading of her recently published dual-language children’s book “The Silent Nightingale,” written in both English and Arabic. The book was inspired by a time-honored Arabic poem by Maruf al Rusafi, commonly sung by Iraqi children in the 50s and 60s. Lamis earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Saudi Arabia’s King Saud University, an M.A. in applied child development from Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in psychology from the United Kingdom’s Royal Holloway University of London.

About Erin Nowak

Erin Nowak is a Strathmore resident and creator of whimsical illustrations. A graduate of Alfred University with a bachelor of fine arts focused on graphic design and printmaking, Nowak created the illustrations for “The Silent Nightingale” with a layered mix of watercolor and digital painting. The freelance graphic designer is an employee of the Syracuse City School District and lives in the Strathmore neighborhood with her husband and three children. Her work can be found at Wildflowers Armory in Syracuse and at