SU Physicists Part of Global Team to Witness Extraordinary Celestial Event

Oct 16, 2017
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Physicists at Syracuse University are among a global team of scientists to detect the collision of neutron stars that explains the presence of heavy metals in the universe.  The university announced the scientific breakthrough at an event this morning.  Charles Brightman Endowed Professor of Physics Duncan Brown says observational data from this detection has provided evidence that elements are created in the collision of these stars.

The plot of a walk on College Football player rising through the ranks to  assume a position of importance has fueled many Hollywood movies. But, truth be told it is much more than an elaborate work of fiction.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Tyler Aki reports that this year's Clemson team is adding to the walk on legacy. 

Local Job Fair Connects Job Seekers with Retail Employers for Upcoming Holiday Season

Oct 13, 2017
John Smith / WAER News

Local residents dressed to impress today as they either applied for jobs with on-the-spot interviews or inquired about opportunities at the Southwest Community Center in Syracuse.  Build To Work Program Coordinator Twiggy Billue says the majority of companies are looking to hire for retail and customer service jobs.

Tobacco Free Network of CNY

Middle and high school students in Fulton, the Institute of Technology in Syracuse and across the state today called attention to the billions of dollars of tobacco promotion in stores that is likely influencing kids to start smoking at the average age of 13.  Today is Seen Enough Tobacco Day, and students created displays aimed at raising awareness of tobacco placement and advertising.  Joe Wicks is with the Tobacco Free Network of Central New York, and says even pharmacies are partly to blame.

This Saturday, the Palace Theater in Eastwood hosts a film festival for horror movie fans. 

Freddy Fest is an all-day tribute to Freddy Krueger … and will feature the screening of all seven of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” films in their original 35 mm format.   Director Jack Sholder, who crafted Nightmare on Elm Street Two, will be there for a Q-and-A session, along with actors and vendors .

A Tale of Two Oranges

Oct 12, 2017

Families will be flocking to the dome on Friday night as the Syracuse Orange (3-3, 1-1) will face No.2 ranked and undefeated defending national champions the Clemson Tigers (6-0, 4-0) at 7:00 PM, kicking off Parent’s Weekend in Syracuse.

Clemson is looking to keep their perfect season alive with another ACC win this week. A victory against the Orange will put Clemson at 13 consecutive home games on the opponent’s home field, breaking Alabama’s record and giving the Tigers the second longest streak in the country behind Oklahoma.

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New Yorkers have the power on November 7th to decide whether some state officials convicted of a felony should be stripped of their pensions. But the proposal would not apply to two former legislative leaders and several former associates of Governor Cuomo accused of corruption.

The ballot proposition before voters on Election Day would  allow a judge to determine whether a state official convicted of crimes like bribery or bid rigging, should lose all or part of their pension.

The environmental records of Central New York’s senators and assemblymembers are getting mixed reviews in an analysis of their votes during the last legislative session.  The group environmental advocates has released legislators’ scorecards, and Executive Director Peter Iwanowicz says they come with a different backdrop.

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This week on Science on the Radio we take a trip to Brooklyn, New York to examine the legendary Brooklyn Bridge. The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable/stayed suspension bridge in New York City and is one of the oldest bridges in the United States.

Have you ever wondered how much money it cost to build such a bridge? Or how did they test its safety? Find out this week on Science on the Radio with Dr. Marvin Druger.

SU "Aggressively" Addressing Mumps Outbreak Through Education, Isolation

Oct 11, 2017
Scott Willis / WAER News

Onondaga County and Syracuse University health officials say they’re continuing to monitor the student population for mumps now that there are 13 confirmed cases of the virus.  There are five more “probable” cases and at least 10 others with possible symptoms.  Senior Vice President for enrollment and student experience at Syracuse University Dolan Evanovich has been reaching out to students and parents.