National Mentoring Month Continues

A mentor is defined as "someone who teaches, gives help and advice to... often a younger person."  Public media calls them #AmGrad Champions.  See some of the mentors making a difference in the lives of youth across the country when you visit the American Graduate website! WSKG highlights local mentors and champions here:

Share your mentor story with us at @WSKG using the hashtag #UpstateGrad!

Look for El Niño Surprises During the Great Backyard Bird Count

Orange highlights the above-normal warmth of equatorial surface waters in the Pacific that are driving the current El Niño. Image courtesy of NOAA. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology,  the El Niño weather phenomenon warming Pacific waters to temperatures matching the highest ever recorded, participants in the 2016 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), may be in for a few surprises. The 19th annual GBBC is taking place worldwide February 12 through 15. Information gathered and reported online at birdcount.org will help scientists track changes in bird distribution, some of which may be traced to El Niño storms and unusual weather patterns. "The most recent big El Niño took place during the winter of 1997-98," says the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Marshall Iliff, a leader of the eBird program which collects worldwide bird counts year-round and also provides the backbone for the GBBC. "The GBBC was launched in February 1998 and was pretty small at first.

'Second Opinion: CPR in America'

90% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. Receiving immediate CPR can double or triple a person's chance of survival. But 70% of Americans feel helpless because they don't know CPR or they're afraid of hurting the victim. CPR IN AMERICA aims to change that. Second Opinion: CPR in America airs today, Saturday, January 23 at 4 pm on WSKG-TV.

Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" highlights the next BPO concert

The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra is presenting an all-Baroque concert on Sunday, January 24 at 3pm in the Forum in downtown Binghamton.   The program highlights the soloists of the orchestra with a different violinist play the solo part of each of Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Maestro Jose-Luis Novo talks about this unusual concert.  

 

Photo provided by the Binghamton Philharmonic

Local Jazz Singer Wins YoungArts Award

17 year old Painted Post resident Sharada Shashidhar recently won a coveted YoungArts Award in Miami, Florida. Sharada, who has been performing since the age of three, won an award in the Voice Category. YoungArts, which was established in 1981, provides emerging artists with life-changing experiences and validation by renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers. YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the country's highest honor for young artists. Each year, they receive thousands of applications to YoungArts from 15-18 year-old (or grades 10-12) artists, and from these, approximately 800 winners are selected.

PCB Contamination, Space Flowers, and Python Removal

The six most distant known objects in the solar system with orbits exclusively beyond Neptune (magenta) all mysteriously line up in a single direction. Also, when viewed in three dimensions, they all tilt nearly identically away from the plane of the solar system. Batygin and Brown show that a planet with 10 times the mass of Earth in a distant eccentric orbit anti-aligned with the other six objects (orange) is required to maintain this configuration. The diagram was created using WorldWide Telescope. Image by Caltech/R.

New youth-produced video series 'Outside The Box'

PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs launches series on teens challenging gender stereotypes

From new military combat roles for women to Hollywood pay equity, gender politics played a big role in the news this past year. But how do preconceived notions about gender affect the lives of middle and high school students? PBS Student Reporting Labs across the country were challenged to profile young people breaking down stereotypes. How does it feel to be the only girl in the room or only boy on the team? These stories include young welders, pilots, hunters, dancers and game designers.

Charles Hallet of Company K | #tbt

Today’s throwback Thursday photograph comes from the Library of Congress and shows a young soldier from the 137th New York Infantry Regiment posing for the camera. The Library of Congress officially lists him as “unidentified,” but according to its notes, the young man is most likely Charles Hallett of Company K.

The 137th was organized in Binghamton, NY and mustered into service in 1862. While recruits came primarily from Broome, Tioga and Tompkins Counties there were also enlistees from other parts of Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania. The regiment was led by Col. David Ireland and saw action at a number of important battles, most notably Gettysburg and Lookout Mountain.

"Morning's at Seven" premiered in 1939 and hasn't lost any laughs

Paul Osborn's play Morning's at Seven inhabits a world of family events and emotions that remains unchanged since it opened on Broadway in 1939.  It has been revived several times on Broadway, and is popular in community theatre for its colorful and still-relevant characters.  Southern Tier Actors Read are presenting it in the ballroom of the Phelps Mansion Museum on Saturday, January 23rd, and Sunday, the 24th.  

 

 

Photo courtesy clio1789 via Flickr

New Collection: PBS World Explorers

Some sailed across the Atlantic, others rocketed to the moon. Learn more about the lives and journeys of some of history's greatest explorers with this new collection. PBS LearningMedia is excited to announce the newest collection: PBS World Explorers. We hope this collection helps you to inspire a spirit of curiosity and adventure in your students during the new year. Highlights from World Explorers Collection

 

 

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