A place to relax, enjoy some coffee and cookies, and explore ideas about our physical universe... for science and non-science types!




Ithaca College has signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a pledge to produce a plan (by September 2009) for the campus to go “carbon neutral” by completely mitigating our greenhouse gas emissions. Signed by 582 colleges and universities across the country, the pledge commits us to model ways to eliminate global warming emissions and provide the knowledge and the educated graduates to achieve climate neutrality.

This session of the Physics Café will frame Ithaca College's efforts to achieve climate neutrality. Stan Wrzeski will review the process by which Ithaca College will sort through it's options, delineating key trade-offs that will be part of the discussion. Low-carbon technologies and strategies employed on other campuses will be explored for their potential in Ithaca.

Stan Wrzeski manages the interdisciplinary team of consultants helping Ithaca College develop a plan to achieve carbon neutrality. He has three decades of industry experience in the public sector, private sector and academe, packaging numerous broad public/private partnerships to explore state-of-the-art design and technology innovations. As a building scientist, he’s had one foot in the architectural realm and the other in engineering. Both educator and entrepreneur, he works the interstitial spaces among professions, effecting cross-disciplinary collaborations that are critical to the evolving field of sustainable design. Stan is also a member of the team helping Cornell University develop its climate action plan.


Achieving Carbon Neutrality: It is our choices
 that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities


Wrzeski Bridge


The Physics Café is a campus-wide lecture series sponsored by the Physics Department of Ithaca College.   The idea is to grab and hold the attention of science and non-science majors by offering talks on exciting and accessible current topics in physics.   Past Café lectures have featured the time-warping properties of black holes, the exploration of planet Mars, the communication of elephants, and remote sensing of archaeological sites.   The talks are presented in a café environment, where coffee is served and students and physicists can informally discuss new ideas.

The Physics Café regularly draws between 100 and 250 students from IC, so together with the 200-300 teachers from the Bureau event, we expect to attract a total audience of around 300 to 550 people.

Each talk in the Physics Café series is presented by a world-class expert.   These speakers are known for their abilities to communicate with non-scientific audiences, and have won awards for their efforts to engage the public in our search for a physical understanding of the Universe.

The lecture is free and open to the public. There are no pre-requisites!   No requirements!   Everyone is welcome!   Starbucks coffee (caffeinated and decaf.) will be served, along with cookies and biscuits.   An informal talk-back session with the speaker will immediately follow the presentation.

  • For more information on our speaker, please see Stan Wrzeski at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at UW-Milwaukee

Contact: Professor Beth Ellen Clark Joseph
Center for Natural Sciences, Room 267
607 274 3968


Read about former Physics Café Talks here:
  2007-2008: Searching for Extra-terrestrial Life: Molecules, UFOs, and Little Green Men
  2006-2007: Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality?
  2005-2006: Visualizing Complex Electronic Quantum Matter - A Voyage of Exploration and Discovery
  2004-2005: Whose Line is it Anyway? -- How We Know that Space and Time are Curved
  Fall 2004: Seeing Beneath the Soil
  Spring 2004: The Elephant Seismic Project
  Fall 2003: Black Holes: Small, Medium, and Huge
  Spring 2003: Mars Mission

Read the Press Releases about the Physics Cafe here:
  September 18, 2003
September 08, 2003
August 25, 2003
February 03, 2003
January 01, 2003
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