Science on the Edge Lectures
Ages9-12 years Teenagers Adults & kids together Adults without kids
Thursday, February 1: We Don't Expand the Plate: Baseball Statistics After Moneyball
Andrew Gibson, Pittsburgh Pirates Quantitative Analyst
It has been 15 years since the Oakland Athletics introduced Moneyball into Major League Baseball, and every professional baseball organization is pouring resources into applying statistical analysis to help win baseball games. When the very rich organizations, including the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers, are using the same predictive analytic techniques as the small market teams, those small market teams need to adapt their approach to survive. Andrew Gibson works as a quantitative analyst with the small-market Pittsburgh Pirates, and will be talking about his experiences in trying to find that next-level analytical edge in professional baseball.
Thursday, March 22: The Zoo & You: Connecting Rochester with Wildlife Through Inspiration and Education
James Weinpress, Zoologist, Seneca Park Zoo
Today's modern zoo serves both as a recreational facility for families as well as a multifaceted organization focusing on education and conservation. Monroe County's Seneca Park Zoo strives to combine these attributes in order to foster a sense of stewardship for the preservation of biodiversity both locally and on a global scale. Utilizing the public's desire to connect with the animals under our care, we will discuss the inner workings of the Zoo and how we hope to achieve the goal of connecting Rochester with wildlife!