2018 Speakers

Michael R. Twiss

What Would an Early Warning System Look Like for the Great Lakes?

Michael Twiss

Michael R. Twiss, Ph.D., is a professor of biology at Clarkson University, teaching classes in Limnology, Microbiology, Environmental Science of the Adirondacks, and Great Lakes Water Protection. He is a member of the Frontiers in Aquatic Microbiology editorial board and has served on grant review panels for the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and other agencies.

Twiss is a limnologist (freshwater scientist) with expertise in the microbial plankton ecology of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River system and interactions of plankton with trace elements in the water column. His research aims to understand the impact that microbes have on the geochemical fate of nutrients and metals in natural waters and how plankton respond to changes in their natural environment.

He is the recipient of the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal for Academic Excellence, the Premier’s Research Excellence Award by the Province of Ontario and the Chandler-Misener Award by the International Association for Great Lakes Research, and has been funded in the past five years by New York Sea Grant, the New York Power Authority, the NSF, the USEPA Great Lakes National Program Office and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems. Twiss has over 50 peer-reviewed publications.”


Comedy Improv Took the Stage at Cazenovia Forum Fundraiser

CAZENOVIA, NY -A comedy improv performance in the style of the popular television show Whose Line is it Anyway? was the centerpiece of the biennial fundraising gala for the Cazenovia Forum lecture series, held Saturday, November 11, at 7:30pm at the Hampton Inn in Cazenovia. The entertainment for the evening was provided by the long-running improv troupe“Eight is NEVER Enough,”comprising New York City performers and artists dedicated to captivating audiences through old-school improv comedy entertainment.

Mike Nunes
Creator of ‘This Is Us’ TV Drama

Mike Nunes

Mike Nunes, the NBC Universal executive who shepherded the award-winning and critically-acclaimed television series “This is Us,” will deliver the next Cazenovia Forum lecture on Friday, April 6, at 7:00 pm at the Hampton Inn ballroom in Cazenovia.

Admission to the event is free, no reservations are required and audience members are invited to join the speaker for a post-event reception.

As Vice President of Current Programming for NBC Entertainment, Nunes has handled some of the biggest, most popular and well-reviewed shows in television.  In addition to “This Is Us,” which has become a national phenomenon since its launch in 2016, he has overseen “The Good Place,” from esteemed comedy showrunner Michael Schur, “Superstore,” starring America Ferrera and, most recently, “Rise,” from “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood” executive producer Jason Katims.

The title of Nunes’ presentation is Framing the Story: From the Outside In.

“This is Us,” which just completed its second season on NBC, is a drama that follows the lives of three siblings and their parents, taking place in both the present and, via flashbacks, various times in the past. Two of the siblings are the surviving members of a white couple’s triplet pregnancy, while the other is a black child born the same day who was abandoned and adopted by the couple in place of their stillborn son.

The show received Golden Globe nominations for Best Television Drama in both 2017 and 2018. Last year, the series received ten Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, and Sterling K. Brown winning for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

Nunes began his career at NBC in 2006 as a coordinator in drama development and moved his way up to Manager of Current Programming and Director of Current Programming before being named Vice President.

The Forum is pleased to partner on this event with Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, from which Nunes received a master’s degree in television, radio and film in 2002.

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