Scientists’ Society of Southwest Florida Dinner Meeting

Thursday, December 9, 2021

The Landings Yacht, Golf and Tennis Club

4415 S. Landings Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33919

Social hour 5:15 p.m., cash bar

Meeting/Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.

Reservations are required. Guests are welcome. Send check for $32 per person to Treasurer, Scientists’ Society of SWF, 2808 SW 45th Street, Cape Coral, FL 33914, or to pay by credit card, check the link included in the Programs button above.

Reservation Deadline:

Saturday, December 4

Menu: Sliced pork tenderloin, salad, chef’s choice of vegetable, starch, dessert. Cash bar. A vegetarian menu option is available if requested when reservation is made.

Directions: Enter The Landings from McGregor Blvd. at the first light south of College Parkway. The dinner will be at the Helm Club. The guard will direct you to parking.

Covid 19 Precautions: Seating will be with 6 people per table. Masks are optional.


Mind, Brain and Artificial Intelligence

Joanna Salapska-Gelleri, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Cognitive Psychology

Florida Gulf Coast University

Dr. Salapska-Gelleri will discuss the historical antecedents of the field as well as the current state and future directions of this still nascent and most remarkable scientific endeavor. From the early roots of computer algorithms proposed by the 18th century mathematician Ada Lovelace through the breakthroughs of Alan Turing to our modern sprint toward the first fully conscious, autonomous, and generally intelligent agent, there is much we have accomplished and so much more to discover. The study of artificial intelligence is also the study of what it means to be human and how our remarkable brains and bodies are able to navigate, survive and adapt to the world around us. Dr. Salapska-Gelleri will answer some questions and pose many more in this discussion of artificial intelligence and its many facets.

Dinner Meetings and Field Trips

The Society meets seven times a season from October through April to hear a technical presentation, socialize over dinner and have stimulating conversations. The technical speakers are invited from industry, universities and government agencies. Field trips are scheduled to visit businesses and facilities engaged in science and technology. Click on "Programs" above for the current schedule.

Scholarships and Grants

We provide support for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camps for Lee County students and scholarships for their participation. We grant scholarships for outstanding high school seniors who will pursue STEM majors in college, based upon recommendations by their science teachers. We currently are providing $200 grants to science teachers to help them purchase the supplies and equipment they need to effectively teach their students. We fund these programs through contributions by our members and other generous individuals and foundations. Click on "Scholarships and Grants" above for more information.

Science Fairs

Our members serve as judges for Lee County school science fairs and the annual Regional Science Fair. Participating as a judge is open to all members. Being able to interact with inquisitive young people and encourage them in their interest in science is an extremely rewarding experience for our members and the students. Click on "Science Fair Judging" above for more information and our current judging schedule.