Our community lost one of its cherished members, Satish Chandra Prasad, on January 18, 2017.
Satish had a Ph.D. in High Energy Physics from the University of Massachusetts, and had been on the faculty of SUNY Upstate Medical University in the Radiation Oncology department since 1981, until he retired as a full Professor in 2010; he had also authored a widely read book on this topic, Review of Radiation Oncology Physics, and was a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and a Diplomat of the American College of Radiology.
Satish and his family have been active members of ICRCC for over thirty years. He had served on our Board, in addition to volunteering to make many community activities possible. He was a good friend to many of us, with his unforgettable humor, wit and brilliance. He has been a deep thinker, and explained his philosophy in a recently authored book, titled On Human Dilemma, written from a physicist’s perspective.
Satish was only 72 when he passed away. A memorial ceremony was held on January 22, 2017. Our heartfelt condolences to his wife Jayshri, daughters Monica, Anita, and Sunita, and their families.
(Submitted by Chilukuri K. Mohan)
Many of us seek to be involved in charitable or philanthropic activities and organizations. How can we maximize the good that we can do with our limited time and money? Can we perhaps help to address hunger, which affects one in seven individuals in this wealthy country? Can any organization claim that every contributed dollar reaches the intended final recipients, providing as many as three meals, with the least overhead compared to other non-profit organizations?
Perhaps the best kept secret is right in our area. The Food Bank of Central New York (FBCNY) has been helping to feed the hungry since 1985, providing 29,915 meals a day in Onondaga and surrounding counties, and constantly exploring new activities to help the hungry. I am fortunate to be serving on their Board of Directors, and have come to appreciate the wonderful dedication of those who lead and work at FBCNY.
The Food Bank is supported by individual donations as well as corporations, food producers, wholesalers and retail grocery stores, and the government (e.g., USDA’s Emergency Food Assistance Program). There is a large and well-maintained food storage facility and trucks periodically take food supplies to 250 partner organizations (food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency shelters). Other not-for-profit agencies such as day care centers, rehabilitation centers, senior centers, and group homes also receive assistance to supplement their agency food needs. A number of recent initiatives have focused on reaching hungry children, especially in rural parts of upstate NY, e.g., providing food in the summer to children when school lunches are not available. New Summer Food Service Programs, Mobile Food Pantry programs, and School Pantries have been recently initiated, along with food assistance to non-emergency programs such as day care centers and senior centers. FBCNY focuses on nutritious food (i.e., not junk) distribution and also works to educate recipients about the same. FBCNY has the goal of providing an additional 3 million meals this year to food insecure individuals, developing new programs as needed. For those interested in donating, volunteering or visiting, the Food Bank of CNY is located at 7066 Interstate Island Road, Syracuse, NY 13209, (315) 437-1899 (website foodbankcny.org). Together, we can solve hunger!!
India was very well represented as the JD Elementary School celebrated its first ever Multicultural Festival on January 19, 2017. Posters and artifacts displayed vignettes of Indian history, culture and cuisine. Gulab Jamoons and Samosas were also offered for the enjoyment of the attendees.
JD Elementary School students sang the Indian National Anthem. Attendees were asked to stand up for the National Anthem. The students had only a very short time to memorize and practice the song; yet they delivered an admirable performance. The program concluded with “It is a small world” song.
Kavya performed Indian Classical Dance called Kathak. The first part was invocation of God through a hymn which conveyed the message that Gurus are conduits to God, embodying the virtues of creators, preservers, and the universe itself. The dancer bowed to her Guru for guiding her on the path of knowledge and wisdom. During her performance, Kavya rendered many expressions (