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matt james with bookA new book by Sonoma State University Professor Matthew James celebrates the brave pioneers from the California Academy of Sciences who validated Charles Darwin's theory of evolution -- and saved their institution -- in their 1905-06 expedition to the Galapagos Islands. "Collecting Evolution" (Oxford University Press) will be released on April 7.

seizure monitor and studentsA group of electrical engineering students at Sonoma State University is working on a wearable device that may save lives and make everyday tasks like cooking meals less fearful for those suffering from epilepsy and other seizure-inducing conditions.

mariana martinezSonoma State University Lecturer and staff member Dr. Mariana G. Martinez has won a seat on the Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees, garnering the most votes running against two incumbents. Martinez will represent the 3-4-5 district, which covers Rohnert Park, Cotati, most of Santa Rosa and several areas of unincorporated Sonoma County.

mariana martinezAside from the two candidates running for president, the Sonoma State community has another candidate to watch on November 8. Sonoma State University Professor Mariana G. Martinez is running for a seat on the Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees.

judy sakaki speaking at amache art receptionSonoma State University President Judy K. Sakaki and others were on hand to tell personal stories at a September 13 reception for the University Library Art Gallery's exhibition, "Creativity Unconfined: Life in a World War II Japanese American Internment Camp." The reception also highlighted the University Library's Digital Special Collection on Japanese Americans of Sonoma County.

Just outside the second floor gallery is a digital exhibit highlighting the Collection. Photos, letters and artifacts from Japanese Americans of Sonoma County and their wartime experiences in American incarceration camps have been digitized and added to the collection.

helena fosterShe gently grasped the branch and kissed a newly formed leaf of the horse chestnut tree in Sonoma State University's Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Grove. "It reminds me of my childhood," says Helena Foster, gently releasing the branch and breathing in the fresh summer air around the tree. "We used to play in the garden. It brings back memories of my brother, who did not make it, because they got him. I'm the only one who survived."

piano performance in weill hallMore than 1,350 Sonoma State University students will be attending performances with their academic classes at the Green Music Center this fall free of charge thanks the University's Arts Integration program.

matt james and bust of hemmingwayBy Matthew James, SSU Geology Professor

In December 2015 I took a swell trip. While my students back on campus crammed for final exams in my lecture and laboratory courses, and sweated out documenting their lengthy geology field trip reports, I got schooled, in the good sense. I went to Cuba, an island in the humid tropics where perspiration flows like cheap rum. I joined 22 other scholar-tourists from 15 campuses around the country who converged in Miami, Florida, and then made the short flight to Havana, Cuba for the week-long education and research delegation.

brantleybryant.pngSonoma State University English professor Brantley Bryant, author of Middle English modern satire "Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog," is spearheading the creation of an online open access companion to Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales" that will be free for students to use as a resource for studying the classic text.

jonathandimmock.jpgThree private studio instructors have joined the Sonoma State University music faculty - Jonathan Dimmock, organ; Wayne Roden, viola; and Mark Wallace, double bass.

SSU student Michelle Kavata in front of a Haitian hospitalSonoma State University student Michelle Kavata recently returned from Haiti, where she helped set up a virtual doctor's office in a rural area of the developing nation--and received college credit for doing so.

dreamerstable.jpgNavigating college for the first time can present several challenges for the average student. For the 148 undocumented students at Sonoma State University, those challenges are even harder says Griselda Madrigal, president of Sonoma State's DREAMers Club.

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