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There's been a student-tended garden at Sonoma State for over 20 years, says Environmental Studies and Planning professor Rocky Rohwedder, but it was only this year that the vegetables started being put to the best use possible: feeding low-income families.

The garden, farmed by students and volunteers, is actually an ENSP class called agro-ecology taught by Karen Tillinghast. In just three months this year, the garden has generated over 1,000 pounds of food for Neighbors Organized Against Hunger (NOAH), Rohnert Park's food bank.

lopez.jpgA rally to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of Andy Lopez will be held at SSU on Wednesday, Oct. 22, noon to 1 p.m., in front of the University Library. Lopez died at age 13 walking near his home in Southwest Santa Rosa when a Sonoma County Sheriff's deputy shot him several times after mistaking the teenager's toy gun for a real assault rifle. The event features several faculty and students speakers, as well as community members. Sponsored by the SSU Sociology Social Justice and Activism Club.

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During the late afternoon of Oct. 23, 2014, a partial solar eclipse will be visible from much of North America before sundown. However, it is never safe to look at the sun with the naked eye. (Image Credit: NASA/Sinclair)


The Department of Physics and Astronomy at SSU is hosting a viewing event for the partial solar eclipse on Thursday, Oct. 23. The eclipse will begin (first apparent contact between moon and sun) at 1:51 p.m, will reach its maximum coverage of the sun (approximately 40%) at 3:15 p.m., and will end at approximately 4:32 p.m.

Dr. Tom Targett and Professor Scott Severson will be based at the SSU observatory during these times, and will have a varity of equipment for safe eclipse viewing. All are welcome to attend.

The eclipse in question will be a partial eclipse, where the moon will pass in front of the sun, but not cover its entire surface as with a total solar eclipse. "We'll have to wait until 2017 for that," says Targett.

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Seed Swap in Sebastopol is part of a pop-up art show from the Lexicon of Sustainaibility project.

On Tuesday, Oct. 21, Sonoma State University's Sustainability Day brings exhibits, art, short films, panel discussions, tours and classes on global sustainability to the campus. Keynote speakers include Petaluma filmmaker and creator of the Lexicon of Sustainability project Douglas Gayeton and environmental scientist and SSU professor Rocky Rohwedder at 5:30 p.m. in Weill Hall.

"The day aims to be fun, informative and festive," says Paul Draper, SSU's Director of Sustainability. "The focus is on science and what individuals and organizations can do to change their behavior and alter the course of climate change."

Gayeton and Rohwedder's presentation is titled "Lessons, Lexicons and Local Heroes," highlighting the Lexicon of Sustainability project's pop-up art and short films, which will also be on display throughout the day in Weill Hall in the Green Music Center.

All events are free and open to the public. Several university classes will also be open on campus, on a space-available basis. Other events will take place elsewhere on campus October 20-23.

Find details a http://www.sonoma.edu/sustainablessu/sustainabilityday2014/.

lynn.jpgKim Jenderseck (Anderson Valley HS), Patty Halpin (Ukiah HS), and Laura Herman (Willits HS) look on as Prof. Lynn Cominsky explains the data analysis software.


It was time for Mendocino County teachers to learn about science and they were thrilled to begin.

SSU's i3 Project Director Susan Wandling and STEM Director Lynn Cominsky met with teachers recently from six Mendocino County high schools for a one-day Learning by Making teacher institute hosted by Willits High School.

Subsequent sessions will be held throughout the year at other partner schools. The session allowed teachers to complete data analysis of experiments they designed at the one-week Institute in June at Mendocino County Office of Education in Ukiah.


nprhome.pngAn NPR radio segment with Dean can be found at http://www.wnyc.org/story/twists-and-turns-being-straight/.


jamesjosephdean.jpegJames Joseph Dean's new book Straights: Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture is an in-depth look at the changing nature of sexual expression in America.

Dean, an Associate Professor of Sociology at Sonoma State University, argues that "heterosexuals can neither assume the invisibility of gays and lesbians, nor count on the assumption that their own heterosexuality will go unchallenged. The presumption that we are all heterosexual, or that there is such a thing as 'compulsory heterosexuality,' he claims, has vanished.

health.jpgLow cost physical examinations and health appraisals for well adults and children are available through the SSU Nursing Department's Family Nurse Practitioner Program on Tuesdays from Oct. 21 - Dec. 9.

The exams are supervised by nursing faculty and performed by family nurse practitioner students who are registered nurses enrolled in the Master's nursing program.

copelandcreek.jpgInnovative ideas and approaches to engaging students in local watershed management challenges are being funded for a third year by the WATERS Collaborative at SSU, reports Claudia Luke, WATERS Coordinator and SSU Preserve Director. Funds come from a unique partnership with the Sonoma County Water Agency.

Faculty from environmental studies and planning, geography, chemistry, and biology are funded to work with their students on five regional watershed management projects.

Two additional fall projects, undertaken by faculty in philosophy and mathematics & statistics, are made possible through the "Sustainability in the Classroom" Grant Program awarded by WATERS in collaboration with the Sustainable SSU and GMC Academic Integration last spring.

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