thach.jpgSonoma State University wine business professor Dr. Liz Thach has earned her third Gourmand World Cookbooks award since 2007.

"Call of the Vine: Exploring 10 famous vineyards of Napa and Sonoma" took the title for the Women and Wine Book category in the United States and will via for the title of best in the world at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Yantai, China in June.

"This award feels different than the others," says Thach."It's not dry business text, it's a story," she says, admitting that this award came as a surprise. "This book is more personal. I put a lot of heart and soul into it."

bouchainedonation.jpgSonoma State University has received a $500,000 donation toward the Wine Spectator Learning Center from vintners and philanthropists Tatiana and Gerret Copeland, owners of Bouchaine Vineyards in Napa Valley.

The Copeland/Bouchaine Terrace and Gardens will be a focal point for hospitality and industry gatherings at the new center, which is slated to open in 2016 and will house SSU's Wine Business Institute.

William Silver, dean of SSU's School of Business and Economics, announced the donation Wednesday. "The Copelands are savvy and well respected winery owners," he said. "This investment is recognition of the importance of SSU's wine business programs."

parkinsonaward.jpgFour undergraduate SSU students were honored at a California State University biotechnology symposium in Santa Clara this week for their work on a new device to help those suffering with Parkinson's Disease.

The team presented a prototype for what they call "PD Analytics," a low-cost device that can quantify tremors associated with Parkinson's Disease. The project aims to monitor and record the tremors of an individual Parkinson's Disease sufferer to allow for adjustment of medication accordingly in real time. To do this, they've constructed a glove capable of measuring intensity and frequency of tremors--the idea being that it can be emailed to a doctor right away. Though other universities are working on similar projects, what sets SSU's apart is its simplicity and low cost.

conoleycolor.jpgSSU English professor Gillian Conoley continues to impress her peers, the latest instance coming from "Peace," a volume listed as one of the top standout poetry collections of 2014 by the Academy of American Poets.

This follows the 2013 honor of being included in W.W. Norton's Postmodern American Poetry Anthology (2nd edition) that celebrated the works of renowned poets Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, Denise Levertov, Amira Baraka, Charles Olson, and Barbara Guest.

engineeringscience.jpgLast year, SSU approved the funding of a proposal to integrate music into courses in the School of Science and Technology. In their proposal, professors Haider Khaleel, Lynn Cominsky and Bala Ravikumar called for funding from the university for student use of the Green Music Center as a laboratory in some engineering science courses.

Khaleel credits his inspiration for introducing music into his courses to his interest in music outside of teaching. "Being a musician and an engineering professor, I naturally try to give applications to music and audio," he said. "So in addition to real-life practical examples, I use musical examples whenever possible."

nicole.jpgAt 70, Sonoma State University graduate biology student Nicole Karres doesn't need another career. But in 1996 her natural curiosity got the best of her, and after careers in the medical corps in the Army and as a graphic designer at a fortune 500 company, she started what would be a 20-year journey to both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in a field of study that was brand new to her.

Particularly grateful are the jarred fish, amphibian and reptile specimens she has taken to cleaning and re-preserving for future researchers like herself.

Karres noticed the school's ichthyology collection was in need of some TLC, and took it upon herself to clean up the specimens, some of which were being eaten away by bacteria in cloudy, yellowing liquid. The simplest solution turned out to be the best: wash the specimens in antibacterial Dawn dish soap.

seawolflogo.pngA total of 19 student-athletes competing on intercollegiate teams from Sonoma State University this fall have been named to the 2014 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) All-Academic Team.

The CCAA made the announcement yesterday. This year marks the first the conference has recognized individuals academically per season. The remaining conference sports--basketball, men's golf, softball, baseball, track and field--will be recognized at the end of the 2014-15 season.

Men's Basketball Wins Fifth Straight

December 17, 2014 11:30 AM

mikeharrishoops.jpgMike Harris recorded team-highs of 12 points and six rebounds and Andy Mitchell came off the bench to drop in 10 points as the Sonoma State men's basketball team pulled away late for a 61-56 victory over Holy Names in a non-conference game Tuesday night at the Wolves' Den. The Seawolves have won five straight games, improving to 6-1 this season. The Hawks dip to 2-9.

It wasn't easy for Sonoma State against Holy Names, but the Seawolves were able to grind out the win after sinking nine of their last ten free throws in the final minute. SSU shot 26.9 percent from the field in the first time and went into the locker room down, 21-22. The Seawolves came out stronger in the second half, using an 8-0 run with 14:10 remaining to take a 39-35 lead they would never relinquish.

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