Third Annual SSU Science Symposium (May 7, 2015 @ SSU Student Center)

The 3rd annual SSU Science Symposium celebrated the achievements of SSU students engaged in scientific research. Over 300 attendees talked to students about their research projects. Supervisor Efren Carrillo presented the Best Water Poster Award to Richard Regello, Rafael Rabines, and Samantha Mini for their poster entitled "A Story of Three Ponds: Using Invertebrates to Assess Aquatic Ecosystem Health." Awardess received a Science Lobo figuring printed on the Physics Department 3D printer. Our thanks go out the excellent water poster judges: Keenan Foster (SCWA), Susan Haydon (SCWA), Cory Olin (SCWA), Wayne Haydon (Californa Geological Survey), and Chris Halle (Metocean Consultant).

The full symposium agenda and poster advertisement are:

Second Annual SSU Science Symposium (April 30, 2014 @ SSU Student Center)

WATERS collaborated with the School of Science & Technology again this year to host the 2nd annual science symposium which celebrated the achievements of SSU students engaged in scientific research. Over 200 attendees talked to students about their research projects. WATERS presentations included 15 student posters, 2 freshmen oral presentations, and 3 program posters:

The best poster awards ceremony was new to the event this year. "Best Water-Related Project" was awarded by a team of reviewers (including SSU faculty, Sonoma County Water Agency staff, and other regional watershed experts) to Dr. Michelle Goman's Geography 317 Class for their poster "Real Trees Have Curves: Dendrochronology at Fairfield Osborn Preserve." The award was presented by County Supervisor Shirlee Zane. Awardess received a best poster certificate and gift card. The full symposium agenda and poster advertisement are:

First Annual SSU Science Symposium (May 7, 2013 @ Green Music Center)

WATERS collaborated with the School of Science & Technology to host the first annual SSU Science Symposium. The symposium (2013 Science Symposium Program) featured talks by Science 121 students, a poster session showcasing the scholarship and achievements of students in the School of Science and Technology, research project results from students and faculty in the WATERS Collaborative, and a keynote talk by scientist and author Ransom Stephens, Ph.D.

The symposium was a highlight of a year of science at SSU with over 200 people attending to talk to students and community members about their work. Posters included 8 posters presenting results from WATERS Collaborative projects and 6 posters from community organizatons and programs (below). An additional 16 presentations were presented by students engaged in other water-related investigations. Twelve of these were oral presentations by freshman who undertook studies on Copeland Creek as part of the NSF-funded "A Watershed Year" program (Science 120).

2013 Sediment & Soils Posters

2013 Water Quality Posters

2013 Vegetation Management Posters

  • Sonoma Ecology Center. Rebecca Lawton. Measuring Sediment in Jack London's Streams.
  • Sonoma County Water Agency. Cary Olin. Sonoma County Water Agency activities.
  • Sonoma Resource Conservation District. Alison Malisa. Sonoma RCD received funding from the Sonoma County Water Agency in 2010 to work with local students to address bank erosion, high sedimentation, and high water temperatures in Copeland Creek. Lack of canopy was identified as a main contributor, and the RCD worked with local partners and student groups to restore the creek with native plants. In January, 2013, the RCD partnered with SSU's Science 120 class to install a third phase of plants, identify and quantify plant survival rates, and measure invasive plant cover with the line intercept method.
  • Goldridge Resource Conservation District. Krista Linley. Goldridge RCD activities.
  • WATERS Collaborative. Claudia Luke. Watershed Academics to Enhance Regional Sustainability (WATERS) is a collaboration between SSU faculty and the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) that addresses watershed management needs through academic training of students. During the initial year of the collaborative (2013-2014) faculty and students participated in a broad range of projects on watershed themes. These included water quality, sediment loads, evapotranspiration, vegetation management, and health throught watershed restoration.
  • Water Works. Scott Horstein and Paul Draper. For the 2012-2013 academic year, "Water Works," an innovative, cross-disciplinary series about inland water flow as resource, image, and metaphor, wove together a wide range of lectures, performances and artistic events at Sonoma State University. Coordinated by the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance, Water Works forged exciting new campus connections, with events presented at indoor theatre venues, lecture halls, art galleries, and at lakes and waterways on the campus. Water Works offers students, faculty, staff, and community members a full interdisciplinary experience. From History to Environmental Science and Planning, from Nursing to Anthropology, the ultimate goal has been to make the University a kind of theater, a gathering place for ritual and democratic engagement with the topic of inland water. The result has been a full campus engagement on a single theme for the whole year, capitalizing on SSU's unique personality as a campus full of interdepartmental relationships. "Water Works" may prove a model for future initiatives seeking to connect the campus through a single theme for the academic year.