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mookerjeee.pngDr. Matty Mookerjee, Geology, is the principal investigator (PI) for a National Science Foundation grant totaling $299,329 to help create a pioneering cyber infrastructure for collecting and analyzing geological research data.

His project, which includes 13 other co-PIs, will help to facilitate the over-arching goals of the EarthCube project which seeks to transform how research is conducted through the development of integrated data management infrastructures across the Geosciences.

The vision of EarthCube is to revolutionize earth science investigations by promoting better data access, incorporating cyber-infrastructure into scientific workflow, and allowing increasing sophistication of analyses and modeling.

"A significant strength of EarthCube is its potential for breaking down the artificial barriers between subfields within the Earth Sciences, allowing us to ask new types of questions, and providing the means to contend with previously unanswerable questions," says Mookerjee.

gilinsky.pngDr. Armand Gilinsky has been named the second F. Korbel & Bros. Professor of Wine Business at Sonoma State University by the Wine Business Institute Board of Directors.

The professorship, which was established in 2011 and held for the first three years by Dr. Liz Thach, is supported by Korbel Champagne Cellars and its president and owner Gary Heck to cultivate faculty research and projects that advance the wine industry and its leaders.

"I am humbled," said Gilinsky, author of more than 40 published case studies and articles relating to the wine industry. "It is incredibly generous, yet so appropriate, for Gary Heck to lend Korbel's name and funding to this professorship that gives faculty time to develop projects that help the wine industry, as well as those who seek careers in it."

Symphony of the Soill is presented on on Wednesday, April 23, in Darwin 102 at 7 p.m. This is a very insightful film that gives viewers in insight in systemic relation within healthy soil and the role soil plays in the human-nature system at large.

As Earth Day approaches on April 22, Sonoma State University prepares with a variety of events. Highlight of the week is a Tesla electric car on exhibition as part of the Toward Route Zero College Sustainability Tour.

The schedule of events includes:

Bag and Clothing Drive (all week)
Bring ten plastic bags and get a free reusable bag or donate unwanted clothes to those in need. Bins on the second floor of the Student Center.

unnamed.jpgThe University Art Gallery presents BFA Exhibition 2014, which opens with a reception for the artists on Thursday, April 17 from 4-6 p.m, and will be on view through Saturday, May 10.

BFA Exhibition 2014 features the work of 11 students in the Art Department who are graduating this spring with their Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), an advanced degree requiring an additional year of focused study in their chosen medium.

sonoma_cellars_release_2014.jpgSonoma State University MBA students are preparing to raise their glasses in celebration of another successful year of their Sonoma State Cellars class.

The festivities will kick off at Kokomo Winery in the Dry Creek Valley on April 19 at 1 p.m. with the release of the 2012 Russian River Pinot Noir and the 2012 Cuvée. On April 25 at 5:30 p.m., St. Anne's Crossing in Sonoma Valley will share the release of a 2013 Sauvignon Blanc.

"Sonoma State Cellars could not exist as a class if it wasn't for the kind generosity of both Kokomo Winery and St. Anne's Crossing," said George Hamel, MBA student and managing director at Hamel Family Wines. "Their provision of wine to be used for the Sonoma State Cellars program and their guidance as we develop the label has been tremendous."

Kokomo Winery produced the Russian River Pinot Noir as well as the third annual vintage of the 2012 Cuvée, an unconventional blend of six Sonoma County varietals and vineyards. This year marks Sonoma State Cellars' first white wine release: a crisp and refreshing 2013 Sauvignon Blanc from the Dry Creek Valley provided by Ken and Diane Wilson, owners of St. Anne's Crossing.

Look around the SSU campus this week and you will see bright yellow and blue posters that read "Do One Thing Today." That poster is the new face of "Sustainable SSU" to highlight the campus' sustainable accomplishments.

"Do One Thing Today / Sustainable SSU" campaign was created to connect and inform the SSU community about sustainable efforts across campus, from classrooms to research to facilities to Earth Day events to semester-end-move-out-of-the-dorms recycling drives to policy discussions and more.

Information can be found at or

For anyone with an interest in the night sky, Monday April 14 should be of special note as we will have a spectacular view (weather permitting) of a total lunar eclipse. During a lunar eclipse, the Earth will cast a shadow that at its peak will cover the entire lunar surface.

Dr. Thomas Targett of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Sonoma State says that "It should be quite a show, as the Earth begins to pass between the moon and sun, the same phenomenon that gives rise to the familiar red-sky in the morning and evening here on earth will cause the light form the moon to seem to change colour to a dark red shade."

seniorsendoff.jpegThis year's Senior Send Off, the annual celebration of SSU's graduating students, is Thursday, April 17 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Darwin/Stevenson Quad.

President Ruben Armiñana and other administration members will serve free hot dogs, chips, soda and dessert. Music will be provided by KTRY Country 106.3 FM.

Graduating students can enter the Senior Drawing for gift cards from Target, Starbucks, Whole Foods, Sports Authority and more. Grand prize $500 Amazon Gift Card.

Special pricing for new grad memberships in the Alumni Association membership: two years for the price of one for $40 or half off a life membership for $150. New Grad members get five more drawing entries increasing their chances to win great prizes.

kathleennoonan.pngThe School of Social Sciences Brown Bag Lecture Series welcomes Kathleen Noonan, History, as she presents her work "Gasoline and Unrest: Bayonne Refinery Strikes," on April 15, noon to 1 p.m., in Stevenson 2011. All are invited.

This study looks at the connection between two deadly strikes in Bayonne, NJ and the construction of the nation's first garden-style apartment complex as housing for the employees of Standard Oil. The strikes drew national attention, drawing in prominent labor organizers from the IWW and professional strikebreakers.

gilianconoley.jpgAs an English professor at Sonoma State University, Gillian Conoley is surrounded by young people.

One day it occurred to her that they've grown up in a strange time -- a world that has only known war.

"My generation, we had a gap between the Korean War and the Vietnam War, about a 10-year gap. We grew up with a really different sense of faith in our government and democracy," the 58-year-old Conoley says. "People in their 20s now "... they don't have that same sense of pride in our country or faith in our country, and there's this sense of nonstop war. Rather than writing a book about war and bemoaning that, I wanted to write about peace."

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sakauye.jpgHundreds of junior high and high school students from Sonoma, Marin, and Napa Counties are convening at a symposium to be addressed by Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye on April 11 at the Green Music Center's Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall.

Called "Imagine Yourself ...," the program is designed to inspire and engage students in dialogue with civic leaders who have succeeded despite challenging backgrounds.

"Students need everyday heroes and to see themselves in the stories told by those heroes," says organizer Lisa Carreño, Regional Director of 10,000 Degrees in Sonoma County. "Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye will share her story and encourage students to imagine themselves more courageous and more capable of fulfilling their dreams and changing the world."

The Chief Justice was similarly encouraged when she was a girl. After meeting housing lawyer Gloria Majino Ochoa, one of the first Filipina lawyers admitted to the California bar, Justice Cantil-Sakauye's mother challenged her to imagine herself becoming a lawyer, which she did.

mikemcgee.pngThe Disability Services for Students office is proud to sponsor the sixth annual Disability Awareness Month in April with several activities.

According to the US Census Bureau, in 2008, more than 51 million Americans were classified as disabled, representing 18 percent of the population. Disability is included in the "Big 8" of Diversity, which also includes culture, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, and class, but is sometimes overlooked as a diversity category.

People with disabilities cross all racial, gender, educational, and socioeconomic lines; and disability is the nation's largest minority and one that any one of us could join at any time, says Brent Boyer, Director of Disability Services for Students (DSS).

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