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We keep hearing that automated aerial delivery is just around the corner, but who will build and operate these machines? A group of educators recently began to answer that question after completing a four-day workshop at Sonoma State University to teach their students how to build and fly drones and rockets.

teachers summit logoSonoma State University is one of 38 locations across the state to host the California Teachers Summit on Friday, July 29, celebrating the teaching profession, promoting collaboration and equipping teachers with tools to better implement the new California standards. The event features keynote addresses from teacher and author Kelly Gallagher and actor Ernie Hudson, as well as local education leaders.

wendy ostroffA new book by Sonoma State University Hutchins Professor Wendy L. Ostroff, "Cultivating Curiosity in K-12 Classrooms: How to Promote and Sustain Deep Learning," has been selected by publisher ASCD as an Editor's Choice book this year.

the GonifsThe second annual Jewish Music Series at Sonoma State University features artists hailing from New York City to the Bay Area, including trumpeter Frank London (cofounder of the Klezmatics) and virtuoso clarinetist Ben Goldberg with his Invisible Guy trio. All six concerts are free, taking place on Thursday evenings in Schroeder Hall at the University's Green Music Center.

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Thanks in part to years of work by Sonoma State University Women's and Gender Studies Professor Don Romesburg, California's students will soon be learning more about the history of LGBT people and their struggles. On Thursday, the California State Board of Education approved the new K-12 History-Social Science Framework, which includes history of LGBT people and the LGBT Civil Right Movement. "At the national level, this framework is by far the most LGBT inclusive in the country," says Romesburg. "It will transform the way educators teach and all California's students learn about US history."

cal beckerFormer Sonoma State University starting pitcher Cal Becker has signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He becomes the fourth student-athlete on the 2016 team to sign with a Major League Baseball team and the 118th player overall under head coach John Goelz to sign a professional contract after playing at Sonoma State.

geri olson"Star Wars." "The Muppets." "The Labyrinth." These distinctly different movies all have one thing in common: they use dolls to as central figures to tell their stories. Illustrating this point, Sonoma State University Psychology Professor Geri Olson has co-curated "Journeys Through Light and Dark: Dolls as Tellers of Stories," on view at the Petaluma Arts Center July 23-September 25.

student with flood warning unitSonoma State University graduate engineering student Feng Wang's Advanced Flood Warning System generated a buzz last month at the Global City Teams Challenge in Austin, Texas. The project is designed to give up to six hours advance warning of a potential flood emergency by measuring weather conditions and water levels.

women in business awards winners with SSU presidentSonoma State University's Lynn Stauffer and Sarah Dove have been honored as the University's first recipients of the North Bay Business Journal's Women in Business awards.

judy sakakiOn July 1, Judy K. Sakaki begins her tenure as the seventh president of Sonoma State University. The first Asian-American woman to lead a four-year higher education institution in California takes over for the longest-serving president in the California State University system, Ruben Armiñana, who retired June 30 after 24 years at Sonoma State.

teachers summit logoBay Area teachers will gather at Sonoma State University on July 29 for the second annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit, a free statewide day of learning and networking that is open to all California PreK-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators and other educators. One of 38 locations across the state, Sonoma State University invites Bay Area teachers to share ideas, join a teacher network, and learn effective strategies for implementing the new California Standards in their classrooms. The summit takes place 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on campus at Sonoma State.

theatre arts and dance posters 2016-17The 2016-17 Sonoma State University Theatre Arts and Dance season includes new, contemporary dances and short plays created and performed by students, critically acclaimed plays and a joint production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" with the Music Department, directed by Lynne Morrow and Amanda McTigue.

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