sean place with penguinsSonoma State University Biology Professor Sean Place is headed to Antarctica after receiving a $618,000 National Science Foundation grant to study how climate change might affect species living in extreme cold environments.

The molecular biologist is specifically studying how temperature affects fish that have evolved in sub-zero waters over millions of years. Antarctic fish, he says, are often considered extremely vulnerable to even small temperature changes. But one question his study asks is this: What might be the positive effects of global temperature increase?

ssu logoSonoma State University will not pursue the construction of a proposed 10,000-seat outdoor pavilion at the Green Music Center and Weill Hall facilities, and instead will focus efforts on enhancing graduation rates, the student experience and academic programs.

adam savageAdam Savage, co-host of the science-focused TV show "MythBusters," holds a special lecture with Sonoma State University Physics Professor Jeremy Qualls on Monday, Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m. in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center.

judy sakaki speaking at amache art receptionSonoma State University President Judy K. Sakaki and others were on hand to tell personal stories at a September 13 reception for the University Library Art Gallery's exhibition, "Creativity Unconfined: Life in a World War II Japanese American Internment Camp." The reception also highlighted the University Library's Digital Special Collection on Japanese Americans of Sonoma County.

Just outside the second floor gallery is a digital exhibit highlighting the Collection. Photos, letters and artifacts from Japanese Americans of Sonoma County and their wartime experiences in American incarceration camps have been digitized and added to the collection.

excellence in teaching award winners lena mcquade and lauren morimotoSonoma State University Women's and Gender Studies Professor Lena McQuade and Kinesiology Professor Lauren Morimoto are recipients of the University's 2016-17 Excellence in Teaching Award.

womens golf teamSonoma State University sports update, September 13-20. Women's golf ends golf match in second place; women's soccer wins two in a row; men's soccer upsets and loses in another; women's volleyball sweeps.

electric car signSonoma State University is installing six electric vehicle charging stations on campus. The charging stations will be installed in Lot D by the Student Center and Lot L by the Green Music Center by the end of the year.

bill mckibbenBill McKibben, climate change journalist and founder of, kicks off the third annual Sonoma State University Sustainability Days with a keynote address on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center. A day of presentations, panels and activities around sustainability follows on October 19 in the Student Center.

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