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planetary nebula
October 6, 2015

The Sonoma State University Physics and Astronomy department invites all to attend this week's public viewing night entitled Planetary Nebulae: Nature's Watercolors. The program is 8:00-10:00 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the SSU observatory.

The event will begin with a short presentation in which...

student examines geological features
November 16, 2016

Geologists study the Earth around us, and there is no better way to learn than by actually looking at rocks in the field. It is for this reason Sonoma State University geology students embark regularly on excursions to remote areas, and a group of 17 students just returned from the Southern...

January 7, 2016

Sonoma State University physics and astronomy professor Lynn Cominsky has received awards from two professional societies for her work in bringing STEM education to K-12 and college classrooms.

Cominsky is being honored with the American Astronomical Society's Education Prize and the...

makers surrounding a table
February 18, 2016

Talented young entrepreneurs and Makers bring creative projects to life and ideas to reality at the North Bay Make-A-Thon on March 5-6 at SOMO Village in Rohnert Park, presented by Sonoma State University and North Bay iHub. Hackers, makers, artists, engineers, designers, developers, students...

illustration of black holes colliding
February 11, 2016

For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented...

illustration of black holes colliding
March 18, 2016

Sonoma State University physics and astronomy professor Lynn Cominsky reports on the recent observations of gravitational waves in the "What Physicists Do" lecture on March 21 at Sonoma State. Cominsky was part of the team that announced the discovery earlier this year.

The waves, ripples...

May 16, 2016

Sonoma State University has received a $200,000 award from NASA to design, build and launch its second tiny satellite, this time to perform global monitoring of vegetation from space.

SSU students are working with students from Santa Clara University to build the satellite, a 4-inch cube...

sean place with penguins
September 27, 2016

Sonoma 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...

rock landscape
September 12, 2016

Sonoma State University's Geology Lecture Series brings speakers from around Northern California to the Rohnert Park campus. Lectures are in Darwin 128 at noon on Thursdays. All are welcome to join the speaker for an informal lunch on campus after the talk. Admission is free, parking is $5-$8 on...

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