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Sacramento State News - California State University, Sacramento

November 13, 2006

First talk in new lecture series -- Exploring the
explosive world of local volcanoes

Sacramento State’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Initiative, or STEM, will shine a new light on Northern California geological wonders when its new lecture series gets underway.

Professor of Geology Lisa Hammersley will kick off the STEM Excellence lectures at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14 in the University Union Redwood Room when she discusses the possibility of volcanoes near the Sacramento region.

Hammersley’s talk, titled “Volcanoes in Our Backyard,” will focus on her research on the potential for volcanic eruptions at Clear Lake, the site of volcanic activity over the past two million years.

The lecture series is part of an outreach effort to the campus and community by the University’s STEM Initiative, which was created last year to help meet the region’s need for highly educated workers for those fields.

“Our faculty are doing some outstanding and exciting research on campus that we want to share with the larger community,” said Professor of Physics William DeGraffenreid, who is associate director of the Center for STEM Excellence. ”We hope to draw more attention and interest to their work.”

The Center for STEM Excellence works to increase the number of students graduating in STEM disciplines, which range from physics to nursing to meet local and national workforce needs. The center also focuses on strengthening academic programs and faculty resources in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“The idea is to work together and learn from each other in the various disciplines to give students the best education and the most up-to-date training in these areas so they can enter the workforce from Sacramento State with skills today’s employers need now and in the future,” DeGraffenreid said.

The center also helps support the grant activities of faculty research projects, especially those which have potential for wide application in the Sacramento region. “Increasingly, industry will be looking to places like Sacramento State for a trained workforce in the sciences and technology,” he said. “We need to work together across these disciplines to prepare our students the best way we can.”

DeGraffenreid said the second lecture in the series is scheduled for February with a talk by Professor of Mechanical Engineering Tim Marbach on clean energy.

For more information on the University’s Center for STEM Excellence visit www.csus.edu/stem.

For media assistance, contact the Sacramento State Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

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California State University, Sacramento • Public Affairs
6000 J Street • Sacramento, CA 95819-6026 • (916) 278-6156 • infodesk@csus.edu