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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
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