SCI 120: A Watershed Year
Profs. Jacklyn Guildford, Jeremy Qualls, Nathan Rank, Martha Schott, Wendy St. John
Spring 2017

This year-long integrated transition course for first-time freshmen immerses students in real-world issues of environmental sustainability through hands-on work and outdoor field experiences focusing on Sonoma County's watershed. The University Art Gallery Department hosted SCI 120 students for the BFA Exhibition of work by graduating Arts majors.  SCI 120 students had the chance to speak with a panel of three BFA student artists featured in the exhibition: Carley Herrera, Shannon Edwards, and Mindy Kral.  SCI 120 learned how the artistic process parallels the scientific process, and explored how artists take an idea from inception to completion.

“I would very much like to see this excursion become a regular part of the Science 120 course.” - Prof. Martha Schott
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Prof. Dave Kung from St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Math Festival Colloqium
April 2015

Prof. Kung orchestrated his talk and performance “Harmonious Equations: A Mathematical Exploration of Music” with SSU’s musicians in residence Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir (cello) and Elizabeth Roe (piano).  Prof. Kung’s talk ranged from the mathematics of vibrating strings, columns of air, and tides to symmetry, resonance, and group theory, linking them all to live performance of Beethoven’s Ghost Trio and Bach’s fugues.