Feb
13
May 10

Drop-In Math Tutoring

  • Zinfandel Harvest Room

Looking for a little extra help with Math? Come on over to the Vineyard and get some help or just drop by to see if the tutor has time to check your work(just to be safe). The tutors will be on hand every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday throughout the semester.

Dates:

Monday from 11-3pm

Josh for Math 161 and 165 from 11-3pm

Tuesday & Thursday from 11-2:30pm

Josh for Math 161 & 165 from 11-12pm

Luke for Math 165 & 131 from 11am-1pm

Jillian for Math 035, 045 & 160 from 12-2:30pm

 

 

Feb
22
12:00 pm12:00

Why a Major in Social Sciences? School MIxer and Info Meeting

  • Redwood Lounge, Stevenson Hall First Floor

Interested in majoring in Anthropology, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Counseling, Environmental Studies, Geography, Global Studies, History, Human Development. Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology? Join the Dean, Chairs, Faculty, Clubs and Students to find out the many  opportunities that a Social Science degree has to offer you.

Feb
22
2:00 pm14:00

Trans/Japan: the re framing of trans as disability in contemporary Japan. Talk & Discussion by Dr. Karen Nakamura, UC Berkeley

  • Ballroom C

In contrast to the United States where trans issues are discussed within the LGBT framework, trans activists (most notably FTM transmen) in Japan have been most successful in presenting themselves as people with a form of disability. They leveraged the translation of transsexuality as “Gender Identity Disability” (GID), which allowed a tremendous amount of rapid social and legal change in the past two decades. This presentation explores why GID was such a powerful concept, especially for the transmen who were its most ardent advocates. "Event organized by SSU's Honor Society for International Scholars (Phi Beta Delta, Zeta Tau Chapter), co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and SYE (Sophomore Year Experience)."

Feb
23
3:00 pm15:00

Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Workshop

  • Alexander Valley Meeting Room, Student Center

Meet Members of the Chicana/Latina Foundation and learn about their annual $1500.00 scholarship! The 2017 applications are due March 31, 2017! Scholarships are available for city college students, undergraduate and graduate Latina students who attend school fulltime. Guidelines can be found at chicanalatina.org.  For more information contact clfinfo@chicanolatina.org     Co-hosted by MALCS de SSU and Undocu-Scholars Coalition

Feb
24
7:00 pm19:00

Public Viewing Night at the SSU Observatory

  • SSU Football Field

The Observatory is located inside the stadium area at the SE corner of the campus (East Cotati Avenue and Petaluma Hill Road.  Call before coming if it appears possible that clouds or fog may force cancellation. Info Line: (707) 664-2267.

Feb
27
12:05 pm12:05

Queer Studies Lecture, featuring: Emily Hobson, "Liberation Through Solidarity: Lessons from the Gay and Lesbian Left"

  • Ives 101

Emily K. Hobson is a scholar of LGBTQ history and radical social movements in the postwar United States. She is the author of Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left (University of California Press,2016). Hobson serves as Assistant Professor of History and of Gender, Race, and ldentity at the University of Nevada, Reno, and earned her PhD in

American Studies & Ethnicity from the University of Southern California. The Queer Studies Lecture Series is presented by the Women’s And Gender Studies Department.

Feb
27
4:00 pm16:00

Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series

  • Ives 101

Every Tuesday this semester SSU will present the 2017 Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series: Between Memory and History.

This week Bared Maronian, filmmaker, will present the film Women of 1915. This presentation is sponsored by the Armenian Genocide Memorial Fund.  The topic today is, Study the nature of hate: Present the escalation of prejudice into genocide.

Feb
27
7:30 pm19:30

The Neves/Evans Social Justice Series with Richard Wolff

  • Weill Hall, Green Music Center

Richard Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Visiting Professor at the New School University in New York. Wolff’s recent work has concentrated on analyzing the causes and alternative solutions to the global economic crisis. His groundbreaking book Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism inspired the creation of Democracy at Work, a nonprofit organization dedicated to showing how and why to make democratic workplaces real. Free Admission to SSU Students with ID but you must get a ticket. Tickets on sale at the Info and Tickets Desk at the Student Center or online at tickets.sonoma.edu

Mar
2
12:00 pm12:00

Audience, Purpose & Thesis Statements Workshop

  • Learning Center Workshop Room, Salazar 1040

Join us at the Learning Center for this and other  Workshops. They are open to all students but you must sign up either by stopping by the Learning Center or calling 664-2853

Mar
6
12:05 pm12:05

Queer Studies Lecture, featuring: Cáel Keegan, "Thick with the Future: Bound and the Utopian Queer/Trans Horizon"

  • Ives 101

Cáel M. Keegan is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Liberal Studies at Grand Valley State University. His recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Studies in Sex and Gender, Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture, Transgender Studies Quarterly, MedieKultur, Social Alternatives, and Spectator. His book, Lana and Lilly Wachowski: Imaging Transgender, will be published in the Contemporary Film Directors Series of the University of Illinois Press. The Queer Studies Lecture Series is presented by the Women’s And Gender Studies Department.

Mar
7
4:00 pm16:00

Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series

  • Warren Auditorium

Every Tuesday this semester SSU will present the 2017 Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series: Between Memory and History.

This week Hans Angress, Holocaust survivor, will present: A Survivor’s Story. This is part of the First Annual Sylvia G. Sucher Memorial Lecture. Todays lecture will feature, Study the nature of hate: Present the escalation of prejudice into genocide.

Mar
8
12:00 pm12:00

Having Fun Building Your Vocabulary Workshop

  • Learning Center Workshop Room, Salazar 1040

Join us at the Learning Center for this and other  Workshops. They are open to all students but you must sign up either by stopping by the Learning Center or calling 664-2853.

Mar
9
11:00 am11:00

Avoiding Plagerism Workshop

  • Learning Center Workshop Room, Salazar 1040

Join us at the Learning Center for this and other  Workshops. They are open to all students but you must sign up either by stopping by the Learning Center or calling 664-2853.

Mar
21
4:00 pm16:00

Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series

  • Warren Auditorium

Every Tuesday this semester SSU will present the 2017 Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series: Between Memory and History.

This week Howard Shattner, Holocaust descendant will present: The Story of the Stolpersteine

Study the nature of hate: Present the escalation of prejudice into genocide.

Mar
23
6:00 pm18:00

Generation Z Goes To College

  • Ballroom B

Say Hello to Your Incoming Class—They're Not Millennials Anymore ! Generation Z is rapidly replacing Millennials on college campuses. Those born from 1995 through 2010 have different motivations, learning styles, characteristics, skill sets, and social concerns than previous generations. Unlike Millennials, Generation Z students grew up in a recession and are under no illusions about their prospects for employment after college. While skeptical about the cost and value of higher education, they are also entrepreneurial, innovative, and independent learners concerned with effecting social change. Understanding Generation Z's mindset and goals is paramount to supporting, developing, and educating them through higher education.

Generation Z Goes to College showcases findings from an in-depth study of over 1,100 Generation Z college students from 15 vastly different U.S. higher education institutions as well as additional studies from youth, market, and education research related to this generation. Authors Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace provide interpretations, implications, and recommendations for program, process, and curriculum changes that will maximize the educational impact on Generation Z students.

Generation Z Goes to College is the first book on how this up-and-coming generation will change higher education.

Mar
24
9:00 am09:00

Teaching,Admitting, Engaging Generation Z

  • Ballroom B/C

Generation Z Goes to College showcases findings from an in-depth study of over 1,100 Generation Z college students from 15 vastly different U.S. higher education institutions as well as additional studies from youth, market, and education research related to this generation. Authors Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace provide interpretations, implications, and recommendations for program, process, and curriculum changes that will maximize the educational impact on Generation Z students.

Mar
24
9:00 am09:00

Recruiting and Admitting Gen Z

  • Student Center Ballroom B & C

We have to do more than just build it for them to come. Learn tips and strategies to outreach, recruit, and admit Generation Z students to college.

Mar
24
10:00 am10:00

Engaging Generation Z in Meaningful Learning/Teaching Gen Z

  • Student Center Ballroom B & C

The interests, motivations, styles, and needs of Generation Z are vastly different than their Millennial counterparts and require us to educate in new and unique ways. Learn methods for enhancing your teaching while maximizing Generation Z’s learning.

 

Mar
24
2:00 pm14:00

Navigating the World as A Gen Zer

  • Student Center Ballroom B & C

Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and now… Gen Z. Come learn some tips and strategies on how to best learn from, work for, and build relationships with those in other generations.

Mar
27
12:05 pm12:05

Queer Studies Lecture, featuring: Aron Kantor, "Playing With Gender and Sexuality in Queer Film"

  • Ives 101

Aron Kantor is a filmmaker and artist focused on investigating gender identity and queer sexuality through engaging visuals and absurd humor. His films have been presented in galleries and screened in over 80 film festivals worldwide, including Slamdance, where his film Deviance was awarded best underground short film in 2015. In 2015 he was named Best Filmmaker in the Bay Guardian newspaper, and was awarded a grant from the Endeavor Foundation for the Arts. In 2016 his film Folsom Street won best short at the Fetische Film Festival.The Queer Studies Lecture Series is presented by the Women’s And Gender Studies Department.

Mar
27
4:00 pm16:00

Graton Rancheria & Achieving Social and Environmental Justice

  • Ballroom C

Join us for a lecture and question and answer session with Greg Sarris, Tribal Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and Sonoma State University Endowed Chair of Native American Studies. This tribe is making a difference in Sonoma and Marin Counties by promoting economic development, education, social services, and environmental sustainability. Come hear stories of struggles, activism, and inspiration.

Mar
28
4:00 pm16:00

Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series

  • Ives Hall

Every Tuesday this semester SSU will present the 2017 Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series: Between Memory and History.

This week Professor Michael Berenbaum, Ph.D., American Jewish University will present: Between History and Memory. This is a Robert L. Harris Memorial Lecture and is underwritten by Pearl and David S.Furman in memory of Ruth Mruvka and Gussie and Edward Furman.

Study the nature of hate: Present the escalation of prejudice into genocide.


Special Dinner @5-8pm; The Kitchens - Student Center


Feb
21
4:00 pm16:00

Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series

  • Warren Auditorium

Every Tuesday this semester SSU will present the 2017 Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series: Between Memory and History.

This week Professor Sergio La Porta, Ph.D., CSU Fresno Armenian Studies Program, will present: The Armenian Genocide. This presentation is underwritten by the Armenian Genocide Memorial Fund.

Study the nature of hate: Present the escalation of prejudice into genocide.

Feb
20
7:00 pm19:00

Sport & Social Justice Lecture: (Re)presenting Wilma Rudolph

  • Student Center Ballroom D

(Re)presenting Wilma Rudolph with Rita Liberti & Maureen M. Smith

In their award-winning book, (Re)presenting Wilma Rudolph, Dr. Liberti and Dr. Smith raise questions about what biography is. They examine how Rudolph is memorialized and the meanings constructed around her story. For instance, their analysis demonstrates how Clarksville’s commemoration of Rudolph is less about her memory and more about how the city imagines itself to be.

Feb
20
12:05 pm12:05

Queer Studies Lecture, featuring: Brooke Lober, "Women Against Imperialism: Feminist Activism, both Personal and Political"

  • Ives 101

Brooke Lober is a longtime participant in grassroots social movements and creative subcultures, which produce the materials and philosophies she engages in her classrooms, and in her work as a feminist cultural historian. At Sonoma State University's Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Lober teaches intersectional feminist/queer studies through investigations into critical theory and cultural production. In her research and writing, Lober studies late 20th century feminisms as they converge with the anti-imperialist and anti-colonial movements that exploded in the wake of 1968; in collaboration with the Freedom Archives, Lober is director of the Women Against Imperialism Oral History Project. The Queer Studies Lecture Series is presented by the Women’s And Gender Studies Department.

Feb
16
12:30 pm12:30

Getting Generation Z Involved and Engaged on Campus

  • Student Center Ballroom B & C

Generation Z has different motivations, interests, and passions than Millennials, yet we still use our same old tricks to try to get them engaged on campus. Learn how to design engagement opportunities, programming, and leadership experiences to get those Gen Zers involved!

 

Feb
15
11:00 am11:00

Drop-In Math Tutoring

  • Zinfandel Harvest Room

Looking for a little extra help with Math? Come on over to the Vineyard and get some help or just drop by to see if the tutor has time to check your work(just to be safe). The tutors will be on hand every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the semester. The Tutor for Tuesdays are Josh for 161 & 165 from 11-12am; Luke for 165 & 131 from 11am-2pm; and Jillian in 035, 045 & 160 from 12-2:30pm.

Feb
14
4:00 pm16:00

Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series

  • Warren Auditorium - Ives Hall

Every Tuesday this semester SSU will present the 2017 Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series: Between Memory and History.

This week Dennis Judd, Holocaust descendant, will present the film The Lillian Judd Story.

Study the nature of hate: Present the escalation of prejudice into genocide.

Feb
14
11:00 am11:00

Drop-In Math Tutoring

  • Zinfandel Harvest Room

Looking for a little extra help with Math? Come on over to the Vineyard and get some help or just drop by to see if the tutor has time to check your work(just to be safe). The tutors will be on hand every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the semester. The Tutor for Tuesdays are Josh for 161 & 165 from 11-12am; Luke for 165 & 131 from 11am-1pm; and Jillian in 035, 045 & 160 from 12-2:30pm.

Feb
13
12:05 pm12:05

Queer Studies Lecture, featuring: Honey Mahogany, "A History of Honey: A journey of self-discovery, performance art, and queer identity politics."

  • Ives 101

Honey Mahogany gained world-wide fame asa cast memberon Season5 of the reality television cult phenomenon, RuPaul's Drag Race. Named San Franciscds Best Drag Cabaret performer by the Bay Area Reporter, and a sought after performer and emcee across the country, Honey is also a social worker, community organizer, and a founding member of the Stud Collective (the first queer bar co-op in the country). The Queer Studies Lecture Series is presented by the Women’s And Gender Studies Department.

Feb
10
7:30 pm19:30

Public Viewing Night at the SSU Observatory

  • SSU Football Field

The Observatory is located inside the stadium area at the SE corner of the campus (East Cotati Avenue and Petaluma Hill Road.  Call before coming if it appears possible that clouds or fog may force cancellation. Info Line: (707) 664-2267.

Feb
8
11:00 am11:00

Drop-In Math Tutoring

  • Vinfandel Harvest Room

Looking for a little extra help with Math? Come on over to the Vineyard and get some help or just drop by to see if the tutor has time to check your work(just to be safe). The tutors will be on hand every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the semester. The Tutor for Tuesdays are Josh for 161 & 165 from 11-12am; Luke for 165 & 131 from 11am-2pm; and Jillian in 035, 045 & 160 from 12-2:30pm.

Feb
7
4:00 pm16:00

Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series

  • Warren Auditorium - Ives Hall

Every Tuesday this semester SSU will present the 2017 Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series: Between Memory and History.

This week Professor Benjamin Madley, Ph.D., UCLA will present: American Genocide

Study the nature of hate: Present the escalation of prejudice into genocide.

Feb
7
12:00 pm12:00

Unleashing Your Smarts Workshop

  • Learning Center Workshop Room, Salazar 1040

Are you Having a hard time remembering facts? Overwhelmed by all the reading and concepts? Bored by the homework? Unable to concentrate? Lost and don’t know where to start? All human beings have at least 9 intelligences that we use all the time to learn, solve problems and do our work. Discover yours. Join us at the Learning Center for this and other  Workshops. They are open to all students but you must sign up either by stopping by the Learning Center or calling 664-2853.

Feb
7
11:00 am11:00

Kinesiology Workshop

  • Darwin 101

For those of you interested in Kinesiology as a major, please attend this  Kinesiology Informational workshop and  learn what pre-requisites are needed for the different concentrations. You will also have the opportunity to get your questions answered by Dr. Steven Winter, the Kinesiology Department Chair.  For any questions, please contact Science & Technology Advisor, Ariana Aparicio, at aparicio@sonoma.edu

11 AM - 12 PM

12 PM - 1 PM

Feb
7
11:00 am11:00

Drop-In Math Tutoring

  • Vineyard

Looking for a little extra help with Math? Come on over to the Vineyard and get some help or just drop by to see if the tutor has time to check your work(just to be safe). The tutors will be on hand every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the semester. The Tutor for Tuesdays are Josh for 161 & 165 from 11-12am; Luke for 165 & 131 from 11am-1pm; and Jillian in 035, 045 & 160 from 12-2:30pm.

Feb
6
12:05 pm12:05

Queer Studies Lecture, featuring: Sarah Schulman, "Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair."

  • Ives 101

Sarah Schulman is a novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and AIDS Historian. Her honors include a Guggenheim in Playwrighting,a FuIbright in Judaic Studies, and The Kessler Prize for Significant Contribution to LGBT Studies. She is co-founder of the ACT UP Oral History Project (www.actuporalhistory.org), co-producer of the film UNITED IN ANGER: A History of ACT UP, on the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace, and Faculty Advisor to Students for Justice in Palestine at The City University of New York, College of Staten Island where she is a Distinguished Professor. The Queer Studies Lecture Series is presented by the Women’s And Gender Studies Department.

Feb
6
11:00 am11:00

Drop-In Math Tutoring

  • Vineyard

Looking for a little extra help with Math? Come on over to the Vineyard and get some help or just drop by to see if the tutor has time to check your work(just to be safe). The tutors will be on hand every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the semester. The Tutor for Mondays is Josh tutoring in Math 161 and 165.

Feb
3
7:00 pm19:00

Public Viewing Night at the SSU Observatory

  • SSU Football Field

The Observatory is located inside the stadium area at the SE corner of the campus (East Cotati Avenue and Petaluma Hill Road.  Call before coming if it appears possible that clouds or fog may force cancellation. Info Line: (707) 664-2267.

Feb
2
3:00 pm15:00

Building A Better Budget Workshop

  • Learning Center Workshop Room, Salazar 1040

The workshop will cover such topics as:

  • What is a budget?
  • How do I create a budget?
  • How to reduce over spending
  • How to track your spending habits
  • How to improve your saving habits.

Join us at the Learning Center for this and other  Workshops. They are open to all students but you must sign up either by stopping by the Learning Center or calling 664-2853.

Feb
2
Feb 16

Library Design Lunchtime Sandwich Summits

  • Schulz 3001

The Library is holding design sessions facilitated by Will Baty, an academic library space planner. All faculty, students, and staff are welcome to attend. Sandwiches and beverages served. RSVP encouraged but not required: library@sonoma.edu. The sandwich summits will be in Schulz 3001.

Thursday, February 2, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Public Space, Students, and Learning

What does the Library need to serve students and faculty for the next two decades?

Thursday, February 16, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Technology for All: The Library and Access

What’s next for technology in the Library?

Feb
1
10:30 am10:30

Pan y Café (y chocolate)

  • Library

A casual conversation circle featuring delicious pan dulce (sweet Mexican bread), coffee and hot chocolate. Drop by anytime during the event to connect with fellow students, staff and faculty!

Jan
30
12:05 pm12:05

Queer Studies Lecture, featuring: Fresh! White, "It's You!; Mindfulness and Self-care, Are the Path to Powerful Change"

  • Ives 101

Fresh! White, is a Professional Certified Coach, facilitator and mindfulness teacher. He is a contributing author to, Trans Bodies Trans Selves, a health, legal and cultural resource guide for community members and service providers, and Real World Mindfulness for Beginners. As a coach, Fresh! supports executives, entrepreneurs, artists and coaches with living their goals and dreams. He started the Bay Area's first Transgender Mindfulness group. He isalso on the team the SF LGBT Cente's Trans Employment Project, supporting Trans• folkswith achieving their career goals. Fresh! ison the boards of the SF Trans March, TDOV and TDOR. The Queer Studies Lecture Series is presented by the Women’s And Gender Studies Department.

Jan
24
7:00 pm19:00

Residential Life Position Information Session

  • Cooperage 2

Leave Your Mark and be a Sonoma State Community Service Advisor or Themed Living Advisor. For more information on these positions please attend a Residential Life position informational session.

Steps to Apply:

View the CSA and TLA job descriptions (open October 31, 2016): https://orgsync.com/125005/chapter  

Sign up for the Leadership Class, UNIV 238:

Note: To receive priority access to UNIV 238 at the beginning of registration which begins on November 14th, you will need to complete the online application form (except uploading your Fall 2016 transcript and letter of recommendation). If this requirement is completed by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 you will be guaranteed a priority seat in UNIV 238. If this requirement is completed after 11:59 on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, you will still be guaranteed a seat in UNIV 238, but you might have fewer choices in which section you will be able to take.

Submit Online Application No Later than 4:30 pm on February 3, 2017:

·This includes Fall 2016 transcript once grades have been posted as well as the letter of recommendation

For more information visit: sonoma.edu/reslife/leadership

Jan
24
7:00 pm19:00

Community Service Advisor and Themed Living Advisor Info Meeting

  • Cooperage 2

Have you thought about being a CSA or Themed Living Advisor on campus? If so, this is the time to attend a Residential Life Position Informational Session, and apply! View the CSA and TLA Job Descriptions at https://orgsync.com/125005/chapter. Applications will be open on October 31st athttps://orgsync.com/125005/forms/213692. Hope to see you at an info meeting. Be sure to sign up for the UNIV 238 Leadership Class!

Dec
8
5:30 pm17:30

War and Peace Lecture Series

  • Warren Auditorium, Ives 101

The English department presents the War and Peace lecture series. This series is offered Fall semester on Tuesday from 5:30-6:50. For questions please email wo@sonoma.edu

This week’s lecture is featuring “Peace through Sustainability.” Jason Mark, Journalist and Organic farmer.

Dec
8
12:00 pm12:00

Computer Science Colloquium: End of Semester Celebration & Awards

  • Salazar 2016

The Computer Science Colloquium is a series of weekly public guest lectures on cutting-edge topics related to computer science. Talks by distinguished members of the computer science community are on Thursdays at noon in Salazar Hall, Room 2016.

THIS WEEK: END OF SEMESTER CELEBRATION & AWARDS (Pizza during talks in Salazar 2016)

AWARDS PRESENTED TO SONOMA STATE COMPUTER SCIENCE MAJORS

Dec
6
5:00 pm17:00

Sport and Social Justice Lecture Series: Danny and David Diaz, Running For Opportunity and Equity

  • Student Center Ballroom B

Join us for a short documentary about the Diaz family & a conversation with Danny and David Diaz, who inspired the film, McFarland, USA   Danny and David Diaz are college educated professionals, but still identify as field workers. They ran for coach Jim White on McFarland High's first state championship team in 1987, a journey portrayed in the film, McFarland, USA.  Both brothers credit their endurance to a childhood spent picking almonds and grapes in the massive fields that stretch out to the horizon in all directions from their town. Their experiences as field workers and athletes gave them the foundation to pursue higher education and become educators themselves.

Dec
6
12:00 pm12:00

Biology Colloquium featuring Dr Ruth Gates

  • Darwin 103

Every Tuesday in the Fall the Department of Biology hosts a speaker for their lecture series.

This week the speaker is Dr. Ruth Gates who is joining us to share works from Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

 

Dec
6
12:00 pm12:00

“The Role of Neural Noise in Autism Spectrum Disorders” Brown Bag

  • Stevenson 2011

What’s it about?

Human behavior, and brain behavior, contains a degree of spontaneity as well as predictability.  Humans engage in consistent and predictable behavior quite often, and just about as often, our behavior is unpredictable, even to ourselves.  This balance between predictability and spontaneity is a definitional characteristic of complex systems this balance between spontaneity and predictability is necessary for healthy brain function.  Remarkably, one of the most salient markers of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lack of behavioral variability (Rodriguez & Thompson, 2015).   In the current study, we analyzed Electroencephalographic recordings of brain activity from children with ASD and compared with control children and find that ASD can be characterized by a computational analysis of brain complexity using the slope of the 1/f power law.  This pattern of results indicates that ASD can be characterized by a lack of neural noise.   

The School of Social Sciences Brown Bags are free and held on Tuesdays, Noon-1:00 PM in Stevenson Hall, Rm 2011. Seminars are informal talks on recent research by School faculty; faculty, staff, students, and any interested others are most welcomed to attend. Bring lunch, relax, and spend the noon hour hearing about the always new and intriguing work in this interdisciplinary forum.