Media Spotlight, Semester at Sea for SSU Professors

Several SSU professors garnered media attention this semester for their work:

What will climate change do to our past was the subject of a blog posting on KQED's NewsFix highlighting Mike Newland's work. Besides being a SSU Staff Archaeologist, Newland is president of the Society for California Archaeology and is leading an effort to record California's archaeological sites before they're destroyed by rising seas. Read the story at A California Report on Newland's work reported upon how coastal erosion is destroying Native American sites, including graves and places where people once cooked and camped. Listen to it below:

Rocky Rohwedder's work on Ecological Handprints was the subject of an essay by Alan Briskin in the Huffington Post called "Collective Wisdom." The Q&A format allows Rohwedder to fully explain his thinking on linking humanitarian goals with ecological ones. Rohwedder is a professor and chair of the Environmental Studies and Planning Department. The full article can be found at:

Rohwedder will be a lecturer with the Semester at Sea program during the Dec-Jan enrichment voyage through the Panama Canal. He will be speaking on resource policy in Latin America, eco-tourism, and his Ecological Handprints research. The voyage starts in the Bahamas and heads on to Jamaica, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and finally San Diego. Rohwedder joins a dozen other lecturers from around the world, including Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and civil rights activist Julian Bond.

Biology professor Nick Geist's work saving the Western Pond Turtle was highlighted by National Geographic's NewsWatch. Geist and his students have been working on a five-year collaborative "Head Start" rearing program with zoo keepers at the San Francisco and Oakland zoos to help augment wild populations of this vanishing species of freshwater turtle. Read the full story at:

Communication Studies Professor Marco Calavita has been regularly submitting short articles to Wired magazine with good success. He pitches them with many ideas every month, some of them tied to the monthly theme of their popular culture section called "Play",

The recent entries include:

1) "Man of Mystery" in the August 2012 issue -- a piece for the "Play" pop culture section about the influential British spy fiction writer William Le Queux, whose hysterical stories and novels stoked xenophobia and paranoia in the years before World War I. The theme of that section was "Spies".

2) "3 Smart Things About Quicksand" in the August 2012 issue for the "Start" section.

3) "I Can't Get Dr. No Satisfaction" in the November 2012 issue -- a piece for the "Play" pop culture section about the intertwined 50-year history of both The Rolling Stones and James Bond movies (both just reached that 50-year anniversary). The theme of that month's Play section was "Juggernauts".

These and other publishing efforts can be found at