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December 2, 2019

Sustainable Space, Sustainable Earth - From Ideas to Action

"Sustainable Space, Sustainable Earth" Symposium

Concerned about Earth sustainability?
Galvanized by prospective technological and economic advancements from space exploration?
Wondering how we can maximize the use of space for addressing global challenges?

If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, then join a multidisciplinary group of scholars who will discuss space sustainability: the secure, sustainable, and peaceful use of space for the benefit of Earth and all its peoples.

“Sustainable Space, Sustainable Earth: From Ideas to Action” is an interdisciplinary symposium that features prominent experts from fields such as policy, history of science and technology, engineering, ethics, law and global education. It is also the culminating event of the 18 months long “Moon Landing in Context” project and a celebration of FSU’s collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution.

Sustainable Space, Sustainable Earth: From Ideas to Action
Friday, December 6 2019
8:30am to 4:00pm
McCarthy Center Forum
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We know you have a busy day. Cannot come for the whole day? Join us for history and policy talks in the morning, or come and hear from the keynote speaker: Dr. Danielle Wood, from MIT’s Media Lab and the Space Enabled Research Group. She will give a presentation titled “The Role of Space Technology to Support Sustainable Development.” Make sure not to miss the panel discussion “From Ideas to Action" facilitated by FSU alumna Suzanne Wright and featuring Dr. Vandana Singh or the final reflections provided by our Rebecca Hawk.

For the complete schedule, a list of presenters and abstracts see:

The symposium includes breakfast, lunch, and following reception at the McAuliffe Center. If you plan to join us for breakfast, or for lunch before the keynote, or at the reception, make sure to register at: so that we can plan for the right amount of food. NOTE: the event is free of charge for all members of the FSU community.

You can find more information also on twitter @moon_contex

Dr. Susan M. Schneider on the Behavioral Roots of a Projected Route Forward in the Climate Crisis

December 4, 2019 at 7 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

The technology to solve the climate crisis has been available for years. Can the behavioral sciences help motivate the required societal and lifestyle changes? This talk by Professor Susan M. Schneider focuses on the role of behavior principles like the science behind positive reinforcement.

Embodied Physics Design Principles: A Path to Learning, Identity and Engagement in STEM

Scholars in Action Series: Dr. Folashadé Solomon

1:30pm – 2:30pm on December 4, 2019
McCarthy Center, Alumni Room

Scholars across many disciplines recognize the power of bodily experiences in shaping cognition. While a number of scholars suggest that dance represents an important type of embodied cognition, the notion of dance as a site for learning is underexplored. In addition to taking an interdisciplinary view on learning in arts and science, we explicitly take a strength-based approach to engaging underrepresented youth in STEM. This talk will address how movement based activities afford opportunities for rich STEM knowing and positive identities for high school aged students. To end the talk, design principles for creating learning environments that support this approach will be shared.

Light refreshments will be served.

Pause 4 Paws

Ruff Day? Come relax at Pause 4 Paws!

Monday, Dec 9 and Wednesday, Dec 11
11:30-1:30 in the McCarthy Center Forum.

Pet dogs, get a message, make some art, grab a snack and enjoy yourself. Co-sponsored by Health and Wellness, SEALS, SUAB, SGA and WDJM. Questions? Contact

Holiday Skies at the FSU Planetarium

Friday, December 13, 2019
Showtimes: 5:30 PM , 6:30 PM
Framingham State University Planetarium
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Come celebrate the season of feasts, family, and goodwill with the Framingham State University Planetarium family! In this live, astronomical "variety show," you'll learn why the December solstice has inspired so many wonderful cultural traditions, with origins in all corners of the globe and throughout most of human history.

The longest night of the year means plenty of time for stargazing, and we may even get a chance to travel to Earth's North Pole (pending a quick check of the naughty and nice list)!

8th Annual Campus Professional Development Days

Eighth Annual Campus Professional Development Days

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - Kick-Off Bake-Off 2 - 4 p.m., Dining Annex

Thursday, January 9 and Friday, January 10, 2020

Participation open to all employees.

For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources at 508-626-4530 or via e-mail at

Happening at Danforth Art


Highlights from the Permanent Collection
July 2019 - May 2020

The Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller Collection
Permanently on view


Prints From Campus: Selections from Faculty Teaching in New England
October 26 - December 15, 2019

In conjunction with the North American Print Biennial and the 11th Boston Printmakers Student Print Exhibition, the Danforth Art Museum is excited to host an exhibition of work by printmaking faculty across New England. Founded in 1947, the mission of the Boston Printmakers is to promote public knowledge of printmaking, encourage and support artists working in printmaking, and promote excellence and innovation within the field of printmaking.

The Student Print Exhibition
November 17 - December 13

At The Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University. For more information on the Boston Printmakers and events surrounding this exhibition, please visit

August 31-December 29, 2019

To be dressed is to cover, adorn, or envelop the body in the guise we present to the outside world. To be dressed can be an exercise in simplicity, or an elaborate over-the-top performance. This exhibition presents the work of six contemporary artists working in a range of media whose works reference the intricacies of covering the body, the meaning held in garments, and the gendering of handwork. Broadly addressing materials, imagery, iconography, and memory, each artist experiments with the fluidity of form while acknowledging gendered constrictions placed on the body. Exhibiting artists include Catherine Bertulli, Jodi Colella, Merill Comeau, Mia Cross, Nancy Grace Horton, and Marky Kauffmann.


Family Circle
January 18 - May 10, 2020

Liz Albert: Family Fictions
January 11-April 5, 2020

Learn more at

Spanish Language Table

An informal meeting during dinnertime to practice Spanish, meet special guests, and try different flavors. Presented by the Department of World Languages and Dining Services.

December 5
McCarthy Center, Dining Commons
5:30-6:30 p .m.

Save the Dates: Chris Walsh Center for Educators and Families of MetroWest

Save the Dates for two important events regarding the new Chris Walsh Center for Educators and Families of MetroWest:

Informational Open House
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020
1:30 p.m.
Location TBD

Opening Celebration Event
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020
7 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum

The Center's mission is to provide information for families and educators about the continuum of educational supports available to students with disabilities, students who are gifted, and students with unmet needs. The center will offer support, workshops and other programming for families, educators, student support professionals, administrators, and advocates in the MetroWest area. The center also will engage in scholarly research, educator preparation, and professional development.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Career Services

Wednesday Employer Showcase Series, McCarthy Campus Center Lobby, 9:00AM – 5:45PM:
Employers showcase their organization every Wednesday in the McCarthy Center lobby by the
Welcome Desk. Their goal is to network with FSU students and recruit students for full time or internship opportunities. Stop by their table in order to learn about new internships and job opportunities!

Dec 4
9am-noon: Vector Marketing
12pm-3pm: The Learning Center For The Deaf & Primrose School of Natick

Dec 11
9am- noon: The U.S. Census Bureau
12pm-3pm: Mass. Department of Corrections & The U.S. Census Bureau

Networking & Suitable Solutions Mocktail Mixer Graduation Event, Thursday, December 5, 5:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m., MC Forum
Network with employer partners, learn about proper networking techniques and etiquette while enjoying food and “mock” tails! Pre-registration is required via HANDSHAKE. Contact the CSER office at 508-626-4625 for more information.

SAVE THE DATES for Spring 2020

Spring 2020 Suitable Solutions Program Kickoff, Thursday, January 30, 2020, 1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m., Foster Hall 102
All majors invited to attend to learn about this professionalism initiative, meet key employer partners and register for the program.

How to Find an Internship Workshop, Wednesday 2/12, 3/11, 4/8 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., MC Alumni Room
This is an interactive workshop where students gain insight into the process of internship search strategies including: self-inventory, preparation process, resume reviews, professional attire, mock interviewing, professional references, the search process, HANDSHAKE,CSER events, networking, and how to apply.

STEM Career Event, Thursday, February 20, 2020, 4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m., MC Forum
STEM Panel—Employers will speak about the work they do and the types of employment opportunities in their particular STEM fields.
Speed Networking—Students will meet diverse employers to discuss their STEM career interests.
Resume Critique—Employers will do a quick resume critique of students’ resumes to help them understand how to best highlight their skills and experience in the highly competitive STEM job market.

MathWorks Career Day, Wednesday, February 26, 2020
1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m. Career Day Presentation, MC Alumni Room
2:30 p.m.—5:00 p.m. Discussion & Questions, MC Alumni Room
Hear about the many opportunities at MathWorks. All majors are welcome! Please call the CSER office to find out more information at 508-626-4625.

CHOICE Internship Info Table, 3/9, 3/23, 3/30 12 p.m.—2:00 p.m., MC Lobby

Spring Job and Internship Fair, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 4:30 p.m.– 6:00 p.m., MC Forum
Come to this great networking event! Full-time and Internship positions available. Over 55 employers from the business, human services, non-profit, and STEM field’s will be featured. Bring your resume. Dress professionally. Log onto your HANDSHAKE account to view full list of organizations.

MERC Education Fair, Thursday, April 23, 2020, 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., at Boston University
Come to the largest education fair in New England - Over 100 school systems and agencies attend! Save the date for this annual recruiting event that brings together teaching candidates and school systems across the country for networking and job opportunities in public/private schools. Must register at: Limited transportation will be provided. Must pre-register for the van by calling the CSER Office at 508-626-4625.

Upcoming events

Habitat Earth Screening for Young Learners with Dr. Margaret Carroll

Monday, April 12, 2021

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Organized by: McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C

The Unraveling of the World: What Climate Change Has to Teach Us by Dr. Vandana Singh

Monday, April 12, 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Organized by: McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C, Dept of Physics & Earth Science

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