Campus Currents

April 4, 2016

The Overview Effect, By NASA / Bill Anders

PDLS: Beyond the Overview Effect

Local author Frank White and director of the McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning Irene Porro will co-moderate a panel featuring former NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott at Framingham State entitled “Beyond the Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution.”

The event, scheduled for Wednesday, April 6, at 4:30 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum, is free and open to the public.

Other panelists will include Debra Wise, the Artistic Director of Catalyst Collaborative at MIT; Framingham State Physics Professor Vandana Singh; and Framingham State Director of Community Education and English Language Programs Rebecca Hawk.

The distinguished panel is coming together to discuss the Overview Effect and the future of human space exploration from a variety of perspectives. The evening also serves as a launch event for the “Academy in Space Initiative.” This project will build on the Overview Effect and engage members of the academic community in a global conversation about opportunities and challenges presented by human migration into the solar system.

“The Overview Effect” is a phrase coined by White that describes the cognitive shift experienced by astronauts in Earth orbit or on lunar missions. It refers to seeing firsthand the reality of Earth as a planet moving through the universe at a high rate of speed. From this vantage point, our planet is perceived to be a fragile ball of life, shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere. From space, the astronauts tell us, national boundaries fade, the conflicts that divide us become less important, and the need to create a planetary society with the common goal of protecting this "pale blue dot" becomes both obvious and imperative.

White is a co-founder of the Overview Institute and the author or co-author of 10 books on space exploration and the future, including The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution, which was first published in 1987 and re-issued in 1998 and 2014. White believes that the Overview Effect can unite the people of Earth at a time when the challenges of climate change, humanitarian disasters, and war are testing our will to work together, while differences in religions, cultures, and politics continue to keep us apart.  

“All of us really are astronauts on Spaceship Earth,” he says, “and we need to collaborate to make sure our spacecraft survives and sustains all of the crew members.”

Nicole Stott, who has experienced The Overview Effect directly, recently retired after working for 27 years at NASA. She flew to the International Space Station as a member of the Space Shuttle Discovery STS128 crew and served as a Flight Engineer on the ISS Expeditions 20 and 21. She later flew to the International Space Station once more as a mission specialist on STS133, the final flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery.  She is now an artist and working to share her spaceflight experience through her paintings of the spacecraft she flew and the beautiful views of our planet Earth she was blessed to see.

Speaking of her experience of looking at the Earth from space, she says, “It is a dynamic, crystal-clear view that just glows…it is a reaffirmation of what a beautiful and special place the Earth is.”

Midday Performance: Doo-Wop DeVille Today!

Don't miss our final Midday Performance today at 1:30 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum featuring a special ice cream float bar!

"The Golden Era" of classic doo-wop music is alive and well thanks to New England's premier doo-wop show band. Doo-Wop DeVille will put a smile on your face and a tear in your eye as they transport you to the great musical spirit of 1950s and 1960s doo-wop music. Featuring our very own Dr. Lisa Lawson Burke from the Art and Music Department!

Visual Communications Senior Portfolio

The Opening Reception for the Visual Communications Senior Portfolio Exhibit is scheduled for Tuesday, April 5, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Mazmanian Gallery. The students in Professor Jennifer Dowling’s class have been working diligently to get ready for this event, which is an exciting exhibition of highly creative and innovative work. The work will be on display in the gallery from April 4-8.

Students include: Brianna Araya, Zach Benard, Dominique Blackstone, Allie Card, Brad Leuchte, Candace Mcosker, Garrett Urbaczewskie, Amanda Wilkins and Merissa Zaltzberg.

Step Afrika! April 5th

Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 7 p.m., DPAC

Step Afrika is a dance troupe that specializes in traditional African step dancing. Through their performance, audiences learn about traditional African dance, music, costume, and culture. Step Afrika also serves as the cultural ambassador of the U.S. State Department.

Susan Steinberg: The End of Free Love

Don't miss author Susan Steinberg at Framingham State on Tuesday, April 12th, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Heineman Ecumenical Center! Steinberg will also give a craft talk at 12:30 p.m. in the Center for Inclusive Excellence. All are welcome!

Susan Steinberg is the author of the fiction collections Spectacle, Hydroplane, and The End of Free Love. Her stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, The Gettysburg Review, American Short Fiction, and The Massachusetts Review. She has been the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a National Magazine Award, and a United States Artists Fellowship.

She has held residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the James Merrill House, the Civitella Ranieri Center, and NYU. She earned a BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in English from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is currently professor of English at The University of San Francisco.

For more information, contact Sam Witt via email at


Framingham State Food Study Launches Web Site

The Framingham State Food Study has launched a brand new web site with lots of information about the ground-breaking project. Recruitment is currently underway for the third cohort of participants.

Benefits include:

Healthful weight loss
• All snacks and meals are provided
• No need to cook or grocery shop
• Enjoy nine months of food-cost savings

To learn more visit,

National Library Week

Come celebrate National Library Week at the Whittemore Library from April 13-15.

Schedule of Events:

Discussion and reading with author Howard Axelrod
Wednesday, April 13, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Center for Inclusive Excellence

Howard Axelrod’s memoir, The Point of Vanishing, was named one of the best books of 2015 by Slate, the Chicago Tribune, and Entropy Magazine. In the New York Times, Dwight Garner hailed him as “a unique presence on the page.” Axelrod’s work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Salon, VQR, Shambhala Sun, Harvard Magazine, and the Boston Globe. Axelrod has taught literature and writing at Harvard University, University of Arizona, and Grub Street. He was also a Visiting Lecturer in the English Department at Framingham State University.

Literary Cake Contest
Thursday, April 14th. Voting starts at 9 a.m.
Library Cafe

Scanning Your Personal Documents and Images
Friday, April 15th, from 1 to 2 p.m.
Archives Room

For more information about any of these events, please contact Sandra Rothenberg at

Save the Date: Science on State Street April 23rd

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Science on State Street at Framingham State University on Saturday, April 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.!

Learners of all ages engage in exciting science and engineering explorations hosted on our beautiful campus.

Activities include hands-on experiences in biology, chemistry, physics, food science, robotics and engineering, featured presentations by FSU faculty and invited scientists, conversations and performances that explore the interaction between science and the arts, and stunning HD planetarium programs.

Spring Lyceum Lecture: Dr. Evelyn Perry

Don't miss the Spring Lyceum Lecture on Thursday, April 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum featuring Dr. Evelyn Perry from the English Department.

A Poetry Reading from Johnny and Maggie

Dr. Perry has written a verse retelling of Hansel and Gretel, which she sets during the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of children from cities to the countryside during bombing raids in WWII Britain. Johnny and Maggie explores themes of mapping and identity; loss and displacement; and home and belonging. Visual, figurative, and direct references are made to historical events and archival materials.

The Herren Project Wear Jeans Fundraiser

Wear jeans on April 15, 2016 to help support graduation speaker Chris Herren’s, Project Purple Initiative.  Chris Herren, former NBA basketball player has established, The Herren Project, a non-profit foundation, whose mission is to assist individuals and families struggling with addiction.  

We will be collecting donations of $5, or more, toward the Campus wide efforts to present Mr. Herren with a donation at Commencement.  Wearing your comfy jeans and a purple shirt is a great way to raise money and show support of this great project.  

Donations may be made at a Lobby Table :
March 31st  2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
April 4th     11:30 am – 2:30 pm  


In person Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm in SILD, MC 510,  or by contacting Jill Hayward at  

SILD Diaper Drive

SILD has been proud of the work our community has done with various drives this year, from a coat drive to a Cradles to Crayons Drive. We hope to continue this success as we begin a Diaper Drive to support the Diaper Project at A Place to Turn in Natick.

A month of diapers for a single child can cost a family up to $75. This sometimes means that families have to sacrifice their child's hygiene in order to put food on the table and meet other priorities.  

Please consider supporting local families by purchasing diapers and dropping them off at the large purple box located in the McCarthy Center lobby. The drive will run from now until Friday, April 29th. If you have questions feel free to reach out to

Upcoming Wellness Events

Self Care Fair
Tuesday, April 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum
Co-sponsored by SGA and SEALS

Treat yourself to a free massage, ice cream, henna tattoos, and more as you learn about the importance of self-care. Contact:

Pause 4 Paws
Monday, May 2 and Wednesday May 4
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum
Co-sponsored by Sodexo and SEALS

Come join us and de-stress with the puppies, free massage, healthy snacks and more…

Upcoming Career Services Events

Employer Showcase - McCarthy Center Lobby
Wednesday, April 6
9:00 AM—12 Noon: Massachusetts Army National Guard
12 Noon—2:45 PM: Starbucks Coffee Company

Wednesday, April 13
YMCA Careers Day
Sponsored by the CSER Office
Wednesday, April 20
12 Noon—2:45 PM: Eliot Community Human Services
Wednesday, April 27
12 Noon—2:45 PM: Renewal by Andersen and Alternatives

Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Internship, Career, and Live Local Fair
Wednesday April 6, 2016, 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Worcester Regional Airport , 375 Airport Drive,  Worcester, MA
The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce's  largest career and internship fair. Meet with over 45 employers and 25 local vendors.

MERC Education Fair
Thursday, April 21, 2016 , 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.,
Northeastern University, Boston

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:

CHOICE Internship Program Drop-In Sessions
Have a quick question about a CHOICE internship? Drop-in hours in the Career Services office 412 McCarthy Center from 4-5 PM on all dates listed!
Monday, April 4: 4 - 5 PM
Tuesday, April 5: 4 - 5 PM
Wednesday, April 6: 4 - 5 PM
Monday, April 11: 4 - 5 PM
Tuesday, April 12: 4 - 5 PM
Wednesday, April 13: 4 - 5 PM
Tuesday, April 19: 4 - 5 PM
Wednesday, April 20: 4 - 5 PM
Thursday, April 21: 4 - 5 PM

Graduate School Information Session
April 20, 1:30 - 2:20 PM, Center for Inclusive Excellence
Join us for an interactive presentation that covers the unwritten rules to preparing for, applying to, and succeeding in graduate school. Session is led by the MIT Grad Catalyst program and is designed to provide information about graduate school to current students, with a focus on underrepresented minorities. Sponsored by the Center of Inclusive Excellence and Career Services and Employer Relations.

Notable Accomplishments

-Dr. Alexander Hartwiger’s essay, “The Postcolonial Flâneur: Open City and the Urban Palimpsest,” has just been published in the most recent issue of the journal Postcolonial Text (Vol. 11, No 1).

Upcoming events

Thanksgiving Recess (Begins @ 4:30pm on Wed, Nov 22)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

8:30 am - 10:00 pm

Campus Wide - No Location

Organized by: University Registrar

Marijuana: Then and Now

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

McCarthy Campus Center Forum

Organized by: Wellness Education

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