It’s Always Sunflowery in California

Please join us Monday, November 6, at 7pm for a presentation by Dr. John Constable, a professor in the Biology Department at Fresno State.  The identification of new plant species is commonly associated with exotic locations in far away lands – however, in the San Joaquin Valley a new species of Sunflower was identified hiding in plain site. Winter’s Sunflower (Helianthus winteri), a close relative of the more common annual sunflower (Helianthus annuus), is found in restricted locations in Fresno and Tulare counties. Helianthus winteri favors dry, rocky south-facing slopes and is physiologically active throughout the year. The species exhibits a range of characteristics that similar to H. annuus including photosynthetic characteristics and components of leaf morphology. However, there are also subtle differences in stem structure, anatomy of water conduction tissues, secondary chemistry, and internal microbe composition that may aid the species’ survival in the harsh locations in which it is found and provide opportunities for sunflower crop improvement.

Who: Dr. John Constable, Professor of Biology at Fresno State

When: Monday, November 6, 2017 at 7pm

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa Ave, Fresno, CA



Water Sustainability in the Central Valley

Water is a hot-button topic in the Central Valley.  To discuss this issue, Central Valley Cafe Scientifique has invited three speakers for a panel discussion on water sustainability – Dr. Beth Weinman from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and an expert on groundwater; Dr. Criss Wilhite from the Department of Psychology and an expert on applied behavioral analysis; and Dr. Thomas Holyoke from the Department of Political Sciences and an expert on American politics and interest groups.   In 2012, Fresno State University founded an interdisciplinary team of scientists around the topic of water, called the Water Cohort.  The goal of Water Cohort is to engage the campus and the community in initiatives that help us better understand water issues and challenges.  The ultimate vision is to incite action, to address issues, and to collaborate in order to construct water solutions in the Central Valley and worldwide.

Who: Fresno State Faculty of the Water Cohort

When: October 2, 2017 at 7 pm

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa Blvd., Fresno, CA


Chemistry demonstrations for the classroom

Please join us Monday September 11 for a jam-packed session of Chemistry demonstrations.  Our speakers for the night will be members of the faculty and staff of the Department of Chemistry at Fresno State.

Have you ever wondered how a hot air balloon is able to fly, wanted a cheap and effective way to polish your antique silver, or noticed that fridge magnets won’t stick to your new stainless steel fridge?  A team of Chemistry professors and staff from Fresno State show how classroom demonstrations help explain key chemistry concepts. Classroom demonstrations are small experiments done in front of an audience to explain scientific concepts and facts. While demonstrations can be exciting – imagine the science fair volcano or one of Bill Nye’s explosions – we will show that demonstrations are also effective educational tools.

Who: Awesome Fresno State Chemists

When: September 11,2017 at 7:00PM

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa Ave., Fresno, CAIMG_6806