Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is proud to host our STEM Student Art Exhibit Strategic Initiatives: Groundbreaking Innovation Evolved from Initial Military Purposes beginning Tuesday, June 14, 2022 until mid-October in the new Umpqua Hall Health and Science Building on the Coos campus (1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay).In celebration of the exhibit please join us Tuesday, June 14th at 7:00 pm for our exhibit opening. Our exhibit opening is timed with Flag Day and the US Army’s birthday to celebrate the contributions that Veterans across the nation made to the scientific world we experience today. We appreciate the continued community support of our STEM programs and events and are excited to showcase our students’ work.
The exhibit features projects and research posters from students in physics, astronomy, and biology courses addressing scientific advancements spurred by military involvement. Exhibit curator Krystal Hopper and Southwestern Associate Professor of Physics, Dr. Aaron Coyner worked with students from March to September of 2021 on the showcased projects addressing questions inspired by Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang’s book Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military. Their work explores how tools and methods developed for astronomy and astrophysics were applied to military endeavors and vice versa. Student projects include medical advancements in prosthetics, satellite communication,the return to the Moon, and the development of the United States Space Force, among others.
For more information about the Strategic Initiatives exhibit please contact Krystal Hopper at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Aaron Coyner, Associate Professor of Physics, at 541-888-7244, email@example.com. To learn more about physics and engineering degrees at Southwestern visit https://physics.socc.edu/.
Coos Bay, OR – As our final Physics and Astronomy Lecture event of the 2021-22 academic year, Southwestern Oregon Community College will feature the research work done by our student researchers and staff during winter and spring terms. The symposium will be held Thursday, May 26, 2022, at 7 pm on the Coos campus (1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay) in Umpqua Hall room 184. Admission is free. We will livestream the presentations through our Physics and Astronomy livestream link for those who cannot attend in person: https://livestream.com/swocc/physicsandastronomy2021-22.
From discussions of growing plants under Martian conditions, to developing liquid crystal solar cells, hunting for asteroids and meteorites, and describing and exploring our interplanetary environment, our Southwestern student researchers have been conducting wide-ranging science investigations. Come hear the reports of their recent findings and next steps in their research.
These research projects were the result of student participation in Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) funded opportunities. We are grateful for the continued support of OSGC and its many programs. To learn more visit: https://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/.
For more information about this symposium, please contact Dr. Aaron Coyner, Associate Professor of Physics, at 541-888-7244, firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about physics and engineering degrees at Southwestern visit https://physics.socc.edu/.
Didn’t complete high school? Don’t let it close doors permanently in your life. Meet Zac Warner, who is studying physics and engineering. He’s a stellar example of what’s possible.
Zac came to Southwestern and earned his GED in 2019. His high score on the GED exams earned him a big scholarship to start college on a pathway to a career.
“I knew I wanted a career in a STEM field and did my research,” he said. “Electrical engineering was the best fit for me and something I could see myself doing for 40 years.”
That’s just part of his story.
Zac has overcome more than most people. He beat addiction and homelessness. He spent time in jail. Today, he attributes his turnaround to his strong religious faith. With support from his parole officer, Zac jumped through every hoop he needed to regain custody of his son.
“I did everything I could to make it happen and even took extra parenting classes that weren’t required.”
Zac is now in his second year of college, a single parent to an energetic
son, and is maintaining a 4.0 GPA! He also works as a tutor at SWOCC.
“I love tutoring. I get to help students in general, but I also get to help many of them work towards their GED. People who are just like me when I decided to get my act together,” he said.
Zac’s excited to be completing his education soon in the new state-of-the-art Health & Science Technology building on the Coos Campus. And, he’s got advice for other people struggling in life.
“The world will always give you an excuse to quit. It has to be your choice to keep going. None of the excuses matter,” he said. “It doesn’t matter who you were, where you came from, or what you’ve done. It matters who you’re going to be, where you’re going, and what you’re going to do next. Don’t let your past or other people stop you from growing.”
And this just in . . . Zac was recently accepted into the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) program. Zac earned a spot at a nine-day virtual experience with NASA. As a highly competitive program, NCAS gives students the opportunity to interact and network with NASA engineers and scientists. NCAS can become a stepping stone to an exciting future career in STEM. Congratulations to Zac for being invited to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
For more information about Southwestern’s physics and engineering degrees visit: https://physics.socc.edu/.