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Northwest Campus to celebrate Earth Science Day

Pima Community College’s Northwest Campus will celebrate Earth Science Day on Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The free event will feature hands-on activities designed to raise awareness about protecting the environment.

Visitors can examine a giant sundial, try snacks cooked in a solar oven and take a safe look at the sun through a solar telescope.

“Earth Science Day is always a lively event,” Michael Tulino, vice president for student development at Northwest Campus, said in a news release. “We try to create a carnival of science.”

More than 40 organizations will participate, teaching climatology, geosciences, biology, astronomy and physics.

Students and potential students can learn about programs that PCC offers, and about careers in science.

For more information, contact Denise Meeks, science department chair, at dmeeks@pima.edu.

-By Shana Rose

 Longtime PCC instructor Bronson dies

One of Pima Community College’s first instructors, Otis Bronson, died on Sept. 29 at the age of 84.

Bronson taught writing classes for more than three decades, and also taught tribal art, Eastern religions and meditation classes.

He eventually became the chair of the writing department at West Campus.

He received an outstanding faculty award in 1996.

Bronson was well-known in the community due to his political campaigning for his wife along with his decades of teaching in the Tucson community.

When he wasn’t in a classroom, Bronson enjoyed gardening, landscaping and other outdoor activities.

Bronson also was an avid collector of ritualistic and ceremonial masks from Africa.

He is survived by his wife, Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson, his daughter Kali and grandson Kalden.

No public memorial service is planned. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum.

-By Andrew Paxton

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