The May 20 edition of CampusMemo will be the last of the spring semester. During the summer, CampusMemo is published monthly on June 17 and July 15. Regular weekly publication will resume in the fall beginning Aug. 19.
Retirement Association announces faculty travel grant awardees
The University Retirement Association is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2016 faculty travel grants. The grants committee found the pool of applicants so impressive that at the committee's request, the board of directors authorized the awarding of seven, rather than five, awards. The recipients, each of whom will receive $500, are:
- Kelvin Billingsley, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Steve Choe associate professor, School of Cinema
- Petra Dekens, associate professor, Department of Earth & Climate Sciences
- Jocelyn Clare R. Hermoso, associate professor, School of Social Work
- Jonathan H.X. Lee, associate professor, Department of Asian American Studies
- Laura Moorhead, assistant professor, Department of Journalism
- Ronald Purser, professor, Management/Ed.D. Program
The Retirement Association congratulates these outstanding faculty members.
Class of 2016 emerita/emeritus faculty
A list of the emerita/emeritus faculty is available on the Faculty Affairs website: Download the 2016 Emeritus/Emerita Flyer. President Wong has invited this year's honorees to attend a luncheon hosted by Provost Sue V. Rosser to honor their service.
Available now: Summer 2016 Employee University course registration
Employee University is pleased to announce that summer 2016 course registration has begun. SF State faculty and staff can enroll in one class of their choice by visiting the Employee University courses and registration webpage. Note that each class has limited seating and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes will begin during the second week of June and continue through September. For more information or answers to questions, email email@example.com. The Employee University cohort looks forward to seeing you in class.
Academic Technology Summer Institute 2016
In Academic Technology's two-day summer institutes participants will explore campus-supported technologies and examine strategies for integrating technology into their courses. This institute is designed for those who are new to iLearn or would like to learn more about the wide array of technology tools and services available to instructors. Participants will practice effective teaching strategies and course design through a variety of collaborative, hands-on, project-based activities. Don't miss this opportunity to collaborate with your colleagues.
There are three sessions offered. All sessions will be held in LIB 242:
- Session 1: June 7 and June 8 (Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
- Session 2: July 12 and July 13 (Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
- Session 3: Aug. 9 and Aug. 10 (Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Register online using the Summer Institutes 2016 registration form. Enrollment is limited. Faculty who register by May 27 will receive priority. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Academic Technology welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. Contact Nora Scully by May 27 at ext. 5-5539 or firstname.lastname@example.org for accommodations. Have questions about the event? Email email@example.com, or call ext. 5-5550.
Welcome Days 2016: Save the date and call for programs
Welcome Days 2016 will welcome new students and their families to SF State from Saturday, August 20, to Thursday, August 25, on the main campus. Program session and event requests are now being accepted from those interested in participating as campus partners. In the past, these have been in the form of departmental open houses and student success workshops.
The Welcome Days Planning Committee looks forward to welcoming the entering students with your participation. Go, Gators!
CSU Student Research Competition results
The annual California State University (CSU) Student Research Competition promotes excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments throughout the CSU's twenty-three campuses. SF State selected 10 winners from an on-campus competition to represent the University at the CSU competition held at CSU Bakersfield on April 29 and 30.
SF State students performed well this year, with three first-place winners:
- Alejandra Franco: "Low-Input-Voltage Wireless Power Transfer for Biomedical Implants" (undergraduate Engineering and Computer Science category). Faculty mentor: Hao Jiang.
- Alexander Yore: "Giant Blue Shifted Photoluminescence Peak from Edges of Atomically Thin Semiconductors" (undergraduate Physical and Mathematical Science category). Faculty mentor: A.K.M. Newaz.
- Omar Murillo: "Family Away from Home: Support Systems for Multi-Generational Hispanic Students at a Hispanic Serving Institution," (doctorate student in the Education category). Faculty mentor: Barbara Henderson.
The other contestants from SF State were:
- Darya Almasi: "Enhancing Hardware Security Using Spin Transfer Torque Logic" (graduate student, Engineering and Computer Science). Faculty mentor: Hamid Mahmoodi.
- Ulises Diaz: "A Drosophila Eye Deficiency Screen for Enhancers/Suppressors of Jagunal" (undergraduate student, Biological and Agricultural Sciences). Faculty mentor: Blake Riggs.
- Marco Monroy: "Male Specific Localization of ZEN-4 Suggests Novel Meiotic Pathway in C. elegans" (graduate student, Biological and Agricultural Sciences). Faculty mentor: Diana Chu.
- Koji Ozawa: "The Archaeology of Gardens at a WWII Japanese American Incarceration Camp" (graduate student, Behavioral and Social Sciences). Faculty mentor: Doug Bailey.
- Anthony Palmer: "Rethinking Stovall v. Archy: Sectional Crisis and Slavery in California." (graduate student, Humanities and Letters. Opted out of larger CSU competition). Faculty mentor: Eva Sheppard-Wolf.
- John Rodriguez: "Investigating How Science Students and Faculty Organize Their Science Knowledge" (graduate student, Education). Faculty mentor: Kimberly Tanner.
- Barkha Sisodia: "Design Research and Methodology Showing the Process of Reaching a Solution that Addresses Problems Related to Home Composting" (graduate student, Creative Arts and Design). Faculty mentor: Hsiao-Yun Chu.
Funding the Next Generations statewide conference, May 9
The Promise of Local Dedicated Funds for California's Children, Funding the Next Generation's second statewide conference, will be held Monday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center. Registration is $50 per person to cover food and materials. Register online at nextgenerationconference.eventbrite.com.
Funding the Next Generation, a program housed in the College of Health and Social Sciences, started the initiative to promote local public funding streams dedicated to services for children, youth and their families. More than two years ago, it started a journey to capture the public's growing understanding of the needs of children and the success of California's local children's funds in San Francisco and Oakland. The group asked: Can local children's funds become a way to ensure sustainable funding for services to children, youth and families? Can the creation of local children's funds become a statewide movement? Join the conference to learn the findings and insights to date. Featured speakers include:
- Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, who as mayor of San Francisco oversaw the nation's largest children's fund, will address his understanding of the benefits, challenges and opportunities of a local fund. Newsom will also share his insights about the needs of the state's children and what can be done in all our communities, large and small, to see that these needs are met.
- Celinda Lake is one of the nation's leading political strategists and pollsters who is known for her cutting-edge research on social policies and has served as a tactician for candidates and issue campaigns at all levels of government. She will discuss the ways to frame children's issues within a political context, as well as the benefits of polling.
For more information, visit www.fundingthenextgeneration.org or contact Margaret Brodkin, the founder and director of Funding the Next Generation, at (415) 794-4963 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for proposals: GWAR Mentoring Program seeks applications
The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites applications for the fall 2016 GWAR (Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement) Mentoring Program, a faculty development program designed to provide support to those new to teaching GWAR while giving experienced GWAR instructors an opportunity for growth and development. Through regular group meetings with fellow mentees and mentors, participating faculty will have the opportunity to share ideas and insights, discuss writing pedagogy and learn about best practices in disciplines across campus.
Eligible mentors will have taught GWAR courses for several semesters and will provide support for GWAR course design, effective GWAR teaching strategies and assessment of student learning. Eligible mentees will teach a GWAR course in the fall, with plans to continue teaching GWAR in future semesters, and will have an interest in intra-disciplinary writing. All faculty (tenured, tenure-track and lecturers) interested in joining this program for the fall of 2016 are encouraged to apply. Proposals from teams (mentor and mentee) within and across disciplines are highly encouraged.
Those interested in applying should email Juliana van Olphen, professor of health education and director of WAC/WID (professor of health education and director of WAC/WID (Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines) or Jennifer Swanson, associate director of WAC/WID.
Visit ueap.sfsu.edu/wac for application guidelines. Applications are due May 20. Stipends will be provided to participating faculty. Successful applicants will be notified by June 6 and will be expected to attend an orientation session on Aug. 22.
"The Killing of Sister George," through May 7
Based on a BBC radio soap opera laced with dark humor that provides a wild roller coaster ride, "The Killing of Sister George" will be presented by the School of Theatre and Dance at 7 p.m. on May 6 and 7 in "The Lab" (CA 104). The comedy, written by Frank Marcus and directed by Murray Smith, promises to be as vital today as it was in the 1960s. Attendees will need to hold on to their hats for the bumpy ride.
18th Annual CoSE Student Project Showcase, May 6
Join the College of Science & Engineering for the 18th annual Student Project Showcase at the Student Life Event Center (ANNEX I). Come support the students during this unique showcase with more than 200 projects from undergraduate and graduate competitors. A group of judges will pick winners and award prizes. The showcase will start with the competition from 3 to 6 p.m., followed by a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The showcase and reception are free, but space is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. Please register at bit.ly/1T4iEll. For more information, email Lannie Nguyen at email@example.com.
Watch Mercury pass in front of the sun Monday morning, May 9
There's no better way to get a sense of just how big stars are than by seeing a planet projected against the face of the sun. Monday is your chance to see such a rare cosmic occurrence, when Mercury will pass in front of the sun. Solar telescopes and other viewing devices will be set up in the Quad to view the Mercury transit, assuming skies are clear.
Come check it out Monday, May 9, from 8:45 to 11:38 a.m. on the Quad, near the Bookstore entrance and ATM machines. Questions? Please contact Adrienne Cool, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phi Beta Kappa annual initiation ceremony, May 12
The Phi Beta Kappa Society wishes to remind SF State/Omicron chapter members that:
- The Phi Beta Kappa annual initiation ceremony will be held Thursday, May 12, from 3 to 4 p.m. on the Administration Building's fifth floor patio. It will be followed by a reception.
- Annual dues of $25, which help defray the cost of the annual student initiation, should be submitted to Society Treasurer Lisa Takeyama of the Economics Department.
Tenth annual Documentary for Health and Social Justice screening, May 13
Join student filmmakers, the Health Equity Institute and the School of Cinema for the 10th annual Documentary for Health and Social Justice screening on May 13 in the Coppola Theater. The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the screening at 7 p.m. The 2015-16 cohort will present four films (listed by their working titles):
- "Immigration": Explore how an Oakland high school has adopted a trauma-informed approach to healing and education.
- "A Mother's Song": Learn how low-income single moms are breaking the cycle of poverty to reach their goals and explore the support structures that are making this possible.
- "Outspoken Truth": In an after-school program, young students rap about changing the world around them.
- "United Disciplines": Follow the journey of a small group of college students as they dive into a multidisciplinary education experience.
Documentary for Health and Social Justice is a multidisciplinary film production course offered by the Health Equity Institute and the School of Cinema where students partner with community-based organizations to produce short films.
Unnatural Kinds interdisciplinary workshop, May 16-17
The Department of Philosophy will host "Unnatural Kinds," an interdisciplinary workshop about scientific classification, on Monday and Tuesday, May 16-17. Designer pharmaceuticals, novel nanomaterials, cloned cells and animals, and new methods of storing biological or medical information have broadened the scope of defining "kinds" of things to include those that have been synthetically created. As a result, new questions have arisen: When can one claim to have made something of a new kind? How do we keep track of exponentially expanding chemical, pharmaceutical and material databases? How do contemporary information management systems affect how we conceive of classification and categorization? When can, and when should, extra-scientific regulations limit the synthesis of novel kinds? Such questions will drive the discussions of this two-day event.
Expert speakers will be on hand from the National Institutes of Health, the University of Utah, Nano Precision Medical, Princeton University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Alberta, SF State and beyond. For more information or to register, visit the Unnatural Kinds workshop site. Questions? Email email@example.com.
Biology hosts ninth annual Personalized Medicine Conference, May 26
The Department of Biology will host its ninth annual Personalized Medicine Conference on Thursday, May 26, at the South San Francisco Conference Center. This year's theme will be "Gene Therapy & Genome Editing." For more information visit personalizedmedicine.sfsu.edu. The conference is a great networking opportunity for students, faculty and alumni. The registration fee ($25 for students and $50 for faculty) includes refreshments, breakfast, lunch and a reception. Questions? Email Michael Goldman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SF State Summer Youth Sailing and Paddling and Lake Environment camps, June 6-Aug. 12
The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism will again host Summer Community Youth Sailing and Paddling Camps for boys and girls ages 8-15 at Lake Merced near campus. All camps are Monday-Friday and run between June 6 and Aug. 12. They range from half-day sailing camp, half-day kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding camps to full-day sailing and science camps. No prior experience is required and the camps accommodate youth with special needs. For more information or to register, visit recdept.sfsu.edu/sailing.
Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp
The Department of Kinesiology will again host the Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp for boys and girls ages 7-14. The camp will take place on campus June 13 to July 22, Monday through Friday. The department will also host the Gator Start morning program to provide a full-day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) option. For more information or to register, visit kin.sfsu.edu/gatorcamp or call the Kinesiology Department at ext. 8‑2244.
QOLT Self-Review Workshop Summer 2016
Join Academic Technology this summer for a half-day workshop dedicated to Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT). These workshops are designed for instructors who currently have a course in iLearn that they would like to improve. Using the QOLT evaluation instrument, we will work side-by-side with you to identify areas of improvement for your course. At the end of the workshop you will have an actionable revision plan. This process of self-review and revision is the foundation of the QOLT initiative.
This workshop is strongly recommended for anyone intending to earn a QOLT certification and is a precursor to the QOLT Mentorship Cohort program in fall 2016.
There are two upcoming sessions. You can attend either session. Lunch and refreshments are included.
- Session 1: Thursday, June 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., LIB 242
- Session 2: Thursday, July 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., LIB 242
Register online using the QOLT Self-Review Workshops registration form for summer 2016. Visit the QOLT Initiative website for more information. Contact email@example.com or call ext. 5-5550 with questions.
Following are the action items from the May 3 Academic Senate meeting:
- Chair's Report: Reminder that next week is the final plenary meeting of academic year 2015-16.
Ramesh Bollapregada, winner of the Distinguished Faculty Award for Professional Development in 2014-15, acknowledged the work of this year's nominating committee and presented the Distinguished Faculty Awards for academic year 2015-16:
- Lucia Volk: Liberal & Creative Arts: Teaching, Tenured Faculty
- Kenneth Walsh: Health & Social Sciences: Teaching, Lecturer
- Pam Hunt: Graduate College of Education: Professional Development
- Grace Yoo: Ethnic Studies: Service
- Genie Stowers, chair of the Academic Program Review Committee for academic year 2015-16 gave a report on the sixth and seventh cycle academic program reviews. The report is posted on the Senate iLearn site.
- Jackson Wilson, chair of the Online Education Committee, gave an annual report about online education at SF State. The report is posted on the Senate iLearn site.
- Mary Beth Love (Metro Academies College Success Program) and Rama Cassed (director of Student Affairs) gave a report on the Metro Academy program at SF State. The report is posted on the Senate iLearn site.
- Approved revisions to the Athletic Advisory Board policy after moving to a second reading
- Approved proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion policy after moving to second reading.
- Approved the proposed Short-Term Loan Program policy after moving to second reading.
- Rescinded the Emergency Loan policy with no objections.
- Approved the Online Education resolution after moving to second reading.
- Approved revisions to the Written English Proficiency policy after moving to second reading.
- Approved revisions to the Communicative Disorders curriculum after moving to second reading.
- Adopted resolution on Affirmative Action without objection.
May 10, plenary meeting agenda
The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday, May 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. An open-floor period from 2 to 2:10 p.m. will provide an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments to Senate officers or University administrators. Please arrive promptly at 2 p.m. The agenda will include:
- Chair's Report
- Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution on the Role of Service and Shared Governance at San Francisco State University, first reading.
- Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution in recognition of Alex Katz, consent item.
- Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution in recognition of John Kim, consent item.
Standing Committees Final Reports:
- Academic Policies Committee
- Curriculum Review and Approval Committee
- Faculty Affairs Committee
- Strategic Issues Committee
- Student Affairs Committee
- Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution in recognition of outgoing 2015-16 Academic Senators, consent item.
Information regarding the Senate internal elections
The Senate Internal Election will be held on May 10 at the first plenary session of the 2016-17 Senate, which will be called to order immediately following the adjournment of the 2015-16 Senate. 2016-17 Senators are eligible to vote in the Senate internal election.
Candidates will be officially nominated at the meeting on May 10, but have the option of submitting position statements in advance.
Paper ballots will be distributed at the meeting on May 10. For information about the Senate Internal Elections Procedures, please visit: SECTION 5.D of the Senate Bylaws: Senate Internal Elections.
Learn about the Candidates:
The following positions are open in the Senate internal election. Candidate names link to their position statements when available.
Chair, Academic Senate (one position)
For more information about this position, please visit SECTION 2.A of the Senate Bylaws: Officers and At-Large Executive Committee Members.
Vice-Chair, Academic Senate (one position)
For more information about this position, please visit SECTION 2.A of the Senate Bylaws: Officers and At-Large Executive Committee Members.
- Sara Hackenberg: associate professor, English languages & literature; vice-chair, Academic Senate 2015-16.
Secretary, Academic Senate (one position)
For more information about this position, please visit SECTION 2.A of the Senate Bylaws: Officers and At-Large Executive Committee Members and SECTION 2.E.1 of the Senate Bylaws: Committee on Committees.
At-Large Member, Executive Committee (two position)
For more information about this position, please visit SECTION 2.A of the Senate Bylaws: Officers and At-Large Executive Committee Members.
- Nancy Gerber: professor, chemistry; at-large member, Executive Committee 2015-16.
- Marilyn Mitchell: professor, kinesiology; at-large member, Executive Committee 2015-16.
Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Calendar and on the Senate website at senate.sfsu.edu.
EXHIBITS & EVENTS
Saturday, May 7
Sunday, May 8
Monday, May 9
Tuesday, May 10
Wednesday, May 11
Thursday, May 12
Friday, May 13
For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.
Cheryl Dunye, assistant professor of cinema, won a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship. She also presented a lecture at the Department of Visual Arts at University of California, San Diego, on April 6. Dunye's film "The Watermelon Woman" screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival on May 1. At the latter event, Dunye and Sexuality Studies Assistant Professor Darius Bost discussed the film.
Design and Industry
The Bay Area Video Coalition celebrated design and industry Professor Jane Veeder's contributions to the media art landscape at "Playback 1966: Artist Perspectives on Media Art," a symposium held April 21 at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.
Professor of Health Education Erik Peper and Associate Professor of Health Education Richard Harvey co-authored the article "Abdominal SEMG feedback for diaphragmatic breathing: a methodological note," which appeared in the spring 2016 issue of the journal Biofeedback (E. Peper, A. Booiman, I-M Lin, R. Harvey and J. Mitose).
Robert Cherny, professor emeritus of history, presented a lecture on "San Francisco's Art from the New Deal Era" on Feb. 29 at the Sunset Heights Association of Responsible People in San Francisco.
Museum Studies Professor Edward Luby and Museum Studies Associate Professor Victoria Lyall presented "Building a 21st Century Museum from the Ground Up" on April 22 at the University of Leicester's 50th Anniversary Museum Studies Conference in Leicester, U.K.
An April 28 San Francisco Chronicle report on the use of controversial advertising and branding tactics pertaining to the "Dump Trump" petition included comments from Professor of Marketing Subodh Bhat. "The protesters have done at least one thing: They're creating fear and making corporations think twice," Bhat said. "I don't think companies can boycott something as important as the convention of one of the two big parties in the U.S. Most people will be seeing this [participation] as supporting the Republican convention, not Trump."
Associate Professor of History Maziar Behrooz discussed the military-economic aspects of the alliance between Iran and Russia for an April 28 Zee News article. "There is a military-economic aspect to this alliance which is beneficial to both sides," Behrooz said. "But on a geopolitical level, Iran and Russia can only form a tactical short-term alliance, not a strategic one. I think the ideological differences between the two are just too deep."
Off the leash
In an April 28 San Francisco Examiner op-ed, Professor of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Nina Roberts discussed her research on the impact of off-leash dogs at Golden Gate National Recreational Area. "A recent op-ed in the San Francisco Examiner ... suggested promoting off-leash dogs throughout the GGNRA ... to increase ethnic diversity in our parks. This suggestion, however, does not align with research I've conducted at the GGNRA," Roberts wrote. "While there is a level of appreciation for individual experiences across cultures, constraints research across demographic lines, especially among many ethnic minority communities, shows that dogs off-leash within the GGNRA and other public lands have been a barrier to a variety of visitors and potential visitors."
Impact of cultural diversity
Assistant Professor of Cinema Cheryl Dunye was interviewed about the 20th anniversary of her film "Watermelon Woman," which was digitally remastered and rereleased for the occasion, in an April 30 Hoodline article. "The Castro that I briefly experienced 20 years ago was very much like what he [godfather of black gay filmmaking Marlon Riggs] described in his film, and sad to say, it really hasn't changed for folks of colors," Dunye said. "It's strongly a place where white gay men exist and live and carved out and made viable and all of those wonderful things that happen with communities and space, but it's definitely one where the impact of cultural diversity within the queer community hasn't really stuck. I'm not saying that's a negative thing or a positive thing, that's just how it is."
End of life choices
Professor Emeritus of Special Education Stan Goldberg, a cancer survivor and bedside hospice volunteer, commented for a May 1 The Sentinel Cumberlink.com article about end of life decisions. "What I believe is disingenuous is when someone who views their own death as beyond a distant horizon suggests how someone who is about to cross it should die. So the next time someone adamantly opposes a person's right the die, ask the question, 'But are you dying?'" Goldberg said.
For more media coverage of faculty, staff, students, alumni and programs, see SF State in the News.
GRANTS & CONTRACTS
SF State received $4,100,039 in grants and contracts in April 2016.
Mark Chan, Biology, National Institutes for Health, Feedback in Organelle Size Regulation, $462,000
Carmen Domingo, Biology, National Science Foundation, REU Site: Research in Environmental Studies and Evolutionary Developmental Biology, $25,000
Carmen Domingo, Biology, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, CIRM Bridges 2.0: Training the Next Generation of Stem Cell Scientists, $3,015,479
Richard Dugdale, Romberg Tiburon Center, San Francisco Estuary Institute, RMP Nutrient Study During El Niño, $30,000
Eric Hsu, Mathematics, Mathematical Association of America, SF Math Circle Tensor-SUMMA, $6,000
Gretchen LeBuhn, Biology, Marin County Parks, Pollinators in Marin County Parks, $10,000
Mark Johnson, Art, The Spencer Foundation, Art of the Islamic World: An Art Education Conference, $49,947
Belinda Reyes, Latina/Latino Studies, Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Inc., Roadmap to Peace: Evaluation, $114,000
Sue Rosser (Academic Affairs), Carmen Domingo (Biology), Nancy Gerber (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Diane Harris (Psychology) and Sally Pasion (Biology), National Science Foundation, Career Advancement of Women Faculty of SF State, $250,000
Frances Wilkerson, Romberg Tiburon Center, The Regents of the University of California; University of California, San Diego, Understanding the role of oyster mariculture on ecosystem health in coastal California: Water quality in Drakes Estero before and after oyster mariculture, $137,613