April 16, 2018

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Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh

Professor lands $3.2 million to study childhood obesity

Associate Professor of Health Education Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh has been awarded a $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how federal and state nutrition policies and community environments affect childhood health. Over the next five years, Sanchez-Vaznaugh and her team, including researchers at the University of Michigan, will investigate whether the policies — which attempt to improve school nutrition standards and reduce childhood obesity — are effective across different racial/ethnic populations. The study will also evaluate whether the policies are more effective when children attend school in neighborhoods with healthier food options than in neighborhoods with more fast food outlets.

“We hypothesize that the [federal and state nutrition] policies will be associated with improvements in body weight outcomes among children, but we know from our prior research that some schools have more healthy food in their communities and others do not. So these differences could enhance or undermine the effects of those policies,” said Sanchez-Vaznaugh.

The researchers will compare the body weights of fifth, seventh and ninth graders who attended California public schools during the periods before and after the policies were implemented. The study will link that data to the food outlets or restaurants located near the children’s schools during the same time frame to assess the role of the surrounding food environment. Geographic information systems (GIS) researchers in SF State’s Department of Geography & Environment will help collect data and map food outlets near the schools.

Read more about Sanchez-Vazanugh’s research.

Student looking at his phone and a close up on a phone with the new app

SF State Mobile App upgraded

Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce the latest release of the SF State Mobile App. User research provided the basis for this dramatic redesign, which adds color and tiles to bring more popular, high-demand features to the top. The app is also now persona-based, which means if you are a student, faculty or staff member it will show you the most important features for your group.

Don’t have the SF State Mobile App? Download it for free from the App Store or Google Play by searching for “SF State Mobile.” If you already have the SF State Mobile App installed, the new design will be pushed to your device automatically.

ITS will continue to improve the app so it meets your needs. You can help by providing feedback through the app’s feedback option.

SFSU graduating class walking down AT&T Park in their regalia

Division of Graduate Studies creates fast-track to a master’s

The Division of Graduate Studies is launching a new “blended” or “4 + 1” bachelor’s and master’s degree program that will offer undergraduate students an accelerated pathway to a graduate degree. The SF State Scholars program is the result of the Chancellor’s Office Coded Memorandum (AA-2012-01) and various graduate programs’ desire to better serve our student population. Graduate programs interested in offering this accelerated pathway submitted proposals for review, which resulted in the selection of five SF State Scholar programs for 2018/2019.

  • B.S. in Business Administration: Concentration in Accounting + M.S. in Accountancy
  • B.A. in Philosophy + M.A. in Philosophy
  • B.A. in International Relations + M.A. in International Relations
  • B.A. in Africana Studies + M.A. in Ethnic Studies
  • B.A.  in Latina/Latino Studies + M.A. in Ethnic Studies
  • B.A. in Asian American Studies + M.A. in Ethnic Studies
  • B.S. in Kinesiology: Concentration in Exercise and Movement Sciences + M.S. in Kinesiology

The Division of Graduate Studies is now accepting applications for the Fall 2018 cohort. More information about the SF State Scholars program is available online.

Sneak Preview thanks

Student Outreach Services (SOS) would like to extend a huge thank you to the entire SF State community for helping host last weekend’s Sneak Preview. Sneak Preview is one of the best opportunities for the University to interact with prospective students and families and to show why it is a premier institution. The University community did that and more. Every year, Sneak Preview increases the number of future Gators. With over 15,000 registered visitors, everyone’s contributions were needed to make this year’s event a success. SOS appreciates all the support it received this year and looks forward to working with everyone again in the future.

Metro College Success Program seeks associate director

The Metro College Success Program is looking for faculty (tenured/tenure track and lecturers) to apply for a full-time, 12-month position as associate director of curriculum and faculty development. The program is seeking a mid-career, equity-minded educator who wants to work in a high-energy team setting. The work will be compensated via the academic year as assigned time (with payment to the relevant home department) and an additional stipend for summer work.

The program is looking for an experienced individual who is committed to helping faculty use engaging and equity-centered pedagogy. A strong candidate will have experience developing interdisciplinary curriculum with a social justice focus.

For more information, including application instructions, visit the Metro College Success Program website.

More Metro College Success Program opportunities

The Metro College Success Program is also looking for current faculty (tenured/tenure track and/or lecturing faculty) to apply for two full-time, nine-month positions as academy coordinators. If a tenure track faculty member is selected, the work will be compensated via assigned time (with payment to the relevant home department). The program is seeking experienced equity-minded educators who want to work in a high-energy team setting.

Metro is a redesign of the first two years of college to increase graduation rates and deep learning. The program’s outreach focuses on students who are low-income, first-generation and/or underrepresented in higher education. Beginning fall 2018, Metro at SF State will operate 12 academies for up to 140 students each. Each academy has a broad career or topic theme, such as health, education, science, ethnic studies and business. 

The program is hiring faculty coordinators to run two new Metro academies, one in health and the other in business, starting this fall. Each faculty coordinator will teach core classes (40%) and mentor students in their academy throughout the first two years, working with a team including a counselor and tutors (60%). 

For more information, including application instructions, visit the Metro College Success Program website.

Academic Senate report and agenda

The Academic Senate met Tuesday, April 3, in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. Among the meeting highlights: 

  • Chair Gerber gave a report in which she talked about the senate calendar for the rest of the semester and discussed proper procedure for senate debate.
  • The senate approved the recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee to create a Student Field Trip Policy.
  • The senate approved a recommendation from the Strategic Issues Committee on a revision to the policy on search committees.
  • The senate approved the recommendation from the Executive Committee on a resolution in support of the application of justice principles in University-owned rental units.
  • The senate approved a recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee on a resolution in support of the role of the SF-Marin Food Bank in addressing food insecurity at SF State.
  • The senate discussed in first reading recommendations from various committees on a campus academic master planning process, a resolution in support of the Black Unity Center, a policy on graduate teaching associate tuition waivers, proposed discontinuance of the MBA concentration in sustainable business and several other matters.

A complete list of action items from the meeting is available online.

SF BUILD Summer Faculty Writing Retreat, June 3 & 4

SF BUILD invites interested faculty and staff members to an overnight writing retreat Sunday, June 3, and Monday, June 4, in Sonoma, California. Take advantage of a relaxing space where you can work communally among SF State and UCSF colleagues to advance your writing projects. SF BUILD will provide the space (including food and overnight lodging), as well as one-on-one writing consultations. To reserve a space, email Marissa Harris by May 1. 

Year of Conversation “Politics of the Alt-Right” series

As part of the Year of Conversation initiative, the Academic Senate is sponsoring a series of three discussions on the topic “The Politics of the Alt-Right.” The campus community is invited to  hear scholars discuss the alt-right movement and its role in shaping the country’s current political climate.

  • Wednesday, April 18, 1 p.m. in HSS 130: “Got Hate? Milk, Dietary Racism and the ‘Alt-Right’”
    Speaker: Vasile T. Stanescu, assistant professor of communication and theatre, Merced University
  • Wednesday, April 25, 1 p.m. in HSS 130: “The ‘Diabolical Minority’ in California: The Rise of an Anti-Chinese Faction in the Workingmen’s Party of the U.S.”
    Speaker: Felicia Viator, SF State assistant professor of history
  • Thursday, April 26, 9:30 a.m. in LIB 286: “The ‘Alt-Right’ and the American Political Tradition”
    Speaker: Charles Postel, SF State professor of history

CEETL Happy Hour Workshops

Space is still available in the Center for Equity & Excellence in Teaching & Learning’s (CEETL) upcoming Happy Hour Workshops. Join colleagues to raise a glass and discuss how to better teach SF State students. Wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be provided. All of the workshops will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in LIB 242. Follow the links to RSVP.

Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase, April 19

The Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase is an annual exhibition of the diverse work of SF State’s graduate students. Each year, more than 150 graduate exhibitors create poster displays depicting the purpose, methods and results of their research or creative projects. All are welcome to the Main Gym between 3 and 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, to see and be inspired by these talented students’ innovative work.

University Women’s Association spring luncheon, May 1

All faculty and staff are invited to the University Women’s Association (UWA) annual spring luncheon and celebration on Tuesday, May 1 in the Vista Room beginning at 11:30 a.m. Guests of honor are the recipients of the Gloria Spencer UWA Scholarship for 2017-18. Come and enjoy a relaxing luncehon with colleagues and friends and meet the student scholars as well as UWA board and scholarship committee members. The $20-per-person registration fee includes wine. Contact linivory@comcast.net for menu selections and a reservation form. RSVP deadline: Tuesday, April 24. You need not be a member of the UWA to participate.

Grants and contracts

SF State received $2,748,275 in grants and contracts in March 2018.

  • David Anderson, Marian Wright Edelman Institution, Jumpstart for Young Children Inc./Prime: AmeriCorps, Jumpstart FY 17-18, $243,015
  • David Anderson, Marian Wright Edelman Institution, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, EDvance pathway extension, evaluation and dissemination, $750,000
  • Daniel Bernardi, School of Cinema, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration Veterans Legacy Program — The WWI Veteran, $330,000
  • William Kimmerer, Estuary & Ocean Science Center, State and Federal Contractors Water Agency, Responses of Zooplankton Growth and Population Dynamics to Planned Changes to Wastewater Discharge: Supplementary Analyses, $97,582
  • Tomoko Komada, Estuary & Ocean Science Center, National Science Foundation, Collaborative Research: Peptide deamination as a source of refractory dissolved organic matter in marine sediments, $490,427
  • Cristina Ruotolo, Humanities Department, German American Fulbright Commission, 2018 SFSU Fulbright American Studies Institute, $54,831
  • Andrea Swei, Biology, National Science Foundation, CAREER: How do host and pathogen diversity interact to shape ecology?, $782,420

Millet wins Holocaust education award

Professor of Jewish Studies Kitty Millet has received the Morris Weiss Award for Holocaust and Genocide Education. Given out each year by Jewish Family and Children’s Services, the award provides educators with funding to “inspire understanding, moral courage and social responsibility in the future” in the classroom. Nominated by her students, Millet was presented with the award at a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony April 11.

Africana Studies honored at conference

The SF State Africana Studies Department received the Sankore Institutional Award for Outstanding Achievement in Africana Studies at the 42nd Annual National Council for Black Studies Conference held last month in Atlanta. Several Africana Studies faculty members and students were featured speakers, presenters and panel participants at the four-day conference, including Associate Professor Serie McDougal, Assistant Professor Donela Wright, Assistant Professor Ife Flannery and Professor Dorothy Tsuruta. Africana Studies Chair Dawn-Elissa Fischer chaired a panel of SF State faculty and students titled “Homegrown: Black/Africana Studies at 50 (A View from the First).”

A win for Wagner

Associate Professor and Acting Chair of Journalism Venise Wagner was awarded the 2018 Best Journal Article by the United Association of Labor Education on April 7 for her article about black steelworkers in the late 1950s. “Living in the Red: Black Steelworkers and the Wealth Gap” was published in the Labor Studies Journal last year and examined the combined impact of racial discrimination in the workplace and housing.

Museum preview

SF State’s new Global Museum was the subject of an article in the San Francisco Chronicle April 11. The story took a close look at the museum’s mummies and efforts to ensure that they would be displayed in a culturally sensitive way. “We want visitors to appreciate the fact that these were people and instill a certain respect in the way they think about the mummies,” said Professor and Director of the Museum Studies Program Edward Luby.

Of course, you know, this means (trade) war

SF State Assistant Professor of Economics Venoo Kakar was interviewed on KTVU about a burgeoning trade war with China that was sparked by proposed U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. “This really could be bad for businesses if we go forward with this,” Kakar said. The full conversation can be watched on KTVU’s YouTube channel.