February 26, 2018

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Professor Charmayne Hughes and project leader Tatiana Mariscal discuss the mPOWERED app with NeuroTech Lab students.

University lab focuses on trauma of abuse victims

The NeuroTech Lab, part of SF State's Health Equity Institute, is developing technical solutions to improve the lives of victims of violence and trauma by analyzing data on 525,000 emergency room visits across the United States. Associate Professor of Kinesiology Charmayne Hughes and 11 student researchers are looking for records of women presenting with head, neck and facial injuries, which often indicate intimate partner violence (IPV). Their analysis to date shows that approximately 281,116 women visit the emergency room each year for those types of injuries.

The data analysis will inform an app Hughes and her students are developing: the mPOWERED system. The “m” in mPOWERED stands for mobile health, and POWERED represents the team’s desire to empower victims through better treatment. The software will run on a tablet and includes modules designed to educate health care providers about how to more thoroughly treat victims of IPV, document and evaluate their injuries, and refer them to other health care providers as needed. Currently, many victims of IPV are treated for bruises and broken bones (but not brain injuries) and sent home, where they are then at risk for repeated violence and additional brain injuries.

Learn more about the NeuroTech Lab's mPOWERED system. .


Jennifer Summit

Provost candidate forums update

The last of three candidates for provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, Jennifer Summit, will take part in a public forum on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Currently serving as interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, Summit joined SF State as dean of undergraduate studies in 2014. Before that she worked at Stanford University for nearly 20 years as an English professor and in a variety of administrative positions. An in-depth profile is available online.

An open forum with Summit will be held tomorrow from 11 a.m. to noon for faculty members, while a 3 to 4 p.m. forum will include students, the general campus and community stakeholders. Both forums will be held at the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. Summit will begin with a 15- to 20-minute presentation, which will be followed by discussion and questions.

Candidate Steve Everett accepted a position at another institution, so his candidacy has been withdrawn and his campus visit, originally scheduled to take place today, has been cancelled. If you attended the Feb. 12 forum featuring S.K. Ramesh and wish to provide feedback, you can do so online between now and March 1. Interested in the candidate presentations but unable to attend? Video recordings of all the forums will be made available. Send an email to sfsuprovostsearch@sfsu.edu to put in a request.

Click here to learn more about the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs search. The search committee would like to thank everyone for participating.


A portion of the “Bioluminescent Life” stampbook, featuring two mushroom stamps in the bottom row.

Professor's discovery gets stamp of approval

A glowing species of mushroom discovered by Professor of Biology Dennis Desjardin and colleagues in Brazil is being featured on a new USPS stamp. The shroom of the hour is Mycena lucentipes, a Brazilian species that emits a yellow-green glow from its cap down through its root-like mycelium. Its stem is particularly bright and is the inspiration for the species' name. (Lucentipes is Latin for "light stem.") Desjardin and his collaborators, Professors Cassius Stevani and Marina Capelari at the University of Sao Paulo, described the mushroom in 2007 after a nighttime expedition through the Brazilian rainforest. Photographer Taylor Lockwood captured the image featured on the stamp, part of a series featuring bioluminescent life from corals to fireflies.

Click here to read more about Desjardin's mushroom research.


Vice president for Admin & Finance/CFO candidate visits announced

The Vice President for Administration & Finance/CFO Search Committee has announced three final candidates and the dates of their campus visits. There will be an open forum each day.

  • Laura Bulgarelli: Monday, March 5, 2 to 3 p.m., LIB 121
  • Phyllis Carter: Tuesday, March 6, 2 to 3 p.m., LIB 121
  • Linda Oubré: Thursday, March 8, 2 to 3 p.m., LIB 244

Each candidate will make a 15- to 20-minute presentation, which will be followed by discussion and questions. The candidates' profiles are available online at president.sfsu.edu and will also be available at the presentation venue.


Five-year administrative review begins for dean of the College of Business

The five-year administrative review is underway for the dean of the College of Business, Linda Oubré. The Administrative Review Committee (ARC) solicits input from members of the campus community. An electronic questionnaire will be available via email on March 1. For those who would like to participate in the review process, please send an email to Mona Sagapolutele at monas@sfsu.edu or call ext. 8-2571. The deadline to submit online questionnaires to the Administrative Review Committee is March 31.

In keeping with the procedures for academic administrative review approved by the Academic Senate, the committee will not accept any anonymous responses. The ARC will preserve the confidentiality of those who submit evaluations, within the limits of the law, and individual responses will not be shown to the administrator under review. The Administrative Review Committee chair is Theresa Roeder, professor in Decision Sciences, College of Business.


Call for proposals: SF State Research and Scholarly Activity Fund

The SF State Research and Scholarly Activity Fund aims to support the creation of new or ongoing research projects and scholarly activities (including creative works and community-engaged activities) that encourage application to externally funded opportunities and/or bring external recognition to the principal investigator and the University. Two separate grant opportunities are available within this single announcement:

  • Faculty who are creating new projects, new scholarship activities or new creativity directions are encouraged to apply for a Development of Research and Creativity (DRC) Grant, funded by the CSU Chancellor's Office.
  • Faculty who are engaged in continuing work (e.g., preparing a scholarly manuscript for publication, completing creative work, conducting data analysis) or other scholarly work (e.g., pilot data) leading to external funding proposals are encouraged to apply for an ORSP Small Grant.

You may only apply to one of the opportunities, not both. For more information, contact Jennifer Mankus at jmankus@sfsu.edu.


Stats on extracurricular activities available

What kinds of extracurricular activities are students at SF State involved in? How does their participation compare to students at other institutions? The new infographic from the Office of Institutional Research (IR) gives answers to these questions and more.

In 2017, the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) asked students about participation in extracurricular activities, which can have a large impact on student satisfaction and success. These activities are known as High-Impact Practices (HIPs) and include research with faculty, study abroad, internships, etc. Some highlights include:

  • 1,490 seniors (17%) completed the survey in 2017
  • The majority of reporting seniors (81%) completed at least one HIP while at SF State
  • The most common practice for SF State seniors was an internship or field experience

The full infographic is available online. Be on the lookout for additional infographics and reports to be released from IR in the upcoming months. The IR office welcomes your feedback and thoughts in its efforts to disseminate data across campus. Visit the IR website to view more great data.


Health Promotion and Wellness installs free condom dispenser

February is National Condom Month, and Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW) has marked the occasion by debuting the first of five free condom dispensers on campus. The newly installed dispenser, located on the lower conference level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center, aligns with an HPW initiative to expand access to free safe sex supplies at SF State. Since the dispenser became available on Feb. 6, students have accessed over 4,000 condoms, 2,400 of which had a customized consent sticker and resource link. The other four dispensers will be available soon.


Study Abroad deadline approaching

Encourage your students to take advantage of studying abroad. Undergraduates can participate for their major, minor and GE requirements or learn a language while earning resident credit and paying the same tuition. The deadline for fall 2018 is March 1, so there is still time to apply. Students can learn more on the Office of International Programs website.


Call for nominations: Civic & Community Engagement Awards

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) is accepting nominations for the 2018 Civic & Community Engagement Awards. These awards honor students, faculty and community partners whose leadership, service and collaboration strengthen the bonds of engagement that connect the University and the community. You can submit your nomination to recognize students, faculty and community partners who have made outstanding contributions to our communities through service and community-engaged scholarship. Nominations are sought for the following categories:

  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Service Learning
  • Student Award for Excellence in Service Learning
  • Community Partnership Award for Excellence in Service Learning
  • Student Award for Excellence in Community Engagement
  • SF State's Nomination to the Bay Area Jefferson Award for Public Service

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 1. Nomination forms and information about award criteria and guidelines can be found on the ICCE website.


Safe Zone seeks allies

SF State's Safe Zone program is looking for staff, faculty and administrators to become Safe Zone allies for the campus LGBTQQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex and Ally) community. The Safe Zone program's mission is to foster a secure, welcoming, inclusive campus environment by building a support network for people of all gender and sexual identities. Safe Zone allies are active and visible volunteers who are open to talking to members of the LGBTQQIA community in a safe and supportive environment. To become a Safe Zone ally, volunteers must attend one of the training sessions that are offered throughout the year. The next training will be on Friday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the J. Paul Leonard Library. You must pre-register to participate.

Want to sign up for the training and become an ally? Contact Rick Nizzardini at rnizzard@sfsu.edu or ext. 8-7791.

Learn more about the Safe Zone program online.


Academic Senate report

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

  • Chair Nancy Gerber gave a report on the documentary "Agents of Change," which examines black activism on college campuses (including SF State) in the late '60s, and the continued importance of social justice, equity and inclusion.
  • Gerber, the Foundations of Excellence liaison, also gave a report on the Foundations of Excellence First-Year Self Study.
  • Aimee Williams, lead health educator, Health Promotion & Wellness (HPW), reported on HPW, food insecurity and homelessness at SF State.
  • The senate approved the recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee for revisions to the Withdrawal from Courses Policy.
  • The senate discussed recommendations from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee for a proposed B.S. in Apparel Design and Merchandising: Concentration in Design and a proposed B.S. in Apparel Design and Merchandising: Concentration in Merchandising.
  • The senate discussed a recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee for a Field Trip Policy.

The complete agenda and support documents for the meeting are available online.


DPRC director candidate forum, March 8

The Disability Programs & Resource Center (DPRC) Director Search Committee has scheduled a campus forum for candidate for DPRC director Wendy Tobias, who currently serves as SF State's interim DPRC director. The forum will be held 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, in room 401 of the Student Services building. More information on Tobias will be available at the venue. Another candidate for the position, Enjie Hall, director of Campus Accessibility and Student Disability Services at the University of Toledo, attended a campus forum on Thursday, Feb. 22.

Congrats, Darlene Yee-Melichar!

Darlene Yee-Melichar, professor and coordinator of SF State's Gerontology Program, has been elected co-chair of the Pacific and Southwest Regional Health Equity Council (PSWRHEC). PSWRHEC is the Pacific and Southwest branch of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA), the first national movement to target the elimination of health disparities and move the nation towards health equity. More information about PSWRHEC is available online.


Congrats, Trisha deVera!

Trisha deVera, the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory program administrator and Resource Center manager, is the recipient of the 2017 Don Eden Staff Appreciation Award. The award was given in recognition of her 21 years of service to the College of Science and Engineering. "I continue to enjoy learning and growing with my fellow colleagues and students," deVera said. "It can be a very demanding role at times, and to know that my hard work has been recognized is very humbling."


Congrats, Valerie Francisco-Menchavez!

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Sexuality Studies Valerie Francisco-Menchavez is the author of a book to be published this April. "The Labor of Care: Filipina Migrants and Transnational Families in the Digital Age," part of the University of Illinois Press' Asian American Experience series, draws on five years Francisco-Menchavez spent interviewing and collaborating with working migrant mothers.


Congrats, Mark Dean Johnson!

Mark Dean Johnson, professor of art and gallery director, is one of the curators of "Contraption: Rediscovering California Jewish Artists," a group exhibit at San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum. The show spotlights the work of artists grappling with ambivalence about technology and mechanization. "Contraption" runs through July 29 and was recently featured in J. The Jewish News of Northern California.


Congrats, Dawn-Elissa Fischer!

Associate Professor of Africana Studies Dawn-Elissa Fischer was the keynote speaker at a celebration of Black History Month at City Hall. San Francisco Bay View newspaper called her speech "an inspirational message highlighting the achievements of our ancestors and the challenges that we as a people are still confronted with today."