January 22, 2018

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Estuary & Ocean Science Center launched

San Francisco State University’s Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies has announced the launch of a new research and service organization, the Estuary & Ocean Science (EOS) Center. The EOS Center will serve as one of the world's leading sources of scholarship on marine and estuarine environments, a dynamic, hands-on center for learning, an innovative training ground for future scientists and a trusted public source of knowledge about San Francisco Bay and the California coast. With the launch of the EOS Center, the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies has changed its name to the Romberg Tiburon Campus while the EOS Center carries on the environmental studies mission.

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Professor studies challenges for same-sex couples

Professor of Sociology Allen LeBlanc is the co-author of two new studies examining the unique stressors affecting same-sex relationships. In the first study, recently published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, LeBlanc and colleagues conducted in-depth interviews with 120 same-sex couples from two study sites, Atlanta and San Francisco, and identified 17 unique pressures that affect LGB couples. Those range from a lack of acceptance by families to discrimination or fears of discrimination at work, public scrutiny, worries about where to live and travel in order to feel safe, and experiences and fears of being rejected and devalued. The second study, just published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, finds that feelings of being in a "second-class" relationship are associated with mental health issues, such as greater depression and problematic drinking.

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Massage program will knead new clients

The Mashouf Wellness Center (MWC) is celebrating the start of its new massage therapy program with a celebration Monday, Jan. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the MWC Lobby. Come meet the program's therapists, sample their skills with a free chair massage, sign up for an upcoming massage workshop and enter your name to win more free massages. If you can't make it to this event, you can still take advantage of a 20 percent discount on all massages purchased during January.

Already an MWC member? Log in here to purchase a massage. More information about MWC memberships and the massage therapy program is available online.

Welcome to the new CampusMemo

CampusMemo has a new look and feel thanks to the feedback we received from readers last fall. The revamped newsletter and webpage are designed to be sleeker, easier to read and more visually appealing. Let us know what you think!

Shiller named interim AVP of Strategic Marketing and Communications

Barry Shiller was appointed interim associate vice president of Strategic Marketing and Communications effective January 1. Shiller comes to SF State from San Jose State University, where he was associate vice president, Strategic Communications and Public Affairs, for five years. Before that, he held a number of positions in higher education, public relations and marketing, including key roles at UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, St. Mary’s College of California and the California State Automobile Association. A permanent AVP of Strategic Marketing and Communications will be named following a national search.

Graduate College of Education dean search begins

The search for a permanent dean of the Graduate College of Education (GCOE) is underway. The position will be posted and advertised in anticipation of a broad, national search. A detailed position description will appear in the next CampusMemo. Interim Provost Jennifer Summit is grateful to the members of the search committee:

  • Daniel Meier, Professor, Elementary Education and Chair of the Search Committee
  • Sacha Bunge, Dean, Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
  • Doris Flowers, Professor/Chair, Department of Equity, Leadership Studies and Instructional Technologies (ELSIT), GCOE
  • Andrea Goldfien, Lecturer, Educational Doctoral Coordinator, GCOE
  • Andy Harris, Dean, College of Liberal and Creative Arts
  • Larry Horvath, Associate Professor, Secondary Education, GCOE
  • Kathleen Mortier, Assistant Professor, Special Education and Communicative Disorders, GCOE
  • Claudia Murcia, Credential Analyst, GCOE
  • Jerry Shapiro, Professor, Department of Social Work, College of Health & Social Sciences
  • Patti Solomon-Rice, Associate Professor, Communicative Disorders, GCOE
  • Maika Watanabe, Chair, Secondary Education, GCOE
  • Rob Williams, Associate Dean, GCOE
  • Yim Yu Wong, Associate Dean, College of Business

Mashouf Wellness Center trial memberships available

Curious about what the Mashouf Wellness Center is about? Here's your chance to check it out...for free! From Jan. 22 through Jan. 31, the MWC is offering faculty and staff members a 10-day free trial and 10 percent off spring semester or annual memberships. The 118,700-square-foot facility features fitness and weight areas, courts for racquetball and squash, two wood-floored studios, one matted exercise studio, a sauna, a lap pool, a recreation pool and much more. Sign up online.

Free Chinese language and culture classes

The Confucius Institute at SF State has opened registration for its spring 2018 non-credit Chinese courses. Several courses are available, including Basic Chinese, Experiencing Chinese Culture and a special lunchtime Chinese course to be held Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. The courses are free to SF State staff and faculty members. Interested? Learn more on the Confucius Institute website.

Call for nominations: Civic & Community Engagement Awards

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) announces nominations for the 2018 annual 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. Know of students, faculty members and community partners who have made outstanding contributions to our communities through service and community engaged scholarship? Nominate them for an award.

Nominations are sought for the following categories:

  1. Faculty Award for Excellence in Service Learning
  2. Student Award for Excellence in Service Learning
  3. Community Partnership Award for Excellence in Service Learning
  4. Student Award for Excellence in Community Engagement
  5. SF State's Nomination to the Bay Area Jefferson Award for Public Service

Deadline for submission: Thursday, March 1. Information about award criteria, guidelines and nomination forms are available on the ICCE website.

Call for entries: CSU Student Research Competition

The CSU Student Research Competition provides an opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to present their outstanding research projects and creative works. The Division of Graduate Studies invites faculty members to help ensure a strong pool of applicants by actively encouraging students to apply. Current students as well as those who graduated in the spring, summer or fall 2017 are eligible.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, Feb. 5, for the campus competition, which will take place Feb. 19-23. The University will select up to 10 campus winners to compete in the CSU system-wide competition to be held May 4-5 at California State University, Sacramento. SF State students have done very well in this competition in past years. Winners receive cash awards.

Student registration forms and application guidelines are available on the Graduate Studies website. All participants will also exhibit their work in the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase on Thursday, April 19. Questions? Contact Jasmine Flores, Division of Graduate Studies, at jjflores@sfsu.edu or ext. 5-4231.

"Risk Talk" presentations return

Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) will once again be sponsoring a series of "Risk Talk" events throughout 2018. These one-hour presentations/discussions are designed to open and continue dialogue with the campus community around identified risks on campus. Attendees are encouraged to attend if they are interested in:

  1. Gaining a better understanding of various administrative processes on campus
  2. Contributing to risk mitigation efforts on campus
  3. Staying up to date on the latest policies and procedures

This year's Risk Talks will kick off with an event focused on the Campus-Wide Risk Registry. ERM is responsible for surveying the campus community to find out what risks the campus may be exposed to, be they financial, operational, strategic, hazard or other. ERM then aggregates the data into a risk registry which shows not only the identified risks but mitigation efforts. Come and learn about the risk assessment process and what campus leadership has identified as the most prominent risks for the SF State campus and how the campus plans on mitigating these risks.

The Campus-Wide Risk Registry discussion will be held Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 11 a.m. to noon in ADM 201. The rest of the 2018 Risk Talk schedule is available online.

A Critique of Organizational "Diversity" Rhetoric, Jan. 25

College of Business Assistant Professor of Management Oscar Stewart will give a talk titled "A Critique of Organizational 'Diversity' Rhetoric and an Effort to Refocus the Academy" on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Stewart will discuss the curiously inclusive organizational conceptualizations of diversity as well as the business literature's narrow focus on commodifying workplace diversity. He will also explore how scholars can refocus the organizational literature away from typical "diversity" work toward a specific commitment to social justice for certain groups of people, namely black, Latinx and indigenous populations. The presentation will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in LIB 121 and is open to all.

iLearn Quickstart Webinar, Feb. 1

An online Academic Technology webinar will orient participants to campus course technologies and the basics of using iLearn. Learn how to use more iLearn tools in your courses to make teaching and learning interactive both in and outside of the classroom. The webinar will take place Thursday, Feb. 1, from noon to 1 p.m.

Register to receive the link for iLearn Quickstart Webinar.

University Budget Committee meeting, Feb. 1

The University Budget Committee (UBC) will meet on Thursday, Feb. 1, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in ADM 560. The UBC is charged with providing the University president with advice and recommendations related to budget policy, planning and review. UBC meetings are open to the public. There will be a 10-minute open forum period for interested members of the campus community to speak on budget and funding.

Zoom Web Conferencing Webinar, Feb. 2

Learn about SF State's online web conferencing platform, Zoom, in an upcoming webinar. The webinar will cover what web conferencing is, how you and your students can access it, and ideas on how you might use Zoom to engage students, bring in guest speakers, collaborate with colleagues and more. The webinar will take place Friday, Feb. 2, from noon to 1 p.m.

Register to receive the link for Zoom Web Conferencing Webinar.

UndocuAlly trainings, Feb. 20 and April 4

Staff and faculty are invited to participate in an UndocuAlly training designed to guide the SF State community in learning how to support the undocumented student population. Participants will receive an overview of recent legislation and resources available for current and prospective undocumented students. Space is limited, so interested staff and faculty members are asked to register online in advance.

Two trainings will be held this semester: The first on Tuesday, Feb. 20, and the second on Wednesday, April 4, both from 9 a.m. to noon in LIB 244.

Questions? Email AB 540 Dream Coordinator Norma Salcedo.

NERT disaster preparedness trainings, March 1, 8 and 15

The San Francisco Fire Department will again provide its on-campus NERT (Neighborhood Emergency Response Team) training this spring. Participants who attend the three days of intensive disaster preparedness training will receive hands-on instruction in search and rescue, disaster triage, fire extinguishing and ways to prepare the home and workplace for emergencies. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to take advantage of this free training, which is geared toward people who live and work in San Francisco. Participants must attend all three sessions -- to be held March 1, 8 and 15 -- to gain the full benefit of the training. Those who complete the course will receive a certificate and NERT ID badge.

More information and a registration form are available online.

Grants and contracts

SF State received $668,470 in grants and contracts in November & December 2017:

  • Nicole Adelstein, Chemistry, National Science Foundation, RUI: Disorder and bonding dynamics in superionic solids, $154,398
  • Raymond Esquerra, Chemistry, University of California, San Francisco/Prime: National Institutes of Health, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) Scholars Program, $96,357
  • Leticia Marquez-Magana, Biology, University of California, San Francisco/Prime: National Institutes of Health, Center for Aging in Diverse Communities, $20,000
  • Jiaxin Xie, Division of International Education, Chinese Testing International Co., LTD, Presentation on Learning Chinese and Visiting China, $6,413
  • Lara Cushing, Health Education, University of Southern California/Prime: National Institutes of Health, Birth outcomes in areas of unconventional oil and gas development: role of exposure to flaring, $32,003
  • Susanna Jones, Social Work, California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) - University of California, Berkeley/Prime: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), SF Bay Area Integrated Behavioral Health MSW Stipend Program, $303,004
  • Lara Cushing, Health Education, University of California, Berkeley/Prime: California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Greenhouse gas limits in disadvantaged communities, $44,795
  • Ellen Hines, Romberg Tiburon Center, Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation, Risk assessment for dugong and sea turtle bycatch in northwestern Sri Lanka, $11,500

Professor Emeritus cited in online encyclopedia

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Professor Emeritus William "Bill" Michaelis has been honored with an entry in the Play and Playground Encyclopedia, an online directory of professionals who've helped promote healthy play for children and adults. A second, updated version of Michaelis' 2013 book "The Leader's Handbook: Learning Leadership Skills by Facilitating Fun, Games, Play and Positive Interaction," co-authored with John M. O'Connell, was recently released by Venture Publishing.

Professor emcees city's Kwanzaa

Each year, the city of San Francisco celebrates Kwanzaa with a weeklong series of events beginning on Dec. 26 and ending on Jan. 1. For the eighth year in a row, Professor of Africana Studies Dorothy Tsuruta was invited to emcee the final event of the Kwanzaa celebration, held this year at St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church. The last day of Kwanzaa is devoted to the principle of "Imani," defined by Kwanzaa founder Maulana Karenga as faith "in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders" -- making it all the more fitting that an Africana Studies faculty member was invited to participate in this now international cultural celebration.

Ocean Science Center gets IJ write-up

Professor of Biology and Director of the Estuary and Ocean Science Center Karina Nielsen discussed the Center's focus and importance in a Jan. 16 Marin Independent Journal article. "The Estuary and Ocean Science Center is continuing the environmental study mission, but it is clarifying the focus, and sharpening it on issues that are at the forefront of importance right now for the nation," Nielsen said.

Study by assistant professor of biology causes a stir

A study co-authored by Assistant Professor of Biology Kevin Simoni -- the subject of a recently published article on the SF State News website -- spawned stories in numerous outlets, including Business Standard. The study explored a question biologists have wrestled with for decades -- how did flowering plants come to dominate Earth's flora? -- suggesting that the plants did so by downsizing their genomes and producing smaller cells.

McDaniel: A new direction for San Francisco?

Associate Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel commented on the San Francisco mayor's race in a widely distributed Associated Press article. Acting Mayor London Breed and state Sen. Mark Leno are the frontrunners, McDaniel said, but there's still plenty of time for surprises. "It's really about whether or not the same old handful of power brokers continues to run San Francisco like a company store, or whether we shake things up and move in a new direction and have a much more independent mayor," McDaniel said.

Assistant professor of Jewish Studies explores non-kosher food

Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies Rachel Gross spoke at Trefa Banquet 2.0, a San Francisco event featuring non-kosher foods by Jewish chefs that was the subject of a J. Weekly article. The original Trefa Banquet, held in 1883 in Cincinnati, is seen as a pivotal, controversial moment for American Reform Jews. "The fact that American Jews still tell the story of that night in Cincinnati in 1883 tells us that debates about food practices have been central to the ways that American Jews think about themselves, the stories they tell about themselves and the ways they organize themselves," Gross said. "American Jews have always had a wide range of eating habits, defining what it means to eat Jewishly in a broad array of practices."