October 1, 2018

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Kids around a microscope

Project targets stereotypes in science education 

SF State and Foothill College are teaming up for a collaborative project to diversify the scientists featured in middle and high school science lessons. Over the next two years, students at SF State and Foothill College will create hundreds of “Scientist Spotlights” — short science assignments that highlight currently practicing scientists from a variety of backgrounds. Since the spotlights also teach important course concepts, teachers will be able to use them in their own curricula as homework assignments or replacements for textbook readings. The project is funded by a $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

“We’re collaborating to change curriculum structures that continue to message to students that only certain types of people do science,” said Kimberly Tanner, a professor of biology at San Francisco State University.

The new spotlights will feature scientists from a diverse mix of racial and ethnic groups, sexual orientations and gender identities. According to project leader Jeff Schinske (M.S., 2007), the idea for the spotlights grew out of his work as a professor of biology at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California.

“I was just seeing all of this evidence that students need to be able to see themselves in a discipline to succeed and even to be able to learn the material,” he said. That meant the litany of examples of older, white, male scientists featured in many textbooks could be discouraging students from groups underrepresented in science.

Click here to read more about the project. 


People Tailgating

Professor explores tailgate culture

It’s football season, and millions of Americans are mesmerized by hard-hitting pro and college games. But two researchers say what’s happening just outside the stadium is just as fascinating as what’s going on inside. SF State Associate Professor of Kinesiology Maria Veri and Cal State East Bay Professor of Kinesiology Rita Liberti spent five years studying media representations of tailgate parties and traveling to college and pro stadiums all over the U.S. Their goal? Figuring out what makes tailgaters tick. In the process, they’ve completed one of the first comprehensive studies of the phenomenon. 

Some of the researchers’ observations did not surprise them — tailgating is still a predominantly white, heterosexual male enterprise, for instance. But the level of spectacle, competition and creativity did surprise them. They saw RVs and pickup trucks with grills welded into their backs; a converted school bus painted gold and green (University of Oregon school colors) with a deep freezer, microwave and smoker; an old Ford Pinto with sausage and peppers grilling on it; pulled pork in a wheelbarrow; even an old World War II helmet in which chicken wings were being deep fried. 

“Tailgaters are engaged in public performance; it’s their way of being able to not just watch from the sidelines,” said Veri. “If you’re cooking over a hot flame and things are sizzling, you can put on a show for the folks around you. It’s definitely part of the masculinity.”

Click here to learn more about Veri and Liberti’s research.


Dawn Mabalon

Memorial to be held on campus

A memorial honoring Associate Professor of History Dawn Mabalon, who passed away in August, will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Student Life Events Center. The event is expected to last from 4 to 9 p.m.

A respected historian, author, filmmaker, poet and activist, Mabalon died while on vacation with her family in Kauai, Hawaii. The San Francisco Chronicle recently ran an article on the impact of her tragic death. More information about the memorial in her honor can be found here.


Alumna of the Year, Hall of Fame picks announced

Author and activist Rebecca Solnit is this year’s Alumna of the Year. She will be honored along with three Alumni Hall of Fame inductees — scientist Esteban G. Burchard, writer/actor/rapper Jinho “Piper” Ferreira and writer/activist/artist Kitty Tsui — at a gala event Friday, Nov. 9. More information on the honorees, as well as a link for purchasing tickets to the Alumni Hall of Fame Celebration, can be found here.


Academic Affairs begins search for College of Business dean

Academic Affairs is conducting a search for the Dean of the College of Business. The position is to be filled by August 2019.

In April 2018, the Academic Senate revised search committee policy S18-180. Please see the list of search committee members selected based on adherence to the policy. A detailed committee roster including committee chair, complete position descriptions and application procedures will be shared on the Academic Affairs website as information becomes available.  

The Search Committee members include:

  • Alvin Alvarez, Dean, College of Health & Social Sciences
  • Jeffrey Chun, Assistant Dean, College of Business
  • Sophie Clavier, Dean, Graduate Studies
  • Erin Corcoran, Graduate Student, Business Administration MBA
  • Todd Feldman, Associate Professor, Finance
  • Zuzana Janko, Associate Professor, Economics
  • Sepideh Modrek, Assistant Professor, Economics and Health Equity Institute
  • Susan Roe, Associate Professor, Hospitality and Tourism
  • Theresa Roeder, Professor, Decision Sciences (Co-Chair)
  • Lutfus Sayeed, Professor, Information Systems (Co-Chair)
  • Oscar Stewart, Assistant Professor, Management
  • Linda Tran, Undergraduate Student, Decision Sciences

Applications sought for visiting professorship in social justice

The College of Ethnic Studies invites innovative, socially engaged scholars, scientists and artists of any discipline committed to student-involved and community-engaged scholarship or creative works to apply for the Robert A. Corrigan Endowed Visiting Professorship in Social Justice with a focus on African American communities. The expected fellowship period is the academic year 2019-2020. A one-semester appointment can be considered. The appointment comes with a $100,000 stipend. Candidates from SF State are encouraged to apply, as are those from any appropriate institution, nationally or internationally.

The review of applications will begin on Oct. 31, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. Detailed information on the position and the application process is available online.


Campus community survey to launch Oct. 9

Starting Oct. 9 and through Nov. 2, all faculty, staff and students are encouraged to take the “Your Story Matters” confidential online survey to make our shared experience at San Francisco State an even better place. On October 9, you can take the survey here: https://rankinsurveys4.com/sfsu. More information about our campus survey in next week’s Campus Memo


Time to check for excess vacation time

Human Resources reminds SF State employees that there are maximum vacation credit accrual provisions established by the California State University and collective bargaining agreements. As of Jan. 1 of each year, accumulations in excess of the established limits are forfeited if not used by Dec. 31.

To check your leave balance, log in to the SF State Gateway (at www.sfsu.edu/login.htm) and look under My Benefits in CS and HR Self Service. Information about accrued leave is also available on the HR website.

If it appears that you will accrue excess leave, please work with your supervisor to plan time off that will not disrupt University operations, particularly during the month of December and at the semester’s end. You may donate up to 40 hours of leave (depending on collective bargaining agreements) in a fiscal year to the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program. For more information on Catastrophic Leave Donation or to donate leave, click here.


Gators score big at debate competition

SF State hosted competitors representing 30 schools from across the Western U.S. at the 10th Annual 2018 Golden Gate Season Opener, a three-day intercollegiate speech and debate competition held   Sept. 21 – 23. SF State’s Speech and Debate Team placed fourth overall among four-year universities, besting all University of California and other California State University campuses that participated. More than 300 students participated in the annual tournament, coming from the Bay Area, Central Valley, Southern California, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona.

“In a time of deep concern over freedom of speech on college campuses, I am proud that forensics offers students a space to cultivate passionate public debate, interpretive dialogue and researched perspectives in a productive and civic practice — an applied method as rigorously reflective as it is competitively engaged,” said Forensics Director Teddy Albiniak.


Planetarium open for free weekly shows

SF State’s Charles F. Hagar Planetarium is opening its doors every Friday this fall for free hour-long shows from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The shows alternate weekly between a guided format, featuring tours of the night sky, and a quiet format in which the audience is free to look at stars quietly on their own. A schedule is available online.


Stat CORR presentation on R Statistics, Oct. 1

Associate Professor of Sociology Christopher Bettinger will give a Stat Corr Methodology and Multivariate Analysis (MAMA) presentation titled “R Statistics” at noon on Oct. 1 in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286). The presentation will explore how R, an open-source software environment for statistical analysis and graphics, can be used for teaching and research. Lunch will be served. RSVP to rharvey@sfsu.edu or just drop in.

Stat CORR hosts meetings, workshops and training clinics, to foster and promote the dissemination of quantitative and qualitative research skills.


WAC/WID Writing Pedagogy Workshop, Oct. 1

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) and Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) invite faculty to the first writing pedagogy workshop of the fall 2018 semester, “Learning to Teach WAC/WID: Partnerships in the Disciplines,” today from noon to 1 p.m. in ADM 460. The workshop will feature new GWAR instructors and their colleagues who have experience teaching GWAR courses. They will talk about what can be challenging in teaching WAC/WID for new teachers and explore how working with mentors and others in your department can be beneficial. There will be time for audience questions and discussion. Lecturers will be paid for participating, and snacks will be served. 


Campus Carpooling Fest, Oct. 2

Come by the Campus Carpooling Fest on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in front of the Student Services Building from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to learn how to use the Waze Carpool app to make your commute cheaper and greener. The Office of Sustainability will be raffling off Bose headphones, Bose speakers and Patagonia backpacks and giving out free burritos. 


Academic Senate meeting, Oct. 2

The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday 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:

  • Academic Calendar for Summer 2019 (consent item)
  • Certificate in Historical Research (Honors) (first reading)
  • A visit from Dean of Equity Initiatives and SF State Employee Ombudsman Christina Sabee (2:45 p.m.)
  • A California Faculty Association (CFA) update from James Martel, president of the CFA’s SF State chapter
  • An update from Provost and AP for Academic Affairs Jennifer Summit

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


“Free Speech on Campus”: A talk with Erwin Chemerinksy, Oct. 9

How can colleges and universities balance the need to embrace an inclusive learning environment for all students with a need to protect freedom of speech? On Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, the campus community is invited to an engaging dialogue with Erwin Chemerinsky, the 13th dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law. A nationally renowned First Amendment scholar, Chemerinsky was named the most influential person in legal education in the United States by National Jurist magazine. He is the author of more than 10 books, including “The Case Against the Supreme Court,” “Closing the Courthouse Doors: How Your Constitutional Rights Became Unenforceable” and “Free Speech on Campus” (with Howard Gillman). His talk, which will explore the topic of free speech in the higher education setting, is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, the Office of the Vice President for Administration & Finance, the Division of Equity & Community Inclusion and the Division of Student Life. Complementary copies of “Free Speech on Campus” will be available to the first 50 guests. Please contact Interim Associate Dean for Student Life Brian R. Stuart for further information.


Mbongi Talk with Mark Allen Davis, Oct. 11

School of Theatre and Dance Assistant Professor Mark Allen Davis will give a presentation on Thursday, Oct. 11, as part of the Department of Africana Studies’ Mbongi Talk series. “Reflections on a Trip to Ghana and Blackness as a High Yellow on the Ebony Coast” will focus on Davis’ travels in Ghana and how they strengthened his connection to pan-Africanism and the African diaspora. The presentation will begin at 5 p.m. in EP 116.


Promotion and Tenure Celebration, Oct. 11

Academic Affairs invites the campus community to a celebration honoring faculty members who were granted tenure and/or received a promotion during the 2018-19 academic year.  The celebration will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Vista Room. Refreshments will be served. Click here for RSVP information and a full list of honorees.


National Coming Out Day celebration, Oct. 12

In honor of National Coming Out Day, the LBGTQ Faculty/Staff & Allies Network is sponsoring a special lunchtime gathering for mingling, networking and conversation. Lunch will be provided, courtesy of the College of Business. RSVP to Michael Broder by Oct. 5. (PIease note that while National Coming Out Day is observed on Oct. 11, this event is on Oct. 12 — an extra day to show your pride!)


How to Do Business in the Pacific Rim, Oct. 12

The Downtown Campus will host its seventh annual “How to Do Business in the Pacific Rim” event Friday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Co-sponsored by the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, the day of speakers, panels and networking will offer insights into building partnerships and attracting consumers overseas. A full schedule and ticket information is available online.


A Day in the Life with Women’s Basketball, Oct. 13

Faculty and staff members are invited to spend Saturday, Oct. 13, learning what it’s like to be a member of the women’s basketball team. Hosted by the team, Head Coach Natasha “Tash” Smith and Assistant Coach Mars Pasache, the day will kick off at 9 a.m. with strength training, followed by conditioning, a character/mental training session, on-court drills and skills and guided meditation. Participants should bring $20 and SF State ID. Interested? RSVP to coachtash@sfsu.edu.


CSL 101 Workshop, Oct. 26

Faculty and lecturers are invited to learn about Community Service Learning (CSL) and how to integrate this high-impact practice into their courses at a “CSL 101” Workshop Friday, Oct. 26. Organized by the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE), the workshop will explore how to turn a current course into a CSL-related class for students or create a new CSL course. It will also provide a brief overview of ICCE, define CSL and explore how CSL contributes to student success. Service-learning outcomes will also be discussed. Information will be provided on the logistics of designating a course to become an official CSL class. The workshop will include an experiential component, so participants should bring course syllabi, as there will be small group dialogue, as well. Refreshments will be served starting at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, contact ICCE Faculty Director Nina Roberts at nroberts@sfsu.edu. Space is limited: Click here to register now


Fall 2018 UndocuAlly trainings

SF State’s Dream Resource Center invites staff, faculty and administrators to participate in one of its fall UndocuAlly trainings. These trainings are designed to guide the SF State community in learning how to support the academic and personal success of undocumented student population.

Attendees will:

  • Receive an overview of immigration history
  • Learn about current state and federal legislation
  • Identify resources and practices to best assist undocumented students
  • Locate free to low-cost on-campus and off-campus support available to immigrants

Two trainings have been scheduled for the fall: Thursday, Oct. 18, and Wednesday, Nov. 14. Both trainings will run from 9 a.m. to noon in LIB 244.

Registration information is available here.

Tuesday, Oct. 2

Campus Carpool Fest: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Centennial Walkway near the Student Services building

MPA Prospective Student Info Session for Undergraduates: 4 p.m. in LIB 222

Film screening: “A Great Ride”: 4 p.m. in LIB 121

MPA Prospective Student Info Session for SF State Employees: 5:15 p.m. in LIB 222

Life Plans: How Peru’s Achuar Indigenous People are Protecting the Amazon Rainforest: 5:30 p.m. in the Humanities Auditorium (HUM 133)

Online MPA Prospective Student Informational Session: 7 p.m. online


Wednesday, Oct. 3

SF State Women’s Coalition Meeting: noon in BUS 202

Lecture/presentation: Miriam Simun: 1 p.m. the FA 153

Lecture: “Mindfulness for Musicians”: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

The Best of Czechoslovak Cinema: “A Report on the Party and the Guests”: 6:30 p.m. in the


Thursday, Oct. 4

Asperger’s Nazi Medicine: A Conversation with Herwig Czech and Edith Sheffer: 3:30 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building

Willie L. Brown Jr. Fellowship Information Session: 4 p.m. in LIB 222

Poetry reading: Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta and Daisy Zamora: 7 p.m. at the Poetry Center (HUM 512)


Friday, Oct. 5

Lecture: “Building a Budget for Your Concert Series”: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Women’s soccer: 2:30 p.m. in Cox Stadium

Men’s soccer: 3 p.m. in Cox Stadium

Nonprofit Management Certificate Program: Integrated Communications for Nonprofits: 6 p.m. at the Downtown Campus

Women’s volleyball: 7 p.m. in the Main Gym


Saturday, Oct. 6

Memorial: Remembering Dr. Dawn Bohulano Mabalon: 4 p.m. at the Student Life Events Center

Women’s volleyball: 7 p.m. in the Main Gym

Poetry reading: Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta: 7 p.m. at the Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street, San Francisco


Sunday, Oct. 7

Woen’s soccer: 1:30 p.m. at Cox Stadium

Men’s soccer: 2 p.m. at Cox Stadium

Linder’s sculpture featured in exhibit

Professor Emeritus Martin Linder’s sculpture “Liberty Executed” is the featured artwork in an exhibit at the Center for Contemporary Political Art in Washington, D.C. The exhibit -- “Defining the Art of Change in the Age of Trump” -- is a juried review show that includes 20 artists selected from a field of 295. Linder’s work is highlighted throughout the show’s posters and catalogue. He describes “Liberty Executed” as “a sculptural act accentuating the degradation of human liberty in the United States of America early 21st century.” To see it online, go to martinlinder.com.


May-lee Chai profiled

The Key Reporter, Phi Beta Kappa’s alumni publication, recently profiled Assistant Professor of Creative Writing May-lee Chai. The article focuses on how her personal life is reflected in her new collection of short stories, “Useful Phrases for Immigrants,” which will be published in October. “I specifically thought about putting together a collection that would show over time, both in China and in the diaspora, how Chinese families are impacted by cultural and economic change,” she said.


McBride in the spotlight

Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride was the subject of a profile in Madison Magazine. The magazine is published in Madison, Wisconsin, home of McBride’s alma mater, the University of Wisconsin - Madison. The article explore McBride’s acting role in “The Other Side of the Wind,” the long-unreleased Orson Welles film that will be available on Netflix Nov. 2. “It’s rather miraculous that the film is finished in such a beautiful way,” McBride said. “That it looks so good after sitting in a laboratory in Paris for 40-plus years.”


Peper gives keynote

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper gave the invited keynote, “Is it mind˃body or body˃mind: breathing and posture effects for health,” at the 4th International Meeting of the Mexican Society for Bio and Neurofeedback, held at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Queretaro City, Sept. 22.