September 10, 2018

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Campus Safety Week kicks off Sept. 17

More than two dozen events around campus will promote safety and wellness during Campus Safety Week Sept. 17-21. The week of trainings, demonstrations and discussions officially starts at 10 a.m. next Monday with four hours of activities at Malcolm X Plaza and the Quad. In the days that follow, events will address stress reduction, sexual harassment, mental health issues, earthquake preparedness and other important topics. A full schedule can be found at  

Taipei Skyline

Fulbright Taiwan seeks faculty partners

Fulbright Taiwan is interested in working with SF State faculty members to design a faculty-led study abroad (FLSA) program in Taiwan. The Taipei-based organization is experienced in designing FLSA programs for U.S. students and would like to work with SF State faculty members who may be looking for partners to lead similar initiatives. Fulbright Taiwan offers not only regular semester programs but also customized short-term programs that focus on Chinese language learning and culture as well as Asia/Taiwan politics, international relations and society seminars. They are also more than happy to work with you to customize a program that fits your SF State course.

These customized faculty-led programs are often held during winter or summer vacation and range from one to three weeks. The diverse culture of Taiwan affords students an opportunity to earn course credit while having a rewarding experience that enhances their cross-cultural communication skills.

Faculty interested in organizing an FLSA program during the 2019 summer break must submit a written proposal to the Office of International Programs (OIP) before Thursday, Nov. 1. For more information, visit OIP’s FLSA website or contact Jay Ward, associate director of OIP, at ext. 8-1121 or

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Open enrollment begins tomorrow

Open enrollment is an opportunity for you to review your current benefit plan elections to ensure they continue to meet your needs and those of your family. You can change your benefits, update your beneficiaries and check your mailing address. Additions, changes or deletions will become effective Jan. 1, 2019. More information is available on the Human Resources website.

What to do if asked about immigration status

As the new academic year begins, we want to remind all members of the campus community – students, faculty and staff – who may be approached while on campus by federal, state or local officials asking for information or documentation regarding immigration status, employment eligibility, etc., to immediately contact the University Police Department at (415) 338-7200. The University Police Department will serve as a liaison with the on-site officials and will coordinate with the Office of General Counsel to provide guidance, references and resources as available.

As part of the California State University system, San Francisco State is committed to being an inclusive and welcoming institution of higher education that is enhanced by our global community.  We will continue to make every lawful effort to provide a safe and welcoming campus environment for all of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of our community.

Vista Room open for business

The Vista Room, the on-campus fine-dining restaurant managed by the Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management, opens for the fall tomorrow and is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until Dec. 6. For menu and reservation information, visit

FroshMemo seeks submissions

FroshMemo, the new email newsletter for first-year students, is looking for content. Created through the First-Year Experience initiative, the newsletter will be sent to all first-year students weekly for its first six to eight weeks, then switch to a monthly schedule. Have program information, event listings or other items that would be relevant to first-year students? Click here to submit them to FroshMemo.

Benefits Fair, Sept. 25 

It’s that time of year again! Human Resources cordially invites you to attend the 2018 Benefits Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. An informational open house that provides an opportunity for faculty and staff to meet with representatives from the various plans and programs offered at SF State, the fair will be held in Jack Adams Hall on the third floor of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. A wide range of health care groups, investment groups, and wellness companies are expected to attend. Fair attendees will be eligible to win door prizes from participating vendors. Human Resources hopes to see you there! 

Safeguarding Minors on Campus Leadership Workshop, Nov. 7

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, Enterprise Risk Management will present a workshop on safeguarding minors on campus. The workshop will include a two-hour presentation from approximately 10 a.m. to noon that will provide attendees with a fundamental understanding of the scope of the risk, how abuse happens in youth-serving programs, best practices in prevention and leadership's role in abuse prevention initiatives. This presentation will be followed by a working lunch from approximately noon to 1:30 p.m. and tabletop exercises designed to facilitate important discussions on campus. Lunch will be provided.

Register online if you would like to attend. Space is limited.

Grants & Contracts

SF State received $1,846,403 in grants and contracts in July.

  • David Anderson, Marian Wright Edelman Institution, The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Early Leadership Program, $55,000
  • Diana Chu, Biology, National Science Foundation, RUI:  Defining Histone Variant Regulatory Mechanisms for Sperm-Specific Gene Expression, $656,826
  • Diana Chu, Biology, National Institutes of Health, Defining Mechanisms of PP1 Phosphatase Specificity and Function Required for Male Fertility, $155,000
  • Charles Egan, Modern Languages & Literatures, Institute of International Education/Prime: U.S. Department of Defense, 18-19 Flagship Student Support, $155,908
  • Charles Egan, Modern Languages & Literatures, Institute of international Education/Prime: U.S. Department of Defense, Flagship Linkages 18-19, $229,294
  • Ravinder Sehgal, Biology, University of California, Davis/Prime: California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Survey of Hemoparasites in Seabirds Undergoing Rehabilitation, $10,000
  • Kevin Simonin, Biology, National Science Foundation, RoL: FELS: EAGER: Simple Scaling Rules That Define How Genome Size Constrains Metabolism: A Test Among Photosynthetic Pathways, $300,000
  • Andrea Swei, Biology, University of California, Davis/Prime: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pacific Southwest Regional Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease Research at the University of California, $24,750
  • Michael Vasey, Estuary & Ocean Science Center, Association of Bay Area Governments/Prime: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Wetland Protection Development – Bay Area Wetlands Regional Monitoring Program, $14,872
  • Krista Vikse, Chemistry, National Science Foundation, RUI: Characterizing the Birth of a Nanoparticle: Toward Molecular Control over Nanoparticle Synthesis, $244,753

SF State received $3,672,940 in grants and contracts in August.

  • David Anderson, Marian Wright Edelman Institution, Mimi and Peter Hass Fund, Haas Year 10 – FY 18/19, $370,000
  • William Cochlan, Estuary & Ocean Science Center, San Francisco Estuary Institute/Prime: Aquatic Science Center, The Nutrient Management Strategy, $52,336
  • Steve Dickison, Creative Writing, National  Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Reading Series 2018-2019, $10,000
  • Raymond Esquerra, Chemistry, University of California, San Francisco/Prime: National Institutes of Health, University of California, San Francisco IRACDA Scholars Program, $96,358
  • Catherine Kudlick, History, Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, Superfest Showcase Redwood City, $1,700
  • Gretchen Lebuhn, Biology, The Nature Conservancy, Birds of Sierra Meadows, $10,000
  • AKM Newaz, Physics & Astronomy, National Science Foundation, MRI: Acquisition of an Ultra-High Vacuum Cryogen-Free Magnet Cryostat to Enhance Multi-Disciplinary Research and STEM Education, $667,429
  • Rahul Singh, Computer Science, National Science Foundation, III: Small: RUI: Designing Structure-Phenotype Query-Retrieval and Analysis Systems for Microscopy-Based Whole Organism Studies, $516,000
  • Kimberly Tanner, Biology, National Institutes of Health, The Scientist Spotlights Initiative: Promoting Diversity and Inclusion through Development, Assessment and Dissemination, $1,138,033
  • Michael Vasey, Estuary & Ocean Science Center, U.S. Department of Commerce, San Francisco Bay NERR 18_19 Operations Grant, $690,000
  • Michael Vasey, Estuary & Ocean Science Center, U.S. Department of Commerce, San Francisco Bay NERR Rush Ranch Energy and ADA Upgrade, $121,084

Lost hope, found art

School of Design Lecturer David Cox is part of the art collective Bivoulab, which currently has an exhibition at the San Francisco Public Library’s Art, Music & Recreation Center. Called “Collapsing of the Axes,” the exhibition grapples with “impending global catastrophe” and humanity’s uncertain future through artwork fashioned from abandoned toys and machines. It is available for viewing daily through Nov. 29.

New book for Pahnke

Assistant Professor of International Relations Anthony Pahnke is the author of the new book “Brazil’s Long Revolution: Radical Achievements of the Landless Workers Movement” (University of Arizona Press). The book shows how the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement, or MST) positioned itself to take advantage of challenging economic times to improve its members’ lives. Pahnke analyzes the origins and development of the movement, one of the largest and most innovative social movements currently active. Over the last three decades, the MST has mobilized more than a million Brazilians through grassroots initiatives, addressing political and economic inequalities.

A mighty “Wind”

“The Other Side of the Wind,” the recently completed film by Orson Welles that includes a supporting performance by Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride, had its North American debut at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado on Sept. 1. McBride took part in a post-screening panel discussion along with producer Frank Marshall and executive producer/co-star Peter Bogdanovich. The film (which will be available for viewing on Netflix later this year) has generated much press coverage and substantial excitement among critics and film fans.

Campus gets a turn in the limelight

The website of the Western Neighborhoods Project, a nonprofit devoted to preserving the history of San Francisco, recently published a lengthy article on the history of the SF State campus. The in-depth article commemorates SF State’s 65th anniversary at its current location and includes several pictures of the then-new campus in the mid-1950s.