April 2, 2019

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SFSU bookstore storefront

Campus store to host faculty/staff appreciation event

The team at the SF State Campus Store invites you to attend a Faculty and Staff Appreciation Event on Wednesday, April 10. Stop by the store for coffee and hors d’oeuvres, an additional discount on your next piece of Gator gear and more. There will also be a one-day-only Apple sale that will allow faculty and staff members to save up to $400 on Macs and iPad Pros or take an additional 8 percent off the education price on current models. Stock is limited, so you might want to stop by the store to get a price quote and reserve your Mac or iPad Pro ahead of time.

Questions? Contact Cameron Casey at cameron@sfsubookstore.com.

Participants of hackathon on their computers sitting in a group

Student-run “hackathon” draws competitors from around the country

What do you get when you put hundreds of tech-minded students in a room for 24 caffeine-fueled hours? Apps. Lots of them.

Saturday, March 2, marked the start of SF State’s third annual SF Hacks, a student-run “hackathon” where teams compete to put together fully functioning websites, mobile apps and more over a 24-hour time period. SF Hacks is the largest university hackathon in San Francisco, and this year’s was the best-attended yet, drawing over 450 student competitors from across the country and Canada to SF State’s Student Life Events Center.

“Our group’s mission statement is to get SF State on the map as an engineering school,” said third-year SF State computer science student Michael Swanson, a co-organizer of SF Hacks. “We have a lot of great engineers here.”

The creations of hackathon competitors are pieced together from pre-existing packages of software (or “hacked” together, an act that gives the competition its name). In SF Hacks, those building blocks were provided by companies like Google, Lyft and text-messaging platform Twilio, all of which were among the sponsors of the event alongside SF State’s College of Science & Engineering and the College of Business.

The grand prize went to an SF State team for their app Twiggle. A creative combination of code from Google and Twilio, the app allowed users to search the internet using text messages in the absence of Wi-Fi. Other top-placing entries included an image-analyzing tool to help doctors make diagnoses and an app that made use of speech-to-text software to streamline classroom notetaking for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

US Olympian Morghan completes a 'clean and jerk' lift

Study of female weightlifters crushes stereotype

In the first-ever study of its kind, SF State and CSU, Fullerton researchers found that elite women weightlifters have the same amount — and in some cases more — of the muscle fibers needed for the sport compared to their male counterparts. These “fast twitch fibers” are especially suited to fast and powerful movements, such as those in “clean and jerk” lifts. By finding that males don’t have more of the fibers, the study, published on March 27 in PLOS ONE, helps disprove a stereotype about women athletes that has persisted for years.

“Despite no high-level data, people thought that women had fewer fast twitch fibers and that was seen as a negative thing,” said San Francisco State Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Jimmy Bagley, one of the study’s co-authors. “We’ve shown that that is not true.”

Humans have three main muscle cell (or fiber) types, and each has a different variety of a protein called myosin heavy chain (“MHC”). MHC is the “microscopic motor” that makes your muscles move, explains Bagley. Human fiber types include MHC I (slow twitch), IIa (fast twitch) and IIx (super-fast twitch). Bagley and his team analyzed muscle fibers from thigh muscle biopsies collected from six world/Olympic-class female athletes, nine national-caliber female athletes and six national-caliber male athletes during the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships held in Anaheim, California. These weightlifters had the most fast twitch (MHC IIa) fibers ever reported in athletes (67 percent on average), and two of the World/Olympic-class women had over 85 percent fast twitch fibers, more than any of the men.

“These findings suggest athlete caliber, training experience and body mass determine the percentage of fast twitch fiber more than gender,” said Bagley. 

College of Business dean candidate visits

Final candidates have been selected to interview for the position of dean of the College of Business. The campus community is invited to attend the candidates’ presentations on the subject “Innovation in Business Schools.” Time will be allotted for questions and answers, and each presentation will be followed by a light reception.

  • April 8 & 9: Qing Hu, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Innovation, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, CUNY
    Presentation: Monday, April 8, 2:15 – 3:35 p.m. in LIB 244
  • April 15 & 16: Shawn Berman, Acting Dean, Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico  
    Presentation: Tuesday, April 16, 2:15 – 3:35 p.m. in LIB 286
  • April 18 & 19: Tomás Gomez-Arias, College of Business Administration Dean, CSU Stanislaus
    Presentation: Friday, April 19, 10:45 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. in LIB 286
  • April 22 & 23: Yim-Yu Wong, Interim Dean, College of Business, SF State
    Presentation: Tuesday, April 23, 11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. in LIB 286

For changes and updates to presentations and candidate information please go to academic.sfsu.edu/content/now-hiring-dean-cob. All information will be updated as it becomes available.

Discontinuance proposals announced

Per Academic Senate Policy S12-177, the Educational Policies Committee (EPC) is required to inform the campus community of the following discontinuance proposals two weeks before Senate action. Any party interested in filing a response should send an email to claude@sfsu.edu. Discontinuance has been proposed for:

  • Self-Support Certificate in Digital Animation (CEL)
  • Self-Support Certificate in Music/Recording Industry (CEL)

Submissions sought for Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award

The CSU’s Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award Program recognizes faculty who have demonstrated leadership at the program, department, school, college or university level to improve student success and outcomes in courses with traditionally low success rates or persistent equity gaps. There is an open nomination process for the award, and students, faculty, staff and administrations are encouraged to submit candidates. Full details are available online. The deadline for nominations is May 3.

Posthumanism: A Mini-Conference, April 3

At once a rising academic field and a growing social movement involving a wide array of social actors (e.g., engineers, politicians, artists, scientists, programmers, venture capitalists and political activists), posthumanism challenges traditional definitions of “humanity” and interrogates the boundaries between the human and the nonhuman. A free mini-conference, organized by the College of Liberal & Creative Arts’ posthumanism faculty affinity group, will explore the concept on Wednesday, April 3. “Posthumanism: A Mini-Conference” will last from 1 to 4 p.m. in LIB 286 and will feature faculty and guest speakers. Learn more here.

VR/AR opportunity for students, April 4

Know students with an interest in virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) media? Encourage them to take part in the Real Industry Creative Technology Challenge. At a kickoff event to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 4 in the Library’s Digital Media Space/MakerSpace, participants will be provided with all the tools needed to create an AR or VR experience in a documentary style. All teams will have the opportunity for feedback sessions with mentors from companies like Dolby, Pandora and Facebook and will also be eligible for over $1,000 worth of prizes. Learn more at realindustry.org/sfsu-creative-tech.

Internship to Jobs Pipeline, April 4

Internship to Jobs Pipeline, a roundtable conversation co-sponsored by the School of Design and the CSU Entertainment Alliance, will feature alumni discussing the role that key internships play in establishing full-time careers in creative fields such as design. This free event will be held Thursday, April 4, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in LIB 121. 

Explore Italian cuisine at the Vista Room, April 4 & 11

Join author and local food specialist Roberto Ferretti at the Vista Room for an evening of storytelling showcasing the Le Marche region of Italy. The evening consists of a four-course dinner, a pasta demonstration, olive oil tasting, and food and wine pairing and concludes with a live opera performance from renowned tenor Carlo Assogna. There are two opportunities to take part: Thursday, April 4, and Thursday, April 11, both from 6 to 9 p.m. Purchase tickets online or email Colin Johnson for more details.

Open Classrooms 2019, April 8-12

The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CEETL) is excited to invite you to participate as a witness in its initiative “Open Classrooms: Teaching as a Specta(c)tor Sport” during the week of April 8-12. Referencing drama theorist and activist Augusto Boal’s concept of “Specta(c)tors,” this initiative provides space for active witnessing of one another’s classes. Faculty across campus are opening their classrooms to peers (faculty, administrators and staff members), and all participants will have the chance to learn from each other about the teaching magic that takes place on this campus. Click this link to sign up to visit a class.

The campus community is also invited to join the fun the following week when CEETL celebrates Open Classrooms with an ice cream social Tuesday, April 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. in LIB 242.

“Are the Foreign Born a Strength for Science?,” April 9

SF State’s Phi Beta Kappa Omicron chapter invites the campus community to hear Paula Stephan, a Georgia State University professor of economics and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, speak during a campus visit Tuesday, April 9. Stephan will address the topic “Are the Foreign Born a Strength for Science?” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in HSS 130. 

“Game of Thrones” pop-up exhibit, April 10

Attention, “Game of Thrones” fans: Winter is coming…and so is a cool pop-up exhibit. Maesters from the J. Paul Leonard Library and the Sutro Library want to share resources from the Citadel. (Trust us: This all makes sense if you watch the show!) You can peruse themes and imagery related to George R. R. Martin’s epic medieval fantasy before the final season begins by coming to the Library’s first floor, adjacent to Peet’s, on Wednesday, April 10, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. 

Jewish studies and academic publishing discussion, April 11

Elena McAnespie, head of marketing for the University of California Press, and Eric Schmidt, a UC Press acquisitions editor, will visit campus to discuss how humanities degrees can lead to a career in academic publishing. Their discussion — “Jewish Studies, Humanities Degrees and Academic Publishing” — will take place Thursday, April 11, at 3 p.m. in HUM 415. A reception will follow.

Department of Marketing’s 2019 Career Expo, April 12

Hosted by the Marketing Department, the Marketing Career Expo is an event designed to connect SF State marketing students with marketing professionals and industry leaders. This year’s expo will be held Friday, April 12, from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Student Life Events Center, Annex 1. Admission is free for all SF State students and alumni. More information, including an event agenda, are available at cob.sfsu.edu/Marketing-Career-Expo.

Asian American Studies 50th anniversary gala, April 20

On Saturday, April 20, the Asian American Studies Department will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special gala dinner. The evening will bring together founding faculty and participants from the historic 1968 SF State strike, along with community supporters from around the nation. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and SF State alumnus Jose Antonio Vargas will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are available for purchase through April 15 at 50yearsofasianamericanstudies.eventbrite.com. Proceeds support student scholarships for low-income and first-generation majors in the AAS department. The event is co-hosted by the College of Extended Learning, Asian American & Pacific Islander Student Services, the Dream Resource Center and the Black Unity Center.

UndocuAlly training, April 23

SF State staff and faculty are invited to participate in an UndocuAlly training Tuesday, April 23. The training is designed to guide the SF State community in learning how to support the undocumented student population. Participants will receive an overview of immigration history, recent legislation, ways to support undocumented students and resources available to current and prospective undocumented students. All staff and faculty are welcome to participate. Please register here: bit.ly/undocuallyspring19

Citizenship workshop and fee waiver assistance, April 27

The Mashouf Wellness Center will host a free citizenship workshop and fee waiver assistance day from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Participants will receive guidance on the naturalization process, application preparation, and accessing financial assistance and community resources. Detailed information about the event is available online.

Cookston knows father best

What’s the main role of a father? Once upon a time, a dad would tell you it was working to support the family financially and roughhousing with the kids — and leaving the touchy-feely nurturing stuff to mom. In a chapter in the third edition of the “The Handbook of Parenting,” published March 8, two developmental psychologists — one of them SF State Professor of Psychology Jeff Cookston — do away with those old, oversimplified tropes of fatherhood. In the process, they provide an update on the last 15 years of research on father-child relationships and map out where the field of study is headed next. “The mother-child relationship is an essential relationship, but we as a society have often overemphasized that to the exclusion of fathers,” explained Cookston. “Even if they’re not married, mothers and fathers both play an essential role in children finding their way in the world.” Learn more here.

Africana Studies gets conference spotlight

Several Africana Studies scholars were prominently featured at the National Council for Black Studies 43rd Annual Conference in New Orleans last month. Africana Studies Lecturer Sharon Ann Jones, a veteran of the 1968 student strike, was a panelist in a plenary session. SF State alumnus Danny Glover and poet Sonia Sanchez, one of the University’s first Black Studies teachers, also participated in plenary sessions, and Professor Dorothy Tsuruta, Assistant Professor Maria Ifetayo Flannery, Professor Serie McDougal and Professor Emeritus Oba T’Shaka took part in conference panels. In addition, Graduate Teaching Associate Taylor D. Duckett took third place in the conference’s graduate essay contest.

It’s a wonderful book

Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride has written a follow-up to his 1992 biography “Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success.” The new book — “Frankly: Unmasking Frank Capra” — was published March 22 by Vervante. It documents the long legal battle McBride fought while working on the earlier book, which delved into the beloved director’s not-so-lovable side.

Two striking stories

The NPR program “Code Switch” aired a lengthy segment on the lasting impact of SF State’s 1968 campus strikes, featuring Associate Professor and Chair of Race and Resistance Studies Jason Ferreira, Professor Emerita Laureen Chew and a number of alumni. The episode can be listened to in its entirety online. “People did time,” said Ferreira, commenting on the sacrifices made by strike organizers. “Relationships were stressed to the point of crumbling. Word would come back to members of the Third World Liberation Front and the Black Student Union from the police saying, ‘We have bullets with your name on it.’” The story was also featured in article form on the websites of over 120 NPR stations.

SUNY kudos for Qamar

Zubaida Qamar, assistant professor of nutrition and dietetics in the Family Interiors Nutrition & Apparel Department, has been honored with the Emerging Leader Award by the alumni association of her alma mater, the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta. This award recognizes recent SUNY Oneonta alumni who have demonstrated significant leadership in their profession and community. Congratulations!

Papers from Peper and pals

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper gave the invited keynote — titled “Past, Present, and Future: The Hope and Possibilities for Feedback-Lessons Learned” — at the 50th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback in Denver last month. Peper, Associate Professor of Health Education Richard Harvey, Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Assistant Professor Aiko Yoshino and several SF State students also presented papers at the three-day conference.