April 29, 2016


Discover your inner marine scientist this Sunday

Visit the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, SF State's own marine research and teaching lab, for the annual Discovery Day Open House on Sunday, May 1, from 1 to 5 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Rosenberg Institute for Marine Biology & Environmental Science, is a great opportunity for participants of all ages to learn about the center's research into understanding, restoring and conserving the plants, animals and habitats of San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Coast. Participants will meet marine scientists and graduate students while collecting and recording their own data on San Francisco Bay science. Listen to "bite-sized" science talks and enjoy viewing and creating marine-themed art. Families are welcome. For more information, visit www.rtc.sfsu.edu/discovery_day.

Farm to Fork lunch on the Quad, May 3

The campus community is invited to the seventh annual Farm to Fork lunch on May 3. This event features organic and seasonal produce grown within 250 miles of campus. Lunch will be prepared by the Vista Room and Sodexo and will be served on the Quad by students in the restaurant and catering management class (BUS 306). Tickets cost $8 and may be purchased in person at the Bursar's Office or online at commerce.cashnet.com/FARMTOFORK.

Labor Archives and Research Center to mark 30 years with aerial dance performance, May 3

The campus community is invited to celebrate the Labor Archives and Research Center's 30th anniversary on May 3, when the center will sponsor an aerial dance performance by Flyaway Productions to commemorate the milestone. The performance, titled "Archives and Outcries: California's Unconventional Women Tell Their Stories," will take place on the side of the J. Paul Leonard Library and celebrate working women who have broken through gender barriers in non-traditional work. Three performances will be held: 2:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. The event will be followed at 6:30 p.m. in LIB 460 by an evening program featuring Stanford University's Myra Strober, who will speak on "Sharing the Work: Gender Exclusion on the Shop Floor and in Academe." In addition, the School of Theatre and Dance will host a master class with Flyaway choreographer Jo Kreiter.

For more information, visit library.sfsu.edu/event/labor-archives-and-research-center-30th-anniversary-celebration.

Bone marrow drive, May 3-4

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to register as bone marrow donors at an outreach event to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, and Wednesday, May 4 at the Bookstore. Associate Professor of Biology Mark Chan, his students, the Chinese Flagship Program and the Asian American Donor Program have organized the event to benefit Jane (Yin) Bolander and many others who need bone marrow or stem cell transplants and are known as "Team Jane."

What's involved? Participants, who must be between 18 and 44 years old, will complete a consent form and a cheek swab, which will then be entered into a database. Donor volunteers who are a match will be notified at a later time and given the option to continue with the donation. Learn more at www.aadp.org or call (510) 568-3700.

Funding the Next Generations statewide conference, May 9

The Promise of Local Dedicated Funds for California's Children, Funding the Next Generation's second statewide conference, will be held Monday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center. Registration is $50 per person to cover food and materials. Register online at nextgenerationconference.eventbrite.com.

Funding the Next Generation, a program housed in the College of Health and Social Sciences, started the initiative to promote local public funding streams dedicated to services for children, youth and their families. More than two years ago, it started a journey to capture the public's growing understanding of the needs of children and the success of California's local children's funds in San Francisco and Oakland. The group asked: Can local children's funds become a way to ensure sustainable funding for services to children, youth and families? Can the creation of local children's funds become a statewide movement? Join the conference to learn the findings and insights to date. Featured speakers include:

  • Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, who as mayor of San Francisco oversaw the nation's largest children's fund, will address his understanding of the benefits, challenges and opportunities of a local fund. Newsom will also share his insights about the needs of the state's children and what can be done in all our communities, large and small, to see that these needs are met.
  • Celinda Lake is one of the nation's leading political strategists and pollsters who is known for her cutting-edge research on social policies and has served as a tactician for candidates and issue campaigns at all levels of government. She will discuss the ways to frame children’s issues within a political context, as well as the benefits of polling.

For more information, visit www.fundingthenextgeneration.org or contact Margaret Brodkin, the founder and director of Funding the Next Generation, at (415) 794-4963 or email margaret@fundingthenextgeneration.org.

Call for local challenges for 2016 San Francisco Day of Hacking

Members of the campus community who are interested in framing a challenge for the 2016 San Francisco Day of Civic Hacking at SF State are asked to submit their ideas by May 17.

"Community & Courage" will be the theme for this year's Day of Civic Hacking, which will be held June 4-5. A good challenge:

  • Is related to an ongoing problem which your organization works on
  • Has context and is relevant to the community
  • Has an understandable impact that considers the number of people who would benefit from the solution and which organization(s) would use it
  • Defines the data needed to help solve the problem and identifies if it is publicly available
  • Can be owned by a person or organization with relevant expertise

Previous challenges have helped Peace Corps volunteers to map the natural, infrastructure and skill resources within their communities; linked patients to the medical supplies and services they need, when they need them; and created a different path for teen mothers.

The National Day of Civic Hacking is an international event that will take place June 4-5 in cities around the world. It will bring together citizens, software developers and entrepreneurs to collaboratively create, build and invent new solutions using publicly released data, code and technology to improve local communities and the governments that serve them. Anyone can take part; participants don't have to be experts in technology, they just have to care about their neighborhood and community.

Call for Proposals: GWAR Mentoring Program seeks applications

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites applications for the fall 2016 GWAR (Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement) Mentoring Program, a faculty development program designed to provide support to those new to teaching GWAR while giving experienced GWAR instructors an opportunity for growth and development. Through regular group meetings with fellow mentees and mentors, participating faculty will have the opportunity to share ideas and insights, discuss writing pedagogy and learn about best practices in disciplines across campus.

Eligible mentors will have taught GWAR courses for several semesters and will provide support for GWAR course design, effective GWAR teaching strategies and assessment of student learning. Eligible mentees will teach a GWAR course in the fall, with plans to continue teaching GWAR in future semesters, and will have an interest in intra-disciplinary writing. All faculty (tenured, tenure-track and lecturers) interested in joining this program for the fall of 2016 are encouraged to apply. Proposals from teams (mentor and mentee) within and across disciplines are highly encouraged.

Those interested in applying should email Juliana van Olphen, professor of health education and director of WAC/WID (professor of health education and director of WAC/WID (Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines) or Jennifer Swanson, associate director of WAC/WID.

Visit ueap.sfsu.edu/wac for application guidelines. Applications are due May 20. Stipends will be provided to participating faculty. Successful applicants will be notified by June 6 and will be expected to attend an orientation session on Aug. 22.

Zoom web and video conferencing

All students, faculty and staff now have access to a full-featured HD web and video conferencing tool powered by Zoom and supported by Academic Technology (AT). Zoom is compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Blackberry and Linux and offers feature-rich mobile apps for Android and iOS.

Anyone in the world can join a Zoom meeting, but only a host can start or schedule online meetings or group collaborations. To host a meeting for up to 200 participants, use your SF State campus login to sign up for an account at sfsu.zoom.us.

To learn more about Zoom and how it can support teaching, learning and collaboration visit AT's website or contact the iLearn Support Services Desk by calling ext. 5-5555, sending an email to online@sfsu.edu or visiting LIB 220.

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A Brief Introduction to JMP software, May 2

Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences Leonard Sklar will present "A Brief Introduction to JMP Software," an introduction to various analytic methods using JMP software, such as exploratory data analysis, some regression tools and "Monte Carlo" methods. Participants who wish to follow along using JMP on their own machines are encouraged to bring their own computers. Those who would like some practice data sets to try out in advance should email Sklar at leonard@sfsu.edu. The free talk will be held Monday, May 2, from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286.

To reserve a spot for the full event (and a free lunch), RSVP by email to lalston@sfsu.edu. Can't come for the full time? No problem: Drop-ins are welcome, but also are also encouraged to RSVP to Leone Alston at ext. 5-3995. For more information, contact Richard Harvey at ext. 8-3478 or Edward Connor at ext. 8-6997.

This presentation is sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs through its funding of the SF State Statistics Community of Representative Researchers Research Cluster (Stat CORR). Stat CORR hosts meetings, workshops and training clinics to foster and promote the dissemination of quantitative and qualitative research skills. It aims to connect faculty and staff with specialized methodological knowledge with those seeking assistance designing new research projects, completing data analysis or developing, submitting and revising extramural grants.

"The Killing of Sister George," May 5-7

Based on a BBC radio soap opera laced with dark humor that provides a wild roller coaster ride, "The Killing of Sister George" will be presented by the School of Theatre and Dance at 7 p.m. on May 5, 6 and 7 in "The Lab" (CA 104). The comedy, written by Frank Marcus and directed by Murray Smith, promises to be as vital today as it was in the 1960s. Attendees will need to hold on to their hats for the bumpy ride.

18th Annual CoSE Student Project Showcase, May 6

Join the College of Science & Engineering for the 18th annual Student Project Showcase at the Student Life Event Center (ANNEX I). Come support the students during this unique showcase with more than 200 projects from undergraduate and graduate competitors. A group of judges will pick winners and award prizes. The showcase will start with the competition from 3 to 6 p.m., followed by a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The showcase and reception are free, but space is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. Please register at bit.ly/1T4iEll. For more information, email Lannie Nguyen at science@sfsu.edu.

Phi Beta Kappa annual initiation ceremony, May 12

The Phi Beta Kappa Society wishes to remind SF State/Omicron chapter members that:

  • The Phi Beta Kappa annual initiation ceremony will be held Thursday, May 12, from 3 to 4 p.m. on the Administration Building's fifth floor patio. It will be followed by a reception.
  • Annual dues of $25, which help defray the cost of the annual student initiation, should be submitted to Society Treasurer Lisa Takeyama of the Economics Department.

Questions? Contact Chapter President Masahiko Minami or, for finances, Chapter Treasurer Lisa Takeyama.

Unnatural Kinds interdisciplinary workshop, May 16-17

The Department of Philosophy will host "Unnatural Kinds," an interdisciplinary workshop about scientific classification, on Monday and Tuesday, May 16-17. Designer pharmaceuticals, novel nanomaterials, cloned cells and animals, and new methods of storing biological or medical information have broadened the scope of defining "kinds" of things to include those that have been synthetically created. As a result, new questions have arisen: When can one claim to have made something of a new kind? How do we keep track of exponentially expanding chemical, pharmaceutical and material databases? How do contemporary information management systems affect how we conceive of classification and categorization? When can, and when should, extra-scientific regulations limit the synthesis of novel kinds? Such questions will drive the discussions of this two-day event.

Expert speakers will be on hand from the National Institutes of Health, the University of Utah, Nano Precision Medical, Princeton University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Alberta, SF State and beyond. For more information or to register, visit the Unnatural Kinds workshop site. Questions? Email unnaturalkinds@gmail.com.

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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:

  • Chair's Report.
  • Distinguished Faculty Awards (2:20 p.m.).
  • Report from Genie Stowers on sixth and seventh cycle academic program reviews (2:35 p.m.).
  • Report from Jackson Wilson about Online Learning (Time Certain: 2:45).
  • Report from Mary Beth Love on the Metro Academies College Success Program (2:55 p.m.).
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Athletic Advisory Board policy, first reading.
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion policy, first reading.
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding the proposed Short-Term Loan Program policy, first reading.
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding the proposed rescinding of the Emergency Loan policy (consent item).
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding a proposed Online Education resolution, first reading.
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Written English Proficiency policy, first reading.
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding a proposed revision to the Communicative Disorders curriculum, first reading.
  • Recommendation from the Strategic Issues Committee regarding a proposed resolution on Affirmative Action (consent item).


Results of the spring 2016 all-University elections

The Academic Senate is pleased to announce the results of the Spring 2016 All-University Election.  Please join us in congratulating the following newly elected representatives:

Academic Senate: At-Large Faculty Representative

  • Vidhyacharan Bhaskar, Lecturer, Electrical and Computer Engineering, COSE
  • Thomas Holton,: Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, COSE

Academic Senate: Staff Representative

  • Aimee Williams, Lead Health Educator, Health Promotion and Wellness, SA&EM

Academic Senate, CSU: Faculty Representative

  • Yee-Melichar, Darlene: Professor and Coordinator of Gerontology, CHSS

Academic Freedom Committee: Faculty Representative

  • Maziar Behrooz, Associate Professor, History, LCA
  • Juanita Darling, Associate Professor, International Relations, LCA
  • David Olsher, Associate Professor, English, LCA

Honorary Degree Committee: Faculty Representative

  • Frederik Green, Associate Professor, Modern Languages, LCA

University Tenure and Promotions Committee

  • Ned Fielden, Librarian, LIB
  • David Walsh, Professor, Kinesiology, CHSS

Administrative Search Committee pool: Faculty Representative

  • Cristina Azocar, Associate Professor, Department Chair, Journalism, LCA
  • Betsy Blosser, Professor, BECA, LCA
  • A.S. (Ed) Cheng, Professor, School of Engineering, COSE
  • Sarah Curtis, Professor, History, LCA
  • Juanita Darling, Associate Professor, International Relations, LCA
  • Marc Dollinger, Professor, Jewish Studies, LCA
  • Barbara Ann Henderson, Professor, Elementary Education, GCOE
  • Julietta Hua, Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies, LCA
  • Kitty Millet, Professor, Jewish Studies, LCA
  • John-Carlos Perea, Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies, COES
  • Belinda Reyes, Associate Professor, Latina/Latino Studies, COES
  • Theresa Roeder, Associate Professor, Decision Science, COB
  • Christina Sabee, Professor, Department Chair, Communication Studies, LCA

The Academic Senate thanks to the entire University community for its support of San Francisco State University’s system of shared governance.

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Calendar and on the Senate website at senate.sfsu.edu.

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Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition: through May 14 in the Fine Arts Gallery

Re/Action: through May 26 in the Fine Arts Gallery


Saturday, April 30

Baseball hosting Chico State (doubleheader): noon at Maloney Field

Opera: Handel's "Alcina": 7:30 p.m. in McKenna Theatre

Theatre: "Urinetown, the Musical": 8 p.m. in CA 104

Sunday, May 1

Ocha Zanmai: 2016 International Conference on Chanoyu and Tea Culture: 9 a.m. in HUM 133

Baseball hosting Chico State: noon at Maloney Field

Discovery Day Open House: 1 p.m. at Romberg Tiburon Center

Opera: Handel's "Alcina": 2 p.m. in McKenna Theatre

Theatre: "Urinetown, the Musical": 2 p.m. in CA 104

Monday, May 2

Recital: Piano students of Roger Woodward: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Greenhouse Theatre Festival: "Duplicity" by Audrey Ann: 5 p.m. in The Poetry Center

Lecture/reading: Writers on Writing: Sarah Fran Wisby: 7 p.m. in the Humanities Auditorium

Tuesday, May 3

Stress Relief Day: 10 a.m. in the Quad

Labor Archives & Research Center 30th Anniversary Celebration: 10:25 a.m. at the J. Paul Leonard Library

Senate plenary meeting: 2 p.m. at the Seven Hills Conference Center

Wednesday, May 4

Recital: Roger Woodward, piano: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Study Abroad Ceremony: 3 p.m. in the Student Life Event Center

Neoliberalism in the Age of Empire: Transnational Labor Solidarity (May Day): 4 p.m. in LIB 121

Concert: Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble of SF State: 7 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Thursday, May 5

Poetry reading: Hollie Hardy and Mukta Sambrani: 4:30 p.m. in The Poetry Center

Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble: 7 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Theatre: "The Killing of Sister George": 7 p.m. in CA 104

Theatre: "Urinetown: The Musical": 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Friday, May 6

Theatre: "The Killing of Sister George": 7 p.m. in CA 104

Greenhouse Theatre Festival: "Puppet Show" by Ai Ebashi: 7 p.m. in The Poetry Center

Theatre: "Urinetown: The Musical": 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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Africana Studies

Associate Professor of Africana Studies Antwi Akom gave a presentation about his mobile app Streetwyze at the White House on March 7-8. Streetwyze is a mobile mapping and SMS platform that collects real-time data about neighborhoods in order to provide more accurate information about goods and services available in those areas, such as grocery stores or other amenities. The app is aimed at empowering communities by bridging the gap between top-down geospatial data and bottom-up local knowledge in order to create more equitable, resilient and opportunity-rich neighborhoods for all. Among those attending the presentation were United States Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith and White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist D.J. Patil.

American Indian Studies

Associate Professor of American Indian Studies Robert Keith Collins was invited by Director Sylviane A. Diouf of the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center in New York to participate in a conversation with MacArthur Fellow Tiya Miles (University of Michigan) on "Black Indian Lives of the Past and Present: A Dialogue." The conversation took place on Thursday, April 21.

Collins also presented an invited paper on "Shared Governance and Student Success" at the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education in Long Beach on April 9.

Sociology and Sexuality Studies

"Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco" (Duke University Press) by Associate Professor of Sociology and Sexuality Studies Clare Sears was named a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in the LGBT Studies category. Sears' book draws on archival materials to examine the importance of gender and sexuality regulation in nineteenth century state-making. Such laws, passed by more than 40 U.S. cities, became a flexible tool for policing multiple gender transgressions that facilitated hundreds of arrests during that time. "Arresting Dress" traces anti-cross-dressing laws from municipal courtrooms and codebooks to newspaper scandals, vaudevillian theater, freak-show performances and commercial slumming tours. It shows that the law did not simply police normative gender but actively produced it by creating new definitions of gender normality and abnormality. It also tells the story of the tenacity of those who defied the law, spoke out when sentenced and articulated different gender possibilities.

Labor Studies

Professor of Labor Studies John Logan was invited to testify before the Canadian House of Commons' Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. Logan provided analysis of an act to amend the Canada Labor Code, the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act, the Public Service Labor Relations Act and the Income Tax Act. He testified via videoconference on April 18.

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Tapestry of eclectic elements

Professor and Chair of the Department of Music Dee Spencer discussed the impact of artist and performer Prince on music and culture for an April 21 San Francisco Examiner article. "As a stage performer, he managed to pull together so many eclectic elements, a tapestry [of] incredible stage design, lighting, makeup. He was just a prolific and amazing figure," Spencer said. "You could find him popping up anywhere in the Bay Area. He would pop up in a dance club; you could look up and Prince just walks through the door." When he visited the music club the Boom Boom Room, for instance, "everybody was just like, 'Whoa.' I didn’t talk to him. I was trying to not to be overwhelmed by the fact that he was there." His demeanor? "Genuine and shy."

Reclaiming a healthy diet

An April 22 Los Angeles Times article about the cookbook "Decolonize Your Diet" included an interview with co-author and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies Catriona Rueda Esquibel. After being treated for breast cancer in 2006, "I found a study that ... found that foreign-born Latinas had a 50 percent lower risk of breast cancer than U.S.-born Latinas. It seems like there are environmental issues at play. So I really started on a quest to eat only real food. We started looking at traditional Mexican food like beans and really looking at plant-based foods. ... If you look at a rural Mexican diet, it's very plant-based. Meat is used in small portions," Esquibel said. "Mexican cookbooks, a lot of them have been written by white chefs like Rick Bayless and even in Mexico, Diana Kennedy. To have a discussion around Mexican food from a Chicana perspective is interesting and exciting to people. And reclaiming the healthy part of our cuisine. We're really resonating with young people."

Abina's voice and story

On April 24 KCBS Radio aired a report about a new app based on "Abina and the Important Men," a graphic novel created by Professor of History Trevor Getz in collaboration with illustrator Liz Clarke. "In 1998, I was doing some research in West Africa and I was looking at old court cases when I came across this incredible transcript of this young woman who was arguing with everyone" that she had been illegally enslaved and should be set free, Getz recalled. "Her voice was just so powerful and so incredible that I photocopied the document and put it away for safe keeping," he said. "I really wanted to get Abina's story and Abina's voice to high school students. At the heart of the app are these seven episodes of this animated movie that tell Abina's story." Read about the app on SF State News.

Point of thirst moments

Marketing Lecturer Neil Cohen was interviewed for an April 26 KNX/CBS Radio segment about five-second Pepsi ads. "It fits perfectly with everyone's attention span these days, so it's actually a good idea. ... If you look at Pepsi's audience, which tends to skew younger. You know, it's Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Snapchat, and those environments are really suitable for the short-form videos of five seconds or less because that's what people are consuming these days," Cohen said. "What they're trying to do here is create these points of thirst moments where we're at the beach or you're at the amusement park, whatever they might be in these five-second little spots and try to trigger that concept, like, 'Okay, if I'm doing that, I should grab a Pepsi.' So that's really what they're playing into. And again, highly portable and sharable and that's what they're looking for."

For more media coverage of faculty, staff, students, alumni and programs, see SF State in the News

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