December 2, 2016


CampusMemo schedule

CampusMemo will go on hiatus following the Dec. 16 issue: Publication will resume with the start of the spring 2017 semester.


President and Mrs. Wong cordially invite you to a Faculty & Staff Holiday Reception 3 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8 Seven Hills Conference Center. In keeping with an SF State tradition, guests are invited to bring canned goods for donation to the SF-Marin Food bank. Or kindly make a gift online at Most needed items: Tuna, canned meats, peanut butter, soup, beans, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables.


Director of Government & Community Relations candidates to visit campus

Following a nationwide search, three candidates have been identified as finalists for the director of Government and Community Relations for University Advancement. Members of the campus community are invited to attend public forums with each of the candidates, which will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8; Tuesday, Dec. 13; and Wednesday, Dec. 14. During the forums, the candidates will talk about the following topic, as well as answer questions from the audience: “What do you see as the most important challenges and opportunities for public higher education and government relations in the next four years?” 

The three finalists are:

  • Francesca Vega, Thursday, Dec 8., 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., NEC room (ADM 560)
  • Dominique Cano-Stocco, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., NEC room (ADM 560)
  • Noriko Shinzato, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., ADM 460

Reporting to the vice president for University Advancement, the director of Government and Community Relations is responsible for leading, planning and executing an effective external relations program and strategy that supports and enhances SF State’s relationships at the local, state and federal governmental levels. It oversees and coordinates its engagement with area neighborhoods and their communities.

The link to an online survey about each candidate will be provided to participants following each meeting. The link will also be published in the subsequent issue of CampusMemo.

Coffee hour with Interim Provost Jennifer Summit, Dec. 9

Interested faculty are invited to meet with Interim Provost Jennifer Summit on Friday, Dec. 9, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286) to discuss any topics of concern or commitment.

Come pull up a chair for a group discussion. No appointment necessary. Please send an email to if you will be joining us. Coffee and bagels will be provided.

Call for applications: GWAR Mentoring Program

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites applications for the spring 2017 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 spring, with plans to continue teaching GWAR in future semesters, and will have an interest in intradisciplinary writing.

All faculty (tenured, tenure-track and lecturers) interested in joining this program for the spring of 2017 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, director of Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID), or Jennifer Swanson, associate director of WAC/WID.

Download the GWAR Mentoring Program application formApplications are due Dec. 9. Stipends will be provided to participating faculty. Successful applicants will be notified by Jan. 6, 2017, and will be expected to attend an orientation session at the faculty retreat on Jan. 19, 2017.

Annual CSU Student Research Competition

The 31st Annual California State University Student Research Competition will be held April 28-29, 2017, at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. This systemwide competition will showcase the excellent research conducted by CSU graduate and undergraduate students. Students selected from the 23 campuses will give 10-minute formal presentations that will be judged by experts from corporations, foundations, public agencies, and colleges and universities in California.

The SF State competition will be held Feb. 20-24, 2017. View the competition guidelines on the Division of Graduate Studies website. Entries are due by Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage promising students to participate in this competition. SF State will select up to 10 campus winners to compete at the systemwide competition. The presentations will provide students with practice and professional conference style discussions. Participation in this event will look great on a student’s resume or CV. SF State is known throughout the CSU system for being competitive and placing every year with first-place and second-place winners. Winners receive cash awards.

Contact Britney Stewart in the Division of Graduate Studies with questions at or ext. 5-4391.

Sneak Preview 2017, April 8

SF State will hold its annual Sneak Preview for Fall 2017 open house for admitted undergraduate students and their guests on Saturday, April 8, 2017. At the event, admitted students can learn about SF State’s academics, support services and campus life.

Questions? Email Student Outreach Services.

Upcoming Academic Technology events in winter 2017

The following events are open to all interested SF State faculty and staff.

Academic Technology Winter Institute 2017

Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 11 and 12, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in LIB 242:

This two-day in-depth institute is designed for those who are new to iLearn or would like to learn more about the wide array of technology tools and services available to instructors. Lunch and refreshments will be included. Register for Winter Institute 2017.

iLearn Quickstart Webinar

Friday, Jan. 20, from noon to 1 p.m. in an online web conference:

This online webinar will orient participants to campus course technologies and the basics of using iLearn and inspire teachers to explore more tools in their iLearn courses. Register for the iLearn Quickstart Webinar.

Email questions about the following to or call ext.5-5550.

Downtown Center VoIP Phone Migration

Information Technology Services (ITS) successfully migrated all end-of-life Cisco VoIP phones (120 lines) at the SF State Downtown Campus to the new campus standard NEC VoIP phone solution on Nov. 22. This is one of three telephone migration projects. Earlier in the year, the ITS Network and Telecom teams completed two successful phone migrations: the back-up telephone system (2600 lines), which previously served the campus for 32 years, and Library VoIP phones (197 lines).

Staff at the Downtown Campus are encouraged to contact the ITS Help Desk at or (415) 338-1420 if they experience any phone or voicemail issues​.

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Distinguished Lecture in Economics available online

The Oct. 14 Distinguished Lecture in Economics by Stanford Professor of Economics Raj Chetty, “Equality of Opportunity in America: New Lessons from Big Data,” is now on the SF State YouTube channel. Chetty discussed findings from the Equality of Opportunity Project, which uses big data to develop new answers to the important policy question, “How can we improve economic opportunities for children growing up in low-income families?”

Ceramics Guild Holiday Sale, Nov. 28-Dec. 2

The Ceramics Guild began its annual Holiday Sale Nov. 28. It will run through Dec. 2 from noon to 2 p.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m. in FA 192.

WGS lecture series schedule

The Department of Women and Gender Studies (WGS) has resumed its lecture series on Wednesdays from 12:35 to 1:50 p.m. in HUM 119. Upcoming lectures include:

  • Dec. 7: “Evidence of Being: The Black Gay Cultural Renaissance and the Politics of Violence” by Assistant Professor of Sexuality Studies Darius Bost

Free chamber music concert with the Peabody Trio, Dec. 4

The Morrison Chamber Music Center presents a free concert by the Peabody Trio at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in McKenna Theatre. The piano trio will perform works by Beethoven, Ives and Dvořák. The concert is part of the Morrison Artists Series, the longest-running chamber music series in San Francisco.

Professor Richard Festinger, artistic director of the Morrison Artists Series, will deliver a pre-concert talk at 2 p.m. Dec. 4 in McKenna Theatre. The Peabody Trio will also lead a master class with students from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in Knuth Hall.

Since winning the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 1989, the Peabody Trio has established itself as an important presence in the chamber music world as a vivid interpreter of the classics of the repertoire, an advocate for new music and a dedicated teacher and mentor to a generation of young musicians. The trio brings to its music making what the Washington Post calls “the romantic fervor of the 20th century greats.”

Reserve your free seats online or call the box office at ext. 8-2467.

“Sofa Sin Casa (Couch With No Home),” through Dec 11

Eviction squads are moving through the city. A reporter chases a homeless sofa, but it’s got four feet and it’s out on the street so it just keeps moving — moving through stories and songs of a world where only the privileged can find shelter. “Sofa Sin Casa (Couch With No Home)” is a crowdsourced play with blues, directed by Roy Conboy, that addresses the current housing situation in San Francisco. Beginning Dec. 1 and running through Dec. 11, the play will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays in the Little Theatre (CA 107). Visit the play’s webpage for pricing information or to make a reservation.

Pre-show talk, Dec. 4

There will be a pre-show talk about the play Sunday, Dec. 4, at 1 p.m. in CA 104. Written by six SF State alums and Professor of Playwriting Roy Conboy, the play focuses on the housing crisis in the Bay Area. The panel, which will include San Francisco political and investigative reporter Tim Redmond, School of Theatre and Dance Director Todd Roehrman and Conboy, will discuss the issues behind the creation of this theatrical work.

Audience Talk Back, Dec. 8

Join the director and cast of “Sofa Sin Casa (Couch With No Home)” for a talk back session after the Thursday, Dec. 8, performance in the Little Theatre (CA 104).

“A Forum on High Performance Computing,” Dec. 5

Faculty with current or anticipated computing needs that cannot be satisfied by personal computers are invited to join “A Forum on High Performance Computing” on Monday, Dec. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 222. The forum will be led by Academic Technology Director of Technology Services Andrew Roderick. Lunch will be served at this free event. Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP to Drop-ins for part of the meeting are also welcome and are asked to RSVP to reserve a lunch. Email questions to or

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their needs and how those needs might be met. Of special interest are the needs and challenges encountered in accessing and using high-performance computing resources by those who use a computing cluster, a server, the cloud or the National Science Foundation supercomputing resources.

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

The Medea Project, Dec. 5

With “The Medea Project,” an evening of performance-based vignettes, director Rhodessa Jones and the women she works with will explore how an arts-based approach can help reduce the numbers of women returning to jail and can aid women living with diagnoses of HIV/AIDS.

The show takes its inspiration from stories from Greco-Roman mythology (e.g., Pandora, Medea, Daphne) and features short performance pieces that weave together the performers’ own experiences — of incarceration, of HIV/AIDS diagnosis and of addiction — with the challenges faced by the figures from those ancient stories. Please join us for this free performance with social justice at its heart, which will take place Monday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in Knuth Hall (CA 132). Questions? Contact Seth Chabay at or ext. 8-2068.

“Shifting Perspectives: New Moves Choreography Showcase”

“Shifting Perspectives: New Moves Choreography Showcase,” a production of the School of Theatre and Dance, encompasses the vision of eight talented student choreographers as they explore the human condition and its myriad idiosyncrasies. The diverse program of dance offers a glimpse into the private thoughts, deep-seated convictions and youthful exuberance of these emerging artists. Directed by Associate Professor of Music and Dance Ray Tadio and supported by numerous designers, these new works resonate with hope for a better tomorrow. Performances will be held in the McKenna Theatre Thursday, Dec. 8, to Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. The Sunday, Dec. 11, performance will be held at 2 p.m. Visit the Shifting Perspectives webpage for full details, including admission.

Audience Talk Back, Dec. 8

Join the student choreographers, dancers and director in an audience talk back following the final performance of “Shifting Perspectives” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, in McKenna Theatre.

Taste of the Bay has new date

Celebrating its 20th year, the annual Taste of the Bay event will return to City View at METREON. Though normally held in November, the next Taste of the Bay event will have a fresh new look and a new date: Thursday, March 16, 2017, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Check out more at

The Hospitality and Tourism Management students and program bring together the best of the Bay Area’s restaurant chefs, wineries and beverage and dessert companies to please participants’ palates. The evening includes live and silent auctions featuring the best in creative and exciting travel, dining and entertainment packages. Purchase discount early bird tickets now for $65 per person. The discount ends Dec. 31.

Register now for additional amenities on UWA 2017 scholarship cruise

Register early to receive additional amenities from Oceania, such as free onboard internet access and a choice of four free shore excursions (or a beverage package or shipboard credits) on the UWA 2017 scholarship cruise. All group participants receive the University Women’s Association’s (UWA) group-exclusive amenities, including pre-paid gratuities, a $100 spa or shipboard credit and a “Dollars for Scholars” contribution by Oceania for every 15 participants. Airfare is included in the 12-day “Adriatic Embrace” cruise package. Also, cruise prices have been reduced by approximately $800 per person, so cabins now range from $4,199 per person to $6,099 per person.

The Oceania Cruises ship Sirena will sail from Aug. 30 to Sept. 11, 2017. The cruise’s destination-intensive itinerary will explore 11 ports in six countries, including a mix of historic sites, boutique ports, seaside villages and an overnight stop in Venice. Like the UWA’s previous 21 cruises, the “Adriatic Embrace” will raise funds for the organization’s student scholarship programs. For more information, visit or email Lin Ivory.

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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
  • Guest: Lori Beth Way will present a Student Success report (2:20 p.m.).
  • Norma Salcedo will report on the Dream Center (2:40 p.m.).
  • Recommendation from the Strategic Issues Committee regarding a proposed resolution opposing Academic Senate CSU Resolution 3244-16/Academic Preparation and Education Programs (APEP) in a first reading.
  • Recommendation from the Strategic Issues Committee regarding a proposed resolution in support of a Staff Emerita/Emeritus program.
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution in support of freedom of speech.
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding a proposed resolution in support of undocumented members of the SF State campus community.
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion policy.
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Designation of Colleges & Definitions of Schools and Departments policy in a first reading.
  • Information item from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Changes to the appendices for Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees, Minors, Concentrations, Minors, and Certificates.
  • Information item: Department name change from “Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics” to “Family Interior Nutrition & Apparel.”
  • Senator Mooney will present the Strategic Issues Committee report.

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Calendar and on the Senate website at

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Friday, Dec. 2

Men’s and women’s basketball hosting Purple Out 3 (vs. Cal Poly Pomona): 5:30 p.m. in The Swamp at Don Nasser Family Plaza

Theatre: “Sofa Sin Casa (Couch With No Home)”: 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Saturday, Dec. 3

Men’s and women’s basketball hosting Cal State East Bay: 5:30 p.m. in The Swamp at Don Nasser Family Plaza

Master class: Morrison Artists Series: Peabody Trio: 6 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Concert: Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble of SF State: 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Theatre: “Sofa Sin Casa (Couch With No Home)”: 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Sunday, Dec. 4

Pre-show talk for “Sofa Sin Casa (Couch With No Home)”: 1 p.m. in The Lab (CA 104)

Pre-concert talk: Morrison Artists Series: Peabody Trio: 2 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts

Theatre: “Sofa Sin Casa (Couch With No Home)”: 2 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Peabody Trio: 3 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts

Monday, Dec. 5

Theatre: “The Medea Project”: 7 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Tuesday, Dec. 6

The 2016 Presidential Election: Issues and Analysis: 4:10 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Open Educational Resources (OER) Workshop: 10 a.m. in LIB 242

Women and Gender Studies Lecture Series: The Black Gay Cultural Renaissance and the Politics of Violence: 12:35 p.m. in HUM 119

Recital: Chamber music ensembles: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

The Best of Polish Cinema: Krzysztof Kieslowskis “Three Colors: Blue”: 7:10 p.m. in the Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts

Recital: Chamber music ensembles: 7:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

The Best of Polish Cinema: Wladyslaw Pasikowskis “Jack Strong”: canceled

Thursday, Dec. 8

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

Theatre: “Sofa Sin Casa (Couch With No Home)”: 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Shifting Perspectives: New Moves Dance Showcase: 8 p.m. in McKenna Theatre

Talk Back for “Sofa Sin Casa (Couch With No Home)”: 10:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Friday, Dec. 9

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

Shifting Perspectives: New Moves Dance Showcase: 8 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts

Theatre: “Sofa Sin Casa (Couch With No Home)”: 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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Health Education

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper presented the invited keynote “There Is Hope: Optimizing Health with Biofeedback from an Evolutionary Perspective” Nov. 12 at the 2016 Conference of the Midwest Society for Behavioral Medicine and Biofeedback in Grand Rapids. He also presented the invited talk “Challenging Clients and Breathing” at the same conference.

Labor Archives and Research Center

Labor Archives and Research Center Director Catherine Powell wrote the cover article for the Society of American Archivists’ national publication Archival Outlook. The article is an in-depth look at the Labor Archives’ innovative 30th anniversary aerial dance program on the side of the J. Paul Leonard Library that explored the history of women breaking gender lines at work and featured a soundscape drawn from the archives’ oral history collection.


Professor of Philosophy Anita Silvers co-authored a chapter on “Disability and Health Law” in the Oxford Handbook of U.S. Healthcare Law, published in November by Oxford University Press (edited by I. Glenn Cohen, Allison K. Hoffman and William M. Sage).

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

Professor of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Patrick Tierney celebrated a 24-year partnership with the well-respected San Francisco architecture firm SB Architects benefiting the students in the RPT 460 Destination Resorts class. An RPT 460 assignment requires students to prepare a detailed design plan for a hypothetical boutique resort on a real location near campus. Just before the design plan is due, an architect from SB Architects presents the latest trends in international resort design to the class. The architect later observes as the students present their own plans to the class. In addition to the enriched learning experience this fosters, it also provides students with public speaking experience.

Social Work

Associate Professor of Social Work Yeon-Shim Lee co-authored the article “A History of Childhood Maltreatment and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization Among Native American Adults,” which was published in The Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Using the 2013 General Well-Being Among Native Americans dataset, Lee and her co-authors confirm the argument that poly-victimization — that victims of violence during childhood are more likely to be exposed to victimization experiences across a lifetime — also holds for Native Americans.  Results highlight the vulnerability of Native Americans who are experiencing cumulative disadvantages or even further “extended” poly-victimization.

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Avoiding asset bubbles

A Nov. 11 San Francisco Examiner article about the Federal Reserve’s probable monetary policy following the Trump victory included comments from Assistant Professor of Economics Venoo Kakar. “The Federal Reserve is on course to raise interest rates driven by [economic] fundamentals,” Kakar said. “We cannot have interest rates too low for too long because it fuels asset bubbles.”

New level of power and energy

Associate Professor of American Indian Studies Melissa Nelson commented on the battle over the Dakota Access Pipeline for a Nov. 16 The American Prospect report. “In one regard, it’s not at all new, it’s very old — corporate and government interests have been exploiting native lands for centuries, and indigenous communities have been resisting and trying to remedy it,” Nelson said. “But I think the level of intertribal unity has created this resurgence of indigenous activism on a global level that we have not seen. I think there is a whole new level of power and energy.”

Obligation to bear witness

A Nov. 17 J Weekly report about a public statement that warns against the threat to minorities posed by the election of Donald Trump quoted Professor of Jewish Studies Marc Dollinger, who usually believes it’s inappropriate to sign petitions or bring politics into his classroom. “This broke the rule,” Dollinger said. “I’m doing this because I have an obligation as a Jewish American historian to bear witness as this primary source historical document is created before me.”

Better than them?

Associate Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel commented on “Calexit,” a campaign to secede from the United States and  form the nation of New California, for a Nov. 18 San Francisco Magazine article. “Calexit is saying, ‘We’re California, and we’re better than them,’” McDaniel said. “Just as Trump instinctively defines people who are not white as people who are not American, the Calexit people are instinctively trying to do the same thing.”

It drove away people

A Nov. 28 Redwood Times article about drug testing for cannabis following passage of California Proposition 64 included comments by Professor of Management John Sullivan. “It affects recruitment and retention. In high tech, usage is so common that it is really hard to drug test, so most companies don’t,” Sullivan said. “The companies who used to do it don’t, because it drove so many people away and doesn’t predict anything.”

A lot of stories to tell

Assistant Professor of Cinema Cheryl Dunye discussed her 1996 film “The Watermelon Woman” — the first feature film directed by a black lesbian — for a Nov. 29 Los Angeles Times feature. A digitally restored 20th anniversary edition will be released on DVD in January. “I think [the film] lives on for that reason, because people still don’t know what a black queer person looks like, unless it’s a farcical, drag queeny, commercial way. That’s not all that we are. We’re a varied, beautiful ‘rainbow’ of identities,” Dunye said. “There are a lot of stories to tell. I think ‘The Watermelon Woman’ is there for someone to say ‘I can do better than that.’”

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

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Vaidyanadhan V. Krishnan

Professor Emeritus of Engineering Vaidyanadhan V. Krishnan (known as Krish) passed away on Nov. 17 in India. An excellent tennis player in his younger years, Krishnan remained relatively healthy and active before his final days. While visiting his sister in India, he had a fall and suffered an injury to the spine. He was unable to overcome complications resulting from his spinal surgery. His beloved wife, Judy, was with him. The University has lost a wonderful mentor, a magnificent teacher, and a fantastic colleague. His love for his profession and the people around him was simply exceptional. Krishnan will be remembered fondly, and his friendly presence will be missed by many people.

Krishnan earned his BTech and MTech degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from UC Berkeley, all in mechanical engineering. He was appointed to a faculty position at SF State in 1970 and served the University for 42 years until his retirement in 2012. His teaching areas were in systems, computer modeling and simulation, process instrumentation, and control. His research interests were mainly in modeling and statistical analysis of biological systems. He established the Process Control and Instrumentation Lab, the first SF State engineering laboratory funded entirely by industries. For Krishnan, teaching was a lifelong passion and helping students to achieve more than their own expectations was a lifelong mission. He appreciated the diversity of the student body at SF State and often went out of his way to help disadvantaged students. His visit to Kathmandu University in Nepal in the spring of 2011 as a Fulbright Scholar was another example of his devotion to helping deprived individuals. Even after his full retirement, he continued to volunteer as an advisor to undergraduate students. Always kind, patient and supportive, he was well loved by his students and colleagues.

Besides teaching and conducting research, Krishnan served as a director of the School of Engineering as well as in the Academic Senate and many University-, college-, and school-level committees. He was a key member guiding the School of Engineering through several transformations and maintaining its continuous national accreditation throughout his entire tenure. Usually upbeat and cheerful, Krishnan was people oriented and had many friends on campus and beyond. He always had time for “coffee” when colleagues needed some professional or personal advice, guidance or simply to vent/chat.

Krishnan had a unique mind. For entertainment and relaxation he would do multi-digit long division and multiplication in his head while taking a bath. He rarely went to movies but he would digest movie reviews so that he could carry out knowledgeable conversations about most movies. An on-campus commemoration of Krishnan’s life will be planned once his wife, Judy Ann Stamps, professor emerita of evolution and ecology at UC Davis, returns to the Bay Area. Details will be announced in a future issue of CampusMemo. For further information, please contact the School of Engineering at or call (415)-338-1228.

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