January 22, 2016


Scott named associate vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs

Michael J. Scott was named associate vice president (AVP) for Research and Sponsored Programs effective April 25. Scott succeeds Jaylan Turkkan, who held the position from September 2008 until March 2015. Alison Sanders has served as interim AVP since April 2015.

Scott will oversee, broaden and expand all faculty research and scholarship activities to support the University's mission of providing its students with outstanding academic experiences. His responsibilities will also include attracting support at the state and national levels as well as oversight of the University's Institutional Review Board and University Animal Care and Use Committee.

Since November 2015, Scott has served as the budget officer for the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate with the National Science Foundation (NSF). Since 2010, he also has served as a program director for the NSF in several positions within the Materials Research and Chemistry divisions, including the Solid State and Materials Chemistry program and the Office of Special Programs, where he managed all international and educational efforts for the Division of Materials Research.

"Dr. Scott brings with him his excellent experience at NSF; a solid foundation in academic scholarship, leadership, management and organizational skills; and a proven track record in securing long-term funding support for scholarly research and infrastructure development," said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue V. Rosser.

Between 1997 and 2012, Scott served as assistant and associate professor in the department of chemistry at the University of Florida, Gainesville, where he serves as courtesy professor. From 2003 until 2010, he was the Inorganic Division head and director of the Center for Catalysis at the university.

Scott was an International Advisory Board member for Chemical Society Reviews from 2010 to 2015. He was the associate editor of the New Journal of Chemistry from 2007 to 2013 and was an editorial board member for the journal from 2003 to 2013.

Scott received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University. He completed a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Beeler named interim AVP for University Communications

Monique Beeler was named interim associate vice president for University Communications effective Jan. 22. She is taking over the role while Adrianne Bee is away on maternity leave.

Beeler is a communications professional with 20 years' experience, including 12 years as an award-winning journalist with extensive experience working with universities, hospitals and nonprofits. She previously served for six years in the dual role of director for Employee and Alumni Publications and associate director of Public Relations for California State University, East Bay (CSUEB). At CSUEB, her responsibilities included print and electronic publications -- including editing Cal State East Bay Magazine -- general project management, drafting strategic communications plans, news flow planning and crisis communication. Beeler will provide leadership to University Communications in the interim period while a nationwide search is conducted to fill the position.​

Library changes starting this semester

From a newly redesigned website to changes in streaming media and journals, the spring 2016 semester brings changes to the J. Paul Leonard Library. Here's what's on tap:

New website

The Library's new website launched Tuesday, Jan. 12, with the shortened address library.sfsu.edu. But the old www.library.sfsu.edu address will still work. Other website changes include:

  • Individual pages will likely get new addresses, so old bookmarks will result in a redirect message.
  • Data is still being imported, so the old website will continue to be accessible for a period at jpllweb.sfsu.edu.
  • A feedback link has been added to the main navigation of all pages so users can report problems or make suggestions.
  • Off-campus access to licensed databases is being handled by a new proxy service, so bookmarked URLs will need to be updated.

Questions? Contact Thoreau Lovell at ext. 8-2285 or tlovell@sfsu.edu.

New Library streaming media service

Academic Video Online: Premium now provides streaming media service for the library. It was selected over Films on Demand based on cost and content. The new subscription features more than twice as many titles (nearly 50,000 videos), including most of the media previously available, as well as PBS and BBC titles, with hundreds more added every month. Many of the most popular titles are included in the new service. Because some titles are not available, a list of the most heavily used media will guide purchases of hard copies to restore access.

Faculty should check the Library's catalog for availability of media they plan to use this semester and contact the appropriate subject selector for help identifying alternative titles to meet their needs. Requests are welcome via the media request form for titles faculty would like to use that are not available through the new service. Because streaming, journal and e-book services often offer aggregated content from many sources, their catalogs change over time, so access to particular titles is not always guaranteed. If a particular media title is critical to a class, faculty should submit a media request so the item can be acquired to ensure continued access.

Questions about the new streaming service? Contact David Hellman at ext. 5-0686 or visit the first floor Research Assistance Desk once the semester begins.

Change in access to journals published by Wiley

The Library and the CSU purchase access to bundled groups of online journals from a number of publishers, vendors and aggregators of electronic content, including Wiley Publishing, in what are referred to as "big deals." These packages typically do not offer the ability to tailor content or negotiate price based on an individual campus' curricula and demand. After multiple attempts, the CSU Chancellor's Office was again unable to negotiate an acceptable package and pricing with Wiley for a smaller package of its journals with the highest systemwide use. After last year's unsuccessful negotiations, SF State chose to continue its subscription to the package of about 1,400 journal titles, but this year SF State will not renew that subscription because:

  • Analysis of use revealed a significant proportion of the titles in the premium package were rarely, if ever, used.
  • More than half of the high-use titles in the Wiley package are available through other journal packages to which the Library continues to subscribe (though with access to individual issues embargoed for 12-18 months -- in most cases, the full text online content is made available after the embargo period).
  • Perpetual access to back issues and content previously included in the University's subscription is retained under the terms and conditions of the previous systemwide and 2015 campus licenses.
  • The Wiley Online Library is still available as one of the databases with full-text articles through 2015.
  • Links to full text articles embedded in iLearn will still work, though users will no longer have immediate access to the current issues.
  • Current articles are available through Interlibrary Services (ILLiad) -- among the services used to provide articles on demand, RapidILL had a 96 percent fill rate with an average wait of just over 11 hours.
  • Consideration is being given to the implementation of another service for unmediated expedited article-on-demand delivery in 2016.

Questions? Contact David Hellman at ext. 5-0686 or hellman@sfsu.edu.

HR open house for "New Employee On-Boarding" presentation

Human Resources (HR) will hold an open house in LIB 121 on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from noon to 2 p.m. for an exclusive preview of the "New Employee On-Boarding" presentation that will be rolled out to new employees starting this February. Stop by for light refreshments and to learn new facts about SF State.

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Through One Child's Eyes: Medical Missionaries in Nigeria in the 1960s, Feb. 2

Laurie Pitman will discuss the Library Gallery exhibit of a selected display of archival images, documents and locally purchased decorative arts and crafts focused on the medical work and daily life of Dr. Gene and Mrs. Ann Pitman and the impact living in Nigeria had on their young daughters. The discussion will be held in the Library's Special Collections Reading Room (LIB 460) starting at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2, with a reception following in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. RSVP to Steve Duddy at ext. 8-7327 or sduddy@sfsu.edu.

Upcoming Employee University classes: Sign up now

Check out the spring 2016 offerings from Employee University and sign up for a class today:

  • Introduction to Legal Analysis: Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon
  • True Colors and Diversity Workshop: Feb. 5 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Facilitating Change: Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Leading Teams: Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Verbal Skills for Limited English Speakers, Level 1 will meet on Fridays for 12 weeks from 7 to 8 a.m. Sessions will be held Feb. 19 and 26; March 4, 11, 18 and 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; and May 6.

Know someone who might be interested in the classes listed above? Help support this unique campus educational experience by sharing this message or having them call the Employee University office at ext. 5-3540 or enrolling in EU classes.

Employees may take one EU class per session. The current session began in October and will continue through February. Those with questions or comments should visit hr.sfsu.edu/employee-university or email eu@sfsu.edu.

Campus safety town hall meeting Feb. 11

The campus community is invited to attend a town hall meeting with President Wong from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Seven Hills Conference Center. No RSVP is required; snacks and refreshments will be served.

National research society seeks members

Faculty are invited to join SF State's chapter of Sigma Xi, the national research society that seeks to advance scientific research, encourage cooperation among scientists in all disciplines and assist in the wider understanding of science.

For an application and information about election to membership, contact Professor Darlene Yee-Melichar at dyee@sfsu.edu.

Save the date: Sneak Preview Day for future Gators, April 9

Admitted students can learn about SF State's academics, support services and campus life during Sneak Preview Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. The annual open house offers campus tours, financial aid information and advice on housing options to prospective students and their parents.

Representatives from the six SF State colleges will introduce students to the more than 100 majors offered at the University and discuss career possibilities. Information on student services and organizations will also be available.

Last year more than 12,000 prospective students and parents visited SF State on Sneak Preview Day. This year, the event is expected to draw more students and parents. It is highly recommend that participants take public transportation to campus on this day since parking in lots and on surrounding streets will be more scarce than normal.

Questions? Contact Student Outreach Services at outreach@sfsu.edu.

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The Academic Senate will hold its next plenary meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Nomination applications for distinguished faculty awards 2016

SF State annually acknowledges outstanding faculty members for their extraordinary, meaningful and lasting contributions in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and service. The awards, which were first instituted in 2007, are designed to highlight the outstanding accomplishments of faculty members. By recognizing the achievements of distinguished faculty in the areas of teaching, University service and professional achievement and growth, the campus community celebrates the University's climate of excellence.

Download the nomination form, which includes details about eligibility and the application process.

Visit the Academic Senate website and Faculty Honors and Awards Committee (FHAC) website.

Want to learn more about previous winners to aid in nominating outstanding faculty? Read the profiles of the award winners for the past six years:

The chair of the 2015-16 Faculty Honors and Awards Committee is Professor of Decision Sciences Ramesh Bollapragada.

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

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Communication Studies

Professor of Communication Studies Joe Tuman was the featured speaker at the Linguistic Society of America conference in Washington, D.C., in January titled "Balancing Competing Interests: Combatting Hate and Hate Speech While Preserving Freedom of Expression and Political Speech."


The Oxford University Press posthumously published the book "Telethons" by Professor of History Paul K. Longmore in December. Drawing upon two decades of painstaking research, Longmore's book provides the first cultural history of a fundraising form that became a fixture of American life. The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability continues his work.

Latina/Latino Studies

Associate Professor of Latina/Latino Studies Jeff Duncan-Andrade was included in the 2016 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings list compiled and released by the American Enterprise Institute's Director of Education Policy Frederick M. Hess. The annual list, which began in 2010, recognizes 200 university-based scholars who shape public discussions of education. Selections are made based on eight metrics that gauge how effectively university-based academics moved ideas from academic journals into the national conversation in the past year. 

Special Education and Communication Disorders

Governor Brown reappointed Assistant Professor of Special Education and Communication Disorders Patti Solomon-Rice to the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board. Solomon-Rice has served on the board since 2012.

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Classic universal story

Associate Professor of Cinema Steve Choe discussed the enduring popularity of the "Star Wars" franchise and the latest installment for a Dec. 17, 2015, KTVU-Fox segment. "Every generation seems to have its 'Star Wars' trilogies ... combined with the merchandising, the franchising, the toys, the comic books, the video games [and] all the things around it that constitute the universe of 'Star Wars.' Then just the story itself -- there's something timeless about it. The story of free will, destiny, families, fathers, sons -- there's just something that speaks across all generations [and] across all cultures," Choe said. "It's a classic universal story that deserves to be watched all the way through."

Sorry state of regional planning

Professor of Geography and Environment Jason Henderson commented on a Jan. 7 KQED report on Facebook's $1 million donation to help fund a study on improving transportation along the Dumbarton corridor. "Kudos to Facebook for stepping up, but this is an awfully bad precedent," Henderson said. "The end result: a large corporation donating money to study a much-needed regional rail and bus connection. That is a sad commentary on the sorry state of regional planning in the Bay Area. It raises long-term questions of accountability. Who does the study? Is it just to benefit Facebook or the region?"

Trying to avoid a fight

Assistant Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel commented on San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's recent 1.5 percent across-the-board budget cut for a Jan. 8 San Francisco Magazine article. "That's what politicians do when they want to avoid a lot of fights," McDaniel said. "I think it is very legitimate to criticize the mayor on tax breaks and the spending side."

Different reactions, different results

Director of the Acceptance Project Caitlin Ryan discussed her research in a Jan. 12 Slate article. Findings revealed that "Both accepting and rejecting parents loved their LGBT children and thought that how they responded to them was helping them. But how they responded differed dramatically from shaming and excluding them from family events to helping them come out to others and requiring that family members treat them with respect," Ryan said. "These very different reactions contributed to very different results in terms of their [children's] health risks and wellbeing."

Ultimate denial?

Professor of Political Science Robert C. Smith commented for a Jan. 15 KGO-SF report about the GOP presidential race and the possibility of a brokered convention. "I don't think the Republican establishment or the other candidates would be willing to allow him [Donald Trump] to be the nominee," Smith observed. "So I suspect they will get together to deny him the nomination."

Different messages differently appealing

Assistant Professor of Political Science Marcela García-Castañon commented on Sunday's Democratic presidential primary debate for a Jan. 18 NBC News story. "The difference in Clinton and Sanders' message explains their differing appeals, particularly amongst young millennials of color," García-Castañon explained. "Clinton's positions revealed her preferences for 'staying the course' and working with existing limitations like Republicans, lobbyist[s] and big money; Sanders, in contrast, insists that American politics has to do better, eliminating big money in politics and providing more governmental support for the working and middle class."

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

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SF State received $1,813,526 in grants and contracts in December 2015.

Laura Burrus, Biology, Redx-Analysis of PORCN Inhibitors, Redx, $5,800

Richard Dugdale, Romberg Tiburon Center, Zooplankton Density Production and Analyses: Yolo Bypass and Suisun Marsh, California Department of Water Resources, $46,240

William Kimmerer, Romberg Tiburon Center, Zooplankton Density Production and Analyses: Yolo Bypass and Suisun Marsh, Department of Water Resources, $720,087

Dragutin Petkovic, Computer Science, Text Mining for High-Fidelity Curation and Discovery of Gene-Drug-Phenotype Relations, Stanford/Prime: National Institutes of Health, $152,000

Blake Riggs, Biology, CAREER: Asymmetric ER Partitioning as a Pathway for Cell Fate Specification, National Science Foundation, $789,401

Jennifer Summit, Undergraduate Studies, Resilience Leadership Program, Microsoft, $50,000

Betty Yu, Special Education and Communicative Disorders, Minority-Language Families, Spencer Foundation, $49,998

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