July 17, 2017


CampusMemo schedule

During the summer, CampusMemo is published monthly. The next issue will be on Aug. 14. Regular weekly publication will resume after that.

College of Science & Engineering transition

Keith J. Bowman, dean of the College of Science & Engineering (CoSE), has accepted a new position at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His last day at SF State will be July 25.

In his two years at SF State, Bowman elevated CoSE's research and educational mission through highly visible efforts such as an NSF INCLUDES grant from the National Science Foundation, for which he served as principal investigator, and his role as co-chair for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce STEM Talent Pathway. He also strengthened college infrastructure and planning by reorganizing the CoSE Dean’s Office and completing a feasibility study for a new science building.

An interim dean will be named shortly and will serve until a national search for CoSE's next dean.

California Teachers Summit returns

On Friday, July 28, thousands of educators will gather at SF State and other locations across California for the third annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit, a free statewide day of learning and networking. The theme this year is "Now More Than Ever," which reflects the importance of bringing teachers together to listen and learn from one another. Don't miss this unique opportunity to join a growing network of teachers across California.

Sessions will focus on timely topics ranging from addressing bullying in the classroom to celebrating diversity to teaching students to be open-minded, critical thinkers. Educators will walk away with access to new resources and the latest tools for implementing California standards in the classroom.

When: Friday, July 28, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Annex 1, 1 North State Drive Who: free for all California pre-K through 12th grade teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators and other educators

Register today.

CSU+ replaces LINK+

The Library has completed the transition from the LINK+ service, which allowed users to borrow books that are checked out or not available at the J. Paul Leonard Library from other libraries, to a new CSU-wide service called CSU+. The new CSU+ system improves upon the former LINK+ service with a simpler interface, longer loan periods and no overdue fines.

CSU+ includes the libraries of all 23 CSU campuses. (Only nine other CSU libraries have been members of LINK+, and an analysis of the books requested from LINK+ by SF State borrowers showed that over 86 percent could have been supplied by another CSU library.) CSU+ will deliver requested items in two to four days, and CSU+ users can borrow books for 60 days. Media, such as DVDs or CDs, can be borrowed for 30 days. LINK+ is still available through local public libraries.

CSU switches to new integrated library system

On June 27, the SF State Library, in conjunction with all other California State University libraries, upgraded to a new integrated library system, branded OneSearch. OneSearch has a completely new user interface; integrates book, article and media searching in one search box; and streamlines the interlibrary loan process among CSU libraries while using the ILLiad service for material not available within the CSU. It also no longer requires a separate Library account and PIN. CSU+ is fully integrated into the new OneSearch, and since July 10 SF State faculty, students and staff have been able to sign in to OneSearch to place requests to borrow books from other CSU libraries using the new CSU+ service.

To try the new OneSearch, go to library.sfsu.edu: OneSearch is at the top of every Library page. A video about OneSearch is available online. Feedback on the new system is requested and can be submitted online.

Sign in using your SF State ID and password to:

Please contact a librarian if you need help.

Enrollment Management Technology joins Information Technology Services

On July 1, Enrollment Management Technology (EMT) technical staff joined Information Technology Services (ITS). The reorganization of EMT was initiated to centralize IT support and provide better coordination of Information Technology (IT) services for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Over the past several months ITS and Enrollment Management have been working together on a plan to transition technology services and the associated staff to ITS. Both teams are working in collaboration to ensure that this transition is as seamless as possible without disruption to any IT services.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding this change, please contact Scott Nemes, director of service management, at scottnemes@sfsu.edu or ext. 8-1815.

ITS receives technology innovation grant

ITS has received a technology mini-grant through a Chancellor's Office-sponsored program intended to kick-start CSU innovation experiments. The grant will support ITS' development of a natural language processing artificial intelligence chatbot. Thirty-two technology innovation proposals were submitted from across the CSU. The selection committee awarded grants to nine applicants/CSUs, who will each receive a $10,000 grant sponsored by the Chancellor’s Office.

The proposed AI chatbot is expected to create service efficiencies and provide immediate response to IT customers. As an example, users can have a conversation with a chatbot on how to change their password. The chatbot will provide the users with the steps to change their password. It can be used for repetitive questions that Service Desk staff are frequently asked.

School of Engineering professor lands National Science Foundation grant

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Jin Ye will receive a National Science Foundation (NSF) award of $360,000 for three years (2017-2020) to develop the low torque-ripple sensorless control of mutually coupled switched reluctance machines. Such machines are key for satisfying the increasing demand for cost-effective, highly reliable and efficient motor drive systems in electrified transportation, industrial applications and home appliances. The work will promote research, teaching, training and learning in power electronics and motor drives and will be integrated into the undergraduate and graduate electric power engineering curriculum to ensure that students acquire the skills and knowledge needed to meet the emerging needs of the industry.

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Human rights summit coming to SF State

Human rights summit coming to SF State The campus community is invited to join the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and its community partners (including the University) for a free summer equity summit at the Annex on Thursday, July 27. The summit has the theme "Resolution, Revolution, & R-E-S-P-E-C-T." in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and Aretha Franklin's classic single "Respect." Participate in workshops, learn strategies of engagement and hear community perspectives on the pressing equity issues of our time. Work with renowned authors such as New York Times bestseller and Salon Editor-at-Large D. Watkins, listen to Black Lives Matter co-founder (and recent SF State graduate degree recipient) Alicia Garza and recharge with compelling performances, workshops and youth presentations. Refreshments and lunch will be provided, with a networking reception and mixer to follow after the day's programming.

Register through Eventbrite. For more information on the summit, contact Veronica Garcia at the Human Rights Commission via veronica.garcia@sfgov.org or (415) 252-2513.

Call for University Sustainability Committee nominations

Two faculty positions on the University Sustainability Committee are open to nominations by faculty, students, staff or by self-nomination. Email nominations to Nick Kordesch, sustainability specialist, at kordesch@sfsu.edu. Include information regarding the nominee's experience and commitment to sustainability. Nominations will be forwarded to the Academic Senate for consideration.

Visit sustain.sfsu.edu/members for information on the Sustainability Committee and its members.

Webinars on iLearn changes, Aug. 2 and 21

Want to learn about the new developments coming to your fall 2017 iLearn site? An online webinar will orient you to improvements in iLearn and demonstrate some highly requested new features. The webinar will be held Wednesday, Aug. 2, from noon to 1 p.m.

Another upcoming webinar is designed to orient you to campus course technologies and the basics of using iLearn while inspiring you to explore more tools in your iLearn courses to make teaching and learning interactive both in and outside of the classroom. The webinar will be held Monday, Aug. 21, from noon to 1 p.m.

Visit Academic Technology's events page to learn more about upcoming webinars, workshops and online conferences.

For more information, email iteach@sfsu.edu or call ext. 5-5550.

Over-the-counter medicine and more available at Student Health Services

Did you know that staff and faculty can purchase reasonably priced over-the-counter products and medications at the SHS Pharmacy? Check out a list of current products and prices online. All you need is your ID number! Charges will go on your account and payment can be made at a later date at the Bursar's office.

Staff and faculty can also drop off expired and unwanted medications at the Student Health Center. A Safe Medication Disposal Kiosk is located in the Student Health Clinic in the corner between Clinic A and the Medical Record entrance door. More information is available online.

Feminist Theory and Music Conference, July 27-30

The College of Liberal & Creative Arts and the School of Theatre and Dance will sponsor the 14th International Biennial Feminist Theory and Music Conference on July 27-30. This year's theme, "Still I Rise," embraces Maya Angelou's poem and explores music in relation to the African Diaspora, diverse communities, feminism, gender and sexuality. Live music, panels and scholarly papers will highlight a wide range of topics, including the work of distinguished SF State alumnus Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016). Visit www.femtheorymusic.org for more information.

Fall SF BUILD mini-grant application deadline

SF State faculty whose research relates to health inequalities in communities in San Francisco are encouraged to apply for a fall SF BUILD mini-grant. This year, a University of California, San Francisco faculty collaborator is required. Priority will be given to proposals that address issues of social justice and health inequalities that are relevant to SF State students and their communities. Mini-grants of up to $40,000 each will be awarded to four successful applicants.

For further information, visit the SF BUILD website. Access the request for applications online.

Academic Technology Summer Institute 2017

The two-day, in-depth Academic Technology Summer 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. Don't miss this opportunity to meet your colleagues and expand your skills and knowledge. Institutes are hands-on, with interactive demonstrations and engaging activities. Lunch and refreshments are included.

  • When: Aug. 8 and 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Where: LIB 242

Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Workshop

Learn how to use the QOLT instrument to diagnose and improve your course, establish connections with the QOLT faculty ambassadors and instructional designers and begin the journey towards full QOLT certification. Two identical workshops are being offered this summer: one was in June and the other is coming up Thursday, Aug. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. in LIB242. Register online.

Redesign Our Majors Symposium, August 19

SF State's Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning will host the CSU Redesigning Our Majors Symposium on Saturday, Aug. 19. This symposium brings together departments and faculty from across the CSU who are at various stages of curricular redesign to discuss strategies, tools and opportunities for success. Learn about developing interdisciplinary curricula, revising outdated program learning outcomes, adapting to changing accreditation standards, merging programs and departments, embracing shared governance in curricular design, strategic processes of redesign, and more.

Faculty and administrators from across the CSU are invited to this free symposium, generously sponsored by the Teagle Foundation. More information, an agenda and free registration are available at ueap.sfsu.edu/2017-symposium.

UndocuAlly Training for staff and faculty, July 27

Staff and faculty are invited to participate in a summer UndocuAlly training. The training has been 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 and ways to support DREAMers' common post-election challenges while hearing the stories of current SF State students and learning about resources available for current and prospective undocumented students. Space is limited, so interested staff and faculty members are asked to register in advance at tinyurl.com/UndocuAllySummer17.

Questions? Email AB 540 Dream Coordinator Norma Salcedo.

The training will be held Thursday, July 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in LIB 244.

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The Academic Senate is happy to announce the 2017 Open Faculty Convocation. The event will welcome in the new academic year and introduce all new faculty to the University. Speeches from the University president, provost, college deans, Senate chair, California Faculty Association president and others will occur at the event. All faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend.

When: Monday, Aug. 21, 9 a.m. to noon
Where: McKenna Theatre

Pre-convocation coffee will be available outside the theatre from 8:30 to 9 a.m.

Immediately after the convocation, the Senate will host a catered post-event for all attendees in Rosa Parks A-C in the Cesar Chavez Student Center from noon to 1 p.m.

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

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College of Health & Social Sciences

Professor of Apparel Design & Merchandising Connie Ulasewicz and Lecturer Gail Baugh presented their ongoing research findings regarding the value of textile products and the need to keep them out of landfill and in the economy at the Sixth International Fibre Recycling Symposium held in Manchester, England, June 7 and 8. Baugh, a keynote speaker, presented her research through her paper "The New Business Model for Textile & Apparel Industries." Ulasewicz presented "Towards Zero Textile Waste," a film she co-produced with Professor Hamid Khani of the Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts. Highlighting the reuse designs created by SF State students from tablecloths donated by the Hilton Hotel, the film outlines a four-step process through interviews with representatives from local businesses and textile experts. The film was well received and fostered further engaging conversation.

College of Liberal & Creative Arts

From July 6-9, Professor Dane Johnson, chair of the Department of Comparative and World Literature, participated in the annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association in Utrecht, Holland. Johnson was part of a three-day seminar with the theme "The Many Redemptions of Literature," which was sponsored by the International Comparative Literature Association's Committee on Religion, Ethics, and Literature. The committee is chaired by Department of Jewish Studies Professor Kitty Millet, who presented a paper entitled "The Redemption of Heresies." Johnson also presented a paper ("Beyond Redemption: The Ethical 'Uselessness' of Surveying World Literature"), as did Modern Languages and Literatures Professor Federik Green ("Sublime Love and the Torment of Exile: Chinese Neo-Romanticism and Xu Xu's Post-War Fiction.") Of additional note -- and a note of pride -- is the fact that at least four Comparative and World Literature alumni were presenting papers at the meeting, as well.

Assistant Professor of Health Communication Christopher J. Koenig was invited to give an oral presentation to the Center for Innovation to Implementation at Menlo Park, Virginia. Koenig discussed his ongoing work with SCAN-ECHO, a video-mediated mentoring program that seeks to increase access to specialty care for military veterans with complex chronic illness by partnering rural generalist health care providers with VA Medical Center specialist providers. With a background in communication science, Koenig brings unusual methods to health services and policy research by analyzing how the different phases of the mentorship sessions contribute to an overall organization. He argues that understanding how providers talk with one another during these video-mediated sessions contributes basic understanding to how knowledge is communicated between and across specialties. The title of his presentation was "Describing the 'Learning Loop': Overall Structural Organization of SCAN-ECHO Video Consultations between Specialist and Generalist Providers Managing Hepatitis C Infection."

College of Science & Engineering

A paper by Department of Biology Professor Emeritus John Hafernik has been recognized by the peer-reviewed open access scientific journal PLOS ONE as one of the most cited and downloaded articles in its history. "A New Threat to Honey Bees, the Parasitic Phorid Fly Apocephalus borealis" ranks as the 76th most viewed and downloaded article out of the 182,879 that have been published by PLOS ONE over the last 10 years. It is still getting around a thousand views a month.

SF State Associate Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences Jason Gurdak is one of 50 scientists conducting research into the water-energy-food nexus as part of a project of the Japan-based Research Institute for Humanity and Nature. A portion of that research -- 20 studies -- comprises a newly released special edition of the Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, "Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the Asia-Pacific Region." Gurdak, a groundwater hydrologist and U.S. lead on the project, authored two studies as well as the introduction in the special issue.

Faculty Affairs

Faculty Development Coordinator Meg Gorzycki is the author of a new book. "Caesar Ate My Jesus: A Baby Boomer's Reflection on Spiritualty in the American Empire" was released by Resource Publications last month.

Information Technology Services

Project Manager Michael Outinen is preparing to row across the Atlantic Ocean to raise awareness for LGBTQ rights. Outinen plans to make his journey in December of 2019. Those wishing to support his endeavor can learn more at his website, mikesoceanquest.com.

Office of International Programs

Jay Ward, associate director of the Office of International Programs, made three presentations at the recent NAFSA: Association of International Educators Annual Conference, which took place May 28 to June 2 in Los Angeles. Ward chaired and served as a presenter at the session "Professional Development Opportunities with the Fulbright International Education Administrator Seminars"; appeared as a panelist at an open meeting exploring tips for newcomers to the international student and scholar services community; and acted as facilitator for a wrap-up session with the theme "Secondary School Assembly." With more than 10,000 members located at more than 3,500 institutions in more than 150 countries, NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange.

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A Visionary Book

For a July 4 article, the "PBS NewsHour" website asked historian Sean Wilentz to pick five books that would explain the complicated history of the nation. One of the books Wilentz selected was "The Populist Vision" by Department of History Professor Charles Postel. "Postel's interpretations of populist political ideas bring to life a crucial passage in the history of American democracy," Wilentz wrote.

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

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SF State received $4,575,604 in grants and contracts in June 2017

Frank Bayliss, Raymond Esquerra, Biology, National Institutes of Health, Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate -- Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U-STAR), $3,717,030

Daniel Bernardi, School of Cinema, California Humanities/Prime: National Endowment for the Humanities, Real Veterans. Reel Stories, $15,000

Matt Ferner, Romberg Tiburon Center, the Regents of the University of California/Prime: California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Hydrodynamic influences on the food webs of restoring tidal wetlands, $37,895

Lawrence Horvath, Secondary Education, National Science Foundation, Collaborative Research: A Study of the Impact of Pre‐Service Teacher Research Experience on Effectiveness, Persistence, and Retention, $60,000

Jason Gurdak, Earth & Climate Sciences, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Coastal California, $8,918

William Kimmerer, Romberg Tiburon Center, Delta Stewardship Council, Zooplankton Growth and Population Dynamics, $73,935

Gretchen LeBuhn, Biology, the Nature Conservancy, Birds of Sierra Meadows, $12,976

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