March 18, 2016


University Budget Committee to meet April 1

The University Budget Committee (UBC) will meet Friday, April 1, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the NEC Room of the Administration Building (ADM 560). The UBC is charged with providing the University President with advice and recommendations related to budget policy, planning and review. UBC meetings are open to the public. There will be a 10-minute open forum period for interested members of the campus community to speak on budget and funding.

Call for recognition of student writing

The Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing In the Disciplines (WAC/WID) faculty ask GWAR faculty to submit a student's written works that exhibit a quality that should be recognized and honored by the University. Submissions may include work from past semesters. All GWAR genres and disciplines are encouraged to participate.

Faculty submissions of student work will be published electronically on the WAC/WID website, and one student with a particularly outstanding work will be selected to receive a cash award. One submission per faculty member, please.

Please submit your selection by Friday, April 1, to Peter Ingmire, associate director of WAC/WID, at

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

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 or visiting LIB 220.

AIM Lunch and Learn event on April 5

Faculty interested in lowering the cost to students of course materials are invited to an Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM) event on April 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in LIB 121. This year alone, SF State's AIM initiative has helped save students more than $600,000.

Join AIM over lunch and learn how the J. Paul Leonard Library, the SF State Bookstore and Academic Technology can help make course materials more affordable by using open educational resources, open textbooks or custom publishing. Participants will also learn about upcoming funding opportunities for as much as $2,500 per project in academic year 2016‑17.

Lunch will be provided; please RSVP at For more about past and current AIM projects and resources, visit

For more on the CSU's affordable learning initiative, visit Questions? Email

Calling all Commencement volunteers

SF State will again hold the Commencement Ceremony at AT&T Park this year. Many volunteers are needed to help make the event special. So sign up to be part of this wonderful celebration.

Volunteers must:

  • Be available on Friday, May 27, from 2 to 10 p.m.
  • Have transportation to and from AT&T Park.
  • Get approval from their supervisor.
  • Attend one volunteer informational meeting. (Three orientations will be held during the week of May 16-20. Meeting date options will be sent to volunteers as soon as they are confirmed.)
  • Arrive on time and ready to work.
  • Wear the uniform of tan or black pants and a white button-down or polo shirt. (All volunteers will receive a special gold windbreaker.)

Volunteers are encouraged to take public transportation or carpool. When registering, those who will be driving are asked to indicate that in the "Special Requests" section.

Two catered break areas will be available from 2 to 10 p.m. for volunteers to relax and grab dinner or a snack.

As a special thanks, all volunteers will be invited to the post-Commencement celebration to be held the first week of June. Details will follow.

Questions? Email the Commencement team at

Faculty Invited to Commencement 2016

All faculty are invited to attend SF State's 115th Commencement celebration on Friday, May 27, at AT&T Park. Faculty will gather and mingle in the Field Club Lounge before the procession begins. The Field Club Lounge has a separate, dedicated entrance gate next to the Luxury Suites entrance on the left side of Willie Mays Plaza (the corner of 3rd and King Streets).

The doors will open at 3 p.m., and light refreshments will be served. All faculty must arrive by 5:30 p.m. in order to participate. The faculty procession will enter AT&T Park through the centerfield fence and will be seated in a special VIP section of the stadium.

AT&T Park is accessible by public transportation. Complimentary parking is also available by request. Details will be sent prior to Commencement.

To reserve seating for faculty, RSVP by May 2, 2016.

Order regalia for Commencement 2016

Faculty members participating in this year's Commencement Ceremony will need to wear academic regalia. Rentals are available at the SF State Bookstore.

Important dates and details:

  • Only generic regalia will be available for rental after April 15.
  • Rental regalia will be available to pick up beginning the week of May 16.
  • Faculty/staff will go to the customer service counter inside the bookstore to pick up their regalia.

Set Pricing (includes cap, gown, tassel and hood; hood colors are based on the field of the degree and the university where it was earned)

  • Bachelor: $59
  • Master: $63
  • Doctoral: $72

Component Pricing (cap, gown and tassel only)

  • Bachelor: $31
  • Master: $34
  • Doctoral: $38

Gown Only

  • Bachelor: $24
  • Master: $27
  • Doctoral: $31

Hood Only

  • Bachelor: $28
  • Master: $29
  • Doctoral: $34

Cap/Tam Only

  • Eight-sided class rental tam in black: $32
  • Eight-sided class rental tam with gold silk tassel: $36

Campus Living Lab Grant Program applications due March 23

The Campus as a Living Lab Grant Program is a unique opportunity to partner faculty and facilities management staff in using the campus as a forum for the exploration of sustainability concepts and theories. The program aligns the California State University's longstanding commitment to sustainability with the fundamental goal of preparing students for the workforce.

The program will provide funds for the redesign of a course that ties elements of sustainability into opportunities for learning using the campus physical plant. Funds of up to $12,000 will be awarded to support the preparation of the proposed course. For more information, visit the CSU Living Lab Grant Program webpage. Questions? Email Nick Kordesch at Applications are due March 23.

2016-17 ICCE director nominations/applications sought

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites nominations and applications for the director of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) for academic year 2016-17. Send nominations and/or applications to ICCE Interim Associate Director Jen Gasang by March 31.

Duties include working closely with the ICCE Faculty and Community Advisory Council to provide leadership and direction for the academic mission; promote and support academic service-learning, campus community partnerships and civic engagement activities that inspire, enhance learning and prepare students for engaged citizenship; serve as a liaison to the Academic Senate and other campus centers and programs relevant to faculty research, teaching, and community engagement.

The ideal candidate must have:

  • A doctoral degree and tenure in an academic department (associate or full professor).
  • Experience with various forms of experiential education and civic engagement.
  • A sound grasp of service-learning pedagogy and experience in community engaged‑scholarship.
  • The ability to work with campus stakeholders to support and implement policies that align with the University's strategic plan.
  • The ability to advise faculty and units on the integration of community-engaged scholarship in tenure and promotion guidelines.
  • The ability to communicate and support institute goals to stakeholders.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the principles and processes for developing and sustaining community partnerships.
  • Commitment to assessment of community service-learning and community-engaged scholarship.
  • Ability to foster an inclusive, transparent and collegial environment.

The director will report to the dean of the DUEAP and work at a 0.4 time base/academic year appointment (two course release per semester with a summer stipend), based on a three-year renewable contract. View the full responsibilities and requirements on the ICCE website.

Interested applicants should submit the following items:

  1. Cover letter detailing relevant expertise and a statement on the future direction of ICCE.
  2. Current curriculum vitae.
  3. Identification of an individual who can support the nomination.

2016 Individual Investigator/Collaborative Grants

The Individual Investigator/Collaborative Grant program supports original projects that significantly contribute to the professional achievement and growth of the applicant(s). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs invites applications from individuals and collaborative groups for projects that are directed toward obtaining tangible results such as a journal article, book prospectus, seminar, colloquium, conference paper, public exhibition, community project or concert. Projects may include work across disciplinary boundaries, but are not required to do so.

The submission deadline is 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, with no exceptions. An announcement of the funded proposals is expected in June, and the earliest anticipated start date for awards will be July 1. View the full Funding Opportunity Announcement and submission procedures.

University Park office changes

The University Park office has moved from Buckingham Way to its new location at 796 Font Blvd. within the University Property Management offices in the Towers at Centennial Square. Mail should be sent to the Housing Business Office, c/o University Park. The new phone number is ext. 5‑4000.

Curriculum Redesign Initiative proposals due April 15

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites proposals for the third and final cohort of funded programs in its Curriculum Redesign Initiative, funded by the Teagle Foundation. The initiative supports departments' efforts to transform their curricula in meaningful ways to facilitate undergraduate student success. Rather than funding individual faculty members or courses, it is meant to assist collaborative efforts that cut across the major. Proposals are encouraged from departments with significant curricular revision goals, but enquiries from departments just starting on the road to redesign are also welcomed. Proposals may be funded up to $10,000.

Programs interested in developing proposals should contact Trevor Getz, professor of history and director of Special Programs, DUEAP, and visit Proposals should be five to seven pages in length and address the questions listed on the call for proposals webpage.

Proposals are due April 15 to College Associate Deans; they will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary faculty committee drawn from the first cohort of funded programs. Successful programs will be notified by May 15, 2016.

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CampusMemo on hiatus for spring break

The week of spring break, March 21-25, there will be no CampusMemo. Publication will resume on April 1. The deadline to submit items for the April 1 issue is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29. Visit the CampusMemo submissions page for more information.

UWA private tour of Pierre Bonnard Painting Arcadia, March 26

The University Women's Association (UWA) invites the campus community to a private tour of the Pierre Bonnard Painting Arcadia exhibit at the Legion of Honor beginning at 3 p.m. on March 26. Professor Emeritus of English Jim Kohn will be the docent for the private tour. Bonnard is one of the defining figures of modernism in the transitional period between impressionism and abstract art. This exhibition spans his entire career and is the first major international presentation of his work on the West Coast in half a century.

The registration deadline is March 18, and the tour cost is $25 per person. Due to museum fee requirements, even Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) members must pay for the tour. Make checks payable to "UWA" and mail to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960. Please include your FAMSF membership number, if applicable. Questions? Email Lin Ivory.

WAC/WID roundtables for faculty who teach student writing, March 28

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning and WAC/WID (Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing In the Disciplines) invite all faculty to the next roundtable session on March 28 from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286 (Faculty Commons).

The workshop, "Managing the Paper Load: Meaningful and Less Labor-Intensive Ways of Responding to Student Writing," will be facilitated by Jennifer Trainor, associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature. The workshop will provide an overview of best practices in responding to student writing and discuss strategies for giving students effective feedback. Coffee, tea and cookies will be served.

The final roundtable of the semester will be held on April 25 from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286 and will focus on facilitating peer feedback and revision in a hybrid writing course. Contact Juliana van Olphen, director of WAC/WID, or Peter Ingmire, associate director of WAC/WID, for further information.

The Development of Research and Creativity (DRC) Grants for 2016‑17

The Professional Development Council (PDC) is charged with overseeing the application and selection process for the Development of Research and Creativity (DRC) Grants award program, which is funded by the CSU Chancellor's Office. This grant program is developmental in nature, with a focus on both supporting early scholars in work that will significantly benefit their scholarship and creative work and assisting established scholars as they leverage nascent projects in ways that make a difference to their careers at SF State.

Grant opportunity

The maximum for the grants is $8,000 per grant proposal for individual projects and $12,000 for collaborative projects. (Collaborators must be SF State tenured or tenure-track faculty members.) Funds are available for the 2016-17 academic year, including summer 2017.


All faculty are eligible to apply. Early to mid-career faculty are especially encouraged to submit applications. Faculty on sabbatical leave during the application or award period may apply.

Faculty who are participating in the early retirement program (FERP) are not eligible for this grant program. Faculty who received a DRC award for 2016 and current PDC members are not eligible for the 2016-17 grant cycle.

Download the DRC announcement and application. The application deadline is Monday, March 28.

Gators feast at Foreign Cinema, March 29

SF State alumni are invited to join the Alumni Association and alum chef Gayle Pirie ('81) at her Mediterranean-inspired restaurant Foreign Cinema for the next stop on a Gator culinary tour. Pirie's dinner menu changes daily to use the fresh ingredients she finds at the market each day, which has made Foreign Cinema one of San Francisco's hottest culinary destinations.

Guests will meet in the private West Gallery dining room of Foreign Cinema (2534 Mission Street, San Francisco) on Tuesday, March 29, at 5:45 p.m. for the wine reception, followed by dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dinner and Flora Spring wines will be served. Cost is $90 per person.

The event is limited to one guest per alum, and Alumni Association members receive priority registration. The event will sell out quickly. Sign up for the Foreign Cinema dinner. Questions? Email Ken Maeshiro at

"The Fringe": four weeks, four programs, March 29

The School of Theatre and Dance will present plays by SF State playwrights lifted fresh off the page and delivered to the stage. Directed and acted by students, this is a chance to see 21st century theatre in the making. The production will begin Tuesday, March 29, and run through April 22. Performances will be held in The Lab (CA 104). Admission is free.

Phase one of the program will include "You, the Accused" (by Nicole Jost, directed by Liam Blaney); "One Day" (by Ai Ebashi, directed by Liam Blaney); "Refined" (by Kayla Fayre, directed by Lo Prentiss); and "A Reputation to Maintain" (by Alandra Hileman, directed by Lo Prentiss). Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, through Wednesday, March 30, as well as Friday, April 2. The Saturday, April 3 performance will be at 2 p.m.

The phase two performance will be "Comm 150" (by Jennifer Marte, directed by Elyssa Mersdorf) Tuesday, April 5, through Friday, April 8, at 7 p.m.

Phase three of the program will include "Natural Selection" (by Erik Blachford, directed by Julius Rea); "Power/Responsibility" (by Alandra Hileman, directed by Liam Blaney); "Found" (by Nicole Jost, directed by Julius Rea); and "Reading" (by Emma Lee, directed by Roy Conboy). Shows will be Tuesday, April 12, through Friday, April 15, at 7 p.m.

The fourth and final phase of "The Fringe" will be "Getting Off" (by Lena White, directed by Bella Gadsby), Tuesday, April 19, through Friday, April 22, at 7 p.m.

For more information and a listing of dates, visit the event page for "The Fringe."

Psychology Department Distinguished Speakers Series, March 30

The Psychology Department will welcome Greg Walton of Stanford University on March 30 at 12:10 p.m. in EP 304 for the second colloquium of the semester in the Psychology Department Distinguished Speaker Series. Walton's research centers on the nature of self and identity, often in the context of academic motivation and achievement; social factors relevant to motivation, including stereotypes and group differences in school achievement; and social-psychological interventions to raise achievement and narrow group differences.

In his presentation, "Wise Interventions: Brief Strategies to Remedy Questions of Belonging in School," he will describe two kinds of barriers to students' belonging to their academic community and, using intervention field experiments, two kinds of remedies. The discussion will also address the role of worries about belonging and social-psychological processes more broadly in the reproduction of social inequality.

Student Research Colloquium, April 2

The Leadership in Equity, Achievement and Praxis (LEAP) invites the campus community to the 2016 SF State Ed.D. Research Colloquium on Saturday, April 2, from 1 to 6:30 p.m. in BH 168. Space is limited, so those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to by March 23. The event will begin with a welcome and lunch, followed at 1:55 p.m. by doctoral candidate presentations. Second year roundtable discussions will begin at 3 p.m. Additional doctoral candidate presentations will begin shortly after 4 p.m. and will be followed by an alumni panel at 5:05 p.m. and a reception at 6 p.m. For more information and the full agenda, visit the Ed.D. Educational Leadership website.

A Brief Introduction to Mixed Effects Models in R, April 4

On Monday, April 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286, Professor of Biology Ed Connor will present "A Brief Introduction to Mixed Effects Models in R." He will introduce the concept of a linear mixed effects model, extensions to such models to account for variance heterogeneity and non-independence of the data, and the process of fitting these models in R. Lunch will be served.

Interested? RSVP to to attend the full event. All are welcome to come, early or late, but drop-ins are 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.

"Dowsing the Past: Materialities of Civil War Memories," April 4

Elios Charitable Foundation Visiting Professor in Modern Greek Studies Konstantinos Kalantzis will present his film "Dowsing the Past: Materialities of Civil War Memories" at the George and Tula Christopher Center, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 999 Brotherhood Way, on Monday, April 4, at 7 p.m. The film is an ethnographic exploration of indigenous geographies of imagination and the complex entanglements between browsing the landscape and remembering local and global histories. The screening is sponsored by the Center for Modern Greek Studies.

Phi Beta Kappa reminders

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

  • 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.
  • The annual meeting will be held Thursday, April 7, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in HSS 143; presentation of the new class of members-in-course will be on the agenda.
  • 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.

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

UDT Presents "The Invention of Wings," April 7‑10

SF State's University Dance Theater (UDT) presents "The Invention of Wings," inspired by artist-activist Ai WeiWei, whose installation on Alcatraz and other works alert viewers to worldwide efforts to curtail freedom of expression. Alongside that production, UDT will also present "Vortex," a quintet set to the music of Gabriel Prokofiev and choreographed by UDT Director Cathleen McCarthy; "Consider the Source," a light and buoyant contemporary ballet for five women set to music by Michael Nyman and choreographed by UDT Co-Director and Theatre and Dance Lecturer Wendy Diamond; and "Jazzy King Cole," a celebration of the jazz roots of Nat King Cole choreographed by Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance Ray Tadio. Five separate student works accompany the professional pieces.

"The Invention of Wings" will premiere April 7 and run through April 10 in the McKenna Theater in Creative Arts. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances start at 8 p.m., and the Sunday performance will begin at 2 p.m. For additional information, visit or call ext. 8‑1341.

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 recommended 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

UWA spring luncheon, April 20

The University Women's Association (UWA) invites the campus community to their spring luncheon on April 20, 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Guests of honor will be the 2015-16 Gloria Spencer University Women's Association Scholarship recipients. The event will be held in the Vista Room and will cost $20 per person. (The cost includes wine and a contribution for the scholarship recipients' lunches).

Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 13, by sending a check for $20 per person (payable to "UWA") to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960.

Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp

The Department of Kinesiology will again host the Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp for boys and girls ages 7-14. The camp will take place on campus June 13 to July 22, Monday through Friday. The department will also host the Gator Start morning program to provide a full-day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) option. For more information or to register, visit or call the Kinesiology Department at ext. 8‑2244.

Become a Safe Zone ally

The SF State Safe Zone program is looking for staff, faculty and administrators to become Safe Zone allies for our campus LGBTQ community. The mission of the Safe Zone program is to foster a safe campus environment through building a support network for people of all gender and sexual identities. Safe Zone allies are active and visible volunteers who are open to talking to members of the LGBTQ community in a safe and supportive environment. To become a Safe Zone ally, interested volunteers must attend one of the training sessions that are offered throughout the year. The next training will be on Friday, April 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Library. A light lunch is provided. Please contact Rick Nizzardini at or ext. 8-7791 for further details about the training. Learn more about the Safe Zone program online at

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The agenda for the Tuesday, April 5, Academic Senate meeting will appear in the April 1 edition of CampusMemo.

All-University elections for spring 2016

Important dates for the all-University elections this spring are:

  • Nomination period ends April 1
  • Voting period: April 11 through April 29

To nominate oneself or another for a position, visit

The open positions are:

Academic Senate: At-Large Faculty Representative (three seats)
Eligibility and process: Faculty members are elected at large. Must be available every Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m.
Term: three years
Outgoing representatives: Mehmet Ergul, Lawrence Hanley, vacant

Academic Senate: Staff Representative (one seat)
Eligibility and process: Staff members from bargaining units 1,2,4,5,6,7,8 or 9 are elected at large. Must be available every Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m.
Term: three years
Outgoing representative: Lorna Hill

Academic Senate, CSU: Faculty Representative (one seat)
Eligibility and process: Faculty member elected at large. Must be available every Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. and be willing to travel to Academic Senate CSU meetings, which are typically held in Long Beach.
Term: three years
Outgoing representative: Darlene Yee

Academic Freedom Committee: Faculty Representative (three seats)
Eligibility and process: Faculty members are elected at large. Faculty cannot hold a seat on the Academic Senate, the University Tenure and Promotions Committee or an administrative position higher than department chair.
Term: three years
Outgoing representatives: Christine Brandes, Martin Carcieri, vacant

Honorary Degree Committee: Faculty Representative (one seat)
Eligibility and process: Faculty member elected at large.
Term: two years
Outgoing representative: Grace Yoo

Administrative Search Committee pool: Faculty Representative (unlimited)
Eligibility and process: Elected faculty members will have their names included in a pool from which members of administrative search committees are drawn.
Term: two years

Questions? Contact the Senate Office at ext. 8-1264 or email

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

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Professor of Biology Gretchen LeBuhn was a lead author on a report released Feb. 26 from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecoservices. The report, "Thematic Assessment of Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production," warns that a growing number of pollinator species worldwide are being driven toward extinction, threatening global food supplies. The first global assessment of pollinators, the report also highlighted a number of ways to effectively safeguard pollinator populations. LeBuhn was one of three lead authors from the U.S.

Health Education

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper co-authored the article "EEG patterns under positive/negative body postures and emotion recall tasks," which appeared in the journal NeuroRegulation (vol. 3, no. 1,  2016).

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Sit up and smile

A March 9 Redbook article about integrative medicine included suggestions from Professor of Health Education Erik Peper. "Research shows that a slouched posture makes it harder to recall happy memories. When you think about it, that's the position we naturally fall into when we're feeling hopeless or powerless and defeated," Peper said. "So I tell anyone who will listen to use an app that will remind them to take small breaks throughout the day to sit up straight — do a movement such as stretching and reaching upward with your hands, too — and for just a moment, reflect on something positive. You'll have more energy."

El Niño will make a dent

Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences John Monteverdi discussed warmer temperatures and the effect of El Niño on California's drought for a March 9 KGO-AM news segment. "Warm air masses came northeastward out of the subtropical Pacific  — that's El Niño — and then the background of global warming would add even more to that," Monteverdi explained. "If we end up with a really wet March and April, it could be that we put a dent in that water resource issue. But no — even if we had 200 percent of normal [precipitation], we're not going to completely wipe out four years of sub-normal precipitation."

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

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Director of the Treganza Museum of Anthropology Yoshiko (Miko) Yamamoto has died at the age of 78. She was born in Honolulu on June 12, 1937, and spent most of her childhood and young adult life in Japan. She then traveled to the United States to earn her advanced degrees: M.S. in museology from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University in cultural anthropology. Her dissertation was on the material culture of Nias Island in Indonesia, at that time a very remote and little-known place. Nias Island and its material culture continued to be an interest of Yamamoto's to the end of her life, and she returned various times to do fieldwork and to help establish a museum of Nias Island's rapidly disappearing (under the onslaught of foreign surfers and Christian and Muslim missionaries) indigenous culture.

She also developed the exhibits at the Riceworld Museum in the Philippines for the International Rice Research Institute and was a consultant for many other museum projects in the United States and Asia. She also enjoyed traveling as a way to learn about other cultures and presented her own research at professional conferences.

Yamamoto is remembered for her many interesting exhibits at the Treganza Museum. She yearly put up Asian Lunar New Year, Black History Month, Day of the Dead and other timely hall exhibits and worked with students and faculty alike to provide exhibits in the Hohenthal Gallery celebrating the research and careers of faculty and graduate students. She also edited the Treganza Museum Papers, managing to keep the well-known series going and expanding its subject base to include works by SF State students.

Yamamoto did her best to instill rigor in collections management and documentation of pieces. After the closure of the Treganza Museum in 2010, she spent her time scanning the valuable collection of California archaeology slides, making irreplaceable data available to scholars, and continuing to deal with requests for the Treganza Museum Papers until her retirement in 2015. Yamamoto joined SF State in 1998.

"Dr. Yamamoto cared deeply about the cultural collections that formed the core of the Treganza Anthropology Museum, and for many years worked tirelessly to share her lifelong interest in world cultures with faculty, students and the campus community," Director of the Global Museum Edward Luby said.

Yamamoto is remembered for her professionalism, but more for her sweetness and kindness to students, staff and visitors. She worked unceasingly in the best interests of the Treganza Museum, mourned the end of the museum and worried about its collections and their fate.

Although planning further fieldwork in her retirement, she fell ill in September 2015 and died Feb. 28, 2016, in the Zen Hospice of San Francisco. Yamamoto is survived by her sisters, Noriko Yamamoto Prince and Shigeko McCarthy, and her nieces and nephews, Lisa Prince Fishler, Boku Prince, Phil McCarthy, Brendan McCarthy, Tricia McCarthy and Carol McCarthy. An electronic memorial for her has been established at, and a memorial is planned for March.

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