March 4, 2016


Academic administrative reviews begin

Academic administrative reviews are underway for two administrators. An electronic questionnaire will be distributed via email notification; those who would like to participate in the process but did not receive an email with a link to the administrative review questionnaire should contact Mona Sagapolutele at or ext. 8-2571. Individual, written and signed responses may be directed to the appropriate Administrative Review Committee (ARC) chair care of the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, ADM 455.

Dean Kenneth Monteiro, College of Ethnic Studies

The ARC solicits input from members of the campus community as part of the academic administrative review for Dean Kenneth Monteiro, College of Ethnic Studies.

In keeping with the procedures for academic administrative review set out by the Academic Senate, the committee will not accept any anonymous responses. However, the ARC will preserve the confidentiality of those who submit evaluations, within the limits of the law, and individual responses will not be shown to the administrator under review.

The Administrative Review Committee chair is Grace Yoo, chair of Asian American Studies.

Dean Sacha Bunge, Faculty Affairs and Professional Development

The ARC solicits input from members of the campus community as part of the academic administrative review for Dean Sacha Bunge, Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.

In keeping with the procedures for academic administrative review set out by the Academic Senate, the committee will not accept any anonymous responses.  However, the ARC will preserve the confidentiality of those who submit evaluations, within the limits of the law, and individual responses will not be shown to the administrator under review.

The Administrative Review Committee chair is Deborah Masters, University librarian.

SF State to celebrate Founders Day March 15

Since its founding in 1899, SF State has undergone changes in name, leadership and location. But one thing has remained constant: The University's commitment to providing students with a quality education. Over the years, SF State has provided scholarships to thousands of deserving students who are working to realize their dreams.

In honor of Founders Day — and to continue that tradition of support — on March 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. the campus community will celebrate the event at Malcolm X Plaza, where Taqueria Girasol will give away 1,899 tacos. There will be live entertainment and prizes for the student organizations that raise the most money for the HOPE Fund, which gives financial support in the event of a personal and unexpected crisis. Participants are urged to stop at any of the tables to donate and help participating groups win. For more information, visit

Questions? Contact Ryan Jones at ext. 8-2217 or

Advancing Student Success: A dialogue for University faculty, staff and administrators

The Student Success and Graduation Initiative Task Force and the César E. Chávez Institute will co-sponsor a lunchtime reading and discussion series to examine factors that support or hinder student academic success.

The meetings will provide an informal forum for faculty and staff/administrators to jointly delve into key issues affecting students' academic achievement, informed by recent research. Each meeting will focus on a pre-circulated reading on a different topic — unpacking research findings, then exploring their possible implications for how we serve our students.

Supporting undergraduate degree completion advances social justice and economic prosperity for the region, state and nation. Today, three-quarters of the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S. require education and training beyond a high school diploma, yet nearly half of students who begin a baccalaureate program are not able to finish within six years — too many of them students of color or from low-income households.

The lunch dialogues will continue this semester on the following Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286):

No preregistration is required. Bring a lunch — drinks and dessert will be provided.

For more information or to be included on future announcements, contact the Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning at or ext. 8-2206.

2016 Call to Service Initiative — community engagement mini-grants seek applicants

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) has announced the 2016 Call to Service mini-grants for activity taking place in summer 2016, fall 2016 and spring 2017. The mini-grants are designed to support faculty and staff in providing service-learning opportunities to students and in disseminating service-learning knowledge, research or findings. The available grants are:

Community Engaged Scholarship Faculty Mini-Grant

This mini-grant funds faculty members' efforts to modify the curriculum of an established course or create a new course to include a service-learning component. Each grant award is $4,500. The first-round deadline is March 16. The second-round deadline is April 29.

Department/Program Level Mini-Grant (Pilot Program)

The purpose of this initiative is to support departments/programs that wish to develop or strengthen service-learning opportunities for faculty and students. Each $8,000 grant will be awarded to plan, establish and implement strategic initiatives to further advance the integration of service-learning into the department/program. The deadline is April 29.

Partnerships in Service Mini-Grant

These $3,000 grants will provide financial support to SF State faculty and staff members who are initiating or deepening relationships with community members/organizations to support high-quality service-learning courses. The deadline is April 29.

Service-Learning Student Assistant(s) Mini-Grant

Grants will offer as much as $3,000 to provide for student assistant support for the implementation of high-quality service-learning opportunities. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis until May 6 and/or when funds are depleted.

Service-Learning Conference Travel Mini-Grant

Grants will provide support for faculty members (with or without student co-presenters) who plan to (A) participate in a professional, academic and/or service-learning conference to present a paper or attend a session or sessions specifically about course-related service or service-learning partnerships or (B) present a service-learning paper at the annual conference of their discipline. Faculty can receive as much as $750 for CSU-approved travel. Support for student travel ranges up to $1,000 per student for CSU-approved travel (with a maximum of two students). Students must be listed as co-presenters and travel with the co-presenting faculty member. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 6 and/or when funds are depleted.

Funding is provided through the CSU Chancellor's Office Call to Service Initiative. For information, criteria, guidelines and proposal forms, contact Jen Gasang at or ext. 8-3282.

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.

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.

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.

Children's Campus 2016-17 Infant Enrollment

The Children's Campus, which serves as a learning lab and early childhood center for the University, has a few openings to enroll babies 6-15 months of age. Most of the openings are for the Tuesday and Thursday schedule. Staff and faculty receive priority enrollment and a 3 percent discount on tuition. If interested, register for the center's wait list through the Children's Campus website at or call the center at (415) 405-4011. Families may enroll for a nine-month or a 12-month program.

The center serves children 6 months through 4 years of age and features small group sizes with low staff-to-child ratios, as well as two to three Child and Adolescent Development (CAD) and Child and Family Studies (CFS) interns working in each classroom. In addition to the CAD and CFS student interns, about 400 students each year use the center's child observation facilities to complete observations for their college coursework. Faculty and graduate research is also conducted at the center to support student learning and inform the field about best practices.

For more information, visit the Children's Campus website. To register for one of the monthly tours, call the center at ext. 5-4011.

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Comedy and tragedy are threaded together in Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull"

The School of Theatre and Dance will present "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov March 3-13. Directed by Bill Peters, "The Seagull" threads together comedy and tragedy to tell the tale of the intimate lives of an extended family of artists and lovers of art.

Chekhov's ability to capture the exact moments when feelings become thoughts and thoughts become words enables each character to become a vivid presence in the brief time spent in front of the audience. In "The Seagull," he makes the audience feel as though they are in the company of a friend in front of whom these people can freely live their lives without hesitation or pretense.

Performances will be held in the Little Theatre, CA 106, at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays from March 3 through March 13. Admission is on a sliding scale from $5 to $10. Questions? Visit or email

Free tickets for the Music of Contemporary Composers, March 5

Four Seasons Arts invites faculty, staff and students to order a pair of complimentary tickets to the Music of Contemporary Composers concert at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, at St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave., Berkeley. The annual concert features vocal and instrumental music of established and emerging composers. This year, the program will include Bun Ching Lam ("Canzoniere CXXVI"), Blue Gene Tyranny ("Solving Scriabin's Chord"), Kyle Hovatter ("Solo Theorbo") and Wadada Leo Smith ("Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience, Six Ideas").

RSVP with your name, address and telephone number to Tickets may be picked up at the St. John's box office between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. the day of the concert. Guests must be at least 6 years old. For more information, to purchase additional tickets or to learn about other events, visit or call Four Seasons Arts at (510) 845-4444.

Sample Size and Power Calculations in R presentation, March 7

On Monday, March 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286, Professor of Biology Ed Connor will present "Sample Size and Power Calculations in R: Internal Functions and Simulation Approaches." He will discuss the importance in study design of sample size and statistical power estimates required to detect specified effect sizes, as well as the importance of such estimates in convincing grant reviewers that a study is feasible. He will also outline how to make such calculations for the simplest of experiments using both internal R functions and computer simulations in the R language. 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 Julie Paez 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.

"Bodies at War (MINA)" examines Colombians recovering from landmine injury, March 7

The Violence, Trauma and Health Initiative (VTH) and the Health Equity Institute will present "Bodies at War (MINA)" Monday, March 7, from 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. in LIB 121. Following the screening, there will be a discussion with filmmaker and UC Santa Cruz Assistant Adjunct Professor of Sociology Emily Cohen Ibañez, Ph.D.

Colombia is one of the most mine-affected countries in the world, a legacy of its unremitting 50-year-long civil war. "Bodies at War (MINA)" offers a window into the lives of Colombian people as they strive to rehabilitate themselves and others after landmine injury.

International Women's Day Research Colloquium: Migrant Women and the Process of Constructing Space, March 8

Hochschule Fulda University Dean and Professor of Social Work Martina Ritter will present research she conducted in Fulda, Germany, where migrants from several nations live, some of whom are concentrated in special districts. She will outline her findings based on narrative interviews with inhabitants of the district "Ziehers-Nord," including women of migrant backgrounds from Russia or the former Soviet Union holding German passports, and German nationals who have been long-term residents of Ziehers-Nord. This study conceptualizes integration as constructing and reconstructing social space in a given society.

Women have traditionally been responsible for organizing privacy and family life. Those with children often stay at home, work part time, or — in the case of migrant women — organize family life in new and stressful situations. Individuals undertake integration by constructing social space. This study explored the questions: What do the respondents do to organize the individual and family life in the district? What steps do they take to make themselves feel at home? Which areas do they use or construct for their private and family life? A comparison of responses from migrant women and non-migrant Germans helps identify barriers to integration while shedding light on the strategies that migrant women use to overcome feelings of alienation.

The presentation, which is sponsored by the School of Social Work, will be on Tuesday, March 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in LIB 244.

Report from the front lines of the Paris Climate Talks, March 8

On Tuesday, March 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. in LIB 121 activists and journalists from the front lines of the climate justice movement will report from the December 2015 UN Climate Talks (COP21) in Paris. Speakers include Teresa Almaguer with PODER, journalist Mark Hertsgaard with The Nation magazine, Pam Tau Lee with the Asian Pacific Environmental Network and Professor of Liberal Studies Logan Hennessey. This free event is sponsored by the spring 2016 RRS 276 "Race, Activism and Climate Change" course. Questions? Contact American Indian Studies Lecturer Philip M. Klasky at

SF State, NPS to sign MOU for GGNRA, March 9

Representatives from SF State, the National Park Service (NPS), Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to formalize a campuswide academic internship program, which has been in effect for several years. The first cohort went through the program in the spring of 2012. Since that time, 112 students from across colleges and departments have taken part in the program.

The campus community is invited to attend the signing of the MOU on Wednesday, March 9, 2-3 p.m. in LIB 121. Questions? Contact Professor of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Nina Roberts at

International global health leader Jaime Sepúlveda to speak March 10

The Biology Department will host a talk by UCSF Executive Director of Global Health Sciences Jaime Sepúlveda, M.D., MPH, M.Sc., Dr.Sc., on Thursday, March 10, in SCI 210 at 4 p.m. In his talk "Mexico's Feasible Path Towards Sustainable Development Goal #3: 40% Reduction of Premature Mortality by 2030," Dr. Sepúlveda will describe the collaborative research he performed in Mexico, which led to specific policy recommendations.

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

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

CSU Summer Arts: Igniting Artful Minds

The CSU Summer Arts program will be held at CSU Monterey Bay this summer. This academic program offers a transformative summer experience within a creative arts/art festival setting that is unlike any other. Each course is worth three units of college credit within the CSU system.

A new class this year is "Jewelry and Body Adornment Using Alternative Materials" taught by Hsiao-Yun Chu, SF State associate professor of design and industry. The course will feature visiting professionals, studio time and professional photography. Faculty may be interested in the program for professional development, and courses are also open to non-matriculated students. Participants may enroll in one class per two-week cycle, and scholarships are available. Over 80 percent of CSU students receive scholarship funds. Application requirements vary by course. Learn how to apply.

ePortfolio Lunch and Learn event on March 17

Faculty and staff are invited to join Academic Technology's ePortfolio "Lunch and Learn" on Thursday, March 17, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Library Faculty Commons (LIB 286).

Over an informal lunch, we will hear from a number of faculty who will briefly share an example of their ePortfolio work with students or a practice/assignment and other experience(s) in working with ePortfolios. We will also introduce our newly adopted ePortfolio platform (Portfolium) that is available to all SF State students at no cost now and after graduation.

Please RSVP by March 10 at Questions? Contact Andrea Taylor and the ePortfolio Team at or visit

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.

Join the campus sustainability email list

Staff and faculty members who are interested in campus sustainability issues and events are invited to join the Sustainability Listserv. To join the list, log in to, click the "Profile" button in the top-right, scroll to the bottom of the page and follow the "Manage your distribution list subscriptions," then search or navigate to the appropriate list and click the "subscribe" button for that list. Alternately, those interested may send a request to join the list to

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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
  • Academic Senate CSU report
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding the proposed 2016-17 Plenary Meeting Schedule, first reading
  • Recommendation from Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding a proposed revision to the Pair Courses policy, first reading
  • Recommendation from Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding the proposed Variable Topic and Experimental Courses policy, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding a proposed revision to the Board of Appeals and Review Policy, consent item
  • Standing Committee Reports
    • Academic Policies Committee
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee
    • Faculty Affairs Committee
    • Strategic Issues Committee
    • Student Affairs Committee


March 14 deadline for distinguished faculty awards nomination applications

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. The deadline to submit nominations is March 14 at 5 p.m.

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

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

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Art Faculty Exhibition: through March 17 in the Fine Arts Gallery

Inspiration Wall Designs: through March 30 in the ASI Art Gallery


Saturday, March 5

Softball hosting Sonoma State (doubleheader): 11 a.m. at the softball field

Theatre: "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov: 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Sunday, March 6

Theatre: "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov: 2 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Monday, March 7

Film: "Bodies at War (MINA)": 12:15 p.m. in LIB 121

Seminar: Beauty Slap: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Lecture/reading: Writers on Writing: Erica Lewis: 7 p.m. in the Humanities Auditorium

Tuesday, March 8

International Women's Day Colloquium: Migrant Women and the Process of Constructing Space: Results of a Spatial Analysis on Integration in Fulda: 11:30 a.m. in LIB 244

Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute preview: noon in The Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Lecture: Lewis deSoto, Sean McFarland, Paula Levine, Mario Laplante: 12:10 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery

Senate Plenary Meeting: 2 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center

Report from the Frontlines of the Paris Climate Talks: 4 p.m. in LIB 121

Concert: Beauty Slap: 6 p.m. in The Depot, Cesar Chavez Student Center

Wednesday, March 9

Seminar: Beauty Slap: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

MOU signing ceremony: 2 p.m. in LIB 121

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

Thursday, March 10

Justice for Latinx Immigrants: 1 p.m. in LIB 121

Poetry: Ed Pavlic and David Lau: 3:30 p.m. in the Poetry Center, Humanities

Theatre: "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov: 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Friday, March 11

Baseball Hosting Cal State East Bay: noon at Maloney Field

Seminar: Beauty Slap: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Theatre: "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov: 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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American Indian Studies

Associate Professor of American Indian Studies Robert Keith Collins' co-curatorial work for the current Smithsonian traveling banner exhibit "IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas" will be displayed at the Clovis Community College Center Museum in Fresno from Jan. 23 to March 27.

Asian American Studies

Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan H.X. Lee and Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies Eric J. Pido took part in the workshop and book series launch "Asian Migration and Diasporas: Mobility, Diversity and Development" at City University of Hong Kong, Feb. 29. Pido presented "Return Economies: Speculation and Manila's Investment in Durable Futures" and Lee presented "Transpacific Ritual Migration and New Racialized Subjectivities Among Taiwanese American Mazu and Devotees." Both were also discussants on the panel "New Migration Destinations in Asia and Asian Diaspora Landscape." Lee also serves as an editor on the Routledge Series on Asian Migration book series, which was launched at the conference.

Latina/Latino Studies

An article in the March-April Harvard Magazine about the Peabody exhibit "Ocarinas of the Americas: Music Made in Clay" says the relics were rediscovered in the museum vaults following a performance by Professor Emeritus of Latina/Latino Studies Jose Cuellar in which he played an ocarina. Cuellar is also known as the saxophonist "Dr. Loco" of the Rockin' Jalapeño Band. When he returned to Harvard in 2012 as a Peabody Museum fellow, he was shown the instruments and asked to play them, breathing life into them for the first time in perhaps 1,000 years.

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Populist heroes

A Feb. 24 opinion piece in The Nation included insights about the meaning of political progressivism from Associate Professor of History Charles Postel. "Both Sanders and Clinton have their Progressive Era heroes. Sanders has a plaque of the Socialist labor leader Eugene V. Debs mounted on the wall of his office. Like Debs, Sanders embraces the secular faith in human solidarity, and calls for sweeping reforms to create a more equitable and humane society," Postel wrote. "Clinton, meanwhile, has cited the work of Jane Addams on behalf of immigrant children as the type of service that has inspired her. Addams was a Progressive reformer who sought the middle ground between capital and labor, between Debs and the railroad corporations."

Super portent

Professor of Communication Studies Joseph Tuman was interviewed about the South Carolina and "super Tuesday" Democratic primaries for a Feb. 27 KCBS Radio report. "I'm not surprised by [Hillary Clinton's big victory in South Carolina]. Her husband and she have been all through the South before," Tuman said. "It's very obvious that she did very, very well, Secretary Clinton, with African American voters, who make up a pretty good percentage of registered Democrats [and] likely voters in the South. And the fact that they are voting in this primary in big numbers portends a lot of interest on their part in the general election, which could spell trouble for Republicans, too — at least in the South, where race is so important."

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

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SF State received $824,314 in grants and contracts in January and February 2016.

Jon Funabiki, Journalism, Silicon Valley Journalism Study, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, $51,000

Jason Gurdak, Earth and Climate Sciences, Recharge Estimation, Central Platte River Basin, Central Platte Natural Resources Department, $12,000

Andrew Ichimura, Chemistry, Open Manufacturing, SRI International, $50,000

Karina Nielsen, Romberg Tiburon Center, The Ecological State of Northern California's Sandy Beaches and Surf Zones: A Baseline Characterization for MPA Assessment, The Regents of the University of California on behalf of the San Diego Campus, $21,690

Wenshen Pong, Engineering, Accelerated STEM Pathways through Internships, Research, Engagement, and Support (ASPIRES), U.S. Department of Education, $182,220

Stephanie Sisk-Hilton, Elementary Education, California Elementary Mathematics and Science Professional Learning Initiative, California Department of Education, $499,913

Vance Vredenburg, Biology, Yellow-Legged Frog (Rana muscosa) in Southern California, U.S. Geological Survey, $7,491

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Emerita Professor of Sociology and long-time friend of the department Sherri Cavan died at her home in the Haight-Ashbury district Saturday, Feb. 20. She was 78 years old. Cavan joined the University in 1965 and retired in 2003.

Cavan was a respected, active and iconoclastic figure in the Sociology Department, authoring ethnographic studies of hippies ("Hippies of the Haight"), bar culture in San Francisco ("Liquor License"), the iconography surrounding Richard Nixon ("20th Century Gothic: America's Nixon") and visual culture throughout the city. (She photographed and cataloged graffiti for more than 20 years.) She continued publishing after her retirement, including the article "When Erving Goffman was a boy: The formative years of a sociological giant" in the journal Symbolic Interaction (February 2014, Vol. 37 Issue 1).

Always passionate about the education students received, Cavan initiated the push to embed qualitative methods in the department and championed the importance of visual sociology. She had an indelible impact on SF State's program, faculty and students. Today, even those who have never heard her name still benefit from her efforts.

In addition to being a visual sociologist, Cavan was a sculptor who created works that realized sociological insights in visual form. Her works, some of which reside in the department, are filled with humor, compassion and an unflinching comment on what it means to be human.

In recent years, Cavan fought to keep City College alive. As with all other fights she took on in her life, she fought it with strength, intelligence and a deep respect for the common good. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

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