November 13, 2015


President & Mrs. Wong cordially invite you to a Faculty & Staff Holiday Reception, Thursday, December 3, 3-6 p.m. Continuing our SF State holiday tradition in helping those in our local community, we kindly ask that guests bring donations of new school supplies and canned goods for the SF-Marin Food Book.  Most needed items:  Canned meats, peanut butter, soup, beans, cereal, canned fruit and granola bars

Sanderson named Osher Lifelong Learning Institute director at SF State

Small business owner and community advocate Gwen Sanderson was named director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at SF State. She began the new position in June.

Sanderson is charged with providing leadership and direction in the growth, development and implementation of OLLI as an innovative model for instruction and community engagement for people age 50 and up. She manages the institute's day-to-day operations, from development of programs and curricula to event coordination, member initiatives and promotions to building community partnerships. Sanderson is also responsible for developing OLLI's new strategic partnership with Sixty Plus, a self-supporting, SF State-based community that has organized social events and lectures for people age 60 and up since 1975. The partnership enables members of each organization to attend and participate in selected events presented by the other organization.

Previously, Sanderson served as interim director of OLLI for three months and as a special assistant for OLLI before that. For 10 years, she served as co-owner and manager/operator of Video Wave of Noe Valley in San Francisco. She served as president of the Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association during her eight years on its board. Sanderson has received two certificates of honor from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for her work with neighborhood businesses. Sanderson earned her Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from Northern Arizona University.

GWAR Mentoring Program seeks applications

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites applications for the GWAR (Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement) Mentoring Program, a faculty development program that will be piloted in the spring semester. The program is designed to provide support to those new to teaching GWAR while giving experienced GWAR instructors an opportunity for growth and development. Eligible mentors will have taught GWAR courses for several semesters and will be expected to provide support for GWAR course design, effective GWAR teaching strategies and assessment of student learning.

Eligible mentees will teach a GWAR course in the spring and will be expected to collaborate with mentors throughout the semester. All faculty (tenured, tenure-track and lecturers) who are interested in being paired to collaborate closely in the spring of 2016 are encouraged to apply. Proposals from teams (mentor and mentee) within and across disciplines are highly encouraged.

Those interested in applying should email Jennifer Swanson, associate director of WAC/WID (writing across the curriculum/writing in the disciplines). Visit for application guidelines. Applications are due Dec. 14. Stipends will be provided to participating faculty. Successful applicants will be notified by Jan. 8, 2016; and will be expected to attend an orientation at the faculty retreat on Jan. 25.

Associate Vice President of Research and Sponsored Programs candidates visit campus

The campus community is invited to attend the remaining presentations by candidates for the associate vice president of Research and Sponsored Programs position. The presentations will address how their professional experience is relevant to the position. Time will be allotted for questions and answers, and each presentation will be followed by a reception. Please provide feedback after each presentation.

  • Monday, Nov. 16, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in LIB 121: Chris Impey, co-director, STEM Center, University of Arizona
  • Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. in LIB 121: Kathie L. Olsen, founder and managing director, ScienceWorks International, LLC

Dean of the College of Liberal & Creative Arts candidates visit campus

Four candidates have been selected to interview for the position of dean of the College of Liberal & Creative Arts. The campus community is invited to attend the remaining candidates' presentations, which will address how their professional experience is relevant to the position. Time will be allotted for questions and answers, and each presentation will be followed by a reception. Please provide feedback after each presentation.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 10:30 to noon in LIB 121: Eric Freedman, dean, James L. Knight School of Communication, Queens University of Charlotte
  • Thursday, Nov. 19, from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. in LIB 121: Peggy Shannon, chair, Ryerson Theatre School, Ryerson University 
  • Monday, Nov. 30, from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. in LIB 121: Andrew Harris, dean, School of Arts and Humanities, Keene State College 

Candidate for the John & Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies to visit Nov. 18

The Department of Jewish Studies invites the campus community to hear a presentation by Visiting Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies Rachel Gross, from the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech. Gross is a candidate for the John & Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies. She will make her presentation, "Feel the History at Your Feet: Historic Synagogues as Heritage Attractions," on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 4:15 p.m. in HUM 415.

Gross is the coordinator of the Malcolm and Diane Rosenberg Program in Judaic Studies at Virginia Tech, where she is a scholar of religious studies whose work focuses on the lives, spaces and objects of twentieth century and contemporary American Jews. She is currently working on a manuscript, "Objects of Affection: The Material Religion of American Jewish Nostalgia." Gross received her Ph.D. from Princeton University.

The talk is also a part of the Academica Judaica Lecture Series. For more information, call the Department of Jewish Studies at ext. 8-6075.

SF State to Celebrate International Education Week 2015 Next Week

The campus community is invited to join the annual International Education Week celebration that emphasizes the importance of the world's cultures, peoples and languages. This year's theme is "International Education: Advancing Access for All." The U.S. departments of State and Education sponsor this event. Learn more at the International Education Week 2015 website or contact Jay Ward at or ext. 8-1121. Activities for each day may be found on the University Calendar.

Taste of the Bay 2015: Get tickets now to experience the best of the Bay Area

The Hospitality and Tourism Management students of the College of Business invite the campus community to the 19th annual Taste of the Bay fundraising event. This student-run event is the University's largest annual fundraiser, benefiting student scholarships, program needs and professional development opportunities for students. The event will be held at City View at Metreon (Mission and 4th streets) on Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 6:30 to
9:30 p.m.

Taste of the Bay 2015 will showcase renowned chefs from Bay Area restaurants and local California-grown wines and beverages. Additionally, live and silent auctions will bookend the night, offering a wide range of packages such as international airline tickets, hotel stays and restaurant certificates.

Tickets are on sale now. SF State employees receive a two-for-one discount when they use promotional code "TOTBstaff2015." General admission is $125 per person. Buy tickets at

Participants will be supporting future leaders in the hospitality industry as they enjoy the best food and drinks the Bay Area has to offer. Visit for information about the generous sponsors and vendors who will be at the event. Questions? Email Gigi Huie, public relations manager, at

Taste of the Bay is a public event open to all ages. Bring friends, colleagues and family (must be 21 or older with valid ID to sample alcoholic beverages). Readers are asked to share the ticket link and promotional code with fellow staff and faculty.

Read more at SF State News.

Library MakerSpace now open

Students, faculty and staff from all departments are welcome to use the J. Paul Leonard Library's MakerSpace in the Digital Media Studio (LIB 260). Equipment includes 3D printers, a 3D scanner, electronics tinkering kits from LittleBits and Arduino, scanners for large documents and images, and a large-format poster printer. Software includes SolidWorks, Rhino, SketchUp and Autodesk packages. Project space with whiteboard walls and art prep tables are also available.

Drop by to take a look, to schedule a consultation and to take advantage of introductory pricing on 3D printing. There is no charge for using the equipment, and pricing is based on the amount of materials used only.

Don't know anything about 3D printing or 3D modeling? No problem. Check out the extensive video tutorial library to quickly get up to speed. Access is free for employees: Log in to, follow the IT Services link on the left and then the "Online Training (Lynda)" link on the right.

Fall 2015 regular hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Check the Library website for exceptions. Questions? Contact Thoreau Lovell at ext. 8-2285 or email

Faculty retreat 2016: call for proposals

Faculty are invited to submit proposals for the Faculty Retreat 2016, "Create, Educate, Investigate: Bringing Together Teaching, Scholarship and Creative Work." The retreat will be held on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the J. Paul Leonard Library. Submissions are due by Friday, Nov. 20. Submit proposals online at

Proposals may be submitted for the following:

  • Interactive forums on the integration of teaching, scholarship and creative work. Forums will consist of small groups from various disciplines presenting/sharing their work for discussion with a focus on innovative ways faculty integrate their teaching, scholarship and/or creative work.
  • Affinity groups to promote the exchange of ideas and a sense of community among faculty with similar areas of interest.
  • Workshops led or initiated by faculty who will offer and discuss their expertise and knowledge about a topic in their area of specialty.
  • Book author recognition for faculty who published a book in 2015.

The program will be finalized and announced after submissions have been received. Faculty will be asked to RSVP for specific affinity groups, workshops and interactive forums.

Faculty Retreat 2016 Steering Committee:

  • Sacha Bunge, dean, Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
  • Sara Hackenberg, vice chair, Academic Senate and associate professor of English
  • Alison Sanders, interim AVP, Research and Sponsored Programs

Questions? Visit the online submission form or email the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at [email subject: Faculty retreat 2016]

Willie L. Brown Jr. Fellowships for all majors

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage outstanding students to apply to the Willie L. Brown Jr. Fellowship Program. The program is open to all majors. The application deadline is Monday, Nov. 30. Fellows receive a $1,500 stipend and three units of college credit and gain valuable experience working in San Francisco city government agencies -- experience that will support their professional development and career pathway.

To apply, students should visit or email Professor of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Raquel Pinderhughes at

Funding drive for the Gator Spirit Statue

The campus community is asked to help build the 10-foot bronze Gator Spirit Statue, which the University commissioned to be erected on campus in early 2016. One way to support the effort is to purchase an engraved plaque that will be affixed to the pedestal of the statue so that it will be seen by Gators for years to come. Each plaque will hold two lines of engraved text (15 characters per line, 30 characters total) and only costs $200. Learn more about the sculpture, view photos of its progress and order a plaque on the Gator Spirit Statue webpage. Questions? Email Ryan Jones at

Academic Technology Winter Events 2016

Academic Technology Winter Institute 2016: Jan. 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Explore campus-supported technologies and strategies for integrating technology into courses. Designed for newcomers to iLearn and those who wish to learn more about available technology tools and services.

Advanced Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Institute: Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn effective teaching strategies and design best practices for hybrid and fully online courses, including specific, concrete ways to quickly evaluate and improve courses.

Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Peer Review Institute: Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn about campus- and system-wide initiatives that support quality online courses, gain valuable skills and join the faculty learning community to take online courses to the next level.

Quickstart Webinar: Jan. 19 from noon to 1 p.m.

This webinar will orient participants to campus course technologies and the basics of using iLearn and explore tools to make iLearn courses more interactive inside and outside of the classroom.

Register Online

Complete the AT Institutes registration form. Enrollment is limited. Those who register by Dec. 10 will receive priority. Lunch and refreshments are included.


Persons with disabilities are welcome, and reasonable accommodations will be arranged upon request. To request reasonable accommodations, contact Nora Scully by Dec. 10 at ext. 5-5539 or


For more information, email or call ext. 5-5550.

Call for Proposals: Curriculum Redesign Initiative

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites proposals for the second 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 that 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 inquiries 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 Dec. 4 and will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary faculty committee drawn from the first cohort of funded programs. Successful programs will be notified by Jan. 19, 2016.


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CampusMemo schedule

CampusMemo will not be published during the fall recess/Thanksgiving week. Publication will resume with the Dec. 4 issue.

Register by tomorrow for private "Jewel City" tour on Nov. 21

The University Women's Association (UWA) will host a private, docent-led tour of the de Young Museum's exhibit "Jewel City: Art from San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition" on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. The landmark "Jewel City" exhibition at the de Young Museum reassembles more than 200 works by major American and European artists, most of which were on display at this defining event, which commemorated not only the opening of the Panama Canal but also the reconstruction of San Francisco after the devastating 1906 earthquake.

For additional information about this private, docent-led tour, contact Lin Ivory at To make reservations, send a check for $25 per person, payable to "UWA," to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960. The reservation deadline is Nov. 13.

National Park Service 100th anniversary photo tomorrow

The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism invites the campus community to participate in a group photo to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service. Participants are asked to meet at Crissy Field in the Golden Gate Nation Recreation Area on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The group will assemble in a formation to spell out "100" and a professional photographer will capture the image from a helicopter. Participants are asked to wear orange or red clothing. For more information, visit Parking is limited, so walking, biking, public transit and carpools are recommended.

Wanda Humphrey farewell, Nov. 16

A farewell reception will be held for Payroll, Benefits & Retirement Services Director Wanda Humphrey on Monday, Nov. 16, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Vista Room. Please RSVP by email to Pat Ricketts at

Wanda Humphrey began her career at SF State in May 1980. She started as a payroll technician I and worked her way up through the ranks to director. She served as a committee member on Staff Council and the Black Faculty & Staff Association.

IEW: Learning a Foreign Language Abroad

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage their students, especially those who are studying languages or are interested in learning other languages, to attend this International Education Week (IEW) workshop at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, in the Office of International Programs (Village at Centennial Square, Building C). A panel of students who learned or improved their foreign language skills through studying abroad will share their experiences, struggles and tips for learning another language. For more information, email

Reception for violence, trauma and health initiative, Nov. 16

The Health Equity Institute and SF BUILD will host a reception for researchers and community organizations who are interested in addressing the intersection of violence, trauma and health. Faculty from all disciplines are invited to join the conversation and exchange of ideas on Monday, Nov. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. in LIB 121. Questions? Contact Susana Tat at

Retirement planning workshops, Nov. 17

Human Resources invites CalPERS members who are within three years of retiring to attend a retirement planning workshop. Each session will cover how retirement benefits are calculated, ways to maximize retirement benefits, the steps that need to be taken prior to retiring and the retirement application process. Two workshops will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the NEC room (ADMIN 560). A MyCalPERS login and password are required to register for a workshop:

  1. Visit the MyCalPERS login page
  2. Log in
  3. Click the "Education Resources" tab
  4. Click the "View Classes" tab
  5. Follow the "Planning Your Retirement (CSU San Francisco)" link
  6. Click the "Enroll" link for the preferred session and complete the online form

Questions? Contact the appropriate benefits representative in Human Resources.

DPRC Students Study Abroad Workshop

Students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students with disabilities to learn more about study abroad opportunities by attending a workshop presented by the Office of International Programs and the Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC) on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m. in the Office of International Programs (Village at Centennial Square, Building C). This year's International Education Week theme is "International Education: Advancing Access for All." For more information, email Janelle Waldrep at

Come In or Stay Out?

The European Studies and Middle East and Islamic Studies programs in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts will sponsor the panel discussion "Come In or Stay Out?" on the Syrian refuge crisis in Europe at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18, in SCI 270. Panelists will include Germany's Deputy Consul General Johannes Bloos, Assistant Professor of International Relations Scott Siegel, Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Meierding of the Graduate Institute (Geneva) and Associate Professor of International Studies Burcu Ellis.

Upcoming AMED events

The Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative (AMED), housed in the College of Ethnic Studies, invites the campus community to events promoting Arab and Muslim culture and understanding.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, at International Education Week: 7 to 9:45 p.m. in LIB 121: "The Indivisibility of Justice: Understanding Palestine, Iran and Syria"

Speakers will include Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies Rabab Abdulhadi, CSU-Stanislaus Professor of Political Science As'ad AbuKhalil, Professor of Philosophy Mohammad Azadpur, UC Berkeley Professor of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies Hatem Bazian and Arab Talk Radio host and award-winning journalist Jamal Dajani.

For more information, visit or email

11th annual Raoul Bertrand Lecture in Classics

The Department of Classics invites the campus community to the 11th annual Raoul Bertrand Lecture in Classics. Professor of Classical Studies Joseph Farrell of the University of Pennsylvania will present the lecture "The Sacks of Rome: 390 B.C.-2015 A.D.," on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in HUM 587. A reception will follow. Questions? Contact Seth Chabay at or ext 8-2068.

Bartscher farewell, Nov. 20

A farewell reception will be held for University Counsel Patty Bartscher on Friday, Nov. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. on the Administration building's fifth floor patio. Please RSVP by email to Jennifer Villarreal at

Bartscher joined SF State as a lecturer in the Management Department in 1982 and quickly joined the ranks of tenure-track faculty in the department. In 1986, she began teaching international business law in the Accounting Department, where she served until she was appointed acting associate dean of Faculty Affairs in 1988. Beginning in 1992, Bartscher served as director of Academic Relations until her appointment as university counsel in 1994, a role she has held since.

International Southeast Asian Film Festival, Nov. 20-22

The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN), in collaboration with the Asian American Studies Department at SF State, will launch the San Francisco International Southeast Asian (I-SEA) Film Festival Nov. 20-22. I-SEA builds upon the successes of the 2012 and 2013 San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festivals, which have been expanded to include films from all over Southeast Asia and rebranded to reflect the broader scope.

The films -- from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and the Philippines -- seek to initiate a dialogue with local and international communities and draw connections between past and present wars by examining a diverse range of topics through a variety of genres and techniques. The opening night screening and party will be held Friday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Artists' Television Access at 992 Valencia St., San Francisco. Screenings on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21 and 22, will be held at the New People Cinema in Japantown (1746 Post St.) from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Purchase tickets at and like or share the I-SEA Facebook page or follow I-SEA on Twitter.

Employee University first Winter Games event, Dec. 1

Faculty and staff are invited to join Human Resources and Employee University on Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. in LIB 121 for winter-themed games. Beverages and snacks will be served and a drawing will be held for prizes. Join colleagues for an afternoon of fun activities that will include a variety of table games and other interactive competitive winter activities.

Faculty and staff wine club, Dec. 3

The SF State Faculty and Staff Wine Club will hold a wine tasting on Thursday, Dec. 3, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Vista Room. The tasting will cost $15 and will include six to eight wines and light food pairings. RSVP and pay for your spot at

The tastings are a great opportunity to meet fellow faculty, staff and administrators in a relaxed environment. For answers to questions or more information, email Wine Club Chancellor Eric Lamm at

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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
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution on Academic Freedom, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution for Patty Bartscher commending her service to SF State, consent item
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding a revision to the Pre-Health Certificate (CEL), first reading
  • Title IX Training with Luoluo Hong, VP of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
  • Standing Committee Reports:
    • Academic Policies Committee
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee
    • Faculty Affairs Committee
    • Strategic Issues Committee
    • Student Affairs Committee

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

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We Arrived: A Collective Reflection: through Nov. 19 in the Art Gallery at Cesar Chavez Student Center

Salon de Refusés: through Nov. 20 in the Martin Wong Gallery, Fine Arts Building

28th Annual Stillwell Student Exhibition: through Dec. 3 in the Fine Arts Gallery, Fine Arts Building


Saturday, Nov. 14

Fourth Hungarian Film Festival: 9 a.m. in Coppola Theatre, Creative Arts

Sunday, Nov. 15

Theatre: Fringe Goes Long: "Martina, Martina!": 2 p.m. in The Lab, Creative Arts

Monday, Nov. 16

International Education Week 2015

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

Reading/lecture: Writers on Writing: Chanan Tigay: 7 p.m. in Humanities Auditorium

Tuesday, Nov. 17

International Education Week 2015

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

Women's Basketball Hosting Notre Dame de Namur: 5:30 p.m. in the Main Gymnasium

Wednesday, Nov. 18

International Education Week 2015

CultureFest Celebration: noon in Malcolm X Plaza

Japanese Tea Ceremony: 12:10 p.m. in HUM 117

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

H-1B/U.S. Permanent Residency workshop: 2 p.m. in the Rosa Parks Conference Rooms A-C, Student Center

Contesting the Foreign Domestic Divides: 4 p.m. in EPS 101

Lecture: Feel the History at Your Feet: Historic Synagogues as Heritage Attractions: 4:10 p.m. in HUM 415

Workshop: Humanitarian Response Mapping with Open Street Map: 5:30 p.m. in HSS 290

Panel discussion: Between Dialogue and Resistance: An Action Plan for Coexistence in Israel and Palestine: 5:40 p.m. in HSS 135

The Indivisibility of Justice: Understanding Palestine, Iran and Syria: 7 p.m. in LIB 12

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

Lecture: The Sacks of Rome: 390 B.C. - 2015 A.D.: 7:30 p.m. in HUM 587

Thursday, Nov. 19

International Education Week 2015

A Day in the Life of a Diplomat panel discussion: 1:30 p.m. in Rosa Parks Conference Rooms A-C, Student Center

Poetry reading: Leticia Hernandez-Linares and Lee Herrick: 4:30 p.m. in The Poetry Center, Humanities

Concert: Jazz Combos: 7 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Friday, Nov. 20

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

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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James Quesada, professor and chair of anthropology, served as moderator and discussant at a panel discussion on "Theory in Action: Violence in the Margins," held Oct. 23 at UC Berkeley.


Hightower Press published professor of Cinema Joseph McBride's memoir "The Broken Places" Nov. 1. McBride recounts his troubled youth in the Midwest during the 1960s, his growth, romance with a young schizophrenic woman and eventual triumph over adversity.

Health Education

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper gave the invited presentation "The Freeze Response, School Performance, and Our Response to Aggression" at the 41st annual meeting of the Western Association of Biofeedback and Neuroscience, formerly known as Biofeedback Society of California, held Nov. 6-8 in Costa Mesa, California.

International Programs

Associate Director of the Office of International Programs Jay Ward presented four sessions at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region XII Conference, which took place Oct. 26-27 in Honolulu. Ward chaired two sessions: "Professional Development Opportunities with the International Education Administrator (IEA) Fulbright Program" and "Launch Your Career in International Education." In addition, Ward served as a panelist on two sessions: "Enhance Your Professional Expertise! The NAFSA Academy for International Education" and "International Student Advising Policy: Planning for Grey Areas." NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange, with more than 10,000 members located at more than 3,500 institutions in more than 150 countries worldwide.


The Empyrean Ensemble performed "Ecstatic Aspen," a composition by Assistant Professor of Music Benjamin Sabey, on Nov. 7 in San Francisco and Nov. 5 and Nov. 8 in Davis.

Social Work

Associate Professor of Social Work Jocelyn Hermoso co-presented "A Participatory Action Research to Evaluate the Alameda County CalWORKS Mental Health Program," a talk about a current practitioner-researcher partnership project, at the 4th National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Translational Research Roundtable held Oct. 23 at CSU Sacramento.

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Unfortunate, disastrous impacts

CBS News interviewed Professor of Biology Sarah Cohen about climate change, global warming and their disastrous impact on the planet for a Nov. 6 report that was aired by affiliate stations throughout the U.S. "It's unbelievably warm. We have never had a warming event like this -- the extent of it, the different contributing factors, and how this [is] going to play out this season leads scientists to have huge concerns," Cohen said. "Climate change is causing a lot of unfortunate, disastrous impacts around the world."

Public health and essential research

Biology Lecturer William Cochlan commented for a Nov. 6 Al Jazeera America report on the toxic algae bloom in the Pacific Ocean. "If you just protect the people, that's great," Cochlan said. "But if you don't do the research, or our agencies don't fund scientists to do this sort of research, we're essentially just sticking our heads in the sand. And there's no reason to think it's going to go away."

Doom not certain, we must learn and adapt

A Nov. 6 Science Blog article about research by Professor of Biology Vance Vredenburg and Associate Professor of Biology Andy Zink into a deadly fungus that is killing amphibian populations in California included their comments. "This result indicates that just because the disease is moving through a particular population, it doesn't necessarily mean that population is doomed. Populations of certain species may be able to sustain an invasion and live through it over time," Zink said.

"A big part of being able to understand what happens today is being able to describe what happened in the past," Vredenburg said. "We need to be smarter in the future about the animals and plants that we're moving around the world, because we're not just moving them, we're moving microbes, including pathogens, and that's not a good idea."

Joy fades when bills are due

Associate Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell commented for a Nov. 8 Benzinga article about money and happiness. "The stress you'll feel when the credit-card bill comes in will probably wipe out the good you got from the [positive] experience," Howell observed.

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

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