November 6, 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


Associate Vice President of Research and Sponsored Programs candidates visit campus

Three candidates have been selected to interview for the position of associate vice president of Research and Sponsored Programs. The campus community is invited to attend the 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.

  • Friday, Nov. 6, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in LIB 244: Michael Scott, program director, Solid State and Materials Program, National Science Foundation
  • 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

Facilities and Service Enterprises to launch new work order system, offer training

The Facilities and Service Enterprises department (FSE) will soon roll out a new Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) to replace its current work order system. It is scheduled to be operational Nov.17. The new system, AiM (published by Assetworks), will replace the old Financial Accounting and Management Information System (FAMIS), which has become obsolete. AiM is a robust, interactive, cloud-based system, which will enable FSE to enhance workflow, inventory and preventive maintenance scheduling. Through the use of handheld devices to issue work orders to department employees, FSE also expects significant reductions in the use of paper.

The new system will go live campuswide on Nov. 17. Facilities will hold one-hour training sessions for the campus community on Nov. 16 and 17 in ADM 103. Individual training will also be available for building coordinators and people who frequently use the work order system. The training will focus on the new web-based customer request form that will launch with the system. For more information, visit Questions? Email Caitlin Steele at To schedule a seat for a training session, contact Bessie Batara at ext. 8-2125 or

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

Four candidates have been selected to interview for the position of dean of the College of Liberal and Creative Arts. The campus community is invited to attend the 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.

  • Monday, Nov. 9, from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. in LIB 121: Edmund Cueva, chair, Arts and Humanities Department, University of Houston-Downtown
  • 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 

Nov. 9 deadline for IEW 2015 proposals

The Office of International Programs seeks proposals for activities and events for International Education Week (IEW) 2015, Nov. 16-20. Read about hosting an event and then submit an activity or event proposal by Monday, Nov. 9, by completing an event proposal form.

The campus community is invited to join in this annual celebration that emphasizes the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of the world's cultures, peoples and languages. The U.S. departments of State and Education sponsor this event. This year's theme is "International Education: Advancing Access for All." Learn more at the International Education Week 2014 website or contact Jay Ward at or ext. 8-1121.

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, Autodesk packages and many more. 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

Willie Brown Fellowships for all majors

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage outstanding students to apply to the Willie Brown 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

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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.

"Dancing with the Devil in the City of God" book reading,
Nov. 6

Author and former local AP reporter Juliana Barbassa will read from her new book "Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro on the Brink" on Friday, Nov. 6, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in LIB 286. Barbassa's book is a critical examination of the city of Rio through the lens of politics, social unrest and sport.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Kinesiology and the Urban Studies and Planning Program. For more information, email Susan Zieff at

Alumni & Family Day, Saturday, Nov. 7

The Alumni Association invites the campus community to the annual Alumni & Family Day celebration on Saturday, Nov. 7. Festivities will include a luncheon featuring actor, activist and alum Danny Glover and the Family Festival with food, live music and fun activities for kids. There will also be interactive seminars including a beer education and tasting session and a hands-on holiday baking workshop. For more information and to register for the various events, go to

Free tickets for the Family Festival are available to faculty and staff (luncheon and beer tasting not included). The festival will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on the main Quad. Register online for the Family Festival now.

Questions? Email Nadia Chan at

College of Ethnic Studies 46th Anniversary Celebration, Nov. 8

Join SF State in celebrating the 46th anniversary of the founding of the nation's first and only College of Ethnic Studies. Actor, activist and alum Danny Glover is the featured speaker at a benefactor reception. The event will be held at the Seven Hills Conference Center Sunday, Nov. 8. The reception is from noon to 1 p.m., and the general program and auction will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.

Benefactor reception tickets cost $100, general tickets are $50 and faculty/staff tickets
are $35.

For information and to buy tickets, visit

Event proceeds will benefit student scholarships and the Community-University Empowerment Fund. To learn about sponsorship opportunities and tribute ads, contact Alex Sanchez at ext. 8-1032 or

The Rise of Rabbinic Authority and the Fall of the Synagogue, Nov. 9

The Department of Jewish Studies invites the campus community to a talk by Zev Eleff, assistant professor of Jewish history at Touro College and Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois. Eleff will present "The Rise of Rabbinic Authority and the Fall of the Synagogue: A Case Study in Nineteenth-Century American Religious Culture" on Monday, Nov. 9, at 3:30 p.m. in HUM 415. He is the author of numerous books and more than 30 scholarly articles in the field of American Jewish history. His two new books, "Power, Pulpits and Pews: Religious Authority and the Formation of American Judaism, 1816-1885" (Oxford University Press) and "Modern Orthodox Judaism in America: A Documentary History" (The Jewish Publication Society of America), will publish in 2016. This event is part of the Academica Judaica Lecture Series. For more information, call the Department of Jewish Studies at ext. 8-6075.

"Healing is possible: A remarkable recovery from tetraplegia," Nov. 9

Alumnus Madhu Anziani will share his journey of recovery from traumatic injuries Nov. 9 from 7 to 8 p.m. in SCI 101. In 2009, Anziani fell and shattered two of his neck vertebrae, which left him a quadriplegic with no bladder control. Using his knowledge of sound, energy (chi) and the healing power of the voice, he was able to completely recover from an injury that should have kept him in a wheelchair for life. He will share the techniques he used to heal and transform himself. Anziani is now a sound healer, musician and qi gong practitioner. He graduated from SF State with a degree in jazz/world music performance and was certified in sound, voice and music healing by the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Cuban member of parliament to visit, Nov. 12

Kenia Serrano, president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples and member of the Cuban national parliament, will speak Thursday, Nov. 12, at 4:10 p.m. in EPS 116.

WGS Lecture Series, Thursdays

The campus community is invited to attend the Women and Gender Studies (WGS) Lecture Series on Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. in HUM 121. For disability and other accommodations, email

​Thursday, November 12: "The Imperial University: Academic Repression and Scholarly Dissent"

UC Davis Professor of Asian American Studies Sunaina Maira, who co-edited the book "The Imperial University: Academic Repression and Scholarly Dissent" (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), will discuss the politics and limits of academic freedom in the contemporary academy, linking the policing of knowledge to the relationship between universities, racism, nationalism, militarism and neoliberalism. Maira asks, "When scholars and students who openly connect U.S. state formation to imperialism, war and racial violence are disciplined, then how are we to understand freedom, academic and otherwise?"

Superfest 2015, Nov. 14-15

The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability and the San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired present Superfest 2015, an international disability film festival on Saturday, Nov. 14, and Sunday, Nov. 15. The first day of the annual event will be held at the Magnes Collection in downtown Berkeley, and on the second day films will be screened at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Tickets sold out last year, so those interested are encouraged to buy tickets early. For more information and links to purchase tickets, visit All films are audio described and open captioned. An ASL (American Sign Language) interpreter and CART (Computer-Aided Realtime Translation) will be provided. Participants are asked to be scent free when attending.

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.

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 RSVP for the event.

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.

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

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 of 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 14 films selected for the inaugural festival seek to initiate a dialogue with local and international communities and draw connections between past and present wars, both overseas and on our streets. The films examine a diverse range of topics, such as gender identity and love, through a variety of genres and techniques, including horror, documentary and experimental. The films, which come from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and the Philippines, center on the stories and imaginations of people in Southeast Asia and the Southeast Asian diaspora.

The opening night screening and party will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, 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

Jewel City: Art from San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition at the de Young Museum, 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, To make reservations, send a check for $25/person, payable to "UWA", to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960. The reservation deadline is Nov. 13.

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.

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Following are the action items from the Nov. 3 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard an announcement from Sara Hackenberg about the Faculty Retreat on Jan. 25, 2016, which will include interactive forums for participation; faculty are encouraged to submit ideas for the forums. All faculty participants will be acknowledged at the event.
  • Heard a reminder to vote in the day's municipal elections by Brigitte Davila.
  • Approved the Oct. 20 minutes as submitted.
  • Approved the Nov. 3 agenda as submitted.
  • Heard a report from the chair regarding a new University Club (UClub); space has been secured, a steering committee established and a funding model put in place. President Les Wong donated $100,000 for renovations and an architect is working on a design concept. Progress updates will be posted on the Senate website.
  • Heard a report from President Les Wong, who also answered questions:
  • The UClub is planned to open in August 2016, and the president thanked Jason Porth, executive director of UCorp, for his work on the project.
  • Announced that six "game-changing" faculty positions have been filled; 96 positions remain. The provost will work with college deans to use extra Chancellor’s Office funds for the hires.
  • A "pouring rights" community meeting will be held Nov. 19 at 12:15 p.m. to discuss the issue; the campus community is encouraged to join the discussion instead of sending emails and petitions. The event location will be announced later. Associated Students, Inc. will host the event and president Wong will facilitate as well as listen.
  • A physical campus master plan is being developed in response to last year's closure of the old Science Building, the deteriorating conditions of athletics and Creative Arts structures and the need for student and employee housing. A financial plan will also need to be put in place. The proposed conceptual map of the physical master plan that was shown will be posted on the Senate website.
  • Approved an amended resolution on bullying recommended by the Student Affairs Committee in a first reading.
  • Heard a budget report from Vice President of Administration & Finance Ron Cortez, who also answered questions. Slides from his presentation will be published on the Senate website.
  • Heard a recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding a proposed Temporary Faculty Evaluation policy, first reading. The item was returned to committee.
  • Heard an informational item regarding the name change to the Department of Modern Languages and Literature (formerly Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures).
  • Heard a recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution on academic freedom in the first reading. The item was returned to committee.
  • Approved a proposal from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding a proposed minor in museum studies in the first reading.
  • Approved proposed revisions to the minor in Greek studies by the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee in the first reading.
  • Heard Standing Committee reports:
  • Academic Policies Committee: work on probation policy continues
  • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: work on proposals continues
  • Faculty Affairs Committee: work on evaluation of lecturer policy continues
  • Strategic Issues Committee: survey on workplace satisfaction near completion
  • Student Affairs Committee: work on preferred name resolution and credit for emergency service continues

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Web 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: Nov. 10 through Nov. 20 in the Martin Wong Gallery, Fine Arts Building

28th Annual Stillwell Student Exhibition: Nov. 10 through Dec. 3 in the Fine Arts Gallery, Fine Arts Building


Saturday, Nov. 7

Film: Travelling Shots: Families Beyond Boundaries: 9 a.m. in Coppola Theatre, Creative Arts

Women's Volleyball vs. Cal State Monterey Bay: 7 p.m. in Main Gymnasium

Sunday, Nov. 8

College of Ethnic Studies 46th Anniversary Celebration: noon at Seven Hills Conference Center

Monday, Nov. 9

William Corbett-Jones Award Recital: Richard Thomas: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Master class: Joyce Yang, piano: 4 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Lecture: The Rise of Rabbinic Authority and the Fall of the Synagogue: 4:30 p.m. in HUM 415

Reading/lecture: Writers on Writing: Alli Warren: 7 p.m. in Humanities Auditorium

Wednesday, Nov. 11

Veterans Day: no classes, offices closed

Thursday, Nov. 12

Poetry reading: Poet | Artist | Activist: Let's Make A Plan: 4:30 p.m. in the Labor Archives and Research Center, J. Paul Leonard Library

Friday, Nov. 13

Recital: Susan Lamb Cook, cello: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Fourth Hungarian Film Festival: 4 p.m. in the Coppola Theatre, Creative Arts

Theatre: Fringe Goes Long: "Martina, Martina!": 7 p.m. in The Lab, Creative Arts

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts

Associate Professor of Audio and Radio Jeff Jacoby released the first of three courses on the subject of capturing sound for videos. The courses are targeted at beginning- and intermediate-level video producers and demystify the often ignored but critically important subject of capturing quality sound for all types of video productions. SF State employees may access courses by logging in to the Gateway, following the "IT Services" link on the left and then clicking the "Online Training (Lynda)" link in the right-most column under the "Additional
Services" section.


Professor of Counseling Wanda M.L. Lee was an invited opening plenary speaker at the Southern Clinical Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, Oct. 23. Her address on "Teaching Cross-Cultural Competency: An Interdisciplinary Approach" introduced multicultural competency perspectives from the discipline of counseling to clinical law professors. The conference, held at the University of Memphis School of Law, focused on the theme "Confronting Issues of Race & Diversity in Clinical Legal Education."

Environmental Studies

Professor of Environmental Studies Carlos Davidson co-authored "The toxicity of glyphosate alone and glyphosate-surfactant mixtures to western toad (Anaxyrus boreas) tadpoles," which was published in June in the online journal Environmental Toxicity and scheduled to appear in an upcoming print edition of the journal. The study looked at toxicity levels of aquatic herbicide exposures to western toad tadpoles when glyphosate -- the most-used herbicide active ingredient in the United States -- is mixed with various surfactants, which increase the surface area over which a herbicide can be spread. The results indicated that the addition of surfactants, which receive little testing and regulation, may greatly increase the toxicity of herbicide formulations.


Professor Emeritus of History Christopher Waldrep attended a roundtable session on Oct. 30 to honor his scholarship, teaching and contributions to H-Law as a founding editor and lead editor for 18 years. Waldrep wrote extensively on constitutional themes in the southern United States before an accident compelled him to retire. H-Law is a Humanities Social Sciences Online discussion network sponsored by the American Society for Legal History.

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

Professor of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Nina Roberts presented the education session on youth development "Different Strokes for Different Folks: Taking Urban Teens to a Whole New Leadership Level" at the Association for Experiential Education's annual international conference in Portland (Oct. 21-25). She teamed up with staff from SF State's Pacific Leadership Institute (PLI), PLI Chief of Programs and Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Lecturer Drew McAdams and Recreation, Parks, and Tourism student and PLI Team Leader Jerry Lam, who made significant contributions to the session. 

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Importance of building relationships

An Oct. 20 SF Gate article about public-private partnerships included comments about SF State's partnership with Genentech by Interim Associate Vice President for Research & Sponsored Programs Alison Sanders. "From the University perspective, students get hands-on time with cutting-edge companies for discovery and technology outside the classroom. It's good for the industry, too, as they exchange ideas with our faculty in areas of expertise like biotech," Sanders said. "Our students are passionate about broadening their skills and furthering their careers. Primarily, they are going for advanced degree educational experience, but they also understand the importance of building relationships with the companies."

Something that inspires

Associate Director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability Emily Beitiks was interviewed for an Oct. 29 Digital Journal article about the Superfest film festival. "This year is important because it is the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that was signed into legislation by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. Superfest wants to commemorate the ADA anniversary in a way that goes above and beyond what has been written down as laws and ordinance. We are celebrating the rich experiences and vibrant diversity of all people with disabilities," Beitiks said. "The media often puts a spotlight on the victimhood aspect of disability. We feature stories/films that highlight people who are living full lives with a disability. That their situation of living with a disability is something that inspires them."

Achievers made, not born

Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Studies Jennifer Summit was interviewed for an Oct. 30 SF Gate article about honors programs. "We found that most of our honors students all came from highly educated families, usually with both parents college-educated. We want to make sure that all our students -- especially those who may be first-generation college attendees -- get the same advantages as other students," Summit said. "High achievers are made, not born. It will astonish you what some of these students, who may not have been at the top of their class in high school, can achieve."

Blatant illegality

Political Science Lecturer Calvin Welch commented on Airbnb's push against San Francisco ballot proposition F for a Nov. 2 Wired article. Their efforts speak to "the blatant illegality and disregard for local law shown by Airbnb. This is part of [the same problem with] Uber and others. There's this sense of lawlessness among these well-heeled, Web-based tech companies, and it's really quite frightening to people," Welch said. "Airbnb makes money by abusing the existing [short-term rental] ordinance, and it's obvious that they do. They continue to list people who are not registered."

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

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SF State received $1,771,320 in grants and contracts in October 2015.

Margaret Brodkin, Public Affairs and Civil Engagement, Funding the Next Generation, The San Francisco Foundation, $10,000

Charlotte Ferretti, Marian Wright Edelman Institute, Jumpstart FY 2015-16, Jumpstart for Young Children, $17,079

Eileen Levy, Social Work, C/S Title IV-E FY 15/16, UC Berkeley/Prime: California Department of Social Services, $1,134,280

Eileen Levy, Social Work, C/S Title IV-E FY 15/16, National Institutes of Health, $464,510

Mary Beth Love, Health Education, METRO @ SF State, Easy Bay Community
Foundation, $99,211

Frances Wilkerson, Science and Engineering, Microcystis Monitoring Drought, California Department of Water Services, $46,240

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Emerita Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Florence Haimes passed away peacefully on June 2 at the age of 97. Her colleagues in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry remember her fondly.

Haimes was a dedicated teacher who was passionate about the history of chemistry. She began teaching at the San Francisco State College in 1947 and retired from the University in 1987. While teaching at SF State, she attended Stanford University and in 1952 earned her Ed.D. with the thesis "Physical Science in the General Education Program of a State College."

She was active in the University Women’s Association and taught lower-division chemistry and history of chemistry courses. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry awards a scholarship in her name to an undergraduate student every year. Colleagues remember Haimes as a very fine teacher who loved her students, a gentle and cultured woman, and a gracious colleague.

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