October 23, 2017


Fire resources online

Many members of the SF State family have been directly affected by the Bay Area fires, and many have friends and family who are impacted. You can help faculty and staff in need through a special emergency fund or support students through the SF State HOPE Fund. Faculty and staff can apply for assistance on the University Corporation website, and students can do so at the Dean of Students site.

Director of athletics steps down

Charles Guthrie, who has served as SF State's director of athletics for the last three years, has resigned to accept a new position at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay effective Nov. 1. While a national search for a replacement is being conducted, former Interim Director of Athletics Bill Nepfel will return to the University to provide continuity and leadership. Nepfel served in leadership roles at both SF State and the University of San Francisco after a successful career coaching women's basketball at USF.

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Carnegie Fellows deadline nears

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) seeks nominees for the Andrew Carnegie Fellows program, which supports research on challenges to democracy and international order. SF State is allowed to nominate two candidates: one junior (Ph.D. 2007 or later) and one senior scholar.

Formal applications are due to the Carnegie Foundation by Nov. 17. In order to identify the two strongest applicants for SF State, ORSP requests that faculty submit a three-page proposal addressing one of the four broad topics of this year's program (available along with other details online) as well as a one-page CV to both AVP for Research Michael Scott and the ORSP grant development specialist, Jessica Mankus, by Oct. 30.

International Education Week proposals sought

The Office of International Programs seeks proposals for activities and events for International Education Week 2017, Nov. 13-17. Submit an activity or event proposal by Friday, Nov. 3, by completing an online 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. Learn more at the International Education Week 2016 website or contact Jay Ward at jward@sfsu.edu or ext. 8-1121.

"Co-Designing Ethical Interventions in Resource Constrained Environments," Oct. 23

The Health Equity Institute's NeuroTech Lab is sponsoring a lecture by Paul Cunningham on the topic "Co-Designing Ethical Interventions in Resource Constrained Environments." The president and CEO of International Information Management Corporation, a strategy consulting and research organization, Cunningham will explore the social implications and ethical issues to be considered when designing interventions in resource-constrained environments. His lecture will introduce the concepts of collaborative open innovation and co-design in the context of global development and addressing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The talk will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. today in LIB 244. Attendees can remain for a post-event discussion about setting up a Bay Area chapter of the Society on Social Implications of Technology, an offshoot of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Quality Learning and Teaching Workshop, Oct. 25

The campus community is invited to a Quality Learning and Teaching (QLT) Workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. in LIB 222. Learn how to use the QLT instrument to diagnose and improve your course, establish connections with the QLT faculty ambassadors and instructional designers, and begin the journey towards full QLT certification. Learn more on the AT website.

Register online for this event.

Rosenberg Institute Public Forum at RTC, Nov. 1

The Barbara and Richard Rosenberg Institute for Marine Biology and Environmental Science Public Forums bring leading scientists to the Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC) to speak about the latest advances in their fields. The next forum guest will be Jonathan Foley, executive director of the California Academy of Sciences, who will speak at RTC at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, following a 6 p.m. reception. A world-renowned scientist, Foley focuses his work on the sustainability of our planet and the ecosystems and natural resources we depend on. His topic for the evening: "Planet Vision -- A New of Thinking About a Sustainable Future." The event is free. Register online.

Stat CORR talk by Professor Stanley Pogrow, Nov. 6

The campus community is invited to a Stat CORR Methodology and Multivariate Analysis (MAMA) meeting featuring Professor of Educational Leadership Stanley Pogrow. Pogrow will speak on the topic "How Practical Significance Misleads Practice," exploring how applied research misdirecting clinical practice is a widespread problem across the social, management and medical sciences and outlining his efforts to reform how quantitative methods are taught in leadership programs nationally. The presentation will be held Monday, Nov. 6, from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 296. Lunch will be served. Interested in attending? Send an RSVP to rharvey@sfsu.edu.

The SF State Statistics Community of Representative Researchers (Stat CORR) hosts meetings, workshops and training clinics to foster and promote the dissemination of quantitative and qualitative research skills.

UndocuAlly training for staff and faculty, Nov. 28

Staff and faculty are invited to participate in an UndocuAlly training designed to show how they can support the undocumented student population. Participants will receive an overview of immigration history, recent legislation and ways to address the challenges facing DREAMers while hearing the stories of current SF State students. Space is limited, so those interested are asked to register online in advance.

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The following were the action items for the Oct. 17 Academic Senate meeting:

2-2:10 p.m.: Open floor period. (The open floor period provides an informal opportunity for campus community members to raise questions or make comments directed to Senate officers or to University administrators.)

2:10 p.m.: Call to order. Announcements were made about the Alcademics Wine Club, a CSU Virtual Grad School Fair, a CFA event and an Associated Students event called "Cal State Contact Congress."

Action item #1: The Senate approved the agenda for the meeting with the addition of an agenda item to discuss concerns brought forward by representatives from the College of Ethnic Studies.

Action item #2: The Senate approved the minutes for the Oct. 5 meeting.

Action item #3: Chair Gerber gave a report about emergency preparedness and the North Bay fire, the Year of Conversation and the search process for a University Police lieutenant.

Action item #4: Standing committees and ASCSU senators gave their reports.

Action item #5: Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Luoluo Hong introduced the new Division of Equity & Community Inclusion.

Action item #6: Vice President of University Enterprises Jason Porth presented the Future State Vision Plan.

Action item #7: Provost Summit gave an update on tenure density and tenure-track hiring and retention.

Action item #8: The Senate discussed the recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding a proposed revision to Academic Calendar policy #F17-242.

Action item #9: The Senate discussed the recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding a proposed First Year Experience (FYE) Committee formation policy.

Action item #10: The Senate approved the recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding a resolution in opposition to the timeline for implementation of Executive Order 1100.

Action item #11: The Senate discussed the recommendation from the Strategic Initiatives Committee regarding a resolution on implementing budget transparency.

Action item #12: The Senate tabled discussion of the College of Ethnic Studies budget assessment request to the leadership of campus shared governance from September 15, 2017, until the next plenary.

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

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College of Ethnic Studies

A video of Latina/Latino Studies professor emeritus Jose Cuellar playing the ocarina (a type of flute) is a prominent part of the Peabody Museum exhibit "Ocarinas of the Americas," which was the subject of a recent Boston Globe feature story.

College of Health & Social Sciences

Professor and Chair of the Family Interiors Nutrition & Apparel Department Connie Ulasewicz and Apparel Design & Merchandising lecturer Gail Baugh were the recipients of a Zero Waste Initiative Grant presented at a recent meeting of the San Francisco Department of the Environment's Commission on the Environment. The goal of their proposal, Fabric & Clothing Exchange (FABCO-EX), is to develop and implement a model of clean post-consumer textile and clothing collection for scalable sorting, rehabilitating and selling.

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper presented two keynotes -- "Breathing and Posture: Mind-Body Interventions to Improve Health, Reduce Pain and Discomfort" and "Cancer: What You Can Do to Prevent and Support Healing" -- at the Caribbean Active Aging Congress held Oct. 13 -14 in Oranjestad, Aruba.

College of Science & Engineering

Assistant Professor of Earth & Climate Sciences Alexander Stine co-authored a study that examines climate change's impact on early societies. Published in the journal Nature Communications, the study focuses on the ways climate fluctuations affected the Ptolemaic dynasty of ancient Egypt. Several media outlets took note of the study, including Science Magazine.

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Chemistry: The Next Generation

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Alegra Eroy-Reveles and her efforts to support underrepresented students in the sciences were highlighted recently on the Science Magazine website. "I love synthetic chemistry. I love making molecules," Eroy-Reveles said. "But I realized I could have a much bigger impact if I can get the next generation there, to ask really good questions. They're not going to get there unless they get through undergraduate chemistry."

Fire Aftermath

Adjunct Professor of Counseling Ulash Thakore-Dunlap was interviewed on KTVU about the psychological impact of the North Bay fires on residents. "What I would say is that a lot of people are in shock right now," Thakore-Dunlap said. "Almost in active mode. And that's what happens where you're just doing and you're numb. You can't sleep. You're very active but also the long-term effects are much greater than the short-term effects."

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

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