October 30, 2017


Phishing advisory

Phishing attacks -- emails sent under false pretenses in an attempt to trick people into revealing personal information -- are the most common cyber security threat to individuals and businesses. Information Technology Services (ITS) advises faculty and staff to be suspicious of all requests sent via email, taking particular care when:

  • A message indicates that urgent action is needed.
  • A message indicates that negative consequences will occur if action is not taken.
  • A message is not expected.
  • The sender is not known.
  • A message cannot be read without opening an attachment.
  • A message requests that sensitive information be sent.
  • A message directs users to "click here" (with a link embedded).
  • A message uses poor grammar and/or spelling.
  • The sender's "from:" name does not match the message signature.
  • The sender's email address does not match the organization name cited in the message.
  • The sender's email address is not exactly the same as the real address.
  • The sender's name is not listed in the campus directory.
  • The department name shown in the message does not match the University's A-Z listing.
  • The website address (URL) of a linked site does not match the organization mentioned in the message.
  • A message was not sent using SF State-approved servers.

If you receive a phishing or spam message, report it using the "Report Phishing" link/icon found in Outlook Web Access and Outlook 2013 and 2016 clients. The message will be reported to San Francisco State's Information Security Team and will also be forwarded to Microsoft's Office365 Online Protection Service, which provides automated screening services for the University's faculty and staff email. If you are using a different email client, please forward the message with full headers to abuse@sfsu.edu.

If you realize that you were already tricked by a phishing scam, you should (1) immediately change your password(s) using a different computer; (2) scan your computer for malware that may have been introduced; and (3) report the incident by sending an email to incident@sfsu.edu.

More information about information security awareness at San Francisco State is available online.

Student Academic Pathways Project findings

Why do some students succeed while others struggle? The Student Academic Pathways Project (SAPP) is offering some insights. Sponsored by the Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP), SAPP brought together nine faculty members from different colleges to analyze student transcripts as a means of exploring the ways San Francisco State students progress (or don't) through their degrees. Participating faculty members presented their findings at a poster session in the Cesar Chavez Student Center on Thursday, Sept. 28. The findings -- which include the effect of probation status on graduation, the positive effect of taking Ethnic Studies courses on graduation rates, the effect of changing majors and more -- have been made available online.

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Campus dialogue events, Oct. 31

The San Francisco State community is invited to participate in a structured campus dialogue facilitated by students taking the course "COMM 543: Dialogue Across Differences." All are welcome, particularly students. The event will be held twice and will feature small group dialogues aimed at sharing different viewpoints and identifying opportunities for building a campus everyone wants to be part of. Lunch will be provided. When: Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 12:15 to 2 p.m. Where: Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Shark Tank Show 2017, Oct. 31

The International Business Department will present a "Shark Tank"-style creativity and innovation workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in LIB 121. Two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs -- David Holland, partner and VP of design for the Omnirax Furniture Company, and Alan Gin, founder and CEO of Zironines.com -- will judge proposals for "the next big thing" created by students. RSVP to reserve a seat at the event: Space is limited.

Business Ethics Week 2017, Nov. 6-9

Business Ethics Week is held every November and involves more than 6,300 undergraduate and graduate business students, the campus community, faculty members and alums as they hear from experts on topics related to business ethics, corporate social responsibility, the environment and sustainable business. This year's Business Ethics Week -- the twelfth -- will feature events exploring 11 topics: chocolate and sustainable food sourcing, Wikimedia tech, an ethics debate (with student teams), an ethics and compliance expert panel, a campus solar electric vehicle student project, social impact entrepreneurship, a film screening, labor practices, sustainability in tech and women in business events. For the full list of speakers for the two to three events to be offered each day between Nov. 6 and Nov. 9, go to the Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business webpage.

"Fringe Goes Long," Nov. 6-9

Full-length plays by emerging San Francisco State playwrights Jakob Berardino, Sara Brody, Matt Ginsburg and Emily Ann Stapleton address the questions and complications of life through the search for personal truth, the ghost of Jim Jones, the recent Wells Fargo banking scandal and Romeo and Juliet in the online world. Come for cutting-edge theatre as these new works are presented as staged readings in the Studio (CA 102) from Nov. 6 through Nov. 9, beginning at 7 p.m. each night. Admission is free.

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs training, Nov. 7

Faculty and administrative staff interested in learning about the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) are invited to an ORSP training scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 7. The two-hour training session, to be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in LIB 286), will be broken into pre-award and post-award sections (i.e., what to do before submitting a proposal and after getting an award). RSVP to jmankus@sfsu.edu.

Writing Pedagogy Workshops, Nov. 8 and Nov. 29

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) and Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) invite faculty to the third writing pedagogy workshop this semester: "Designing Thoughtful Writing Prompts." This session will be presented by Hsiao-Yun Chu from the School of Design on Nov. 8 from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286 (Faculty Commons). The workshop offers instructors ideas for how to construct multilayered writing prompts that promote critical thinking and that advance the skills and expectations of one's discipline. An excellent prompt can engage students in texts, help them compare and contrast different points of view and offer opportunities for thoughtful expression. Participants will practice writing and revising prompts as part of the workshop. Lecturers will be paid for participating, and snacks will be served.

The final writing pedagogy workshop of the semester, featuring English Language & Literature Lecturer Esther Chan on giving grammar feedback to non-native speakers, will be held Wednesday, Nov. 29, from noon to 1 p.m. in ADM 460. No RSVP is necessary; contact wac@sfsu.edu for more information.

Affordable Instructional Materials Discussion Lunch, Nov. 9

A discussion-based event to be held Thursday, Nov. 9, will give participants a chance to hear Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM) student ambassadors and other students share how affordable resources have helped them succeed. The event will run from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in LIB 286, and lunch will be provided. RSVP online. Visit the Affordable Learning website for more information.

fluX: New Moves Student Choreography Showcase, Nov. 9-12

fluX: New Moves Student Choreography Showcase, running from Nov. 9 to Nov. 12 in the Creative Arts building's McKenna Theatre, will spotlight the work of advance composition choreography students. The students' dance-making involves themes relevant to their search for identity as individuals and as artists. Themes of Asian American culture, relationships and their complexities, the intricacies of music and movement invention are among those to be explored. Performance times and ticket information are available online.

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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:


  • Associate Vice President for Marketing and Strategic Communications Elizabeth Smith will present market research results. (Approximate time: 2:30 p.m.)

Agenda items:

  • Proposed revision to the Academic Calendar policy (first reading)
  • Proposed creation of a First Year Experience (FYE) Committee (first reading)
  • Proposed master of science degree program in business analytics (first reading)
  • Resolution on Implementing budget transparency (first reading)
  • Temporary suspension of the minor in Modern Greek Studies (consent item)

The complete agenda and support documents for the meeting are available online

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

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"Recollected: Photography and the Archive"
Through Nov. 16 in the Fine Arts Gallery, Fine Arts building

"Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art"
Through Dec. 12 in the Special Collections Gallery, LIB 460

"PedalCulture: The Guitar Effects Pedal as Cultural Artifact"
Oct. 31 through Nov. 17 in the DesignSpace (room 115), Fine Arts building


Monday, Oct. 30

Performance: Annual Scary Concert: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Performance: SF State Orchestra: 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Wednesday, Nov. 1

Recital: Reformation Royal Rumble: Bach vs. Vivaldi: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Film: The Best of Soviet and Russian Cinema: Aleksandr Sokurov's "The Second Circle"

Thursday, Nov. 2

Women's Emerging Leadership Forum: 8:30 a.m. at the Downtown Campus

Lecture: The Shahnameh: Adapting the National Epic of Iran for the 21st Century Audience: 12:35 p.m. in the Humanities Auditorium, Humanities building

Reception/performance/panel discussion: PedalCulture: 4 p.m. in DesignSpace (room 115), Fine Arts building

Talk: Resisting the Right-Wing Offensive: Lessons from El Salvador's Grassroots: 4 p.m. in HUM 286

Friday, Nov. 3

Recital: classical guitar students: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Nonprofit Management Certificate Program: Board Development Course: 6 p.m. at the Downtown Campus

Saturday, Nov. 4

Conference: Teaching Art of the Middle East and the Islamic World: 10 a.m. at the de Young Museum's Koret Auditorium

Superfest International Disability Film Festival: 2 p.m. at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in Berkeley

Sunday, Nov. 5

Superfest International Disability Film Festival: 1 p.m. at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Focal Press plans to release a second edition of "Introduction to Video Production: Studio, Field, and Beyond" by Professor Emeritus of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Ronald J. Compesi and co-author Jaime S. Gomez.

"Echo," a solo exhibition of photography by School of Art Lecturer Sean McFarland, will be on display at San Francisco's Casemore Kirkeby gallery through Oct. 28.

College of Science & Engineering

Assistant Professor of Psychology Melissa Hagan presented data at the American Psychosomatic Society's mid-year meeting from a study that focused on associations between traumatic stress, indicators of biological functioning and mother-child relationship quality among a sample of primarily low-income Latina mother-child dyads exposed to interpersonal trauma. Using a well-validated, widely used behavioral observation coding system, the study found that a child's responsiveness to and involvement with his or her mother was associated with higher cortisol in the mother's hair. Given that abnormally low cortisol is often observed in traumatized populations, these results indicate a protective effect of high-quality maternal-child interactions on maternal biological stress response systems.

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Now Hear This, Part 1

Emily Beitiks, associate director of the Longmore Institute on Disability, recorded a "Perspectives" audio essay that aired on KQED Oct. 25. The essay explores Beitiks' reaction to caring for her mother, who has a disability, while raising two young children. "We try to hide away from the reality that all bodies need care at different moments, and we draw lines that stigmatize that care when it's done for adults versus children," she says. "In many cultures, senior care is more commonly handled in the home and my conclusions are obvious, but as I've shared my life update with friends and colleagues, I've been reminded how much rarer it is in the U.S. I have to be honest -- it's still hard. So I remind myself that it's bigger than my mom and me."

Now Hear This, Part 2

Professor Emeritus of Biology John Hafernik recently discussed "ZomBees" -- honeybees parasitized by the zombie fly -- on a Halloween-themed episode of the science podcast "SparkDialog." "A female zombie fly will find a honeybee or bumblebee or something like that, and the female fly has an ovipositor, which is like a hypodermic needle, which she can use to penetrate the body of the bee," Hafernik says. "And she'll find the weak spot -- the membranes between the hardened segment of the bee's abdomen -- and then starts inserting eggs inside of the honeybee. Those eggs then hatch into larvae, little maggots, that then start feeding on the inside of the honeybee."

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

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