September 16, 2016


Survey for SF State cyclists

Do you ride your bicycle to SF State? The University is working with the League of American Bicyclists on a Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) assessment. Those who bicycle to SF State are asked to help by providing valuable feedback via the BFU survey.

Call for proposals for CSU Redesigning Our Majors symposium at SF State

Designing majors to serve the needs of students in a changing environment is an ongoing challenge. One of the best opportunities to support and strengthen faculty-led curricular redesign is to develop a community of practice in the CSU: a time, space and place in which faculty can learn from each other.

The goal of the CSU Redesigning Our Majors symposium is to bring together departments and faculty from across the system who have undertaken curricular redesigns to discuss strategies, tools and opportunities with colleagues in their own and related disciplines. Participants will include 20 departments at SF State whose year-long efforts have been funded by the Teagle Foundation and who will share what they have learned.

The symposium organizers invite proposals for presentations and posters on the processes and contents of their curriculum design and revision experiences, with preference to those efforts that are faculty-led, focused on student success and achievement, and comprehensive in curricular scope.

Visit the Redesigning Our Majors web page for details and to submit a proposal. Proposals are due by Nov. 28, and notifications will be sent to submitters in January 2017. Questions? Contact Sheldon Gen at

Start the fall semester with AT

From software tools to training, Academic Technology (AT) is ready to help faculty in their mission to educate.

iLearn improvements for fall 2016

The new academic year brings improvements to iLearn, including:

One-on-one support from iLearn experts

AT’s instructional designers’ combination of technical know-how, design expertise and teaching experience help instructors start the semester with confidence. Schedule a one-on-one appointment today.

Webinar on engaging uses of Zoom: Friday, Sept. 23, from noon to 1 p.m. (online via Zoom)

Zoom is SF State’s new online video conferencing platform. In this virtual session, participants will learn what video conferencing is, discover how instructors and their students can access it and get ideas on how Zoom might be used to engage students, bring in guest speakers, collaborate with colleagues, etc. Register for the Zoom webinar online.

Media and classroom support

The AT team assures classrooms have everything needed for successful courses. Instructors can check out equipment, get personalized training and support or request a classroom equipment installation. Call (415) 338-1494, email or visit LIB 85.

Technology initiatives and updates town hall meeting, Sept. 22

The Campus Technology Committee and Executive Technology Council invite the campus community to a campuswide town hall meeting to present updates from Information Technology Services (ITS) and Academic Technology (AT) on this year’s technology initiatives. The event will be held Thursday, Sept. 22, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in LIB 121.

Learn more about technology implementations for the fall 2016 semester, including:

  • Information technology modernization
  • Information security
  • Mobility
  • Updates on implementation of web conferencing, e-portfolios and e-WPAFs (Working Personnel Action Files)
  • Bulk workstation (workstation standards, faculty refresh and inventory management)

Student Success in the Majors grants

Curricular complexity can pose a significant barrier to student success. The goal of any curricular redesign should be to maintain high standards while also assuring that curricular decisions increase the likelihood that first-time students will graduate in four years and transfer students will graduate in two years.

The Student Success in the Majors grants initiative supports faculty in targeted reflection on and redesign of their curricula to better support student success. Possible options — based on promising practices at other CSUs and beyond — include redesigning major courses to meet SF State Studies requirements or reducing prerequisites, but programs could propose other strategies that will serve the same goal of streamlining degree requirements.

Grants of $5,000 to $7,000 will be awarded to departments to support faculty in making curricular revisions that will be implemented in 2017-18. The result of the grant should be a proposed curricular change that is approved by the college and submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning.

Grant proposals will need the college dean or designee’s endorsement by Friday, Oct. 28. Awardees will be selected by a faculty committee. Further instructions can be found at Contact Interim Associate Dean of Academic Planning Jane DeWitt with questions.

CalPERS open enrollment in progress

Open enrollment for benefits will end Oct. 7, 2016. During open enrollment, eligible faculty and staff may:

  • Change health and/or dental plans.
  • Add eligible dependents to new or existing health and/or dental plans.
  • Renew or enroll in flexible spending programs.
  • Update their Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA) or Dependent Care Reimbursement (DCRA); currently enrolled employees MUST submit new enrollment forms for HCRA/DCRA during open enrollment to continue deductions for 2017.

Important note: Blue Shield NetValue (HMO) will not be offered in 2017. Current enrollees will be automatically moved into the Blue Shield Access+ health plan if they do not make a change during open enrollment. Most providers currently participating in Blue Shield NetValue also participate in the Blue Shield Access+ health plan. This change in plans will affect the amount employees pay for their insurance.

New rate information and enrollment forms will be posted on the Human Resources website.

Employees are urged to carefully review their health plan’s Evidence of Coverage (EDC) publication for a complete explanation of the benefits covered, as well as limitations and exclusions that may apply, before deciding to retain their existing plan or make a change.  Eligible employees should receive a CalPERS open enrollment brochure in the mail soon. The brochure may also be downloaded from the CalPERS website.

In addition, Benefit and Retirement Services staff are available for drop-in visits and appointments regarding open enrollment during the following hours:

  • Tuesdays: 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Wednesdays: 2 – 4 p.m.

Benefits Fair, Sept. 21

Human Resources will host the 35th annual Benefits Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from noon to 2 p.m. in the first floor lobby and second floor of the Administration Building. The fair provides faculty and staff an opportunity to explore the range of available employee benefits and speak with representatives from University-sponsored health, dental, life, vision and financial plans.

Become a Safe Zone ally

The SF State Safe Zone program is looking for staff, faculty and administrators to become Safe Zone allies for the campus LGBTQQIA community. Read more about volunteering for the Safe Zone.

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Interdisciplinary STS Hub Meeting, Sept. 20

The Science and Technology Studies (STS) Hub is where scholars engaging in medicine, technology, science, health and justice come together to build, think and collaborate on a variety of events, projects, programs and conversations. The group will meet Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in HSS 361 to discuss “Co-production and Ethics of Invention.” The conversation will introduce renowned scholar Sheila Jasanoff’s notion of co-production and discuss a part of her new book “The Ethics of Invention.”

The group meets every third Tuesday, with meetings scheduled for Oct. 18 and Nov. 15. Questions? Contact Ugo Edu at or call ext. 5-2444.

WGS lecture series to resume Sept. 21

The Department of Women and Gender Studies (WGS) will resume its lecture series during the fall 2016 semester on Wednesdays from 12:35 to 1:50 p.m. in HUM 119. The September lectures are:

  • Sept. 21: “Living after Killing: How the Violence of War Shapes the Lives of Veterans” by Assistant Professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences Natalie Purcell (University of California, San Francisco)
  • Sept. 28: “Homefront Frontlines: U.S. Military Spouses and Domestic Nationalism in the 21st Century” by Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies Deborah Cohler

“Artivism and Climate Justice” event, Sept. 21

The campus community is invited to attend the “Artivism and Climate Justice” event on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. in LIB 121. “Artivism” is the nexus of art and activism to bring about change. Speakers will include:

Ashel (Ashley) Eldridge, a.k.a. Seasunz, is a green hip-hop artist, poet and climate justice/spiritual activist with the multimedia arts collective and spiritual activist movement group Earth Amplified. Eldridge also teaches in SF State’s Department of Race and Resistance Studies and at the Alliance for Climate Education, and he serves as a Green for All Fellow. Seasunz is a co-founder of United Roots, Oakland’s Green Youth Arts and Media Center, where he serves as the health and sustainability coordinator.

David Solnit is an internationally known artist and activist who has contributed to the anti-nuclear, anti-war, anti-globalization, human rights and climate justice movements. He is the North American arts organizer for, co-founder of Art and Revolution and author of “Globalize Liberation: How to Uproot the System and Build a Better World.”

The event is sponsored by the SF State Climate Justice Initiative. For more information, contact American Indian Studies Lecturer Phil Klasky at

Symposium in honor of the anniversary of “The Watermelon Woman,” Sept. 23-24

The campus community is invited to a “Black/Feminist/Lesbian/Queer/Trans* Cultural Production” in honor of the 20th anniversary of Assistant Professor of Cinema Cheryl Dunye’s film “The Watermelon Woman,” the first feature film directed by and starring a black lesbian. The event will be held Friday, Sept. 23, and Saturday, Sept. 24. RSVP for the “Black/Feminist/Lesbian/Queer/Trans* Cultural Production.” Read more about the “Black/Feminist/Lesbian/Queer/Trans* Cultural Production” event.

Writing Pedagogy Workshops, Sept. 26

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning and Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) invite faculty to the fall Writing Pedagogy Workshops. The workshop “Effective Design and Sequencing of Writing Assignments” will be held Monday, Sept. 26, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286). RSVP by Sept. 19 to jvo@sfsu.eduRead more about the pedagogy workshops.

CSU Institute of Palliative Care seeks campus faculty director, announces upcoming conference (Sept. 30-Oct. 1)

The Institute of Palliative Care (IPC) is a California State University-wide institute with six partner campuses. The goal of the institute is to promote access to and awareness of palliative care by educating current health care professionals, future health care professionals (e.g., our students) and the community.

Faculty Director sought: SF State is now seeking a faculty director to expand the University’s presence in this institute. Learn more about the position on the IPC webpage and/or contact Professor of Gerontology Brian de Vries at

National Symposium on Academic Palliative Care Education and Research: The first National Symposium on Academic Palliative Care Education and Research will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at Cal State San Marcos. Read more about the CSU Institute of Palliative Care.

Educational Leadership program open house, Sept. 24

The campus community is invited to meet the current students and faculty of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program at an open house on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in BH 408. RSVP to

Africana Studies presents “Mbongi Talk” series

Many African American family researchers are unclear about the nature of the ancient African family paradigm, though some assert that African families were matriarchal while others conclude that African families were patriarchal. Professor Emeritus of Ethnic Studies Oba T’Shaka will present his empirical research on north, west, east, central and south Africa as it relates to African American families in a “Mbongi Talk” presentation entitled “Twin-Lineal Families: The Historical and Cultural Paradigm for African and African American Families.” The presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies/Psychology Building.

SF BUILD Dialogue, Oct. 5

The SF BUILD Research Enrichment Core will host an SF BUILD Dialogue Oct. 5 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in LIB244. The discussion will center on the intersectionality of race/ethnicity, sexuality and gender, and its effects on health. SF BUILD Dialogue is an interdisciplinary forum for SF State and UCSF faculty and relevant partners to engage in intellectual exchange and to present knowledge of local and state health disparities. Faculty from SF State and UCSF are invited to share their work to stimulate ideas and opportunities for interdisciplinary innovation and new research collaborations between institutions.

Third annual Women’s Emerging Leadership Forum, Oct. 6-7

The College of Business will host a two-day leadership forum for women who aspire to take on leadership roles. The event will provide an engaging environment for participants to come together, share knowledge, enhance their leadership skills and expand their professional network. Participants will learn how to capture new opportunities for career and personal growth, develop mentor-mentee relationships and become key contributors and leaders in their organizations.

The Women’s Emerging Leadership Forum will be held Thursday, Oct. 6, and Friday, Oct. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the downtown campus. Fees are $50 for faculty, staff and current students, $145 for SF State alumni and $195 general admission. Go to Eventbrite for registration.

Save the date: Women’s Leadership Conference, Oct. 21

The SF State Women’s Leadership Conference will take place on Friday, Oct. 21, at the Seven Hills Conference Center. Staff, faculty and students are welcome to attend this free all-day conference, which will feature breakout sessions focusing on personal and career development. Stay tuned for more info on registration, conference agenda and session topics.

Be Part of International Education Week 2016

The Office of International Programs invites the campus community to submit proposals for the 17th annual celebration of International Education Week (IEW), to be held Nov. 14-18. Needed activities include organizing open classroom events that can be audited by members of the campus community, hosting for internationally themed events and offering extra credit to students for their active participation. Learn more about IEW. Read more about IEW 2016.

Reduced price deadline extended for “Adriatic Embrace” 2017 scholarship cruise

The University Women’s Association (UWA) will host a 12-day “Adriatic Embrace” cruise on the Oceania Cruises ship Sirena from Aug. 30 to Sept. 11, 2017. The cruise’s destination-intensive itinerary will explore 11 ports in six countries, including a mix of historic sites, boutique ports, seaside villages and an overnight stop in Venice. Like the UWA’s previous 21 cruises, the “Adriatic Embrace” will raise funds for the organization’s student scholarship programs. Read about the more "Adriatic Embrace."

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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
  • Information Item: Department of Design and Industry has been approved to become the School of Design in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts.
  • Recommendation from the Strategic Issues Committee regarding a proposed revision to the Strategic Issues Committee charge (first reading).
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding a proposed resolution in support of Preferred Names (first reading).
  • Committee Nominations:
    • Board of Appeals and Review: two faculty positions for the 2016-18 term.
    • Enrollment Management Committee: two faculty positions for the 2016-19.
  • Report from the Academic Senate, CSU.
  • Standing Committee Reports:
    • Academic Affairs Committee
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee
    • Faculty Affairs Committee
    • Strategic Issues Committee
    • Student Affairs Committee

Discontinuance proposals

Per Academic Senate Policy S12-177, the Educational Policies Committee (EPC) is required to inform the campus community of the following discontinuance proposals two weeks before Senate action. Any party interested in filing a response should send an email to The discontinuance proposals are:

  • B.A. in Art: Art Education Concentration
  • M.A. in Art History

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

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SF State Designs: Alumni Exhibition: Sept. 15-Oct. 11 in FA 115

“When I Remember I See Red: California Native American Contemporary Art”: Sept. 17-Oct. 13

“Worshiping the God of Dynamite”: through Dec. 1


Saturday, Sept. 17

Volleyball hosting Sonoma State: 7 p.m. in the Swamp at Don Nasser Family Plaza

Sunday, Sept. 18

Pre-concert talk: Morrison Artists Series: Alexander String Quartet: 2 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts

Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Alexander String Quartet: 3 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts

Tuesday, Sept. 20

Superfest Showcase: noon in LIB 121

The 2016 Presidential Election: Issues and Analysis: 4:10 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts

Wednesday, Sept. 21

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Research with Children, Adolescents and Families: noon in LIB 121

Lecture: “When I Remember I See Red”: 12:10 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery

Women and Gender Studies Lecture Series: “Living After Killing: How the Violence of War Shapes the Lives of Veterans”: 12:35 p.m. in HUM 119

The Best of Polish Cinema: Andrzej Wajda’s “A Man of Marble”: 7:10 p.m. in the Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts

Friday, Sept. 23

Symposium: Black/Feminist/Lesbian/Queer/Trans Cultural Production: 3 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts

Recital: Flute students of Linda Lukas: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Women in Film: Agnes Varda: 4 p.m. in the Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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Professor of Economics Anoshua Chaudhuri and former Economics Lecturer Mayumi Kubo co-authored the article “Gender gap in health status of children in the context of one-child policy in China: is it sibling rivalry or son preference?” in the September 2016 issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Family and Economic Issues. In the article, the researchers examine the impact of China’s one-child policy on children’s health status and prove that the negative health impacts on girls’ health were caused by a preference for sons and not sibling rivalry for resources. The single girls born in China do not show any significant health difference from single boys, showing that the girls born were the “wanted” girls. Kubo, a student of Chaudhuri’s, recently earned her master’s degree in economics from SF State and is currently a Ph.D. student at UC Davis.

Health Education

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper co-authored the article “The efficacy of neurofeedback among patients with major depressive disorder: preliminary study,” which appeared in volume 3, issue 3 (2016) of the journal NeuroRegulation (S.Y. Wang, I.M. Lin, E. Peper, Y.T. Chen, T.C. Tang, Y.C. Yeh, YC. Y.C Tsai and C.C. Chu).

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Feet of clay

Associate Professor of Broadcast Communication Arts Miriam Smith commented for an Aug. 22 KTVU segment on the lack of national media attention on Louisiana’s floods compared to more “interesting” Olympics-related stories. “We like something that’s sort of unusual, [and] the Olympic athlete as a god [Ryan Lochte] who suddenly has feet of clay, that’s really interesting to us,” Smith said. “You have to look at the ratings to see what gets the ratings.”

Absolutely insane

Professor of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Patrick Tierney weighed in on the business of “glamping” (glamour camping) in the Bay Area for an Aug. 28 San Francisco Chronicle article about cabins being built on Angel Island. “The $100 hotel is a thing of the past. You’ve got less access to the coast by segments of the population that can’t afford a $175 or $200 room,” Tierney said. “For young people, they’re becoming a little softer. Let’s face it, they want the good things in life, like a nice hotel. Even some of my students who are in their 20s think that camping on the ground is absolutely insane.”

Care for caregivers

A Sept. 3 San Francisco Chronicle story on the need for caregivers to take care of themselves included comments from Associate Professor of Communication Studies Mindi Golden. “Caregivers think that it’s shameful or wrong to ask for help,” Golden said. “But I’ve seen many people with physical injuries, such as rotator cuffs that were damaged while helping someone.”

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

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SF State received $10,155,058.42 in grants and contracts in August 2016.

Zhigang Chen, Physics and Astronomy, Department of the Army, Equipment for Research in Novel Phenomena in Photonic Graphene, $204,413

William Cochlan, Biology, University of California, San Diego/Prime: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The Growth and Toxicity of Two Toxigenic Diatoms, Pseduo-Nitzschia Australis and Pseudo-Nitzchiafraudutenta Under Future Warmer Ocean Conditions, $10,000

Carmen Domingo, Frank Bayliss, Teaster Baird, Biology, National Institutes of Health, SF State Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE), $6,671,400

Charles Egan, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Institute of International Education, Chinese Flagship Program FY2016-17, $324,940.42

Andrew Harris, Poetry Center, City and County of San Francisco Grants for the Arts, Poetry Center Reading Series FY2016-17, $27,600

Ellen Hines, Geography & Environment, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Catching the Right Fish: A Toolbox to Reduce Marine Mammal Bycatch Risk Assessment in Developing Countries, $80,000

Stephen R. Kane, Physics and Astronomy, SETI Institute/Prime: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, WFIRST Coronagraph Exoplanet Science Requirements and Observing Plan, $277,780

Shidong Li, Mathematics, National Science Foundation, RUI: Development of Sparsity — Inducing Dual Frames and Algorithms with Applications II, $174,938

Andisheh Mahdavi, Physics and Astronomy, National Science Foundation, Collaborative Research: A Three-Dimensional Analysis of the Gas and Dark Matter in the CLASH Clusters of Galaxies, $88,424

Linda M. Platas, Child and Adolescent Development, Stanford University/Prime: Heising-Simons Foundation, Development and Research in Early Mathematics Education (DREME) Network Phase II, $72,412

Scott Roy, Biology, National Science Foundation, RUI: Origins of Intron-Exon Structures, $539,862

Stuart Siegel, Romberg Tiburon Center, California Department of Water Resources, Delta Tidal Datums Manuscript Preparation, $49,395

Mojtaba Azadi Sohi, Joseph Chen, Zhigang Chen, Andrew Ichimura, Kwok-Siong Teh, School of Engineering, National Science Foundation, MRI: Acquisition of an Atomic Force Microscope to Enhance Research and Student Research Training in Engineering, Biochemistry, Biology and Physics departments at SF State, $472,818

Michael Vasey, SCI-SF BAY National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NERR Operations FY 2016-17, $659,772

Vance Vredenburg, Biology, National Science Foundation, Collaborative Research Belmont Forum: People, Pollution and Pathogens — Mountain Ecosystems in an Human-Altered World, $276,304

Jessica Wolin, Health Education, University of California, San Francisco/Prime: Mary Benioff Private Fund, Pre-Term Birth Initiative (PTBI) SF Community Engagement Platform, $225,000

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