16th Thacher Annual
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Trailblazing Cancer Care From an Alum Ahead of His Time

03-26-2015Dr. Frank Meyskens

Dr. Frank Meyskens ’67 is a man ahead of his time. He’s pioneered preventive cancer care and research since the early 1980s, driven by a belief there must be a better treatment than bombarding cells with toxic chemotherapy — which wreaks havoc on the body.

USF Faculty Honored for Top Scholarly Works & Research

02-13-2015Susan Steinberg

Four USF professors have been named College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Scholars for 2014. This year’s award honors outstanding publications and research on matters as varied as the role of religion in immigrants’ lives, previously undiscovered molecular species, fictional short stories about broken hearts, and the roots of international conflict in Africa.

USF Ecologist Races to Save Endangered Cypress from Extinction

02-11-2015Laos Instrument

USF’s Gretchen Coffman is leading an international rescue effort to save an endangered cypress tree on the verge of extinction. Coffman, a restoration ecologist, compares the Southeast Asia cypress to California’s majestic redwoods, and National Geographic is funding her campaign.

Venture Capitalist Confidence Slides for First Time in Years

10-29-2014VC Index

For the first time in two years, Silicon Valley’s startup funders are souring to near- and mid-term investment opportunities, according to USF research.

Imagining Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder, Psychologists Find

10-01-2014Brand Thought

Corporate ad execs may want to reconsider their tactics for enticing consumers, in light of recent award-winning research conducted by a team of USF undergraduates.

Who Benefits? Research Raises Questions About Fair Trade Coffee 

09-12-2014Fair trade coffee

When USF graduate researchers landed in Guatemala to investigate whether fair trade coffee was benefiting local coffee growers, they never imagined the experience would be turned into a novel about the country’s tug of war between rich and poor, its colonial past, and coffee marketers’ efforts to win international consumers’ hearts and minds.

USF Fulbright Scholar Builds Solidarity With Indigenous Community Through Art

09-04-2014Atayal dance performance

Christine Yeh’s campaign to preserve a disappearing indigenous culture has landed the USF professor’s work, or more precisely her students’ work, in Taiwan’s national museum — where it’s made headlines and earned applause from the country’s Ministry of Cultural Affairs.

Latest Research: Wheelchairs Raise Employment, Reduce Begging in the Developing World

08-27-2014Wheelchair repair shop

Provide the disabled with wheelchairs and they will switch from begging on the streets to working. They will live better, more productive lives and increase their income by as much as 82 percent. Those are the conclusions Justin Grider ’14 came to after he spent two months in Ethiopia conducting graduate research that made international economists take notice.

One USF Nurse’s War on Fracking: A Struggle for Public Health

08-12-2014Fracking Drill Site

USF’s Barbara Sattler is at the forefront of a growing national movement to shine a public light on the controversial method of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, and its adverse health risks.

USF Students Restore Endangered Species Habitat

08-07-2014Muir Woods

The students began by conducting environmental research on a fragile ecosystem in the Bay Area parks system. Now their research is being adopted by the national park system.

Research Opens Door to Early Diagnoses and Treatment of Autism

07-28-2014EEG baby

Cutting-edge research by USF’s William Bosl could reveal the first signs of autism and lead to treatments that limit or even prevent the disorder’s symptoms.

USF Biologist Wins Prestigious National Science Grants

07-14-2014Juliet Spencer

Biology Professor Juliet Spencer has received two national grants to further her groundbreaking research with a herpes-related virus that infects 70–90 percent of the population and may play a role in the spread of breast cancer.

Mushrooms ... The New Plastic?


USF’s Philip Ross believes he’s discovered a replacement for plastic. The future, he says, is fungal.


USF’s Venture Capitalist Survey Points to Investor Confidence

05-23-2014US Dollar

Silicon Valley venture capitalists are more optimistic in the economy than they have been at anytime since before the Great Recession, according to a new USF survey.

USF Honors Exceptional Teaching, Research, and Service 

05-19-2014Merit & Service

USF celebrated outstanding teaching, research, and service in and out of the classroom at its annual Service and Merit Awards ceremony on May 7.

USF Researchers Treat Drug-Resistant Bacteria

05-01-2014Antibiotics lab

Some 90,000 Americans die each year from antibiotic-resistant bacteria — such as staph and pneumonia.

USF Research Treats Drug-Resistant Viruses


Some 90,000 Americans die each year from antibiotic-resistant bacteria — such as staph and pneumonia.

Research: Typhoons' Devastation Puts Baby Girls at Risk

04-29-2014Typhoon Haiyan

Six months after Typhoon Haiyan leveled dozens of towns, killing more than 6,000 people and affecting an estimated four million, Filipinos have begun to rebuild. But in the super storm’s wake, one USF researcher worries that thousands of baby girls remain at risk.

New Lab Bolsters Science Research

02-26-2014Fletcher Jones lab

A new half-million-dollar science laboratory is shaking up the way research is done at USF. The lab advances the university’s research in specialties like cancer, climate change, and nanotechnology by 20 years.

USF Survey: Growing Confidence in the Economy 

02-13-2014Venture Capital

Venture capitalists (VCs) based in Silicon Valley are more confident in the economy than at any time since the 2008 economic collapse, according to a recent survey by Mark Cannice, professor of entrepreneurship and innovation in USF’s School of Management.

Regenerating Body Parts? USF Biologist Discovers How It’s Done


Cut off a salamander’s tail, and within a few weeks, it’ll have a new one. A starfish can grow a whole new body from a severed leg. Even humans can regenerate fingertips—but only until the age of two.

Research Shows Dramatic Benefits to International Child Sponsorship


You've seen the TV commercials asking you to sponsor a child in the developing world, but does the $3 billion spent every year to sponsor those children do any good? That's the question USF Professor Bruce Wydick asked, and the answer shocked him and other experts.

USF Opens Center for Science and Innovation

10-04-2013LCSI Ribbon Cutting

The University of San Francisco celebrated the opening of the LEED Gold designed John Lo Schiavo, S.J. Center for Science and Innovation Sept. 27. The center’s opening marks a new chapter for the university in its commitment to bringing top scientists to campus and equipping them for cutting-edge science, computer science, and math research opportunities.

USF Anthropologists Document Last of Ireland's Nomadic People

09-09-2013Tinker Traveller

A documentary starring two University of San Francisco anthropologists reveals that Ireland's nomadic subculture is all but dead. The film became one of the most-watched documentaries to premiere on Irish television.

Mercury Rising: A Bad Sign if You Eat Fish

05-16-2013Mercury Fish

Allison Luengen, assistant professor of environmental science/management at USF, worries that California consumers are being sold fish with high mercury levels at popular grocery stores, fish markets, and sushi restaurants. 

Can Sea Life Adapt to Climate Change?

04-10-2013Antarctic Phytoplankton

Phytoplankton are the oceans' canaries in a coalmine for USF's Deneb Karentz, which is why she travels to one of the coldest places on earth to learn how these microscopic life forms are adapting to climate change.

Can Snail's Immunity Stop Human Infections?

04-02-2013Sullivan Schistosomiasis

University of San Francisco biology Professor John T. Sullivan sees the struggle between man and nature when he peers through his microscope at a freshwater snail, the kind that sickened at least 240 million people in 78 countries in 2011, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). But the same snails that carry and spread the illness might also hold the secret to stopping it, and they offer one tantalizing clue that could change everything.

America's Harsh Criminal Sentences Are Out of Step


Criminals in the U.S. receive longer sentences for lesser crimes, including life without parole (LWOP) for nonviolent offenders and for juveniles, putting the country at odds with sentencing practices in the rest of the world, according to a recent University of San Francisco study.

Teaching the Science and Business of Biotechnology

01-29-2013Jennifer Dever and Moira Gunn teach biotech

Capitalizing on its location in the region that gave birth to the global biotechnology industry, the University of San Francisco launched an interdisciplinary program that brings together the scientific expertise and business know-how needed to develop the next generation of biotech innovators. 

Philosopher Wins Distinguished Research Award


The impulse to kick your leg when the doctor knocks your knee with a rubber mallet is involuntary; cheating on a chemistry exam is a choice… right?

Building Better Nurses at USF


Groundbreaking research underway at USF’s new $1.7 million nursing simulation lab could transform how nursing is taught at universities across the country and improve nurses’ on-the-job performance.

USFers' Smart Meter Improves Home Efficiency


The University of San Francisco’s Sami Rollins, associate professor of computer science, envisions a future of environmentally conscious homeowners who can monitor their home’s energy efficiency and turn appliances on and off remotely from their smartphones.

McCarthy Center Research Deepens Bay Area Political Discourse


If you search the news for the University of San Francisco on any given week, there is a good chance you’ll come across election, demographic, or public opinion analysis from the school’s Corey Cook, associate professor of politics, and Public Research Associate David Latterman.

Undergraduate Researchers Return Native Plants to Lone Mountain


Pockets of native plantings are turning back the calendar more than 100 years on the University of San Francisco’s Lone Mountain campus, thanks to experiments being conducted by dozens of USF undergraduate ecology students.

McCarthy Center Research Deepens Bay Area Political Discourse


If you search the news for the University of San Francisco on any given week, there is a good chance you’ll come across election, demographic, or public opinion analysis from the school’s Corey Cook, associate professor of politics, and Public Research Associate David Latterman.

EPA Interns Research Environmental Inequalities


Sonam Gill MSEM '13 and MBA '13 didn't think twice about giving up her summer vacation to research San Joaquin Valley towns that showed high rates of health defects in children, poor air quality, and pesticide-infected water.

Survey: Residents Support Local Government Control


In the first survey of Bay Area residents conducted by the University of San Francisco’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, 34 percent of respondents considered the economy to be the biggest problem facing their community.

Does a Common Virus Aid the Spread of Cancer?


The University of San Francisco’s Juliet Spencer, associate professor of biology, has been awarded a $412,000 National Institute of Health grant for cancer research – one of the largest competitive federal grants garnered by an individual USF faculty member in recent years.

Distinguished Teacher Delivers Diversity


Patrick Camangian, assistant professor of teacher education, has received the University of San Francisco’s Distinguished Teaching Award for his ongoing efforts to recruit and train a more diverse teacher workforce.

Frogs’ Death: A Warning


The dramatic population decline of the foothill yellow-legged frog in a number of California rivers is a canary in a coal mine, pointing to poor waterway management and potentially widespread ecological breakdown, according to the latest findings by two University of San Francisco researchers.

Fulbright Scholar: Tribe Models Bilingual Intercultural Education


California could learn a thing or two about bilingual intercultural education from the Shuar, an indigenous tribe living in the remote Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, according to Susan Katz, professor of international and multicultural education at the University of San Francisco’s School of Education.

Does International Child Sponsorship Work?


If sponsors of needy children in foreign countries have ever worried that their assistance was assuaging their conscience more than improving the recipient’s living standards, new research led by Bruce Wydick, University of San Francisco economics professor, suggests that sponsors can set those fears to rest.

American Empire and Baseball


Robert Elias, professor of politics and honors humanities at the University of San Francisco, is among the finalists for the Casey Award, bestowed on the best baseball book of the year.

Cleaning Up San Francisco Bay's Mercury Contamination


Allison Luengen, University of San Francisco assistant professor of environmental sciences, is at the center of research to discover exactly how mercury makes its way into San Francisco Bay and thereby the food chain of Bay Area residents’ and develop possible mitigation measures for the contamination.

North Korea: The Road Not Taken


U.S. policy toward North Korea must change if the communist government led by Kim Jong-il is to be prodded into giving up its pursuit of nuclear weapons, according to researchers at the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability at the University of San Francisco.

Another Fulbright-Hays for Asian Studies 


For the second year in a row, a University of San Francisco Asian studies student with a Philippines concentration has won admittance to the Advanced Filipino Abroad Program (AFAP), funded by the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad.

Economics Student Named Boren Awards Fellow


The University of San Francisco's Eric Fischer, a master's student in economics, has been named winner of a Boren Awards Fellowship for International Study for 2010-11.

Distinguished Research Reveals Sharks' Sixth Sense


Are sharks gellin’? As it turns out, they are. Hydrogel ensconced in large pores cover many sharks, rays and other elasmobranchs’ snouts and heads acting as antennae for electrical impulses in the surrounding water. The gel allows them to zero in on prey and find potential mates, according to research by Professor of Physics and Director of External Affairs Brandon Brown.

After Infidelity: Trouble for Parent-Child Relationship


Even as elected officials and celebrities continue the parade of public apologies following revelations of marital infidelity, research by University of San Francisco Assistant Professor of communication studies Allison Thorson suggests our understanding of the impact of those infidelities on the youngest members of families, the children, is largely misunderstood.