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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?

06-13-2014MushroomBlocks

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 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.

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

11-25-2013Flatworm2

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

11-14-2013Children

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

03-08-2013Criminal_Sentencing

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

01-08-2013Manuel_Vargas

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

12-10-2012SONSimLabBWeb

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

12-03-2012EnergyRollins5Web

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

11-20-2012CoryCook2Web

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

10-02-2012NativePlants2Web

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

09-10-2012CCook2Web

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

12-12-2011EPALogoWeb

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

10-04-2011globalmoney2Web

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?

08-17-2011Spencer3Web

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

08-11-2011Camangian3Web

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

05-05-2011DeverCollectingFrog

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

04-06-2011SKatz3Web

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?

03-17-2011UgandaChildren2Web

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

01-14-2011EmpiresStrikesOut2Web

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

12-01-2010MercuryBay3Web

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

11-16-2010kimjong2Web

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 

10-06-2010Binauhan2Web

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

09-30-2010EricFischer4Web

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

09-13-2010BrownWeb

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

06-23-2010ThorsonWeb

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.

Computer Science Plots Earthquakes

02-10-2010EarthquakeWeb

Investigating earthquakes means studying past seismic events or, increasingly, analyzing elaborate computerized simulations – the latter of which Associate Professor of computer science Christopher Brooks will do as part of a shared grant worth $1.8 million from the National Science Foundation.

Witness to Torture

01-22-2010GitmoWeb

Determined to document alleged human rights abuses and rule-of-law violations by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Peter Jan Honigsberg, professor and director of legal research and writing at the University of San Francisco’s School of Law, has begun conducting video taped interviews of former detainees of the military detention center there.

End Juvenile Life Without Parole

11-09-2009EJLWOPWeb

The efforts of two University of San Francisco law professors to abolish juvenile life sentences without parole by courts in the United States have been rewarded with a $140,000 grant from the Ford Foundation.

Honoring Faculty for Teaching, Research, Service

10-20-2009UnivProf2Web

Administrators at the University of San Francisco have created an honorific designation intended to commend faculty who have made exceptional contributions to realizing the university’s core values.

Law Professor's Book Wins Top Honors

09-23-2009RichardLeo

Richard Leo, University of San Francisco associate professor of law, has been awarded the prestigious Herbert Jacob Book Prize for 2009 by the Law and Society Association.

Wetlands v. Greenhouse Gases

09-02-2009Wetlands2Web

With the federal government intent on addressing global warming and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger calling for carbon-trading caps, a study underway at the University of San Francisco could turn the tide in the struggle to restore Bay Area wetlands that capture greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere.

Distinguished Researcher Marries Math with Art

06-16-2009BenWells2Web

“If one-sixth of the class equals one-fourth of the museum gallery mural niches, then how many students are in the class?” If that sounds like a new twist on a word problem you aced on a 7th grade math exam, give yourself an A+.

USF Professor’s Research Is Lies

06-09-2009Osullivan2Web

Her waistline hasn’t been as skinny as that of the actress who portrays her in the Fox television crime drama “Lie to Me” since she was a pre-teen, jokes USF Professor of psychology Maureen O’Sullivan in her offhanded way of noting the irony of Hollywood, a place of fiction and fabrication, being captivated by her work. Still, there’s no denying that it’s her years of research on deception and lie detection upon which the show is based.

USF Sociologist Wins Guggenheim

05-27-2009Gamson2Web

In spite of being billed as “The Funniest Woman in the World” in her heyday and rising to become one of America’s most recognized entertainers, even playing Carnegie Hall, the life and times of Jackie “Moms” Mabley has been almost entirely neglected by historians and writers outside of standup comedy circles.

On a Winning Streak

05-12-2009Spencer2Web

A month after winning the national Association for Women in Science’s (AWIS) Ellen Weaver Award, University of San Francisco Assistant Professor of biology Juliet Spencer followed up by receiving USF’s Arthur Furst Award for Outstanding Research Advancing Science for the Betterment of Humanity.

Spain Defends LGBT Rights in Latin America

04-23-2009ColonialismWeb

In a culture best know for machismo and bullfights, an alter ego has emerged in recent years with the Spanish government stepping up efforts to expand human rights for the lesbian, gay, transsexual, and bisexual community, not only domestically, but in former colonial states in Latin America.

On the Ground in Africa

11-10-2008Africa2Web

If you equate thumbing through bibliographies in the Gleeson Library stacks with going out of your way for academic research, try “parachuting” into a remote African village to dig into microfinance, journalist intimidation, or the treatment of the mentally ill by spiritual healers.

Astronomer Joins USF Faculty

11-29-2006

For Aparna Venkatesan, astronomy combines her love of mathematics and the night sky. Now she is working on nurturing that fascination in others.

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