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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The University of San
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Even as elected officials and celebrities continue the
parade of public apologies following revelations of marital infidelity,
research by University of San
Assistant Professor of communication studies Allison Thorson suggests
understanding of the impact of those infidelities on the youngest
families, the children, is largely misunderstood.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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+.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For Aparna Venkatesan, astronomy combines her love of mathematics and
the night sky. Now she is working on nurturing that fascination in