USF Commemorates Muslim Chapel Hill Students

02-25-2015Muslim UNC student memorial

Members of the USF community gathered at Gleeson Plaza on Friday to remember three University of North Carolina students who were killed Feb. 10 at their off-campus Chapel Hill apartment — a crime that some Muslim leaders suggest reflects a tide of anti-Muslim sentiment in the country.

Reclaiming Culture: PBS Follows Student’s Journey to Preserve Tribal Heritage

02-17-2015Jordan Dresser

Sometimes following your calling means venturing so far outside your comfort zone that you’ll ache with homesickness.

USF Faculty Honored for Top Scholarly Works & Research

02-13-2015Susan Steinberg

Four USF professors have been named College of Art 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.

Six All-Stars Inducted Into USF Athletics Hall of Fame

02-06-2015Cousins

USF will induct five players and one coach from six different team sports into the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame on Feb. 6. Inductees include Scott Cousins ’06 (baseball), Ed Thomas ’64 (men’s basketball), Glenn Van Straatum ’83 (men’s soccer), Haley Carroll ’09 (volleyball), Jennifer Hartford ’08 (women’s cross country), and Coach Bill Nepfel (women’s basketball).

The Chronicle Season of Sharing Wins the California Prize for Service and the Common Good

02-02-2015Jeffery Johnson

The University of San Francisco has named the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund this year’s recipient of the USF California Prize for Service and the Common Good. The nonprofit was selected for its commitment to assisting Bay Area families facing financial crisis.

Perks and Payments, Is Your Physician Biased?

01-30-2015Doctor Cash in Pocket

A new website created by two USF professors allows patients and the public to learn whether perks from pharmaceutical companies and medical equipment manufactures may be influencing the treatments their doctors prescribe.

Putting Filipino Food on the Map

01-28-2015Nicole Ponseca

Business alumna Nicole Ponseca ’98 owns two successful New York City restaurants, where she introduces diners to the Philippines culture through its cuisine. The Filipina-American started Jeepney and Maharlika, after marketing clients asked for a Filipino restaurant recommendation, and she was stumped.

On MLK Day, Expert Panel Examines How to Improve Police and Community Interactions

01-23-2015Beyond Protests

Community and government leaders came together at the USF School of Law Jan. 20 for “Beyond the Protests,” a panel discussion on how to improve police and community interactions in the wake of controversies surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the lack of indictments against police officers involved in those incidents.

USF Salutes MLK's Legacy

01-16-2015MLK Day

With protest marches against alleged police brutality planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in major cities across the country, civil rights icon and USF Visiting Professor Clarence B. Jones believes the United States is living through a watershed period.

Reading, Writing, and All That Jazz

01-12-2015Margie Baker

Jazz singer Margie Baker EDD ’83 has incredible stories to tell from her 41-year career — how she was discovered by chance the first time she sang in public and how jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie became her good friend and mentor.

Meet Silicon Valley’s Ultimate Comeback Kid

01-09-2015Ramona Pierson

In the spring of 1984, Ramona Pierson MA ’03 was more dead than alive. The then-U.S. Marine was out for a jog when a hit-and-run driver ran her over. She was left bleeding on the side of the road with more than 100 broken bones, a slashed aorta, and a catalogue of other injuries that made survival a miracle at best.

Healing Hanoi

01-07-2015Healing Hanoi 4Web

A USF program is helping redefine the role of nurses in vietnam, in an effort to improve a health care system that is struggling to meet basic needs. It's working.

USF Receives Historic $5 Million Pledge to Support Athletics

12-19-2014Malloy sports

USF Dons basketball and baseball are in line for major upgrades, thanks to a $5 million pledge to USF Athletics — the largest in the program’s history. 

An Education Worth Fighting For

12-08-2014Maria Poyer

Maria Poyer ’15 didn’t learn to read until she was nearly 14. She never learned phonics, and before she came to USF, she’d never written an essay. In fact, she’d spent less than four years of her life in school.

Law Student Elected SF Board of Supervisors Interim President

12-05-2014Katy Tang

District 4 Supervisor and USF law student Katy Tang JD ’17 was recently elected interim president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Her six-week term began Dec. 1.

USF Professor Saves Family From Flooding Home

12-04-2014Flood house rescue

USF’s Gretchen Coffman waded into two feet of rushing water to rescue a bewildered family from their rapidly flooding home just outside Anaheim. 

USF Gears Up to Give Back for the Holidays

11-25-2014Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and Dons everywhere have geared up to give back to those who are less fortunate by distributing food to families, volunteering, and organizing donation drives.

How to Turn a Class Assignment Into a Startup Company

11-19-2014College Labor

Entrepreneur Justin Ohanessian’s recipe for launching a successful business calls for two things: a simple idea and abundant determination.

Are Kids at Risk in the Digital Age?

11-13-2014Parent and child tug at tablet computer

Family therapist Maryellen Mullin ’98, MA ’04 has teamed up with USF faculty and Bay Area experts to offer a first-of-its-kind seminar for parents about raising children in a digital age.

Alumna is Chief Executive in the Fight Against Cancer

11-12-2014Family House

For Alexandra Morgan MNA ’00, the fight against cancer is personal. It played a pivotal role in her decision to become CEO of Family House — a San Francisco nonprofit that cares for children stricken by the disease.

Responding to Humanitarian Crisis, USF Assists Unaccompanied Minors

11-06-2014Immigrant Minors

Late last spring, a 17-year-old boy from Honduras was forced to leave his family and flee his home after his life was threatened by violent local gangs.

USF Boxers Win Big at Hilltop Cup

10-23-2014Hilltop Cup John Felix Gubuan

USF history, chemistry, and data science majors are some of the region’s best college boxers, having slugged their way to wins at USF’s Hilltop Cup Boxing Invitational on Oct. 17.

Racing Around the World, USF Alumna Chronicles Women on the High Seas

10-21-2014Team SCA

Corinna Halloran ’07 is tethered to the deck of a speeding 65-foot racing yacht to prevent high winds or a stealth wave from sweeping her overboard. She is part of the first all-women’s team in more than a decade to compete in the nine-month, around-the-globe Volvo Ocean Race — considered by many the toughest sports competition in the world.

Funky Genes: Alumna Chronicles Decision to Get Double Mastectomy

10-15-2014Rachel Stone BRCA

Rachel Stone ’06, MPH ’13 needs to get something off her chest and not just, as she calls them, her “ticking time bomb breasts.”

Dean Honored With 2014 SF Latino Heritage Award

10-13-2014Dean Trasvina Latino Award

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee presented Dean John Trasviña with the city’s 2014 Latino Heritage Education Award at an Oct. 8 ceremony at City Hall.

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.

Law Student’s Investigation Exonerates Wrongly Accused Community Worker

09-26-2014Sam Meadows Kamran Meyer Katie Finch

Katie Finch ’14, a participant in this spring’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Law Clinic, recently won a case for her client thanks to her dogged investigation skills. The charges against her client were dismissed moments before the courtroom trial was about to begin, and Finch’s investigation also led to another defendant’s acquittal in a related case.

Battling AIDS: Biz Alum Joins Cause After Uganda Immersion 

09-24-2014Uganda pig

Mallory Browne ’13 could have landed a cushy corporate job after graduating as a standout USF business-marketing student. Instead, she saw a chance to make a difference and help save lives working for an international nonprofit that leads HIV/AIDS care and research in 28 countries around the world.

Women Invade USF!

09-22-2014USF Women 1967

The headline in the San Francisco Foghorn read, “Feelings run high — Coeds invade USF.”

Elevating the Eccentric, An Unnecessary Woman Makes National Must-Read List

09-19-2014Rabih Alamaddine

Of all the characters novelist Rabih Alameddine MBA ’86 has created, his latest — a 72-year-old woman with blue hair and no friends — is his most autobiographical, he says. 

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.

The Next Big Thing: USF Startup Founder Powers Google Glass

09-09-2014CrowdOptic Jon Fisher

Imagine seeing what basketball star Roy Hibbert sees while flying through the air for a layup, as you watch the Jumbotron from your arena seat. Now imagine physicians saving lives by remotely guiding first responders as they see and treat patients at the scene of an accident. That and more is possible with technology created for Google Glass by a startup founded by Jon Fisher ’98.

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.

Burning Man 2014: USF Prof. Created the Festival's Mail Service

08-25-2014Vijay Mehrotra

Vijay Mehrotra is the kind of guy who will try anything once, whether that means doing improv or taking the Trans-Siberian Railway from Beijing to Berlin.

USF Graduate Reading Specialists Fight Summer Learning Loss

08-21-2014Mo Magic summer reading program

USF’s Helen Maniates was recently named Education Partner of the Year for leading a School of Education effort to bolster the reading skills of students from under-resourced San Francisco schools.

Forbes Magazine Rank Reveals Entrepreneurialism Runs Deep With USF Students and Alumni

08-19-2014USF Lone Mountain

USF is among the top 25 most entrepreneurial colleges and universities in the country, according to new rankings released by Forbes magazine.

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.

Shared Struggle Connects Teacher of the Year with Students

07-30-2014Charles Fowler

USF’s Charles Fowler MA '12 is single-mindedly dedicated to creating opportunities both in and out of the classroom for students to learn by improving their community.

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.

Minority Fellows Initiative Celebrates 20 Years

07-25-2014Diversity Scholar James Zarsadiaz

They’re USF pioneers. They started educational programs in African American, Asian American, and Latino-Chicano studies, contributing to USF’s diversity in immeasurable ways. This summer, they’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fellowship that brought them to campus — the Ethnic Minority Dissertation Fellows (EMDF) program.

Nursing Students Applauded for Service to San Franciscans

07-23-2014Nursing City Impact

USF’s nursing students are receiving accolades for their work providing free health care to some of the city’s poorest residents.

Translating Science Into Plain English

07-21-2014Students and snails

USF’s Sarah Capitelli has helped turn the San Francisco Exploratorium’s renowned, hands-on science into language lessons for non-English speaking students — work that’s received rave reviews.

Vice Provost and Human Rights ‘Hero’ Joins San Francisco Library Commission

07-18-2014Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi

USF’s Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi has been named a San Francisco Human Rights Commission Hero Award winner. The award comes on the heels of a separate honor: Mayor Ed Lee recently appointed Wardell-Ghirarduzzi to the San Francisco Library Commission.

Heart Association Ranks USF Healthiest Workplace

07-16-2014Wellness Award

The American Heart Association (AHA) recently rated USF one of the fittest workplaces in the country and has honored the university with two awards. One award places USF among 40 elite innovators in health and wellness.

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.

Meet USF's Newman Civic Fellow and Next Generation Diversity Leader

06-30-2014Taylor Heath

Taylor Heath ’15 thought about withdrawing from USF after her first semester. Today, she’s among the most connected students on campus. She leads the Black Student Union (BSU) as president, recruits USFers to join service-learning classes in her role as an advocate for community engagement (ACE) and works as a resident advisor (RA).

Hundreds Flock to USF Nursing Students’ Mobile Health Clinics

06-27-2014Central Valley nurses

In May, USF nursing students traveled to one of the poorest regions in the country and set up pop-up health clinics to treat local residents who couldn’t afford to see a physician. Children as young as 4 years old, their parents and family members, along with many of the community’s homeless lined up by the hundreds.

USF Students and Alumni Named Fulbright and Gilman Scholars

06-25-2014Keyaira Lock

Four USF students and alumni will be studying, teaching, and volunteering in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe this summer and next year as part of prestigious U.S. Department of State programs.