Wolfram Alderson MSOD ’08 is waging a national campaign to save American lives by changing the way we eat. If he succeeds, it won’t be the first time. As a founding organizer of one of the first farmers’ markets in California and the nation in 1979, he helped galvanize the spread of farmers markets across the country and promote organic, farm-to-table food.
USF’s Jeanine Cotter JD ’93 is the CEO and co-founder of San Francisco’s largest solar installation firm and a national leader in the green economy, having taken part in a recent White House summit on alternative energy. She attributes her success to principles she learned at USF and to running a business that focuses on improving the environment and supporting the local community as much as making a profit.
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.
Sometimes following your calling means venturing so far outside your comfort zone that you’ll ache with homesickness.
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’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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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’s Gretchen Coffman waded into two feet of rushing water to rescue a bewildered family from their rapidly flooding home just outside Anaheim.
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.
Entrepreneur Justin Ohanessian’s recipe for launching a successful business calls for two things: a simple idea and abundant determination.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Rachel Stone ’06, MPH ’13 needs to get something off her chest and not just, as she calls them, her “ticking time bomb breasts.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
The headline in the San Francisco Foghorn read, “Feelings run high — Coeds invade USF.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
USF is among the top 25 most entrepreneurial colleges and universities in the country, according to new rankings released by Forbes magazine.
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’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.
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.
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.
USF’s nursing students are receiving accolades for their work providing free health care to some of the city’s poorest residents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).