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Research Opens Door to Early Diagnoses and Treatment of Autism

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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.

Dean Leading California Nurses and Health Policy

06-23-2014Judith Karshmer

Judith Karshmer, USF dean of nursing and health professions, has been elected to represent nurse scholars from across the state on the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL) board.

USF Data Analytics Rises to the Top

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USF’s graduate program in “big data” analytics ranks among the top in the nation, according to MastersInDataScience.org.

Mushrooms ... The New Plastic?

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

 

7 USF Women Rank as Top Bay Area Business Leaders

06-11-2014Jennifer Turpin

Two USF executives and five alumnae are on the San Francisco Business Times’ top business leaders list. 

Following Brother’s Lead, USF Outfielder Zimmer is Drafted into Major Leagues

06-06-2014Bradley Zimmer

Standout batter and outfielder Bradley Zimmer ’15 was selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft June 5, becoming the second Diamond Don to be chosen in the first round in three years.

The Game They Never Played

06-04-201451 Dons football team

The 1951 Dons is arguably one of the best college football teams of all time. They had a perfect season — nine wins, no losses, no ties — and the players were so talented, the National Football League drafted nine of them and named three to its Hall of Fame, a record for one college team.

Coding Life-Saving Apps in 48 Hours

06-02-2014Code-a-thon

They were given 48 hours and a challenge: to harness the power of technology to improve mental health and save lives.

A Conversation With San Francisco’s Top Cop

05-30-2014Greg Suhr '88

“I tell my cops on the very first day that if they think it’s all about this uniform or gun, they joined the wrong police department,” says Police Chief Greg Suhr ’88.

Fight on all Fronts: USF Gates Millennium Scholar Puts on the Gloves for Immigrant Rights

05-28-2014Marisela Esparza

Like most USF students, Marisela Esparza’s service-learning experience started by volunteering for a cause. Unlike most, it ended with her helping to organize a strike to win higher wages for thousands of San Francisco hotel workers. What began as a class requirement became a calling.

Alum Builds Solar Cookers for Afghan Refugees

05-21-2014Afghan Cooker

Jack Howell ’64 is leading an effort to build and distribute thousands of portable solar cookers for free to refugee families in Afghanistan who live without electricity or running water in tents and mud houses. 

USF’s Class of 2014 Revels in the Moment

05-20-2014Graduation spring 14

Is there anything sweeter than a post-graduation embrace or riding the Los Lobos wolves on the library lawn, while dad tries to capture your balancing act for the graduation photo album? Probably not, which makes these digital postcards worth hanging on the wall.

Army General Commemorates Fallen ROTC Nursing Alumna at USF

05-19-2014Major General Jimmie Keenan

The chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, Major General Jimmie Keenan, was at USF on May 15 to dedicate and unveil a memorial plaque for Capt. Jennifer Moreno ’10, who was killed in Afghanistan last October.

School of Management Appoints First Female Dean

05-16-2014Elizabeth Davis

USF has named Elizabeth B. Davis dean of the School of Management, making her the first woman to lead the school in its 90-year history.

USF Honors Exceptional Teaching, Research, and Service 

05-15-2014David Holler

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

Ex-Gang Member Turned USF Grad Student on the Forefront of Fight to Reduce Prison Overcrowding

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Luis Aroche MPA ’15 is on the frontlines of the fight to reduce California’s overcrowded prisons, now at about 144 percent of capacity. 

Raising Caps for Spring Graduates

05-12-2014Graduation

USF hosts spring commencement exercises May 15-17, celebrating the achievements of more than 2,000 graduates.

USF Selected as ‘College of Distinction’ 

05-09-2014Colleges of Distinction

USF has earned a place on the Colleges of Distinction list of top universities for the third consecutive year, thanks to the university’s exceptional faculty, engaged teaching, successful graduates, and vibrant campus life.

Law Student Works as Extern for California Supreme Court Chief Justice

05-07-2014Alyssa Busse

Law student Alyssa Bussey ’14 has worked as an extern for California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye since January, working on petitions for review, observing oral arguments, analyzing draft opinions, performing research assignments, and even contributing to a draft opinion.

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.

First-time Fiction Writer Wins Pushcart

04-24-2014Taymiya Zaman

USF history professor and first-time fiction writer Taymiya R. Zaman has penned a winner with her satire about an uber-competitive and sometimes scandal-plagued American subculture that many readers will know well—academia. Her short story, “Thirst,” just won a prestigious Pushcart Prize, putting it among the best short stories of the year.

USF Freshman Saves Drowning Tourist

04-21-2014Bay Rescue China Consule General

Sibo Luo ’17 admits he’s not a very good swimmer, but that didn’t stop the freshman when he heard screams for help, and saw a woman drowning in the frigid San Francisco Bay. He made a split-second decision: risked his life and jumped.

Education Dean Wins Two National Scholar Awards

04-07-2014Kevin Kumashiro

School of Education Dean Kevin Kumashiro has been recognized by two national organizations for his contributions to multicultural education and education reform.

Student’s Life-Saving App Adopted By Hundreds of Cities 

04-02-2014Joseph Ekman

Residents and 911 operators in about 500 cities and counties across the country can now use an emergency smartphone app that was created by USF information systems student Joseph Ekman ’14 to save lives.

Alumna Manages the Biggest and Best in Sports

03-28-2014Tara August

 Coffee with Cal Ripken Jr., a quick call with Charles Barkley, and a meeting with Shaquille O’Neal—that’s all in a day’s work for Tara August MA ’04.

Graduate Saves Lives and Transforms Health Care in Ghana

03-26-2014Barbara Denman in Ghana

Barbara Demman ’98 is leading a pioneering effort to train Ghanaian nurses in emergency medicine so they can open desperately needed hospital emergency departments and rural clinics throughout the nation. 

Scoring Laughs as a Stand-Up Comic

03-21-2014Christina Pazsitzky

Christina Pazsitzky ’99 is a headliner in the male-dominated world of stand-up comedy.

Student EMRs Respond to Campus Medical Calls

03-17-2014Emergency Medical Responders

A new Emergency Medical Response (EMR) service led and staffed by USF students is offering fast, front-line treatment for on-campus medical emergencies.

Putting Filipino Food on NYC Map

03-14-2014Nicole Ponseca

New York City restaurateur Nicole Ponseca ’98 is an unlikely success story in an industry that remains an old boys’ club, and in which few businesses survive.

USF Women Lead and Succeed

03-07-2014EJ Jung Computer Campu

USF women are leading and succeeding in diverse industries, including many that remain dominated by men. Here, in honor of Women’s History Month, we present a series of profiles of exceptional, inspirational women who are making their mark in fields from computer science to stand-up comedy.

USF Author of “Farm City” Celebrated in Marin

03-05-2014Novella Carpenter

“Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer,” by best-selling author, blogger, and USF environmental studies instructor Novella Carpenter, has been named Marin County’s must-read book of the year.

School of Law Dean Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

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USF School of Law Dean John Trasviña celebrated the courage of young people pushing for change in his first campus-wide address, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

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.

Professor’s Story Collection is Book Prize Finalist

02-24-2014Susan Steinberg

Susan Steinberg’s most recent book of short stories about bad girls and broken hearts is a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist.

5 Ways to Protect Your Online Information

02-10-2014Students in computer lab

Hackers want your information, and they’re finding ever-more-diabolical ways to steal it. Luckily, USF’s Eunjin (EJ) Jung has made it her job to foil these online thieves. The assistant professor of computer science even has students build their own password-cracking software, so she can teach them how to defend against unwanted snooping.

‘Book of the Year’ Tackles the Business Side of Nursing

02-05-2014KT Waxman

 

A new book out of the School of Nursing and Health Professions has been name book of the year by one of the most prestigious nursing journals in the world for cutting through the complexities of hospital and medical-insurance funding and helping nurses become better patient advocates.

ESPN Tells the Story of Football Team’s 1951 Stand Against Racism

02-03-2014Ollie Matson

ESPN aired the incredible true story of the USF football team’s stand against injustice and racism in 1951. When the players were asked to leave the team’s two African American players behind in exchange for a berth in the Orange Bowl, they refused.

Nursing Alum Breaks San Francisco Marathon Record

01-31-2014Anna Bretan

Anna Bretan ’06 started running marathons two years ago on a whim. The former Dons cross country standout has now won four of the five marathons she’s competed in, and set three records along the way.

Is NSA Spying on Americans Legal?

01-23-2014Susan Freiwald

USF law Professor Susan Freiwald is an expert on electronic surveillance law, and she discusses the spying exposed in classified documents released by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who has been charged with espionage. 

Coveted Training in Emergency Deliveries for Nurses and Physicians

01-21-2014A nursing student trains in the USF nursing simulation laboratory

International nurses and physicians will descend on USF next week to train in the School of Nursing and Health Profession’s cutting edge simulation lab and learn from USF nursing faculty in classes that are part of the largest annual symposium on nursing simulation in the world.

California Assistant Principal of the Year From USF

01-14-2014Cynthia Rapaido Co-Administrator of the Year

We expect educators to do more than teach our kids to read and write and do arithmetic. These days, we also want them to protect our kids, to mentor our kids, and to counsel our kids through personal and family troubles. We want them to be more than educators, which is exactly what USF’s Cynthia Rapaido MA ’96, EdD ’11 is. She’s been named California’s assistant principal of the year.