USF News USF News Feed Translating Science Into Plain English 2014-07-21 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. Web.jpg Vice Provost and Human Rights ‘Hero’ Joins San Francisco Library Commission 2014-07-18 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 2014-07-16 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 2014-07-14 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. USF School Counseling Students Coach High Schoolers to Higher College Enrollment Levels 2014-07-10 USF school counseling students are leading the charge to increase college enrollment among San Francisco students from low-income and immigrant families by providing free counseling in public high schools. Excellent Sex, Ethics, and the Lives of Saints 2014-07-07,_Ethics,_and_the_Lives_of_Saints/ Can ethics help you have excellent sex? Lisa Fullam says they can. Proudly Part of the City That Defines ‘Pride’ 2014-07-02 “When we march in Pride, we do it because we know it’s important both for those who march and for those who see us march,” said Andrea Wise ’08, MA ’13. Meet USF's Newman Civic Fellow and Next Generation Diversity Leader 2014-06-30 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 2014-06-27 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 2014-06-25 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 2014-06-23 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 School Counseling Students Coach High Schoolers to Higher College Enrollment Levels 2014-06-19 USF school counseling students are leading the charge to increase college enrollment among San Francisco students from low-income and immigrant families by providing free counseling in public high schools. USF Data Analytics Rises to the Top 2014-06-17 USF’s graduate program in “big data” analytics ranks among the top in the nation, according to data cropped2.jpg?n=1630 Mushrooms ... The New Plastic? 2014-06-13 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 2014-06-11 Two USF executives and five alumnae are on the A Class for the Ages 2014-06-09 There’s a class at USF that’s enrolled students as young as 18 and as old as 93, students who marched in civil rights-era protests and others who weren’t old enough to vote when Barack Obama was elected the country’s first African-American president. Following Brother’s Lead, USF Outfielder Zimmer is Drafted into Major Leagues 2014-06-06 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 2014-06-04 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 2014-06-02 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 2014-05-30 “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 2014-05-28 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. Introducing USF’s New President 2014-05-27 The six-month national search is over, and a Bay Area native is coming home. Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., starts his new job as president of USF on Aug. 1. USF’s Venture Capitalist Survey Points to Investor Confidence 2014-05-23 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. Alum Builds Solar Cookers for Afghan Refugees 2014-05-21 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 2014-05-20 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 2014-05-19 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. USF Honors Exceptional Teaching, Research, and Service  2014-05-19 USF celebrated outstanding teaching, research, and service in and out of the classroom at its annual Service and Merit Awards ceremony on May 7. School of Management Appoints First Female Dean 2014-05-16 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  2014-05-15 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 2014-05-14 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 2014-05-12 USF hosts spring commencement exercises May 15-17, celebrating the achievements of more than 2,000 graduates. USF Selected as ‘College of Distinction’  2014-05-09 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 2014-05-07 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. April Action: USFers Lend a Hand for Days of Service 2014-05-05 More than 150 USFers tapped into their giving spirit and joined the university’s April Action community service campaign this year. USF Researchers Treat Drug-Resistant Bacteria 2014-05-01 Some 90,000 Americans die each year from antibiotic-resistant bacteria — such as staph and pneumonia. USF Research Treats Drug-Resistant Viruses 2014-05-01 Some 90,000 Americans die each year from antibiotic-resistant bacteria — such as staph and pneumonia. Controversial Venture Capitalist Warns of Tech Bubble  2014-04-30 Billionaire venture capitalist Tom Perkins delivered a harsh prediction to the city’s legions of aspiring entrepreneurs at USF on April 28: The current tech boom is a bubble. Research: Typhoons' Devastation Puts Baby Girls at Risk 2014-04-29 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. First-time Fiction Writer Wins Pushcart 2014-04-24 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 2014-04-21 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. In Living Color: USFers Painted Head to Toe in Holi Festival 2014-04-14 USF students coated each other with fistfuls of powdery violets, blues, and greens in the center of campus April 4, as they celebrated the Indian rites of spring festival Holi. Also known as the festival of colors, Holi is an ancient Hindu celebration and takes place just before the vernal equinox. Find Your Favorite Music at Rock 'N Swap 2014-04-10 Join on campus April 13 for one of the largest music lovers fairs in Northern California. Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., Named President of the University of San Francisco 2014-04-08 Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., has been named the next president of the University of San Francisco, the 28th in its 159-year history. The USF Board of Trustees voted unanimously in a special session April 8 to appoint Fr. Fitzgerald, said Thomas E. Malloy ’61, board chair. Fr. Fitzgerald will take office Aug. 1. Education Dean Wins Two National Scholar Awards 2014-04-07 School of Education Dean Kevin Kumashiro has been recognized by two national organizations for his contributions to multicultural education and education reform. Scientist Who Proved Black Holes Exist Speaks at USF 2014-04-04 Internationally renowned mathematical physicist Sir Roger Penrose, whose work ranks alongside those of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, will speak at USF on April 7. He’ll discuss his theory that the universe is an infinite series of eons and whether new technology might allow us to reveal what happened before the Big Bang. Student’s Life-Saving App Adopted By Hundreds of Cities  2014-04-02 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. Human Rights Take Center Stage at USF Film Festival 2014-04-01 USF’s Human Rights Film Festival kicks off April 3 and includes an Academy Award nominee for best documentary and more than a dozen films by USF students and alumni. Alumna Manages the Biggest and Best in Sports 2014-03-28  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 2014-03-26 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. USF Undergraduates Win Prestigious International Scholarships 2014-03-24 Three USF students have won the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad for the spring 2014 semester.