USF News USF News Feed 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. Scoring Laughs as a Stand-Up Comic 2014-03-21 Christina Pazsitzky ’99 is a headliner in the male-dominated world of stand-up comedy. ‘Hardball’s’ Chris Matthews Talks Politics and the Pope at USF 2014-03-19 Political talk show host and USF Distinguished Visiting Professor Chris Matthews predicted a drubbing for Democrats in the November elections and suggested Hillary Clinton is the party’s best presidential candidate for 2016 at the moment, in a wide-ranging public discussion on campus March 18. Student EMRs Respond to Campus Medical Calls 2014-03-17 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 2014-03-14 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. Chris Matthews of ‘Hardball’ at USF 2014-03-12 “Hardball” political talk show host Chris Matthews will discuss faith, service, and America’s current political dysfunction with the Most Rev. Bob McElroy, auxiliary bishop for the San Francisco Archdiocese, at USF on March 18. Diverse Communities a Focus During Mayoral Forum at USF 2014-03-11 Electronic medical records are transforming health care for patients, particularly those from diverse communities, Bernard J. Tyson, Kaiser Permanente CEO told an audience of about 200 at a mayoral forum on diversity, innovation, and jobs at USF on March 7. ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Shines 2014-03-10 USF’s College Players performed the musical “Little Shop of Horrors” at Presentation Theater Feb. 28 to March 3, as part of the club’s 150 season. USF Women Lead and Succeed 2014-03-07 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 2014-03-05 “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. Mayoral Forum Tackles Need for Greater Economic Inclusion 2014-03-04 USF will host San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard J. Tyson, and other city leaders on March 7 in a first-of-its-kind forum exploring how to connect more low-income families with San Francisco’s economic prosperity. School of Law Dean Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act 2014-02-28 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. Generosity Week Celebrates Philanthropy  2014-02-27 USF is honoring donors this week with a series of events to raise awareness about philanthropy on campus. New Lab Bolsters Science Research 2014-02-26 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 2014-02-24 Susan Steinberg’s most recent book of short stories about bad girls and broken hearts is a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. Supreme Court’s Antonin Scalia Offers Tips to Law Students 2014-02-20 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and award-winning legal author Bryan A. Garner told USF law students exactly what to do if they want to persuade a judge: avoid jargon, understand the weaknesses of their case, and use only their strongest arguments. Sculpture Terrace Features Art from Mexico 2014-02-18 Eight sculptures from the permanent collection of San Francisco’s Mexican Museum are on display at USF. USF Survey: Growing Confidence in the Economy  2014-02-13 Venture capitalists (VCs) based in Silicon Valley are more confident in the economy than at any time since the 2008 economic collapse, according to a recent survey by Mark Cannice, professor of entrepreneurship and innovation in USF’s School of Management. 5 Ways to Protect Your Online Information 2014-02-10 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 2014-02-05 ESPN Tells the Story of Football Team’s 1951 Stand Against Racism 2014-02-03 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 2014-01-31 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 Your Professor on the ‘Best Law Teachers’ List? 2014-01-29 USF law Professor Julie Nice is among 26 elite educators in Harvard University Press’ “What the Best Law Teachers Do,” which profiles her innovative teaching techniques. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Talks Legal Ethics at USF 2014-01-27 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and lawyer and author Bryan A. Garner will be on campus for two events Jan. 31. The pair will discuss the challenges posed to legal ethics by technology, public speaking, and money and talk about their latest co-authored book on interpreting legal texts. Is NSA Spying on Americans Legal? 2014-01-23 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 2014-01-21 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. ‘STEAMED’ Art Delivers Icelandic Craters, Motion-Sensing Triangles, and Bay Area Immigration Raids 2014-01-16 StartFragment California Assistant Principal of the Year From USF 2014-01-14 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.,-EdD-11-3Web.jpg Top Scientists and Artists Present on Campus 2014-01-09 Leading Bay Area scientists and artists will delve into the pros and cons of using synthetic biology to genetically modify organisms, how globalization impacts women’s art, how artists are adapting to meet the growing demand for eco-friendly art, and more at USF on Jan. 13. School of Management Ranks in Top 25 for Sustainability  2014-01-06 From supply chain management to packaging and marketing, USF students have embraced sustainable business practices in courses throughout the School of Management, and have even launched their own clubs and a nationally recognized networking organization. The school’s eco-conscious efforts recently landed the school in the top 25 business schools in the world for sustainability, according to clean capitalism proponent Corporate Knights media. Who Made 'Breaking Bad' So Good? 2013-12-20 Gennifer Hutchison ’98 was a "Breaking Bad" writer whose very first episode was nominated for a Writer’s Guild Award. Each week, she kept millions of viewers on the edge of their seats, awaiting the fates of high school chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin Walter White and his partner-in-crime, Jesse Pinkman. USF Magazine in Time for the Holidays 2013-12-19 USF Magazine is hot off the presses and in the mail, but you can read it first online. On Golf’s Biggest Stage at U.S. Open 2013-12-16 Cory McElyea '14 beat out 14,000 amateur golfers from across the country to win a spot in the U.S. Open, and then, after competing in one of golf’s biggest tournaments and running on just four hours of sleep, he flew to the West Coast and won the California State Amateur Championship. A Holly Jolly Graduation! 2013-12-13 USF hosts its winter commencement just in time for the holidays, honoring the achievements of almost 900 graduates on Dec. 13. USF Law: 2nd For ‘Quality of Life’ 2013-12-11 Life can be tough for a law student—a new school to get used to, overwhelming legal briefs to wade through, and titanic loans to pay off. Lucky for University of San Francisco law students their school is ranked second in the nation for ‘quality of life’. Recipe for Success 2013-12-06 Carlos Muela '09 was chewing over an idea: If one food truck is good he thought, then a bunch of trucks with a bunch of different cuisines, all in one place, must be great. Crowd Roars for Tree Lighting 2013-12-03 A boisterous holiday cheer went up from about 200 spectators, as the University of San Francisco hit the power to 12,000 LED lights on the university’s two-and-a-half-story Christmas tree on Dec. 2, instantly transforming the surrounding darkness of Lo Schiavo Plaza into the gleaming essence of holiday merriment. Star Pitcher Kyle Zimmer Returns to USF 2013-12-02 Kyle Zimmer got a $3 million dollar paycheck last year after signing with the Kansas City Royals, but that bonus came at a price: the junior had to leave the University of San Francisco before earning his degree. After being chosen fifth in the first round of the draft—the highest pick in USF baseball history—Zimmer made a promise: one day he’d finish his degree, which is why he's back on campus. Regenerating Body Parts? USF Biologist Discovers How It’s Done 2013-11-25 Cut off a salamander’s tail, and within a few weeks, it’ll have a new one. A starfish can grow a whole new body from a severed leg. Even humans can regenerate fingertips—but only until the age of two. Research Shows Dramatic Benefits to International Child Sponsorship 2013-11-14 You've seen the TV commercials asking you to sponsor a child in the developing world, but does the $3 billion spent every year to sponsor those children do any good? That's the question USF Professor Bruce Wydick asked, and the answer shocked him and other experts.