USF News USF News Feed USF Trustees Welcome New Members 2014-10-17 USF’s Board of Trustees welcomed four new members into its ranks recently, among them a leading voice in the U.S./Mexico immigration debate and the School of Law’s 2012 Alumnus of the Year. Funky Genes: Alumna Chronicles Decision to Get Double Mastectomy 2014-10-15 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 2014-10-13 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. USF DiversityTalks: San Francisco Leaders Reflect on the Power of Community 2014-10-09 What do San Francisco’s best-known homeless shelter and the online, vacation-booking site Airbnb have in common? They’re built on community, according to Janice Mirikitani, USF diversity scholar, visiting professor, and former San Francisco poet laureate. New Lo Schiavo Chair Meets Students at the Intersection of Politics and Faith 2014-10-03 Frank Turner, S.J., a leading international advocate on issues of poverty, social deprivation, climate change, and foreign policy, has been named USF’s new Anna and Joseph Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought. Imagining Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder, Psychologists Find 2014-10-01,_Psychologists_Find/ 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. USF Alumni Weekend Draws Crowds  2014-09-29 USF just welcomed its largest gathering of alumni and supporters to campus since the university’s 150-year anniversary in 2005. Law Student’s Investigation Exonerates Wrongly Accused Community Worker 2014-09-26 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  2014-09-24 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! 2014-09-22 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 2014-09-19 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. Race, Class, and Gender and How to Dance Them 2014-09-17 USF kicks off its fall Davies Forum with a performance and lecture by celebrated dancer and choreographer José Luis Reynoso on Sept. 18. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon Speaks at USF 2014-09-15 San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon will speak about his rise from high school dropout to become the city’s first Latino D.A. on Sept. 16 at USF. Who Benefits? Research Raises Questions About Fair Trade Coffee  2014-09-12 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 2014-09-09 Imagine seeing what basketball star Roy Hibbert sees as he flies 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. Rare Book Room Renovated in Time for Earthquake 2014-09-08 The Gleeson Library/Geschke Center’s Donohue Rare Book Room has reopened after a recent renovation opened walls, expanded reading space, upgraded temperature and humidity controls, and hardened the archive and shelves against earthquakes. USF Fulbright Scholar Builds Solidarity With Indigenous Community Through Art 2014-09-04 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. Introducing USF’s New Sacramento Campus  2014-09-02 USF’s new Sacramento Campus is now open, in the heart of the city’s historic business district. USF Involvement Fair Falls Silent in Solidarity With Slain Teen 2014-08-29 More than 200 USFers fell silent on Gleeson Plaza at 12:30 Thursday afternoon and some held up signs in honor of Michael Brown — the Ferguson, Mo., teen killed by police in early August. Latest Research: Wheelchairs Raise Employment, Reduce Begging in the Developing World 2014-08-27 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 2014-08-25 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 2014-08-21 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 2014-08-19 USF is among the top 25 most entrepreneurial colleges and universities in the country, according to new rankings released by Dobles Vidas: USF Gallery Debuts Work by Celebrated Mexican Folk Artists 2014-08-14 From indigenous ceremonial masks to fantastical papier-mâché monsters, the Thacher Gallery’s new exhibit offers a taste of Mexican folk art at its finest. One USF Nurse’s War on Fracking: A Struggle for Public Health 2014-08-12 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 Students Restore Endangered Species Habitat 2014-08-07 The students began by conducting environmental research on a fragile ecosystem in the Bay Area parks system. Now their research is being adopted by the national park system. Creek.jpg?n=5913 San Francisco Poet Laureate and Activist Named USF Diversity Scholar 2014-08-05 If you ask celebrated poet and activist Janice Mirikitani, there’s no better classroom than the streets of San Francisco. cropped2.jpg?n=8786 Flash Mobs, Food Myths, and Fantasy: USF’s 10 Coolest Classes 2014-08-01,_Food_Myths,_and_Fantasy__USF_10_Coolest_Classes/ Weave fishing nets, organize the community ’60s-style in Haight-Ashbury and dance through the streets of San Francisco — all for college credit. Shared Struggle Connects Teacher of the Year with Students 2014-07-30 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 2014-07-28 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 2014-07-25 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 20 Nursing Students Applauded for Service to San Franciscans 2014-07-23 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 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.