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Volume 57, Number 9    October 12, 2009         

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The state of ethnic studies
In an Oct. 7 article in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Kenneth Monteiro, dean of the College of Ethnic Studies, discussed the state of Ethnic Studies and its future. SF State is hosting an international Ethnic Studies Conference, "Race, Resistance and Relevance," through Oct. 10. Monteiro said that Ethnic Studies is in a collective struggle to survive. "The current attack on ethnic studies is really one on the public trust in general," Monteiro said. "This attack is against public support for accessible health, education, a variety of causes. We in ethnic studies aren't isolated anymore."

Fungi finds
Professor of Biology Dennis Desjardin's seven new species of glow-in-the-dark mushrooms were featured in an Oct. 6 National Geographic article. The seven new discoveries bring the total of luminescent mushrooms to 71 that have been discovered in the world. During his career, Desjardin has discovered more than 200 species of mushrooms. "When you look down at the ground, it's like looking up at the sky," Desjardin said of his most recent discoveries. "Every little 'star' was a little mushroom -- it was just fantastic."

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