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Volume 51, Number 25   March 15, 2004         

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Behavioral and Social Sciences
Patricia Foschi, Geography and Human Environmental Studies/Romberg Tiburon Center, and co-authors from Arizona State University presented "Feature Selection for Image Data via Learning" at the International Workshop on Intelligent Multimedia Computing and Networking held as part of the Joint Conference on Information Science in September in Cary, N.C.

Daniel Vencill, Criminal Justice, and co-author Mary Vencill presented "Spatial and Economic Aspects of Crime: The Mapping of Homicides in Oakland, CA 2003-2004: Are Murders Serially Correlated by Location and Is Police Response Appropriate?" at the annual meeting of the Western Regional Science Association held Feb. 25-28 in Maui. At the same meeting they also presented "Drug Dealer Diversion in San Francisco: Street to Work, a Job Training Program for First-Time Offenders -- A Benefit-Cost Analysis," a report on the results of a study funded by an Annie Casey Foundation grant. Vencill also spoke on "Evaluation of Alternative Policies to Combat False Emergency Calls."

"Women's Sexual Labor and State in Korean History," by C. Sarah Soh, Anthropology, appears in the winter edition of the Journal of Women's History.

Stanley Kowalczyk, Management, presented "The Dynamics of Strategic Reputation
Management and the Financial Markets' Evaluation of Corporations" at the annual conference of the Strategic Management Society held Nov. 10 in Baltimore.

Creative Arts
Yu-Charn Chen, Design and Industry, presented "Using Robots in the Curriculum -- Design and Analysis of an Educational Automatic Guided Vehicle System" and " Use of the LabVIEW in Solving Industrial Problems" at the National Association of Industrial Technology convention held Nov. 20 in Nashville.

"Staging the Invisible: Giorgio Strehler and Luigi Pirandello," by Mohammad Kowsar, Theatre Arts, appeared in the fall 2003 issue of the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism.

Work by Gail Dawson, Art, has appeared in a variety of recent gallery shows and exhibitions including, at the Mark Moore Gallery in Santa Monica, at the Women and their Work show held Jan. 10 - Feb. 14 in Austin, at Gensler Architects and Design in Houston, and at "Women and their Work: Off Site/On Target," a show held Jan. 15 - Feb. 20 at the Austin City Lofts Arts Collaborative in Austin.

Paul M. Ellison, Music and Dance, recently interviewed Tallis Scholars' director Peter Phillips as part of the Cal Performances Sightlines pre-concert series.

Modernities: Cinemas and Popular Media in Transcultural East Asia, by Jenny Lau, Cinema, was published recently by Temple University Press.

Nathan Avani, Secondary Education, was elected president of the International Mentoring Association earlier this year.

Health and Human Services
"A Developmental Perspective on Visual Proprioception," a book chapter by David Anderson, Kinesiology, appears in Theories of Infant Development, edited by Gavin Bremner, Alan Slater and J. Gavin Bremner and published in October by Blackwell Publishing.

Erik Peper, Institute for Holistic Healing Studies/Department of Health Education, presented the papers "Make Health Happen -- An Integrated Stress Management Program for College Students" and "Training the Trainers -- Healthy Computing Coaches," at the annual meeting of the Biofeedback Foundation held Feb. 26 in Winterthur, Switzerland.

Fred Astren, Jewish Studies, participated in a forum titled "Judaism: The Past, Present and Future" held Feb. 22 at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

Marc Dollinger, Jewish Studies, gave an address on the 350th anniversary of Jewish settlement in North America on Feb. 26 at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. At the private opening of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, held Feb. 27, Dollinger gave presentations on the history of Jews in San Francisco and how construction of the new building fits into larger themes of American Jewish history and life.

Jacob Needleman, Philosophy, discussed "The American Soul: Founding Ideals and the American Dream" at a Stanford University forum held Jan. 26.

Minoo Moallem, Women Studies, presented "Transnational Feminist Practices and the Postcolonial Middle East" at the For Gendered Bodies, Transnational Politics Conference held in December at the American University in Cairo. Moallem also contributed the book chapter "Transnationalism and Immigrant Entrepreneurship: Iranian Diasporic Narratives from the U.S., France, England and Germany" to The Social Construction of Diversity, edited by Christiane Harzig and Danielle Juteau and published last year by Berghahn Books.

"Mr. Hellerman's Vacation," a short story by Nona Caspers, Creative Writing, was runner-up in the Missouri Review Editor's Prize.

Ned Fielden's autobiographical essay "Redefinition of Masculinity" was published as a chapter in the From There to Here: Stories of Adjustment to Spinal Cord Injury, edited by Gary Karp and S. Klein and published by Leonard Media Group. The piece also appeared in the Dec. 2003 issue of New Mobility magazine.

Student Affairs
The Department of Public Safety, and Andrew Serrata, Public Safety, were recognized by the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Bay Area Chapter for service to the community in the fight against DUI on Oct. 3. MADD's Bay Area Chapter individually recognized Serrata for his efforts in recognizing and arresting intoxicated drivers on the streets around the SFSU campus. During the past holiday season, officers from Public Safety actively and effectively participated in the “Avoid the 14” campaign against drunk drivers in the city and county of San Francisco with 13 other law enforcement agencies.

Science and Engineering
"Experiments on Partially Coherent Photorefractive Solitons," by Zhigang Chen, Physics and Astronomy, and several co-authors was published in November in a special issue of the Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics.

Edward Lank, Computer Science, and E. Saund presented "Stylus Input and Editing without Prior Selection of Mode" at the User Interface Software and Technology Symposium held in November in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Ilmi Yoon, Computer Science, and several co-authors presented "Webs on the Web (WOW): 3D Visualization of Ecological Networks on the WWW for Collaborative Research and Education" at the annual IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization held in October in Seattle.

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