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Volume 56, Number 1    July 21 , 2008         

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Reminder on avoiding social engineering attacks
The state Office of Information Security and Privacy Protection (OISPP) reminds SF State faculty and staff to be aware of social engineering attacks designed to gain unauthorized access to information or acquire information access. This approach relies on misrepresentation and the trusting nature of individuals. For more information on defending against these kinds of attacks, visit:

Departments awarded for textbook submissions
The SFSU Bookstore congratulates the following departments for submitting 90 percent or more of their textbook orders for fall 2008 by the April 15 due date: Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Classics/Comparative World Literature, Consumer Family Studies/Dietetics, Computer Science, Engineering, Geosciences, Gerontology, Humanities, Physics/Astronomy, Technical and Professional Writing, and Women Studies. Each department has earned a $1,000 gift card to the Bookstore. In addition, in recognition of submitting 90 percent of the orders for the entire college on time, the College of Science and Engineering has earned a $5,000 gift card.

Call For Programs: Leadership Initiative for Students
The Office of Student Programs and Leadership Development (OSPLD) is seeking submissions from faculty and staff to create and facilitate workshops for the fall 2008 Leadership in Action program, a campus-wide initiative providing leadership development opportunities for students. These workshops are for the Leadership Symposium to be held Sept. 6, and the weekly workshop series that will follow for the remainder of the semester.  All topics and ideas related to student leadership are welcomed and encouraged. For more information or to submit a proposal, visit the call for programs Web site at
programs/index.html Contact OSPLD Advisor Sarah Bauer at ext. 8-2174 or with questions.

Faculty Book Club returns
The SF State Faculty Book Club is back. Organized by the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, the book club is reading "The Battle of the Books and other Short Pieces" by Jonathan Swift, with copies free for the first 20 participants. For more information, visit

SFSU Bookstore accepting course reader orders
The Bookstore is still accepting course reader orders for fall 2008. Thanks to a new partnership negotiated with UCSF Campus Graphics, faculty can be assured of full copyright compliance, state-of-the-art graphics, fast turnaround and competitive pricing for students. Contact Kort Iuppenlatz, course reader coordinator, at or 8-2417 with reader information.


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Lori Gentles named Associate Vice President, Human Resources, Safety & Risk Management
Lori Gentles, the new Associate Vice President, Human Resources, Safety & Risk Management, comes to SF State with nearly 20 years of experience in human resources management. Most recently, she served as Human Resources Director and Assistant County Administrator for Contra Costa County. Prior to joining Contra Costa County, Gentles held personnel management positions with the cities of Phoenix and Mesa, Ariz. Gentles received her undergraduate degree in Interpersonal Communications from Arizona State University and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She will begin at SF State Aug. 6.

Hafernik elected president of California Academy of Sciences
Biology Professor John Hafernik was elected president of the California Academy of Sciences effective July 1. He will oversee scientific activities and serve as chair of the Academy's Science Council, an advisory committee that develops and implements the scientific program and reviews scientific activities performed within the institution. In addition, Hafernik will lead the Academy through the fall opening of its new, state-of-the-art facility in Golden Gate Park, which houses the Kimball Natural History Museum, Morrison Planetarium and Steinhart Aquarium.

Hafernik, who became a fellow at the Academy in 1982, has served on its board since 2000 and was a vice president beginning in 2003. An entomologist whose research has focused on evolutionary and ecological processes and the conservation biology of insects, Hafernik's expertise has been consulted by a number of governmental agencies including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Navy, City of San Francisco and the Presidio Trust. His research findings have been published in the top journals in his field. Hafernik is also president-elect of the Pacific Region of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He will assume the presidency in August 2009.

Corrigan joins group to assess changes at universities
On July 16, President Robert A. Corrigan became one of 12 members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' (AASCU) Commission on Presidential Leadership and Global Competitiveness. The group will work to assess and project the impact of global economic, political and technological changes on America’s public universities.

Library construction update
Though the J. Paul Leonard Library expansion and renovation project is visibly underway, the Library building remains open for use throughout the summer.
The only changes in access to Library collections and services during the summer session are:

  • The Media Access Center computer lab is closed for the summer. It will reopen in new temporary space for the fall semester. The John F. True Computer Lab and Quiet Study Area are open 24 hours as usual until Aug. 15. Visit the DoIT Web site at for information on other labs.        
  • The Faculty/Graduate Reading Room, 426C, and Silent Study Room, 438, are no longer available as study spaces.
  • Government publications are available on request from the research assistance desk on the first floor. Because of construction, only Library staff can retrieve these collections from the fifth floor.
  • Most of the de Bellis Collection on the sixth floor is being packed for storage and will be unavailable, but the circulating collection will remain available.
  • The construction buffer zone on the west side of the Library is walled off and no longer available.
  • The Rapid Copy Center will remain open through the summer session, but will close its retail operation on Friday, Aug. 22. Services supported by the center that will be offered after Aug. 22 are: self-service networked printing from computers, self-service copiers, both black and white and color printers, self-service microform scanning/printing, large format poster printing and binding and microfilming Library copies of master's theses. The only form of payment for these services will be the OneCard, with the exception of student fees for thesis binding. After Aug. 22, there will no longer be over-the-counter services including copying; faxing; binding (other than master's theses); printing non-SF State business cards; sales of supplies such as pens, pencils and paper; copying and printing jobs for campus departments; and producing transparencies and course readers.
  • The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) has moved to Burk Hall 311 for the duration of the Library expansion and renovation project. Visit CTFD's new Web site at
  • The Maurice Schiffman Room has moved to SSB 109.  For more information, visit

For updates on the project, visit the Library's Building Project Web site at

Health Equity Initiative announces Health Awards
The Health Equity Initiative recently announced 17 recipients of its first Health Equity Awards that provide either sustained support for a semester or a pilot grant for SF State scholars of extraordinary talent and creativity who are working to eliminate health disparities. Three awards were given for categories with different criteria.
The Health Equity Initiative (HEI) and the Cesar Chavez Institute (CCI) APP Award supports SF State scholars with innovative ideas whose grant proposals are almost ready to be submitted for federal funding. The HEI Project Development/Completion Awards support exceptionally innovative SF State scholars who are conducting health equity-related research and who need sustained support for a semester to complete research activities that will facilitate progress toward subsequent investigations. The HEI Pilot Grant provides seed money for health-equity related pilot research projects that can be completed in 12 months and that have the potential to lead to subsequent larger investigations.

The 2008-09 HEI/CCI APP Award recipients and topics are:

  • Jessica Fields, associate professor of sociology and acting director of the Center for Research on Gender & Sexuality: HIV, incarceration, and participatory action research
  • Diane Harris, professor of psychology, for her proposal: The family context of eating for overweight and normal weight siblings in multi-generational families of African ancestry
  • Alexis Martinez, assistant professor of sociology: Research with marginalized populations
  • Laurie Meschke, assistant professor of child and adolescent development: Hmong adolescent mental health
  • Lucia Volk, assistant professor of anthropology: The weight of discrimination: Yemeni Muslim women and body dissatisfaction in the Californian diaspora
  • Ryan Howell, assistant professor of psychology: Assessing for racial and ethnic bias in standardized alcohol screening measures 

The 2008-09 HEI Project Development/Completion Award recipients and topics:

  • Grace Yoo, associate professor of Asian American studies: Breast cancer survivorship, social support and racial and ethnic minorities 
  • Lily Chen, assistant professor of biology: Advancing health equity through public health education outreach on HPV/STDs prevention 
  • Rebecca Carabez, assistant professor of nursing: evaluation of the impact of the Hep B Free campaign   
  • Yeon-Shim Lee, assistant professor of social work: Intimate partner violence among Koreans   
  • Ed McCaughan, chair and associate professor of sociology: AIDS activism and art
  • Michele Eliason, assistant professor of health education: Impact of race/ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation on substance abuse treatment outcomes at an LGBT specific treatment agency

The 2008-09 HEI Pilot Grant Award recipients and topics:

  • Mariana Ferreira, associate professor of anthropology: The Right to Know: mapping environmental hazards and cancer incidence in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Brian de Vries, professor of gerontology: Paths to care among midlife and older gay men and lesbians
  • Adam Burke, associate professor, Institute of Holistic Healing; Michele Eliason and Juliana Van Olphen, assistant professors of health education: Racial ethnic differences in religiosity, spirituality and substance use risk factors  
  • Lisa Moore, associate professor of health education: Harm Reduction: From activism to bureaucracy
  • Ed McCaughan, chair and associate professor of sociology: AIDS activism and art

This week's Insiders include Theatre Arts Lecturer Mark Jackson, who directed "Yes, Yes to Moscow;" Assistant Professor of Management Denise Kleinrichert, who presented a paper in Germany; and Associate Professor of Design and Industry Martin Linder, who presented a paper in Chicago.

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Melissa Camacho comments on war as entertainment, Jazz Studies Lecturer Andrew Speight remembers jazz great Benny Carter, and Professor of Political Science Robert Smith comments on Barack Obama's efforts to define himself.  

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This week we remember Jules Tygiel, professor of history, who died at the age of 59.

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Coming Up
Nonresident alien taxation workshops
Internal Audit will conduct three workshops on nonresident alien taxation on  Aug. 12 and Sept. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and Aug. 20 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. All sessions will be held in the NEC conference room on the fifth floor of the Administration building. The workshop will educate and update appropriate campus department staff about nonresident alien taxation. The workshop will provide an overview of nonresident alien taxation issues, including what it is, why we have to comply, risks for non-compliance, federal and state tax withholding rates and revised procedures and forms all departments must use when making payments to nonresident aliens. To register, contact Irene Donner at ext. 8-2763 or  

Academic Technology Summer Institute
Academic Technology is offering a weeklong series of workshops from Aug. 18-22 for faculty wishing to explore effective learning and teaching strategies using classroom and online technologies. These workshops will help faculty develop short-term and long-term plans for meeting course objectives with the array of classroom and online technologies available on campus. All workshops are free for SF State faculty and staff. Registration is required. For more information, call ext. 5-3536 or e-mail To register, visit

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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