American Indian Studies
Associate Professor of American Indian Studies Robert Keith Collins was selected by the Academic Senate of the California Maritime Academy as their Rizza Lecturer for Spring 2015. Collins' first lecture, "Oceans of Education: Seafaring as Role Acquisition in the Life of Paul Cuffee," will reflect co-curatorial work for the current Smithsonian traveling banner exhibit "IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas," which is on display through April 5 at the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa. The Rizza Lecture Series, a free event open to students, faculty, staff and the general public, is funded by a grant from former Cal Maritime president Rear Admiral Joseph Rizza.
Asian American Studies
Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan H. X. Lee gave an invited lecture about "Locality in Transnational Religiosity: The Case of Chinese/Taiwanese Women and the Tianhou/Mazu Empress of Heaven Cult" at the Transpacific Re-Orientations conference held Jan. 23-24 at the University of Southern California.
Family Acceptance Project
The Human Rights Campaign honored Director of the Family Acceptance Project Caitlin Ryan with the Upstander Award for Promoting Safety, Inclusion and Well-Being for LGBTQ Youth at their second annual Time to THRIVE conference in Portland Feb. 13-15. The award recognizes her pioneering research into issues faced by LGBTQ youth and her work finding ways to mitigate negative effects.
Ryan has also been nominated to be the community grand marshal for the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade in June. Voting is currently under way.
School of Nursing Lecturer Ed Rovera recently passed the exam to become a Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS). Offered by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, a group dedicated to setting industry standards for demonstrating competency in healthcare simulation, the CHSOS targets simulation operators, technicians and managers. Worldwide, only 21 of the 200 people who sat for the initial CHSOS exam were granted the certification. Rovera also earned the Certified Simulation Healthcare Educator credential for instructors, which focuses on simulation as a learning and assessment modality, but includes aspects of simulation management and operations. The School of Nursing is one of only two institutions in California to have a member of its simulation faculty with both CHSOS and CHSE certifications, reflecting the commitment of the faculty and administrators to simulation education.