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Volume 55, Number 15   November 26, 2007         

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World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day activities will take place on campus Dec.1 in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center, from noon to 2:30 p.m., and in the Mary Ward Hall from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Both events will feature Bay Area youth activists and people, including SF State students, who are living with HIV. The afternoon program will include a cultural program by the Nigerian Students Association. The SF State AIDS Quilt will be on display in the Student Center lobby during that week. Verification of attendance will be available to faculty who would like to give students credit for attending the events. For more information, contact the AIDS Coordinating Committee at or Michael Ritter at ext. 8-7339.

Holiday volunteering
Faculty and staff looking to volunteer over the holidays and beyond can contact The statewide agency, supported by the Governor's office, pairs individuals, groups and organizations with local agencies in need of volunteers. For more information, visit

The Volunteer Center also lists a number of places to volunteer in San Francisco and San Mateo counties at

Zotero lesson
The J. Paul Leonard Library invites students, faculty and staff to a demonstration of Zotero, a free Firefox browser plug-in that helps researchers take notes, organize resources and create bibliographies Dec. 5 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in room 434 of the Library. To register, visit or contact librarians Mira Foster at or Pam Howard at

Submarine builders needed
Assistant Professor of Cinema Aaron Kerner is looking for volunteers from the University community to help reconstruct a life-size replica of a Japanese "Kaiten" submarine for artist Katsushige Nakahashi's upcoming exhibition "The Depth of Memory." The exhibition will be held at the Camerawork gallery in San Francisco in January. The assembly of the Kaiten, which will involve taping together small photographs of a model of the submarine, begins Dec. 10. To sign up online, visit the Kaiten project Web site or contact Professor Kerner at ext. 5-3972.

Take survey; improve work-life balance
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) is competing for a $200,000 award from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to fund opportunities and programs that improve the work-life balance for faculty and staff. To qualify for the grant, 40 percent of the University's tenured and tenure-track faculty must complete a survey by Nov. 30. The survey is now available

The Bridge Initiative, the University's plan for improving work-life balance, is available online at the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development Web site at

Roman history exhibit
The Museum Studies Program's new exhibit "Strength and Honor: The World of The Roman Soldier" is now on display in HUM 510. The exhibit explores the soldier's view of military life during the Roman Empire. The exhibit is open to the public Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 7. Admission is free and faculty are invited to bring their classes.

In addition, the department is raising funds for scholarships by selling ancient Roman cookbooks, Roman history books, exhibit T-shirts, cards and more. Visit for more information.

RSCA faculty awards
Applications for the Annual Faculty Awards for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (RSCA) are available at Applications are due in the college offices on Feb. 1, 2008. The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will offer workshops in December to review guidelines and application procedures. CTFD will also hold consultation hours in late January prior to the deadline. Please direct all inquiries to CTFD at ext. 8-6456, or

Turnitin workshop
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development is offering its Turnitin workshop, led by Amy Love, lecturer in English, Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 3 to 4 p.m. in BH 229. The workshop will focus on how to use Turnitin as a teaching aid, including setting up Turnitin assignments and instructing students in its use. The pedagogy of plagiarism will also be covered. No prior experience with online learning is required. Visit to register, or call ext. 8-6456.

Bookstore holiday party
The SFSU Bookstore invites the campus community to its annual holiday reception Dec. 4 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The store will offer discounts on most merchandise (not including computer hardware), as well as catered snacks and beverages. Wine glasses and goody bags will be distributed to the first 300 attendees. For more information, contact Rob Strong at ext. 8-7372 or

UWA holiday luncheon
The University community is invited to celebrate the holidays at the Sheraton Palace Hotel in San Francisco at the University Women's Association Holiday Luncheon. This festive tradition will take place at noon on Saturday, Dec. 8. Tickets are $50 for UWA members and their guests; $55 for non-members. The deadline for reservations is Nov. 24. For more information, contact Lin Ivory at

Introduction to CalPERS
University employees who are eligible for CalPERS retirement benefits are invited to a free introductory workshop covering the basics of the plan, how to receive benefits after retirement and other topics. Sessions will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in HSS 233 on Dec. 12, 13 and 18. Seating is limited; please RSVP (by phone only) to Victoria F. Ramos-Sponza at ext. 5- 3935.

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Campus Master Plan approved
The California Board of Trustees approved the University's master plan and certified the accompanying Environmental Impact Report (EIR) at its Nov. 14 meeting. The University will now move ahead with implementing the plan, which calls for the transformation of the campus by the year 2020 to accommodate an increase in enrollment from 20,000 to 25,000 full-time equivalent students.

SF State aims to become the nation's preeminent public urban university by strengthening ties with surrounding neighborhoods and Lake Merced, while improving the academic environment and modeling sustainability.

The plan is the product of two years of collaborative planning involving faculty, staff, students and community members. For more information, visit the project Web site at

Candidates Announced for Dean of the College of Creative Arts
Five candidates have been selected to interview for dean of the College of Creative Arts. The campus community is invited to attend each candidate's presentation and receptions:

Thursday, November 29: Ronald Compesi, interim dean, College of Creative Arts at SF State, at 4 p.m. in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building. A reception follows in CA 251.

Monday, December 3: Carol Richardson, professor and assisting associate dean for research and planning, University of Michigan School of Music, at 4 p.m. in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building. A reception follows in the Casablanca Room in the Creative Arts building.

Friday, December 7: James Moy, dean and chair of the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, at 4 p.m. in CA 146. Location of reception to be announced.

Monday, December 10: Michael Hood, dean, College of Fine Arts, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, at 4 p.m. Location of presentation and reception to be announced.

Wednesday, December 12: Jonathan Estrin, executive vice president, American Film Institute, at 4 p.m. Location of presentation and reception to be announced.

$1.3 million award to SEPAL research group
Kimberly Tanner, assistant professor of biology and director of the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory (SEPAL) research group at SF State, was one of 10 recipients of a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) this year from the National Institutes of Health. Intended to improve the nation's science literacy, the SEPA award recognizes innovative hands-on education.

The five-year, $1.3 million award will support "Spectrum: Building Pathways to Biomedical Research Careers for Girls and Women of Color," a mentoring program designed to forge strong ties between local NIH-funded biomedical researchers and K-12 teachers and students. The project will bring together women and girls of color from local public schools and members of the Bay Area biomedical community including SF State researchers, faculty and students.

San Francisco State is the only university in California to receive a SEPA grant this year. Spectrum is one of only five endeavors, including projects at the Walter Reed Army Institute and Texas A&M University, to receive funding of more than $1 million.

For more information about SEPAL, visit For more information about his year's SEPA awards, visit

Call for nominations: Community Service Learning Awards
and Jefferson Awards for Public Service
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) is taking nominations for two of its annual awards: Community Service Learning Awards and the Jefferson Awards for Public Service.

The Community Service Learning Awards recognize one faculty member, one student per college and one partnering community agency each year for outstanding participation in community service learning within San Francisco. For more information, visit

The Jefferson Awards for Public Service is a national award program that recognizes ordinary citizens for acts of courage, commitment, tenacity or vision that have benefited the community at large. For more information, visit

The deadline for nominations for both awards has been extended to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. To obtain criteria, guidelines and nomination forms, please visit the Web sites listed above or contact Catherine Park, Program Coordinator, at ext. 5-3604 or

News from the Academic Senate
The Academic Senate will meet from 2 to 4:15 p.m. on Nov. 27 at the Seven Hills Conference Center. The campus community is welcome to attend and address the speakers. The meeting agenda includes:

  • The 2006-2007 University Task Force's assessment of post baccalaureate education, presented by Linda Buckley, associate vice president of academic planning and educational effectiveness;
  • Recommendations from the Faculty Affairs Committee on the proposed statement on professional ethics;
  • The Curriculum Review and Approval Committee's proposed revisions to the bachelor's degree in liberal studies;
  • Recommendations from the Academic Policies Committee on a proposed policy on graduate continuous enrollment;
  • A report from Elise Wormuth, acting WAC-WID coordinator, and Robert Cherny, interim dean of undergraduate studies, on the Committee for Written English Proficiency (CWEP) GWAR Course Requirements.

For more information, visit the Academic Senate Web site at

This week's Insiders include Assistant Professor of Design and Industry Hsiao-Yun Chu, who taught a class in Taiwan; and Senior Assistant Librarians Mira Foster and Pam Howard, who spoke at two conferences in October.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Journalism Ken Kobre remembers photojournalist W. Eugene Smith; Assistant Professor of Management Mitchell Marks discusses the liklihood of success for companies who merge with competitors; and Professor of Anthropology Bernard Wong provides reasons for the economic success of San Francisco's Chinatown.

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Developmental Psychology Brown Bag Meeting
Students, faculty and staff are invited to bring their lunches to the weekly Developmental Psychology Brown Bag meeting featuring a new speaker and topic of note each week. Each talk takes place at noon on Monday in room 503 of the Ethnic Studies/ Psychology building. Associate Professor of Psychology Mark Geisler will present the Nov. 26 topic.

Stillwell Student Art Show (through Friday)
This juried exhibition of new student work in video, photography, textiles, metal arts, ceramics, sculpture and printmaking runs Tuesdays through Fridays through Dec. 6 in the Fine Arts Gallery, FA 238. The exhibition includes the annual display of works by Leo D. Stillwell Jr., a post-World War II watercolor and oil painter. The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. Admission is free. For more information, call ext. 8-6535 or visit

China Rising and the World
Asian American Studies Professor Marlon Hom, Political Science Lecturer David Lee, Anthropology Professor Bernard Wong and Mary Alice Waters of Pathfinder Press will present, "China and the Diaspora: The United States and Beyond." The lecture is part of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences free public lecture series, "China Rising and the World," held each Wednesday evening from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. in HSS 154 through Dec. 5. Lectures explore the impact of China's rising status in the global economy. For more information, including a complete list of lectures, visit or call ext. 5-2402.

The Cabaret of Hybrid Vigor
From the pages of VIZ. inter-arts anthology, the Poetry Center presents a multimedia evening of poetry, collaborative videos and Benshi scores with Dore Bowen, Dean Smith, Professor of Creative Writing Robert Gluck, Konrad Steiner, Leslie Scalapino, Norma Cole, Mac McGinness, Professor of Creative Writing Paul Hoover, Professor and Chair of Creative Writing Maxine Chernoff, Roxi Hamilton and Suzanne Stein. The show begins at 8 p.m. at Artists Television Access, 992 Valencia St.

Faculty research series
As part of the its Fall 2007 faculty research series, "Revitalizing a Field and a Curriculum: New Directions in Research and Teaching in Regional Studies," the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences will feature interdisciplinary presentations by Professor of History Anthony D'Agostino and Professor of International Relations Andrei Tsygankov from 4 to 5:30 pm in HSS 361. Anthony D'Agostino will present, "Was World War II an Imperial War"? Andrei Tsygankov will present, "Whatever Happened to the War on Terror? Russia-U.S. Relations after 9/11."
The Annual BSS Faculty Research Series provides an interdisciplinary context for faculty to learn about the research of their colleagues, to engage in scholarly exchange and to share ideas. All faculty, students and staff are invited.

“Troy: The Gates of Hell” -- closing week
Professor Mohammad Kowsar’s adaptation of Homer's classic myth takes its final run this week in the Little Theatre in the Creative Arts building. The show begins at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit For more information, visit or call ext. 8-1431.

Women studies lecture series
Jillian Sandell, assistant professor of women studies at SF State, presents "Lost in Transnation, Found in Translation: The Visual Politics of Iona Rozeal Brown" from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in HUM 115. The talk is part of a weekly series of women studies lectures held each Thursday through Dec. 13. For the complete schedule, visit or contact Assistant Professor of Women Studies Kasturi Ray at ext. 8-3128 or

Coming Up
Holiday Crafts Fair
SF State faculty and staff are invited to shop for handcrafted wares at the Second Annual SF State Employee Holiday Crafts Fair on Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first and second floor lobbies of the Administration building. Ornaments, jewelry, soaps, candles, note cards, cookies, candy and other items -- all made by SF State employees -- will be for sale. The SF State Handbell Choir will perform and add to the holiday mood. For more information, visit

"Science on TV" with Timothy Ferris
Popular science writer Timothy Ferris will visit campus Dec. 3 as a guest of the physics and astronomy department. Ferris' books include the Pulitzer Prize-nominated "Coming of Age in the Milky Way," "Seeing in the Dark," and "The Red Limit." He wrote and narrated the television specials: “The Creation of the Universe,” which has aired in network prime time annually for the past 15 years, “Life Beyond Earth,” which premiered on PBS in 1999, and the documentary, "Seeing in the Dark." Ferris also produced the Voyager phonograph record, an artifact of human civilization containing music, sounds of Earth and encoded photographs launched aboard the Voyager interstellar spacecraft. His talk, "Presenting Science on TV" begins at 4 p.m. in SCI 210.

George Oppen Memorial Lecture
On Thursday, Dec. 6, the Poetry Center presents Michael Palmer reading from his work at the Unitarian Center, 1187 Franklin St. For details, visit

Piano Week
The School of Music and Dance will celebrate the majestic artistry of the piano all week long with eight concerts by students, professors, alumni and guests. Faculty performers include William Corbett-Jones, Inara Morgenstern, Victoria Neve, Dee Spencer, Patricia Taylor Lee and Roger Woodward. Enjoy works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Takemitsu and more. Most concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall in the Creative Arts building. For a complete schedule, visit or call ext. 8-1431.

New Moves Dance Showcase
Debuting the choreography of 13 students, the New Moves Dance Showcase features performances from diverse genres including lyrical jazz, modern, Afro-modern and hip-hop/urban fusion. The preview performance is Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. The showcase continues Dec. 7-8, 8 p.m. McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building. For more information, call ext 8-1431 or visit


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