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Volume 57, Number 10    October 19, 2009         

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Tickets available for Taste of the Bay
Tickets are available for faculty and staff for the 13th Taste of the Bay. The event will be held Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. aboard the San Francisco Belle at Pier 3. For ticket information and a list of participating restaurants, breweries and wineries, visit

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Whirlwind Wheelchair awarded $4.8 million grant
SF State's Whirlwind Wheelchair program has been awarded a $4.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop a blueprint that will guide organizations that design, manufacture and distribute technology products in the Third World and in American Indian tribal lands in the United States.

In operation for more than 20 years at SF State, Whirlwind Wheelchair designs and builds rugged, low-cost wheelchairs that are useful for people's daily lives and appropriate for the cultural context in poor countries.

Beginning this fall, Whirlwind will use its expertise and network of international partners to conduct a five-year study that will document how devices for people with disabilities currently move from the factory floor to the user's home. The grant expands Whirlwind's focus to include other assistive technologies besides wheelchairs -- prosthetics and hearing aids, for example -- and will help Whirlwind researchers to investigate why so few people with disabilities in poor countries have the devices that they need and what needs to be done differently.

Teams of engineers and researchers will be dispatched to Tanzania, South Africa, Vietnam, Cambodia and Colombia as well as to American Indian tribal lands in the United States, where many tribes have limited access to assistive technology.

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This week in Insiders: Associate Dean of the College of Creative Arts Ron Caltabiano gave a pre-concert talk and Professor of Health Education Adam Burke was appointed to a national advisory council.  

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This week in Newsmakers: Kenneth Monteiro, dean of the College of Ethnic Studies, discusses ethnic studies in the 21st century and Professor of International Relations Sanjoy Banerjee talks about Afghanistan.

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This week we remember Gary Ingerson, facilities project supervisor at the Romberg Tiburon Center and Chess Kittredge, former director of strategic technology architecture in the Division of Information Technology.

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Workshop: The Role of Beauty, Art & the Deep Feminine -- Inspiring Change & Possibility: 4 p.m.

Fall 2009 Nursing Symposium: 11 a.m.

Recital: "Trio Fibonacci": 1 p.m.

Facilitating Large Classes with iLearn, facilitated by Cyrus Ginwala: 11 a.m.

Campus MovieFest at San Francisco State University: 7:30 p.m.

DIVA Overview: 10 a.m.

Recital: "Chamber Singers and University Chorus": 1 p.m.

Authors' Teaching Circle: 3:30 p.m.

Neighborhood Empowerment Through Community-Based Scholarship, Part 2: 3:30 p.m

Champions of Sexual Literacy: 5:30 p.m.

SF State Orchestra concert: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
Oct. 23: Campus closed due to furlough days

Oct. 26: Campus closed due to furlough days

Oct. 27: Fall 2009 Japanese Tea Ceremony Workshop Series: 7:10 p.m.

Oct. 27: Student Chamber Ensembles concert: 8 p.m.

Oct. 28: Recital: "Student chamber ensembles" 1 p.m.

Oct. 29: Second Annual Edward Said Distinguished Lecture Series: 7 p.m.

Oct. 30: Recital: "Annual Scary Concert": 1 p.m.

Oct. 30: Lecture: "Peter Schumann": 2 p.m.

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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