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Volume 60, Number 35    May 20, 2013         

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Next CampusMemo June 24
This is the last issue of CampusMemo for the spring semester. During the summer, CampusMemo will publish once monthly, on June 24 and July 29. Weekly publication will resume at the start of the fall semester on Aug. 26.

Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp and Life Skills programs
The Department of Kinesiology is once again hosting the Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp and introducing a Summer Life Skills Program on campus for boys and girls ages 7-14. Morning and afternoon extended days will also be available, providing up to a 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. option. For more information contact Dave Walsh at Download the paperwork with information from the Kinesiology website at

Civic Hacking at State
The campus community is invited to join the San Francisco Day of Civic Hacking on the weekend of June 1-2 in BUS 104. As part of the National Day of Civic Hacking, people from all walks of life will collaboratively create, build and invent new solutions using publicly released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, cities, states and country.

Participants will bring their laptops, skills, ideas and a collaborative, team-focused mindset; challenges, datasets, food, caffeine and technical assistance and mentors will be provided.

Space is limited, so register online now or submit a local challenge or become a sponsor.

San Francisco Day of Civic Hacking is a collaboration between Engine Advocacy and San Francisco State University and is part of the National Day of Civic Hacking.

Summer Swim Lessons
The Campus Recreation Department is hosting Summer Swim Lessons for youth and adults from 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays starting June 17. For more information or to register, visit the Campus Recreation swim Web page.

Summer Campus Recreation memberships
Summer is just around the corner and faculty/staff summer break memberships are available in the Campus Recreation Department for only $50. For more information or to register, visit the Campus Recreation website membership page.

Motion Capture Experiment
Professors Kate Hamel, Ph.D., David Matsumoto, Ph.D., and Hyisung Hwang, Ph.D. from the departments of Kinesiology and Psychology are seeking participants for a research study on behavior at security checkpoints.

To be eligible, you must:
• Be a Caucasian American male between the ages of 18 and 35
• Be a member of a group with a cause (political or activist) that has an opposing group, and a history of conflict between the two groups
• Have no major health problems
• Not be a current or former member of the military or police.

Participants will:
• Make one visit to the MAREY Laboratory on campus (approximately 2.5 hours)
• Complete several short questionnaires
• Walk through a security checkpoint several times while movement is monitored

Participants may make between $25 and $50 depending on performance. If interested in participating, call the MAREY lab at ext. 8-3921 or send an e-mail to This study has been approved by the SFSU IRB #H13-01b.

AT Summer Institute 2013
Academic Technology invites faculty to participate in a two-day Summer Institute, which is designed to help faculty explore instructional strategies to enrich courses. Two sessions of the institute will be held, with priority given to first-time attendees:
• June 4-5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• June 18-19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Institute sessions are hands-on, with interactive demonstrations, engaging activities and customized support for individual teaching needs that help participants to:
• Explore instructional activities for online teaching
• Develop interactive approaches to student engagement
• Learn about campus-supported technologies
• Receive one-on-one instructional design support

Enrollment is limited, so faculty who register by May 29 will receive priority. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Register online at or visit the Academic Technology website for more information e-mail questions and comments to or call ext. 5-5550.

Academic Technology welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request reasonable accommodations for this event, contact Nora Scully by May 30, 2013 at ext. 5-5539 or

Dmytrenko retirement celebration
After 33 years of service to SF State, University Registrar Suzanne Dmytrenko is "teeing off" toward retirement and the sea breezes of Hawaii. Join her many colleagues and friends for a celebration to honor her years at SF State on Thursday, June 27 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center. A $10 donation is requested for food and a gift; make checks payable to Frieda Lee and send to her in Student Outreach Services, SSB 106. RSVP by Friday, June 14 either via e-mail to or when sending a donation.

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Exceptional graduating students honored
SF State will confer degrees to 8,738 graduates at its 112th Commencement on Saturday, May 25. Among them will be this year's hood recipients, who are top graduates chosen from each of SF State's six academic colleges and Graduate Studies to represent their fellow students.

Read more about these remarkable graduates at SF State News:

"Research Roundup," a research, scholarly and creative works symposium
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) invites the campus community to attend a research, scholarly and creative works symposium presented by faculty from last year's (2012) ORSP small grant and methodology awards competition. The afternoon of "speed" presentations of accomplished work promises to be fascinating. Presentations this year range from water purification with visible light, to excavations in ancient Pompeii, to spatial-cognitive developments in infants with disabilities. The presentations will be held Tuesday, June 4 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. in LIB 121.

Students win at CSU research competition
SF State students excelled in the 27th Annual California State University Research Competition held May 10-11 at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. The competition is held to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments throughout the twenty-three campuses of the California State University. SF State finalists were selected in a Feb. 25-March 1 competition on campus.

"We have three first places and two second places," Dean of Graduate Studies Ann Hallum said. "The competition is at a really high level in the sciences. Every student helped SF State shine."

Biological & Agricultural Sciences:
Robert A. Vogt (graduate): An investigation of feeding by copepod nauplii on phytoplankton using epifluorescence microscopy and a high-throughput microplate reader assay
Mentor: Romberg Tiburon Center Senior Research Scientist Wim Kimmerer

Business, Economics & Public Administration:
Marc Joffe (graduate): Drivers of Municipal Bond Defaults During the Great Depression Mentor: Professor of Public Administration Genie Stowers

Creative Arts and Design:
Todd Wilkinson (graduate): Re-Connecting Manual Wheelchair Users With Nature
Mentor: Assistant Professor of Design and Industry Hsiao-Yun Chu

Engineering and Computer Sciences:
Shad Kish (graduate): Miniaturizing RFID for Biomedical Implants
Mentor: Assistant Professor of Engineering Hao Jiang

Physical and Math Sciences:
Brian Cruz (undergraduate): Stochastic Modeling of DNA Packaging in Bacteriophage Viruses
Mentor: Associate Professor of Mathematics Mariel Vazquez

Biological & Agricultural Sciences:
Pingedwinde N. Sam (undergraduate): CD1 and C57BL6 Mice Show Strain and Gender Specific Differences in Behavioral Phenotypes
Mentor: Professor of Biology Frank Bayliss

Business, Economics & Public Administration:
Adam Sharma (graduate): Patient No-Shows: Identifying the Determinants of a Patient's Likelihood to No-Show
Mentor: Associate Professor and Program Director for Public Administration Sheldon Gen

Laurie Scolari (Ed.D.): First Generation Students of Color: Easing their Transition to Community College
Mentor: Associate Professor of Elementary Education Barbara Henderson

Engineering and Computer Sciences:
Ben LaRiviere (undergraduate): Power Converter Optimization for Energy Harvesting in an Implanted Application
Mentor: Assistant Professor of Engineering Hao Jiang

Physical and Math Sciences:
Alyssa Palfreyman (graduate): The Tropical Laplacian of Vertex-Balanced Polytopes

CSU Quality Online Learning and Teaching awards
Amy Conley-Wright, assistant professor of Child and Adolescent Development, was recognized for her exemplary CSU hybrid-online course, "Child and Adolescent Development Internship Seminar," for the California State University’s 2013 Quality Online Learning and Teaching award. The 2012 SF State awardees were:

  • Aaron Anderson, director of strategic organizational initiatives; "Managing Organizational Change"
  • Brian Beatty, associate vice president for operations; "Instructional Systems Design"
  • Mary Beth Love, professor of health education; "Health & Social Justice: Burning Issues & Taking Action"
  • Jo Tomalin, associate professor of theatre; "Business of Acting"
  • Mya Vaughn, assistant professor of counseling; "Professional Identity & Ethical Behavior in Rehab Counseling"

CSU May 15 employee update: state budget revision maintains CSU funding
Gov. Brown's proposed reinvestment in the CSU of $125.1 million in new funding and $125 million reinstated from last year's budget cut remained intact in his May Revision of the 2013-14 state budget released May 14.

The proposed increase would bring state funding levels to $2.3 billion for the CSU's programs and operations.

The revised budget plan also links funding to accountability measures and states the administration will continue to work with the CSU and legislature on an accountability framework for future budget augmentations.

"The funding proposed for public higher education in the Governor's May Revise is a critical investment in the future of California," said Chancellor Timothy P. White."We look forward to working with the governor and legislature to invest these educational resources while ensuring the accountability of our universities and the success of our students in a way that upholds the mission of the California State University."

The CSU Board of Trustees will review the budget plan at its meeting next week. The plan, originally discussed by the board in March, addresses three main areas: student access and success, faculty and staff compensation and mandatory costs.

Visit the Governor's budget website for more information.

Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the final Academic Senate 2012-13 meeting on May 14:

  • Presented Faculty Honors and Awards to the following recipients:
    • Excellence in Teaching: Marty Gonzalez, professor of broadcast & electronic communication arts
    • Excellence in Service: Anita Silvers, professor of philosophy
    • Excellence in Professional Achievement and Growth: David Anderson, professor of kinesiology
  • Read and adopted a resolution thanking and commending outgoing Senators
  • Read and adopted a resolution thanking and commending Nancy Hayes, vice president for administration & finance/chief financial officer and former dean of the College of Business
  • Approved the proposed Academic Freedom Policy

Following is a list of action items from the inaugural Academic Senate 2013-14 meeting on May 14:

  • Seated Senators for the 2013-14 Academic Senate
  • Approved the 2013-14 Academic Senate meeting schedule
  • Elected Senate officers and committee chairs:
    • Chair: Lawrence Hanley, associate professor of English
    • Vice Chair: Mohammad Salama, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures
    • Secretary: Eileen Levy, associate professor of social work
    • At-Large: Genie Stowers, professor of public administration
    • At-Large: Trevor Getz, associate professor of history
  • Senate Adjourned and Standing Committees met and elected their respective Chairs as follows:
    • Chair of Academic Policies Committee: Chris Bettinger, associate professor of sociology
    • Chair of Curriculum Review & Approval Committee: Joseph Barranco, assistant professor of physics and astronomy
    • Chair of Faculty Affairs Committee: AnnMarie Baines, assistant professor of secondary education
    • Chair of Strategic Issues Committee: Troi Carleton, professor of English
    • Chair of Student Affairs Committee: Eurania Lopez, coordinator of the Step to College program

Academic Senate Staff Representatives chosen
Staff employees in Units 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 have chosen the following to serve as Academic Staff Representatives:

  • Lorna Hill, undergraduate admissions/enrollment management, to serve the 2013-16 term as Staff Senator
  • Russell Kilday–Hicks, capital planning, design & construction, to serve the remaining 2013-14 term as Staff Senator

There are currently three positions for staff on the Senate with staggered three-year terms; each year, there is a call for nominations in March, followed by an election in April for a Staff Representative to the Academic Senate.

The Academic Senate thanks outgoing senators David Rourke (University Property Management) and John Cleary (College of Liberal & Creative Arts) for representing staff in the Academic Senate.

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Web calendar and on the Senate website at

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This week in Insiders: Professor Emerita of Elementary Education Cecelia Wambach, Founder and Director of the Family Acceptance Project Caitlin Ryan, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility Marc Dollinger, Health Education Lecturer Kenn Burrows, Assistant Professor of Music Christine Brandes and Professor of Health Education Erik Peper

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Alex Gerould and Associate Professor of Geography Jason Henderson.

Read Newsmakers:

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SF State received $836,778 in grants and contracts in April 2013.

Read Grants & Contracts:

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Click on the link for each event to view full listing in the University Calendar.

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition: April 27 through May 24

Bren Ahern: An Early Sampling: Through Aug. 1

Marching Through History with Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers: through Sept. 30

May 20: A Discussion with Dr. Anne Pollock: noon

May 20: Lecture: Tracing the Amplification and Eclipse of Queer Affect in the Circulation of the "Honey Badger" Meme: 4:30 p.m.

May 22: 2013 Graduate Student Awards for Distinguished Achievement: 7 p.m.

Coming Up
May 25: Commencement 2013

May 27: Memorial Day; Offices Closed

May 28: Spring 2013 Department Meetings

May 29: Spring 2013 Evaluation Day

May 30: Personalized Medicine 6.0: 8 a.m.

June 3: Spring 2013 Grading Day

June 3: Spring 2013 Semester Ends; Grades Due

June 6: Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: noon

June 7: Legacy Film Festival on Aging: 5:30 p.m.

June 8: Concert: Irving M. Klein International String Competition semifinals: 10 a.m.

June 8: Legacy Film Festival on Aging: 10:30 a.m.

June 9: Legacy Film Festival on Aging: 10:30 a.m.

June 9: Concert: Irving M. Klein International String Competition finals: 4 p.m.

June 10: Summer 2013 R1 and R4 Instruction Begins

June 11: Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: 2 p.m.

June 16: Concert: San Francisco Young Pianists Competition: 3 p.m.

July 4: Summer 2013 Independence Day Observed; University Closed

June 24: Summer 2013 R2 Instruction Begins

July 12: Summer 2013 R1 Instruction Ends

July 15: Summer 2013 R3 Instruction Begins

July 16: Summer '13 R1 Grades Due


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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