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Health & Social Sciences Dean Alvin Alvarez, wearing a gray suit, stands in front of plants, trees and flowers.

Alvin Alvarez has spent more than 20 years as a psychologist looking into the ways people experience racism and how discrimination impacts people of color, particularly Asian Americans.


Student Success

Traffic along 19th Avenue

Four SF State students have developed an app that compares current driving conditions and available parking spots on and around campus with public transit travel times.



A student subject wearing a headset plays a virtual reality game in the Department of Kinesiology’s exercise lab while another student holds a clipboard and watches a computer monitor

The Department of Kinesiology is undertaking a first in the nation study on the relationship between virtual reality games and fitness.


Student Success

Anaiis holding a directors clapboard.

SF State graduate student and storyteller, who plans to make films depicting the lives of marginalized people, receives CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement.




“The big question is: What’s America? Who’s an American? ….What does it mean to be an American? Are we a multicultural, multiracial, open society? Are we more of a white Christian version? That’s partly what’s being asked and being answered in these different ways with different laws, policies, movements.”

— Associate Professor of Political Science Ron Hayduk, The New York Times



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A dozen bright green marijuana plants.

Local governments in California will soon be flush with cash from a potentially lucrative source: pot sales. An SF State study conducted by students recommends ways new revenue could help fund community programs.


Student Success

In a laboratory, SF State graduate student Kaylie Marsh and Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Jimmy Bagley look through a microscope at muscle tissue samples taken as part of a study into the effects of weightlessness on muscles

An exploratory study done conducted at SF State found that the muscles of female astronauts could fare pretty well during a prolonged spaceflight and could provide a framework for identifying exercise regimens for female astronauts during spaceflight.



silhouette of military man saluting

President Donald Trump’s ban of transgender troops could cost the military $960 million if all transgender service people are replaced, according to research by SF State Professor of Political Science Aaron Belkin.


Student Success

Two SF State students hold a poster that details their analysis of anti-retroviral therapy adherence among men who have HIV.

SF State nursing students found that two very simple interventions — treatment for depression and regular text messages and cell phone calls — can greatly improve the rate of anti-retroviral therapy adherence.



Brad Hogarth annotates music composition

An SF State music professor will conduct Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” performed by a group of at least 75 artists, including fire-breathers and a contortionist at the Burning Man festival.



SF State Professor of Health Education Adam Burke stands in front of a bookshelf in an office at the College of Health and Social Sciences.

Researchers compare uses and benefits of mantra, mindfulness and spiritual meditation, with mindfulness practice considered “the soup du jour in terms of meditation,” says one expert.


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