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SF State in the News 2015

A selection of recent stories about the San Francisco State University community that have appeared in the media.


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January

Research by Professor of Health Education Erik Peper suggests that poor posture is a significant contributor to decreased energy levels and depression. Fast Company 1/30/15


Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel posits that Tea Party candidates will eventually unite around Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin in the 2016 presidential election. Vox 1/30/15


Humanities Lecturer Peter Richardson discusses his new book, "No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead," which examines the band's lasting appeal. KQED Forum 1/29/15


The Alexander String Quartet will perform on Feb. 1 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Key West, Florida. Keys Infonet 1/30/15

 

Rodel Rodis recalls his experiences as a student protester and later moving to San Francisco and teaching Philippine history and political science at SF State. Inquirer (Philippines) 1/30/15

 

Minority stress experienced by same-sex couples can be understood differently than individual stress, according to research by Health Equity Institute Professor of Sociology Allen LeBlanc. Medical Xpress 1/30/15

 

Hobbies outside of work can have a positive influence on performance in the workplace, according to research by Assistant Professor of Psychology Kevin Eschleman. Business Spotlight (Germany) 1/30/15

 

About half of startup acquisition deals fail, with key talent leaving or the technology going nowhere, said Professor of Management John Sullivan. CIO 1/29/15

 

Wade Nobles, professor emeritus of Africana studies, was a keynote speaker at the Afrikan Black Coalition's 2015 Conference at UC Irvine. L.A. Watts Times 1/29/15

 

Professor of Political Science James Martel, editor of "How Not to be Governed: Readings and Interpretations from a Critical Anarchist Left," discusses the possibilities of a society without central government. KOPB (Portland) 1/29/15 (clip not available online)

 

Jonathan Young, a biology graduate student, has been working with the Presidio Trust since 2012 to rehabilitate Mountain Lake in San Francisco's Presidio. Bay Nature 1/30/15

 

SF State has an exchange agreement with the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica. The Gleaner (Jamaica) 1/30/15


Humanities lecturer Peter Richardson discusses his new book "No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead." KCBS Radio 1/28/15


The dynamics of the natural world can be enjoyed by being a careful observer and looking at the smaller details rather than thinking only of the big picture, said Professor of Biology John Hafernik. Bay Nature 1/28/15


SF State has introduced larger, more wheelchair-accessible shuttle buses. San Francisco Examiner 1/29/15

 

Professor of Management John Sullivan will speak at the TLNT High Performance Workforce Summit in May. TLNT 1/28/15

 

Stan Goldberg, professor emeritus in communicative disorders, volunteers at a local hospice and has written the books "Lessons for the Living: Stories for Gratitude, Forgiveness and Courage" and "Leaning into Sharp Points." Marin Scope 1/28/15

 

Phyllis Diebenkorn, who taught psychology at SF State and was the wife and muse of painter Richard Diebenkorn, has died. San Francisco Chronicle 1/28/15

 

Singer-songwriter and alum Aireene Espiritu will perform at Matt Denny's in Arcadia on Feb. 3. Pasadena Weekly 1/29/15

 

Alum Marjorie Sturm's film "The Cult of JT LeRoy" will screen at SF IndieFest, which runs from Feb. 5 to 19. San Francisco Chronicle 1/28/15

 

Filmmaker and alum Brian Garcia teaches documentary production at a middle school and is launching a video production program at an elementary school. Morgan Hill Times 1/28/15

 

A study by the San Francisco Public Press, research for which was done by student Jeffrey Thorsby, found that PTA program service expenditures, socioeconomic factors and district budget allocations had a significant correlation with San Francisco Unified School District elementary test scores. San Francisco Public Press 1/28/15

 

Bay Area residents considering making their hobby into a full-time job can consider pursuing additional education at SF State. KPIX 1/28/15 (clip not available online)

 

The Paul K. Longmore Institute at San Francisco State University is one of the organizers of Superfest, an international disability film festival, which is accepting submissions for this year's festival. SF Weekly 1/28/15

 

A Student Involvement and Representation Fee was adopted by the CSU Board of Trustees, to be implemented at CSU campuses including SF State. Long Beach Post 1/28/15


In an opinion piece, Professor of International Relations Mahmood Monshipouri writes that the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia will have a mixed legacy. Tehran Times 1/28/15

 

Several SF State faculty members have signed an open letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan urging him to withdraw proposed 2015 teacher preparation regulations. Washington Post 1/28/15

 

Research by Associate Professor of Marketing Minu Kumar found that aesthetics rather than functional concerns are more responsible for feelings of brand loyalty among car consumers. iAfrica 1/28/15 MSN (New Zealand) 1/27/15

 

Marcia Raggio, a professor in the Communicative Disorders Program and an SF State alum, has been reappointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board. Pacifica Tribune 1/27/15

 

An exhibition of the artwork of alum Steve Johnson, titled "Self and Other," will be presented at Coker College's Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery in Hartsville, South Carolina, from Feb 2 to 27. Hartsville News Journal 1/27/15

 

Alum Kevin McPheeters has been elected to the role of Vice President of the Board for the Bucks County Association of Realtors in New Jersey. Hunterdon County Democrat 1/27/15

 

Writer, musician and alum Matt Saincome launched a humor website about punk music last year. East Bay Express 1/28/15

 

Research by grad student Laura Melroy, a researcher at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, suggests that sea stars in the San Francisco Bay Area are being driven out of their traditional habitats by climate change. The Ark 1/21/15 (clip not available online)


In an opinion piece, John Logan, professor and director of labor and employment studies, writes that the Department of Transportation should not grant low-cost airline Norwegian Air International a foreign air carrier permit to fly to the United States. The Hill 1/27/15

 

Research by Associate Professor of Marketing Minu Kumar found that aesthetics rather than functional concerns are more responsible for feelings of brand loyalty among car consumers. CTV News 1/27/15 Malaysian Insider 1/27/15

 

Children's book author and alum Lynn E. Hazen discusses her work. Mission Local 1/26/15

 

Alum Dan Wall, a longtime government lobbyist, has died. Sacramento Bee 1/26/15

 

On an episode of the quiz show "Who Wants to Be a Millionare?" the FogCam on the SF State campus is said to be the world's longest running webcam. WWJ-DET (Detroit) 1/27/15 (clip not available online) WFTV (Orlando) 1/26/15 (clip not available online) WHOI (Peoria) 1/26/15 (clip not available online) WMAR (Baltimore) 1/26/15 (clip not available online) KCAU (Sioux City) (clip not available online) Peachtree TV (Atlanta) 1/26/15 (clip not available online) WABC (New York) (clip not available online) WOIO (Cleveland) 1/26/15 (clip not available online) WBAY (Green Bay) 1/26/15 (clip not available online) KWQC (Davenport) 1/26/15 (clip not available online) KXII (Sherman) 1/26/15 (clip not available online) WILX (Lansing) 1/26/15 (clip not available online) KTNV (Las Vegas) 1/26/15 (clip not available online) 


Professor of Management John Sullivan says that most companies are moving away from systems that require job applicants to fill out lengthy online forms. New York Times 1/24/15


Professor of Political Science James Martel, editor of "How Not to be Governed: Readings and Interpretations from a Critical Anarchist Left," discusses the possibilities of a society without central government. KALW 1/23/15


SF State's 2015 Commencement exercises will be held at AT&T Park on May 22. SF Weekly 1/26/15 San Francisco Business Times 1/23/15 KTVU 1/23/15 (clip not available online)

 

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Kim Komenich has joined SF State as an assistant professor of photojournalism. Poynter 1/26/15 NPPA 1/23/15

 

An SF State study found that "experiential products" like books or sporting equipment can provide the same happiness boosts as experiences. Tech Cocktail 1/26/15

 

Influential dancer Chitresh Das, who created the first university-accredited kathak course in the United States at SF State, has died. New York Times 1/25/15

 

Ann Robertson, lecturer of philosophy, criticizes Senator Elizabeth Warren's keynote speech at an AFL-CIO summit. Global Research 1/25/15

 

Marketers tend to believe that online searches for brand names are a good indicator of the products consumers plan to buy, but a study co-authored by Assistant Professor of Marketing Sina Damangir suggests that marketers should also look at search trends for product features, which can reveal changes in consumer preferences. Product Design & Development 1/23/15

 

Ericka Erickson has left her seat on the Marin County Planning Commission to teach at SF State. Marin Independent Journal 1/23/15

 

Actor and alum Peter Coyote recalls attending SF State in 1960s, in the midst of hippie culture. CNN 1/26/15 (clip not available online)

 

Alum Catherine Mahrholz recalls being a student at SF State during the campus protests of 1968. The Mountain Jackpot (Colorado) 1/25/15

 

Alum Carl Watanabe, station manager of Capital Public Radio, recounts how he became interested in jazz while a student at SF State. Capital Public Radio 1/25/15

 

In an opinion piece, the writer argues that renowned singer and alum Johnny Mathis should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Albany Herald 1/24/15

 

San Francisco's FogCam is said to be the world's longest running webcam. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? KTVD (Denver) 1/26/15 (clip not available online)

 

The National Weather Service considered placing its Bay Area Doppler radar at SF State. San Jose Mercury News 1/24/15

 

The Monday Night PlayGround series at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, which features readings of short new plays, originated at SF State. Inside Bay Area 1/23/15  Contra Costa Times 1/23/15


In an opinion piece, Professor of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Nina Roberts writes that urban parks often fall short of their potential to provide safe and healthy gathering places for a community. San Francisco Examiner 1/23/15


Professor of Management John Sullivan explains tactics for leading a successful job interview, such as preparing strategic questions, reducing the candidate's stress and making the process fun. Harvard Business Review 1/23/15


By working together to wipe out debts, couples can reduce their shared stress and find a greater level of satisfaction that they might anticipate, said Assistant Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell. Yahoo! Finance 1/23/15 U.S. & World Report 1/22/15


Saudi policies about the peace process, Iran and oil issues are not likely to change dramatically after the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, said Associate Professor of History Maziar Behrooz. Sputnik 1/23/15

 

Professor of Biology Jonathon Stillman and graduate student Eric Armstrong describe the opportunities provided by next-generation sequencing, a new tool that makes it possible to analyze enormous numbers of short pieces of DNA very quickly. Terra Daily 1/23/15 BioOptics World 1/22/15 Genome Web 1/22/15

 

Marketers tend to believe that online searches for brand names are a good indicator of the products consumers plan to buy, but a study co-authored by Assistant Professor of Marketing Sina Damangir suggests that marketers should also look at search trends for product features, which can reveal changes in consumer preferences. Jewish Business News 1/22/15

 

The TV show "Transparent," for which actor and alum Jeffrey Tambor won a best actor Golden Globe this month, has been nominated for a Media Award by GLAAD. San Francisco Examiner 1/22/15

 

Alum Eric Goldbrener, one of the hosts of a weekly podcast called "(Is It) Good for the Jews?", formed the Zionist Student Body while attending SF State. J Weekly 1/22/15

 

Nordic Voices, an a cappella ensemble, will perform at SF State on Feb. 20 as part of the Morrison Artists Series. Examiner.com 1/22/15 

 

The parents of Ali Rezaian, a journalist who is incarcerated in Iran's Evin Prison, met while students at SF State. The Daily Beast 1/23/15


Betty Medsger, former chair of SF State's journalism department, recalls her experience breaking a domestic spying scandal as a reporter for the Washington Post. Pasadena Weekly 1/22/15

 

Humanities Lecturer Peter Richardson, whose book "No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead" came out this week, will speak on Jan. 21 at Booksmith in San Francisco and Jan. 28 at Book Passage Corte Madera. 7x7 1/21/15

 

Manfred Wolf, professor emeritus of English, discusses his new memoir "Survival in Paradise: Sketches from a Refugee Life in Curacao." KQED Forum 1/21/15

 

While popular belief among marketers is that online searches for brand names are a good indicator of which products consumers plan to buy, a study co-authored by Assistant Professor of Marketing Sina Damangir suggests that marketers should also look at search trends for product features, which can reveal changes in consumer preferences. Electronic Component News 1/21/15 Science Newsline 1/21/15 Bright Surf 1/21/15

 

In an article to be published in the March issue of BioScience, Professor of Biology Jonathon Stillman and graduate student Eric Armstrong describe the opportunities provided by next-generation sequencing, a new tool that makes it possible to analyze enormous numbers of short pieces of DNA very quickly. Science Newsline 1/21/15 Science Daily 1/21/15

 

DNA analysis for a study of the rediscovery of two frog populations in Costa Rica was performed by the lab of Associate Professor of Biology Vance Vredenburg. Mongabay 1/21/15 

 

Celebrated writer and alum Ernest Gaines recalls his childhood and writing career. The Root 1/22/15

 

Actor, activist and alum Danny Glover discusses current events on the show "The Global African."  The Real News 1/22/15

 

Alum Lynne Richardson has been appointed executive director of Historic Deepwood Estate. Statesman Journal 1/22/15

 

Alum Tina Olson has been named the finance director for the city of Pleasanton. Pleasanton Weekly 1/22/15

 

Alum Spencer Averick was the editor for the film "Selma." WSYT (Syracuse) 1/22/15 (clip not available online)

 

Actor, activist and alum Danny Glover will discuss the history of the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment at the Buffalo Soldiers Museum in Tacoma on Jan. 25. Northwest Military 1/21/15 

 

Alum Hernan Gutierrez teaches Mexican American Studies at Alisal High School in Salinas. The Californian 1/21/15

 

Video director and alum Israel Ramos is the creative director of Hungrie Ones, a Mission District production collective. San Francisco Chronicle 1/21/15 Mission Local 1/21/15

 

Alum Joanna Pulido writes about the difficulty of graduating from college in four years, describing how the structure of playing for the soccer team and participating in the Educational Opportunity Program helped her stay on track to graduate. New America Media 1/21/15

 

Alum Jennifer Gray is the director of Linda Mar Education Center. The Reporter 1/21/15

 

Alum Lisa Harris, principal of Sts. Peter and Paul School, is one of nine principals in the country to receive the 2015 Distinguished Principal Award from the National Catholic Educational Association. Catholic San Francisco 1/21/15

 

Alum Arthur "Art" Chaboya, who taught physical education for nearly 30 years, died on Jan. 3. San Jose Mercury News 1/21/15

 

Student Wazi Davis said that protest tactics used during the civil rights movement were "all about disruption."  Houston Style 1/22/15


Participating in an after-work hobby has a measurable impact on workplace performance, according to research by Assistant Professor of Psychology Kevin Eschleman. Fast Company 1/21/15


The decision by Google to give companies 90 days to fix a software flaw before exposing it to the public helps preserve trust, said Denise Kleinrichert, associate professor of management and ethics. San Jose Mercury News 1/20/15


Humanities Lecturer Peter Richardson's new book "No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead" explores the band's popularity and significance. KUT (Austin) 1/20/15 (clip not available online) WDET (Detroit) 1/20/15 (clip not available online) WDDE (Philadelphia) 1/20/15 (clip not available online) WBFO (Buffalo) 1/20/15 (clip not available online) WBUR (Boston) 1/20/15 (clip not available online)

 

Ray Ward Ragle, a master of the woodcut medium who taught at SF State, died on Dec. 11. San Francisco Chronicle 1/20/15

 

Ted Curry, drama director at St. Ignatius College Preparatory, who studied at SF State, always double casts plays. Catholic San Francisco 1/21/15

 

Actor and alum Danny Glover says that poet Amiri Baraka, who he met while a student at SF State, influenced him to embrace black art. New York Daily News 1/20/15 

 

Alum Jennifer Gray is the director of Linda Mar Education Center. San Jose Mercury News 1/20/15

 

Cañada College offers a bachelor's of science degree in nursing through SF State. San Mateo Daily Journal 1/21/15


Ericka Erickson is leaving her position as associate director of the Marin County Grassroots Leadership Network to become a lecturer in social work at SF State. Marin Independent Journal 1/17/15

 

SF State research has shown that children's body temperatures can increase up to five times faster than adults'. Detroit Free Press 1/16/15

 

While SF State encourages students to vote, it makes efforts to avoid appearing partisan, said Jared Giarrusso, associate director of community relations. Washington Monthly 1/16/15

 

Actor, activist and alum Danny Glover was the keynote speaker at the #BlackWorkersMatter summit in New Orleans. Times-Picayune 1/19/15

 

Alum Bambini Mary Venetucci, who taught at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind for 30 years, has died. The Colorado Springs Gazette 1/19/15

 

Filmmaker and alum Moin Kahn will present "Rediscovering Pakistan - The Untold Tale," a documentary about his motorcycle journey through Pakistan, at the Art Theatre of Long Beach on Jan. 24. The Grunion Gazette 1/19/15

 

Alum John Baier, a sailor and marine business owner, will participate in the San Francisco Boat Show, which kicks off this week. Marin Independent Journal 1/18/15

 

Photographer and alum Doug Menuez has published "Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000." Top Tech News 1/18/15 CIO Today 1/18/15 Mobile Tech Today 1/18/15

 

Alum Stuart Fisk will receive the Kerry Stoner Award from the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force in honor of his commitment to caring for patients with HIV and AIDS. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 1/18/15

 

Artist Carolyn Caldwell, who studied at SF State, is donating part of the proceeds from a series of paintings to the Prickly Pear Land Trust. Helena Independent Record 1/17/15

 

Alum Eric Louie and his father Daniel, who have sold San Francisco Chronicle weekend editions for 27 years, will no longer sell the paper after it has terminated agreements with hawker contractors. SFBay 1/17/15

 

Alum Leslie Gache has founded Live in Style Concierge, a lifestyle management company in Ojai. Ventura County Star 1/17/15

 

Student Wazi Davis says that protesters are incorporating historical tactics employed during the civil rights movement that are "all about disruption." Daily Times (Nigeria) 1/20/15 Chicago Sun-Times 1/19/15 Orange County Register 1/18/15 The Boston Globe 1/18/15 Minneapolis Star Tribune 1/17/15 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1/17/15 Times Union 1/17/15 New York Times 1/17/15

 

Student Faraz Tajik participated in a seminar at West Valley College that allowed students to simulate police confrontations from the point of view of an officer. San Jose Mercury News 1/16/15

 

The contents of the Sutro Library were previously held in portable buildings on the SF State campus. San Francisco Chronicle 1/18/15


Biologists are interested in learning more about how crustaceans and insects, now believed to share a common ancestry, came to be such divergent organisms, said Professor of Biology Jonathon Stillman. Science 1/16/15


A new book by Lecturer of Humanities Peter Richardson, "No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead," explores, in part, the time the band spent in Marin. Marin Independent Journal 1/15/15


Research by Assistant Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell has shown that spending money on experiences results in greater happiness than spending on material goods. Ingenjorskarriar (Sweden) 1/16/15

 

Marc Dollinger, Richard and Rhoda Goldman chair in Jewish studies and social responsibility, will moderate a panel discussion between three leaders in the Jewish community who converted to Judaism. J Weekly 1/15/15

 

According to SF State researchers, a child's body temperature can increase up to five times faster than an adult's. Lansing State Journal 1/16/15 Arizona Republic 1/15/15

 

Film editor and alum Spencer Averick discusses the process of editing "Selma." KSAS 1/16/15 (clip not available online)

 

Photographer, actor, writer and musician Steven Spehar, an alum, writes about his month-long residency at Nola Studiola. NolaVie 1/16/15

 

Alum Billye Brown was selected by the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce Education Committee as a recipient of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Award for 2014-15. Marin Independent Journal 1/15/15 Bloomberg Businessweek 1/15/15

 

Alum Matt Kavanaugh has been named the new manager of the San Rafael Pacifics minor league baseball team. Marin Independent Journal 1/15/15

 

Alum Renny Pritikin has been chief curator of San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum since April 2014. J Weekly 1/15/15

 

The art nouveau collection of alum Louis Daniel Brodsky will be auctioned on Feb. 22 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago. Ladue News 1/15/15

 

Alum Karen Ethier and her husband, David, maintain an active volunteer schedule during their retirement. The Union Democrat 1/15/15


SF State encourages students to vote but remains careful to avoid the impression of favoring any specific campaigns, issues or candidates, said Jared Giarrusso, associate director of community relations. U.S. News & World Report 1/15/15

 

In this opinion piece, Rodel Rodis, who taught at SF State, criticizes the participation of clergy in a lavish wedding between two famous Philippine actors. The Inquirer (Philippines) 1/15/15

 

Vivian Nestel, who worked at SF State's library, has been chosen as Artist of the Month by the Red Bluff Art Association. Red Bluff Daily News 1/15/15

 

Mourad Lahlou, who studied at SF State and is chef/owner of Michelin-starred restaurant Aziza, is opening a new restaurant at 140 New Montgomery Street in San Francisco. Haute Living 1/15/15

 

Alum Jesus Sanchez has joined San Diego Pride as the organization's volunteer manager. San Diego Gay and Lesbian News 1/14/15

 

Student Lauren Ponder participated in the poetry reading "Jewish Poets -- Jewish Voices." San Diego Jewish World 1/14/15


Despite the growing diversity in California classrooms, minorities' experiences are often left out of lesson plans, said Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, associate professor of Asian American studies. The Reporter 1/14/15 Monterey Herald 1/13/15 San Jose Mercury News 1/13/15


Professor of Computer Science Rahul Singh has developed software that quantitatively assesses the impact of a drug on the schistosomiasis parasite, with the goal of aiding drug discovery for the disease affecting more than 200 million people worldwide. News Medical 1/14/15 Science Daily 1/13/15 Health Canal 1/13/15 Science Newsline 1/13/15 Medical Xpress 1/13/15


Mark Phillips, professor emeritus of education, has written that the Tamalpais Union High School District is facing a leadership problem. Marin Independent Journal 1/13/15 

 

Jonathan Bendich, who teaches music through SF State's College of Extended Learning, recalls growing up around intellectuals who were invited to his home by his father, attorney Albert Bendich, who has died. San Francisco Chronicle 1/1/3/15 

 

Dancer and educator Chitresh Das, who established the first accredited Kathak course in the United States at SF State, has died. The Hindu 1/14/15

 

Alum Jesus Sanchez has joined San Diego Pride as the organization's Volunteer Manager. San Diego LGBT Weekly 1/13/15

 

Alum Al Martinez, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times for more than 30 years, has died. San Francisco Chronicle 1/13/15 Reading Eagle 1/13/15 Westside Today 1/13/15

 

An amendment to the city's health code, which ends the requirement that gas stations provide separate toilet facilities for men and women and was proposed by SF State junior Liana Derus, was approved on Tuesday. San Francisco Examiner 1/14/15


At the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society, Stephen Kane, professor of physics and astronomy, discussed Venus-like planets, saying that as many as 45 percent of sun-like stars could host an exo-Venus. National Geographic 1/12/15


Ethnic studies courses allow students to learn about themselves, their heritage and their community's history, which can help them address current issues, said Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, associate professor of Asian American studies. Santa Cruz Sentinel 1/12/15


Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride will present films by Orson Welles at Film Forum in New York for their Welles retrospective, continuing through Feb. 3. Sag Harbor Express 1/11/15


In an opinion piece, Mahmood Monshipouri, professor of international relations, writes about how Iranian-Saudi relations have changed and how they might continue to develop. Tehran Times 1/13/15

 

After alum Jeffrey Tambor won a Golden Globe award for his role as a transgender woman on the TV show "Transparent," the New York Times mistakenly described his character as a transgender man, then issued a correction. San Francisco Examiner 1/13/15

 

Dancer and educator Chitresh Das, who established the first accredited Kathak course in the United States at SF State, has died. The Asian Age 1/13/15 

 

Alum Al Martinez, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times for more than 30 years, died on Jan. 12. Los Angeles Times 1/12/15


Jan Millsapps, professor of cinema, is one of the candidates to join the Dutch nonprofit venture Mars One on a voyage to Mars planned to occur by 2025. Deccan Herald (India) 1/12/15

 

An SF State study found that employees with hobbies tend to be more creative in their job functions and supportive of coworkers. The Star (Malaysia) 1/11/15

 

In this opinion piece, Mark Phillips, professor emeritus of education, writes that the Tamalpais Union High School District is facing a leadership problem. Marin Independent Journal 1/10/15

 

A study by the Family Acceptance Project found that LGBT youth who are rejected by their families are more likely to attempt suicide and experience depression. Catholic Register 1/9/15

 

Alum Paul Mabray is the creator of VinTank, a social media monitoring and data distribution platform for the wine industry. Grape Collective 1/11/15

 

Alum Trian Nguyen, an associate professor of art and visual culture at Bates College, collaborated with art collector Barry Kitnick on the exhibition "How to Make the Universe Right: The Art of the Shaman in Vietnam and South China," which will be on display at UC Santa Barbara's AD&A Museum from Jan. 17 through May 1. Noozhawk 1/11/15

 

Textile artist and alum Carol Brown discusses her career. Columbia Daily Tribune 1/11/15

 

Actor, writer and musician Peter Coyote, an SF State alum, will perform on Jan. 29 at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, Calif. Broadway World 1/9/15

 

Indian classical dance master Chitresh Das, who founded the first accredited Kathak dance course in the United States at SF State, has died. The Reporter 1/9/15

 

The Taos Chamber Music Group will present a world premiere composition commissioned with the support of the Nina Elizabeth Nilssen Scholarship Fund, which was created in memory of an SF State student. The Taos News 1/10/15

 

SF State was considered as a location for the National Weather Service's main Doppler radar for the greater Bay Area, which ended up being placed in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Santa Cruz Sentinel 1/9/15


Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto said it is difficult to know when you are being lied to, but lists some of the signs as the speaker trying to change the subject or making facial expressions that don't match what he or she is saying. Prevention 1/7/15


Parents who reject their LGBT child believe they are helping their child fit in and teaching morally correct behavior, but this rejection is actually related to serious health risks, according to Caitlin Ryan of the Family Acceptance Project. BuzzFeed News 1/9/15

 

In 2012, SF State researchers determined that the primary reason 10 percent of software development projects fail -- and 50 percent are late or go over budget -- is a lack of communication, organization and teamwork. App Developer Magazine 1/8/15

 

Alum Doug Menuez has published a book of photographs titled "Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000." The Reporter 1/9/15

 

Writer and alum Kirk Dooley recalls being offered a position as a writer for the show "Dallas" by his friend Mary Ann Smith, whose home was the setting for some of the show's episodes. Dallas Morning News 1/9/15 

 

Former state Assemblyman and alum Tom Ammiano has joined the Palm Center, an independent think tank based at SF State, as a government relations consultant. Bay Area Reporter 1/8/15

 

Legendary singer and alum Johnny Mathis is currently on a nationwide tour. Elmore Magazine 1/8/15

 

Poet Janice Mirikitani, who attended SF State, will give a reading at UCLA on Jan. 15. Rafu Shimpo 1/8/15

 

Russ Thomas, who attended SF State, worked as a construction project manager in Somalia. The Union Democrat 1/8/15

 

Psychologist and lawyer Demosthenes Lorandos, an SF State alum, answers questions about parental alienation. Legal News 1/8/15

 

The funeral for Rev. Richard Mandoli, a Catholic priest and SF State alum who was killed in a car crash, was held on Jan. 8. NBC Bay Area 1/7/15

 

Student Lauren Ponder will participate in a poetry reading in the Astor Judaica Library of the Lawrence Family JCC in La Jolla, Calif. San Diego Jewish World 1/8/15


Caitlin Ryan of the Family Acceptance Project explains how her work has shown that families can learn to support LGBT youth when they are provided with guidance and services that resonate for them, including education presented in the context of cultural and religious values. The Washington Post 1/7/15


In an opinion piece, Sophie Clavier, associate professor and chair of the Department of International Relations, writes about the implications of the attack at a Paris newspaper. San Francisco Chronicle 1/7/15


Jassen Todorov, professor of violin, will be the featured soloist at the 20th annual "Mozart in Napa Valley" concert on Jan. 11. Napa Valley Register 1/7/15

 

Research by Caitlin Ryan of the Family Acceptance Project shows that LGBT youth who receive negative feedback from family are more likely to attempt suicide, experience depression and use drugs. Falls Church News-Press 1/7/15

 

Alum Peter Maass was elected mayor of Albany in a Jan. 5 vote by the City Council. Contra Costa Times 1/7/15

 

Artist and educator Jose Babauta, an SF State alum, has died. Guam Pacific Daily News 1/8/15


Professor of Communication Studies Joe Tuman invested $8,000 of his own money in his campaign for Oakland mayor. San Francisco Chronicle 1/7/15

 

Indian classical dance master Chitresh Das, who established the first university-accredited Kathak course at SF State, has died. San Jose Mercury News 1/7/15 Contra Costa Times 1/7/15 Marin Independent Journal 1/6/15 The American Bazaar 1/6/15

 

A study by Associate Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell found that, while people assume that purchasing material goods creates better value for money, they actually derive more value from spending on experiences. Cape Talk (South Africa) 1/7/15

 

Peter Richardson, a lecturer in humanities, taught a class on the Grateful Dead through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. KALW 1/6/15

 

Alum Edgar Parker III is a recent graduate of the San Francisco Police Academy. Inquirer (Philippines) 1/7/15

 

Alum Sheryl Ross is an equine photographer and amateur dressage rider. The Chronicle of the Horse 1/7/15

 

Alum Doug Menuez has released a book of photographs titled "Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000." San Jose Mercury News 1/6/15


Job seekers should focus on their searches early in the calendar year when recruiters are more available and there is less competition, according to Professor of Management John Sullivan. CIO 1/6/15 Infoworld 1/6/15 Network World 1/6/15


Research by the Family Acceptance Project, helmed by Caitlin Ryan, has found that LGBTQ youth who are rejected by their families are more likely to attempt suicide, experience depression and use illegal drugs. Dame 1/5/15

 

Influential Kathak dancer and educator Chitresh Das, who established the first university-accredited Kathak course at SF State, has died. NBC News 1/6/15 KQED 1/5/15 San Francisco Chronicle 1/5/15

 

Psychologist and lawyer Demosthenes Lorandos, an SF State alum, wrote the book "Parental Alienation: The Handbook for Mental Health and Legal Professionals." Legal News 1/6/15

 

Poet and alum Mary McMillan, a former poet laureate of Lake County, will give a reading on Jan. 9 at the Riviera Common Grounds Coffee House in Kelseyville, Calif. Lake County News 1/5/15

 

Jenna Sandell, who studied at SF State, teaches Practical American Buddhism at the Dharma Center in Ocean Beach, Calif. Epoch Times 1/5/15

 

Rev. Richard Mandoli, a priest at a San Jose-based Catholic monastery and SF State alum, was killed in a car accident on Jan. 4. San Jose Mercury News 1/5/15 NBC Bay Area 1/5/15 Inside Bay Area 1/5/15


Research by Professor of Health Education Erik Peper has shown that sitting up straight can result in an increase in energy and positivity. Business Insider 1/5/15 

 

Professor of Music Roger Woodward discusses his early memories of becoming interested in music and his celebrated career. Sydney Morning Herald 1/4/15 

 

Influential Kathak dancer and educator Chitresh Das, who formed the first university-accredited Kathak course at SF State, has died. San Francisco Chronicle 1/4/15 

 

A poem by Maxine Chernoff, professor and chair of the creative writing program, is considered. Traverse City Record Eagle 1/3/15

 

Music writer and alum Ben Fong-Torres writes about his childhood love of radio. San Francisco Chronicle 1/2/15 

 

Artist and alum Diane Jacobs will present an exhibition titled "(ex)change" at the Bush Barn Art Center in Salem, Oregon, opening on Jan. 16. Statesman Journal 1/3/15 

 

The Nina Elizabeth Nilssen Scholarship Fund, established in memory of an SF State student, is underwriting a commission for the Taos Chamber Music Group, to be performed Jan. 10 and 11. Albuquerque Journal 1/4/15

 

An SF State student comments on the city's minimum wage. Minneapolis Star Tribune 1/3/15


The Family Acceptance Project provides assistance to families of LGBT youth to help them work toward understanding and acceptance. CNN 1/2/15 WPTZ 1/1/15 FOX News 12/30/14


Discussing the SF State expansion to Hunters Point, President Leslie Wong said that the University wants to offer students technical skills that can aid their employment in the technology and biotech fields; additional plans will likely be announced in January. San Francisco Business Times 12/29/14 San Francisco Examiner 12/28/14


Pamela Wolfberg, professor of special education and communicative disorders, discusses her work on social inclusion for children with autism. Autism Daily Newscast 12/25/14


Professor of Gerontology Brian de Vries describes the unique challenges faced by aging LGBT individuals, who may find themselves outside of traditional family structures. WBUR (Boston) 1/2/15

 

Rita Takahashi, professor of social work, was part of an unsuccessful protest against the inclusion of the "Japanese American Creed" as part of the Memorial to Japanese American Patriotism in World War II. Nichi Bei Weekly 1/1/15

 

Renowned cellist Laszlo Varga, who taught cello and chamber music at SF State, has died. Globe and Mail 1/1/15

 

Chinosole, professor emeritus and former chair of the women's studies department, died on Oct. 4. San Francisco Bay View 1/1/15 San Francisco Bay View 12/30/14 

 

John Logan, professor and director of labor and employment studies, writes about possible legislative and regulatory developments in 2015. The Hill 12/31/14

 

Professor of Gerontology Brian de Vries calls friends "disenfranchised grievers," asserting that the grief over the death of a friend is not acknowledged to the same extent as family members' mourning. Psychology Today 12/31/14

 

Research by Professor of Health Education Erik Peper shows that sitting up straight can lead to an increase in energy and positive thoughts. Entrepreneur 12/30/14

 

James Mackey, professor emeritus of biology, has spoken on a variety of subjects and led nature hikes at the San Pedro Valley Park visitor center. San Jose Mercury News 12/30/14

 

According to studies by Caitlin Ryan of the Family Acceptance Project, LGBT youth with a high degree of family rejection face increased risks of depression and other mental illnesses. Nashville Scene 12/30/14

 

Automobile consumers' brand loyalty is based more on aesthetics than functionality. Express (Belgium) 12/29/14

 

DNA analysis for a study about the rediscovery of populations of the South Pacific streamside frog was completed at the Vrendenberg Lab at SF State. Epoch Times 12/26/14

 

While meditation may appear relaxing, it requires mental intention and application of awareness, according to Adam Burke, director of the Institute for Holistic Health Studies. Yahoo! Health 12/25/14

 

According to a study by SF State researchers, spending money on experiences rather than material goods yields greater satisfaction. Psychology Today 12/23/14

 

Photographer and alum Doug Menuez has published a book of rare early photos of Steve Jobs and others tech leaders titled "Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000." San Jose Mercury News 1/2/15

 

Alum Ed Barberini will assume the position of San Bruno Chief of Police on Jan. 5. San Mateo County Times 1/2/15

 

Artist and alum Josie Iselin will present an exhibition of photographs of seaweed at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. Lompoc Record 1/2/15 New Times SLO 12/30/14

 

The mini-series "Olive Kitteridge," directed by alum and filmmaker Lisa Cholodenko, has been nominated for a Golden Globe for best television series. J Weekly 12/31/14

 

Alum Margarita Donnelly, co-founder of Calyx, an independent feminist press, died on Dec. 24. Corvallis Gazette-Times 12/31/14

 

Alum Greg Shine is chief ranger and historian at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site with the U.S. National Park Service. Greensburg Daily News 12/31/14

 

Alum Douglas Ohm has been named glass studio specialist at Salem County College. South Jersey Times 12/30/14

 

Alum James Kass, founder of Youth Speaks, a nonprofit that teaches creative writing to teens, was nominated for the San Francisco Chronicle's Visionary of the Year Award, which honors leaders who strive to make the world a better place through innovative business models and practices. San Francisco Chronicle 12/30/14 

 

The number of elderly homeless people in the Bay Area is increasing, and includes Yolande Cole, who attended SF State. Contra Costa Times 12/30/14

 

Alum Tommy Gong will be sworn in as the new San Luis Obispo County clerk-recorder on Jan. 5. The Tribune (San Luis Obispo) 12/29/14

 

Alum and poet Dawn Lundy Martin writes about her childhood and her relationship with activist Angela Davis. The New Yorker 12/26/14

 

A scholarship fund has been created at Skyline High School to honor alum Tony Fardella, who coached football at the school from 1969 to 1986. Oroville Mercury Register 12/24/14

 

Actor and alum Mike McShane is appearing in the musical "Assassins" at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. BBC Radio 12/24/14

 

Alum Lawrence Ngai is a new code enforcement officer for Pacifica. Chico Enterprise-Record 12/23/14 

 

Original manager of the Grateful Dead Rock Scully, who attended SF State, died on Dec. 16. Monterey Herald 12/23/14

 

Three of the four members of indie rock band Edwards Crossing are SF State students. Monterey County Weekly 1/1/15

 

Student Gerardo Valencia plays the character of Bernardo in "West Side Story," which will be presented at the Las Lomas High School theater from Jan. 16 - 31. Contra Costa Times 12/31/14

 

SF State alum Kamahl Middleton, chief marketing officer of an energy-drink company, was shot and killed in Berkeley. San Francisco Chronicle 12/31/14 KPIX 1/1/15 (clip not available online)

 

SF State nursing students will visit Antigua, Guatemala in January to perform health assessments for people without access to medical care. The Daily Journal 12/29/14

 

Biologist Shayle Matsuda was the 2014 recipient of the California State University Trustees Award, the highest distinction within the CSU system. The Rafu Shimpo 12/29/14

 

Student and musician Sarah Wright is featured in a documentary about blind teens. The Cambrian 12/29/14

 

Student Caroline Nguyen, who is working on a documentary about human trafficking, has been named as an influential resident of Orange County by the Orange County Register. Nguoi Viet (Vietnam) 12/28/14

 

Student Latonia Williams, who was previously homeless and addicted to drugs, is now pursuing a degree in social work. San Francisco Examiner 12/28/14

 

Some graduates of San Quentin's Prison University Project, the largest on-site college-in-prison program among California state prisons, go on to study at SF State. San Francisco Chronicle 12/27/14

 

Student Alexandra Collins-Lee and her family distribute gift bags to the homeless each year on Christmas. Half Moon Bay Review 12/26/14

 

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hector Tobar wrote for El Tecolote, a publication that grew out of a course at SF State. Latin Post 1/1/15

 

An opinion article about free speech on college campuses mentions a 2006 SF State incident involving the flags of Hamas and Hezbollah. The Jerusalem Post 12/31/14    

 

The coursework at the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute is sanctioned by SF State. Contra Costa Times 12/31/14

 

An SF State student comments on the city's minimum wage. Bloomberg 12/30/14

 

A home invasion robbery occurred at a residence near SF State; no injuries were reported. San Francisco Chronicle 12/29/14 NBC 12/29/14 CBS 12/29/14 ABC 12/29/14 KRON 12/29/14 KTVU 12/29/14 SF Weekly 12/29/14 KQET 12/29/14 (clip not available online) KCBA 12/29/14 (clip not available online) KNTV 12/29/14 (clip not available online) KGO 12/29/14 (clip not available online)

 

California Institute of the Arts is reducing its investments in fossil fuel stocks, following a trend set by other colleges including SF State. SCV News 12/25/14 


 

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