SF State in the News 2018

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


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February

Student Michael Morales placed first in the Campus MovieFest film competition for his short film, “Guardia de mi Hermano,” and was invited to the Cannes Film Festival. The Selma Enterprise 2/21/18

Alumnus Brian Rivera will play the King of Siam in several performances of “The King and I” at San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts. Asian Journal 2/22/18

Alumnus Bill Megrail’s exhibition at an art gallery in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, will open on February 23. Banderas News 2/21/18

SF State was acknowledged for its MBA concentration in sustainable business. Green Biz 2/22/18

The documentary film “Agents of Change,” about a student strike on the SF State campus in 1968, aired this week. The Source 2/21/18

Police are investigating a Feb. 6th death on the SF State campus. KTSF26 2/21/18


Professor of Biology Dennis Desjardin discussed a new USPS stamp, featuring a mushroom he discovered and described. ABC7 2/20/2018 (No clip available)

SF State Lecturer in Hospitality & Tourism Management Joseph LaVilla was a judge for the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. San Francisco Chronicle 2/20/2018

Alumna Rebecca Cantieri was interviewed about ways to promote employee engagement. HR Technologist 2/21/18

The documentary film “Agents of Change,” about a student strike on the SF State campus in 1968, aired this week. Berkeleyside 2/21/18; Paste Magazine 2/20/18; Cheddar 2/20/2018

Police are investigating a Feb. 6th death on the SF State campus. KRON 2/21/2018 (No clip available); Patch.com 2/20/2018; SFGate 2/20/2018; Bay City News Service 2/20/2018

SF State research on the cost to Oakland’s economy of the Golden State Warriors moving to San Francisco was cited in an article about the team. East Bay Express 2/21/2018

SF State is among a number of universities and nonprofits that received leftover wine from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in past years. San Francisco Chronicle 2/20/2018


Adjunct Professor of Ethnic Studies Amy Casselman Hontalas discussed how criminal jurisdiction on tribal lands in America fails to prevent sexual violence against native women. New Delhi Times 2/20/18; VOA News 2/19/18

Alumnus Brian Rivera will play the King of Siam in several performances of “The King and I” at San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts. The Mercury News 2/19/18

SF State’s College of Ethnic Studies was mentioned in an article about renewed interest in ethnic studies programs at universities. Governing 2/20/18


Professor of Art Mark Johnson curated an exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum titled “Contraption: Rediscovering California Jewish Artists.” Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies Rachel Gross also contributed an essay to the exhibit’s catalogue. JWeekly 2/19/2018

Lead case manager of the Guardian Scholars Program Melanie Ramirez-Carpio was pictured in an article about the challenges of applying to college as a foster youth. KPCC 2/19/2018

Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies Rachel Gross wrote an article about the response to the “Trefa Banquet 2.0,” a networking event for Bay Area Jews in the food industry. JMore 2/18/2018

Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies Eric Mar and Lecturer of Political Science David Lee discussed London Breed’s efforts to gain the support of the local Chinese American community. San Francisco Chronicle 2/17/2018

Alumnus Brian Rivera will play the King of Siam in several performances of “The King and I” at San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts. East Bay Times 2/19/2018

Alumna and opera singer Lise Lindstrom discussed the central role the opera “Turandot” has played in her career. Broadway World 2/18/2018

Alumna Jean Robertson is the new chief of special education for the San Francisco Unified School District. San Francisco Examiner 2/17/2018

A March 14th walkout has been proposed at SF State to advocate for gun control. KTVU 2/19/2018 (No clip available); KCBA 2/19/218 (No clip available)

An SF State basketball team played a friendly game with a university in Tijuana that aims to be the first Mexican member of the NCAA. San Diego Union-Tribune 2/19/2018

A man was found dead in an SF State dorm earlier this month. San Francisco Examiner 2/17/2018


Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies Rachel Gross wrote an article about the response to the “Trefa Banquet 2.0,” a networking event for Bay Area Jews in the food industry. JSpace News 2/16/2018; JWeekly 2/15/2018; St. Louis Jewish Light 2/15/2016

Professor of History Eva Sheppard Wolf’s book, “Race and Liberty in the New Nation,” was quoted in an article tracing a reader’s family history. The Root 2/16/2018

Associate Professor of Africana Studies Dr. Dawn-Elissa Fischer was the keynote speaker at a celebration of Black History Month at City Hall. San Francisco Bay View 2/16/2018

A lawsuit over Professor Emeritus of Economics Ralph Anspach’s “Anti-Monopoly” game led to evidence calling into question the origin story of the game Monopoly. Inventors Digest 2/16/2018

A California State University study showed that one in three students at SF State have had to choose between buying food and course material. Sacramento Bee 2/15/2018; San Luis Obispo Tribune 2/15/2018

Alum Joanna Lamstein discussed the power of fan fiction in an article about the “50 Shades of Gray” series. Hot Press 2/16/2018

Alumnus Spencer Averick is the lead editor on the upcoming film “A Wrinkle in Time.” The Washington Post 2/15/2018; SFGate 2/16/2018; The Edwardsville Intelligencer 2/16/2018

Alumna and poet Judy Juanita discussed the aesthetics and culture of the Black Panther Party, and how they’re referenced in popular culture now. San Francisco Chronicle 2/15/2018

Alumnus Steven Ford is the Bayview District’s new police captain. The Potrero View 2/15/2018

SF State’s College of Ethnic Studies was mentioned in an article about renewed interest in ethnic studies programs at universities. Los Angeles Times 2/16/2018

A new documentary looks back at a 1968 SF State student strike that led to the creation of the College of Ethnic Studies. KQED 2/15/2018


Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto discussed how to deal with setbacks in an article about the attitudes of Olympics competitors. NBC Better 2/15/2018

Student David Rodriguez produced a radio story about a family of six living in an RV. Capital Public Radio 2/13/2018

Several SF State students were mentioned in an article about the financial struggles of students in the California State University system. SFGate 2/14/2018

Alumna and actor Jennifer Schemke has an upcoming stand-up comedy performance. Vallejo Times-Herald 2/15/2018

An article about alumna and actor Alex Borstein discussed her life and career in honor of her birthday. Daily Mail 2/15/2018

Alumna Diana Leggett is running for a county judge position in Denton County, Colorado. Denton Record-Chronicle 2/14/2018


Research Professor  of Biology William Cochlan’s research on toxic algae was described in an article about the Dungeness crab fishery. San Francisco Examiner 2/14/2018

An innovative course design model created by Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Operations Brian Beatty has been piloted in several institutions. Inside Higher Ed 1/24/2018

An article about alumna and actor Alex Borstein discussed her life and career in honor of her birthday. Yahoo News 2/14/2018

Alumna Wesla Whitfield, a singer known for her interpretations of jazz standards, died on Friday. The Washington Post 2/13/2018; The Wall Street Journal 2/13/2018; Chicago Tribune 2/13/2018 (No clip available)

Alumna and playwright Patricia Milton has written a new play, “Bamboozled.” Oakland Magazine 2/13/2018; Alameda Magazine 2/13/2018

A California State University study showed that one in three students at SF State have had to choose between food and buying course material. San Francisco Examiner 2/14/2018; KNTV 2/14/2018 (No clip available)


Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies Joe Tuman discussed the challenges of running a citywide campaign for mayor. San Francisco Chronicle 2/12/2018

A violin solo by Assistant Professor of Music Jassen Todorov was mentioned in a review of a Redwood Symphony performance. San Francisco Classical Voice 2/12/2018

Professor Emeritus of Education Mark Phillips wrote a column about the connection between sexual harassment and the way that boys are raised. Marin Independent Journal 2/11/2018

Alumna and keyboardist Sundra Manning was profiled before a performance at the San Jose Winter Jazz Fest. San Jose Mercury News 2/13/2018

Alumnus and filmmaker Sean See worked on a documentary about the life of former first lady Rosalynn Carter. Asian Journal 2/10/2018

An open letter to California State University Chancellor Timothy alleges an environment of anti-Semitism on SF State’s campus. JWeekly 2/12/2018


Associate Professor of Political Science Ron Hayduk discussed the history of immigrant voting rights in the United States. NBC Think 2/10/2018

Professor of Marketing Subodh Bhat discussed Elon Musk’s style of advertising. San Francisco Chronicle 2/9/2018

Alumna Wesla Whitfield, a singer known for her interpretations of jazz standards, died on Friday. San Francisco Chronicle 2/10/2018; The New York Times 2/10/2018; KQED 2/10/2018 (The story was covered by several other news outlets)

Former student and actor Marshal Hilton was interviewed about his upcoming film, “Primal Rage.” HorrorNews.net 2/10/2018


Professor of Journalism Jon Funabiki discussed recent buyouts and layoffs at the East Bay Times and San Jose Mercury News and other ways in which the news industry is changing. KALW 2/8/2018

Alumna Samhita Mukhopadhyay will be Teen Vogue’s first executive editor. India West 2/8/2018

Alumna and mathematician Candice Price discussed her favorite mathematical theorem, which she uses to study the knots and tangles in DNA. Scientific American 2/8/2018

A lawsuit against an SF State professor was mentioned in a discussion of boycotts against Israel. P.O.T.U.S. 2/8/2018 (No clip available)

A man was found dead in an SF State dorm on Tuesday night. ABC7 2/9/2018 (No clip available); KTVU 2/9/2018 (No clip available); KCBA 2/9/2018 (No clip available); NBC Bay Area 2/8/2018

San Francisco State students were mentioned in a discussion of homelessness and food insecurity in the CSU system. KQED 2/8/2018 (No clip available)


Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning Jasper Rubin discussed the Salesforce Tower in downtown San Francisco, and the changing attitudes of residents towards skyscrapers. The Ringer 2/8/2018

SF State students are part of a project to test lead levels in East Oakland in collaboration with a high school. WCJB TV 2/7/18 (Clip not available); WVEC 2/7/18 (Clip not available)

SF State was awarded a $250,000 grant to help California's food processing industry reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions through research. Solar Thermal Magazine 2/7/18


Professor of Management John Sullivan discussed sexual harassment in the workplace. KCBS 2/7/2018 (Clip not available)

Family Acceptance Project Director Caitlin Ryan explained the negative impacts of families rejecting children because of their sexual and gender identities. KUHF 2/6/2018 (Clip not available)

SF State students are part of a project to test lead levels in East Oakland in collaboration with a high school. San Francisco Examiner 2/7/2018; ABC7 2/6/2018

Alumnus Matt Saincome was interviewed about the punk satire website he founded, “The Hard Times.” Alterative Press 2/6/2018


Assistant Professor of Economics Venoo Kakar comments on Monday’s historic Dow Jones Industrial Average point loss. KRON4 2/5/18

Marketing Lecturer Neil Cohen comments on the commercials that aired during the Super Bowl. 2/5/18 KNX (Clip not available online)

Ron Dellums, an SF State alumnus and former U.S. Congressman and mayor of Oakland, is the subject of a profile as part of a feature on Black History Month. Magic 95.5 2/5/18; Black AmericaWeb.com 2/5/18; WOL-AM 1450 2/5/18

An article about working adults with autism mentions SF State alumnus named Alex, who is a member of the Bay Area Autism Job Club. Salon 2/5/18


Professor Emerita of Anthropology Sarah Soh’s book “The Comfort Women” was mentioned in an opinion piece about Korean discourse around comfort women. The Japan Times 2/5/2018

Professor Emerita of History Sherry Keith wrote a column about artificial kidneys and their potential to alleviate the need for organ donations. Laguna Beach Independent 2/5/2018

Aerial photography of Icelandic glaciers taken by Assistant Professor of Music Jassen Todorov was highlighted in a photo gallery. Yahoo News 2/4/2018

Professors at SF State were mentioned in an article about a new federal court ruling on an Israel boycott. Jacobin Magazine 2/2/2018

Two students filed an updated complaint against SF State alleging anti-Semitism. JWeekly 2/2/18

An SF State study was cited in article about the nine habits of unsuccessful people. Business Insider 2/2/18


Professor of Health Education and founder of the Metro Academies College Success Program Mary Beth Love was honored with the Wang Family Excellence Award for Outstanding Faculty Innovator in Student Success. Oakland Post 1/30/2018

Family Acceptance Project Director Caitlin Ryan discussed the negative impacts of families rejecting children because of their sexual and gender identities. WHYY 2/1/2018

Alumna Aya Miyaguchi is the new executive director of the Ethereum Foundation, a blockchain technology and cryptocurrency platform. ETHNews 2/2/18

Alumnus Charlie Hall invented the waterbed 50 years ago and he’s hoping his product finds a new audience in millennials. Merced Sun-Star 2/2/2018; The Tribune 2/2/2018; The Sun-Herald 2/2/2018 (The Seattle Times article was republished by over 20 news outlets)

The accused killer of deceased SF State student Ariana Hatami pleaded insanity this week during a hearing at San Mateo County Superior Court. San Francisco Chronicle 2/1/2018; My San Antonio 2/1/2018

Two students have reportedly filed a complaint against SF State alleging anti-Semitism. The Algemeiner 2/2/18

Novelist Ayelet Gundar-Goshen will be teaching a semester-long class at SF State this spring titled “On the Cultural Frontlines: Contemporary Trends in Israeli Art.” JWeekly 2/2/18

Collaboration between SF State and City College of San Francisco to facilitate transfers between the schools was mentioned in an editorial about closing the education gap for African American students. San Francisco Examiner 2/1/2018

A 2017 lawsuit against SF State alleging an environment of anti-Semitism on campus was mentioned in an article about campus hate speech. Salon 2/1/18

The founding of the nation’s first Black Studies program at SF State was mentioned in an article about significant events in black history in 1968. Defender 2/1/2018


Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride discussed possible reasons why Steven Spielberg wasn’t nominated for a Best Director Oscar for his latest film, “The Post.” The New York Times 1/31/2018

Professor of History and Director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability Catherine Kudlick discussed how a new Delta Airlines service animal policy could make flying more difficult for legitimate service dog owners. ABC7 1/31/2018

Information Technology Consultant Bill Blunden wrote a letter to the editor about the privacy cost of being constantly connected through new technology. The New York Times 1/31/2018

Alumnus David Burton is the new director of the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, CA. Ukiah Daily Journal 2/1/2018

Alumna Romi Jain, vice president of the Indian Journal of Asian Affairs, discusses an upcoming import expo to be hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, and what the expo indicates about China’s global trade ambitions. The Diplomat 2/1/2018

SF State research on the effects of creative work on productivity was mentioned in an article about research-backed habits for entrepreneurs. Inc.com 2/1/2018

Research from the Family Acceptance Project at SF State was mentioned in an article about new legislation in Missouri aiming to ban “conversion therapy” for LGBTQ youth. The Pride L.A. 1/31/2018

A lawsuit against an SF State Palestinian American professor was mentioned in an article about a new federal court ruling on an Israel boycott. The Intercept 1/31/2018

An LGBTQ Shabbat event held at SF State was mentioned in an article about Jewish student-led efforts to make campuses more LGBTQ-friendly. Hillel.org 1/31/2018


Longtime Professor of Theatre Arts Mohammad Kowsar passed away at age 73. San Francisco Chronicle 1/31/18

Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies Joe Tuman comments on President Trump’s first State of the Union address. San Francisco Chronicle 1/30/18

Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies Joe Tuman was part of a panel that commented on California’s gubernatorial race. KTVU 1/30/18 (clip not available online)

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Instructor Andrew Fraknoi comments on the rare “super blue” lunar eclipse Wednesday morning. KQED 1/30/18

Karina Nielsen, director of SF State’s Estuary & Ocean Science Center and co-chair of the California Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team comments on a report the team released evaluating the use of nature-based strategies to combat ocean acidification. Lake County News 1/31/18

Professor of International Relations Andrei Tsygankov is mentioned in an article about democracy waning in America. Dotemirates 1/30/18

Alumnus Charlie Hall invented the waterbed 50 years ago and he’s hoping his product finds a new audience in millennials. WLS-AM 1/30/18 (clip not available online)


January

Professor Emerita of Anthropology Sarah Soh’s book “The Comfort Women” was mentioned in an opinion piece about Korean discourse around comfort women. The Diplomat 1/31/2018

Professor of Ethnic Studies Russel Jeung discusses the hybridized religious practices of some Asian Americans in an article about Christians of color reclaiming ancestral spiritual practices. Religion Dispatches 1/29/2018

Professor of Biology Kevin Simonin solved a long-standing question in evolutionary biology concerning the history of flowering plants. Manitoba Co-operator 1/29/2018

 An exhibition of still-life paintings by alumnus Guy Diehl is featured at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco. Fine Art Connoisseur 1/29/2018

Alumna Mandi Robertson is serving as a mental health consultant for the Torres Shelter in Chico, CA. Chico Enterprise-Record 1/29/2018

The film “Sorry to Bother You,” directed by musician and former SF State cinema student Boots Riley, sold to Annapurna Pictures at the Sundance Film Festival for a reported seven figures. IndieWire 1/25/2018


ABC7 News profiled SF State Guardian Scholars founders, Associate Professor of Social Work Sonja Lenz-Rashid and Associate Director of the Educational Opportunity Program Xochitl Sanchez, for their work with foster youth. ABC7 News 1/28/18

A new study by Professor of Sociology Allen LeBlanc finds that same-sex couples experience unique stressors. The Daily Beast 1/27/18

Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies Rachel Gross spoke at the “Trefa Banquet 2.0,” a San Francisco event featuring non-kosher foods made by Jewish chefs. Heritage Florida Jewish News 1/26/18

Ethnic Studies Lecturer Brigitte Davila is the first Latina in the history of City College of San Francisco to serve as president of its Board of Trustees. San Francisco Examiner 1/26/18

Alumnus Charlie Hall invented the waterbed 50 years ago and he’s hoping his product finds a new audience in millennials. Seattle Times 1/27/18

Alumnus Francis Phiri, who is hearing impaired, is profiled in story about his journey from a poor village in Zambia to working as an ASL teacher in Menlo Park and starting a nonprofit to help deaf children in Zambia. Zambia Daily Mail 1/28/18

An SF State study was cited in article about the nine habits of unsuccessful people. Business Insider 1/21/18


Professor and Chair of Health Education Mary Beth Love received California State University’s Wang Family Excellence Award for Outstanding Faculty Innovator in Student Success. SCV News 1/25/18

Professor of Ethnic Studies Russell Jeung describes what it was like growing up in a dangerous part of Oakland in an article about living in proximity to poverty. Christianity Today 1/25/18

Professor and Chair of Communication Studies Joe Tuman comments on Gov. Jerry Brown’s 16th and final state of the state address. Senegal ACTU 1/26/18; ABC7 News 1/25/18

The film “Sorry to Bother You,” directed by former SF State student Boots Riley, recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was purchased by Annapurna Pictures. BlackFilm.com 1/25/18

Alumna Tracy Sheppard will perform at the Hub in Sedona, Arizona. Sedona Red Rock News 1/26/18

Alumnus and guitarist Frank Bohan has been performing with the Zydeco Flames for nearly three decades. Marin Independent Journal 1/25/18

Musician and alumna Beth Custer composed the score for “Manhattan Front,” which will premiere at SF IndieFest. San Francisco Chronicle 1/25/18


Associate Professor of History Dawn Mabalon attended the 160th anniversary of Brisbane’s 7 Mile House. The Mercury News 1/25/18

Professor of International Relations Andrei Tsygankov is mentioned in an editorial about democracy waning in America. Gulf News 1/25/18

Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies Rachel Gross spoke at the “Trefa Banquet 2.0,” a San Francisco event featuring non-kosher foods made by Jewish chefs. WWHO 1/25/18; TSPR 1/24/18; KVCR 1/23/18; WYPR 1/24/18; Capital Public Radio 1/24/18; 91.9 UIS 1/24/18 (The story was picked up by NPR and distributed to numerous affiliate stations.)

Associate Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel comments on the recent vote by San Francisco supervisors to replace acting Mayor London Breed with Supervisor Mark Farrell. San Francisco Chronicle 1/24/18

Alumna and quilter Alex Anderson will display her work in Livermore through February. The Independent 1/25/18

Alumnus Jerry Tart glia will present his 2017 film, “Escape from Rented Island: The Lost Paradise of Jack Smith,” at the Berlin International Film Festival. BCTV 1/25/18

Alumna Nancy Adams Kwiecien was named Veteran of the Week in Montgomery, Texas. Montgomery County News 1/24/18

SF State is ranked number seven in a Surfer Magazine list of the top colleges to catch waves while earning a degree. Adventure Sports Network 1/24/18


English Language and Literature Lecturer Gila Lyons describes what it’s like having a panic disorder. The New York Times 1/24/18

Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies Rachel Gross spoke at the “Trefa Banquet 2.0,” a San Francisco event featuring non-kosher foods made by Jewish chefs. Capital Public Radio 1/24/18; KQED 1/24/18; Nevada Public Radio 1/24/18

Alumna Wes Kenney directs the Fort Collins Symphony. North Forty News 1/23/18

Alumnus Michael Corrigan mentions his time at SF State in a column about how he developed a love of books. Idaho State Journal 1/23/18

Alumna Iria Vasquez-Paez writes an op-ed about practicing safe sex. Filthy. 1/23/18

Alumna Robin Allen-Maddox is the communications coordinator and executive assistant at Community Food Bank of Fresno. Sierra Star 1/23/18


Professor of Biology Katharyn Boyer discusses a tidal marsh restoration project underway in Richardson Bay to protect the shoreline from erosion caused by climate change. Marin Independent Journal 1/22/18

Assistant Professor of Biology Kevin Simonin explains how flowering plants spread across the world in his research. Seeker 1/22/18

Alumna and restaurateur Carrie Blease opened the San Francisco restaurant Lord Stanley with her husband. 7x7 1/22/18

The arrest of SF State alumna Davia Spain, who was accused of domestic violence, has sparked protests in the city. SF Weekly 1/22/18

Alumna, former journalist and champion of diversity in the media Walterene Swanston-NuevaEspana passed away at age 74. The Philadelphia Sunday Sun 1/22/18; Current 1/22/18

Former SF State student, musician and first-time director Boots Riley talks about his film “Sorry to Bother You” that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Sacramento Bee 1/23/18; ScreenDaily 1/22/18; Fresno Bee 1/23/18; The News & Observer;  1/23/18; The Wichita Eagle 1/23/18; The Telegraph 1/23/18; Miami Herald 1/23/18; The Bellingham Herald 1/23/18 (The Los Angeles Times story was picked up by several news outlets)


Director of the San Francisco State Estuary & Ocean Science Center Karina Nielson talked about the effects of climate change on the ocean. KCBS 1/22/18 (clip not available online)

Professor of International Relations Andrei Tsygankov is mentioned in an article about democracy waning in America. National Post 1/22/18; Korea Herald 1/21/18

SF State President Les Wong, a champion of expanding NCAA Division II membership to Mexico, is mentioned in an article about the first Mexican university that could join. Inside Higher Ed 1/22/18

Professor of Political Science Robert Smith comments on how President Trump, although wildly unpopular in California, has reshaped the state’s politics. WRAL.com 1/22/18; San Francisco Chronicle 1/20/18

Professor of Management John Sullivan talks about the benefits of working from home versus working at an office. Syracuse.com 1/21/18; MichiganLive 1/21/18; AlabamaLive 1/21/18; Cleveland.com 1/21/17; StatenIslandLive 1/21/18; MassLive 1/21/18; GulfLive 1/21/18

Alumna Amy Farah Weiss is running for mayor in San Francisco. San Francisco Examiner 1/21/18

California Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed alumna Kellee Westbrook, a Modesto-based attorney, to be the newest judge in Stanislaus County Superior Court. Modesto Bee 1/21/18

Alumna, former journalist and champion of diversity in the media Walterene Swanston-NuevaEspana passed away at age 74. The Root 1/21/18

Actor and alumnus Danny Glover was profiled for his social activism. WPIX 1/20/18 (clip not available online)

Former SF State student, musician and first-time director Boots Riley talks about his film “Sorry to Bother You” ahead of its Sundance Film Festival premiere. Los Angeles Times 1/19/18; Orlando Sentinel 1/19/18; Daily Press 1/19/18

Alumna Adrienne Walters plays Molly in the upcoming production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” at the Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City. San Jose Mercury News 1/19/18

SF State is mentioned in an op-ed urging the city of San Francisco to divest from fossil fuels. San Francisco Examiner 1/21/18

SF State is ranked seventh in Surfer Magazine’s list of the top colleges for surfing. San Diego Union-Tribune 1/19/18


Professor of International Relations Andrei Tsygankov is mentioned in an article about democracy waning in America. Bloomberg News 1/18/18

Professor of Management Sally Baack discussed Apple’s decision to open a new campus. KCBS 1/17/18 (clip not available online)

Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies Rachel Gross spoke at the “Trefa Banquet 2.0,” a San Francisco event featuring non-kosher foods made by Jewish chefs. The American Israelite 1/18/18

Alumnus Ramon Rios-Parada talks about the rising cost of housing in his hometown, Hayward. East Bay Times 1/19/18


Assistant Professor of Biology Kevin Simonin explains how flowering plants spread across the world in his research. Archaeology News Network 1/11/18

Research by Associate Professor of Psychology Kevin Eschleman is referenced in an article about the benefits of rediscovering hobbies in your 20s. The Debrief 1/17/18

SF State student Zoie Irwin visited Washington, D.C., during a major winter storm that affected much of the East Coast and the Midwest. Sparta Review 1/17/18

Alumna Kallie Beebe is the owner of a goat farm in Boulder, Colorado. Boulder Weekly 1/18/18

Alumnus Stan Huncilman will have his artwork featured in a new exhibit at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. Vallejo Times-Herald 1/18/18


 

Professor of Ethnic Studies Russel Jeung discusses the hybridized relgious practices of some Asian Americans in an article about Christians of color reclaiming ancestral spiritual practices. AlterNet 1/13/18

Alumnus and inventor Charlie Hall is making a comebac with an updated version of the waterbed. KIRO Radio 1/17/18

Alumna and South San Francisco High School teacher Noelia Linares is accused of sexual misconduct with an underage student.  San Mateo Daily Journal 1/17/18

Alumnus Adrian Voo landed a role in the comedy film “Little Bitches.” Lady Click 1/16/18

Alumna Jennifer Lee is listed as one of the 100 most eligible singles of 2018 across America, according to the dating app Hinge. Business Insider 1/16/18


Professor of Biology and Director of the Estuary and Ocean Science Center Karina Nielsen discusses the Center’s focus and importance. Marin Independent Journal 1/16/18

Assistant Professor of Biology Kevin Simonin explains how flowering plants spread across the world in his research. Genetic Library Project 1/16/18; SeedWorld 1/15/18; XinhuaNet 1/15/18; NewsCaf 1/15/18FastMail 1/15/18; BBC 1/14/18; Planet Genius 1/13/17; IFL Science 1/13/18DOT Emirates 1/13/18; EnviroLink 1/13/18; WUNC-FM 1/12/18; KQED 1/12/18; KPBS 1/12/18 (clips not available online)

Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies Rachel Gross spoke at the “Trefa Banquet 2.0,” a San Francisco event featuring non-kosher foods made by Jewish chefs. The Times of Israel 1/16/18; The Forward 1/14/18

Professor of Ethnic Studies Russell Jeung discusses the hybridized religious practices of some Asian Americans in an article about Christians of color reclaiming ancestral spiritual practices. Raw Story 1/15/18

Professor Emeritus Mark Phillips writes an op-ed about adolescent sleep deprivation. The Marin Independent Journal 1/14/17

A short film created by SF State cinema student Michael Morales is headed to the Cannes Film Festival. ABC30 1/13/18 (clip not available online)

An SF State student is profiled in a story about proposed legislation that would help California college campuses expand student access to abortion. Rewire 1/12/18

SF State is mentioned in an article about San Francisco students who are excelling in high school. San Francisco Chronicle 1/15/18

Alumnus Adrian Voo landed a role in the comedy film “Little Bitches.” New Strait Times 1/16/18

Alumnus Deon Price writes an op-ed on how to talk to young people about racism. Daily Republic 1/13/18

SF State was ranked No. 7 in a list of the best universities in the U.S. for scoring waves while earning a degree. The Tribune 1/12/18

SF State is mentioned in an article about the death of U.S. Congressman John V. Tunney, who lost the 1976 California Senate race to former SF State President S.I. Hayakawa. Washington Post 1/14/18; Los Angeles Times 1/12/18; San Diego Union-Tribune 1/12/18; The New York Times 1/12/18; The Keene Sentinel 1/14/18; The Bulletin 1/14/18; WRAL.com 1/13/18

An article about an upcoming job fair sponsored by the East Bay Regional Park District mentions a 2013 SF State study that found that a job fair could help the park district better engage with youth. East Bay Times 1/13/18


Assistant Professor of Biology Kevin Simonin explains how flowering plants spread across the world in his research. Business Standard 1/12/18; The Hindu.com 1/12/18; Inverse 1/11/18; Science Daily 1/11/18; Cosmos 1/11/18; Quanta Magazine 1/11/18; Courthouse News Service  1/11/18; BrightSurf.com 1/11/18; KUHF-FM 1/11/18 (clip not available online)

Film executive and former School of Cinema Chair August Coppola is mentioned in an article about a new film, “Den of Thieves,” and Hollywood dynasties. San Francisco Chronicle 1/11/18

Alumna and founder of the nation’s first Black Student Union Jerry Varnado remembers Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. San Francisco Chronicle 1/11/2018

Actor and alumnus Danny Glover will read a Langston Hughes poem during a weekend celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. in Marin City. Marin Independent Journal 1/11/18

Alumnus and slow-growth advocate Don Brawner has passed away at 84. The Almanac 1/11/18

Alumna Amy Farah Weiss is one of eight candidates in the 2018 San Francisco mayoral race. ABC7 News 1/11/18

Author, playwright and alumna Dorothy Bryant has passed away at age 87. San Francisco Chronicle 1/11/18

SF State is mentioned in an article about a lawsuit filed against the National Lawyers Guild for allegedly discriminating against an Israeli organization. Jewish Journal 1/11/18


Associate Professor of Political Science Francis Neely comments on the use of rank choice voting in the upcoming San Francisco mayoral race. Beyond Chron 1/11/18

Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies Rabab Abdulhadi is mentioned in an op-ed about how a university administration should respond to alleged anti-Semitism among faculty. Jewish Currents 1/10/18

Professor of Ethnic Studies Russell Jeung discusses the hybridized religious practices of some Asian Americans in an article about Christians of color reclaiming ancestral spiritual practices. Religious Dispatches 1/10/18

Associate Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel comments on the 2018 San Francisco mayoral race. San Francisco Magazine 1/10/18

Alumnus Austin Scott has been cast in the title role of “Hamilton” for the Tony Award-winning musical’s national tour. Benicia Herald 1/11/18

Co-founder of Ripple and alumnus Chris Larsen, one the inventors of cryptocurrency token XRP, has suddenly become one of the richest men in the world. Express 1/10/18

A short film created by SF State cinema student Michael Morales is headed to the Cannes Film Festival. Fresno Bee 1/10/18

SF State is part of a growing number of test-optional universities. The Conversation 1/10/18; Idaho Press-Tribune 1/10/18; SF Gate 1/10/18; Rapid City Journal 1/10/18; San Antonio Express 1/10/18; Madison.com 1/10/18; The Sentinel 1/10/18; The Chippewa-Herald 1/10/18; (The article by The Conversation was picked up by numerous news outlets.)

 


Associate Professor Jason McDaniel comments on the San Francisco mayor’s race. Lake Placid News 1/10/18; The Tribune 1/10/18; ABC News 1/9/18;  SF Gate 1/9/18; Atlanta Journal Constitution 1/9/18; San Jose Mercury News 1/9/18; Miami Herald 1/9/18; Sacramento Bee 1/9/18Fresno Bee 1/9/18; Napa Valley Register 1/9/18; KIRO-TV 1/9/18; News Center1 1/9/18; SNJ Today 1/9/18; My Stateline.com 1/9/18; (The story was written by the Associated Press and picked up by more than 20 news outlets.)

Teacher, novelist and alumna Dorothy Bryant passed away on Dec. 21 from cancer. Berkeleyside 1/10/18


Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies Rachel Gross spoke at the “Trefa Banquet 2.0,” a San Francisco event featuring non-kosher foods made by Jewish chefs. J. Weekly 1/8/18

Ethnic Studies Lecturer Nestor Andre Castillo, the child of El Salvadoran parents, is quoted in an article about Bay Area Salvadorans fighting President Trump’s recent repeal of protected status for immigrants. San Jose Mercury News 1/8/18; East Bay Times 1/8/18

Research by Assistant Professor of Philosophy David Peña-Guzmán is mentioned in an article about animal suicide. Psychology Today 1/6/18

San Francisco State Professor of Management Ronald Purser is quoted in an article about corporations promoting mindfulness techniques. Dallas News 1/9/18

A photo taken by alumna Gabriella Angotti-Jones was turned into a racist online hoax. Poynter 1/9/18

Alumna and naturalist Virginia Delgado received the award for 2017 Outstanding New Interpreter from the National Association for Interpretation. East Bay Times 1/9/18

Actor and alumnus Ian Hopps will perform at Stories on Stage Davis. Davis Enterprise 1/8/18

SF State was ranked No. 7 in a list of the best universities in the U.S. for scoring waves while earning a degree. Surfer Magazine 1/9/18


Professor of Biology Michael Goldman writes a review on a new book called “I, Mammal: The Story of What Makes Us Mammals.” Science Magazine 1/8/18

Associate Professor of History Dawn Mabalon used archival footage to tell the story of Filipino history in Stockton. KNTV 1/7/18 (clip not available online)

Professor of Biology Sarah Cohen talks about research into Sea Star Wasting Syndrome, which is affecting populations of sea stars throughout the West Coast. Marin Independent Journal 1/5/18

SF State student Jordan Zabek is one of four Lake County residents to share their experiences during their first year of college. Lake County News 1/7/18

A short film created by SF State cinema student Michael Morales is headed to the Cannes Film Festival. Hanford Sentinel 1/6/18; ABC7 News 1/5/18 (clip not available online)

SF State student Zoie Irwin visited Washington, D.C., during the major winter storm that’s affected much of the East Coast and the Midwest. GK Men 1/6/18Gulf Times 1/6/18; Reuters 1/5/18; The Weather Network 1/5/18; MENAFN (The Reuters story was picked up by multiple news outlets.)

Comedian and SF State alumnus Greg Proops is profiled in advance of his show in Bermuda. Royal Gazette 1/8/18

SF State alumna Ranida Thammarin started Thai Cooking with Sunshine, one of seven cooking schools located in the Mission District. Mission Local 1/8/18

SF State alumna Roe McDermott writes a relationship column. The Irish Times 1/6/18

Co-founder of Ripple and alumnus Chris Larsen, one the inventors of cryptocurrency token XRP, has suddenly become one of the richest people in the world. Town and Country 1/5/18; Yahoo News 1/4/18

SF State alumnus Charles Hall discussed the 50th anniversary of the waterbed, which he invented during his time on campus. London Free Press 1/3/18

A recent report found that the Bay Area is in the midst of a teacher crisis, and the Campbell Unified School District has partnered with SF State to widen the teacher pipeline. San Jose Mercury News 1/8/18; Santa Cruz Sentinel 1/7/18

SF State is mentioned in a woman’s reflection on the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. Ms. Magazine1/5/18

SF State is mentioned in an article about universities that do and don’t track student suicides. Topeka Capital Journal 1/5/18

SF State is listed in a report on the growth of online education among institutions of higher education. Inside Higher Ed 1/5/18

 

 


A short film created by SF State cinema student Michael Morales is headed to the Cannes Film Festival. KFSN 1/4/18; WDN 1/4/18

Co-founder of Ripple and alumnus Chris Larsen, one the inventors of cryptocurrency token XRP, has suddenly become one of the richest men in the world. Money 1/5/18

Alumna Kris Perry was named the president of Save the Children Action Network. Washington Blade 1/4/18

SF State research into the effect of familial acceptance of LGBT youth is mentioned in an article about organizations that have disavowed gay therapy. Pink News 1/3/18


SF State Professor of Health Education Erik Peper writes a column about the link between proper diet and academic performance. The Western Edition 12/30/17

An op-ed responds to a presentation by SF State Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies Rabab Abdulhadi. The Algemeiner 12/27/17

Ceramics artist and alumna Catherine Schmid-Maybach is profiled in a story about her upcoming exhibition in Reno, Nevada. Reno News & Review 1/4/18

Alumna Ana Maria Pulido is the new spokesperson for the Sequoia Union High School District. The Almanac 1/4/18

Alumna Elaine King is running for state representative of District 34 in Idaho. KPVI 1/3/18

Avid volunteer and alumna Liz Nyberg and her husband Paul are the 2017 Los Altans of the Year. Los Altos Town Crier 1/3/18

Longtime scholar of sexuality studies and Professor Emeritus John Paul De Cecco is mentioned in the Windy City Times’ list of notable deaths in 2017. Windy City Times 1/3/18

SF State alumnus and former Dean of Undergraduate Studies Joseph L. White, who died late last year, is remembered in a column. Diverse Issues in Higher Education 1/2/18

Biologist, bone collector and alumnus Ray Bandar has died at 90. San Francisco Chronicle 1/2/18; San Antonio Express-News 1/2/18

Former SF State student and founder of the band Stone Foxes Avi Vinocur recently released a solo album, “Nothing Perfect Stays That Way.” The Bay Bridged 12/28/17

Retired TV sports reporter, alumnus and Hall of Fame athlete Don “Pete” Liebengood passed away at age 73. San Francisco Examiner 12/27/17; San Mateo Daily Journal 12/26/17

Research by the SF State Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality is mentioned in an article about Silicon Valley’s “wannabe” sexual revolution. The Washington Post 1/3/18

SF State is mentioned in an article about universities that do and don’t track student suicides. Messenger-Inquirer 1/4/18; Times Free Press 1/3/18; Redwood Times 1/2/18; Houston Chronicle 1/2/18; 570 News 1/2/18; Chico Enterprise-Record 1/2/18; Monterey Herald 1/2/18 (This  Associated Press report was reposted by numerous outlets)

A lawsuit against SF State that alleged anti-Semitism on campus is mentioned in an article about the difficulty defining anti-Semitism. St. Louis Jewish Light 1/2/18

J. Weekly’s ongoing coverage of allegations of anti-Semitism at SF State was listed as one the publication’s 10 essential Bay Area Jewish stories of 2017. J. Weekly 12/28/17


San Francisco State Professor of Management Ronald Purser considered the trend of corporations promoting mindfulness techniques. National Review 1/1/2018

San Francisco State University Lecturer of English Language and Literature David Gill discussed why the dystopias of Philip K. Dick are applicable today. Salon 12/30/2017

San Francisco State Assistant Professor of Biology Andrea Swei discussed her recent work on ticks and Lyme disease in Marin County. Marin Independent Journal 12/26/2017

San Francisco State Professor of Business Sally Baack talked about incorporating ethics into business school curricula. KCBS 12/26/2017 (Clip not available online)

San Francisco State Professor of Communication Studies Joe Tuman discussed a ballot initiative that would limit the length of terms for mayors and supervisors in San Francisco. San Francisco Chronicle 12/26/2017

San Francisco State Assistant Professor of Psychology Charlotte Tate discussed a new survey linking gender nonconformity and psychological distress. KQED 12/23/2017

San Francisco State alumna Cynthia Watson talked about the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund, which provides temporary assistance to help people experiencing unexpected crises. KTVU 1/1/2018 (Clip not available online); KCBA 12/27/2017 (Clip not available online)

San Francisco State alumnus Charles Hall discussed the 50th anniversary of the waterbed, which he invented during his time on campus. National Post 12/28/2017; Montreal Gazette 12/28/2017; Vancouver Sun 12/28/2017 (This article was distributed by Canadian Press and published by over 110 outlets)

San Francisco State alumnus and president of Bishop O’Dowd High School Steve Phelps has died of complications from a heart bypass surgery. NBC Bay Area 12/27/2017

San Francisco State alumnus Ahmet Ustunel is designing a specialized kayak for the visually impaired, which he plans to use to cross one of the busiest straits in the world. SF Examiner 12/24/2017

Comedian and San Francisco State alumnus Cole Stratton is producing the annual comedy festival SF Sketchfest this month. Davis Enterprise 12/19/2017

San Francisco State Assistant Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell discussed his research about the link between improving skills and long-term stress in an article about happiness. Business Insider 12/31/2017; Inc. 12/28/2017

Research done at San Francisco State showing that spending money on experiences may make people happier than spending it on gifts was mentioned in an article about dealing with holiday stress. Huffington Post 12/21/2017; Yahoo Singapore 12/21/2017