Campus Memo on November 14th 2011
CampusMemo: November 14, 2011
Volume59, Number 14 November 14, 2011
Fighting cancer lecture
Professor of Health Education Erik Peper will deliver a lecture on the topic of fighting cancer on Monday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in HSS 306. Peper, an international authority on biofeedback, self-regulation and stress management, has written numerous scientific articles and books, including one on fighting cancer. RSVP to epeper@... as space is limited.
World AIDS Day
SF State will commemorate World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. Events will include:
- A safer sex workshop at 11 a.m.
- A screening of the feature length documentary, We Were Here, at 12:30 p.m.
- A panel of SF State faculty, scholars and community activists addressing how HIV/AIDS is affecting our diverse communities at 2:10 p.m.
- Free HIV antibody testing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All events will take place in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Visit www.sfsu.edu/~aidsinfo for a complete listing of the day's events or contact Michael Ritter at mritter@... Extra credit verification will be available.
Holiday luncheon at the Palace Hotel
The University Women's Association (UWA) annual holiday luncheon will be held Dec. 3 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The Gloria Spencer UWA Scholarship recipients for 2011-12 will be the special guests. The cost is $50 for UWA members and their guests, and $55 for non-members. Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring friends, co-workers, colleagues and family.
For detailed information, menu and reservation form, visit www.sfsu.edu/~uwa and click on the "events" link, or contact Lin Ivory at linivory@... Prospective members should follow the website's "membership" link. Other planned events include a Beach Blanket Babylon Theatre party on Nov. 13 and a tour of the Anchor Brewery on Nov. 21.
Assistant Professor of Cinema Julian Hoxter gave a talk on his new book "Write What You Don't Know: An Accessible Manual for Screenwriters" (Continuum Books), in conversation with Associate Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride, on Nov. 10 at University Press Books in Berkeley.
Chair and Professor of Creative Writing Maxine Chernoff was a featured author who read at theBernal Yoga Literary Series 2011/2012 on Nov. 12.
Professor of Health Education and Director of the Institute for Holistic Health Studies Erik Peperco-authored the article "Optimize Self-healing: Respecting Our Evolutionary Roots while Nurturing the Mind/Body/Spirit Connection" in the Japanese journal Environment and Health (2011).
Professor of Information Systems Sameer Verma was a lead organizer of and participant in the One Laptop per Child Community Summit 2011 held at the Downtown Campus on Oct. 22. One project that was unveiled at the event was the BookServer, a small, low-power, low-cost device that can hold 20,000 ebooks and serve them to as many as 500 users at a time.
Recreation, Parks and Tourism
At a hearing before the California Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife on Nov. 1, Professor and Chair of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Patrick Tierney presented on the economic impact of California state parks and the potential economic results from closing 70 state park units.
Associate Professor of Recreation, Parks and Tourism and Director of the Pacific Leadership Institute Nina Roberts delivered the prestigious Metcalf Endowment Lecture at the 61st annual State University of New York (SUNY) Cortland Recreation Conference on Nov. 4. Roberts spoke on "Multiculturalism and Quality of Life: Strong Communities Build a Strong Nation."
Professor of Theatre Arts Rhonnie Washington performed in two one-act plays, Almost Nothingand Day of Absence, which opened Oct. 11 and run through Nov. 20 at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in San Francisco.
Professor of Communication Studies Joe Tuman explained the impact of ranked choice voting on the San Francisco election in a Nov. 8 KPIX TV News segment. Tuman explained that in most elections, you don't bet against an incumbent because they have all the institutional advantages of the office at their disposal, but in a ranked choice election, "the frontrunner has a bull's eye painted on him." But, because Ed Lee is an amiable person, Tuman added, "he's got a pretty good shot at being most people's second or third, so I would think, if this goes to a runoff, it won't have to go 15 full counts before they elect him mayor. This is still his race to lose."
In a Nov. 7 San Mateo Times article about the opening of a restaurant by Curry Up Now food truck owners/operators, Assistant Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management Sybil Yangsaid that food trucks offer people a way to get into the food business without the high startup costs associated with a brick and mortar location. Yang added that the lower upfront costs reduce startup risks and offer potentially great rewards due to rapid customer turnover.
Political Science Lecturer David Lee commented on ranked choice voting for a Nov. 7 New America Media report on ranked choice voting. Since 2004, the Chinese American Voter Education Committee has "published over 50,000 bilingual brochures explaining ranked choice. But just when you think you've reached everyone, someone comes up and says they don't understand it. The system has a particular flaw that is unique," Lee said. A year after winning the Oakland mayoral election, people still ask Jean Quan how she won. "Legitimacy is vital to any voting system. People need to believe the results."
Cultural Food Fair: 10 a.m.
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