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Planting a 'Wildlife Corridor'

Planting a 'Wildlife Corridor' | Fac & Staff Newsletter | Scoop.it

Gretchen Coffman and her environmental studies students are pioneering a community-based conservation project on the western slope of USF’s Hilltop campus. That is where they’ve seeded a native dune restoration initiative, now in its fourth year. Over 300 students, faculty, staff, and community volunteers have planted more than 1,500 native plants, including a federally endangered native manzanita shrub, to return the hillside to its native state and foster the micro-region’s wildlife. The Lone Mountain Native Plant Preserve, as the class calls the project, is a natural laboratory that is part of the university’s long-term mission to restore native plants to campus and promote service learning among students. 

 

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Alumna Leads Preservation of Yosemite National Park

Alumna Leads Preservation of Yosemite National Park | Fac & Staff Newsletter | Scoop.it

Happy 100th anniversary to the National Park Service! We're celebrating and talking with Heather Boothe ’04. She leads an 11,000-strong volunteer effort at Yosemite National Park, giving something back to America’s best idea and preserving the land for generations to come. Click here to discover more about Boothe and why she's so passionate about the National Park Service and Yosemite!


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Expert Law Professor Puts USF in the Spotlight

Expert Law Professor Puts USF in the Spotlight | Fac & Staff Newsletter | Scoop.it

Defending innocence is important to Richard Leo, whether he is testifying about a case featured in the popular Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer” or fighting for the reputations of five young men wrongly convicted in the Central Park jogger case. “One of the central missions of USF is doing justice, and I am committed to doing justice,” Leo says. Hear more on how he's bringing attention to USF's law program here!

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The Future of History

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Standing atop a dusty bluff overlooking the coastal surf town of Santa Cruz, Dominic Lizama ’16 and half a dozen of his architecture classmates survey a building with sandpaper walls and a Spanish tile roof. Discover how they're working to bring historical preservation into the 21st century here.

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First-of-its-Kind Gym Welcomes Diversity

First-of-its-Kind Gym Welcomes Diversity | Fac & Staff Newsletter | Scoop.it

When customers sign up for Nathalie Huerta’s gym, they’re asked two simple questions: “What’s your name?” and “What’s your preferred gender pronoun?” 

It’s one way Huerta ’05 is making The Perfect Sidekick — billed as the first LGBTQ gym in the nation — an inclusive and safe space for all. Click here to read more about her mission and how TPS is helping to change the community.

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In the Business of Humanity

In the Business of Humanity | Fac & Staff Newsletter | Scoop.it

Dave Griffis teaches his students that “today’s good deeds foster future glad tidings” — in business and life. Read about his many projects that serve USF and the community »


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NPR Host and USF Professor Moira Gunn Talks Tech at Women’s Leadership Event

NPR Host and USF Professor Moira Gunn Talks Tech at Women’s Leadership Event | Fac & Staff Newsletter | Scoop.it

In front of an audience of about 100 at Google’s San Francisco office, award-winning science journalist and USF professor Moira Gunn ’70 talked about starting her popular NPR radio show at USF, interviewing Google’s founders before “Googling” was in the dictionary, and why women should follow their passions, as part of a university-sponsored event on women’s leadership April 26. Click here to read more about her story »  

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200 Volunteer for April Action Service Day

200 Volunteer for April Action Service Day | Fac & Staff Newsletter | Scoop.it

About 200 USFers pitched in to help make San Francisco a better city for April Action, the university’s volunteer day. On April 16, students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends volunteered to trim trails at Buena Vista Park and Alamo Square with the San Francisco Recreation and Park department, fix paths at Mount Sutro with nonprofit Sutro Stewards, build houses in Oceanview with Habitat for Humanity, and clean up Ocean Beach, among other activities — many of which were environmentally themed. Read about it here »

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Giant Opportunity

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For Carolyn Della Maggiore ’01, the San Francisco Giants are more than just a premier MLB team — they’re a community anchor, helping underserved communities across Northern California.

Carolyn’s the development director of the Giants Fund, the team’s nonprofit. The fund raises millions of dollars a year for community grants and to support the Junior Giants program, which provides more than 25,000 at-risk children in 90 communities in California, Nevada, and Oregon a chance to play ball. The Giants won USF’s California Prize for Service and the Common Good in 2012.

Read more about her work and how USFCA inspired her to give back to the community here »

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Popular Science

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From subatomic particle physics and electromagnetic biophysics to the physical design of lab space to enhance scientific collaboration, USF physics Professor Brandon Brown sees the human side of science in ways most of us can only imagine. Maybe that’s why his courses are a favorite with students. The award-winning author and Shark Week television series expert has a reputation for his ability to communicate complex ideas in easy-to-understand terms. Find out more about his teaching style and his book here »

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A Musical Warning

A Musical Warning | Fac & Staff Newsletter | Scoop.it

What sound does a planet make as it spirals toward extreme weather fluctuations and sea level rise that could displace 760 million people? That’s what Stephan Crawford MSEM ’11 set out to learn when he brought a team of climate scientists and musicians together to create a kind of musical warning to the world. “It is science-inspired art,” says Crawford of “Climate,” a 30-minute composition that follows the ups and downs of hundreds of years of climate data. Click here to find out more about the show and the effects it's having on those who view it »

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Can 'March' Energize the Next Generation?

Can 'March' Energize the Next Generation? | Fac & Staff Newsletter | Scoop.it

The "Boy From Troy," as Martin Luther King Jr. nicknamed him, Georgia Congressman John Lewis called on a new generation of activists to organize and fight for African Americans' and other minorities’ rights, at a speaking event and book signing on campus Aug. 17. "If you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation, a mission, and a mandate to stand up and do something! Speak up. Sit in. Or find a way to make a difference," said Lewis. 

 

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New Resource for Faculty Available

New Resource for Faculty Available | Fac & Staff Newsletter | Scoop.it
For faculty members seeking potential funding for projects that have a social impact, the USF Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is interested in learning more about your ideas, whether they are currently up and running or in the early stages of development. Visit our new website to learn how we partner with you, the types of projects that are a good fit for foundation and corporate funding, and how to get in touch with CFR staff. Learn more.
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Reduce, Reuse, Recology

Reduce, Reuse, Recology | Fac & Staff Newsletter | Scoop.it

Did you know that earlier this summer San Francisco was dubbed the "Silicon Valley of recycling" by The New York Times? The city's ability to recycle or compost 80% of waste is thanks in part to Mike Sangiacomo ’71 and his company Recology. Click here to learn more about how USFCA inspired Sangiacomo to Change the World From Here!

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The future of health care with Dean Judith Karshmer

The future of health care with Dean Judith Karshmer | Fac & Staff Newsletter | Scoop.it

Six years into the Affordable Care Act (ACA) era, School of Nursing and Health Professions Dean Judith Karshmer (ret.) sees many benefits and some drawbacks. USF Magazine asked her about what's working, what's not, and how the school is preparing students for careers in the new health care paradigm.

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Diversifying Computer Science

Diversifying Computer Science | Fac & Staff Newsletter | Scoop.it

USF computer scientists have joined the national Computer Science For All movement to train 10,000 public school teachers to teach under-resourced high school students computer programming. It’s an effort supported by President Barack Obama that aims to educate a new generation of computer coders. Find out more about the program here, and hear from the teachers who have participated and working to Change the World From Here. 

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Alumni Research Confirms Einstein’s Theory

Alumni Research Confirms Einstein’s Theory | Fac & Staff Newsletter | Scoop.it

Earlier this year, Jordan Palamos ’12 and fellow physicists made one of the most astounding astronomical discoveries of our lifetimes. Palamos’ team recorded the first evidence of black holes and gravitational waves — confirming Albert Einstein’s 100-year-old theory of general relativity. Click here to find out what this discovery means for various scientific fields!

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In Case You Missed It: The Best Events From Spring

In Case You Missed It: The Best Events From Spring | Fac & Staff Newsletter | Scoop.it

Campus lectures, student workshops, athletics, movie fests, arts and culture. There's a lot to keep up with at USF. Check out photos from recent events you may have missed, and discover new opportunities for growth, fun, and learning with Student Life »


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Dean Wins for Social Justice

Dean Wins for Social Justice | Fac & Staff Newsletter | Scoop.it

School of Education Dean Kevin Kumashiro has won this year’s Social Justice in Education Award, presented by the American Education Research Association (AERA). Kumashiro was recognized for his outstanding contributions to diversity, policy, and public advocacy in the field of education over two decades, according to AERA, an international higher education organization dedicated to improving teaching through research. Read about it here »

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New Provost Looks to Grow USF

New Provost Looks to Grow USF | Fac & Staff Newsletter | Scoop.it

Three months into Donald E. Heller’s tenure, USF News sat down with the provost and vice president for academic affairs to talk about top priorities, what he likes about USFers, and guiding the university in an era of increasing competition. Heller came to USF from Michigan State University, where he served as dean of the College of Education and professor since 2012. He holds a doctorate in higher education from Harvard University. He started at USF on Jan. 25. Find out more about Heller and his role at USFCA here »

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Touring Startup Life With Airbnb Chief of IT

Touring Startup Life With Airbnb Chief of IT | Fac & Staff Newsletter | Scoop.it

Mike Jennings ’95 spent 20 years working for some of Silicon Valley’s best-known companies, from Intel to Google to LinkedIn. Today, he heads up information technology for Airbnb, a home-sharing startup valued last year at more than $25 billion. Along the way, he’s learned a lot about success in the workplace — lessons inspired, in part, by his Jesuit education. See what he's learned from USFCA and his time in the industry here »

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USF Parent Gives $1.25 Million for Nursing Scholarships

USF Parent Gives $1.25 Million for Nursing Scholarships | Fac & Staff Newsletter | Scoop.it

Retired businessman and University of San Francisco parent Park Loughlin has made a $1.25 million gift to scholarships at the School of Nursing and Health Professions. The new Park Loughlin Family Endowed Nursing Scholarship provides a major boost to the school, which is highly competitive and provides the Bay Area’s only program in health care education that serves students at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Check it out here »

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What Comes After Gentrification?

What Comes After Gentrification? | Fac & Staff Newsletter | Scoop.it

Master's of Urban Affairs program students hit the streets to study the evolution of SF’s oldest neighborhood. Watch the video of a trip one class took into San Francisco's Mission District here »

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