fyi - News for the Campus Community
fyi is the official faculty-staff newsletter for the Santa Clara University community. It is designed to keep faculty and staff informed about campus news and information. It is compiled, written and published by the Office of Marketing and Communications.
Use your law degree to make legal and civic rights accessible to those without resources, former California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno told the 300 graduating law students from Santa Clara University School of Law.
The law school’s Centennial-year commencement took place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the University’s Mission Gardens.
Moreno spoke on a sunny day before a multiethnic crowd of more than 3,500 family, friends, and supporters of the 2011 graduates. He recounted how shocked he was at the difficulty he encountered when trying to procure services for his autistic niece, whom he and his wife have raised since she was five years old.
He told of the maddening bureaucracy and misinformation he had to overcome to get his niece the medical, school, and social services that were hers by law. If he, a federal judge, was having problems getting the system to work, he said, what chance do those with lesser resources have?
Unless individual rights to due process, equal protection, and civil rights “are enforced and exercised and given meaning in actual practice,” he said, then “for all intents and purposes they may as well cease to exist for many people in our society.”
Moreno’s speech came as Santa Clara University School of Law is celebrating the 100th year since its founding as the “Santa Clara Institute of Law at Santa Clara College.” Read more
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored Santa Clara University as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. Santa Clara was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
for engaging its students, faculty, and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. This is the fifth consecutive year the University has received this award.
There are several programs at Santa Clara—across all disciplines—that offer students opportunities for active engagement, research, and service-oriented learning. One such program, Arrupe Placements, includes approximately 50 community partners throughout Santa Clara County and, each year, allows nearly 1,200 students to learn through community engagement. The University also implemented its new core curriculum in 2009, which requires students to participate in some form of community-based learning during their undergraduate years.
On campuses across the country, millions of college students are engaged in innovative projects to meet local needs, often using the skills learned in classrooms. In 2009, some 3.2 million college students dedicated more than 307 million hours of service to communities across the country, with their time and efforts valued at more than $6.4 billion. Business and law students offer tax preparation and legal services; college student volunteers provide meals, create parks, rebuild homes after disasters, conduct job training, run senior service programs, and much more. Read more
When Don Dodson, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, retires this summer, he will mark the end of nearly three and a half decades as part of the SCU administration. “I’ve loved working at an institution that has a clear sense of its mission, a commitment to academic excellence, and a strong sense of community and collegiality,” he notes. “I feel very fortunate to have been able to spend most of my career at Santa Clara.”
Formerly an assistant professor of communication at Stanford University, Dodson began his career at SCU in 1977 as special assistant to the vice president for University Relations. He held various positions over the years in the Development Office and in Academic Affairs before accepting his current position last July.
He took some time to answer a few questions for fyi:
What are your primary duties and accomplishments as interim provost?
The primary responsibilities of the position are to provide leadership for all academic, co curricular, and academic-support programs and services. A particular responsibility this year has been to ensure a smooth transition until the new provost, Dennis Jacobs, begins this summer.
Accomplishments in a position like this are never solo. They rest on the creativity and dedication of many people. Some of the accomplishments this year include greater integration of the Jesuit School of Theology into the University, resource planning for the new Strategic Plan, developing proposed targets for the size and composition of the faculty to achieve our educational goals, implementation of a new appointment model for non-tenure-track faculty, the continued roll-out of the new undergraduate core curriculum, approval of a new M.S. degree in Sustainable Energy, and the development of a proposal for a new Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences and a stand-alone bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies.
What are some major changes you’ve observed in your time at SCU?
There are too many to name them all! A few that come to mind are a greater focus on the University’s Jesuit mission and identity, significant growth in the size of the University, many new majors and degree programs, the adoption of a new undergraduate core curriculum (three times over the past 30 years), an increased emphasis on research, the development of the teaching scholar model for faculty, the development of the University’s three Centers of Distinction, an increased emphasis on community-based learning, the development of Residential Learning Communities, and the physical unification of the campus and construction of many new buildings.
What do you think is SCU’s strongest asset that will continue to make it a leader well into the 21st century?
Its greatest asset is its community of talented and dedicated people who are committed to making Santa Clara an exemplar of excellence in Jesuit education. Doing this in the middle of Silicon Valley, which is a mindset as well as a region, is also a tremendous asset which we should take advantage of to the fullest.
Any plans yet for your newfound free time after you retire?
My only firm plan is to have fewer plans. I look forward to a good night’s sleep and an unscheduled day. More specifically, though, I would like more time for family, travel, reading, playing the piano and listening to music, and volunteer work, including staying involved with the University in various ways. Other than that, I have no plans!
As part of an ongoing effort to promote work-life balance, the University entered into a pilot project with Care.com, which provides an accessible online resource to connect individual faculty and staff with vetted care providers. The company has a particular strength in child and senior care but addresses the full lifecycle of care needs. The service enables individuals to search nationally to find and select the best care possible based on detailed profiles, background checks, and references.
Care.com also offers elder care planning and management. It provides individual
consultations, research on provider options, comprehensive written care plans, access to a national credentialed provider network, rate negotiation, and assistance in identifying backup care.
The idea for this partnership emerged through a series of work-life workshops that were sponsored by the Provost’s Office. During these sessions, a number of faculty and staff shared that it was difficult to find and retain qualified child and elder care providers. In hope of reducing this burden, the University sought out the help of Care.com. Early indications suggest that users are satisfied with the resource. Care.com’s Senior Care Counseling program has been especially well-received. A number of employees have shared that they are grateful for the guidance the senior care counselors have provided.
Access to Care.com is free for all faculty and staff. Please visit www.care.com/group/scu
and use your @scu.edu email address to register.
Faculty and staff can also attend any of the summer and fall workshops to learn about the 10 most important topics for seniors and their families.
They are often the first people on the scene whenever students, faculty, or staff have medical issues and help keep us all healthy and safe. They are the members of Santa Clara University Emergency Medical Services (EMS), which was founded by Sam Suleman ’99 and Matt Donnelly ’98.
Operations began under advisor and Cowell Health Center’s Nurse Practitioner Michele Helms on January 12, 1998. Six other students joined Suleman and Donnelly, responding to 126 calls over the first two quarters, including a fire in Graham 400, one of seven calls on the first night.
Suleman worked in the medical profession for a few years after graduating from the University but later left to pursue a career in business. He says that the program has helped both medical and non-medical students.
“I will always remember those 3 a.m. nights on the 7th floor of Swig. They really test you, but it was a great experience,” says Suleman. He further adds that serving as an EMT contributed to a “huge growth in leadership, decision making, and confidence in yourself during difficult situations.”
Annie Cheung, ’12, began working as an SCU EMT at the beginning of this year and is the public relations director for SCU EMS. She says that she has already gained invaluable experience in “patient care…and not just medical care but showing genuine care for a person.” She also expresses gratitude for the opportunity to practice skills she plans on using in the future.
Cheung and the 30 other SCU EMS staff members took part in a mass casualty incident simulation on May 22, in which all students in the program train for a catastrophic event. Some 50 volunteer students acted as patients, including some from the theatre department, while Helms and folks from Student Life, Campus Safety, and Cowell Health Center watched from the sidelines, evaluating their response. The Santa Clara Fire Department was also on hand, acting as mentors, and Cheung says they received great feedback.
“The MCI exercise went really well,” says Cheung. “We normally work in teams of two or three during our shifts, but this simulation required teamwork from the entire staff, and we were successful.”
The Wall Street Journal quoted James Lai (Political Science/Ethnic Studies) on the impact of Republicans blocking law professor Goodwin Liu's appointment to a federal appeals court. Lai was also quoted in the San Jose Mercury News about the rapid growth of Indian-Americans in the Bay Area. The article was republished in six papers across California.
Linda Starr (NCIP) was quoted in the legal newspaper Daily Journal about a new DA for Kern County who has drawn criticism for her aggressiveness, and in the Louis Farakkhan/Nation of Islam-founded paper The Final Call about the prevalence of wrongful convictions, especially against African-American men.
The New York Times and other publications noted that about 75 professors across the country —including SCU’s Gary Macy and Kristin Heyer (Religious Studies) and Michael Zampelli, S.J. (Theatre and Dance) — wrote a letter urging House Speaker John Boehner to remember Catholic teachings on helping the poor as he shepherds the federal budget.
The San Jose Mercury News wrote a feature story about the Centennial-year graduation of the School of Law, which quoted President Michael Engh, S.J., and students Brittney Salvatore, Carlos Rosario, Sarah Mercer and Jennifer McAllister.
Judy Nadler (Markkula) was quoted in a widely reprinted California Watch story about a politician whose biographies misidentified him as a UC Berkeley graduate.
The news that the Hispanic-theologian group ACHTUS is presenting awards to the Jesuit School of Theology and Eduardo Fernandez, S.J., (JST) was reported in the National Catholic Reporter’s online site. The story quoted Kevin Burke, S.J. (JST).
David Ball (Law) talked to KCBS and KLIV radio stations about a new Supreme Court decision ordering California to release thousands of prisoners due to inhumane conditions in the prisons.
Thomas Plante (Psychology) was quoted in The Washington Post about the latest John Jay report on clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The piece was republished in azcentral.com. He was also interviewed by ABC7 and wrote two blogs, which were published in the Huffington Post and Psychology Today.
Meir Statman (Finance) was quoted by Money Magazine about the poor market-timing ability of the majority of investors, and by the Wall Street Journal about the advantages of women’s insecurity about investing. He also spoke to AdvisorOne about what financial advisers can do to prevent clients from behaving self-destructively, and to Associated Content about the difficulty of resisting the urge to spend money when offered discount sales.
Anna Han (Law) was quoted in the San Jose Mercury News about a dispute between Yahoo and its Chinese company partner.
News that the Center for Science, Technology, and Society has created an “Energy Map” providing information about 40 social enterprises that are solving the problem of lack of electricity or clean fuel was featured in the website Environmental Protection.
Eric Goldman (Law) was quoted in a New York Times story about the difficulty of enforcing privacy laws of different countries on Internet companies like Twitter, and spoke to the New York Times and KGO TV about a challenge to Google over its acceptance of ads from rogue pharmacies. He also spoke to the San Jose Mercury News about a Facebook PR firm’s clandestine campaign to bash Google. All the stories were widely carried by other media outlets nationwide.
A Santa Clara University program, “One in Four, that helps prevent sexual assault, was mentioned in the San Luis Obispo Tribune.
Michelle Oberman (Law) was quoted in the Fort Collins Coloradoan about the tragedy of mothers who kill their own children.
Here’s a sampling
of the hundreds of mentions of SCU in the media in the past two weeks. The first part of the link is a list; the full text is below the list.
***NOTE: Use EXTREME CAUTION before printing the linked information, as it will be dozens of pages!! ***
Radha Basu (Engineering) and Hohyun Lee (Mechanical Engineering) presented as part of a clean energy map event hosted by CSTS on May 23.
Elizabeth Dahlhoff (Biology) has received an additional $56,768 from the National Science Foundation to support "Collaborative Research: RUI: Ecological and Evolutionary Responses to Environmental Change in Sierra Nevada Populations of a Montane Willow Beetle."
Fred Folvary’s (Economics) prediction of the 2008 recession was directly cited in an article by Mason Gaffney, “An Award for Calling the Crash,” in the May 2011 edition of Econ Journal Watch.
Francisco Jimenez’s (Modern Languages and Literatures) book Reaching Out was adapted into a one-act play by the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Salinas.
Steve Suljak (Chemistry & Biochemistry) and John Birmingham (Physics) received a two-year grant from Research Corporation for Science Advancement that provides $36,781 to support "Investigating the Role of Neurohemal Biogenic Amines in Shaping Stomatogastric Motor Programs of the Crab Cancer Borealis."
Korin Wheeler (Chemistry & Biochemistry) has received a two-year grant from Research Corporation for Science Advancement that provides $17,000 to support "Characterization of the Interactions Between Azurin and Silver Nanoparticles."
Sally Wood (Electrical Engineering) attended the 2011 Network Mapping and Measurement Conference (NMMC) in Madison, Wis. in May. She and three coauthors presented a paper entitled, “Network Evolution over the Next Decade: A Severe Challenge for Network Management.”
Yuling Yan (Bioengineering) presented her work, “Lock-In Detection Methods for High-contrast Fluorescence Imaging in Living Cells Using Optical Switch Probes," at the BIT Life Sciences’ 2nd World DNA and Genome Day 2011 Conference in China in April.
The next edition will be published on Sept. 15. If you have any announcements you would like to submit, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 1.
Santa Clara University announced the selection of Dennis Jacobs as the new provost and vice president for academic affairs. He will begin his duties this summer.
Jacobs will be the chief academic officer of Santa Clara and provide leadership and management of all aspects of academic and student life programs, information services, and athletics. Jacobs, who comes to Santa Clara from the University of Notre Dame, where he served as vice president and associate provost for undergraduate studies since 2004, will report directly to University President Michael Engh, S.J.
“With enthusiasm I welcome Dennis Jacobs to Santa Clara University and look forward to working with him to advance the University and its strategic plan,” said Michael Engh, S.J. “His record of success augurs well for continued and greater success here in the Silicon Valley.” At Notre Dame, Jacobs worked to implement the core curriculum, launched new study abroad programs, and established the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement to cultivate scholars and enhance research opportunities for students. He initiated a Residential Scholars program to help bridge the divide between academic and residential life. He also helped recruit a more diverse undergraduate student body through a variety of strategic initiatives including modifying Notre Dame’s financial aid packaging.
“I feel privileged to have this opportunity to be a part of the next exciting chapter at Santa Clara University,” said Jacobs. “Santa Clara has all the academic ingredients to make a significant and lasting impact here in the Silicon Valley and globally.” Read more
Carlos Moreno, the recently retired California Supreme Court justice known for his thoughtful opinions and centrist appeal, will address graduating students at Santa Clara University School of Law’s 2011 commencement ceremony on May 21. The commencement is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in the University’s Mission Gardens.
Moreno, 62, is currently of counsel with the Los Angeles firm of Irell & Manella. He is well known for his leadership in the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care, which led to improvements in the state foster-care system, and for many landmark state decisions on issues ranging from gun control to same-sex marriage to class actions.
“We are extremely pleased that Justice Moreno has accepted our invitation,” said Donald J. Polden, dean of Santa Clara University’s School of Law. “As an exceptional lawyer and a judge at almost every level of the judiciary, he has shown that respect for the law and compassion for those most in need can coexist. Those are the values we hope our graduates take with them into their careers as well.” Read more
Kareiva teaches courses for Santa Clara’s Environmental Studies Institute and is chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy, where he is responsible for developing and helping to implement science-based conservation throughout the organization and for forging new linkages with partners.
Kareiva has authored more than100 scientific articles in diverse fields such as mathematical biology, fisheries science, insect ecology, risk analysis, genetically engineered organisms, agricultural ecology, population viability analysis, behavioral ecology, landscape ecology, and global climate change. His most recent work (co-authored with Santa Clara University Professor Michelle Marvier) is a conservation textbook, Conservation Science: Balancing the Needs of People and Nature, which is the first textbook to teach the scientific foundations of conservation while highlighting strategies to better connect its practice with the needs and priorities of a growing human population.
Juniors Courtney Seymour and Lindsay Gray have a busy year ahead of them: they are the new president and vice president of Associated Student Government (ASG) for the 2011–12 academic year, after running unopposed in late April.
The pair’s plan for the next year is all about the “3 S’s for Success: Safety, Social Spirit, and Sustainability.” Seymour and Gray want to improve safety on campus by implementing an escort service for students leaving the library after 11 p.m. They admit that they need to work out some logistical issues with the Santa Clara Police Department (SCPD) and Campus Safety, such as figuring out whether the service would consist of on-foot accompaniment, a shuttle, or another option. Seymour and Gray also intend to “increase awareness regarding better off-campus living, continue the Educated Partier program, and build a stronger relationship with SCPD.” The Educated Partier Program teaches students how to hold more responsible parties. Seymour and Gray plan to begin next year’s program at the beginning of the fall quarter instead of waiting until later quarters, as in years past.
The new President and Vice President also propose a “reinvestment in the Locatelli Student Activity Center” and further promotion of the still-new facility as a hub of student activity. Despite some trouble in attracting students to the somewhat distant facility, they say it’s a “prime location for activities before and after sporting events, such as soccer and water polo.” They plan to talk with Bon Appétit regarding the possibility of adding a café to the center and hope to foster more of an “atmosphere that draws students” into the center by adding couches or pool tables that would make the facility more inviting during non-event hours.
Seymour and Gray also plan to continue pushing the platform of 2010-11 President Chris Mosier and Vice President Nhunguyen Le by moving closer to a bottle-less campus and maintaining sustainability measures, such as Living Green and the Sustainability Challenge. Seymour and Gray want to maintain the enthusiasm that’s shared by Santa Clara’s President Michael Engh, S.J., and previous ASG leaders.
Seymour will give her official acceptance speech on May 19.
Campus Compact honored Santa Clara University sophomore Laura Snowden with a Newman Civic Fellow award for being an inspiring college student leader and for finding solutions to challenges facing communities throughout the country.
As a co-founder of the nonprofit organization, Shirts Across America, Snowden has been tireless in her efforts to contribute to the rebuilding efforts of New Orleans through fundraising, organizing student visits to the region, and keeping this issue a part of public dialogue. She is also a respected student leader on campus who facilitates conversations about diversity and encourages others to work for social change.
Snowden is among the 135 students from 30 states honored with this award, which was named after Dr. Frank Newman, one of the founders of Campus Compact, who had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who are eager and prepared to make a difference. He dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform.
College and university presidents nominated the best-of-the-best, promising college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research, and advocacy, these Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, discover the root causes of social issues, and find effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.
Difficult. Lonely. Quiet. Those are the words Matt Lee ’13 used to describe spending a week without technology.
Theatre and Dance Assistant Professor Kimberly Hill challenged Lee and eight others to live without cell phones, computers, iPods, and TVs to help them prepare for their roles in the upcoming play “Hay Fever,” which is set in 1925.
“I went into the exercise with an open mind and was very determined that I would be able to go on an entire week without technology, but it was surprisingly difficult,” Lee said.
Lee realized how he had taken technology for granted, especially the simple ability to carry around a cell phone and to keep tabs with his friends by sending text messages. He was forced to rely on face-to-face interactions with his friends, which weren’t easy to arrange since he was the only one without technology. He pointed out that making plans for anything has been extremely difficult and a hassle without his cell phone and email.
He had only one slip-up—Facebook. He was so used to checking it frequently that on the first day of the experiment he checked it almost reflexively. Otherwise, Lee hasn’t broken any other rules.
Anna Vossler ’11 confessed that she microwaved her soup and didn’t even realize what she was doing until it was too late. Vossler almost made a second mistake when she grabbed her cell phone and walked out of the house with it. The agreement she and the others made was that they were supposed to treat their cell phones like landlines and leave them at home. Vossler didn’t have time to return home, so she quickly turned off the phone and headed to class.
Although not being able to use technology was inconvenient for many, Vossler said she noticed a difference in her life. Her food tasted better when she stopped microwaving it. Her room was also cleaner, because she wasn’t sitting around her house all day watching television or surfing the Net. As for not being glued to her cell phone, Vossler said, “It was nice not having to check my phone 100 times day for text messages and voicemail.”
The San Jose Mercury News interviewed Lester Deanes (Student Life) about the Diversity Leadership Conference, which was held at Santa Clara University. The article ran in 11 other area newspapers, and Green KKGN Radio also aired a segment on one of the sessions from the conference.
Huffington Post published the "Top 10 Ethical Questions Every Incoming College Freshman Faces," a project of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.
Tasha Mistry '11 wrote a blog for USA Today's College section about the five things graduating seniors should do during their job search to land their first job after graduation.
Fred Foldvary (Economics) was quoted in the New York Times about Bay Area transportation officials’ experiments with “congestion pricing.”
Miller-McCune Magazine wrote an article about Amara Brook's (Psychology) research on how likely people were to change their behavior if they learned that their lifestyle was environmentally unsustainable.
Al Hammond (CSTS) was quoted in a story about social entrepreneurship in the San Jose Mercury News.
KTVU interviewed Jim Cottrill (Political Science) about what the 2012 presidential race looks like for Republicans.
Kirk Hanson (Markkula) was interviewed on KQED's Forum about financial conflicts of interest between physicians and the pharmaceutical and medical industry. He was also quoted extensively in Corporate Secretary magazine about the lack of attention by corporations to the risk of poor ethical behavior.
John Hamm (Management) was quoted in HCPro.com about the need for leaders to be good listeners. His new book Unusually Excellent: The Necessary Nine Skills Required for the Practice of Great Leadershipwas also reviewed by Hartford Business Journal, TechJournal South, and RISMedia and he wrote about it in SmartBusiness online.
Eric Goldman (Law) was quoted in the International Herald Tribune, New York Times and numerous Las Vegas sites and newspapers including the Las Vegas Sun about a key case regarding bloggers’ rights to reproduce articles written by news organizations.
School Construction News interviewed Joe Sugg (University Operations) about the new eco-friendly student apartments.
Thomas Plante (Psychology) blogged in Psychology Today about whether Facebook is a projective test for narcissism.
Judy Nadler (Markkula) talked to the Redding Record Searchlight about a local county attorney who is being challenged for time spent advocating for the Tea Party, for a story that was picked up by the blog Law Enforcement Corruption. She spoke to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin about Upland’s embattled city manager.
Elizabeth Drescher’s (Religious Studies) book Tweet if you (Heart) Jesus received a favorable review in Publisher’s Weekly.
A speech at St. Leo University by Ron Hansen (English) about the 12 rules for writing compelling historical fiction, was covered by the Tampa Tribune.
The work of two MBA students, Nidhi Jetley and Ashwini Patil, to organize an educational event for parents of teens, was noted in the San Jose Mercury News.
Asian Journal wrote a profile of Angelo Ancheta (Law) who was recently appointed to the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.
Andre Delbecq (Management) was quoted in Workforce Management story about how to tap a “higher power” in the workplace.
Patricia Cain (Law) was quoted in Bankrate.com about the difficulties of married same-sex couples to figure out their tax-filing status, due to conflicts among various laws.
Emily Cervino (CEPI) was quoted in the BNA publication Pension & Benefits Reporter about the need for education on stock-pay plans.
Here’s a sampling of the hundreds of mentions of SCU in the media in the past two weeks. The first part of the link is a list; the full text is below the list.
***NOTE: Use EXTREME CAUTION before printing the linked information, as it will be dozens of pages!! ***
The Arrupe Partnerships were nominated by Santa Clara Adult Education to receive the Adult Education Collaborative Services Award presented by the California Council for Adult Education.
Rohit Chopra (Communication) had a new publication, “Introduction: Media, Culture, and Identity in the Time of the Global,” released in Global Media, Culture, and Identity.
Silvia Figueira (Computer Engineering) received $5,208 as one of the CSTS Jeff and Karen Miller Faculty Fellowships in Frugal Innovation to create her Mobile Health Lab.
The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education has announced the Bannan Grant recipients for Fall 2011. Bannan Grants are available to faculty, staff, and students who wish to explore the implications of Ignatian and Jesuit values within the ongoing life of the University. The 2011 recipients are:
· “Shakespeare at San Quentin,” Aldo Billingslea (Theatre and Dance)
· “SCU Delegation to Magis/World Youth Day 2011,” Jack Treacy, S.J. (Campus Ministry)
· “Has Jesuit Education Changed Us? A Look at First Generation College Student Experiences at Jesuit Universities,” Lester Deanes (Student Life), Erin Kimura-Walsh (Ethnic Studies and LEAD Scholars)
· “Creating Sacred Space: A Labyrinth for the Santa Clara University Campus and Beyond,” Julia Claire Landry (Campus Ministry)
Chris Kitts (Mechanical Engineering, Robotics Systems Lab) has been reappointed for a fourth year as Technical Editor for the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics.
Shoba Krishnan (Electrical Engineering) has received $8,333 subcontract award from the University of Minnesota/Dept. of Energy to support "A Nationwide Consortium of Universities to Revitalize Electric Power Engineering Education by State of the Art Laboratories." This is the first year funding of an anticipated three-year grant totaling $24,996, and is part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Funding.
James Lai (Ethnic Studies and Political Science) was invited by the McKesson Corporation in San Francisco to give a talk on his book Asian American Political Action: Suburban Transformations for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on May 3.
Dale Larson (Counseling Psychology) gave a presentation, "The Journey of Compassion," at the 2011 Florida Hospices and Palliative Care Conference, The Heart and Science of Caring in Florida on May 6.
Nam Ling (Computer Engineering) has been elected a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Additionally, Ling and Ph.D. student Guichun Li, together with researchers from Huawei Technologies, will present their paper, "Integration of Plane Mode with Multiple Predictor Sets in Intra Prediction for Video Coding," at the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in May.
Tokunbo Ogunfunmi (Electrical Engineering) and two Ph.D. students have invited papers for presentation at the upcoming 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems taking place in May in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: "Digital Post-linearization of a Wideband Low Noise Amplifier for Ultra-Wideband Wireless Receivers" with Ifiok Umoh, and "On the complex Kernel-based Adaptive Filter" with Thomas Paul.He and Ph.D. student, JeoongSung Park will also present "FPGA Implementation of Channel Estimation for MIMO-OFDM."
Kathleen Ridolfi (Law) has received an additional $39,690 in subcontract funding from CalEMA to support "California Postconviction DNA Testing Assistance."
Sally Wood and Drazen Fabris (Engineering) were announced as the new chairs of electrical and mechanical engineering for a period of three years, beginning Sept. 1.
Toshishige Yamada (Center for Nanostructures) gave a presentation, "Modeling of nanocarbon ultracapacitor," in the US-Taiwan Nanoscience workshop in April in Seattle.
More grants, awards, and publications will appear in the next edition of fyi. The last edition of fyi for the academic year will be published June 1. If you have any announcements you would like to submit, email email@example.com by May 19.
Former Santa Clara University President William Rewak, S.J., will return to campus as the new chancellor of the 160-year-old Jesuit institution effective Aug. 15, SCU President Michael E. Engh, S.J., announced today.
In his role as SCU chancellor, Rewak will assist Engh in vital areas, including civic engagement, fundraising, community outreach, and ceremonial events. He will also head a newly established Council of Trustee Emeriti, a board comprising former, honored trustees who will continue to serve and provide counsel to SCU.
“I am honored and grateful that Fr. Rewak has accepted my offer of this position to help advance the vision, mission, and strategic plan for Santa Clara University,” Engh said in an announcement to the University community. “He showed a passion for this University when he was president that has continued unabated, and we are fortunate for his continued service.” Read more.
For a third straight year, Santa Clara University (SCU) is using more green power than any other school in the West Coast Conference, making it the 2010–11 Individual Conference Champion in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) College & University Green Power Challenge.
SCU beat its conference rivals by using more than 30 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 100 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. SCU purchases a utility green power product from Silicon Valley Power/3Degrees and also generates green power from an onsite renewable energy system, which helps to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the campus’ electricity use. Read more.
For a second consecutive year, SCU is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. The well-known education services company selected SCU for inclusion in the just-released second annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition.”
The guide recognized SCU for offering sustainability-related courses in 22 departments, winning third place in both the 2007 and 2009 Solar Decathlon, and receiving a silver rating in the STARS program, the nation’s first comprehensive sustainability rating system for colleges and universities. Read more.
Santa Clara University has been voted one of the “Best Places to Work in the Bay Area” in a 2011 survey that’s sponsored by the San Francisco Times and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. SCU was ranked number five in the “Largest Employers” category (1,501-plus employees) and was the only university in the Bay Area to make the list.
"Santa Clara University has an exceptional community of faculty and staff," said SCU President Michael Engh, S.J. "I am very proud of my colleagues and their committment to Santa Clara."
The annual survey ranks the top 125 Best Places to Work in the Bay Area based on extensive questionnaires regarding management practices, policies, benefits, work climate, culture, diversity, career development, and training.
In the last six years, Santa Clara has ranked in the top 15:
- 2010 - #8
- 2009 - #5
- 2008 - #10
- 2007 - #11
- 2006 - #6
Check out all the perks of working at Santa Clara University.
President Michael Engh, S.J., has granted tenure and/or promotions to 13 faculty members.
Receiving tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor are:
- Katherine Aoki, Art and Art History
- Steven Suljak, Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Amy Randall, History
- David Feldman, Counseling Psychology
- Sarah Kate Wilson, Electrical Engineering
Receiving tenure is:
- Jill Pellettieri, Modern Languages and Literatures
Promoted to the rank of full professor are:
- Mary Hegland, Anthropology
- Elizabeth Dahlhoff, Biology
- Michael Carrasco, Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Richard Scott, Mathematics and Computer Science
- Terri Peretti, Political Science
- Kieran Sullivan, Psychology
- Lisa Goldstein, Education
All 13 were recognized for their commitment to teaching, student learning, and scholarly research.
Bioengineering senior Simi Olabisi had a very personal reason for choosing her senior design project, a solar-powered, low-cost neonatal incubator for use in Nigeria.
“I was born a little over two months premature in a Nigerian hospital that did not have incubators,” she says. “Luckily, my father was able to transport me to what, at the time, was the only children’s hospital in Nigeria, running the last few miles to get me the care I needed in time.”
At the age of 14, Olabisi walked the path her father ran and visited the hospital to find a lack of constant electricity and high costs of backup generators prohibiting the use of incubators. The trip inspired her to find a solution that gives every infant a fighting chance.
When the time came to choose her senior capstone project, Olabisi proposed designing an incubator that’s affordable, easy to maintain and repair, and that’s powered by solar energy.
She and her teammates, fellow bioengineer Katherine Fazackerley, electrical engineering senior Ben Frederiksen, and four mechanical engineering seniors—Collin Burdick, Nick Greos, Kadee Mardula, and Matt Renner—have formed Team Omoverhi (which means “lucky child” in Urhobo, a common Nigerian language). Read more.
This is one of 65 projects engineering seniors have been working on for months. Others include:
- Building homes for Haiti using foam panels;
- Designing a sustainable and cost-effective outdoor classroom; and
- Designing a pedestrian bridge over Stevens Creek Boulevard.
You can learn more about the projects online and at the Senior Design Conference on campus on Thursday, May 5.
Watch Olabisi’s story, which was featured on NBC Bay Area.