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.
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.
The University Library selected four new honorees for Santa Clara University’s Bronco Read, an annual poster program that promotes reading and honors faculty, staff, and students who enrich the University through various forms of scholarship. The University Library launched the program this year and chose President Michael Engh, S.J, to be its first honoree. The other four are:
- Lindsey Cromwell Kalkbrenner, Office of Sustainability director
- Michael Kevane, Economics Department chair and associate professor
- Michelle Tang, ’13
- Modern Perspectives RLC staff team
Nominators praised Kalkbrenner’s work and enthusiasm in leading initiatives as director of the Office of Sustainability that make the world a cleaner and safer place. Kevane exemplifies a character of competence, conscience, and compassion as founder and director of Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL) and through his involvement in the Reading West Africa study abroad program. Sophomore Michelle Tang coordinates the Alma Verde after-school program through Bronco Urban Gardens (BUG), serves as president of the Green Club, works with Bronco Environmental Education (BEE), and is also an officer of the Vietnamese Student Association. The Modern Perspectives RLC staff team stood out from the other nominated student groups as they actively seek to integrate education into the residence hall experience and build community—what they call the “fourth C” of Santa Clara—through reading.
At the reception, which took place April 12, honorees took photos with Engh and received copies of their poster, featuring them with their favorite book and an inspiring quote.
The Broncos Read 2012 campaign will begin next academic year, and all faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to submit nominations.
Broncos Read is sponsored by the Associated Student Government, the Faculty Senate, the Staff Senate, and the Center for Student Leadership.
The Alumni Association congratulates 2011 Ignatian Award recipients Brian Hennessy ’00, J.D. ’03 and James Conn ’59. This award recognizes alumni who live the SCU ideals of competence, conscience, and compassion and have been a credit to the Alumni Association and the University through exceptional service to humanity.
The 2011 Louis I. Bannan, S.J., Award goes to Rebecca Villarreal ’56 for her distinguished and outstanding service to the Alumni Association and the University.
The Honorable Edward ’53, J.D. ’55 and Lorna Panelli are the recipients of the Paul L. Locatelli, S.J., Award, which was established in 2008 to recognize SCU employees or affiliates who have given distinguished and outstanding service to the Alumni Association and to the University.
All five were honored Saturday, April 30 at the Alumni Anniversary Awards Dinner.
Watch slideshow of event.
The Chronicle of Higher Education interviewed Kimberly Hill (Theatre and Dance) and her students, Samantha Pistoresi andAnna Vossler, about an assignment she gave them to help them better relate to the characters in Hay Fever, for which they're rehearsing. The play is set in 1925, and Hill challenged her students to live for a week without modern technology.
The Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal wrote a series of stories revolving around the 100th Anniversary of the law school. The stories quoted the current and three former deans of the school: George Alexander, Mack Player, Gerald Uelmen, and Donald Polden, as well as numerous students and alumni. The stories focused on the impact of the law school on the Bay Area in fields including real estate, IP, and corporate law.
Elizabeth Drescher(Religious Studies) was interviewed on KQED on Good Friday about the explosion of iPhone applications for the religious faithful.
The Lehrer Newshour talked to Lt. Col. John Tao (Military Science) about SCU’s Army ROTC program, as part of a story about Stanford University possibly welcoming ROTC programs back to its campus. Numerous other stories on Stanford also mentioned SCU’s program, which currently trains Stanford cadets.
Janet Giddings (Religious Studies) was quoted in a San Jose Mercury News story about how the Easter Bunny and Easter eggs came to be associated with a holiday commemorating the resurrection of Christ. The story ran in 44 other publications or news sites, including the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, the Chicago Tribune and the Charleston Gazette.
Terri Griffith (Management) wrote an article that was published in the Wall Street Journal about how managers can best tap into social media to improve their company’s performance.
NBC Bay Area interviewed Therese Mathis (College of Arts & Sciences) about the nomination of alumnus and former trustee and professor Leon Panetta's nomination as Defense Secretary. Dozens of news stories about Panetta’s promotion mentioned his affiliation with SCU, as well.
Meir Statman (Finance) was quoted in a Reuters story about those who try to avoid “sin stocks” in their portfolios. He was quoted by Crain’s Investment News about a study showing that four out of 10 affluent investors prefer to manage their own money rather than rely on professionals, and was also listed as one of AdvisorOne’s 25 most influential people for advisers for 2011.
The influential economics blog Marginal Revolution reviewed Alex Field’s (Economics) new book A Great Leap Forward, calling it a “masterpiece,” a “must-read” and “one of the best economics books of the last ten years.” His book was mentioned or reviewed also in the blogs Economix and Dismal Scientist.
Santa Clara University was named one of the best places to work by The San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. Also, CNET, Giga Om, and Greentech Media wrote about Santa Clara University’s installation of 60 rooftop solar collectors that concentrate sunlight to generate heat.
Tammy Madsen (Management) was quoted in a Mercury News story about the merger-and-acquisition trends among Silicon Valley’s top 150 companies, for a story that ran in numerous other papers.
The San Jose Mercury News quoted James Lai (Ethnic Studies/Political Science) in an article about the lack of diversity in Bay Area's city councils. The article was republished in Model Minority, Oroville Mercury-Register, and Santa Cruz Sentinel.
A San Jose Mercury News story about the appointment of William Rewak, S.J. as SCU’s new chancellor ran in a dozen affiliated Bay Area papers. The Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal also picked up the news.
Kirk Hanson (Markkula) was interviewed on KCBS radio on the ethical dimensions of PG&E CEO Peter Darbee’s resignation.
Brad Joondeph(Law) was a guest on the syndicated public radio Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss the progress of legal challenges to Obama’s health-care law.
Judy Nadler(Markkula) spoke to NBC Bay Area about the growing, but often misplaced, backlash against compensation and pension awards to public employees.
NBC Bay Area interviewed Jerrold Shapiro (Counseling Psychology) about the dynamics of today's modern family and what it means for the children and the parents. He was also interviewed by ABC News about whether men are more likely than women to have prenuptial cold feet.
Warren Gibson(Mechanical Engineering) wrote an article for Freeman Online about the nature of bank ownership of the Federal Reserve, which also ran in the National Center for Policy Analysis.
Don Polden (Law) was quoted in the ABA Journal about criticisms of new accreditation proposals by the Association of American Law Schools.
Dale Achabal (Marketing) was quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle story about the future of multilevel marketing such as Avon and Amway in the current economic environment.
An Associated Press story exploring the cases of mothers killing their children quoted Michelle Oberman (Law) and ran in more than 240 publications or sites nationwide, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chicago Tribune, the website of the Today Show, and the Kansas City Star.
Eric Goldman (Law) was quoted in the New York Times about a ruling against Google in Europe and in the LA Times about the failed effort by two brothers to further sue Mark Zuckerberg. His new site highlighting an abusive practice by some doctors, DoctoredReviews.com, was written up in Bloomberg News, MediaPost, and the blogs TechDirt and Justia.
Maurice Possley (NCIP) was quoted in a Mercury News story that ran in numerous other papers, exploring prosecutor misconduct.
David Friedman (Law) was quoted in the Boston Globe and Jewish World Review about widespread misperceptions of the economic success of President Herbert Hoover.
The San Jose Mercury News interviewed Tasha Mistry '11 about the job market for new college graduates. The article was republished in 11 newspapers, including Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune, and San Mateo County Times.
NBC Bay Area interviewed Simi Olabisi '11 about her senior design project, a solar neonatal incubator.
The San Jose Mercury News interviewed Lester Deanes (Student Life) about the Diversity Leadership Conference that's taking place at SCU April 30.
The Independent Florida Alligator mentioned one of SCU's unique classes, The Joy of Garbage, which is taught by Stephanie Hughes (Environmental Studies), in an article about unusual and quirky courses that are being offered at universities nationwide.
The San Mateo Daily Journal interviewed Lindsey Kouvaris (de Saisset Museum) about the new spring exhibition featuring Life Cycle by Susan Middleton and The Theater of Insects by Jo Whaley.
Steven Saum (OMC) recorded a Perspectives piece for KQED-FM about Amazon.com's bizarre marketing algorithm that suggested the book Stone Me: The Wit and Wisdom of Keith Richards, after the purchase of Rolling Away the Stone: Mary Baker Eddy's Challenge to Materialism.
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!! ***
Richard Barber(Physics) received an additional $19,158 in subcontract funding from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/Dept. of Energy to support "Oxides, Interfaces and Disorder."
Katerina Bezrukova (Psychology) co-authored a paper titled "The effects of alignments: Examining group faultlines, organizational culture, and performance" that was accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Psychology.
Greg Corning (Political Science) has an article, “Trade Regionalism in a Realist East Asia: Rival Visions and Competitive Bilateralism,” published in the Journal Asian Perspective.
David Jones (University Library) received the 2011 Beacon Award from the Innovative Users Group April 14.
Shoba Krishnan (Electrical Engineering) 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."
Elizabeth McKeigue (University Library) co-wrote an article, "Going Beyond the Desk: 21st Century Reference, Outreach, and Teaching Services," which was published in the book, Reference Reborn: Breathing New Life into Public Services Librarianship.
Godfrey Mungal Engineering) presented two papers at the AIAA International Space Planes Hypersonic Systems & Technical Conference in San Francisco April 11-14: “The Influence of Boundary Layers on Supersonic Inlet Unstart,” by H. Do, S. Im, M. G. Mungal and M. A. Cappelli and “Ignition and Flame Structure in a Compact Inlet/Scramjet Combustor Model,” by M. Gamba, V. A. Miller, M. G. Mungal and R. K. Hanson.
Justen Whittall (Biology) received $40,000 from the U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management to support "Identifying Reservoirs of Genetic Diversity and Reproductive Mode in the San Benito Evening Primrose (Camissonia Benitensis)."
About a dozen Santa Clara University archaeology and anthropology students and faculty are getting an opportunity that comes rarely, if ever, to scholars of ancient life.
They are part of a team that is painstakingly digging up the remains of two Columbian Mammoths, creatures that lumbered the earth more than 9,000 years ago and have been entombed in clay mud in Castroville, Calif., apparently for centuries.
For the past month, SCU’s students have joined faculty and students from Foothill College and San Jose State University at the site, spending every minute of their spare time on the project. The students have not only been digging for bones, but they also built an irrigation system during the torrential rainstorms in March so the site wouldn’t flood. Read more
Santa Clara University’s Sustainability Teach-in will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday of Earth Week. The goal of the week is to spur dialogue about issues related to sustainability and environmental justice. The Commons at Kennedy Mall will host open classrooms, where faculty from several disciplines will lecture on a variety of sustainability-related topics, open to all. Events will also take place at Mayer Theatre and the Learning Commons.
In preparation for Orr’s visit, Environmental Studies Lecturer Patrick Archie will lead a discussion at 4:30 p.m. on April 19 about SCU’s Book of the Quarter, David Orr’s “Earth in Mind.” Orr is best known for his work dealing with environmental literacy in higher education. In 1987, Orr organized studies of water, energy, and material use on college campuses across the country, sparking the modern day green campus movement. In 2000, Orr charged colleges and universities across the country to adapt a plan for carbon neutrality. He organized and funded an effort at his own college, Oberlin, to define exactly what carbon neutrality looks like in higher education. Since then, hundreds of institutes of higher education, including Santa Clara University, have made a similar pledge. Read more
The de Saisset Museum opened the spring exhibition season with two photography exhibitions that seamlessly blend art and science. Life Cycle, an exhibit of photographs by Susan Middleton, and The Theater of Insects, a thought-provoking series by Jo Whaley, opened to the public on April 9 and will be on view through June 12.
Award-winning photographer, former chair of the California Academy of Sciences’ Department of Photography, and Santa Clara University alumna Susan Middleton ’70 has spent nearly 30 years documenting rare and endangered species, creating compelling portraits of animals that are seldom, if ever, seen by the public. Through this exhibition, which highlights two distinct bodies of work—Evidence of Evolution and Spineless—the artist introduces a suite of alluring creatures that illustrate the remarkable, mind-boggling variety found in our natural world.
Completed in 2009, Evidence of Evolution pictures extinct species from the collections of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The images, which are at once contemplative and reverential, celebrate the evolutionary development of plants and animals. Middleton’s more recent series, Spineless, focuses on marine invertebrates, a number of which are species new to science. The work showcases the extreme diversity of deep sea life and highlights the ways in which marine creatures adapt and change to improve their survival in the ocean.
Working in her characteristic style, Middleton frames the specimens in both series against neutral black or white backgrounds. Through the thoughtful exclusion of environment or habitat, the artist focuses the viewers’ attention exclusively on the individual features and characteristics of each animal.
On view simultaneously, Jo Whaley’s The Theater of Insects
also explores the convergence of art and science. Inspired by old dioramas found in natural history museums, Whaley creates theatrically staged images of exquisitely colored insects against imaginary—almost dreamlike—backgrounds. Her specimens are entomologically accurate, yet they are juxtaposed with backgrounds composed of weathered, man-made materials like rusted metal, broken glass, painted wood, and crumpled paper. The result is a compelling pairing of nature and artifice, science and art. Read more
The steel-reinforced concrete walls of St. Joseph’s Hall blend in well with the many other buildings on campus today. It’s no wonder—the building’s construction a century ago in 1911 ushered in the Mission Revival architectural style that pervades Santa Clara University today.
When it was built, St. Joseph’s was a modern break from tradition. “Before that, there were a lot of Victorian-style buildings from the 19th century, some wooden, some brick and mortar,” notes Gerald McKevitt, S.J., professor of history. “There was a real desire to replace those and to architecturally transform the place into a modern, 20th-century campus,” McKevitt wrote The University of Santa Clara, A History, 1851–1977 and co-authored Serving the Intellect, Touching the Heart: A Portrait of Santa Clara University, 1851–2001 with George F. Giacomini Jr., associate professor of history, emeritus.
“St. Joseph’s is important because it sets the style for the whole campus. All of the other buildings attempt, in one way or another, to echo that Mission style. Hence the beige paint and the tiles,” McKevitt says. It ushered in not just an architectural modernization, he adds, but a curricular modernization as well, since the college became a university around the same time.
Originally an administrative building and Jesuit faculty residence, the facility reportedly cost $105,000 to construct. Over the years, inner facelifts have helped it morph to meet the ever-changing needs of the University,” Giacomini says. The building housed the library until Varsi was built in the ’30s. Administration moved to Walsh Hall in the ’50s, and Orradre became the next home of the library in thr '60s.
“St. Joe’s remained the Jesuit residence until 1975 when the Jesuits moved to Nobili and St. Joseph’s was remodeled interiorly to become the home for the English department and the communication department, which was brand new. The big room that had been the recreation room for the Jesuits and previous to that, the library, became the television studios. The two-story windows are blacked over and it became a box for television production, which was in its infancy at Santa Clara,” Giacomini explains.
But even as departments moved in and out and the interior assumed different looks and functions, distinct elements from a hundred years ago remained. The cloister sign hanging in one of the side stairways. The grand marble steps. The stained glass windows looking out to the Mission Gardens.
Now home to several departments, offices, and programs (including the English department, Ethnic Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, the Faculty Development Program, the LEAD Scholars Program, the Office of Fellowships, the Office of Research Initiatives, the Office of Undergraduate Studies, the Pre-Law Program, Sponsored Projects, the University Honors Program, and the Writing Program), the 100-year-old St. Joseph’s Hall has remained a well-used building into the 21st century.
“St. Joseph’s has certainly served its purposes well over the last century,” Giacomini says. “We are rather good at recycling buildings.”
Many high school seniors now have their college acceptance letters and are getting ready to make some important decisions about where they’ll spend the next four years. While visiting a campus is a great way to learn a thing or two about the school, undergraduate applicants who have been admitted to SCU can actually experience a day in the life of a college student through the University’s ShadowSCU program. The Undergraduate Admissions Office pairs the students with a current SCU student for an overnight stay, exposing them to all the different opportunities of the University.
Differing from the usual campus tour, ShadowSCU allows the “shadow” to sit in on classes they are interested in and spend a night in the dorm room of the student they are shadowing. With the SCU student serving as the shadow’s guide around campus and someone to answer any questions that may come up, there is no set schedule for the shadow’s visit. Like a real SCU student, each shadow gets to decide how to spend their time on campus. More specifically, each shadow gets to decide when and where to eat, what to do at night, and what classes to attend. The possibilities for each shadow’s visit are endless.
“It’s our job as shadow guides to show the admitted students all of the available opportunities that pertain to their interests,” says James Hill III, SCU sophomore.
The key responsibility of shadow guides is to help shadows envision themselves as students at Santa Clara. The shadow guide is expected to talk with each shadow about what it means to be a Jesuit school and discuss how that plays into the aspects of student life. The rest of the time is devoted to whatever the interests of the shadow may be. To take full advantage of their time on campus, shadows are encouraged to do some research and identify some things they want to see and experience before coming for their visit.
Hill credits ShadowSCU as one of the reasons why he chose to attend Santa Clara and as a reason why he wanted to give back by becoming as shadow guide. Hill has already had three students stay with him.
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions typically has between 150 and 175 students take part in the ShadowSCU program, with 70 percent of those students who participated in 2009–10 ultimately enrolling at SCU.
The ShadowSCU program runs January through May, and is available for admitted undergraduate students who wish to better understand what life will be like as a Bronco.
SCU in the News is a biweekly compilation of select media highlights featuring faculty, staff or students. Click the link at the end of this e-mail for 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.
Timothy King (Anthropology) and his students appeared in a number of newspaper, broadcast and blog stories about their work digging for mammoth remains in Castroville. They made the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle and The Daily Post and also appeared in two other newspapers, six television stations across the country, and seven online news sites.
Mike Sexton (Admissions) wrote a piece titled “What Students Forget to Do When Picking a College” for The Washington Post’s blog The Answer Sheet.
USA Today’s College section posted student Claire Overholt’s blog about her experience as a designer for the university’s first eco fashion show.
Jeremy Horwitz (Mathematics) was mentioned by the New York Times and San Jose Mercury News, and interviewed on NBC Bay Area, for being part of the “puzzle posse,” that helped get pitcher Brian Wilson to be the answer in a NY Times crossword puzzle.
Patricia Cain (Law) was quoted extensively in the New York Times blog, Bucks, about the strange tax situation that married gay couples find themselves in because of a lack of recognition of same-sex marriage by federal tax officials.
National Catholic Reporter’s Colleges and Universities edition published a piece featuring Santa Clara University’s sustainability initiatives and Lindsey Cromwell Kalkbrenner (Sustainability).
Ellen Kreitzberg (Law) was interviewed on KQED’s Forum about the start of the trial for the alleged murderer of journalist Chauncey Bailey.
Judy Nadler (Markkula) spoke to ABC radio about a Georgetown site for students with interview questions submitted by “spies” who have gone through interviews at various companies. She also spoke to the Arizona Republic about flaws leading to the firing of Fiesta Bowl’s CEO, for a story cited in the Chronicle of Philanthropy and elsewhere.
Stephen Diamond (Law) was quoted in the New York Times about Facebook’s firing of an employee for stock-trading violations.
WBUR, Boston’s NPR station, interviewed Michelle Bezanson (Anthropology) about Jean Auel's books and how they fueled her interest in human evolution. Bezanson also discussed how she uses the books to teach students about biological anthropology.
Lecturer Gordon Yamate (Law) wrote an oped for the San Jose Mercury News about how a judge’s decision in a shareholder lawsuit involving Del Monte Foods sheds light on investment bankers’ conflicts of interest.
KCBS Radio did a story about trends in hiring college graduates Santa Clara University’s spring career fair and interviewed Tasha Mistry, who graduated in March, about her successful job search that landed her job offers from three companies.
Eric Goldman (Law) was quoted in an Associated Press article about Google’s acquisition of airline fare tracker ITA Software, which ran in about 95 outlets. He also was in the Financial Times, two Wall Street Journal blogs, NPR’s Marketplace, the Mercury News and San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal discussing various timely tech-law cases.
Jack Rasmus (Economics) was a guest expert on KGO 810AM, discussing the topic of the housing crisis, foreclosure trends, and pending legislation and state attorneys general actions.
David Hasen (Law) was quoted over three days for a special report on KLIV radio about the push for breaks on taxes for companies that “repatriate” earnings being held in overseas affiliates.
Don Polden (Law) was noted in ABA Journal, Inside Higher Ed and Tax Prof for his reaction to criticisms of an ABA committee’s proposals to revamp law-school accreditation standards.
A new study by NCIP on prosecutorial misconduct was covered by the Los Angeles Times, CNN, and Stateline.org. The pieces quoted Maurice Possley and Jessica Seargeant (NCIP). NCIP’s Cookie Ridolfi was mentioned in a Mercury News story noting that prosecutor and SCU lecturer David Angel had joined Santa Clara County’s Conviction Integrity Unit to remedy faulty prosecutions like those spotlighted by NCIP.
Paul Crowley (Religious Studies) was quoted in America Magazine about university roles in fostering a dialogue between religion and science.
Colleen Chien (Law) wrote a piece for Patently O, regarding the FTC and patents and notices.
David Friedman (Law) wrote an article for The Progress Report on Progress.com, arguing that markets are “highly but not completely efficient.”
Gerald Uelmen (Law) was quoted in a Monterey County Herald story about a stalking defendant’s victim being advised by his lawyer.
Click the link below for 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!! ***
Angelo Ancheta (Law) has received year one funding of $31,024 from County of Santa Clara to support the "Unmet Civil Legal Services Program."
Marco Bravo (Education) has received an additional $46,405 in subcontract funding from UC Berkeley/National Science Foundation to support "R&D: The Role of Educative Curriculum in Supporting Science Teaching Practices with English Language Learners."
Matt Cameron (Student Life) has received the Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Service to Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
Rohit Chopra (Communication) has guest edited an issue of Indian journal The Economic and Political Weekly, “Reflections on Empire” (March 26-April 1) and also authored a piece in the issue, “Resurrection and Normalisation of Empire.”
Matthew Duncan (Office of Student Life) has received an additional $38,238 in subcontract funding from Palo Alto University/U.S. Department of Education to support "Competition to Prevent High-Risk Drinking and Violent Behavior Among College Students."
Alex Field (Economics) has a new book, A Great Leap Forward, published by the Yale University Press.
Fred Foldvary (Economics) had an article, "Are Financial Markets Efficient?" published in The Progress Report.
Unyoung (Ashley) Kim (Bioengineering) is one of the nine investigators in a proposal, "Advanced Bioscience Initiative," awarded by Fletcher Jones Foundation totaling $500,000.
Dan Lewis (Computer Engineering) has been invited to become a member of San Jose Unified School District's Advisory Committee for Career-Technical Education.
Nam Ling (Computer Engineering) was an invited participant in the 10-year anniversary celebration of Huawei-United States and the opening of its R & D center in Santa Clara, on April 5.
Ed Maurer (Civil Engineering) has received a FulbrightVisiting Scholars grant. He will spend a portion of his upcoming sabbatical year in Chile where he will work with colleagues at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile from July through December conducting research to aid resource planners and managers in anticipating and adapting to impacts of climate change on water resources.
Craig Stephens (Biology) and Unyoung (Ashley) Kim (Bioengineering) were awarded a Jeff and Karen Miller Faculty Fellowship in Frugal Innovation Grant of $4,768 for Accelerating HIV Diagnosis/Monitoring through Compact and Low-cost Flow Cytometry in Developing Countries.
Sarah Kate Wilson
(Electrical Engineering) had a paper, “SCFDE with Space-Time Coding for IM/DD Optical Wireless Communication,” Kodzovi Acolatse (NJIT); Yeheskel Bar-Ness (NJIT); presented this week at the 2011 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC
) in Cancun, Mexico.
Betty Young (Physics) has received year one funding of $40,395 from the National Science Foundation to support the "Cryogenic Detector Work for SuperCDMS and Beyond."
More grants, awards, and publications will appear in the next edition of fyi.
Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
Dr. Khaled Hosseini, bestselling author, physician, and Santa Clara University alumnus, will be the commencement speaker for SCU’s undergraduate class of 2011.
“I look forward to speaking to the graduates as they stand on the verge of bringing their ambitions and ideas to a greater world outside of Santa Clara University. It will be my privilege to provoke them to thought one more time before they leave the home of their formal education,” says Hosseini.
Hosseini will deliver the commencement
address on Saturday, June 11 at 8 a.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium
. He also will receive an honorary degree of Doctorate of Humane Letters for carrying forth the Jesuit mission of social justice. Read more
Graduate Commencement Ceremony
Sharon M.K. Kugler, a Santa Clara University alumna and the first Catholic woman to hold the position of University Chaplain at Yale University, will address SCU’s graduate students at their 2011 commencement ceremony
Friday, June 10. The commencement will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the University’s Leavey Events Center
In attendance will be 600 or so students receiving advanced degrees from the School of Engineering, the Leavey School of Business, the School of Education and Counseling Psychology, and the College of Arts and Sciences.
“We are very happy to have Ms. Kugler speak to our graduate students this year,” said University President Michael Engh, S.J. “She has spent much of her career shaping the spiritual growth of young people, and she embodies the vital contribution of committed laypeople to the advancement of religious education and spiritual development.” Read more
Jesuit School of Theology Commencement Ceremony
Sr. Katarina Schuth, an internationally recognized expert on seminary education, will be the commencement speaker at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (JST), May 21 at 3:00 p.m.
As a researcher and teacher, Schuth’s primary interests are in theological education and the relationship between the Church and American culture. A widely consulted authority on the education of priests, she has studied and written extensively on the impact of the U.S. priest shortage, cultural challenges from foreign-born priests ministering in the U.S., the future of Catholic ministry, and other trends and teachings within U.S. seminaries.
Since 1991, Sr. Schuth has held the Endowed Chair for the Social Scientific Study of Religion at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. Previously she held directorships at Weston School of Theology (now Boston College School of Theology and Ministry) and was a professor of social and behavioral sciences and admissions dean at the College of St. Teresa. Read more
As Google seeks to “make the world’s information universally accessible and useful” where does it draw limits around free expression? And how does Google respect its users’ privacy while complying with government demands for information?
These are the sorts of legal issues that take up David Drummond’s time.
He joined Google in 2002, initially as vice president of corporate development. Today as senior vice president and the company’s chief legal officer, Drummond leads Google's global teams for legal, communications, government relations, corporate development, and new business development.
Drummond was first introduced to Google in 1998 as a partner in the corporate transactions group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, one of the nation's leading law firms representing technology businesses. He served as Google’s first outside counsel and worked with Larry Page and Sergey Brin to incorporate the company and secure its initial rounds of financing. This evening is co-sponsored by Santa Clara Law and the law firm Littler Mendelson. Read more
Law School Dean Donald Polden helped unveil a sculpture created by alumnus Jerry Smith, B.A. ’58, J.D. ’65 in Bannan Hall’s Levy Student Lounge on March 19. The unveiling is one of the many ways the School of Law has been commemorating its 100th anniversary.
The law school’s Associate Dean Mary Emery and Senior Assistant Dean Julia Yaffee conceived of the idea to commission an art piece to mark the centennial. Emery thought of her friend Smith, a former Mayor of Saratoga, member of the California State Senate, and former justice for the California Court of Appeals. After retiring from law, Smith, who says he “always drew a lot” during his law days, has become a prolific sculptor with pieces at Bellarmine College Prep, the office of the Counsel General of Mexico, and the State Building in San Jose, Calif.
The 4’ x 6’ bas relief consists of 12 individual panels, each celebrating a piece of Santa Clara Law’s history, along with words and phrases such as compassion, pro bono, sustainability, and advocacy to further send a clear message. Faculty and deans were able to view the clay panels in progress, and a local foundry welded the pieces together.
It was ultimately decided that the sculpture, named “Centennial,” should be installed in the student lounge to send a strong, stirring message to Santa Clara law students about the school’s history and ethics.
Some 50 members of the law school’s faculty, alumni, and family members attended the event, and after a toast to the piece and artist, Polden and Smith revealed “Centennial.” Polden said that the piece “identified some of the values of the law school.”
“Centennial” was donated as a gift of four SCU Law alumni: Emery ’63, Theodore Biagini ’64, J.P. DiNapoli ’64, and Michael Shea ’65.
The U.S. News & World Report Best Grad Schools 2012
rankings, released by the Washington, D.C.-based magazine, placed Santa Clara University School of Law, with nearly 1,000 enrolled students, at number 84 in the nation out of 190 law schools. The law school’s highly regarded intellectual property program was ranked 8th in the nation, and the law school overall was ranked as the 6th most racially diverse in the country.
The law school offers an academically rigorous program, including graduate degrees in international law and intellectual property law; combined J.D./MBA degree; and certificates in high-tech, international, and public interest and social justice law.
Leavey School of Business’s part-time MBA program, with nearly 800 students, ranked number 50 in the country out of 295 such programs. The school’s executive MBA program, with an integrated-business curriculum geared toward two dozen experienced, enrolled students, was ranked 15th in the country. The school’s program for entrepreneurship studies was ranked 24th.
Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business has long been recognized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), with the graduate program being among the first 31 to be accredited by AACSB. In addition to undergraduate degrees, the school offers master’s degrees through its evening, executive, and accelerated MBA programs, as well as in information systems. Read more
Graduate mechanical engineering student Anne Mahacek is headed to Los Angeles this weekend to watch a live taping of CBS’s Emmy and Golden Globe-winning comedy The Big Bang Theory. She won the VIP trip after entering a contest about a comical song that’s regularly featured on the show.
“I’ve watched the show for a while now and knew with my engineering skills that I could do something successful. It seemed like a fun opportunity,” says Mahacek, a loyal fan of the sitcom.
The show centers on five characters: two CalTech physicists, Sheldon and Leonard, their attractive neighbor Penny, who’s an aspiring actress working as a waitress, and Sheldon and Leonard’s equally geeky and socially awkward friends, an aerospace engineer and an astrophysicist.
Sheldon once goaded Penny into singing “Soft Kitty
,” a song sung to him when he was sick as a child. The song has become a bit of a running joke within the show.
CBS opened a contest looking for the most interesting fan performance of “Soft Kitty.” Rather than videotaping herself singing the song as many other people did, Mahacek used her engineering background as inspiration. She built a robot out of Legos, wheels, and some items lying around the house and then programmed it to recite the lyrics of “Soft Kitty,” while adhering to the formula she created for the song. The robot sings and moves along a poster board showing the formulas for each line of the lyrics. For instance, the last line of the lullaby, “Purr…purr…purr,” is represented by the equation “purr3.”
“I knew I had to do something nerdy for the video, because The Big Bang Theory often uses real science,” she says.
She said that the entire process “only took a few hours,” largely because she was already quite familiar with robotic systems since that’s what she’s currently studying at Santa Clara University.
Mahacek said that she couldn’t believe her good fortune when she was contacted by CBS. Her video has since been posted on The Big Bang Theory’s Facebook page
and CBS’s website
When the Wichita State University Shockers took the court in this year’s NIT, Terry Benton cheered them on, no doubt reminiscing about his days on the basketball team. Once a Shocker, always a Shocker, he says.
And what a Shocker he was. Currently the manager of SCU’s LINC-TV services, 40 years ago as a center/forward for the team, Benton set WSU rebounding records—four of which still stand: most rebounds in a single game (29); best all-time career rebounding average (12.7); highest average rebounds per game (16.8); and most recent triple-double (20 points, 22 rebounds, 10 assists against Tulsa in ’72.
He responds humbly when asked about his record-setting days as a Shocker. “I’m pleased somebody sill remembers. Forty years is a long time ago,” he says. “It was a privilege, not a right, to go to college, to play team sports. I think too many gifted—and less gifted—athletes forget that sometimes.”
Benton set those records in a three-year period, 1969–72. At the time, freshmen were ineligible to play “with the big boys.” With no shot clock and several excellent shooters on his squad, rebounding became his forte. “They didn’t pass the ball very much, so I figured if I’m going to get the ball, I better go get it myself,” he laughs.
But he wasn’t focused on setting records. “I never really thought of numbers, because for two years, we weren’t very good. We didn’t win very much. I don’t care what anyone says—if you get 20 points, you get 20 rebounds, and you still lose; that may be OK to read about in the paper, but your buddies will still say, ‘You guys lost last night,’” he says.
After college, the basketball star was chosen to play with the Detroit Pistons in the NBA draft, with Kentucky Colonels in the ABA draft, and with the Harlem Globetrotters. He turned them all down to play in Varese, Italy. “I had a great year. I was leading the league in rebounding and scoring well. Then I popped my Achilles’ tendon. It was career over. Game over,” he says.
With his degree in broadcast journalism, he worked in radio and television for several years before moving into information technology as a general communications contractor. In addition to owning TBI West Coast, he has been managing SCU’s cable services for 16 years. “Best move I ever made,” he says.
Even in his IT career, though, Benton still taps into lessons learned in basketball: Bloom where you’re planted. Share. Don’t be selfish. Be a team player. “Basketball teaches you that you have to have a team to move forward, to be successful,” he says. “No matter how good you are, you can’t beat five guys by yourself.”
Alexander Field (Economics) wrote an oped arguing that a high-speed rail project could be a valuable jobs and economic stimulus measure. The piece ran in 40 papers nationwide including papers in Duluth, Minn.; Bridgeport, Conn.; Allentown, Pa.; Kansas City, and Sacramento.
Godfrey Mungal (Engineering) blogged for the Huffington Post on why more engineering schools need to incorporate social justice, ethics, and compassion into the curriculum.
Kirk Hanson (Markkula) weighed in with the Wall Street Journal on questions like “who gets the armrest?” and what to do about rude seatmates on flights. Hanson was one of six experts for a “Middle Seat” column on the ethics and etiquette of flying.
James Lai (Political Science) was quoted in a widely reprinted New York Times article about the U.S. Census-quantified phenomenon of Asians flocking to suburbs rather than cities.
Scott Maurer (KGACLC) appeared in an ABC “7 on Your Side” story that provided tips for indebted people to stop harassing calls and tactics by collection agencies.
Elizabeth Drescher (Religious Studies) was quoted in the Los Angeles Times putting into context a trend by some to spend the Sabbath unplugged from technology.
David Sloss (Law) wrote an oped for the legal paper San Francisco/Los Angeles Daily Journal about a lack of knowledge about international law by those prosecuting piracy.
Meir Statman (Finance) was interviewed by Canada’s Globe and Mail and Pension and Investments about his book What Investors Really Want. He was also quoted in Silicon Alley Insider about the psychology of saving and Bloomberg BusinessWeek about financial iPhone apps (a story picked up by numerous other outlets). A study he co-authored on cultural factors in investing was cited in TheStreet.com and other sites.
Eric Goldman (Law) appeared on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Sunday business section, addressing the question of whether Google’s search tactics are inherently unfair or anti-competitive. He also was in Politico.com talking about the New York Times’ new charges for online news.
Gary Macy (Religious Studies) was quoted on the history of women’s ordination, in a story that ran in Canada’s GlobalNews sites (Lethbridge, Regina, and Edmonton) about women who defy the Church by being ordained.
NBC Bay Area interviewed Laura Robinson (Sociology) on companies that build people's social networks by selling them Twitter followers and why people are paying for these services.
Judy Nadler (Markkula) spoke to the (Palm Springs) Desert Sun about a controversy over a city-funded gala. The story also ran in Asheville Citizen-Times. She also spoke to the Louisville Courier-Journal about a council member’s failure to pay taxes on time.
SCU men’s basketball’s run for the top spot in the CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament was carried in numerous papers including the Contra Costa Times, Chico Enterprise Record.
News that the Northern California Innocence Project at SCU had achieved one prisoner’s exoneration and another’s verdict reversal (which later became an exoneration) made headlines across the country, including stories in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, KTLA TV, Herald Sun, TMC.net, McClatchy Information Services, and the CBS blog CrimeSider. Some of the stories quoted Linda Starr (NCIP).
Patricia Cain (Law) was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle about the complexities for same-sex couples filing taxes.
Paul Crowley (Religious Studies) was quoted in a story in America Magazine about historical efforts to reconcile theology and science.
News that Ruth Cook (Education) was honored with the Outstanding Educator Award by the Morgan Autism Center was noted in the San Jose Mercury News.
Brad Joondeph’s (Law) comments about the Supreme Court’s plans to expedite hearings on the federal health law were carried in the blog California Healthline.
Jack Rasmus (Economics) wrote an article for Common Dreams casting doubt on public employee pension benefit levels as the main cause of state budget woes.
David Caldwell (Management) was mentioned in a Harvard Business Review article, (which was rerun in Business Insider blog) about corporate culture. The piece was written by Leavey School of Business advisory board member Nilofer Merchant.
Student Sara Phillips was featured in the San Jose Mercury News in a story about the “new look of the 21st century” – i.e., a multiracial lineage. The story noted that Jesuit SCU “demands that every student understand and oppose racial barriers.”
News that the Center for Science, Technology, and Society will team up with Indian business school XLRI for social-entrepreneurship training through GSBI was reported in the blog Development through Enterprise and in Hindustan Times, Telegraph of India, Times of India, Pioneer Online and the Financial Express.
News of a student internship fair featuring only startup companies, sponsored by the CIE, SCEO and Career Center, was highlighted on the blog InternBuzz.com.
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!! ***
Katerina Bezrukova (Psychology) co-authored a paper, titled "Subgroups within a team: The role of cognitive and affective integration" that was accepted for publication in the Journal of Organizational Behavior.
Fred Foldvary (Economics) had a review of "While America Aged" that was published in Choice magazine, included in its "hot topic" newsletter on labor unions. Choice Reviews is a journal for scholarly books and web resources.
Nam Ling (Computer Engineering) and Guichun Li, Ph.D. student, together with researchers of Huawei Technologies, filed a U.S. Provisional Patent on their invention "Using Multiple Prediction Sets to Encode Extended Unified Display Interface Mode Numbers for Robustness," on March 10, 2011.
Sarah Kate Wilson (Electrical Engineering) has an editorial on IEEE’s Reviewer Appreciation Program published this month in IEEE Communications Letters.
More grants, awards, and publications will appear in the next edition of fyi.