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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.

  •  Energy Challenge Kicks-off the New Year

    Santa Clara University’s 3rd Annual Residence Hall Energy Challenge began Sunday, Jan. 8. The competition involves all residence halls striving to reduce their total energy consumption.
    Rather than competing against one another, however, residence halls will attempt to reduce their buildings’ electricity consumption relative to previous years.
    Lindsey Cromwell Kalkbrenner, director of the Office of Sustainability, played a major role in establishing the expected energy consumption value for each residence hall. An average of the previous three years’ winter-quarter energy consumption was used to create these values for each building, mixed with other factors including number of students living in each residence hall, or whether a building is air-conditioned.
    “Essentially, residents should strive to use less energy than is historically used in their buildings,” Kalkbrenner said. “For example, Dunne residents this year are really competing with the residents from Dunne the past three years.”
    To determine the winner at the end of the quarter, each building will be ranked based on its percentage decrease as compared to historical usage. Officially the Energy Challenge only includes cumulative electricity use from Jan. 15 through March 17. Students can keep track of their residence hall’s electricity use during this time by visiting and seeing their buildings’ real-time consumption.
    In the spirit of the game and competition, the 10-week challenge will also include other sustainable activities to promote the importance of energy conservation. One of these events will be the 2nd Annual Eco Fashion and Art Show on Feb. 2. The Eco Fashion and Art Show, a collaboration among numerous student organizations as well as faculty and staff, seeks to educate about the influence and impact of the fashion industry, encourage students, staff, and faculty members to design and produce creative outfits made out of recyclable or waste materials as an educational tool. The event also aims to enlighten audience members about the items and products they frequently may use, and encourage them to think about alternative uses and reuses instead of sending all of these products straight to landfill.
    “The Eco Fashion and Art Show is really, really exciting,” Kalkbrenner said. “It is an opportunity for the campus community to learn about sustainability in unexpected ways. We are trying to reach out to more of our communities on campus. The idea is that the more we make outfits out of reused resources rather than virgin material, the more energy we save.”
    A campus-wide “blackout” hour for students is also being planned in order to incorporate students in all residence halls. The voluntary hour-long blackout is intended to display how much each  individual’s effort can cumulatively add up, resulting in meaningful reductions even in a single hour.
    “The goal ultimately is to develop a culture of sustainability. We want to develop energy-conserving behavior in our residents that starts with a friendly competition but hopefully will last throughout their lifetimes,” Kalkbrenner said. “We are encouraging realistic actions ranging from unplugging chargers when they are not being used, utilizing sleep mode on laptops, using drying racks for laundry, and more. Hopefully all of these communal efforts and ideas will compound and make students appreciate the value that they possess individually to impact sustainability.”
    Last year, residence halls conserved enough energy to power Malley Fitness Center for six weeks. That is 85,000 kilowatt hours. This year the goal is to beat that mark.

    Go to to find out how you personally can help the cause.

  •  New Exhibit at de Saisset

    From Cambodian Muslims to Buddhist San Quentin inmates, a photography exhibit now on display at the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University explores the diverse spiritual practices of people of various ethnic, cultural, religious, and gender orientations in California.
    The exhibit, titled Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited—A Photodocumentary by Rick Nahmias, launched Jan. 13, and aims to give voice to those in marginalized communities.
    The artist worked with 11 communities:
    ·      Beit T’Shuvuh, the nation’s only halfway house aiding addicts self-identified as Jewish;
    ·      Buddhadharma Sangha at San Quentin Prison, a group of Zen Buddhist practitioners composed of men incarcerated in California’s oldest prison;
    ·      Cham Muslims, refugees from Cambodia, who are a cultural minority due to their language and Muslim faith;
    ·      Deaf Members of the University City Branch of the Church of Latter-Day Saints, a branch of the Mormon Church that caters to the deaf and blind;
    ·      Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Coastal Miwok and Southern Pomo Native Americans, who have begun reclaiming ancient rituals, dance, and language;
    ·      Immaculate Heart Community, a group primarily composed of former Catholic nuns, who pursue a doctrine based on social justice, strong feminist tenets, and advocacy for the marginalized;
    ·      People with HIV/AIDS at Kashi Ashram, a spiritual retreat that uses a combination of Hindu sacred practices and traditions to reach its members, many of whom are affected by HIV/AIDS;
    ·      Rurally Isolated Pentecostals and Baptists, a mostly African-American Christian community, who worship in small churches in unincorporated towns of Central Valley;
    ·      Sex Workers Devoted to Santísima Muerte, a community of Latina sex workers in San Francisco, who embrace the female folk deity Santísima Muerte;
    ·      Transcendence, the world's only transgender gospel choir; and
    ·      Women of Wisdom at California Institute for Women, an interfaith and multicultural spirituality group for female prison inmates and women from outside communities.
    Golden States of Grace brings together 56 black-and-white photographs, interviews, and recordings of prayer and spoken word from project participants. Together, the audio and visual components document the spirit and vitality of the communities on the margins. Nahmias spent three years photographing and interviewing his subjects.
    Golden States of Grace is a study of otherness—the otherness out there, the otherness within each of us, the otherness that begs us to bind together as human beings to celebrate, contemplate, and find meaning in our lives,” said Nahmias.
    The exhibit will run through March 18. In conjunction with the show, a reception is set for Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. In addition, Nahmias will be onsite at the museum on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. for a talk titled “Diversity, Community, and the Margins of American Society.” The artist will share examples of his work and offer unique images and insights into communities found on the margins. All programs are free and open to the public.
  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications


    Dr. Mujahid Ali (engineering) has published a paper on the “Engineering Properties of Municipal Solid Waste Incinerator Residue,” in ACI Materials Journal.
    Mohammad Ayoubi (mechanical engineering), graduate student Farhad Goodarzi, and colleague Arun Banerjee had a paper, “Attitude Motion of a Spinning Spacecraft with Fuel Sloshing and Nutation Damping,” accepted in the Journal of Astronautical Sciences.
    Rose Marie Beebe (Spanish) has just received a prestigious full-year research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
    Justin Boren (communication) published “A decade of research exploring biology and communication: The brain, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, and immune systems” in Communication Research Trends, co-authored with A.E. Veksler. 
    Joe Burke, Anthony O’Malley, Carol Wang, and Michael Biederer 12 (engineering) were awarded the grand prize at the BMW Mobile Sensor Service Challenge. They were presented with a $1,000 prize. Freshmen Phillip Coyle, Alex Gillen, and Brian Grau received honorable mention.
    Amanda Holl 15, (Web design and engineering) received an Honorable Mention in Engineering Education Service Center’s Fall 2011 Poster Contest.
    Sally Lehrman (communication) published an op-ed in the November 30 edition of the San Jose Mercury News, titled “Spiral of invisibility hides the continuing peril of AIDS in Silicon Valley.” 
    Kern Peng (engineering management) has written a book, Equipment Management in the Post-Maintenance Era: A New Alternative to Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), which will be available soon.
    Amy Shachter (chemistry) has received $500,000 from The Fletcher Jones Foundation to support “Advanced Biosciences Initiative.”
    Pete Woytowitz (mechanical and civil engineering) co-authored the paper “On Determination of Sample Size to Evaluate Reliability Growth Plans,” with X. Jin and T. Tan of Novellus Systems. 
    These announcements are from December. January announcements will be published in the next issue on Feb. 1. If you have any announcements you would like to submit, email by Jan. 24.
  •  SCU Recognized with LEED Gold Certification and an EPA Award

    The U.S. Green Building Council awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification to Santa Clara University’s Paul Locatelli Student Activity Center. The rating recognizes the efficient use of energy and resources during the construction and operation of the 16,284-square-foot student center.

    Built in 2010, the center is designed to blend in with other buildings on campus and integrates energy-efficient features like trellises and overhangs to reduce direct solar gain on the south and west face of the building.

    Use of mortar-free pavers and decomposed granite for walkways around the building reduce water runoff. Water runoff from the building is diverted to planting areas to increase the infiltration rate and reduce the impact of storm water. Paints, surface coatings, and adhesives throughout the center were chosen based on their low-emissions or non-emissions of volatile organic compounds. Carpets are certified “Green Label” by the Carpet and Rug Institute, meaning the carpets are the lowest emitting carpet products on the market. The center is also equipped with standard university recycling, waste, and composting bins, encouraging students to divert their waste from the landfill. 
    Santa Clara University also received a 2011 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual award recognizes the country’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. The EPA presented SCU with the award at an event held in conjunction with the 2011 Renewable Energy Markets Conference on Nov. 16 in San Francisco, Calif.

    Santa Clara University was one of only 10 organizations nationwide to receive a Leadership Award for its green power purchases. The award recognizes EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through purchases of green power from a utility green-pricing program, a competitive green marketer, or a renewable energy certificate (REC) supplier. SCU purchases more than 30 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 4,000 passenger vehicles per year, or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of nearly 3,000 average American homes annually. 


  •  New Entrepreneurship Minor Created at Santa Clara University

    To meet the growing demand for entrepreneurship education at Santa Clara University, the Leavey School of Business has created a new minor in entrepreneurship.

    “This minor is an exciting opportunity for students to harness the power of entrepreneurial thinking that is pervasive here in Silicon Valley,” said Daniel Aguiar, executive director of SCU’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “We continue to leverage our ideal location; Jesuit educational tradition; state-of-the-art facilities; and distinguished faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to create a highly robust program of entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University.”

    The minor and other initiatives underway at SCU’s Leavey School of Business are part of a push to prepare graduates to make meaningful contributions to economic growth and prosperity in California and elsewhere, said the school’s dean S. Andrew Starbird. “The skills to turn ideas into opportunities, and to turn ideas into jobs, into economic growth and prosperity—those are the skills we want our students to have,” he said. Read more.



  •  Fine Arts Support Team Reaches out to Students

    The name F.A.S.T. is a perfect fit for Santa Clara University’s new Arts Ambassadors Program.

    “The arts pass by very fast. Our goal is to slow students down so they can really learn to appreciate them,” said arts ambassador Savannah Foltz-Colhour ’14, who’s majoring in public health and minoring in dance.
    F.A.S.T. stands for SCU’s Fine Arts Support Team, composed of Foltz-Colhour and fellow ambassadors Chris Zamarripa ’13 and Gabrielle Dougherty ’14, and dedicated to the promotion and support of all fine arts events on campus. As a whole, the three student ambassadors represent a wide range of the arts—from studio arts to dance and theatre.
    According to Theatre and Dance Associate Professor David Popalisky, the arts committee recruited student ambassadors who could understand the arts across disciplines. Seven candidates were interviewed in the fall for the three positions.
    “We didn’t want students who only know about theatre or only about music,” said Popalisky. “We wanted students who have a well-rounded understanding of arts as a whole.”
    Funded by the Provost’s Office, F.A.S.T. launched in September. The idea, however, dates back a year and a half ago with Popalisky and Art and Art History Associate Professor Kathy Aoki. Popalisky stated that the arts committee wanted a personal way to reach out to students and encourage the growth of the arts on campus.
    According to Zamarripa, the main goal of F.A.S.T. is to increase attendance to on-campus arts events, while stressing students’ support of one another.
    “It’s very powerful when students are supporting other students, especially in the arts,” said Zamarripa, who’s studying studio art. “Having your friends watch you perform is comparable to scoring a winning goal in front of all your peers. Having all your friends cheering you on like that, it is just the best feeling.”
    Another goal the arts ambassadors have is to pinpoint what people really want to see and what would get them interested in attending these fine arts events. Although they have only been a group for a few weeks, F.A.S.T. has already been hard at work with this.
    “During ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ we put surveys in each program with questions about why students came to the play and what their goals are for on-campus arts,” said Dougherty, who’s double majoring in marketing and theatre arts.
    To create a centralized source for the arts, the ambassadors launched a Facebook page for F.A.S.T.
    F.A.S.T. is also producing t-shirts to communicate visually with students. The shirts will use a graphic design that Zamarripa created himself.
    “Hopefully students will see their peers wearing these shirts and be intrigued to attend more arts events,” Zamarripa said. “It’s like a walking advertisement to have t-shirts.” 
  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Angelo Ancheta (Law) has received funding under the FY 11 Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking in the amount of $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice. This is a two-year award to support the "City of San Jose Police Deparrtment Human Trafficking Task Force/The South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking Project."
    Monem Beitelmal (Mechanical Engineering) had five new U.S. patents granted since March of 2011: energy efficient CRAC unit operation no. 18,019,477; control of vent tiles correlated with a rack no. 27,995,339; Microcontroller for controlling an actuator no. 37,902,966; energy efficient crac unit operation using heat transfer levels no. RE42,195; and refrigeration system with parallel evaporators and variable speed compressor no. 57,895,854.
    Justin Boren (Communication) co-authored a paper that was awarded a top three paper at the Western States Communication Association meeting. The title of the paper is “Affectionate Communication Can Suppress Immunity: Trait Affection Predicts Antibody Titers to Latent Epstein-Barr Virus.”
    Ruth Davis and Silvia Figueira (Computer Engineering) attended the 2011 Grace Hopper conference in Portland last week with 18 SCU female computer engineering students.
    Radhika Grover (Computer Engineering) published a book, "Programming with Java: A Multimedia Approach," in October of 2011.
    Francisco Jimenez (English) received a Creative Work Fund grant of $40,000 for a collaborative project with the National Steinbeck Center titled “Our American Voices.”
    Chris Kitts (Mechanical Engineering) and a number of students in the Robotic Systems Laboratory had a new journal article, "The O/OREOS Mission: First Science Data from the Space Environment Survivability of Living Organisms Payload," accepted for publication in Astrobiology. The article provides initial peer-reviewed science results from the O/OREOS mission which is being controlled by SCU students.
    Gary Macy (Religious Studies) co-wrote a new book titled Women Deacons, which was published this fall.
    Paul Mariani, S.J., (History) published a book titled Church Militant: Bishop Kung and Catholic Resistance in Communist Shanghai.
    Tokunbo Ogunfunmi (Electrical Engineering) co-wrote a conference paper titled, "Performance-Enhanced Multi-rate iLBC," which was presented at the IEEE Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers in Asilomar, Calif. in November. He also spoke on a panel at Stanford, "Publishing in your Field: Components for Success," on Nov. 15.
    Kim Parnell (Mechanical Engineering) attended the International Conference on Composite Materials at Jeju, Korea in August to present a paper entitled: "Stiffness and Strength of Laminates Fabricated with Bi-Directional Tape."  
    James Reites, S.J., (Mechanical Engineering) presented a talk about the “Jesuit Mission and Schools of Engineering” to colleagues at Xavier Institute of Engineering in Mumbai, India. 
    Michael Whalen, Rohit Chopra, Barbara Kelley, and Lisa Davis (Communication) were chosen to be honored at the College’s Scholarly Achievement Celebration for their scholarly and creative work published over the last year.
    Yuling Yan (Bioengineering) co-wrote a paper entitled “Construction of Real-time Brain-Machine-Interface Control System Based on Motor Imagery,” which was accepted for oral presentation at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics in Phuket, Thailand in December.
    Jonathan Zhang (Bioengineering) has received $245,456 from National Institute of Health to support "Regulation of Structure and Function of Protein by Glycosylation." The long-term goal of this proposal is to study the regulatory role of O-N-acetylglucosamine modification in biological pathways. 
    These announcements are from November. December announcements will be published in the next issue on Jan. 17. If you have any announcements you would like to submit, email by Jan. 9.

  •  FBI Investigates Intrusion Into University's Academic Record System

    Santa Clara University announced Monday that it is working closely with law enforcement officials to investigate an intrusion into its computerized academic record system that resulted in a limited number of undergraduate students having their grades changed.
    Officials said that a review of the tens of thousands of grade records since the year 2000 identified unauthorized grade changes impacting a handful of current undergraduate students and approximately 60 former undergraduate students. These grade changes are attributed to someone gaining illegal access into Santa Clara University's computer system between June 2010 and July 2011.
    There is no evidence to suggest that other personal information of students, staff, or faculty has been compromised.
    Upon learning of the computer intrusion, the University promptly contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Law enforcement officials are thoroughly investigating this unfortunate episode," said Michael Engh, S.J., president of the University. "We shall continue to cooperate with the FBI as it brings this matter to a proper conclusion."
    Officials said the University takes seriously allegations of unauthorized computer access and grade tampering and will pursue legal action if appropriate. In addition, the University has a Student Conduct Code that prohibits falsification or misuse of University records. Violations of the conduct code are adjudicated through the University Judicial System with consequences as significant as expulsion.
    "Investigators are piecing together how the computerized academic record system was illegally accessed," said Dennis Jacobs, Santa Clara's Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. "The University has also taken several steps to increase its network security and will continue to implement additional safety and security measures to reduce any chance of a similar incident happening again."
    The University is contacting individual faculty members whose grades appear to be inappropriately modified to verify that they did not authorize any of the undocumented grade changes.
    "We want to reassure all affected students that the university will work to rectify their grade records and ensure the integrity of their transcript," said Jacobs.
    Students, faculty, staff, and alumni with questions about the investigation can go to for further information.

  •  Library Simplifies Search

    Remember the world without Google? Since its development in 1997, the search engine giant has revolutionized the power of the Internet through single-box search engines. What if a similar type of search engine existed in our campus libraries?
    Now, it does.
    On Oct. 7, the University’s Orradre Library and the Heafey Law Library launched OneSearch, a new online tool that facilitates library research and resource discovery. OneSearch allows students, faculty, and staff the ease of searching simultaneously through hundreds of article databases, indexes, and the complex library catalog in a fast, single-box search interface similar to Google.
    The University began investing in a discovery system last year in an attempt to combat a growing concern that college students were going to sites like Google and Wikipedia for research rather than their own campus libraries.
    “Librarians are competing against Google for attention. We have better content than Google, but students don’t always realize that,” said SCU Librarian Elizabeth McKeigue.
    What Students Don’t Know, a recent ethnographic study by Steve Kolowich, confirmed that students “tended to overuse Google and misuse scholarly databases. They preferred simple database searches to other methods of discovery.”
    McKeigue believes that OneSearch will change that trend and ultimately increase usage of our libraries’ databases and indexes, which has been relatively flat in the past few years.
    “At Santa Clara, our decision to purchase and develop OneSearch is an acknowledgment of the demand for libraries to meet students’ expectations with easier research tools,” she said. “It is also a response to the crucial need for us to help connect our students with relevant, scholarly, and reliable content, content for which the libraries pay publishers increasingly higher costs.”
    In addition to benefitting students, OneSearch also gives librarians an added advantage. Using the library’s extensive resources can be daunting and requires training. With OneSearch, librarians won’t need to devote as much time teaching the basics of how to search. Students simply type the keywords into one simple search field, much like they would with Google.
    OneSearch is not a replacement for OSCAR, specific subject indexes and databases, or other crucial research tools that students need to know how to use,” McKeigue said. “However, we hope that students will come to count on OneSearch as a better alternative to Google or Wikipedia when approaching a research topic.”
    A recent testimonial from a law school librarian shows that OneSearch has already had success as an alternative to both Google and OSCAR.
    “I was helping a student with a cite-checking assignment for a high-tech journal. The student needed some Canadian patent cases, Canadian regulatory code, and Canadian session laws. We have these in print but they are all over in storage. The student needed to turn in her assignment that day and really couldn't wait for a storage request to be processed. I decided to take a look at OneSearch and was able to find all these materials via LLMC (Law Library Microfilm Consortium), a resource we often forget about and isn't cataloged in OSCAR.”
    Early feedback for the discovery system indicates that the ability to search simultaneously across library content and databases will be a great help to students, faculty, and staff. However, as a beta-release, the development of the library’s newest tool is an ongoing process.
    OneSearch includes so much content that you may find that the results are not always as relevant as you might expect. There may be ways that library staff can change certain settings to improve relevancy, but we need to know specific examples to help us make these changes,” McKeigue said.
    McKeigue is asking for your feedback. Go online and check out OneSearch, and then send your comments via this link.

  •  FYI Exclusive: Introducing Manh Tran, S.J.

    Santa Clara University’s newest campus minister has been told he is not a typical “priest.” With the nickname “Manhster,” that isn’t very hard to believe.
    Manh Tran, S.J., is SCU’s new director of Christian Life Community. He joined SCU’s Campus Ministry this fall, after working six years for Campus Ministry at Loyola Marymount University. During that time, Tran not only gained expertise with the Christian Life Community program, but he also built close relationships with the students.
    “Students at LMU often told me that I’m crazy and wild, that I truly live out my nickname,” Tran said. “I do not know how true that is, but I do strive to discover and live out God’s dream for me. I try to discover and live out my ‘real’ self.”
    As part of Tran’s new position, he will be rejuvenating Christian Life Community at SCU. CLC, an international organization with chapters in more than 60 countries and on every continent, is based on the teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. The program is centered on three principles: spirituality, community, and service.
    According to Tran, using these three principles of CLC, individuals will be able to follow the Jesuit way to discover one’s “real” self.
    CLC is the only organization that offers intensive Ignatian Spirituality,” he said. “CLC sees Ignatian spirituality as a pathway to God. It is a way of discovering our personal vocations and living out God’s dream for each one of us. God wants us to live fully and desires to share life with us, which often take places through community, prayers, and services. These three aspects of life become the three core values of CLC.”
    As a part of CLC, students will meet weekly in small groups of between five and 10 members. At these weekly meetings, they will pray and share weekly experiences. Other events they gather for include bowling, dancing, poker games, Praise and Worship services, Taize, and doing community service.
    Tran stated that there are three main challenges for students when it comes to CLC: busyness, secularism, and lack of integration.
    “Besides being full-time students, there is pressure to live out the magic “three,” namely joining the Greek Club, Service Organization, and other clubs on campus. Many students also have to work part time to survive,” Tran said. “Secondly, secularism is a huge challenge that we all face. Students, myself included, often buy into hedonism, individualism, consumerism, relativism, ‘hook-up culture,’ and ‘I’m spiritual but not religious.’ The third challenge is the lack of integration among faith, justice, and education. Many students volunteer to do community service without seeing the connection between faith and justice.”
    According to Tran, his personal college experience was less stressful than higher education is today.
    “In my personal opinions, I find life now as much more complicated and pressured compared to my college years (1984–88),” he said. “Many students now come from broken families and are faced with many other challenges similar to the big three.”
    Tran believes, however, that a Jesuit education helps students search for truth and freedom.
    “As Jesus mentioned, ‘The truth shall set you free’ (John 8:32). College students are often faced with important life questions such as ‘Where are we from?’ ‘Who am I?’ ‘What is my purpose in life?’” Tran said. “Jesuit education carries such a rich Catholic tradition and Ignatian spirituality that can help students discover the truth to their questions. If we do not share with students about Catholic teaching and Ignatian spirituality, we are not different than other public or private universities. CLC plays an important role in searching for truth because it provides sacred spaces to explore and wrestle these important questions with one another and God.”

  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications


    Ahmed Amer, JoAnne Holliday (Computer Engineering) and a group of collaborators including former faculty member Thomas Schwarz will have a paper based on their shingled disk research published in the IEEE Transactions on Magnetics.
    Angelo Ancheta (School of Law) has received a $7,000 subcontract from Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County prime Silicon Valley Community Foundation to support "South Bay Legal Immigration Services Network."  
    Eduardo Fernandez, S.J., (Jesuit School of Theology) has received $20,000 from the Jesuit Conference, Inc. to support "Social and International Ministries."  
    David Hess (Biology) was awarded a grant from the Molecular and Cellular Evolution panel of the National Science Foundation. The grant, which sums to $600,000 over a three year span, will go towards his research on evolutionary patterns in Saccaromyces cerevisiae, more commonly known as yeast. 
    Hohyun Lee (Mechanical Engineering) has received $18,510 from Ultora, Incorporated to support "Ultracapacitors Prepared from Powdered Graphene Using a PTFE Binder."  
    Michael McCarthy, S.J., (Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education) has received $30,000 from Y and H Soda Foundation to support "Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality."
    Susan Popko (International Programs)was awarded the IES Abroad Professional Development Award at the IES Annual Conference.
    Sandra Schneiders (Jesuit School of Theology)received the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities’ 2013 Monika K. Hellwig Award for outstanding contributions to Catholic intellectual life.
    Sukhi Singh (Civil Engineering) was invited to contribute a chapter, “Sustainable Solutions for an Environmentally and Socially Just Society,” to a book on EcoSystems.
    These announcements are from October. November announcements will be published in the next issue on Dec. 1. If you have any announcements you would like to submit, e-mail by Nov. 22.


  •  Santa Clara University 2.0


    “Email is down again.”
    “I have to communicate with my alumni about a job posting.”
    “I’m new to the University, and I don’t know anything about the tools that are available.”
    These are some of the concerns faculty and staff raised at the first Communication and Collaboration Task Force Town Hall meeting on Oct. 20. It was their chance to discuss how the University might improve its technology and tools on campus to help SCU advance many of the priorities outlined in President Michael Engh’s new Strategic Plan.
    The task force, which consists of 15 people from various departments and offices, is lead by Management Professor Terri Griffith. They’re working together to identify campus needs for communication and collaboration services, identify categories of tools necessary to meet those needs, and evaluate and recommend specific tools and vendors within each category. Members of the task force are also looking at security and privacy issues that may arise when using such tools.
    Some 30 people attended the first town hall meeting to share ways in which their day can be frustrating with the current tools in place. One faculty member complained about the number of emails she receives every day, while one staff member noted the inefficient ways of communicating to a certain segment of large audiences such as students and alumni. Several people mentioned the lack of mobility, making working on the train and at home less than convenient. The needs varied from project management to how someone begins his or her day at the office.
    “We don’t want vendors to come to campus and say here are all of our features,” Griffith told faculty and staff. “Instead, we want to tell them ‘here’s what we do in our jobs. How does your tool fit that?’”
    After the task force has gathered the requirements, tasks, and concerns from all members of the University, they will send them to the vendors. The task force will then invite the vendors to show the members how their tool tackles each need. Based on all the information they gather from students, faculty, staff, and vendors, the task force will then make recommendations and hopefully be up and running with the new tools before the beginning of next fall.
    If you missed the first town hall meeting, you can reach out to the members directly or make your suggestions online. The task force hopes more people will attend future town halls as they’re scheduled in the coming months.


  •  Santa Clara University Increases Women's Enrollment in Computing Majors


    Santa Clara University has increased the number of women enrolled in computing-related majors by 31 percent over the past two years, a sign of progress that SCU hopes will ultimately be reflected in the computing field as the next generation of computer engineers, computer scientists, and software engineers finish their degrees and enter the real world.
    “Having more women students in the computing discipline provides a broader range of backgrounds and perspectives,” said Ruth Davis, Ph.D., SCU School of Engineering’s associate dean for Undergraduate Studies. “Women are great communicators and listeners, and they’re extremely creative, experience life differently, and have different expectations than their male colleagues. Thus, a diverse group of women and men in the computing world can drive innovation.”
    Numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor show that in 2009 women represented 58 percent of the professional workforce but held only 25 percent of professional computing jobs. SCU has been trying to change that trend by recruiting more women and working hard to retain the women who enroll in Computer Engineering programs. For example, the School of Engineering created a new degree in Web Design and Engineering that has attracted a larger percentage of women than the Computer Science and Engineering degrees. Computer Engineering’s Associate Professor Silvia Figueira, Ph.D., has implemented a volunteer tutoring program, which aims to boost the confidence of students, particularly women and students from underrepresented groups, who typically have no previous exposure to computing. The University has also increased support for existing women students by taking several of them to conferences and banquets that mentor junior women, inspire them, and provide networking and professional development opportunities.
    SCU also offers a special luncheon for women in computing majors on the first day of finals each term where they socialize, exchange experiences, and form an ad hoc support group. The School of Engineering also celebrates all female engineering students at a “Women in Engineering” dinner every fall. Both of these events connect students from different years and aim to have older students inspire younger ones.

    Women students can always turn to any of the hundreds of women faculty at SCU for advice on everything from academics to careers. Forty percent of the University’s faculty are women, and the School of Engineering has the highest percentage of women faculty (tenured or tenure track) in the U.S., a distinction it’s held for several years.


  •  FYI Exclusive: One on One with Dennis Jacobs

    Dennis Jacobs was relieved to leave his snow shovels behind in South Bend, Ind. It will be no clear path for Santa Clara University’s new provost and vice president for academic affairs, however, as he tackles priorities including keeping the school affordable, increasing diversity, and overseeing all five schools.
    According to Jacobs, perhaps the most difficult part of his job will be finding a balance between academic advancement and staying within the financial reach of students.
    “The greatest challenge is working to make a Santa Clara education more affordable, which is a high priority and deep concern in these difficult economic times, while identifying ways to advance the University in significant ways,” he said. “Achieving this balance requires one to allocate funds strategically in support of the highest priorities.”
    Jacobs, who had been working at Notre Dame since 1988, has his work cut out for him in his new position in other ways as well. He is not only responsible for overseeing SCU’s five schools, but also all undergraduate and graduate educational programs and curricula. Jacobs also commented that the University is already constantly advancing through its many programs and initiatives.
    “It is energizing to discover the many innovative and transformative programs already underway at Santa Clara,” Jacobs said. “As provost, I have the opportunity to work with an outstanding team of academic leaders in shaping the future. We work strategically to create the conditions where the next set of high-priority initiatives can blossom and flourish.”
    Some of Jacobs goals for the year start with getting to know the faculty, staff, students, and campus culture of Santa Clara and spread to following through with the strategic plan.
    “This year, I will be working with the college, schools, centers, and various divisions to develop unit-specific implementation plans that will help us reach the institution’s ambitious goals,” Jacobs said. “Another important objective for the year will be to search for and successfully appoint two superb deans and a librarian. I am also eager to work with the Council on Inclusive Excellence to enrich the diversity of Santa Clara’s students, faculty, and staff.”
    However, Jacobs would like to see some other goals scored too. Last year, while working at the University of Notre Dame, Jacobs was lucky enough to see their women’s soccer team win the NCAA national championship. He comes to SCU with similar hopes, wishing the team the best of luck.
    On a personal level, Jacobs is happy to be back in the Bay Area.
    “Twenty-five years ago my wife and I got married just 14 miles away from Santa Clara,” he said. “We are excited to be returning to the Bay Area.”
    FYI wishes you and your wife a very happy 25th anniversary.

  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications


    Rose Marie Beebe (Modern Languages and Literatures) received the President’s Special Recognition Award.
    Jerry Burger (Psychology) received the Dr. David E. Logothetti Teaching Award at the College of Arts and Sciences Convocation.
    Elsa Chen (Political Sciene) received the President’s Special Recognition Award.
    Ruth Cook (Education) has received $195,994 from the U.S. Department of Education to support “Preparing Special Educators to be Leaders in the Implementation of Effective Techniques for Supporting Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders.”
    Kari Craighead (Modern Languages and Literatures) received the Nancy Keil Service Excellence Award at the College of Arts and Sciences Convocation.
    Jane Curry (Political Science) received the President’s Special Recognition Award.
    Andre Delbecq (Management) received the University Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship.
    Andre Delbecq (Management) received the President’s Special Recognition Award.
    Kelly Detweiler (Art and Art History) received the Professor Joseph Bayma, S.J., Scholarship Award at the College of Arts and Sciences Convocation.
    Laura Ellingson (Communication) won a $4,432 Hackworth Research Grant from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics for a project called "Voices of Survivorship: Using Photovoice to Explore the Experiences of Long-Term Survivors of Cancer."
    Amelia Fuller (Chemistry) has received additional funding from Research Corporation that provides $17,500 to support "Efficient Identification of Protein Mimics."
    Jonathan Fung (Communication) received a Faculty-Student Research Assistance Program Grant.
    Sara Garcia (Education) has been selected for a Fulbright Specialist grant in Education at Cundinamarca Higher School University, Colombia.
    Jim Grainger (Biology) received the Dr. John B. Drahmann Advising Award at the College of Arts and Sciences Convocation.
    Leslie Gray (Environmental Studies) received the Bernard Hubbard, S.J., Creative Collaboration Award at the College of Arts and Sciences Convocation.
    Tim Hight (Mechanical Engineering) has received $15,000 subcontract funding from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/Dept. of Energy to support "Reduction of Energy Use in Electric Clothes Dryers."
    Thane Kreiner (Center for Science, Technology, and Society) has received $340,000 from the Skoll Foundation to support "Skoll Foundation - GSBI Partnership."   This is the first year funding of a three-year grant.
    Hohyun Lee (Mechanical Engineering) has received $14,995 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to support "Enhanced Solar Thermal Energy Harvest for Power Generation from Brayton Cycle."
    Hohyun Lee (Mechanical Engineering) has received $20,000 subcontract funding from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/Dept. of Energy to support "Max Tech and Beyond: Ultra - Low Energy Use Appliance Design Competition."
    Dan Lewis (Computer Engineering) has received $851,779 from the National Science Foundation to support “New GK-12: A Symbiotic Exploration of Computer Science in High School Classrooms.”
    Fabio Lopez-Lazaro (History) received the University Award for Recent Achievement in Scholarship
    Virginia Matzek (Environmental Studies) has received $21,035.20 from The Nature Conservancy to support "Do Sustainability Certifications and Green Labels Deliver Conservation Benefits?"
    Leilani Miller (Biology) received the President’s Special Recognition Award.
    Susan Parker (Accounting) received the President’s Special Recognition Award.
    Chuck Powers (Sociology) received the Louis and Dorina Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence.
    Rebecca Schapp (de Saisset Museum) has received $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to support "California History Community Education and Family Day Workshops."
    Brett Solomon (Liberal Studies) has received an additional $24,808 UCLA subcontract from the National Institute of Health. Funding will support "Psychosocial Benefits of Ethnic Diversity in Urban Middle School."
    Craig Stephens (Biology) received the Louis and Dorina Brutocao Award for Curriculum Innovation.
    Beth Van Schaack (Law) received the President’s Special Recognition Award.
    Mike Whalen (Communication) received a $3000 Bannan Visitors Grant from the Ignatian Center to bring three documentary filmmakers to campus this fall.  Mike also won a Technology Innovation Grant for $17,500 that helped the department upgrade to high-definition, tapeless cameras.
    Gordon Young (Communication) won a $3,000 Hackworth Research Grant from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics for his forthcoming book, Teardown: Memoir of a Shrinking City.
    These announcements are from September. October announcements will be published in the next issue on Nov. 15. If you have any announcements you would like to submit, e-mail by Nov. 8.


  •  SCU Makes Top 10 List of Higher Education Institutions with Largest Solar Photovoltaic Installations


    The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) unveiled a new database, naming SCU as having one of the largest roof-mounted photovoltaic installations in the U.S.
    SCU has 1,050 kilowatts of solar panels on four of its buildings, making it the third largest roof- top system among all American colleges and universities. The system generates 1.5 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy and eliminates 511 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. That’s equivalent to taking 127 small cars off the road for an entire year. Among the many initiatives it’s launched, SCU has been adding more solar panels to help the University reach its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2015.
    The AASHE Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations database found that converting to solar energy is becoming easier for higher education institutions like SCU because of a 40 percent drop in installation costs over the past four years and new financing mechanisms to hedge against rising electricity prices. The data also revealed that installed solar capacity jumped 450 percent over the past three years in the higher education sector. Furthermore:
    • The 137 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity installed on higher education campuses to date is equivalent to the power used by 40,000 U.S. homes.
    • The market in 2010 for on-campus solar installations was over $300 million in the U.S.
    • Higher education solar installations in 2010 made up 5.4 percent of the total 956 MW installed that year in the U.S.
    • Since 2009, the median project size has grown six-fold.
    • Only five states installed more solar in 2010 than the 52 MW installed on U.S. campuses in 2010.
    Charts and additional analysis from AASHE are available here
    Learn more about Santa Clara University’s sustainability efforts here.


  •  FYI Exclusive: Catching Up with Chancellor William Rewak, S.J., 22 Years Later

    Maintaining a garden is not an easy task. However, after some careful tending and determination, one man’s hard work can result in a robust and thriving garden.
    Forty-one years after he began “gardening” Santa Clara University, former president William Rewak, S.J., returned as the new chancellor. Rewak, who served as president for 12 years, planted the foundation that has allowed Santa Clara to thrive. Of his many accomplishments, he is best known for his work rerouting the Alameda around campus, spearheading a $50 million fundraising campaign, overseeing the creation of the Eastside Project (now the Arrupe Partnerships), and even unifying the look of the University by having all buildings painted the same tan hue.
    “I arrived here in 1970 to teach. Since then, the most obvious change has been growth: the campus has burgeoned—in quantity and quality,” Rewak said. “We see larger and better qualified student body, faculty, and administration, much more professionalism on all levels, a wider breadth of academic studies and opportunities, and many more buildings. I would say that beginning with Fr. Pat Donohoe’s tenure as president in the 60s—he was a catalyst in many ways—Santa Clara has blossomed and has joined the rank of world-class universities.”
    The campus is still growing and facing challenges. However, according to Rewak, challenges keep the imagination alive. As chancellor, he is challenged to represent the University’s strategies while maintaining the spirit of Christianity.
    “The most challenging aspect as chancellor, and this is true for anybody speaking or acting on behalf of the University, is to represent it fairly, be knowledgeable about the University’s plans and strategies, and especially to make sure that the original vision of Ignatius Loyola—that all of our work and service be consciously motivated by the love of Jesus Christ—always infuse our presentations, always be at the forefront of our imagination,” he said.
    In his new position, Rewak has several responsibilities ranging from representing the president at public events to pulling together a campus art committee. Among these tasks, he works to keep former trustees involved with the University, chairs the nomination of commencement speaker and honorary degree recipients, and helps promote University relations.
    When Rewak isn’t busy on campus, he’s absorbed in novels by James Lee Burke or Michael Connelly.
    “I’m addicted to mystery novels, to thrillers,” he said. “I think it’s because I like puzzles, and I’m gratified to find a solution to the puzzle. I like neat, morally satisfying endings, and mystery stories are the most moral of all stories because, usually, the bad guy loses and the good guy wins.”
    If you’re lucky enough, you might spot Rewak at the ice rink, watching the Broncos win.
    “I really enjoy ice hockey,” Rewak said. “I like to watch it, I like even better to play it—though at my age I stick to watching.”
    While SCU Club Hockey did not exist the last time Rewak was working on campus almost 22 years ago, there are still elements of the University that have not changed.
    “It’s still a beautiful jewel-like campus, isn’t it?” Rewak said. “What has remained the same is the vision: it has to be articulated for new generations and in new circumstances, but we are all branches of the Ignatius tree.”

  •  Engineering Students Gear Up for 2013 Solar Decathlon

    Santa Clara University’s Solar Decathlon team is a lot like the bamboo they often work with: just when you think they’re gone, they come back in full force.
    Since its commencement in 2002, the biennial U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon has become an internationally recognized competition that challenges 20 universities and colleges from around the world to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. Teams have to win a spot to participate through a proposal process that filters the playing field to the 20 top competitors.
    SCU won third place two consecutive times in 2007 and in 2009. The University chose to opt out of the 2011 competition, but SCU students still traveled to Washington, D.C., to observe what the 2011 teams have created. Their eyes are set on 2013, which kicks off with a proposal deadline of Nov. 10.
    Engineering students Gyllermo Gallardo ’13, Jake Gallau ’13, Dane Kornasiewicz ’13, Kendra Lane ’14, Teddy Tortorici ’14, and Jay Dubashi ’15 represent the makings of SCU’s intrepid 2013 Solar Decathlon team, however, they are by no means going to tackle the project alone. Several additional students who were unavailable for this interview are expected to join the team, many of whom were enrolled in the Solar Home Design and Analysis class last spring. In this class, students began the early planning process for the 2013 solar-powered house.
    Experience gained from this class seems to be providing the group with extra motivation. Whether they’re focusing on using bamboo as structural support or sending a research team to Shanghai to explore different solar panels, this 2013 squad seems to be pulling all the stops in their quest to build a frontrunner home.
    Success will also require adaptability, as the decathlon is constantly changing.
    “When it first started, the competition was almost completely an engineering one. Now it has become more about sustainability,” said Gallau. “It has become more general about design and power, and has focused more on architecture than engineering. That’s going to be tough since we aren’t an architecture school.”
    To tackle this issue, the team looks to bring in students from the art department, who can focus more on the architectural side to building a sustainable home as opposed to the engineering aspects. Doing so can only help, especially considering that this time, SCU stands alone. In 2009, the school created Team California by joining forces with California College of the Arts.
    The team’s focus also differs from previous years.
    “The whole process is really a linear progression. The first house, Ripple, was about education. The second, Refract, was about livability, luxury, and design,” Tortorici said. “Now, the third house should be about affordability and accessibility. It should be so that everybody across the middle class can afford it. It’s about balance, simplicity, and form.”
    To promote affordability, the decathlon team aims to cap their spending at $300,000. Upcoming contest rules state that teams who spend less than $250,000 get a full 100 points in the affordability category. However, teams still get 90 points for spending below $350,000. This proves to be a more realistic and balanced goal, considering that Team California spent between $450,000–$650,000 in 2009, an overall competition average.
    While remaining realistic and balanced, the decathlon team possesses a strong desire to shock their opponents that stems from SCU’s 2007 Cinderella team. Santa Clara’s first decathlon team surprised their opponents when they placed third after a late start in the competition. Originally, the squad was denied one of the 20 competing spots and could only participate after another team had withdrawn. In 2009, SCU repeated its third place feat, destroying any notions of beginner’s luck and showing the competition SCU was there to stay. So what about 2013?
    “We’ve been so close the last couple of years, we really want to win,” said Kornasiewicz. “I think we can do it. I think we can win.”
    As the saying goes, third times a charm.

  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Angelo Ancheta (Law) received funding of $19,529 from The State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Program to support the "Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center."
    Katerina Bezrukova's (Psychology) research, "Out of reach: Examining group faultlines in virtual teams," received an award for Outstanding Conference Poster at the INGRoup conference in Minneapolis, MN.
    Marco Bravo (Education) received an additional $48,403 in subcontract funding from UC Berkeley/NSF to support "R&D: The Role of Educative Curriculum in Supporting Science Teaching Practices with English Language Learners."
    Amelia Fuller (Chemistry) received a five year award from the National Science Foundation that provides $349,603 to support "CAREER: Expanding the Structural Complexity and Functional Repertoire of Sequence-specific Polyamide Oligomers."
    Chris Kitts (Mechanical Engineering) received additional funding from NASA Ames Research Center that provides $98,300 to support "Small Spacecraft Division Microsatellite-Nanosatellite Technology Research & Development Support." This brings total funding for this project to $139,300.
    Shoba Krishnan (Electrical Engineering) received an additional $8,333 in subcontract funding from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Energy Prime to support "A Nationwide Consortium of Universities to Revitalize Electric Power Engineering Education by State of the Art Laboratories."
    Shoba Krishnan (Electrical Engineering) received $10,000 from the Stevens Institute of Technology to support "2011 Engage Mini-Grant."  
    Dale Larson (Psychology) will be a key participant in the Hospice Foundation of America webcast “Beyond Kübler-Ross: New Perspectives on Death, Dying and Grief” in November.
    Helen Popper (Economics) received $3,101 from the University of Surrey to support "The Stability of Exchange Rate Regimes."
    Dan Strickland (Mechanical Engineering) received $14,907 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to support "Regenerative Fuel Cell for Off-Grid Renewable Energy Storage."
    Keith Warner (Religious Studies) received $39,543 subcontract from University of California, Riverside/Department of Food and Agriculture prime to support "Biological Control of Arthropod Pests in California Agriculture: Future Prospects with Special Emphasis on its Role in Managing Invasive Species." 
    These announcements are from August. September announcements will be published in the next issue on Nov. 1. If you have any announcements you would like to submit, e-mail

  •  Santa Clara University Mourns Death of Engineering Professor

    Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, friends, and family gathered to celebrate and honor Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Daniel Strickland, who died in a car accident on Sept. 23. They poured into Mission Church on Sept. 28 to share touching moments and listen to inspiring and at times humorous stories about him.

    The 27-year-old professor’s life was cut short by a car crash on Sept. 22. He was driving southbound on 280 just north of Alpine Road, when he hit a deer, damaging his car. Before emergency vehicles could arrive, another vehicle crashed into his. He died the following day.
    Although Strickland has been teaching at Santa Clara University for just one year, he was admired and respected by his colleagues and loved by his students.
    “Not only is Professor Strickland extremely intelligent, but he’s also one of the most hardworking individuals I know,” said Ross Pimentel ’12 at the memorial service. “Dan, you’re a great teacher and friend. We miss you, I really miss you, and we’ll always love you.”
    With a bachelor’s degree from Seattle University and a master’s and Ph.D. from Stanford University, Strickland joined Santa Clara University’s School of Engineering in 2010 to teach classes in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. His research interests were in affordable energy conservation with particular emphasis on mass transport and innovative fabrication processes in electrochemical systems.
    Strickland was proud to be a part of Santa Clara University and its mission, particularly in serving the poor and benefiting society. Among his many contributions to Santa Clara during his short time here, he served as a faculty advisor on senior design projects and was named a Roelandts Fellow with SCU’s Center for Science, Technology and Society. Beloved by his students and colleagues alike, Strickland had a passion for Santa Clara, a commitment to Jesuit education, and dedication to student learning.

    A scholarship fund has been established in memory of Strickland. Donations can be sent to:
    Santa Clara University
    Development Office, Gift Processing Department
    Daniel Strickland Scholarship Fund
    500 El Camino Real
    Santa Clara, CA 95053
    Notes of condolences may be sent to:
    Kerry Strickland (mother) and her partner Shawn Hays
    Rick Strickland (father)
    P.O. Box 1946
    Vancouver, WA 98668


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