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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.

  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Radha Basu (Engineering) and Hohyun Lee (Mechanical Engineering) presented as part of a clean energy map event hosted by CSTS on May 23.
    Elizabeth Dahlhoff (Biology) has received an additional $56,768 from the National Science Foundation to support "Collaborative Research: RUI: Ecological and Evolutionary Responses to Environmental Change in Sierra Nevada Populations of a Montane Willow Beetle."
    Fred Folvary’s (Economics) prediction of the 2008 recession was directly cited in an article by Mason Gaffney, “An Award for Calling the Crash,” in the May 2011 edition of Econ Journal Watch.
    Francisco Jimenez’s (Modern Languages and Literatures) book Reaching Out was adapted into a one-act play by the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Salinas.
    Steve Suljak (Chemistry & Biochemistry) and John Birmingham (Physics) received a two-year grant from Research Corporation for Science Advancement that provides $36,781 to support "Investigating the Role of Neurohemal Biogenic Amines in Shaping Stomatogastric Motor Programs of the Crab Cancer Borealis."
    Korin Wheeler (Chemistry & Biochemistry) has received a two-year grant from Research Corporation for Science Advancement that provides $17,000 to support "Characterization of the Interactions Between Azurin and Silver Nanoparticles."
    Sally Wood (Electrical Engineering) attended the 2011 Network Mapping and Measurement Conference (NMMC) in Madison, Wis. in May. She and three coauthors presented a paper entitled, “Network Evolution over the Next Decade: A Severe Challenge for Network Management.”
    Yuling Yan (Bioengineering) presented her work, “Lock-In Detection Methods for High-contrast Fluorescence Imaging in Living Cells Using Optical Switch Probes," at the BIT Life Sciences’ 2nd World DNA and Genome Day 2011 Conference in China in April.
    The next edition will be published on Sept. 15. If you have any announcements you would like to submit, e-mail by Sept. 1.


  •  New Provost Selected

    Santa Clara University announced the selection of Dennis Jacobs as the new provost and vice president for academic affairs. He will begin his duties this summer.
    Jacobs will be the chief academic officer of Santa Clara and provide leadership and management of all aspects of academic and student life programs, information services, and athletics. Jacobs, who comes to Santa Clara from the University of Notre Dame, where he served as vice president and associate provost for undergraduate studies since 2004, will report directly to University President Michael Engh, S.J.
    “With enthusiasm I welcome Dennis Jacobs to Santa Clara University and look forward to working with him to advance the University and its strategic plan,” said Michael Engh, S.J. “His record of success augurs well for continued and greater success here in the Silicon Valley.” At Notre Dame, Jacobs worked to implement the core curriculum, launched new study abroad programs, and established the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement to cultivate scholars and enhance research opportunities for students. He initiated a Residential Scholars program to help bridge the divide between academic and residential life. He also helped recruit a more diverse undergraduate student body through a variety of strategic initiatives including modifying Notre Dame’s financial aid packaging.
    “I feel privileged to have this opportunity to be a part of the next exciting chapter at Santa Clara University,” said Jacobs. “Santa Clara has all the academic ingredients to make a significant and lasting impact here in the Silicon Valley and globally.” Read more.


  •  Retired California Supreme Court Justice to Be Commencement Speaker for School of Law

    Carlos Moreno, the recently retired California Supreme Court justice known for his thoughtful opinions and centrist appeal, will address graduating students at Santa Clara University School of Law’s 2011 commencement ceremony on May 21. The commencement is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in the University’s Mission Gardens.
    Moreno, 62, is currently of counsel with the Los Angeles firm of Irell & Manella. He is well known for his leadership in the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care, which led to improvements in the state foster-care system, and for many landmark state decisions on issues ranging from gun control to same-sex marriage to class actions.
    “We are extremely pleased that Justice Moreno has accepted our invitation,” said Donald J. Polden, dean of Santa Clara University’s School of Law. “As an exceptional lawyer and a judge at almost every level of the judiciary, he has shown that respect for the law and compassion for those most in need can coexist. Those are the values we hope our graduates take with them into their careers as well.” Read more


  •  Environmental Studies Institute Faculty Member Named to National Academy of Sciences

    The National Academy of Sciences announced that Santa Clara University’s Director of Conservation Science Programs Peter Kareiva has been elected as a new member in recognition of his distinguished and continued achievement in original research. 
    Kareiva teaches courses for Santa Clara’s Environmental Studies Institute and is chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy, where he is responsible for developing and helping to implement science-based conservation throughout the organization and for forging new linkages with partners.
    Kareiva has authored more than100 scientific articles in diverse fields such as mathematical biology, fisheries science, insect ecology, risk analysis, genetically engineered organisms, agricultural ecology, population viability analysis, behavioral ecology, landscape ecology, and global climate change. His most recent work (co-authored with Santa Clara University Professor Michelle Marvier) is a conservation textbook, Conservation Science: Balancing the Needs of People and Nature, which is the first textbook to teach the scientific foundations of conservation while highlighting strategies to better connect its practice with the needs and priorities of a growing human population.


  •  New Associated Student Government President, Vice President Outline Their Plans for 2011-12

    Juniors Courtney Seymour and Lindsay Gray have a busy year ahead of them: they are the new president and vice president of Associated Student Government (ASG) for the 2011­–12 academic year, after running unopposed in late April.
    The pair’s plan for the next year is all about the “3 S’s for Success: Safety, Social Spirit, and Sustainability.” Seymour and Gray want to improve safety on campus by implementing an escort service for students leaving the library after 11 p.m. They admit that they need to work out some logistical issues with the Santa Clara Police Department (SCPD) and Campus Safety, such as figuring out whether the service would consist of on-foot accompaniment, a shuttle, or another option. Seymour and Gray also intend to “increase awareness regarding better off-campus living, continue the Educated Partier program, and build a stronger relationship with SCPD.” The Educated Partier Program teaches students how to hold more responsible parties. Seymour and Gray plan to begin next year’s program at the beginning of the fall quarter instead of waiting until later quarters, as in years past.
    The new President and Vice President also propose a “reinvestment in the Locatelli Student Activity Center” and further promotion of the still-new facility as a hub of student activity. Despite some trouble in attracting students to the somewhat distant facility, they say it’s a “prime location for activities before and after sporting events, such as soccer and water polo.” They plan to talk with Bon Appétit regarding the possibility of adding a café to the center and hope to foster more of an “atmosphere that draws students” into the center by adding couches or pool tables that would make the facility more inviting during non-event hours.
    Seymour and Gray also plan to continue pushing the platform of 2010-11 President Chris Mosier and Vice President Nhunguyen Le by moving closer to a bottle-less campus and maintaining sustainability measures, such as Living Green and the Sustainability Challenge. Seymour and Gray want to maintain the enthusiasm that’s shared by Santa Clara’s President Michael Engh, S.J., and previous ASG leaders.
    Seymour will give her official acceptance speech on May 19.


  •  Santa Clara University Sophomore Receives Award for Helping to Rebuild New Orleans

    Campus Compact honored Santa Clara University sophomore Laura Snowden with a Newman Civic Fellow award for being an inspiring college student leader and for finding solutions to challenges facing communities throughout the country.
    As a co-founder of the nonprofit organization, Shirts Across America, Snowden has been tireless in her efforts to contribute to the rebuilding efforts of New Orleans through fundraising, organizing student visits to the region, and keeping this issue a part of public dialogue. She is also a respected student leader on campus who facilitates conversations about diversity and encourages others to work for social change.
    Snowden is among the 135 students from 30 states honored with this award, which was named after Dr. Frank Newman, one of the founders of Campus Compact, who had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who are eager and prepared to make a difference. He dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform.
    College and university presidents nominated the best-of-the-best, promising college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research, and advocacy, these Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, discover the root causes of social issues, and find effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.


  •  Living Like It's 1925

    Difficult. Lonely. Quiet. Those are the words Matt Lee ’13 used to describe spending a week without technology.
    Theatre and Dance Assistant Professor Kimberly Hill challenged Lee and eight others to live without cell phones, computers, iPods, and TVs to help them prepare for their roles in the upcoming play “Hay Fever,” which is set in 1925.
    “I went into the exercise with an open mind and was very determined that I would be able to go on an entire week without technology, but it was surprisingly difficult,” Lee said.
    Lee realized how he had taken technology for granted, especially the simple ability to carry around a cell phone and to keep tabs with his friends by sending text messages. He was forced to rely on face-to-face interactions with his friends, which weren’t easy to arrange since he was the only one without technology. He pointed out that making plans for anything has been extremely difficult and a hassle without his cell phone and email.
    He had only one slip-up—Facebook. He was so used to checking it frequently that on the first day of the experiment he checked it almost reflexively. Otherwise, Lee hasn’t broken any other rules.
    Anna Vossler ’11 confessed that she microwaved her soup and didn’t even realize what she was doing until it was too late. Vossler almost made a second mistake when she grabbed her cell phone and walked out of the house with it. The agreement she and the others made was that they were supposed to treat their cell phones like landlines and leave them at home. Vossler didn’t have time to return home, so she quickly turned off the phone and headed to class.
    Although not being able to use technology was inconvenient for many, Vossler said she noticed a difference in her life. Her food tasted better when she stopped microwaving it. Her room was also cleaner, because she wasn’t sitting around her house all day watching television or surfing the Net. As for not being glued to her cell phone, Vossler said, “It was nice not having to check my phone 100 times day for text messages and voicemail.”
    “Hay Fever” runs May 27–29 and June 2–4.


  •  SCU in the News

    The San Jose Mercury News interviewed Lester Deanes (Student Life) about the Diversity Leadership Conference, which was held at Santa Clara University. The article  ran in 11 other area newspapers, and Green KKGN Radio also aired a segment on one of the sessions from the conference.
    Huffington Post published the "Top 10 Ethical Questions Every Incoming College Freshman Faces," a project of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.
    Tasha Mistry '11 wrote a blog for USA Today's College section about the five things graduating seniors should do during their job search to land their first job after graduation.
    Fred Foldvary (Economics) was quoted in the New York Times about Bay Area transportation officials’ experiments with “congestion pricing.”
    Miller-McCune Magazine wrote an article about Amara Brook's (Psychology) research on how likely people were to change their behavior if they learned that their lifestyle was environmentally unsustainable.
    Al Hammond (CSTS) was quoted in a story about social entrepreneurship in the San Jose Mercury News.
    KTVU interviewed Jim Cottrill (Political Science) about what the 2012 presidential race looks like for Republicans.
    Kirk Hanson (Markkula) was interviewed on KQED's Forum about financial conflicts of interest between physicians and the pharmaceutical and medical industry. He was also quoted extensively in Corporate Secretary magazine about the lack of attention by corporations to the risk of poor ethical behavior.
    John Hamm (Management) was quoted in about the need for leaders to be good listeners. His new book Unusually Excellent: The Necessary Nine Skills Required for the Practice of Great Leadershipwas also reviewed by Hartford Business Journal, TechJournal South, and RISMedia and he wrote about it in SmartBusiness online.
    Eric Goldman (Law) was quoted in the International Herald Tribune, New York Times and numerous Las Vegas sites and newspapers including the Las Vegas Sun about a key case regarding bloggers’ rights to reproduce articles written by news organizations.
     School Construction News interviewed Joe Sugg (University Operations) about the new eco-friendly student apartments.
    Thomas Plante (Psychology) blogged in Psychology Today about whether Facebook is a projective test for narcissism.
    Judy Nadler (Markkula) talked to the Redding Record Searchlight about a local county attorney who is being challenged for time spent advocating for the Tea Party, for a story that was picked up by the blog Law Enforcement Corruption. She spoke to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin about Upland’s embattled city manager.
    Elizabeth Drescher’s (Religious Studies) book Tweet if you (Heart) Jesus received a favorable review in Publisher’s Weekly.
    A speech at St. Leo University by Ron Hansen (English) about the 12 rules for writing compelling historical fiction, was covered by the Tampa Tribune.
    The work of two MBA students, Nidhi Jetley and Ashwini Patil, to organize an educational event for parents of teens, was noted in the San Jose Mercury News.
    Asian Journal wrote a profile of Angelo Ancheta (Law) who was recently appointed to the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.
    Andre Delbecq (Management) was quoted in Workforce Management story about how to tap a “higher power” in the workplace.
    Patricia Cain (Law) was quoted in about the difficulties of married same-sex couples to figure out their tax-filing status, due to conflicts among various laws.
    Emily Cervino (CEPI) was quoted in the BNA publication Pension & Benefits Reporter about the need for education on stock-pay plans.

    Here’s a sampling of the hundreds of mentions of SCU in the media in the past two weeks. The first part of the link is a list; the full text is below the list.

    ***NOTE: Use EXTREME CAUTION before printing the linked information, as it will be dozens of pages!! ***


  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    The Arrupe Partnerships were nominated by Santa Clara Adult Education to receive the Adult Education Collaborative Services Award presented by the California Council for Adult Education.
    Rohit Chopra (Communication) had a new publication, “Introduction: Media, Culture, and Identity in the Time of the Global,” released in Global Media, Culture, and Identity.
    Silvia Figueira (Computer Engineering) received $5,208 as one of the CSTS Jeff and Karen Miller Faculty Fellowships in Frugal Innovation to create her Mobile Health Lab.
    The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education has announced the Bannan Grant recipients for Fall 2011. Bannan Grants are available to faculty, staff, and students who wish to explore the implications of Ignatian and Jesuit values within the ongoing life of the University. The 2011 recipients are:
    ·         “Shakespeare at San Quentin,” Aldo Billingslea (Theatre and Dance)
    ·         “SCU Delegation to Magis/World Youth Day 2011,” Jack Treacy, S.J. (Campus Ministry)
    ·         “Has Jesuit Education Changed Us? A Look at First Generation College Student Experiences at Jesuit Universities,” Lester Deanes (Student Life), Erin Kimura-Walsh (Ethnic Studies and LEAD Scholars)
    ·         “Creating Sacred Space: A Labyrinth for the Santa Clara University Campus and Beyond,” Julia Claire Landry (Campus Ministry)
    Chris Kitts (Mechanical Engineering, Robotics Systems Lab) has been reappointed for a fourth year as Technical Editor for the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics.
    Shoba Krishnan (Electrical Engineering) has received $8,333 subcontract award from the University of Minnesota/Dept. of Energy to support "A Nationwide Consortium of Universities to Revitalize Electric Power Engineering Education by State of the Art Laboratories." This is the first year funding of an anticipated three-year grant totaling $24,996, and is part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Funding.
    James Lai (Ethnic Studies and Political Science) was invited by the McKesson Corporation in San Francisco to give a talk on his book Asian American Political Action: Suburban Transformations for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on May 3.
    Dale Larson (Counseling Psychology) gave a presentation, "The Journey of Compassion," at the 2011 Florida Hospices and Palliative Care Conference, The Heart and Science of Caring in Florida on May 6.
    Nam Ling (Computer Engineering) has been elected a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Additionally, Ling and Ph.D. student Guichun Li, together with researchers from Huawei Technologies, will present their paper, "Integration of Plane Mode with Multiple Predictor Sets in Intra Prediction for Video Coding," at the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in May.
    Tokunbo Ogunfunmi (Electrical Engineering) and two Ph.D. students have invited papers for presentation at the upcoming 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems taking place in May in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: "Digital Post-linearization of a Wideband Low Noise Amplifier for Ultra-Wideband Wireless Receivers" with Ifiok Umoh, and "On the complex Kernel-based Adaptive Filter" with Thomas Paul.He and Ph.D. student, JeoongSung Park will also present "FPGA Implementation of Channel Estimation for MIMO-OFDM."
    Kathleen Ridolfi (Law) has received an additional $39,690 in subcontract funding from CalEMA to support "California Postconviction DNA Testing Assistance."
    Sally Wood and Drazen Fabris (Engineering) were announced as the new chairs of electrical and mechanical engineering for a period of three years, beginning Sept. 1.

    Toshishige Yamada (Center for Nanostructures) gave a presentation, "Modeling of nanocarbon ultracapacitor," in the US-Taiwan Nanoscience workshop in April in Seattle.

    More grants, awards, and publications will appear in the next edition of fyi. The last edition of fyi for the academic year will be published June 1. If you have any announcements you would like to submit, email by May 19.


  •  Santa Clara University Welcomes Former SCU President William Rewak, S.J., as Chancellor

    Former Santa Clara University President William Rewak, S.J., will return to campus as the new chancellor of the 160-year-old Jesuit institution effective Aug. 15, SCU President Michael E. Engh, S.J., announced today.

    In his role as SCU chancellor, Rewak will assist Engh in vital areas, including civic engagement, fundraising, community outreach, and ceremonial events. He will also head a newly established Council of Trustee Emeriti, a board comprising former, honored trustees who will continue to serve and provide counsel to SCU.

    “I am honored and grateful that Fr. Rewak has accepted my offer of this position to help advance the vision, mission, and strategic plan for Santa Clara University,” Engh said in an announcement to the University community. “He showed a passion for this University when he was president that has continued unabated, and we are fortunate for his continued service.” Read more.


  •  Santa Clara University Receives Two Honors for Its Green Initiatives

    For a third straight year, Santa Clara University (SCU) is using more green power than any other school in the West Coast Conference, making it the 2010–11 Individual Conference Champion in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) College & University Green Power Challenge. 

    SCU beat its conference rivals by using more than 30 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 100 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. SCU purchases a utility green power product from Silicon Valley Power/3Degrees and also generates green power from an onsite renewable energy system, which helps to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the campus’ electricity use. Read more. 

    For a second consecutive year, SCU is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. The well-known education services company selected SCU for inclusion in the just-released second annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition.”  

    The guide recognized SCU for offering sustainability-related courses in 22 departments, winning third place in both the 2007 and 2009 Solar Decathlon, and receiving a silver rating in the STARS program, the nation’s first comprehensive sustainability rating system for colleges and universities. Read more.


  •  Santa Clara University Voted One of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area

    Santa Clara University has been voted one of the “Best Places to Work in the Bay Area” in a 2011 survey  that’s sponsored by the San Francisco Times and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. SCU was ranked number five in the “Largest Employers” category (1,501-plus employees) and was the only university in the Bay Area to make the list.

    "Santa Clara University has an exceptional community of faculty and staff," said SCU President Michael Engh, S.J. "I am very proud of my colleagues and their committment to Santa Clara."

    The annual survey ranks the top 125 Best Places to Work in the Bay Area based on extensive questionnaires regarding management practices, policies, benefits, work climate, culture, diversity, career development, and training.

    In the last six years, Santa Clara has ranked in the top 15:

    • 2010 - #8
    • 2009 - #5
    • 2008 - #10
    • 2007 - #11
    • 2006 - #6

    Check out all the perks of working at Santa Clara University.


  •  Faculty Receive Tenure, Promotions

    President Michael Engh, S.J., has granted tenure and/or promotions to 13 faculty members.
    Receiving tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor are:
    • Katherine Aoki, Art and Art History
    • Steven Suljak, Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • Amy Randall, History
    • David Feldman, Counseling Psychology
    • Sarah Kate Wilson, Electrical Engineering
    Receiving tenure is:
    • Jill Pellettieri, Modern Languages and Literatures
     Promoted to the rank of full professor are:
    • Mary Hegland, Anthropology
    • Elizabeth Dahlhoff, Biology
    • Michael Carrasco, Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • Richard Scott, Mathematics and Computer Science
    • Terri Peretti, Political Science
    • Kieran Sullivan, Psychology
    • Lisa Goldstein, Education

    All 13 were recognized for their commitment to teaching, student learning, and scholarly research. 

  •  Student's Personal Experience Breeds Innovation for Capstone Project

    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. 


  •  Broncos Read 2011 Honorees

    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. 
    All nominations can be viewed on the Broncos Read Facebook page. 
    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.
    All five Broncos Read posters are viewable online in the Broncos Read gallery. 
    The Broncos Read 2012 campaign will begin next academic year, and all faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to submit nominations.
    Visit the Broncos Read site to learn more. 
    Broncos Read is sponsored by the Associated Student Government, the Faculty Senate, the Staff Senate, and the Center for Student Leadership.


  •  Sixth Annual Alumni Anniversary Awards

    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.

  •  SCU in the News

    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 MinorityOroville 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-ConstitutionChicago 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,, 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 TimesOakland 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'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!! *** 


  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    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)."


  •  A Mammoth Discovery: Faculty, Students Dig for Columbian Mammoth Remains in Castroville

    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.
    Watch a slide show of the excavation.
    Watch interviews with Dr. King and his students.
    Watch an exclusive news story from NBC Bay Area.


  •  New Opportunities Coming to Campus to Learn and Discuss Sustainability and Environmental Justice

    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.
    The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education responded to President Michael Engh’s challenge to depend and renew SCU’s commitment to sustainability and environmental justice and to become a major center of innovative practice, study, and debate around issues of sustainability. The Sustainability Initiative at Santa Clara included invited guest speakers Debra Rowe, Ph.D., Kristin Shrader-Frechette, Ph.D., and Sandra Postel. The Sustainability Teach-in during Earth Week will feature pioneering educator David Orr, Ph.D., on Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. in the Mayer Theatre.
    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.
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