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  •  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


  •  U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, Forbes Ranks Santa Clara Among the Best


    Santa Clara University made three of the country’s most well-known colleges lists.
    In its annual ranking, “America’s Best Colleges 2012,” U.S. News & World Report ranked SCU second overall among master’s universities in the West. SCU’s average undergraduate graduation rate of 85 percent was the third highest in the country among 626 national master’s level universities. Read more.
    For a fourth consecutive year, SCU climbed higher on Forbes magazine’s Best Colleges list, jumping to No. 67 for 2011. SCU was ranked 115 in 2010, 150 in 2009, and 318 in 2008. In 2011’s West Coast division, SCU ranked No. 11 and No. 60 in best private colleges. Read more.

    The Princeton Review’s annual guidebook, “The Best 376 Colleges – 2012 Edition,” also featured SCU, recognizing it for its academic program, small class sizes, and Catholic values.


  •  Santa Clara University's School of Engineering Celebrates 100 Years


    Santa Clara University’s School of Engineering will celebrate its 100th anniversary this academic year with a series of events, including visits from industry leaders such as Intel’s President and CEO Paul Otellini and Apple’s Co-founder Steve Wozniak, as well as a look into the future to examine how engineering will change in the next 100 years.
    Much has changed since 1911, when SCU’s new engineering program began with just five students enrolled as undergraduate engineering students. Today, more than 1,600 students are studying civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering, as well as bioengineering, applied mathematics, and engineering management and leadership.
    Throughout the last 100 years, the School of Engineering has made significant contributions to the community and the world, including helping to rebuild the Mission Church in 1926 after it burned down and providing engineering and science and management training for people in war industries during World War II. For decades, SCU has been leading the way to a sustainable future with alternative fuel research in the 1970s and recent successes in the 2007 and 2009 U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competitions. SCU is also the only university in the U.S. to do all mission operations and ground segment development for NASA satellites as part of a student program. Read more.


  •  Santa Clara University School of Law Welcomes New, Diverse Class of Law Students


    Santa Clara University School of Law welcomed its newest class of first-year students to the 100-year-old institution.  
    The 226 full-time and 75 part-time students, who began classes on August 15, hail from 26 states and 11 foreign countries including Canada, China, Mexico, and Pakistan. They attended 111 different undergraduate schools, and 36 of them already have advanced degrees— including three Ph.D.s and one DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery). 

    “We are excited to welcome our newest Santa Clara Law class to campus,” said Santa Clara Law Dean Donald Polden. “While they sought us out for our rigorous legal education and leadership focus, we look forward to benefiting from their excellent academic achievements and their rich and varied personal experiences and backgrounds.” Read more.


  •  Class of 2015 Launch College Career


    Santa Clara University’s campus is bustling with some 1,300 freshmen, who embarked on their college career today. For a fifth consecutive year, SCU received a record number of applicants—13,342, an increase of about 12 percent from the year before. Of the 1,275 students who were admitted, 61 percent are from California, 37 percent are from 37 states and 1.6 percent are international students, representing countries such as China, India, and Canada. Besides California, the next top 10 states with the most students are: Washington (123), Oregon (63), Colorado, (47), Hawaii (39), Illinois (25), Massachusetts (21), Arizona (20), Nevada (17), and Texas (15).
    Here’s a look at how the numbers for the class of 2015 compare in recent years:
    Class of 2015
    Class of 2014
    Class of 2013
    SAT (critical reading + math)
    ACT (composite)
    Male/Female ratio
    College of Arts & Sciences
    Leavey School of Business
    School of Engineering
    Jesuit high school graduate
    Other Catholic high school graduate
    Public high school
    Legacy (parent)
    The freshman students moved into their dorms on Sept. 17, while more than 400 upperclassmen moved into the University’s first eco-friendly student housing community, University Villas. Read more.


  •  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) has received a year two funding of $31,519 from County of Santa Clara to support the "Unmet Civil Legal Services Program."
    Mike Carrasco (Chemistry) has received $159,159 from the National Science Foundation to support "MRI: Acquisition of a mass Spectrometer."
    David Hess (Biology) has received funding of $147,525 from the National Science Foundation to support "RUI: Utilization of Natural Variation in Domesticated Strains of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae to Elucidate Metabolic Specialization."
    Chris Kitts (Mechanical Engineering) has received a two year contract from NASA Ames Research Center that provides $41,000 to support "Small Spacecraft Division Microsatellite-Nanosatellite Technology Research & Development Support."
    Dennis C. Smolarski S.J. (Mathematics and Computer Science) has received first place in a Liturgy book award by the Catholic Journal with his book, Eucharist and American Culture.
    William Stover (Political Science) was elected to serve on the International Political Science Association’s Board of Advisors for a third term of three years after chairing a panel on “Terrorism and Legal Considerations” in Ankara, Turkey.
    Chris Weber (Physics) has received an award from National Science Foundation that provides $190,000 to support "RUI: Measurement of density of states of (Ga,Mn)As and diffusion of photoinduced order by ultrafast transient-grating spectroscopy."
    These announcements are from July. August announcements will be published in the next issue on Oct. 17. If you have any announcements you would like to submit, e-mail by Oct. 11.


  •  Santa Clara University Conferred 1,350 Degrees at 160th Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

    Be a man or woman for others. Those were the words from commencement speaker and world-renowned author Dr. Khaled Hosseini to the 1,350 graduating seniors at Santa Clara University’s 160th undergraduate commencement ceremony Saturday.

    The graduates, 652 men and 698 women, ranging from ages 18 to 50, listened to Hosseini, a 1988 Santa Clara alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He told them that much of what he learned on campus as an undergraduate student is more relevant to him today than he could have ever imagined.

    “Being a man or woman for others is a great responsibility but it is also a great gift. But first, in order to accept this gift, we have to first reject the prevailing mindset of our culture—the mindset of scarcity,” he said. Read more.

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  •  Nurture a Grateful, Prayerful Heart, Yale University's First Female Chaplain Urged Santa Clara University Advanced-Degree Graduates

    Keeping a grateful, prayerful heart will fortify you for life’s inevitable surprises, conflicts and tragedies, Yale University’s first female Roman Catholic chaplain told the graduates of Santa Clara University’s four advanced-degree programs.

    The University's 160th graduation for about 1,000 students from the School of Engineering, the Leavey School of Business and Administration, the School of Education and Counseling Psychology, and the College of Arts and Sciences took place Friday evening at the University’s Leavey Center.

    “This world is swirling with challenges to our humanity,” said Sharon M.K. Kugler, ’81, the commencement speaker and since 2007 Yale University’s chaplain. “May you nurture a gracious spirit, find reasons to say thank you every day; may you embody a kind of prayer in all that you do, and always remain awake to the wondrous possibility that is all around you.” Read more.

    Watch a slideshow of the ceremony.

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  •  Use Law Degree to Provide Access to Those Who Lack It, says Former California Supreme Court Justice

    Use your law degree to make legal and civic rights accessible to those without resources, former California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno told the 300 graduating law students from Santa Clara University School of Law.
    The law school’s Centennial-year commencement took place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the University’s Mission Gardens.
    Moreno spoke on a sunny day before a multiethnic crowd of more than 3,500 family, friends, and supporters of the 2011 graduates. He recounted how shocked he was at the difficulty he encountered when trying to procure services for his autistic niece, whom he and his wife have raised since she was five years old.
    He told of the maddening bureaucracy and misinformation he had to overcome to get his niece the medical, school, and social services that were hers by law. If he, a federal judge, was having problems getting the system to work, he said, what chance do those with lesser resources have?
    Unless individual rights to due process, equal protection, and civil rights “are enforced and exercised and given meaning in actual practice,” he said, then “for all intents and purposes they may as well cease to exist for many people in our society.”
    Moreno’s speech came as Santa Clara University School of Law is celebrating the 100th year since its founding as the “Santa Clara Institute of Law at Santa Clara College.” Read more.


  •  Santa Clara University Receives National Recognition for Community Service

    The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored Santa Clara University as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. Santa Clara was admitted to the 2010 Presidents Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty, and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. This is the fifth consecutive year the University has received this award.
    There are several programs at Santa Clara—across all disciplines—that offer students opportunities for active engagement, research, and service-oriented learning. One such program, Arrupe Placements, includes approximately 50 community partners throughout Santa Clara County and, each year, allows nearly 1,200 students to learn through community engagement. The University also implemented its new core curriculum in 2009, which requires students to participate in some form of community-based learning during their undergraduate years.
    On campuses across the country, millions of college students are engaged in innovative projects to meet local needs, often using the skills learned in classrooms. In 2009, some 3.2 million college students dedicated more than 307 million hours of service to communities across the country, with their time and efforts valued at more than $6.4 billion. Business and law students offer tax preparation and legal services; college student volunteers provide meals, create parks, rebuild homes after disasters, conduct job training, run senior service programs, and much more. Read more.


  •  Interim Provost Opens Up About His 34 Years at SCU

    When Don Dodson, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, retires this summer, he will mark the end of nearly three and a half decades as part of the SCU administration. “I’ve loved working at an institution that has a clear sense of its mission, a commitment to academic excellence, and a strong sense of community and collegiality,” he notes. “I feel very fortunate to have been able to spend most of my career at Santa Clara.”
    Formerly an assistant professor of communication at Stanford University, Dodson began his career at SCU in 1977 as special assistant to the vice president for University Relations. He held various positions over the years in the Development Office and in Academic Affairs before accepting his current position last July.
    He took some time to answer a few questions for fyi:
    What are your primary duties and accomplishments as interim provost?
    The primary responsibilities of the position are to provide leadership for all academic, co curricular, and academic-support programs and services. A particular responsibility this year has been to ensure a smooth transition until the new provost, Dennis Jacobs, begins this summer.
    Accomplishments in a position like this are never solo. They rest on the creativity and dedication of many people. Some of the accomplishments this year include greater integration of the Jesuit School of Theology into the University, resource planning for the new Strategic Plan, developing proposed targets for the size and composition of the faculty to achieve our educational goals, implementation of a new appointment model for non-tenure-track faculty, the continued roll-out of the new undergraduate core curriculum, approval of a new M.S. degree in Sustainable Energy, and the development of a proposal for a new Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences and a stand-alone bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies.
    What are some major changes you’ve observed in your time at SCU?
    There are too many to name them all! A few that come to mind are a greater focus on the University’s Jesuit mission and identity, significant growth in the size of the University, many new majors and degree programs, the adoption of a new undergraduate core curriculum (three times over the past 30 years), an increased emphasis on research, the development of the teaching scholar model for faculty, the development of the University’s three Centers of Distinction, an increased emphasis on community-based learning, the development of Residential Learning Communities, and the physical unification of the campus and construction of many new buildings.
    What do you think is SCU’s strongest asset that will continue to make it a leader well into the 21st century?
    Its greatest asset is its community of talented and dedicated people who are committed to making Santa Clara an exemplar of excellence in Jesuit education. Doing this in the middle of Silicon Valley, which is a mindset as well as a region, is also a tremendous asset which we should take advantage of to the fullest.
    Any plans yet for your newfound free time after you retire?
    My only firm plan is to have fewer plans. I look forward to a good night’s sleep and an unscheduled day. More specifically, though, I would like more time for family, travel, reading, playing the piano and listening to music, and volunteer work, including staying involved with the University in various ways. Other than that, I have no plans!


  •  Human Resources, Provost's Office Announce

    As part of an ongoing effort to promote work-life balance, the University entered into a pilot project with, which provides an accessible online resource to connect individual faculty and staff with vetted care providers. The company has a particular strength in child and senior care but addresses the full lifecycle of care needs. The service enables individuals to search nationally to find and select the best care possible based on detailed profiles, background checks, and references.
                 also offers elder care planning and management. It provides individual
    consultations, research on provider options, comprehensive written care plans, access to a national credentialed provider network, rate negotiation, and assistance in identifying backup care.
    The idea for this partnership emerged through a series of work-life workshops that were sponsored by the Provost’s Office. During these sessions, a number of faculty and staff shared that it was difficult to find and retain qualified child and elder care providers. In hope of reducing this burden, the University sought out the help of Early indications suggest that users are satisfied with the resource.’s Senior Care Counseling program has been especially well-received. A number of employees have shared that they are grateful for the guidance the senior care counselors have provided.
    Access to is free for all faculty and staff. Please visit and use your email address to register.

    Faculty and staff can also attend any of the summer and fall workshops to learn about the 10 most important topics for seniors and their families.


  •  Lessons Learned As SCU EMTs

    They are often the first people on the scene whenever students, faculty, or staff have medical issues and help keep us all healthy and safe. They are the members of Santa Clara University Emergency Medical Services (EMS), which was founded by Sam Suleman ’99 and Matt Donnelly ’98.
    Operations began under advisor and Cowell Health Center’s Nurse Practitioner Michele Helms on January 12, 1998. Six other students joined Suleman and Donnelly, responding to 126 calls over the first two quarters, including a fire in Graham 400, one of seven calls on the first night.
    Suleman worked in the medical profession for a few years after graduating from the University but later left to pursue a career in business. He says that the program has helped both medical and non-medical students.
    “I will always remember those 3 a.m. nights on the 7th floor of Swig. They really test you, but it was a great experience,” says Suleman. He further adds that serving as an EMT contributed to a “huge growth in leadership, decision making, and confidence in yourself during difficult situations.”
    Annie Cheung, ’12, began working as an SCU EMT at the beginning of this year and is the public relations director for SCU EMS. She says that she has already gained invaluable experience in “patient care…and not just medical care but showing genuine care for a person.” She also expresses gratitude for the opportunity to practice skills she plans on using in the future.
    Cheung and the 30 other SCU EMS staff members took part in a mass casualty incident simulation on May 22, in which all students in the program train for a catastrophic event. Some 50 volunteer students acted as patients, including some from the theatre department, while Helms and folks from Student Life, Campus Safety, and Cowell Health Center watched from the sidelines, evaluating their response. The Santa Clara Fire Department was also on hand, acting as mentors, and Cheung says they received great feedback.
    “The MCI exercise went really well,” says Cheung. “We normally work in teams of two or three during our shifts, but this simulation required teamwork from the entire staff, and we were successful.”


  •  SCU in the News

    The Wall Street Journal quoted James Lai (Political Science/Ethnic Studies) on the impact of Republicans blocking law professor Goodwin Liu's appointment to a federal appeals court. Lai was also quoted in the San Jose Mercury News about the rapid growth of Indian-Americans in the Bay Area. The article was republished in six papers across California.
    Linda Starr (NCIP) was quoted in the legal newspaper Daily Journal about a new DA for Kern County who has drawn criticism for her aggressiveness, and in the Louis Farakkhan/Nation of Islam-founded paper The Final Call about the prevalence of wrongful convictions, especially against African-American men.
    The New York Times and other publications noted that about 75 professors across the country —including SCU’s Gary Macy and Kristin Heyer (Religious Studies) and Michael Zampelli, S.J. (Theatre and Dance) — wrote a letter urging House Speaker John Boehner to remember Catholic teachings on helping the poor as he shepherds the federal budget.
    The San Jose Mercury News wrote a feature story about the Centennial-year graduation of the School of Law, which quoted President Michael Engh, S.J., and students Brittney Salvatore, Carlos Rosario, Sarah Mercer and Jennifer McAllister.
    Judy Nadler (Markkula) was quoted in a widely reprinted California Watch story about a politician whose biographies misidentified him as a UC Berkeley graduate.
    The news that the Hispanic-theologian group ACHTUS is presenting awards to the Jesuit School of Theology and Eduardo Fernandez, S.J., (JST) was reported in the National Catholic Reporter’s online site. The story quoted Kevin Burke, S.J. (JST).
    David Ball (Law) talked to KCBS and KLIV radio stations about a new Supreme Court decision ordering California to release thousands of prisoners due to inhumane conditions in the prisons.
    Thomas Plante (Psychology) was quoted in The Washington Post about the latest John Jay report on clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The piece was republished in He was also interviewed by ABC7 and wrote two blogs, which were published in the Huffington Post and Psychology Today.
    Meir Statman (Finance) was quoted by Money Magazine about the poor market-timing ability of the majority of investors, and by the Wall Street Journal about the advantages of women’s insecurity about investing. He also spoke to AdvisorOne about what financial advisers can do to prevent clients from behaving self-destructively, and to Associated Content about the difficulty of resisting the urge to spend money when offered discount sales.
    Anna Han (Law) was quoted in the San Jose Mercury News about a dispute between Yahoo and its Chinese company partner.
    News that the Center for Science, Technology, and Society has created an “Energy Map” providing information about 40 social enterprises that are solving the problem of lack of electricity or clean fuel was featured in the website Environmental Protection.
    Eric Goldman (Law) was quoted in a New York Times story about the difficulty of enforcing privacy laws of different countries on Internet companies like Twitter, and spoke to the New York Times and KGO TV about a challenge to Google over its acceptance of ads from rogue pharmacies. He also spoke to the San Jose Mercury News about a Facebook PR firm’s clandestine campaign to bash Google. All the stories were widely carried by other media outlets nationwide.
    A Santa Clara University program, “One in Four, that helps prevent sexual assault, was mentioned in the San Luis Obispo Tribune.
    Michelle Oberman (Law) was quoted in the Fort Collins Coloradoan about the tragedy of mothers who kill their own children.
    Here’s a sampling of the hundreds of mentions of SCU in the media in the past two weeks. The first part of the link is a list; the full text is below the list.
    ***NOTE: Use EXTREME CAUTION before printing the linked information, as it will be dozens of pages!! ***


  •  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.


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