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San Francisco Business Times: Influential Women 2015 - Elizabeth Davis

San Francisco Business Times: Influential Women 2015 - Elizabeth Davis | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Elizabeth B. Davis is the first woman appointed as dean of the University of San Francisco School of Management.
 

Dean and professor of management, School of Management, University of San Francisco
 

Education: B.A, sociology, Barnard College/Columbia University; PhD., The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
 

Community involvement: Bay Area Council board member, Direct Selling Educational Foundation board member, Rocky Mountain Science & Sustainability Network board member, Center for Family-Owned Businesses board member, West Haven Council for the Arts board member, Eastern Academy of Management board member.
 

Proudest professional accomplishment:Educating the next generation of Conscious Leaders for business, government and non-profits. 

[via @SFBusinessTimes]

University of San Francisco's insight:

The School of Management welcomes Dean Elizabeth B. Davis. Dean Davis brings to USF a stellar academic foundation, a solid grounding in Jesuit management education, a wealth of industry leadership experience, and proven success as a dean. With more than 25 years of higher education experience, she will steer the course for the future of the School of Management.
 

An expert in strategic management, business policy, and organizational dynamics, Dean Davis culminated her successful industry career leading a biotechnology firm in Philadelphia prior to launching her equally accomplished academic career. She served as Dean of the College of Business and Professor of Management at the University of New Haven (UNH) in Connecticut. Prior to New Haven, she served as an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication, and Director of the Women’s Leadership Institute at George Washington University.

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San Francisco Chronicle: Justice Kennedy is likely key to decision on same-sex marriage

San Francisco Chronicle: Justice Kennedy is likely key to decision on same-sex marriage | USF in the News | Scoop.it

With marriage rights and states’ authority on the line Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy staged a public debate with himself. In the end, it seemed that same-sex couples, and their claim to the “dignity-bestowing” status of marriage, were narrowly ahead.

As the frequent swing vote on a divided court, and as the author of the court’s three previous gay-rights rulings, Kennedy was a natural focus of attention during 2½ hours of arguments over state laws allowing only opposite-sex couples to marry and denying recognition to same-sex marriages from other states. Although Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Stephen Breyer and others aimed critical questions at lawyers for both sides, a 4-4 split among Kennedy’s colleagues appeared likely, leaving the issue of the constitutional right to marry in the hands of the former Sacramento attorney. [via @sfchronicle]

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“Kennedy seemed really taken aback,” said Julie Nice, a University of San Francisco law professor. While Kennedy faces “a showdown of his two long-standing positions” on federal-state relations and marital dignity, she said, Bursch may have inadvertently tipped the scales by stressing the main argument of social conservatives — that marriage is intended to encourage responsible procreation and parents’ commitment to their biological offspring — rather than democracy and states’ prerogatives.

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CBS Local: Professor Encourages Education Majors To Adapt To New Technologies

CBS Local: Professor Encourages Education Majors To Adapt To New Technologies | USF in the News | Scoop.it

According to a report published earlier this month from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and Workforce, job opportunities for college-educated workers have risen dramatically. That great news for San Francisco students, especially those who soon will be entering a local marketplace with an unemployment rate of less than four percent. And, with a teacher shortage in San Francisco, students pursuing a career in education may find several opportunities for employment upon completing their academic requirements. For career advice, Kimberly Connor, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of San Francisco, took time away from her rewarding work as a graduate instructor and her volunteer work at 826 Valencia to talk about her academic career in addition to providing insightful advice on a career in education.

University of San Francisco's insight:
Kimberly Rae Connor, Associate Professor in the Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, is a greatly admired author and teacher of social and leadership ethics, religion, and literature, with academic focus on African American religious life and cultural production.

Professor Connor published two well-received books, Conversions and Visions in the Writings of African American Women and Imagining Grace: Liberating Theologies in the Slave Narrative Tradition, and the later was selected by Choice Magazine as an outstanding academic title. Dr. Connor integrates her own research into her course work, urging students to see from various cultural, religious and philosophical perspectives, helping them develop into more mindful, tolerant leaders and advocates of social justice.
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New York Times: Judicial Review of Planned Drone Attacks Would Save Lives

New York Times: Judicial Review of Planned Drone Attacks Would Save Lives | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The deaths of an American aid worker, Warren Weinstein, and an Italian aid worker, Giovanni Lo Porto, devastatingly demonstrate, yet again, that U.S. government claims of the “near certainty” of and the “high confidence” in the accuracy of drone attacks is a sham.

By some counts, of the eight Americans killed in drone strikes on foreign soil, only one was a member of Al Qaeda – Anwar al-Awlaki – and of 522 drone strikes (over 450 of them carried out by the Obama administration) 476 civilians were among the 3,852 killed – a civilian kill rate of 12 percent. 
 

On the heels of the tragic deaths of Weinstein and Lo Porto, The New York Times called this an “uncomfortable truth.” But there is another uncomfortable truth more fundamental – the Bush/Obama drone wars demonstrate that unfettered executive action has resulted in civilian deaths and worldwide reaction that arguably does more harm than good to American interests.

This is why we need a drone court. This court would be composed of rotating federal District Court and Court of Appeals judges charged with weighing evidence presented by government officials in an adversarial setting. They would be subject to cross examination by independent counsel responsible for insuring government claims of “near certainty” and “high confidence” are subject to rigorous assessment of available intelligence information.
[via @nytimes]

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Jeffrey S. Brand, the dean emeritus and professor of the University of San Francisco School of Law, is the director of the Center for Law and Global Justice. Amos N. Guiora is a professor at S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah and codirector of its Center for Global Justice.

University of San Francisco's insight:

Jeffrey S. Brand joined the faculty at USF School of Law in 1986 and was the 17th dean of the USF School of Law from 1999-2013. Brand received his AB from UC Berkeley in 1966 and his JD from UC Berkeley School of Law in 1969. His scholarly and professional work has focused on human rights, global justice, constitutional law, and various civil procedure and evidence issues, including recovering statutory attorney's fees in civil rights actions. As a teacher, Brand received the USF School of Law Distinguished Professor Award four times. He has taught in the fields of civil procedure, constitutional law, evidence, labor law, and remedies.

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Tonight at USF: What Schools Must Do to Make Democracy Real

Tonight at USF: What Schools Must Do to Make Democracy Real | USF in the News | Scoop.it
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Diversity - Issues in Higher Education Magazine: AERA Sessions Pinpoint the Necessity of Social Justice

Diversity - Issues in Higher Education Magazine: AERA Sessions Pinpoint the Necessity of Social Justice | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Chicago — The recent polarization of unarmed Black men killed by White police officers has sparked a sense of urgency to address as curriculum at the American Education Research Association (AERA) annual meeting last week. At the largest gathering in the field of education research, AERA scholars expressed the necessity of incorporating social justice into curriculum.
 

A panel that highlighted this year’s call to action, Toward Justice – Culture, Language and Heritage in Education Research and Praxis, “Bringing Ferguson to our Classrooms: The Implications of Michael Brown’s Teacher Curricula,” senior scholars discussed the significance of classroom conversations on the deaths of Brown, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Renisha McBride and most recently Walter Scott. [via @DiverseIssues]

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Other panelists weighed in on national implications of race within the framework of higher education. Assistant professor of teacher education at the University of San Francisco Dr. Richard Ayers commented on the nationwide lack of diversity in K-12 teaching. 
 

“There are so many young White teachers going into teaching and not enough teachers of color coming in. We are in a country where African-American teachers were wholesale fired in New Orleans and teachers are now in prison in Georgia for the same thing that was done in the Texas Miracle. So, when we talk about wanting to diversify the teaching core in this country, yet we are firing and jailing Black teachers.”

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KTVU Fox 2: Oprah Winfrey draws full house for Stanford address

KTVU Fox 2: Oprah Winfrey draws full house for Stanford address | USF in the News | Scoop.it

STANFORD, Calif. (KTVU) -- A big crowd gathered on the Stanford campus Monday night to hear media mogul Oprah Winfrey give an address on "How to Live a Meaningful Life."

It's part of a Stanford tradition called "Harry's Last Lecture on a Meaningful Life" named after the late Stanford Law School Professor Harry Rathbun who delivered his "Last Lecture" every year from the 1930s through the 1950s.

Past speakers have included retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and the Dalai Lama. [via @KTVU]

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Among those in attendance, 84-year-old Stanford Scholar and University of San Francisco visiting professor Clarence P. Jones who was a political adviser and speech writer for Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.

"I think that she has emerged more than just a media personality that everyone knows. She has emerged as a unique thinker in this generation," said Jones.

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Associated Press: Ex-sailor says he confessed to end grueling interrogation

Associated Press: Ex-sailor says he confessed to end grueling interrogation | USF in the News | Scoop.it

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former sailor testified Thursday that he falsely confessed to a 1997 rape and murder because he wanted the 11 hours of grueling interrogation by aggressive police detectives to end.


"I just couldn't take it anymore," Danial Williams said. "I couldn't take being called a liar, the pressure."


Williams and Joseph Dick Jr. testified at an evidentiary hearing in U.S. District Court in Richmond, where they are trying to get their convictions for the rape and murder of Michelle Moore-Bosko overturned. Williams and Dick are two of the so-called "Norfolk Four," ex-sailors who have long claimed that police coerced them into falsely confessing. [via @AP]

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University of San Francisco law professor Richard A. Leo said people doubt the reality of false confessions because they don't believe they would ever make one. But most people know nothing about how police interrogations can distort a suspect's thinking, said Leo, an expert in the subject.


He said it appears that Dick eventually came to believe that he must have participated in the crime even though he couldn't remember it.

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Healthline: Do Photos of Thin Models Really Cause Eating Disorders?

Healthline: Do Photos of Thin Models Really Cause Eating Disorders? | USF in the News | Scoop.it

France is cracking down on its modeling industry, but experts say personality traits, life experiences, and cultural messages combine into a perfect storm to create eating disorders.

The percentage of teens who made themselves throw up to control their weight had risen from zero to more than 11 percent. Teens living in households with a television were more than three times as likely to have such unhealthy attitudes. 
 

Images of ultra-thin models and actresses have been blamed for decades for eating disorders, especially among teen girls. 

In France this past month, legislation was approved to crack down on underweight girls in the modeling industry.
 

But is the barrage of images of skinny people in today’s media-conscious world really the prime culprit? [via @healthline]

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“It’s very difficult to restrict speech,” added David Greene, an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, in an interview with Healthline. “If there’s a public health concern, it has to be something really critical, and that the restrictions be the only way of addressing this seriously critical public health concern.”
 

While the connection between cigarettes and health problems is indisputable, Greene says, a causal connection between media imagery and eating disorders is harder to prove.
 

“That would require the government to prove that the preponderance of these types of advertising actually causes the harm it’s trying to address,” he said. “And I think it’s going to have a hard time doing that.”

 

University of San Francisco's insight:

David Greene is a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He has significant experience litigating First Amendment issues in state and federal trial and appellate courts and is one of the country’s leading advocates for and commentators on freedom of expression in the arts. David was a founding member of the Internet Free Expression Alliance, and currently serves on the Northern California Society for Professional Journalists Freedom of Information Committee, the steering committee of the Free Expression Network, the governing committee of the ABA Forum on Communications Law, and on advisory boards for several arts and free speech organizations across the country. He has written and lectured extensively on many areas of First Amendment Law, including as a contributor to the International Encyclopedia of Censorship. Before joining EFF, David was for 12 years the executive director and lead staff counsel for First Amendment Project, a nonprofit organization providing legal and educational resources relating to free speech, press, petition, and information.

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National Catholic Reporter: Obama administration undermines UN disarmament efforts

National Catholic Reporter: Obama administration undermines UN disarmament efforts | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Though the United States may have taken the lead in the international diplomatic initiative against Iran's nuclear program, the Obama administration has also taken the lead in undermining the United Nations' efforts to promote nuclear arms control and disarmament elsewhere.
 

In a series of moves that received very little media attention in this country, the United Nations General Assembly in December adopted 57 resolutions recommended by the U.N.'s Disarmament and International Security Committee. However, the United States, more than any other member state of the 193-member body, cast votes in opposition to many of these modest efforts. [via @NCROnline]

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[Stephen Zunes is a professor of politics and program director of Middle Eastern studies at the University of San Francisco.]

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J Weekly: ‘Never again’ is easy to say; ending genocide requires commitment

J Weekly: ‘Never again’ is easy to say; ending genocide requires commitment | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Early in life, I learned the unambiguous and powerful words “Never again.” I actually thought the expression would create a new human ethic that would never again allow human beings to be systematically murdered for their religious, ethnic, national or racial identities. I was wrong. [via @jewishsf]

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Most of all, I teach Holocaust and Genocide because I will never give up the belief that our world can be different. These are more than history lessons. They are a lens into the depravity and the goodness of human beings. I teach this painful subject because it raises the question of what it means to be human, to have a conscience, to get involved and not to stand idly by, as well as to help emphasize the importance of nurturing our empathy, our moral courage and our humanity.
 

I teach so that we can become aware, we can become engaged and we can act in ways that will make a difference. My hope is that we can breathe new life into the words “Never again.”


Rabbi Lee Bycel is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco’s Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice and serves as the rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom of Napa. He is a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council but the views expressed here are solely his own.



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KQED Forum: California Supreme Court Hears Challenge to San Jose Affordable Housing Law

KQED Forum: California Supreme Court Hears Challenge to San Jose Affordable Housing Law | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Like many California communities, San Jose requires developers to include affordable units when constructing new market-rate housing. But industry groups have sued to block San Jose's law, saying it is unconstitutional. On Wednesday, the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case. We'll get the latest on the legal battle and what it might mean for San Jose, San Francisco, Berkeley and the estimated 170 local governments that have "inclusionary housing" laws.

Guests:

  • Anthony Francois, senior staff attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation; represents the California building industry association which is challenging the law
  • Tim Iglesias, law professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law; he organized and co-wrote amicus brief for the city of San Jose
  • Wayne Chen, division manager of Policy, Planning and Neighborhood Investments for the City of San Jose Department of Housing
  • Carl San Miguel, board member on the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors
University of San Francisco's insight:

USF Professor Tim Iglesias, an expert in housing and property law, has served on the USF law faculty since 2001. He co-edited The Legal Guide to Affordable Housing Development Law (American Bar Association, 2011). He has published several articles on affordable housing and fair housing law, including “Our Pluralist Housing Ethics and the Struggle for Affordability” (Wake Forest Law Review, 2007) and “Beyond Two-Persons-Per-Bedroom: Revitalizing Application of the Federal Fair Housing Act to Private Residential Occupancy Standards” (Georgia State Law Review, 2012). He is a frequent speaker and media commentator on housing issues.


Iglesias earned his Juris Doctor from Stanford University Law School with distinction in 1993, after receiving a bachelor's degree and an honorary master's from Oxford University, and graduating with a bachelor's degree from Loyola Marymount, magna cum laude.

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#AffordableHousing laws might be changing in #California. If the current 'inclusion' law changes how will California met the overwhelming need for affordable housing?

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Idaho Statesman: BSU hires new College of Public Service dean

Idaho Statesman: BSU hires new College of Public Service dean | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Corey Cook, who worked in public policy education at the University of San Francisco, has been named the inaugural dean of Boise State University’s College of Public Service.


The college, which will combine several departments including political science, criminal justice and military science, becomes operational in early July. The school brings together a variety of existing programs at Boise State that were once part of the College of Social Science and Public Affairs. The reorganization, approved by the State Board of Education, was undertaken after faculty said it would brings together diverse skills to deal with public policy questions.


The school should be a training ground for public service on a number of fronts, including government, business and nonprofits, said Cook.


“The goal is to get people to work with each other and to be collaborative, and to see how the university can be a partner throughout the region,” he said.


Cook has served as director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at University of San Francisco for the past six years. The center oversees graduate programs in public and urban affairs. Cook has also taught political science at the university, San Francisco State University and Rutgers University.

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NerdWallet: Small Business Success Story: How Father and Son Worked to Keep Business in Family Hands

NerdWallet: Small Business Success Story: How Father and Son Worked to Keep Business in Family Hands | USF in the News | Scoop.it

If you ask Amish Gupta, joining the family business was never a sure thing.


Five years ago, his father, Virenda Gupta, was ready to step back and travel more to his native India and see other places. He asked Amish to join and eventually take over RETC, a property tax consultancy in Dallas that the elder Gupta founded in 1986.


Before making the move, which had major professional and personal implications, Amish initiated frank discussions over compensation, ownership and authority. The father and son eventually agreed on a succession plan that is working well for the two men and ultimately the business.


“I wanted him to have complete rein and freedom,” Virenda Gupta says. “So I gave him marketing and sales and pretty quickly he became CEO. I took a back seat and he makes day-to-day decisions. … I believe a father-and-son team is only going to work if the son is given responsibilities and complete authority that he can exercise.”

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What’s more, the business itself may not survive the ebbs and flows of market and industry changes, says Monika Hudson, an assistant professor and director of the Gellert Family Business Resource Center at the University of San Francisco.


The center helps families balance business issues, ownership questions and family dynamics. It’s important that all three factors be in sync for a business’s long-term survival, Hudson says.


She cites the example of an expanding family business with children who did not get along. They fought so badly that it led to attorneys getting involved. The family is now splitting parts of the business.

“We have all the emotional issues that are part of being a family interfacing with those business decisions that need to be made around scale and the future,” she tells NerdWallet.

University of San Francisco's insight:

USF Assistant Professor Monika Hudson successfully blends professional experience in the public sector with deep community involvement, teaching and research. She brings to life USF's commitment to provide students with challenging academic programs, preparing them to activate positive change in the workplace and in society. Her fields of expertise include entrepreneurship, organizational behavior, management and all aspects of public administration.

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Contra Costa Times: Hillary Clinton plans first whack at Bay Area ATM

Contra Costa Times: Hillary Clinton plans first whack at Bay Area ATM | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Hillary Clinton next week will make her first fundraising visit to the Bay Area since declaring her 2016 presidential candidacy.


Some of the region's wealthiest Democrats are scribbling busily in their checkbooks for what's certain to be the first of many money sweeps Clinton will make to a region where she enjoys solid, deep-pocketed support.


"She'll be here a lot; this is her fundraising base ... with a near-limitless Rolodex of donors" that she has been accruing steadily since 1991, said Corey Cook, who directs the University of San Francisco's Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. "She has a remarkable ability to fill a room here."

The former U.S. secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady will attend two "Conversation with Hillary" fundraisers on Wednesday, May 6 in San Francisco -- one in the afternoon at the home of hedge fund billionaire turned environmentalist Tom Steyer, and the other in the evening at the home of longtime friend and supporter Susie Tompkins Buell, cofounder of Esprit and The North Face. [via @CCTimes]


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SF Weekly: Sounds of Pop/Sounds of Protest - A Conversation with Greil Marcus and Gina Arnold

SF Weekly: Sounds of Pop/Sounds of Protest - A Conversation with Greil Marcus and Gina Arnold | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Students at the University of San Francisco were treated to an engaging discussion yesterday between music journalist and author Gina Arnold and revered cultural critic Greil Marcus on the sounds of pop music and protest. Hosted inside a classroom but open to the pubic, the event celebrated the life and work of USF Media Studies professor (and SF Weekly writer) Andrew Goodwin

The two music minds explored various topics relating to the idea of art as more than just entertainment, but an instrument for political action. The duo discussed the racial connotations of Pussy Riot dramatizing Eric Garner's death in its "I Can't Breathe" video at length, and questioned whether using music to react to single incidents was more or less effective than vague lyrics critiquing larger issues. [via @SFWeekly]


University of San Francisco's insight:

Regina Arnold holds a Ph.D in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University and a BA in Communications from U.C. Berkeley. She is a former teaching fellow at Stanford's Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and her scholarly interests include media studies, journalism, creative non-fiction, and critical race theory. A former music writer for both Rolling Stone and Spin magazines, she is the author of three books on rock music, "Route 666" (St. Martin's), "Punk in the Present Tense" (St. Martin's) and "Exile In Guyville" (Bloomsbury, forthcoming.) A former Division One NCAA athlete, in her spare time, she coaches springboard diving at St. Ignatius College Prep.

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KPIX-TV: California Consumers Can Collect Up To $600 If Repair Person Doesn't Show

KPIX-TV: California Consumers Can Collect Up To $600 If Repair Person Doesn't Show | USF in the News | Scoop.it

It’s a huge pain to wait hours for a repair person who doesn’t show up. But California consumers can get paid, in the case of a no-show.


Ann Elliott knew relocating her cable box so her garage could be retrofitted wouldn’t be easy, but she never thought it could be so hard…


Law professor Robert Talbot told KPIX 5 companies can change an appointment, as long as they inform you first.

University of San Francisco's insight:

USF Professor Robert E. Talbot has been creating and directing law clinics at USF for 20 years. 


Talbot has been involved in thousands of family, employment, and other civil mediations both as mediator and representative. He has served as counsel in numerous court and jury trials, as a private attorney and public defender, and represented clients in arbitrations and negotiations. Talbot has taught investigative and courtroom testimony to San Francisco and San Mateo police academies, investigative tips for attorneys to bar associations in the Bay Area, and courtroom procedures and testimony techniques to doctors at UC San Francisco and other hospitals. He has also taught lawyers on the theory and practice of DNA analysis in advanced symposia.

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Democracy Now!: Headlines for April 22, 2015

Democracy Now!: Headlines for April 22, 2015 | USF in the News | Scoop.it
Educators Oppose Suspension of New Jersey Teacher Whose Students Wrote to Mumia Abu-Jamal    

And hundreds of students, educators and scholars from across the country have sent a letter to city authorities in Orange, New Jersey, urging them reinstate a teacher suspended for letting her third grade students write get-well cards to imprisoned journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal. Abu-Jamal was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer, but Amnesty International has found he was deprived of a fair trial. Speaking before the school board last week after her suspension, Marilyn Zuniga said her students wanted to send letters to Abu-Jamal after learning he was seriously ill.


Marilyn Zuniga: "On February 5th, I presented a 'Do Now' that stated, 'What is the main idea of this quote: So long as one just person is silenced, there is no justice.' This quote is by Mumia Abu-Jamal. In April, I mentioned to my students that Mumia was very ill, and they told me they would like to write get-well letters to Mumia. The most important fact to highlight in this entire matter is my love for and commitment to my students."


In their letter urging Zuniga’s reinstatement, top educators and scholars, including Noam Chomsky, Marc Lamont Hill and Kevin Kumashiro, dean of the University of San Francisco School of Education, wrote, "It seems to us that we are at a moment in world history where it is important to encourage teachers to help their students develop empathy for others, and to see themselves as people who want to strive to make the world a better place. How we pursue these aims is a legitimate question, but threatening to fire teachers who are trying to engage students’ hearts seems to us to be profoundly wrongheaded." [via @

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Futurity: Wildfires in California spew greenhouse gas

Futurity: Wildfires in California spew greenhouse gas | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Wildfires in California emit more greenhouse gas than previously believed, according to a new study that quantifies the amount of carbon stored and released through the state’s forests and wildlands.
 

The findings could have implications for the state’s efforts to meet goals mandated by the Global Warming Solutions Act, or AB 32, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. The bill, which passed in 2006, assumed no net emissions for wildland ecosystems by 2020. [via @FuturityNews]

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Researchers from the US Forest Service, the Spatial Informatics Group in Pleasanton, California, and the University of San Francisco are coauthors of the study.

University of San Francisco's insight:

Associate Professor David Saah co-authored a report entitled, "A global meta-analysis of forest bioenergy greenhouse gas emission accounting studies."  The report will be publish online in April 2015 in Global Change Biology – Bioenergy.

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The Washington Post: Bob St. Clair, Hall of Fame offensive tackle for San Francisco 49ers, dies

The Washington Post: Bob St. Clair, Hall of Fame offensive tackle for San Francisco 49ers, dies | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Bob St. Clair, a Hall of Fame offensive tackle and five-time Pro Bowler who played all 11 of his seasons with his hometown San Francisco 49ers, died April 20 in Santa Rosa, Calif. He was 84.


The University of San Francisco, where he was part of the undefeated 1951 football team, announced the death. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported the cause was complications from a broken hip. He was a longtime resident of Sonoma County, Calif.


A 6-foot-9 right tackle known for his speed, toughness and uncanny blocking ability in the passing and running games, Mr. St. Clair was a third-round draft pick by San Francisco in 1953.

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E-Commerce Times: EC Officially Tosses Google Into Hot Soup

E-Commerce Times: EC Officially Tosses Google Into Hot Soup | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The European Commission on Wednesday began official antitrust proceedings against Google, alleging abuses of its dominance in Internet search. The EC further opened a probe into Google's Android mobile operating system.

In a Statement of Objections sent to Google, the EC notes that its preliminary investigation indicates the company has infringed European antitrust rules by stifling competition and harming consumers. However, issuing the statement does not preclude other possible outcomes of the full investigation. [via @technewsworld]

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"No matter how good competition is, this doesn't justify abuse of monopoly power under European law," said David Franklyn, technology law professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law.


Google is "giving preferential treatment for their own services, notably Google Shopping," he told the E-Commerce Times.
 

"What Google rattled off is just PR, and the EC is very serious, as it is saying they are a monopolist company, having 90 percent or more of search and control of the search results," Franklyn added.

University of San Francisco's insight:

Professor David J. Franklyn spent five years in private practice as a litigator for Mayer, Brown & Platt in Chicago before he joined the law faculty at Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law. At Salmon P. Chase College of Law, he received the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award. Franklyn has authored several articles on trademark and liability issues and collaborates with Senior Professor J. Thomas McCarthy on numerous projects.

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Chronicle of Higher Ed: The Celebrity Illusion

Chronicle of Higher Ed: The Celebrity Illusion | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Damn, I shouldn’t have slept so long" is my first thought when I see the size of the line, which is already the width of a boxcar and the length of an aircraft carrier. It is early in the morning and cold. Many of my line mates have blankets and a diminishing food supply. It is clear they have been here for a very long time.
 

The people in the line come in three categories: teenager, young adult, and parent. The last category is, by far, the smallest. And its members are invariably attached to someone from the first category. This makes me an oddball. As far as I can tell, I am the only solo middle-aged man. I try to look confident and purposeful, as if I am here for some specific and important reason, but I am sure I look awkward and out of place.
 

We are waiting in line to audition for American Idol. [via @chronicle]

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So what the heck am I doing here? I want to learn more about, and get as close as I can to, the phenomenon of celebrity. And nothing represents celebrity culture better than American Idol.
 

During the past few decades, celebrity culture’s grip on our society has tightened. Yes, celebrities have been part of the cultural landscape for most of human history. Whether it’s Alexander the Great or Lord Byron, people have always been fascinated with the famous. But never has celebrity culture played such a dominant role in so many aspects of our lives.

Joshua Gamson, a professor of sociology at the University of San Francisco’s College of Arts and Sciences, tells me something similar. "In a society with tremendous income inequality, with many avenues [to success] effectively closed, here you have a way to … a get-rich-quick fantasy. You can understand why people want to keep the dream alive," he says. "The shortcut to mobility is very appealing." 

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San Francisco Chronicle: African American diaspora comes to life in USF show

San Francisco Chronicle: African American diaspora comes to life in USF show | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The past comes to life for Kevin B. Jones in a potent and personal way when he’s standing in a broiling-hot sugarcane field where some of his Louisiana ancestors may have toiled as slaves or lived as sharecroppers in those tiny wooden shacks that appear in some of his telling photographs.
 

“It makes the history very real for me. You think, how did people survive?” says Jones, whose pictures are on view at the University of San Francisco’s Thacher Gallery in a group show by Collective 3.9. The collective is a Bay Area coalition of African American artists and art pros concerned about the ongoing exodus of black people from San Francisco — priced out of their homes by the current boom and resulting gentrification — and the diminishment of our civic culture because of it.

The show is titled “Hiraeth: The 3.9 Collective Searches for Home.” Hiraeth is a Welsh term for a deep longing for home or a world long gone, and the artist who curated the exhibition, San Francisco native Rhiannon MacFadyen, is part Welsh. It features photographs, installations, paintings and mixed-media pieces by 10 artists who approach that broad idea in historically resonant, personal and sometimes San Francisco-specific ways. [via @

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San Francisco Magazine: Why San Francisco Needs Its Own Chuy Garcia

San Francisco Magazine: Why San Francisco Needs Its Own Chuy Garcia | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Where's our Chuy?
 

That's a question that many on San Francisco's left are asking after watching what went down in Chicago over the last few weeks. In case you missed it, the Windy City's centrist mayor Rahm Emanuel was taken into a runoff by progressive challenger Chuy Garcia, who hammered a "Tale of Two Cities" campaign theme over and over again. Though Garcia ultimately lost on election day this Tuesday, progressives in Chicago could be reaping dividends from their candidate's strong fight for years to come.

Could something similar happen in San Francisco, where Mayor Ed Lee, like Emanuel, enjoys broad but not deep support, and where a strong argument about inequality and unaffordability could make inroads? With Lee currently all but unopposed in his bid for reelection in November, and with a restive activist class fixated on what 48 Hills editor Tim Redmond calls “a city at war,” how come no one has stepped up to become San Francisco's Chuy
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It’s not the case either that voters are wildly in love with the mayor, says Corey Cook, a professor at USF, but “he’s not that polarizing. People like him. We see in poll after poll that the frustrations don’t rebound onto him.” Part of the story, then, is a mayor playing a strong but not perfect hand. But part of it is a lack of competition pushing against him. 

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The Recorder: Viewpoint - Pao Jury Overlooked Culture Question

The Recorder: Viewpoint - Pao Jury Overlooked Culture Question | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The law encourages a narrow focus in discrimination cases, which may let employers off the hook too easily, writes USF law professor Tristin Green.


The jurors in Pao v. Kleiner Perkins narrowed in on Ellen Pao's performance evaluations, affixing them along the walls of the deliberation room next to those of her male colleagues and walking through each in comparison to the others.


As one of the jurors remembers, they spent almost no time deliberating about the evidence of a male-dominated, boorish, sexist firm culture, and almost all of their time scrutinizing the performance reviews of Pao and her colleagues. Was Pao really just a prickly, pushy person whose personality didn't fit into the firm? Or was she made out to be that person by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers at trial when she was really no different from the men who got the senior partnership nod?


University of San Francisco's insight:

Professor Green specializes in laws affecting inequality, especially employment discrimination law.  She brings to her teaching and her scholarship a background in journalism and sociology, and an interest in human relations and in the ways in which laws and contexts shape those relations.   She often draws on the social sciences in her work to better understand how discrimination operates and how laws can be better framed and implemented to reduce discrimination.  

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