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Catholic San Francisco: Pope Francis models ‘what it means to be fully human,’ says Jesuit

Catholic San Francisco: Pope Francis models ‘what it means to be fully human,’ says Jesuit | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Pope Francis is offering the contemporary world the example of Christ as a model of “what it means to be fully human,” in a way that is consistent with the previous two popes but breaks new ground in putting the Gospel into action, Jesuit Father James Hanvey said in an interview with Catholic San Francisco.“Most of the issues we’re fighting are not religious but what it means to be human,” said Father Hanvey, the current Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought at the Joan and Ralph Lane Center at the University of San Francisco. “What does it mean to have a destiny, more than materialism? There’s a deep hunger in the human spirit that contemporary life does not answer.” [via @catholic_sf]

Media Relations for the University of San Francisco's insight:

Fr. James Hanvey, S.J. is a member of the British Province of the Society. He specialises in systematic theology and Catholic Social Thought and Ignatian Spirituality and currently holds the Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought at the Joan and Ralph Lane Centre, USF. He entered the society in 1975 and was ordained in 1983.

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USF Prof Stephen Zunes Comments on Veto Power Politics on the UN Security Council 

USF Prof Stephen Zunes Comments on Veto Power Politics on the UN Security Council  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics & Coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco, told IPS that each of the vetoed resolutions in question were quite reasonable and consistent with international law.

 

“There is no excuse for any permanent member of the Security Council to abuse of its veto power to shield an allied regime from accountability”.

 

“It should be noted, however, that the United States has used its veto power no less than 42 times to prevent passage of otherwise-unanimous resolutions regarding Israel, resolutions which were also quite reasonable and consistent with international law,” said Zunes, who has written extensively on the politics of the Security Council.

 

During the past 35 years, he said, Washington has used its veto power 78 times (in overall total), as compared with 25 times by Moscow.

 

“So, while the latest Russian veto fully deserves the criticism it is receiving, the United States is hardly in a position to condemn,” he added.

 

[via Before It's News]

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Nurse and USF Professor Candy Campbell Offers Expertise on Breastfeeding's Impact on Baby Blues

Nurse and USF Professor Candy Campbell Offers Expertise on Breastfeeding's Impact on Baby Blues | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Candy Campbell, a registered labor and delivery nurse and assistant professor in the nursing department at the University of San Francisco, agrees, adding that a breastfeeding mom who is experiencing baby blues or postpartum depression may also be physically and mentally exhausted, or lacking in support from her partner and/or family and friends. "As such, it may have little to do with breastfeeding," she tells Romper in an email interview."

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USF Prof Richard Johnson Writes Now is the Time to Unite as a Global Community Against DACA Termination

USF Prof Richard Johnson Writes Now is the Time to Unite as a Global Community Against DACA Termination | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"The institution with which I am affiliated, the University of San Francisco, gets it. USF supports inclusivity in all forms, and its first priority is protecting students. A statement from USF President Paul Fitzgerald responded to President Trump’s rescinding of DACA by noting that, “At USF, we are redoubling efforts to support our undocumented students, whether or not they are in the DACA program.” We must find strength in statements like this one."

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USF Professor of Politics on United Nations Security Council Veto Power

USF Professor of Politics on United Nations Security Council Veto Power | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics & Coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco, told IPS that each of the vetoed resolutions in question were quite reasonable and consistent with international law.

“There is no excuse for any permanent member of the Security Council to abuse of its veto power to shield an allied regime from accountability." It should be noted, however, that the United States has used its veto power no less than 42 times to prevent passage of otherwise-unanimous resolutions regarding Israel, resolutions which were also quite reasonable and consistent with international law,” said Zunes, who has written extensively on the politics of the Security Council."

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USF Prof and Fair Housing Law Expert Tim Iglesias on Maryland Development Coming Under Fire After Only Selling Homes to Muslims

USF Prof and Fair Housing Law Expert Tim Iglesias on Maryland Development Coming Under Fire After Only Selling Homes to Muslims | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Dueling legal complaints and allegations of Islamophobia have marred an unfinished retirement community in Maryland after homes were sold only to Muslims."

 

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"Tim Iglesias, a professor at the University of San Francisco who specializes in fair housing law, said the Ahmadis could be accused of discrimination by "steering" the homes toward Muslims - but Harford County could also face that charge for "treating the development differently . . . because they think that Muslims are going to be living there. This is so complicated it would be perfect for a law school exam," he said."

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Magic Johnson Touches on Diversity in Sports and Business at USF Silk Speaker Series

Magic Johnson Touches on Diversity in Sports and Business at USF Silk Speaker Series | USF in the News | Scoop.it
In 1983, an early-morning fire hit the Philadelphia hotel where the Los Angeles Lakers were staying. A few Lakers rushed into a hallway filled with thick smoke. The players and other frightened hotel guests followed Earvin "Magic" Johnson through the smoke to an exterior fire escape. They all climbed down several flights, but the steps ended three floors above the sidewalk. Someone had to step onto the movable ladder and ride it down. "Go ahead, Earvin, you can do it," said Lakers teammate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Johnson stepped on and rode the ladder down to the sidewalk, and everyone followed. We could use leadership like that now. We've got it: Johnson.
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USF Nursing Prof Candy Campbell Explains What You Need To Know About Trying To Time Your Newborn's Nursing Sessions

Candy Campbell, a registered labor and delivery nurse and assistant professor in the nursing department at the University of San Francisco, says recognizing your baby’s hunger signals — like licking lips, looking around, and becoming fidgety — will help you to begin a breastfeeding session before your baby starts to actually cry. “If you wait until crying begins, then you need to calm your baby before he or she will settle down to accept the feeding,” she tells Romper in an email interview.

 

[via Romper]

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USF Law Prof Susan Freiwald Defends Lawsuit of New York Police Spying on Black Lives Matter Activists

USF Law Prof Susan Freiwald Defends Lawsuit of New York Police Spying on Black Lives Matter Activists | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"A chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement is suing an upstate New York police department over court documents that suggest officers were tracking local activists online."

 

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"University of San Francisco Law School professor Susan Freiwald is concerned by Clarkstown police’s activities. She fears police surveillance on social media could lead to long-term departmental tracking, letting law enforcement spy on every single activist that comes out to protest for Black Lives Matter and other movements.

“Basically, police would be able to investigate the people who are running the protest and the people who are participating, keep a file on them, and keep tabs on who’s involved,” Freiwald explained to Mother Jones. “And that’s not what police are supposed to be doing.”

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USF Cultural Anthropologist Dr. Oren Kroll-Zeldin Writes how Jewish Students Face Anti-Semitism on College Campuses

USF Cultural Anthropologist Dr. Oren Kroll-Zeldin Writes how Jewish Students Face Anti-Semitism on College Campuses | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"In recent years numerous studies have created the impression that university campuses across the United States are a hotbed of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment. These studies describe Jewish student experiences on campus, painting an alarming portrait of a politically unsafe climate for Jewish students who are ill equipped to deal with these challenges."

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USF Hosts Sukkah Meant to Make the World a Better Place

USF Hosts Sukkah Meant to Make the World a Better Place | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"During each night of Sukkot, guests are invited to a sukkah that just happens to be located outside the Catholic St. Ignatius Church near Golden Gate Park to talk about identity, difference, responsibility and faith. The “Open Doors” sukkah, which is organized jointly by University of San Francisco’s Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice and the Kitchen, a nondenominational Jewish community, is hosting a multi-faith vigil and featuring guest speakers on themes such as racial justice, environmentalism and mass incarceration."

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USF Sports Management Prof Daniel Rascher on Rapid Rise of Golden State Warriors

USF Sports Management Prof Daniel Rascher on Rapid Rise of Golden State Warriors | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"With big, enthusiastic crowds greeting the Warriors in China last week, the Bay Area’s once-lowly NBA team is starting to rival the sports world’s best-known franchises. Basketball’s worldwide popularity is rising toward soccer-like heights. If the Warriors can maintain their upbeat, multicultural brand — oh, and keep winning — they will tap into a global pool of loyal fans."

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USF Prof Barbara Sattler Outlines Mental Health Concerns Following Hurricane Maria

USF Prof Barbara Sattler Outlines Mental Health Concerns Following Hurricane Maria | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The hurricane that pummeled Puerto Rico two weeks ago and the scarcity-marked aftermath are taking a toll on islanders' equilibrium. The U.S. territory's government counted two suicides among the death toll, which now stands at 34, and with many communities still waiting for power and clean water, there is concern about others reaching a breaking point.

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In children, symptoms can take longer to appear. Barbara Sattler, RN, a professor of public health at the University of San Francisco who was a first responder in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, said following that disaster, kids were "immediately, apparently, more resilient than some of the adults."

 

"I use the word apparently because for them, unless they had seen something tragic, then in six months to a year, they would start displaying signs of post-traumatic stress syndrome," she said.

 

[via CBS News]

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Is California’s Tax Burden “Fair”? USF Prof David Kersten Offers His Take. 

Is California’s Tax Burden “Fair”? USF Prof David Kersten Offers His Take.  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

A recent report by the highly regarded Calmatters.com found that the State of California has been on a “taxing binge” over the past few years, having enacted a whole slew of recent tax increases such as the “gas tax,” the “cap and tax” energy taxation scheme.

 

The Calmatters.com analysis found that the recent state tax increases “plus a slew of new local government levies and hikes in personal income and taxable retail sales, will raise total tax collections to just under $300 billion, or $50 billion more than they were just two years ago,” according to the report.

 

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Magic Johnson at USF Silk Speaker Series Talks to the AIDS Community

Magic Johnson at USF Silk Speaker Series Talks to the AIDS Community | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Welts appeared at the University of San Francisco Wednesday, October 18, to moderate a discussion as part of the Silk Speaker Series in War Memorial Gymnasium. His assignment was to sit on stage and lob questions at Hall of Famer Magic Johnson to set up slam dunk answers on keys to success, the value of integrating social justice with good business sense, and how to transition from basketball wunderkind to business phenom."

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USF Economics Professor Libo Xu on Most and Least Energy-Efficient States

USF Economics Professor Libo Xu on Most and Least Energy-Efficient States | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"The price of energy production is determined by its market, which is formed by supply and demand in each state."

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USF's Sexual Assault Reporting System Callisto Now Available at More Universities

USF's Sexual Assault Reporting System Callisto Now Available at More Universities | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Project Callisto, a survivor-centered program for reporting sexual assault, has come to LMU. The program officially launched last Thursday, Oct. 19, and is now live and available for all students. Project Callisto, founded by The University of San Francisco, features three key components: Record, Report and Match."

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With Perkins Loans Set to End, USF Vice Provost for Student Financial Services Mary Booker Weighs Options Moving Forward

With Perkins Loans Set to End, USF Vice Provost for Student Financial Services Mary Booker Weighs Options Moving Forward | USF in the News | Scoop.it

At the University of San Francisco, the size of the Perkins program is about $1.1 million and serves about 250 students. Mary Booker, assistant vice provost for student financial services at the university, said the end of Perkins is causing discussions there about whether San Francisco will still be able to admit as many low-income students as it has.


“Can we still afford to bring in low-income students, knowing they may have to go into a private loan option? And is that the right thing to do?” she said. “That’s probably going to be the first decision we have to make.”


Booker said the university will also look into whether it can find institutional funds -- hopefully through grant aid -- to cover the gap in need for students. If that’s not possible, San Francisco’s only option would be reaching out to private lenders, she said.


The university would attempt to find lenders who would be willing to modify their loans as well as repayment options -- a task aid administrators think they are better prepared for than individual students navigating financial options on their own.


One solution to the quandary posed by Perkins’ expiration would be to grant colleges flexibility in the maximum amount of Federal Direct Loans they award to students, Booker said.

 

[via InsideHigherEd.com] 

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USF Law Professor Tristin Green Comments on Employment Discrimination in the Tech Sector

USF Law Professor Tristin Green Comments on Employment Discrimination in the Tech Sector | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Huang said in an interview the time was ripe to do something that had never been done before: pry open entrenched, male-dominated barriers in the technology sector."

 

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"The principal difficulty the case will face is in judicial resistance to a story of discrimination that places responsibility on the organisation," said Tristin Green, a professor at University of San Francisco School of Law who specialises in employment discrimination."

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Magic Johnson Comments on Importance of Diversity in Business During USF Silk Speaker Series 

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USF Law Prof Susan Freiwald Says Police Should Not be Tracking People Without Legitimate Suspicion

USF Law Prof Susan Freiwald Says Police Should Not be Tracking People Without Legitimate Suspicion | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Many people in the Black Lives Matter movement got involved out of a belief that police routinely target black people for abuse. Now BLM activists are accusing a local police department of illegally targeting them for trying to call awareness to that abuse."

 

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"As a rule, says Susan Freiwald, a professor at the University of San Francisco Law School, police should not be tracking people without legitimate suspicion that they are involved in criminal wrongdoing."

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USF Immigration Expert Bill Hing on Conservative Chinese Americans Mobilizing Politically and Digitally

USF Immigration Expert Bill Hing on Conservative Chinese Americans Mobilizing Politically and Digitally | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"I definitely think there is a segment of the Chinese community that is more conservative than people who grew up in the United States in the '60s and '70s," says Bill Ong Hing, a professor at the University of San Francisco and the director of its Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic. He says that this conservative sector tends to be more middle- and upper-class immigrants. "They view America as a meritocracy, and they want America to be a meritocracy, and they think they've done everything to earn good things. And when they see that they work hard, and other people are getting ahead of them with favoritism, they get upset at that."

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USF Pacific Islander Collective Rep Alaina Arroyo Petitions U.N. to make U.S. Cooperate for Guam's Self-Determination

USF Pacific Islander Collective Rep Alaina Arroyo Petitions U.N. to make U.S. Cooperate for Guam's Self-Determination | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Petitioner Alaina Arroyo, representing the University of San Francisco's Pacific Islander Collective, told the U.N. committee that it is not acceptable for the indigenous people to be robbed of their lands.

"Chamorros have been forcibly displaced from their ancestral lands due to hyper militarization, tourism and the rising cost of living on island," Arroyo said. "Without the direct connection of the land and all that embodies it, how are we supposed to thrive as a Chamorro nation when Chamorros are continuously becoming more of a minority in our motherland?"

Both Bevacqua and Arroyo said Chamorros make up a little more of a third of Guam's population of approximately 163,000. More Chamorros reside in continental U.S. than on Guam, they said."

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Can Regulators Control Artificial Intelligence? USF Prof Greg Benson Comments on the Many Challenges Facing a World that Could Soon Be Dominated by Robots

Can Regulators Control Artificial Intelligence? USF Prof Greg Benson Comments on the Many Challenges Facing a World that Could Soon Be Dominated by Robots | USF in the News | Scoop.it

AI in practice is really the application of algorithms to data in a process that is controlled by humans. So, in this sense governance needs to adapt to handle and regulate computer software that is used in activities that can impact human well-being such as voting machines, transportation, health systems, and many others.

 

Computer technology has advanced at such a rapid pace, government oversight has not been able to keep up. It is interesting to think that to build a bridge you must be a licensed mechanical engineer, however, software developers require no such license to work on many types of systems that can affect human life, such as medical devices.

 

Can we have governance for computer software without stifling innovation and delaying potential benefits to human life? I’m not sure.

 

[via Raconteur Online]

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