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KCBS Radio News: Lack of Diversity in Tech Industry

KCBS Radio News: Lack of Diversity in Tech Industry | USF in the News | Scoop.it

KCBS Radio reports on the Rev. Jesse Jackson's visit to the Hewlett Packard annual shareholders meeting to bring attention to Silicon Valley's poor record of including blacks and Latinos in hiring, board appointments and startup funding.


USF's Vice Provost Mary Wardell-Ghiraraduzzi spoke with KCBS Radio News about Jackson's strategy and why people of color need to be part of the booming tech industry.

University of San Francisco's insight:

Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi has been working in various roles in higher education administration for the past 18 years and is currently part of leadership at the University of San Francisco. Working with faculty, staff and students, and diverse communities through the San Francisco Bay area, she promotes an understanding of diversity as core to a holistic and sustainable higher education organization. 

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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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Patron-Artist: Behind a Getty Gift to the University of San Francisco

Patron-Artist: Behind a Getty Gift to the University of San Francisco | USF in the News | Scoop.it

As a philanthropist with a vast family fortune who also happens to be an accomplished classical composer, Gordon Getty tends to focus on the arts with his giving. So while it would be great copy to frame his recent gift to the University of San Francisco as a kind of outlier, that isn't exactly true.

 

Getty, who graduated from the school in 1956, previously contributed to the recently completed J. Paul Getty Study in the John Lo Shiavo, S.J. Center for Science and Innovation. His gift, which he made in August, simply ups the ante: $15 million to establish a college for top students to study the arts, sciences, and humanities.

 

The gift is the school’s largest from an individual donor and is meant to inspire others to help the university meet its $35 million goal for the new program, to be called the Honors College, that is expected to open in fall 2018. Therefore, rather than view Getty's gift as an anomaly, a more appropriate framing device, here, is the idea that past giving informs future giving. That's how big campus gifts nearly always go; they are usually preceded by smaller gifts.

 

Then again, it's probably a fool's errand to try and put Gordon Getty into any kind of box. Simply consider his nonlinear journey from heir to patron-artist.

 

[via Inside Philanthropy] 

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USF Prof James Taylor Comments on Path Forward for NFL Demonstrations

USF Prof James Taylor Comments on Path Forward for NFL Demonstrations | USF in the News | Scoop.it

“The way that this conversation has pivoted to a conversation about patriotism has symbolized how the dominant group can always mute out conversations about race in American society,” said James Taylor, a professor of political science at the University of San Francisco and author of “Black Nationalism in the United States: From Malcolm X to Barack Obama.” “When someone else sets the tone of the debate, the rest of us can be arguing so intently that we don’t even realize that the topic has changed.”

 

Perhaps only one man can fix that, Taylor said: “To reclaim this conversation, Colin Kaepernick has to come out and talk and lead the discourse. Part of the reason that his message has been derailed is that everybody else has jumped in — like Donald Trump — and nobody has heard his voice.”

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“Donald Trump understands there is a reticence in this country to talk about issue of race — especially when it is politicized. Black Lives Matter pissed white America off,” Taylor said.

 

[via San Francisco Chronicle] 

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USF Politics Professor James Taylor on Republican Health Care and Tax Reforms

This is "KTVU Fox News: USF Professor James Taylor" by University of San Francisco on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
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USF Prof Jim Taylor on the Psychology of Emotional Openness

"Writing on PsychologyToday.com, Jim Taylor of the University of San Francisco argues that emotional openness — or the lack thereof — can explain why two people do or don't click.

Yet Taylor admits: "Emotional openness, of course, comes with risks that involve making yourself vulnerable and not knowing whether this emotional exposure will be accepted and reciprocated or rejected and deflected."

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USF Prof Johnathan P. Allen on Innovation in the Coffee Industry

USF Prof Johnathan P. Allen on Innovation in the Coffee Industry | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"The Specialty Coffee Association of America values the U.S. coffee market at $48 billion. Not only does that indicate how much Americans are willing to spend on the beverage, but it also signals business potential to aspiring entrepreneurs. For more insight on the coffee industry and consumption, we asked a panel of experts to share their thoughts on the following key questions:

  1. What tips do you have for a person that wishes to enjoy his/hers daily java cup while on a budget?
  2. Why are some folks willing to spend two or three times more for a comparable cup of coffee?
  3. In the current economic environment, is opening a coffee shop as a first business for young entrepreneurs still a good idea, or are most markets already oversaturated?"
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USF Law Prof Lara Bazelon Comments on Revised Department of Education Title IX Guidance 

[via KCRW FM]

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

[via CBS News]

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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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USF Criminal Justice Institute Director and Former SFPD Chief Tony Ribera on Rising SF Crime

This is "USF Criminal Justice Institute Director and Former SFPD Chief Tony Ribera on SF Crime" by University of San Francisco on Vimeo, the home for high…
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USF Sports Management Prof Nola Agha on NCAA Crackdown on Corruption

This is "KCRW Radio (FM): USF Professor Nola Agha" by University of San Francisco.

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USF Prof Shalendra Sharma on Sustainable Development Goals Achievable?

USF Prof Shalendra Sharma on Sustainable Development Goals Achievable? | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"US President Donald Trump’s recent speech at the United Nations has gotten a lot of attention for its bizarre and bellicose rhetoric, including threats to dismantle the Iran nuclear deal and “totally destroy” North Korea. Underlying his declarations was a clear message: the sovereign state still reigns supreme, with national interests overshadowing shared objectives. This does not bode well for the Sustainable Development Goals."

 

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"A forthcoming book by University of San Francisco Professor Shalendra Sharma corroborates this view. Comparing economic inequality in China, India, and the US, Sharma argues that both democratic and authoritarian governance have failed to promote equitable development."

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USF Alum and Basketball Star Bill Russell #TakesAKnee on Twitter While Wearing Presidential Medal

USF Alum and Basketball Star Bill Russell #TakesAKnee on Twitter While Wearing Presidential Medal | USF in the News | Scoop.it
Bill Russell, the legendary center of the Boston Celtics, tweeted a photo of himself wearing his Presidential Medal of Freedom while kneeling in solidarity with protesting NFL athletes.

 

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"Russell, who was born in Louisiana but raised in Oakland before going on to stardom at the University of San Francisco, was awarded the medal in 2011 from President Barack Obama. It is the nation's highest civilian honor."

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