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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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CNBC: Venture capital confidence rebounds in Q4

CNBC: Venture capital confidence rebounds in Q4 | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Start-up investors are feeling a little more hopeful after a rough year, as valuations shake out in Silicon Valley, according to research released Thursday.

Confidence among Bay Area venture capitalists hit 3.59 on a scale from 1 to 5 in the fourth quarter of 2015, the first uptick after three consecutive quarters of declines, the University of San Francisco said. Though confidence has rebounded from its recent trough, it's still below the 12-year average of 3.72, according to the survey of 30 venture capitalists.

Concerns about high valuations and public market volatility have eased as investors forgo hype and focus on business fundamentals, respondents told professor Mark Cannice, who oversees the survey. But as the buzz over so-called unicorns dies down, the rate of new investments may slow accordingly over the next six to 18 months, they said.

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[via @CNBC]

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Bloomberg: Local TV Prices Push Super-PACs to Go National

Bloomberg: Local TV Prices Push Super-PACs to Go National | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The competition for the most valuable TV time in early voting states has driven up the price for political advertising so much that some groups have concluded they may as well buy national ad spots.

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"Even buying it piece by piece in really small states, it's getting so expensive that at some point it makes sense to just go national," Ken Goldstein, a professor at the University of San Francisco and an analyst for Bloomberg Politics, said. "I think there's going to be more."

While political campaigns get lower rates to advertise on local broadcast TV, outside political groups aren't given such price breaks and are subject to the forces of supply and demand. 

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[via @bpolitics]

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FPIF: The Five Lamest Excuses for Hillary Clinton's Vote to Invade Iraq

FPIF: The Five Lamest Excuses for Hillary Clinton's Vote to Invade Iraq | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Former senator and secretary of state Hillary Clinton is the only candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination who supported the invasion of Iraq.

That war not only resulted in 4,500 American soldiers being killed and thousands more permanently disabled, but also hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths, the destabilization of the region with the rise of the Islamic State and other extremists, and a dramatic increase in the federal deficit, resulting in major cutbacks to important social programs. Moreover, the primary reasons Clinton gave for supporting President George W. Bush’s request for authorizing that illegal and unnecessary war have long been proven false.

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[via @FPIF]

University of San Francisco's insight:

Stephen Zunes has been at USF since 1995, teaching courses on the politics of Middle East and other regions, nonviolence, conflict resolution, U.S. foreign policy, and globalization for the Politics department, the International Studies major, and the Peace & Justice Studies minor, as well as the Middle Eastern Studies minor, for which he serves as program director. He received his BA from Oberlin College, his MA from Temple University, and his PhD from Cornell University. Prior to coming to USF, Dr. Zunes served on the faculty at Ithaca College, Whitman College and the University of Puget Sound. Professor Zunes serves as a writer and senior analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus, an associate editor for Peace Review, and the chair of the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

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The New York Times: As Iowa Caucuses Approach, Political Ads Swamp TV Channels

The New York Times: As Iowa Caucuses Approach, Political Ads Swamp TV Channels | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The $6 million-a-week spending pace is only likely to intensify in the final days, but the torrent of commercials may be turning off as many voters as it persuades.

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“Analytics relies on there being arbitrage and things being underpriced,” said Ken Goldstein, a professor of politics at the University of San Francisco. “At this point, everything’s being bought.”


via @NYTimes

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The New York Times: Ad Wars of 2016 Campaign Erupt in a Changing TV Arena

The New York Times: Ad Wars of 2016 Campaign Erupt in a Changing TV Arena | USF in the News | Scoop.it

On WMUR, the dominant television station in Manchester, N.H., about 25 percent of commercial time is being eaten up by presidential campaign ads. Already this week, the candidates and their allies have fired off a dozen new commercials, a third of them negative, in Iowa and New Hampshire markets.

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“The creative has not caught up with the targeting,” said Ken Goldstein, a professor of politics at the University of San Francisco who tracks advertising. “The creative has to break through.”

As the battle for supporters grows more intense, though, some campaigns are starting to target their messages more deliberately, and also in ways that stand apart. The Rubio campaign’s newest ad, which will begin running this weekend in Iowa, is a straightforward bid for the evangelical vote: Mr. Rubio speaks directly to the camera about “the creator,” “Jesus Christ” and “God’s plan.”

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KTVU –SF (FOX) : Dolores Staudenraus Give $8 Million to USF

The University of San Francisco has received an $8 million estate gift from Dolores M. Staudenraus ’54. A celebrated battlefield nurse and public health director, she retained a lasting connection to the university that prepared her to care for critically injured soldiers during the Vietnam War.

Ms. Staudenraus, who died at her San Francisco home in January, entrusted her estate to USF to benefit future generations. USF President Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., said her gift will be designated for scholarships, with a preference for students from Stockton and the Central Valley area where she was raised.


[via @FoxNews]

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Food Language and Culture

The University of San Francisco class, ‘Food Language & Culture’ taught by Executive Chef and Hospitality Management Professor, Jean-Marc Fullsack, cooked a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to allow international students to take part in the American Thanksgiving tradition. A memorable moment from last year’s Thanksgiving lunch was when the Chinese students shared videos and pictures of the class to their families and friends in Asia.

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Stars and Stripes: Testing is not helping public education

Stars and Stripes: Testing is not helping public education | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Recently released national scores reveal that high-stakes testing is not helping public education.

Scores from the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called the “nation’s report card,” show declines in student test scores in reading and mathematics for the first time since 1990. SAT scores have also gone down.

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[via @starsandstripes]

University of San Francisco's insight:

Dr. Kevin Kumashiro is Dean and Professor of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. He is a leading expert on educational policy, school reform, teacher preparation, and educational equity and social justice, with a wide-ranging list of accomplishments nationally and internationally as a scholar, educator, leader, and advocate. He has taught in schools and colleges across the United States and abroad and has served as a consultant for school districts, organizations, and state and federal agencies.

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NPR's Here and Now - Rachel Brahinsky

University of San Francisco's insight:

Rachel Brahinsky serves as Faculty Director of the Graduate Programs in Urban Affairs and Public Affairs. She also teaches in the undergraduate Urban Studies program. She earned her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research and teaching center around the challenges of race and inequality in the context of rapidly changing American cities. Her current projects are focused on the San Francisco Bay Area.

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The Weather Channel: Strangest Weather on Earth - What causes red rainbows? - YouTube

Aparna Venatesan is an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of San Francisco. Her scientific interests lie primarily in theoretical cosmology, including studies of the first stars and quasars in the universe, cosmological reionization (particularly helium reionization), cosmic element synthesis, the cosmic microwave background, the physics and chemistry of gas in the early universe, dark matter, and gravitational lensing. Her current work ranges from the above cosmology topics to projects in the fields of dark stars and astrobiology.

In this clip of Strangest Weather on Earth, Professor Venkatesan explains what causes red rainbows.


[via @WeatherChannel]

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The Weather Channel: Strangest Weather on Earth - Northern Lights

Aparna Venkatesan is an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of San Francisco. Her scientific interests lie primarily in theoretical cosmology, including studies of the first stars and quasars in the universe, cosmological reionization (particularly helium reionization), and cosmic element synthesis,. 

In this second clip of "Strangest Weather on Earth," Professor Venkatesan explains what creates the "aurorae phenomena," as seen in the Northern Lights. 


[via @WeatherChannel]

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University of San Francisco (USF) Hosts Parenting Symposium: Connecting with Kids in the Digital Age

University of San Francisco (USF) Hosts Parenting Symposium: Connecting with Kids in the Digital Age | USF in the News | Scoop.it
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What: Digital media and new technology are changing how families interact—but there's help. Bay Area educators and licensed therapists will share effective strategies for raising children in today's digital age, through interactive workshops and a panel presentation at the University of San Francisco (USF).

This is the 2nd annual Parenting Symposium. It is sponsored by USF's Center for Child and Family Development and the USF School of Education.

When: Sat., October 3, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: University of San Francisco, 2800 Turk Blvd., Lone Mountain Handlery Room 100


More Info: Those interested in attending the symposium should purchase the $30 registration ticket online by Friday, Oct. 2nd

https://www.usfca.edu/event/2015-10-03-0830/parenting-symposium.

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KTVU: Chancellor Privett on Pope Francis’s visit to U.S.

University of San Francisco (USF) Chancellor, Fr. Stephen A. Privett, S.J., appeared on KTVU to speak on Pope Francis’s visit to the U.S. Privett comments on the Pope’s leadership, as the first Jesuit pope, and how he embodies the values of integrity and caring for the poor.

Privett will be seated in the House chamber when Pope Francis addresses a joint session of Congress, on Thurs. Sept. 24, 2015. He is attending as the guest of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Privett served as president of USF from 2000-2014.

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The San Francisco Chronicle: Top librarian

The San Francisco Chronicle: Top librarian | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Top librarian: A member of the San Francisco Public Library Commission has been elected its president.


Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi was named last week. She was appointed to the seven-member commission for a four-year term in June 2014 by Mayor Ed Lee.


“I am so pleased and humbled by the opportunity to serve the city and county of San Francisco community in this new capacity,” she said of the new position. The “commission is uniquely situated to lead in the creation of equitable centers of learning, which encourage critical convening and mutual discovery.”


Wardell Ghirarduzzi is a Stockton native and received a master’s degree in cross-cultural counseling from San Diego State University and a doctorate in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University. She serves as the vice provost for diversity and engagement and community outreach at the University of San Francisco.

“We look forward to having Dr. Wardell Ghiraduzzi’s leadership and vision guiding the Library Commission in such groundbreaking times,” City Librarian Luis Herrera said.

[via @sfchronicle]

University of San Francisco's insight:

Wardell Ghirarduzzi is the Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach and an associate professor of organizations, communication and leadership at the University of San Francisco. 


https://www.usfca.edu/provost/vice-provost-diversity-engagement-and-community-outreach

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San Francisco Chronicle: Are stadium naming rights worth the money?

San Francisco Chronicle: Are stadium naming rights worth the money? | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The hundreds of millions of dollars that JPMorgan Chase will spend on the naming rights for the Warriors’ proposed San Francisco arena will mean a lot more to the team’s owners than to the multinational bank.

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“Historical winning matters,” said Daniel Rascher, a professor of sports management at the University of San Francisco who has studied 85 North American naming-rights deals.


In a tumultuous advertising world, aligning with a sports franchise can be a safe harbor. [...] they have the cachet of being the first name on the building — they won’t be slapping a corporate moniker over Candlestick Park (does anyone remember it as 3Com Park?). If you can’t own a team — only 30 people can own an NBA team after all — then you can put your name on the stadium.

[via @sfchronicle]


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The Huffington Post: The African-American Vote and the 2016 Presidential Election

The Huffington Post: The African-American Vote and the 2016 Presidential Election | USF in the News | Scoop.it

In 1857 the African-American anti-slavery leader Fredrick Douglass said:

"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will."

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[via @HuffingtonPost]

University of San Francisco's insight:

Clarence Jones served as speechwriter and counsel to Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1960 to 1968 as an Allied Member of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and in the Wall Street investment banking firm Carter, Berlind & Weill becoming the “first Negro” on Wall Street. He coordinated the legal defense of Dr. King and the other leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference against the libel suits filed against them and The New York Times by the police commissioner and other city officials of Birmingham, Alabama. The Supreme Court ruling in this case – Sullivan vs. The New York Times – resulted in the landmark decision on the current law of libel. In April 1963, he drafted the settlement agreement between the City of Birmingham and Martin Luther King, Jr. to bring about the end of demonstrations and the desegregation of department stores and public accommodations. In August 1963, he assisted Dr. King in the drafting of his celebrated “I Have A Dream” speech that he delivered at the March On Washington, August 28th 1963.

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The Bay Area Reporter Online | API Wellness Center expands clinic hours

The Bay Area Reporter Online | API Wellness Center expands clinic hours | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center has expanded the hours of its recently remodeled Wellness Clinic as it continues to make changes now that it has federal status.

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There are now four private counseling suites and a dedicated community art therapy studio. API Wellness Center formed a partnership with the University of San Francisco's School of Nursing and Health Professions to provide mental health counselors for clients.

Currently, three clinical psychology doctoral students from USF each see up to 10 clients and spend 20 hours a week at the Wellness Clinic. David A. Martinez, Ph.D., an assistant professor at USF who also sees patients at the clinic one day a week, supervises them.

"It is nice to see the transition; the space has definitely improved," said Martinez. "I think that has been really good for the students and the clients."

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[via @eBARnews]

University of San Francisco's insight:

David A. Martinez completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Health Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Post-doctoral fellowship at the Medical School of Brown University. Prior to his post-doc he was a Psychology Intern in the Behavioral Medicine Program at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. He was awarded a pre-doctoral National Research Service Award (F31) from the National Institute of Mental Health to explore the barriers and facilitators to HIV testing as well as develop a measure of HIV testing intentions in the Latino church community. Dr. Martinez’s research interests are on development and testing of community-based HIV prevention interventions among under served populations, specifically Latinos. He also has interest and experience in substance use, coping, stigma, quality of life issues, and medication adherence among HIV-positive individuals. Dr. Martinez has co-authored several publications in peer-reviewed journals as well as a book chapter and has numerous presentations at national and international professional conferences. His published work has focused on HIV medication adherence, coping and substance use; and HIV prevention in faith-based communities of under served populations.

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Bloomberg: Why Negative Ads Against Donald Trump Haven't Worked So Far

Bloomberg: Why Negative Ads Against Donald Trump Haven't Worked So Far | USF in the News | Scoop.it

If establishment Republicans think that running negative television advertisements will quell the wave of support for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Midwest voters say they should think again.

While waiting for Trump to arrive for a rally in Davenport, Iowa, on Saturday, voters who say they are still weighing their options said they would either not be swayed or be more likely to support the billionaire if they were to see negative ads on their televisions bashing the GOP front-runner.

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[via @bpolitics]

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National Catholic Reporter: Nobel Peace Prize spotlights National Dialogue Quartet

National Catholic Reporter: Nobel Peace Prize spotlights National Dialogue Quartet | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Bloody civil wars, the rise of the so-called "Islamic State," the continued rule by absolute monarchs and other despots, and the ongoing Israeli and Moroccan occupations have left many skeptical of the prospects of peace, democracy and stability in the Arab world.

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[via @NCRonline]

University of San Francisco's insight:

Stephen Zunes has been at USF since 1995, teaching courses on the politics of Middle East and other regions, nonviolence, conflict resolution, U.S. foreign policy, and globalization for the Politics department, the International Studies major, and the Peace & Justice Studies minor, as well as the Middle Eastern Studies minor, for which he serves as program director. He received his BA from Oberlin College, his MA from Temple University, and his PhD from Cornell University. Prior to coming to USF, Dr. Zunes served on the faculty at Ithaca College, Whitman College and the University of Puget Sound. Professor Zunes serves as a writer and senior analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus, an associate editor for Peace Review, and the chair of the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

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Billionaire gives $15 million to USF, its largest ever gift from individual donors - San Francisco Business Times

Billionaire gives $15 million to USF, its largest ever gift from individual donors - San Francisco Business Times | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Billionaire philanthropist and real estate developer John Sobrato and his wife Susan Sobrato have given $15 million to the University of San Francisco, which said the gift is its largest ever from individual donors.

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[via @SFBusinessTimes]

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KQED: Professor Iglesias

Professor Iglesias discussed the different propositions and analyzed the results of the November 3rd election.

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.

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The Weather Channel: Strangest Weather on Earth - Eclipse Winds

Aparna Venatesan is an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of San Francisco. Her scientific interests lie primarily in theoretical cosmology, including studies of the first stars and quasars in the universe, cosmological reionization (particularly helium reionization), cosmic element synthesis, the cosmic microwave background, the physics and chemistry of gas in the early universe, dark matter, and gravitational lensing. Her current work ranges from the above cosmology topics to projects in the fields of dark stars and astrobiology.

In this clip of Strangest Weather on Earth, Professor Venkatesan explains what causes eclipse winds.


[via @weatherchannel]

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Uprisingradio.org: Arne Duncan Leaves Behind Corporate Stamp on American Education

Uprisingradio.org: Arne Duncan Leaves Behind Corporate Stamp on American Education | USF in the News | Scoop.it
University of San Francisco's insight:

Kevin Kumashiro, dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco, said Duncan's "obsession with testing" prompted "high stakes towards student progress, teacher evaluations, and school closures" all based on test scores that prove to be "neither valid nor reliable." 

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The Weather Channel: Strangest Weather on Earth - Distorted Moon

Aparna Venkatesan is an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of San Francisco. Her scientific interests lie primarily in theoretical cosmology, including studies of the first stars and quasars in the universe.  


In this clip of "Strangest Weather on Earth," Professor Venkatesan explains what causes the moon to appear distorted. She is expected to appear on several episodes this Fall. 


[via @weatherchannel]

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US News - San Francisco Bay Area College Road Trip: University of San Francisco

US News - San Francisco Bay Area College Road Trip: University of San Francisco | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Like the city that it calls home, the University of San Francisco is a melting pot. About half of undergraduates are students of color, and close to 20 percent hail from outside the U.S., representing 87 different countries.


Even the buildings on campus display a mix of styles, from the elegant Baroque-inspired architecture of the 100-year-old St. Ignatius Church to the modern John Lo Schiavo S.J. Center for Science and Innovation, opened in 2013, with its sleek glass-walled exterior, high-tech labs, and grass-covered "living roof."

[via @USNewsEducation]



University of San Francisco's insight:

The University of San Francisco is among the Bay Area universities highlighted in U.S. News "Best Colleges 2016" guidebook, which features in-depth articles, rankings and data.

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