Scientist Who Proved Black Holes Exist Speaks at USF

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Internationally renowned mathematical physicist Sir Roger Penrose, whose work ranks alongside those of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, will speak at USF on April 7. He’ll discuss his theory that the universe is an infinite series of eons and whether new technology might allow us to reveal what happened before the Big Bang.

Student’s Life-Saving App Adopted By Hundreds of Cities 

04-02-2014Joseph Ekman

Residents and 911 operators in about 500 cities and counties across the country can now use an emergency smartphone app that was created by USF information systems student Joseph Ekman ’14 to save lives.

Student EMRs Respond to Campus Medical Calls

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A new Emergency Medical Response (EMR) service led and staffed by USF students is offering fast, front-line treatment for on-campus medical emergencies.

Chris Matthews of ‘Hardball’ at USF

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“Hardball” political talk show host Chris Matthews will discuss faith, service, and America’s current political dysfunction with the Most Rev. Bob McElroy, auxiliary bishop for the San Francisco Archdiocese, at USF on March 18.

New Lab Bolsters Science Research

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A new half-million-dollar science laboratory is shaking up the way research is done at USF. The lab advances the university’s research in specialties like cancer, climate change, and nanotechnology by 20 years.

5 Ways to Protect Your Online Information

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Hackers want your information, and they’re finding ever-more-diabolical ways to steal it. Luckily, USF’s Eunjin (EJ) Jung has made it her job to foil these online thieves. The assistant professor of computer science even has students build their own password-cracking software, so she can teach them how to defend against unwanted snooping.

Is Your Professor on the ‘Best Law Teachers’ List?

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USF law Professor Julie Nice is among 26 elite educators in Harvard University Press’ “What the Best Law Teachers Do,” which profiles her innovative teaching techniques.

USF Law: 2nd For ‘Quality of Life’

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Life can be tough for a law student—a new school to get used to, overwhelming legal briefs to wade through, and titanic loans to pay off. Lucky for University of San Francisco law students their school is ranked second in the nation for ‘quality of life’.

Star Pitcher Kyle Zimmer Returns to USF

12-02-2013Kyle Zimmer back at USF

Kyle Zimmer got a $3 million dollar paycheck last year after signing with the Kansas City Royals, but that bonus came at a price: the junior had to leave the University of San Francisco before earning his degree. After being chosen fifth in the first round of the draft—the highest pick in USF baseball history—Zimmer made a promise: one day he’d finish his degree, which is why he's back on campus.

Research Shows Dramatic Benefits to International Child Sponsorship

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You've seen the TV commercials asking you to sponsor a child in the developing world, but does the $3 billion spent every year to sponsor those children do any good? That's the question USF Professor Bruce Wydick asked, and the answer shocked him and other experts.

USF Earns High Marks for Research, Community Service, and Student Support

11-05-2013Washington Monthly 2013

The University of San Francisco is again ranked among the top universities and colleges in the country for what it contributes to the public good in terms of academic research, community service, and support for low-income students, according to Washington Monthly magazine.

USFers Earn More Than Other College Graduates

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University of San Francisco alumni land better-paying jobs than other college graduates, according to Affordable Colleges Online. The site ranks USF as one of the top universities in the country for computer science majors and among the best in California for undergraduate majors in general, based on what they earn over the course of their careers.

USF Tackles Shortage in Science, Math, Technology Educators

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The University of San Francisco’s teacher residency program has joined a national effort to train 100,000 new science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers in the next eight years.

USF Author Recommended by Oprah Magazine

10-17-2013Susan Steinberg

A book about bad girls and broken hearts landed a USF author on O, The Oprah Magazine’s fall 2013 reading list.

USF Opens Center for Science and Innovation

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The University of San Francisco celebrated the opening of the LEED Gold designed John Lo Schiavo, S.J. Center for Science and Innovation Sept. 27. The center’s opening marks a new chapter for the university in its commitment to bringing top scientists to campus and equipping them for cutting-edge science, computer science, and math research opportunities.

USF Business Professor 'Top 20'

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The University of San Francisco’s Peggy Takahashi is ranked among the Top 20 Women Professors in California, according to StateStats.org.

USFers Help Japanese Rebuild After Earthquake and Tsunami

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University of San Francisco architecture students are behind the design of a new community center being built in northeastern Japan, where residents are still recovering from a devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Ty Segall's 'Twins' an NPR Favorite

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Ty Segall '09 is a rock star whose career is definitely on a roll. New York's Village Voice is comparing him to rock legend Neil Young; SF Weekly calls him a "savant;" and his critically acclaimed album, "Twins," landed on NPR's list of 50 Favorite Albums of 2012.

USF 'Most Underrated University'

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The University of San Francisco is the one of the most underrated universities in the country, the 23rd most underrated, according to a study by the Business Insider.

A Leading Literary Light

04-24-2013D.A. Powell

USF's D.A. Powell is the National Book Critics Circle Award-winner for his book of poetry, "Useless Landscapes, or A Guide for Boys." (2012)

USFers Mine "Big Data" for Better Business Results 

02-26-2013Big Data

Students in the University of San Francisco's new graduate analytics program are learning how "Moneyball" math can help some of Silicon Valley's best known companies see patterns in their customers' behavior and make better business decisions with the information.

USF Named College of Distinction

02-15-2013USF honored as College of Distinction

The University of San Francisco is one of California's Colleges of Distinction for 2012, an honor that highlights the university's hands-on teaching approach, outstanding faculty, and high praise from graduates.

Teaching the Science and Business of Biotechnology

01-29-2013Jennifer Dever and Moira Gunn teach biotech

Capitalizing on its location in the region that gave birth to the global biotechnology industry, the University of San Francisco launched an interdisciplinary program that brings together the scientific expertise and business know-how needed to develop the next generation of biotech innovators. 

Doing Enormous Good

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Founded on Sept. 18, 1912 in downtown San Francisco, on the corner of Market and Seventh streets, the school has grown from 39 students to more than 700 today. U.S. News and World Report ranks it 10th in the nation for ethnic diversity.

Alum Revolutionizes the Credit Card Industry 

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Not long ago, small business owners who wished to offer credit and debit card sales were forced to buy or rent swipe machines, sign contracts with credit card companies, and pay monthly as well as per-use fees. Then, along came USF’s Cameron Walters MS ’08, one of a small group of entrepreneurs who founded Square Inc., maker of the Square Reader.

Civil Rights Leader is First USF Diversity Scholar

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Distinguished civil rights leader and scholar Clarence B. Jones is the University of San Francisco’s inaugural Diversity Scholar Visiting Professor. Jones was a friend, counsel, adviser, and speechwriter to slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

USF Makes The Washington Center’s Top Five

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The University of San Francisco is one of five universities in the nation to be honored as a 2012 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award recipient, recognizing the university’s outstanding contributions to community, leadership, professional achievement, and enrichment of student learning.

 

Connections to San Francisco’s Filipino Community Run Deep

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Filipinos living in San Francisco’s South of Market (SOMA) district know the West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center for what it offers area residents: Myriad services to students, adults, seniors and veterans. Many of the same residents also know the University of San Francisco’s Yuchengco Philippines Studies Program (YPSP), which has been an active partner with West Bay for more than a decade.

Corey Cook: The State of Our City

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As USF readies for its downtown return, so, too, is the city of San Francisco embarking on a new chapter with the election of its first Asian American mayor, the largest surge in technology jobs since the dot-com boom of the late ’90s, and crushing budget woes. Corey Cook, USF associate professor of politics and director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, is an expert on urban politics and public policy. He sat down with USF Magazine to discuss the challenges and possibilities that lie ahead for San Francisco. The following is adapted from that discussion.

Walking on Water

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David Vann’s life has not gone the way he planned it. Raised in Ketchikan, Alaska, and educated at Stanford and Cornell universities, Vann had a story in the Atlantic Monthly by the time he was 25. It was a promising start for a young writer, and it gave him confidence that he would soon find a publisher for the novella and short story collection he had been working on, “Legend of a Suicide.” But its unconventional style and dark title made it anathema to publishers, and the manuscript sat untouched for years.

Award-Winning Student Films Head to Tinseltown 

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For most aspiring filmmakers, the path to that first red carpet, Hollywood debut comes, if ever, after years of running errands on set, lugging equipment, and otherwise paying dues. But for a select group of University of San Francisco students, that moment has come much earlier.

USF’s New Pleasanton Campus Opens

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The University of San Francisco’s campus in the East Bay is now smarter, not only for its six new smart classrooms but also for its convenient Pleasanton location within walking distance of BART — making it easy to access and better for the environment.

USF Alumna Swings for the Spotlight

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Four weeks into the reality golf show “Big Break Atlantis,” the University of San Francisco’s Christina Stockton ’10 is still alive, having survived an elimination challenge in week three.

USF Named to President’s Service Honor Roll

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The University of San Francisco was recently named to the President’s 2012 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the sixth consecutive year. 

Computer Scientists Help Hunt Child Predators

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New software applications created by University of San Francisco computer science students forgo the “gotcha” moment of Dateline NBC’s “To Catch a Predator,” but are designed to help police capture child sex predators just the same.

Why Sustainable Art?

03-14-2012ToxicArt4Web

Sasha Petrenko, University of San Francisco’s art studio manager, knows firsthand the impact of hazardous art compounds on the environment and on human health. She lost an art instructor to cancer and knows others who were debilitated by the disease, most likely from their heavy exposure to volatile organic compounds found in oil paints and paint thinner. 

Yum — Chemistry!

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In a city of tweeting food trucks and Michelin-star-courting restaurants, it was only a matter of time before San Francisco’s fusion-food culture found a way into a chemistry classroom.

New Undergraduate Completion Program Launched in Sacramento

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Community college graduates and other transfer-ready undergraduates can now transition seamlessly to the University of San Francisco and complete a bachelor’s degree by enrolling in the university’s new 2+2 degree program.

USF Architects’ House Withstands Hurricanes

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Two University of San Francisco architecture professors recently won national and state awards for their design of a flood-proof house that was built to withstand hurricanes and tsunamis.

USF in San Jose

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The University of San Francisco officially opens a new campus in the capital of Silicon Valley Feb. 3, catering to working professionals who want to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

USF a Top Generator of Big Firm Law Partners

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In a new study examining where partners at the largest U.S. law firms went to school, the University of San Francisco School of Law is ranked fourth for the San Francisco region.

Professors Win Distinguished Research Award

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Noah Borrero, assistant professor of teacher education, and Dean Rader, associate professor of English, each received the University of San Francisco’s annual faculty Distinguished Research Award earlier this year. Borrero’s research focused on issues of equity in urban education; Rader’s on Native American literature, art, and film.

USF Senior Teaches Non-Violence to Inmates

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A University of San Francisco student, ex-convict, and former inmate of San Quentin State Prison is working to reduce domestic violence and re-educate men currently in jail for domestic violence and abuse. 

The Little Program that Could

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With alumni and faculty winning awards at home and abroad, the University of San Francisco's MFA in writing program has emerged as a top destination for the country's best new poets and writers.

Computer Science Reaches High School Minorities

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Juliana Wu, a high school senior, programmed an Android app and learned computer animation this summer, during a computer science enrichment program offered by the University of San Francisco.

Hopes, Dreams (and Fears) Pt. 4

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It’s been a wild ride for members of the class of 2011. They entered the University of San Francisco  in the fall of 2007 when the economy was booming. They saw a near collapse of the world’s economy, a modest recovery, the election of the country’s first African-American president, political upheaval marked by regime change, and a still shaky job market. In this series USF Magazine polled graduating seniors to ask them what it all means as they head out into the world.

USFers Win for Haitian Orphanage Design 

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A team of University of San Francisco art + architecture students recently won second place at the de Young Museum’s New Generations Student Showcase for their design of an orphanage to house homeless children in Haiti.

USF Student Creates Life-Saving App

09-20-2011EmergencyStandardWeb

Helping emergency responders to save lives when every second counts? Yes, there’s an app for that, and it was created by Joseph Ekman, a University of San Francisco junior majoring in information systems.

Hopes, Dreams (and Fears) Pt. 3

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As the University of San Francisco kicks off the 2011-12 school year, graduates of the class of 2011 sound off about their hopes and dreams for the future in the wake of a near collapse of the world’s economy, the election of the country’s first African-American president, and a still shaky job market.

Hopes, Dreams (and Fears) Pt. 2

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As the University of San Francisco kicks off the 2011-12 school year, graduates of the class of 2011 sound off about their hopes and dreams for the future in the wake of a near collapse of the world’s economy, the election of the country’s first African-American president, and a still shaky job market.