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  • Newsletters of the SFSU College of Science & Engineering Alumni Chapter
    development workshops and curriculum projects that facilitate incorporation of computer and internet resources into courses 2 development of educational multimedia materials for class and student use 3 intern experiences for science math and engineering undergraduates exploring teaching as a career option 4 outreach programs to enhance science and math experiences for talented K 12 students and 5 professional development networking and other programs for new science and math teachers to facilitate their transition into teaching and retention in the profession The lab allows faculty to provide rich technologically current in class instruction for students in science mathematics and math science teacher credential programs Incorporation of computer assisted instruction including simulations models application of professional data analysis tools and access and utilization of on line resources enhances learning and professional preparation of all students It is critical that future science and math teachers experience effective use of these cutting edge tools and resources so they may incorporate them appropriately into their own teaching The critical shortage of qualified math and science teachers and the low performance of U S students in the recent TIMSS Third International Math and Science Study report underscore the nationwide need to attract talented students to teaching and to engage them in a science and math curriculum that integrates content with effective teaching methodologies including technology assisted instruction Currently the new lab houses 15 PowerMac 6500 250MHz computers a digital projector 2 printers laser inkjet color and one multimedia development station with an Epson flatbed scanner Polaroid slide scanner and CD recorder The lab is networked with Ethernet and connected to the Internet Dr Nan Carnal Co PI for the MASTEP grant notes the most pressing needs are 1 upgrading stations to include a PC environment via PC cards to meet software needs for many courses and 2 funds to employ a full time lab manager to manage lab scheduling student access computer maintenance software requirements for courses instruct faculty teachers and students in hardware and software use and to develop instructional materials Additional needs are 1 expanded multimedia development capability digital video creation manipulation additional set of scanners software tools for multimedia authoring 2 a server for web hosting storage of digital resources etc 3 8 workstations to complete the desired 24 station lab 4 funds for instructional software acquisition For further information contact MASTEP at 415 338 7681 or Nan Carnal at 415 338 1853 Biomedical Mass Spectrometry Facility At SFSU SFSU has a new facility for modern mass spectrometry which was funded by the university and a new biomedical research program from the National Institutes of Health The facility is directed by Drs Scott Gronert Peter Palmer and Bruce Macher from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry The facility manager is Dr Robert Yen who came to SFSU after completing post doctoral training at the University of North Carolina Alumni are invited to visit the new facility in the Science building please contact Dr Yen at 415 338 6413 Dr Scott Gronert is collaborating

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  • Newsletters of the SFSU College of Science & Engineering Alumni Chapter
    statistics courses in between Wanting to see how statistics and operations research were used in the outside world Sheehan resigned from the faculty in 1957 and moved to Monterey spending his first year there working as a Project Scientist at Combat Development Experimentation Center CDEC After one year a genie presented three choices Stay at CDEC and work for SRI move to Boston or teach at the U S Navy Postgraduate School After three years at the Navy School and a total of four years of living more than 100 miles from his native San Francisco he leaped at the opportunity to return to S F State in 1961 After return to State involvement with the Academic Senate service on the Campus Planning Committee and assisting the School Dean with budgets and building planning led to joining the administration in 1968 as Director of Campus Development In the mid 1960 s there was a more generous use of reduced teaching load than is enjoyed by faculty today for those who served on certain committees or were elected officers of the Senate This happy state of affairs brought about an impasse for when Sheehan found himself to be a member of the University Planning Committee assistant to the School Dean and elected as Vice Chair of the Senate he was to enjoy a 150 reduction in his teaching assignment The arithmetic impossibility of that arrangement was solved by becoming a full time administrator During his decade long administrative adventure responsibility for Institutional Research was added to the job description and for 14 very long months the task of acting Vice President for Business and Administration was tossed in from 73 74 Thus what was to be a 150 reduction became a 150 increase in workload After helping to bring on line

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  • Newsletters of the SFSU College of Science & Engineering Alumni Chapter
    the 2 500 CSE Advisory Board Scholarship and Alan Von Herman an undergraduate student in Mathematics for the 500 David G C Cassa Memorial Scholarship Both students were grateful for the award they received It relieves them from some financial burden so they can concentrate on their study This coming fall semester the College will add two more scholarships from Kenneth BS 71 Biology Pam BS 73 Mathematics Fong to the growing list of awards and scholarships in the College Last year Dr Mrs Kenneth Fong the owners of CLONTECH Inc established a 10 000 endowed scholarship fund for two undergraduate students one in Biology and one in Mathematics Another newly established scholarship is the CSE Alumni Scholarship fund This scholarship of 500 is intended to support a CSE undergraduate student Currently this fund needs your support With the high demand of more scholarships for students in the College the College Advancement office is trying to expand its scholarship program If you would like to donate to an existing scholarship fund or establish a new one feel free to contact Lannie Nguyen Tang at 415 338 7662 Please make checks payable to SFSU Foundation College of Science Engineering Scholarship Fund

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  • Newsletters of the SFSU College of Science & Engineering Alumni Chapter
    the Smithsonian s Whipple Observatory near Tucson AZ This first planetary system found from a survey of 107 stars offers the first suggestion that planetary systems like our own are abundant in our Milky Way Galaxy which contains 200 billion stars SFSU researcher Debra Fischer MS 91 Physics Astronomy said It implies that planets can form more easily than we ever imagined and that our Milky Way is teeming with planetary systems No current theory predicted that so many giant worlds would form around a star I am mystified at how such a system of Jupiter like planets might have been created said Marcy SFSU s Distinguished Professor of Science This will shake up the theory of planet formation Currently a staff astronomer at the Anglo Australian Observatory Butler is the lead author of the paper submitted to the Astrophysical Journal announcing the triple planet system Along with Marcy Fischer and Noyes the authors include Sylvain Korzennik Peter Nisenson and Adam Contos of the Harvard Smithsonian CfA and Timothy Brown of the HAO Both of our groups found essentially the same size and shape for the orbits of the companions said Korzennik The chances of this happening by accident are infinitesimal Added Fischer This is an extraordinary finding and it demands extraordinary evidence Having two completely independent sets of observations gives us confidence in this detection Marcy and Butler had suspected that there was something strange about Upsilon Andromedae The velocity variations that revealed the closest planet to the star in 1996 had an unusual amount of scatter Not until early this year had enough observations been made of the star to confirm the presence of an additional planet which explained some of the confusing pattern in the data But another object still seemed to be tugging on the star

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  • Newsletters of the SFSU College of Science & Engineering Alumni Chapter
    We would like to reach out to the younger generation who are high school students in the 9th 10th and 11th grades to provide them this opportunity With the help of the College of Science and Engineering Alumni we can work together with a little effort to reach the high school students in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area Includes nine counties San Francisco San Mateo Santa Clara Alameda Contra

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  • Newsletters of the SFSU College of Science & Engineering Alumni Chapter
    President and Chief Engineer for SUN Microsystems arranged for the construction and donation of the new lab complete with dropped ceiling carpet computer tables printers high speed networking and 25 Java workstations The SUN Lab is being used by the Department in courses throughout the program that deal with Graphical User Interfaces and Java programming The process of the donation of the lab began as an idea of a student

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  • Newsletters of the SFSU College of Science & Engineering Alumni Chapter
    and students welcomed guests and provided them with a brief overview of the three part program of the event At 6 p m guests were guided to a lecture room in the Hensill Hall to listen to an interesting presentation on Exploring life in the hostile world of Deep Sea Vents Hydrocarbon Seeps and Estuarine Mud given by Dr Alissa Arp Director of the Romberg Tiburon Center and Professor of Biology During the refreshment hour alumni and friends enjoyed the delicious hors d oeuvres and toured some of the Science laboratories such as the new Sun Microsystems Java Lab Wheeled Mobility Center SEGA Multimedia Lab Computer ommunications Lab Guests also participated as judges in the Student Research Display Competition The winner of this competition was Monica Harrison a junior in Electrical Engineering She received a 100 stipend on her project title Radiated Field Coupling Through Shielded Enclosure The concluding program was a fascinating lecture about The Quest for Planet Around Nearby Stars given by Dr Debra Fischer Astrophysics Research Associate and CSE Alumna MS 90 Physics Founded in 1899 the University is celebrating its 100th year of service to San Francisco the Bay Area and beyond We hope you and

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  • Newsletters of the SFSU College of Science & Engineering Alumni Chapter
    Ph D from SUNY Buffalo and is completing a post doctoral appointment at the University of Vermont in Molecular Parasitology Zhigang Chen Assistant Professor of Physics took his Ph D at Bryn Mawr and is completing a post doctoral appointment at Princeton in Laser Optics Elahe Ensanni Associate Professor of Engineering returns to the faculty this fall from industry She earned her Ph D at UC Berkeley in Environmental Engineering Newell Toby Garfield Assistant Professor of Geosciences and the Romberg Tiburon Center received his Ph D from the University of Rhode Island and has been on the faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey in physical oceanography Christopher Moffatt Assistant Professor of Biology earned his Ph D from John Hopkins and has been in a post doctoral position at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in reproductive physiology Wenshen Pong Assistant Professor of Engineering took his Ph D at SUNY Buffalo and has also completed a post doctoral appointment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in earthquake engineering Peter Rha Associate Professor of Engineering received his Ph D from the University of Utah and has been employed by Samsung Telecommunications America in wireless communications engineering Claire Sherman Assistant Professor of Mathematics took her Ph D at the University of Waterloo and has most recently been involved in a research project funded by the National Research Council analyzing radiation effects on atom bomb survivors in Hiroshima Her field is biostatistics As you can see from this list we are hiring extremely well qualified faculty to help us move into many exciting new areas of science and engineering As a particularly interesting new partnership with industry Peter Rha will be working at SBC formerly PacBell during his first year before joining us full time on the campus next year Our enrollments continue

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