CHSS Connection

April 10, 2023


CHSS Undergrad Showcase graphic

The College invites undergraduate students to present their research, scholarship and creative works at the first annual CHSS Undergraduate Showcase, to be held at the Seven Hills Conference Center on Thursday, May 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All CHSS undergraduate students, regardless of their research experience, are encouraged to enter their projects. Student work from Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 is eligible, and presentation formats will include posters, models, dress forms, interactive displays and other appropriate formats. Both individual and group projects from capstone/culminating experience courses, independent studies or developed as class assignments are welcome.

Given the size of the conference center, we will be limited to 70 projects for our first year. We will accept applications in the order that they are received until the showcase is full.

Students must apply to participate by April 17.

Nominate a faculty colleague for CHSS Excellence Awards in Teaching, Service and Scholarship

The College of Health & Social Sciences is deeply committed to excellence in teaching, service and scholarship. We are now accepting nominations for the 2023 CHSS Excellence Awards, which will be presented at the Fall Opening next year.

Each faculty award includes $750 and a certificate signed by the dean and associate dean of the College of Health & Social Sciences. The recipient’s name and year of award will appear on a plaque displayed near HSS 238. Student research assistants involved in the faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award will also be honored at the Fall Opening, where they will receive an award certificate and gift from the College. Awardees are required to be present at the Fall Opening in order to receive the award. 

Nominations are due by April 14.


Lecturer of Criminal Justice Studies Jim Dudley presented at the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association Conference and Expo, held March 20-25 in St. Louis. In his presentation, titled “Bringing University Level Pedagogy to Police Field Training,” Dudley provided methods of instruction that have proven effective for teaching Gen Z in police training environments and for improving retention and training outcomes.

Rachel Flynn presents at SRDC panel

Assistant Professor of Child & Adolescent Development Rachel Flynn was a discussant for a panel at the Society for Research in Child Development conference Biennial Meeting, held in Salt Lake City March 23-25. Flynn discussed the future of research at the panel, titled “Contributing factors to digital game efficacy for learning among children and early adolescents.”

Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics Zubaida Qamar and collaborators published their recent work in an open-access article, “#InclusiveDietetics: A social media campaign improves beliefs associated with racial and ethnic diversity, equity, and inclusion in the dietetics profession,” in the Journal of Critical Dietetics. The authors elaborate on their findings from a study involving a social media intervention to understand knowledge, experiences, and actions related to diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of dietetics. The results shed light on the experiences and beliefs of nutrition and dietetics professionals and provide insight into improving diversity, equity and inclusion in the field. 

On March 16, Associate Professor of Sociology Karen Hossfeld hosted 15 visiting social science and humanities professors from various Norwegian universities who were on a research trip to study higher education systems in the U.S. The visitors met with Hossfeld and attended her SOC 502 senior seminar for Sociology seniors who are doing community service learning internships. The visiting faculty researchers were hosted by UC Berkeley and spent one day at SF State and one day at Sonoma City College.

The Norwegian visitors expressed that meeting the diverse and inspiring students in the Sociology class and hearing about their engaging community internships was a highlight of their research tour. They also remarked on the high level of trust between the students, who were willing to share their life experiences even in front of an international audience.

group photo of Jumpstart students

The Jumpstart program has two upcoming fundraisers. Events have been planned and put into action by Jumpstart students. If you are available, please consider participating!

  • Blaze Pizza – April 17, 12 noon-3 p.m., Stonestown Galleria, 3251 20th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94132

    • Online: Use Promo Code 1061A at check out for orders on or the Blaze Pizza app.
    • In person: present the flyer (printed or on mobile) at check out.
  • Chipotle – May 1, 4-8 p.m., Westlake Shopping Center, 213 Westlake Center, Daly City, CA 94015

    • Online: Use Promo Code XFFAXE8 at check out for online Chipotle orders
    • In person: either verbally tell the cashier of your participation OR present the flyer (printed or mobile) at check out 

Proceeds will support underserved, culturally rich preschools across San Francisco that are partnered up with Jumpstart by providing them with materials to advance their educational mission and programmatic development. The fundraiser has the additional benefit of mitigating preschool teachers from using their personal funds to provide classroom materials.

Participation in the fundraiser can come from an in-person order or an online order from the specific location. Please refer to the instructions listed for each fundraiser. Thanks in advance for your participation!

Events & Media

COVID-19 Research Showcase

Friday, April 14, 1-2:45 p.m., LIB 121

Jumpstart Student Fundraisers

  • Monday, April 17, 12 noon-3 p.m., Blaze, Stonestown Galleria
  • Monday May 1, 4-8 p.m., Chipotle, Westlake Shopping Center.

See news story in this issue for details.

From Polarization to Integration: A New Vision of Health, Activism & Cultural Evolution

Friday, April 21, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., LIB 121 and via Zoom

CHSS Undergraduate Research and Creative Works Showcase

Thursday, May 4, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Seven Hills Conference Center

Recreation, Parks & Tourism Alumni Professional Panel: RPT to Tech

Thursday, May 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom

Commencement 2023

Friday, May 26, Oracle Park, San Francisco

Lecturer of Criminal Justice Studies James Dudley commented on a recent hearing for the Hercules man who led police on a high-speed chase that caused a fatal collision. San Francisco Chronicle 3/30/2023

Professor Emeritus of Sociology John Irwin’s role as the founder of Project Rebound was discussed in an article about the success of the program at California State University, Fullerton. The Orange County Register 3/30/2023 (requires free registration)

Lecturer of Criminal Justice Studies James Dudley participated in a webinar about an award-winning wellness program the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s office developed for its officers. Police1 3/29/2023; 4 States News 3/29/2023

Featured Photo

woman demonstrates squats in gym

From Fit Plus Instagram video showing how to perform a barbell squat. @sfsufitplus

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