CHSS Connection: Headlines

Friday, July 10, 2020

July/August 2020 issue

Holistic Health conference explores promise and perils of communication technology

Digital Living conference program coverOn April 25, the Institute for Holistic Health Studies hosted a Zoom conference, Digital Living — Promises and Perils. This full-day educational event explored the impact of communication technology and social media on health and society in five key segments: (1) Technology, The New Media, and Inequality; (2) Health Risks of Wireless Technology and 5G Concerns; (3) Screen Addiction and Mass Media Effects; (4) Unplugging and Other Practices for Tech-Life Balance and (5) The Changing Internet and The Future of News and Media. This event was one of the Future of Health Care Conferences, which are held biennially.

The full conference playlist can be viewed here.


Cushing study looks at oil, gas operations and pregnancy

Assistant Professor of Health Education Lara Cushing co-wrote an article about the effects that living near oil and gas wells can have on pregnant women and their children. Several studies nationwide have revealed negative health impacts of living near oil and gas operations. “In a California study, we found that pregnant women living near active high-production oil and gas wells have an elevated chance of having low birth-weight babies. This finding adds to a growing body of research on potential public health impacts from oil and gas operations,” Cushing and her co-authors wrote. The article was published in The Conversation and Inverse.

Department chairs reach out to prospective majors with new selfie videos

thumbnails of 9 videosIn a project organized by the College Office, nine department chairs and program coordinators recorded selfie videos to showcase their programs to prospective students. In each video, the chair or coordinator describes SF State’s approach to that field of study, how it relates to social justice, what kind of student is a good fit for the program, and what students can do with the degree. Filmmaker David Mai, a graduate of SF State’s MFA program in Cinema, produced the video series, providing post-production services including film editing and animation.

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Platas and international education experts refine and expand policy guidance

Brought together by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, and supported by USAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Assistant Professor of Child & Adolescent Development Linda M. Platas and other international education experts from across the globe worked throughout May, June and July to refine the Global Proficiency Framework, policy-level guidance on national educational assessments for governments, donors and communities. In 2019, Platas worked with colleagues to develop the Framework to support efforts to ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes. Subsequent assessment pilots and workshops in Asia, South America and Sub-Saharan Africa using the Framework resulted in requests for refinement and expansion into four additional grade levels.

Guardian Scholars Program celebrates 15th anniversary

The San Francisco State Guardian Scholars Program (GSP), a nationally recognized comprehensive support program for students who are current or former foster youth, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this August. The program’s co-founders, Sonja Lenz-Rashid, professor of Social Work, and Xochitl Sanchez, associate director of the Educational Opportunity Program, raise funds annually to support the program’s 100 students. Outcomes show a 70 percent graduation rate, a 92 percent second-year retention rate and an overall persistence rate of 78 percent. In May 2020, another 24 GSP students graduated from SF State; President Lynn Mahoney and CSU Trustee Lateefah Simon spoke at the virtual celebration on May 31. SF State faculty and staff can donate to the program through University Development or arrange payroll deduction to support these hardworking and resilient students.