CHSS Connection: Presentations

Monday, May 17, 2021

May/June 2021 issue

Francisco-Menchavez gives keynote at ethics of care conference

Associate Professor of Sociology Valerie Francisco-Menchavez was a keynote panelist at Relations of Care Across and After Worlds, a virtual conference hosted May 13-14 by the Borghesi-Mellon Workshop on Care: Politics, Perfomances, Publics, Practices at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The keynote dialog was titled, “Ethics, Politics, and the Work of Care.”

Hossfeld discusses Silicon Valley’s gender, race and class inequalities

Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology & Sexuality Studies Karen Hossfeld gave an invited talk to UC Berkeley’s Computer Science Department on March 17. In her talk, titled “Gender, Race, Class and Social Justice in Silicon Valley’s High-Tech Industry Today,” she discussed current gender, race and class inequalities in Silicon Valley’s high tech industries and the researchers and activists who are exposing and challenging these inequalities. Although high-tech insiders often present themselves and their industries as being “disrupters,” many Silicon Valley companies continue to be “bro-cultures” that exclude and discriminate against women and people of color, and particularly against women of color. Hossfeld’s goal was to help CAL computer science and engineering students think critically about what they can do to turn things around in their current and future workplaces.

Kellogg presents research on religion and migration among Middle Eastern Christians

Lecturer of Sociology Sarah Bakker Kellogg recently gave two talks at overseas universities, drawing on research for her current book project about religion and migration. She spoke to Theology and Religious Studies faculty at Lund University in Sweden for a Symposium on Middle Eastern Christian Diaspora in Europe on April 7. She also spoke at the University of Glasgow in Scotland on April 16. In both, she discussed her ethnographic research among Middle Eastern Christians in diaspora in Western Europe, which looks at how religious histories shape the gendered and racialized politics of immigration in the Netherlands. Kellogg works specifically with Assyrian/Syriac Christians of the Syriac Orthodox Church who are former refugees and immigrants from Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, documenting how they reconfigure church-family relations in response to the Dutch state's "minority integration" programs. 

Marroquin-Solano, Takagi present study of older learners

Gerontology graduate student Madeleine Marroquin-Solano and Assistant Professor of Gerontology Emiko Takagi (School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement) presented their pilot study, “Age-Friendly University Initial Assessment: Voices of Older Learners,” at the California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics (CCGG) Spring 2021 Showcase on April 29. The event was attended by professionals, educators and teachers in the field of gerontology throughout the state of California. The presentation reported preliminary results of the analysis of the focus group interviews with members of the SF State Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The project was a part of the preliminary efforts to join the Global Age-Friendly University Network. Marroquin-Solano and Takagi highlighted the themes they identified, including: 1) older adults’ diverse learning needs and desires; 2) hope and anxiety about intergenerational leaning experiences; and 3) need of enhancing accessibility to information and physical campus space.  The event recording is available at CCGG’s website

Park presents research on robotics, multimedia activities in early childhood education

AERA conference hallProfessor of Child & Adolescent Development Soyeon Park presented two papers at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, which took place virtually in April. Her first presentation, “Fostering computational thinking and creativity for young children through robotics with unplugged activities,” discussed the benefits of utilizing robotics in an early childhood classroom to create a developmentally appropriate and playful environment for children to exercise critical thinking, creatively solve problems and collectively learn the basic concepts of computational thinking through peer scaffolding. Her second presentation was titled “Exploring the pedagogical potential of multimedia-enriched literacy activities for early bilingual learners: A multiple-case study.” This study investigated how multimedia activities could be integrated into early literacy curricula to support young bilingual learners’ literacy development and critical thinking skills.  

Pawlowski discusses holistic admissions for DPT programs

Ujima conference adRepresenting the UCSF/SFSU Graduate Program in Physical Therapy’s Admissions Committee, Associate Clinical Professor Sarah Pawlowsky of SF State's Department of Physical Therapy and UCSF Associate Professor Kai Kennedy were panelists in a webinar on holistic admissions through the Ujima Institute on April 20. The Ujima Institute focuses on improving the health and wellness of Black communities. One of its aims is to allow community members to seek out rehab professionals who provide holistic care and education. In addition to Pawlowsky and Kennedy, two faculty members from Indiana University answered questions related to how their respective Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) programs have implemented a holistic admissions process.

Peper, Harvey give talk on ergonomics for parenting community

Professor Erik Peper and Professor Richard Harvey, both with the Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism and the Institute for Holistic Health Studies, co-presented the invited talk, “Ergonomic methods and practice for the parenting community to optimize health,” on April 23 for the Indonesian Scientific Solution Center, located in Kudus, Central Java, Indonesia.

Peper presents on tech stress, optimizing health

Erik Peper, professor in the Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism and the Institute for Holistic Health Studies, gave the invited presentation, “Transforming Tech Stress into Tech Health,” for CSU Learning & Development's webcast series CSU's Got Talent on April 29. 


Peper also gave an invited online presentation, “Optimizing health: Lesson from college students,” for the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback virtual workshop, Practical Interventions to Improve Health and Well Being in Adult Learners, May 4 & 6.

Qamar speaks to new cohort about faculty life at SF State

Assistant Professor of Nutrition & Dietetics and Registered Dietitian Zubaida Qamar, from Family, Interiors, Nutrition & Apparel Department, was invited by Mickey Eliason, assistant dean for faculty development and scholarship, to speak with the new faculty cohort in the College of Health and Social Sciences about her experiences and successes in research, making connections and adjustment to faculty life at SF State. 

Yee-Melichar discusses book on assisted living administration and management

Assisted Living Administration book coverDarlene Yee-Melichar, professor and coordinator of the Gerontology Program in the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement, discussed her new book, “Assisted Living Administration and Management: Effective Practices and Model Programs in Elder Care” (Springer Publishing, 2021), with co-authors Cristina Flores and Andrea Renwanz Boyle as part of the Long-Term Care Administration Book Webinar Series on May 26. Professor Emeritus Brian de Vries and four Gerontology alumni (Benjamin Bongers, Edwin Cabigao, David Hahklotubbe and Pauline Mosher Shatara) participated as contributing authors for the book.