Monthly Memo of Announcements- March 2019

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Monthly Memo of Announcements- March 2019
From the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, SF State

A digest of updates and announcements

March 21, 2019


An aged tree stump with visible, raised rings

A clearer view of past climate from tree rings

To see where the Earth’s climate is headed, we have to see where it’s been — and a new San Francisco State University study could offer a clearer picture. The study outlines a way to use a basic law of plant growth to improve estimates of historical temperature and rainfall from tree rings. The results could help answer one of the biggest questions facing climate scientists today.

“There’s a big question here, which is: How warm will it get?” said San Francisco State Assistant Professor of Earth & Climate Sciences Alexander Stine, the sole author of the study. “One way to get at this problem is to build a long record of temperatures in the Earth’s past.”

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SF State Associate Professor Jeff Duncan-Andrade stands in front of the ethnic studies building.

Jeff Duncan-Andrade named 2019 Brock International Prize in Education Laureate 

Visit Jeff Duncan-Andrade’s office in San Francisco State University’s Ethnic Studies & Psychology Building and you’ll see boxes filled with plaques and statues — honors he has accrued over a 25-year career in education. But the San Francisco State associate professor of Latina/Latino studies says accumulating kudos has never been his goal.

“I think they are a way to acknowledge you for what you’ve done, not for what you will do,” Duncan-Andrade said. “I want to stay present about what I can do next and what I can do better.”

Despite that lack of interest in racking up acclaim, Duncan-Andrade just received more: He was named the 2019 Brock International Prize in Education Laureate. The award is bestowed annually on an innovative educator chosen from an international field of nominees. Duncan-Andrade was officially presented with the honor last week at a symposium in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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white microscope on top of black table


A student’s guide to undergraduate research

Shiwei Wang describes how to find work in a laboratory and make the most of it while studying for your science degree:
Choose the right lab:
•   Learn to think like a scientist
•   Look for questions, not subjects
•   Mentoring is as important as research
•   Reach out with confidence
Get the most out of the Experience:
•   Start your research with reading, and keep on reading
•   Set specific goals for yourself and let your mentors know
•   Research takes time
•   Find a healthy balance
•   Find financial support
•   Always think about the big picture

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Paper by SF State biologist reviews the impacts of extreme heat on humans and wildlife

Q&A: The drama of a bird’s nest: An SF State biology professor answers questions about cooperation and conflict in nature 


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