Archive for the ‘News’ Category

News from Trisha DeVera

After 25 years of service to San Francisco State University and 17 years of partnership with me at the SFSU SEPAL – Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory, our beloved SEPAL Program Administrator – Trisha DeVera – will be retiring at the end of the month. 

From all of us from SEPAL, we would very much appreciate it if each of you could visit this virtual card for Trisha and contribute a slide, memory, picture, and/or comment in her honor.

This is an end of one journey, but the beginning of a whole new story for Trisha DeVera.

News from Pingdewinde Sam

Pingdewinde Sam (AKA PSam) is one of our esteemed undergraduate SFSU Biology alumni and SEPAL SPIKE student leaders, who is about to finish his doctoral studies in Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Johns Hopkins University next week! Below is his thesis presentation Zoom link, and he was gracious enough to share this lovely news and event with our SFSU community. For our current graduate students, in particular, could benefit a bunch from seeing an alum do a fabulous doctoral presentation!

Click here to view the presentation at May 13th, 2021.

Cherry Award for Great Teaching Finalists Named

The Cherry Award from Baylor University is a distinguished award given to outstanding teachers from various institutions by recognizing their ability to communicate and connect with students in the classroom through discussion and civil engagement. Kimberly Tanner, a very well recognized SFSU faculty member, most notable as her role as an instructor for BIO 230, was named as one of the six semi-finalist out of a pool of 114 nominations! Her ability to communicate and engage students in discussion in regard to the sciences was already well noted by several positive feedback from former students, and this award further recognizes her exemplary skills as being a professor.

Read more about the award here, and the other semi-finalist here.

News from Justine Ramos

Justine Ramos – a recent SFSU Biology alum who took Bio 230 course in 2014, has just been admitted to UC Berkeley to study for her PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology. With several SFSU alumni currently attending UC Berkley, Justine should have no problem navigating her new life in this prestigious school with their support.

News from Sam Holland

Sam Holland – a recent SFSU Biology alum who took the Bio 230 course in 2016, has just been admitted to ALL 7 MPH (Master of Public Health) programs to which he applied for. Sam will be attending his first choice at UC Berkeley in their MPH Program, concentrating on infectious disease and vaccinology!

News from Sahar Miry

Sahar Miry – a recent SFSU Biology alum who took Bio 230 during 2014, and who was also a SEPAL LEADS: Learners Advocating for Diversity in Science biology student leader – has just been admitted to her first choice Pharmacy School at UC San Francisco!

News from Thomas Jenkinson

Dr. Thomas Jenkinson is an alumnus of our Masters program and did his research in Dennis Desjardin’s laboratory, a fungi research lab, at San Francisco State University in the Biology Department. In addition, the SFSU Biology faculty has worked closely with Thomas as one of our NSF GK-12 Fellows who partnered with a middle school teacher and their students. He went on to get his doctorate and now we have the great news that he is a new Assistant Professor at CSU East Bay.

News from Hnin Hlaing and Genesis Vasconez

Great news to two of our SEPAL and SFSU alumni.

Hnin Hlaing – a recent SFSU BS Physiology alum and SEPAL PALS: Peer Assistants for Learning Science student leader – has just been admitted to her first choice Dental School at the University of Maryland.

And Genesis Vasconez, MS, PMHNP-BC, who was a 2016 SFSU BS Physiology alum and SEPAL SPIKE: Science Partners in K-12 Education student leader – has a new position as a Quarantine Medical Officer and Nurse Practitioner at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Congratulations you two for your hard work!

News from Tati Russo-Tait

Esteemed SFSU MS Biology and Lecturer alumna, Tati Russo-Tait has just been awarded the prestigious 2021 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Tati earned the award for her scholarly efforts in promoting equity, justice, and inclusion in science education, and she is currently pursuing her PhD in Science Education at the University of Texas, Austin. Tati started collaborating with SEPAL groups while she was a graduate student here in SFSU.

Additionally, she served as a Biology Lecturer teaching a course in Stem Cell Biology. She went on to work with the SFSU METRO Academies, and then pursued her doctoral studies at UT Austin.

News from Elmer Lopez

Elmer Lopez is one of our own SFSU Biology alum who, like many of us, participated in Bio 230: Introductory Biology in Spring 2017. 

Additionally, Elmer was 1 of 16 pioneering biology majors who were selected for the Fall 2017 LEADS: Learners Engaged in Advocating for Diversity in Science effort, authoring multiple Scientist Spotlights that you can see at www.scientistspotlghts.org published with Elmer as author!

Over the years, Elmer has been doing great things since finishing his BS in Physiology from SFSU. He was recently accepted into the Dominican University Physician Assistant Program!