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The VoteSmart Challenge '08
Join Alicia C. Shepard, National Public Radio (NPR) ombudsman; key representatives from the campaigns of Senators John McCain and Barack Obama; and Dominican students in a candid discussion about the pressing public policy challenges facing our nation . . .
Nina Zurier Photography Exhibit
An exhibition of photographs by Nina Zurier will be on display in Dominican University of California’s San Marco Gallery from September 10 through October 26. The exhibition will feature more than 120 color photographs of landscapes, buildings, and interiors shot in Finland, Sweden, Spain, and the United States.
Leadership Lecture Series Welcomes Cherie Blair
Cherie Blair will discuss what it was like to combine life as a working mother with life married to Britain’s former Prime Minister Tony Blair on Monday, October 20 at 7 p.m. in Dominican’s Angelico Hall.
Amy Tan, Stewart Wallace to Discuss "The Bonesetter's Daughter"
Author Amy Tan and composer Stewart Wallace will discuss the making of the opera "The Bonesetter's Daughter" on Sunday, September 21 at 7 p.m. in Dominican's Angelico Hall.
Innovative Master's Program Focuses on Age Research
Dominican University of California and the Buck Institute for Age Research this month launch the country’s first master’s program in biological sciences focused on age research.
Dominican Welcomes New Students
Fall 2008 New Undergraduate Student Orientation: August 20-25, 2008.
Dominican Hosts Marin Education Fund's Summer Application Institute
Fifty-three high school students will spend the week living and learning at Dominican University of California during the Marin Education Fund’s Summer Application Institute. Now in its ninth year, the institute has a 100 percent success rate at sending low-income students from underrepresented groups to college.
Biology Student Named MIT Summer Research Fellow
As a 2008 Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)-MIT Summer Research Fellow, biology major Elyza Genilo is spending the summer working in the science labs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is one of only eight recipients of this fellowship—both from within MIT and schools around the country.
Education, Business Students Spend Summer Teaching at South Africa's LEAP School
Dominican has joined forces with San Francisco-based non-profit Teach with Africa on a pilot project to send teaching teams to South Africa’s LEAP School. The LEAP School serves some of South Africa’s most economically and socially challenged students.
Dominican, Stanford Host Second Annual Humanities Symposium
Students and alumni from Dominican’s graduate Humanities program will present their research at the second annual Joint Student and Alumni Symposium at Stanford University from June 27-29. The first annual symposium was held last year at Dominican.
Dominican Celebrates 118th Commencement
Dominican awarded degrees to 475 students during commencement ceremonies this month. Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey delivered the graduate commencement address on May 16. Environmentalist Huey D. Johnson delivered the undergraduate address on May 17. Honorary degrees were awarded to Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and family services advocate Ethel Seiderman.
LINES Students to Present at National American College Dance Festival
Students representing the LINES Ballet/Dominican University BFA in Dance program have been selected to represent the Southwest region at the prestigious National American College Dance Festival (NACDF) to be held June 4-6 in New York City.
Biology Senior Wins Competitive Fellowship
Senior biology major Joyce Valencia has been awarded a highly competitive Summer Research Fellowship from the Endocrine Society.
New Master's Program Focuses on Age Research
Dominican has partnered with the Buck Institute for Age Research to launch the country’s first master’s program in biological sciences focused on age research.
Fulbright Grant Brings Scholars to Dominican
The Fulbright Program has awarded Dominican University of California a grant to host two Fulbright Scholars-in-Residence during the 2008-2009 academic year. These international scholars will teach undergraduate courses in business and health care policy.
Students Work with At-Risk Youth to Improve Educational Equity
A new grant awarded to the University by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board will support a service-learning program designed to improve educational equity and access to higher education for at-risk and marginalized youth.
Dominican Honored for Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service has named Dominican University of California to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth.
Exhibit Explores Cooks, Books, and Popular Culture
An exhibit featuring more than 70 vintage cookbooks, pamphlets, and food-related brochures will provide a flavorful overview of American history and society through the culinary arts. “Changing Tastes: Cooks, Books, and Popular Culture in Twentieth Century America" will run from February 16 through April 28.
Project Vote Smart Bus Plans Dominican Stop
The Project Vote Smart voter education bus will visit Dominican on January 30 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. as part of a nationwide tour. This mobile voter-information initiative aims to provide access to the latest and most accurate information about 40,000 people running for office around the country this year.
Leadership Lecture Series Welcomes Madeleine Albright
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will offer candid advice to the next president of the United States during a lecture at Dominican on Thursday, January 24 at 7 p.m. in Angelico Concert Hall.
Understanding Human Response to Disaster
Emergency management officials must work with social scientists when developing evacuation plans in order to ensure the highest degree of citizen cooperation in the event of a natural disaster, according to disaster expert Dr. Matthew Davis.
Dominican Professor Examines Big History
In her newly released book "Big History: From the Big Bang to the Present," Dr. Cynthia Stokes Brown melds traditional history with the latest scientific thought to create an accessible narrative of world history.
Oral Histories will Assist County in Developing Wellness Campus
As part of a service learning project, students are working with officials from the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (H&HS) on an oral history project that will help the H&HS as it develops the new Marin Health and Wellness Campus.
OT Students to Assess Senior Drivers
Dominican's Department of Occupational Therapy has partnered with the Marin County Commission on Aging and the Marin County Division of Aging to present CarFit, a program designed to check on how well senior drivers and their vehicles work together.
Dominican Celebrates Science Center Opening
On October 11, Dominican celebrated a milestone – the opening of our new 35,000 square foot Science Center.
San Francisco's de Young Features Dominican Artist
Art instructor Livia Stein is this month’s Artist in Residence in the Kimball Education Gallery at San Francisco’s de Young Museum. Stein teaches printmaking at Dominican.
Leadership Lecture Series
Civil rights figure, author, and Dominican University of California Professor Melba Pattillo Beals, neurologist Oliver Sacks, PBS television host Rick Steves, KQED radio host Michael Krasny, and educator Jonathan Kozol will appear at Dominican this fall as part of the Fall 2007 Leadership Lecture Series, sponsored by the University's Institute for Leadership Studies.
Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey to Discuss Green Issues
Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey will discuss “Leading Change Toward a Green Economy” during a lecture at Dominican University of California on Friday, September 21.
Researchers Take Scientific Approach to Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
Dominican researchers are working with the National Park Service (NPS) on a nationwide project designed to determine how to encourage the public to use National Park lands for physical activity.
Dominican Breaks Enrollment Records
Dominican began its 117th academic year with record enrollment and its largest ever freshman class
International Musicians to Perform in 2007-2008 Guest Concert Series
The popular Guest Concert Series celebrates its seventh season with an impressive selection of chamber performances by musicians of international standing, including violinist Axel Strauss, the Tilden Trio, the Alexander String Quartet, tenor opera singer Thomas Glenn, and musicians from the San Francisco Symphony.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Examines Film, Music, Art, Politics
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dominican University of California launches its fall session with an open house on August 31 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. in Caleruega Hall’s Creekside Room on the Dominican campus.
Dominican Authors Explore Ethics in Our Diverse World
People want to be ethical. They want to do the right thing. But on the way to figuring out what is right, they often compromise, rationalize, and manipulate the facts to achieve their aims, according to the authors of the new book about ethics in today's world.
Innovative Program Prepares First-Generation Students for College
Sixty Marin county high school students are spending the week living and learning at Dominican University of California during the Marin Education Fund’s Summer Application Institute (SAI). The program is designed for students who will be the first in their family to attend college in the United States.
Nursing Professor Provides Humanitarian Aid in Latin America
Dominican University nursing professor Dr. Peggy Goebel is volunteering this summer with Project HOPE, a non-profit, humanitarian aid organization that partners with the U.S. Navy to reach out to regions in Latin America in need of medical care.
Dominican Unveils Science Center
At a June 7 ribbon-cutting ceremony, Dominican offered visitors a preview of the University’s $20 million Science Center. The building is due to open in August, and a public open house will be held this fall.
U.S. Department of Education Awards Dominican $800,000
Dominican has been awarded an $800,000, four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to prepare students for careers as special education teachers. The grant will support student scholarships as well as a teacher-training model created by faculty in Dominican’s School of Education that could be used by universities throughout the United States.
Dominican’s Melba Beals Honored for Civil Rights Role
Melba Beals, chair of Dominican’s Department of Communications, was among the nine African-American teenagers who 50 years ago advanced the civil rights movement with the integration of Little Rock Central High School.
Dominican, Stanford Co-Host Humanities Symposium
Dominican University of California’s Graduate Humanities Program and Stanford University’s Master of Liberal Arts Program invite the public to attend a joint student and alumni symposium on Saturday, June 23 from noon until 5:30 p.m.
NIH Grant Supports Breast Cancer Research
Dr. Maggie Louie, assistant professor in the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, has received a grant of more than $150,000 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in support of breast cancer research at the University. Dr. Louie’s work focuses on the role that environmental contaminants play in the spread of breast cancer.
Business Dean Appointed Examiner for National Quality Award
Dr. Luís Calingo, Dean of the School of Business and Leadership, has been appointed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to the 2007 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The award is presented annually by the president of the United States.
EPA Grant Supports Green Business Office
Dominican has received a $222,222 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support the work of the Region 9 Environmental Finance Center (EFC9), which recently relocated to Dominican.
Commencement 2007
For the first time in its 117-year history Dominican University of California will observe two commencement ceremonies. The move is necessary due to the increased number of graduate and undergraduate students. Of the 422 students receiving degrees during Commencement 2007, 293 are undergraduate students and 129 are graduate students.
Teacher of the Year
Dr. Matthew Davis has been named Dominican's Teacher of the Year. Dr. Davis is a professor in the Department of Psychology whose areas of expertise include human response to natural disasters, social psychology, and media psychology.
Leadership Lecture Series Welcomes Al Gore
Former Vice President Al Gore will speak in San Rafael on Wednesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. The visit, co-sponsored by Dominican's Institute for Leadership Studies, will be Gore’s only Bay Area appearance surrounding the May 22 release of his book "The Assault on Reason."
Dominican Names New Business Dean
Dominican University of California President Joseph R. Fink has named Luís María R. Calingo, Ph.D., dean of the University’s School of Business and Leadership.
Banner Year for Research, Scholarship
A record number of Dominican University of California students are presenting their original research at academic conferences in the United States and Canada this semester.
Student Stem Cell Project Accepted for Capitol Hill Presentation
A research abstract written by four students from the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics has been selected for presentation on Capitol Hill. Christopher Heiser, Marvin Luu, Joyce Valencia, and Eric Hinderleider have been invited to present their research into stem cell biology in Washington, D.C. next month.
Coastal Marin Unprepared for Tsunami, Researcher Warns
Residents of Marin’s coastal communities are largely uninformed about the correct actions to take should a tsunami hit the Northern California coast, according to a new study by social psychologist Dr. Matthew Davis, Ph.D. Click on Read More and follow the URL to hear a KCBS interview with Dr. Davis about his research.
Undergraduate Researchers, Scholars to Present at NCUR 2007
More than 2,000 abstracts written by undergraduate students from 300 colleges and universities throughout the United States have been accepted for presentation at the 21st annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), which will be held at Dominican University of California from April 12 through April 14.
Discovery Channel to Feature Work of Dominican's 'Dr. Disaster'
A new Discovery Channel documentary features the research of Dominican psychology professor Dr. Matt Davis, an expert on the topic of disaster awareness and preparedness. A film crew from Becker Entertainment of Australia interviewed Dr. Davis last summer in Naples, Italy, while he was in the area studying local awareness of and preparedness for a potential volcanic eruption at Mount Vesuvius. The documentary “Could it Happen Here?” has already aired in Australia and Japan and will make its U.S. debut on the Discovery Times channel on February 12.
Leadership Lecture Series features Talks by Ralph Nader, Isabel Allende, Suze Orman
Dominican University of California’s popular Leadership Lecture Series continues this spring with talks by Ralph Nader, Isabel Allende, Suze Orman, and Paul Solman. All lectures, which begin at 7 p.m. in Angelico Concert Hall, are free and open to the public. Plenty of free parking is available in the Conlan Recreation Center parking lot at the intersection of Grand and Acacia avenues.
New Grant Supports Breast Cancer Research
Breast cancer researcher Dr. Maggie Louie has received a grant from Chicago-based Wendy Will Case Cancer Fund to support Dr. Louie’s research into the role that environmental contaminants play in the spread of breast cancer.
Dominican Professor in International News Spotlight
Nursing chair Dr. Luanne Linnard-Palmer's book examining religious and cultural influences on healthcare treatment was featured in a recent Reuters news article. The story was picked up by ABC news, MSNBC, the Boston Globe, Scientific American, and numerous daily newspapers in Asia, Europe, and Australia. Please follow the link for more information about Dr. Linnard-Palmer's research.
Winter Osher Session Explores Movies, Sufism, Venice, Supreme Court
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) begins its winter session at Dominican University of California on February 12. Funded in part by grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation, this membership-driven program is designed to provide intellectually stimulating opportunities for adults in the community who are 50 years or older. All courses, with one exception, meet weekly for six weeks. The exception is a special two-meeting class facilitated by Jan Wahl of KRON Channel 4, on Critical Thinking in Movies and Television. This class will meet twice, once on February 19, and once on March 19.
Alonzo King Wins National Honor
Alonzo King, artistic director of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet and artistic director of the Dominican BFA in dance program, has been awarded a United States Artists Fellowship for Dance. Alonzo King is one of only 12 California artists to be honored for achievements in artistic excellence and one of 50 artists nationwide to receive this award.
AIDS Memorial Quilt on Display
A portion of The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display at Dominican University of California on World AIDS Day, Friday, December 1.
Business Students Create Record Label
Business students at Dominican University of California have started their own independent record label and are in the process of creating an album featuring their newly signed artists – all as part of an undergraduate course “Marketing for the Music Industry.”
Dr. Sima Samar to discuss "Personal Risks Overshadowed by Saving Lives"
Dr. Sima Samar, the internationally recognized human rights advocate from Afghanistan, will discuss her work on behalf of Afghanistan's women and girls during a lecture on Tuesday, November 7. The lecture is from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 in the Creekside Room.
Dominican Celebrates 10th Anniversary of International Latino Film Festival - San Francisco Bay Area
Dominican University of California and the International Latino Film Festival – San Francisco Bay Area (ILFF) welcome the public to celebrate the festival’s tenth anniversary with a series of events at the University’s San Rafael campus. Dominican is home to the ILFF, as well as to the festival’s extensive film library.
Dominican Invites Students to Submit NCUR Abstracts
Undergraduate students from throughout the United States who have participated in research or other forms of scholarly, creative, or artistic work may submit an abstract to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) for possible acceptance and presentation. Dominican University of California will host the 21st annual meeting of NCUR from April 12 – 14, 2007.
Dominican Day of Service - 2006
On Friday, October 20, 2006, Dominican University of California will observe its first “Dominican Day of Service.” The University has created a menu of volunteer opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. Volunteer opportunities include wildlife restoration projects at the Marin Headlands and Kehoe Beach, a makeover project for Homeward Bound, and a kitchen project for Meals of Marin.
Nature's Vortex opens November 1
Nature’s Vortex, an exhibition of color photomontage by Sister Adele Rowland, O.P., will be displayed in Dominican University of California’s San Marco Gallery, located in the Alemany Library, from November 1, 2006 through January 2, 2007.
Dominican Hosts California Indian Conference
Dominican University of California will host the 21st annual California Indian Conference, October 13 through 15. Dominican is co-sponsoring the event in association with the Marin Museum of the American Indian. This year’s conference theme is “Through Our Eyes: Looking Back While Moving Forward.”
Dominican Hosts Save Seafood Tour
The public is invited to attend lectures and a free lunch on Tuesday, October 10, when Dominican hosts the Save Seafood Tour.
Occupational Therapy Students to Assess Senior Drivers
Dominican University of California has partnered with the Marin County Commission on Aging to present CarFit, a program designed to check on how well senior drivers and their vehicles work together. The event will be held on October 28 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Marin Civic Center Jury parking lot.
Virtual Nursing Simulation Lab Will Give Students Real-World Clinical Experience
Dominican University of California has been awarded $216,000 from the Texas-based RGK Foundation for the development and staffing of a nursing simulation lab. The state-of-the-art lab will provide Dominican nursing students with clinical experience in a risk-free virtual reality environment. The lab also will be available to community health practitioners
Dominican Hosts Marin Education Fund’s Summer Application Institute
Fifty-four high school students will spend the week living and learning at Dominican University of California during the Marin Education Fund’s Summer Application Institute, August 1-5. The program has a 98 percent success rate at sending low-income, underrepresented students to college.
Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace Laureate, to discuss "Human Rights, Islam and the West"
Dr. Shirin Ebadi, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, will speak on “Human Rights, Islam and the West” in a lecture on Saturday, September 9, 2006 in Angelico Concert Hall.
Dominican Research Published in Adolescence
Girls Circle, a structured support group model developed for girls aged 9-18 years, helps girls feel better about their bodies, their social interactions, and their prospects for the future, according to a study by researchers at Dominican University of California. Girls who have a positive self-image and feel in control of their future are less likely to engage in risky activities.
Webcam Tracks Science Center Construction
Visitors to Dominican University of California’s website can view progress of the University’s Science Center via webcam. The image updates every four seconds between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. (Read more in this story for the link to the cam.)
Rediscover China: A Photographic Exhibition
Rediscover China, a photographic exhibition of China today, is open to the public through August 24 in the gallery at Dominican University of California’s Alemany Library.
Community Partnership: Dominican and Book Passage
A new partnership between Dominican University of California and Book Passage will enable both Dominican students and community members to earn academic credit for participating in selected Book Passage classes and writing conferences. The program, which begins this summer, will offer credit for both graduate and undergraduate work.
Reverend Cecil Williams Delivers Inspiring Commencement Address
Reverend Cecil Williams, CEO of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church and Minister of Glide’s National and International Ministries, delivered the 2006 commencement address on Saturday, May 13. Reverend Williams also received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree during the ceremonies.
Joshua Demitro Named 2006-2007 McGowan Scholar
Dominican University of California junior Joshua Demitro is the 2006-2007 winner of the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to recognize outstanding academic achievement and leadership among students in Dominican’s School of Business, Education, and Leadership. Joshua is studying for a degree in business administration.
An Evening of Opera
Darjana Blace, a conductor and pianist with the National Opera of Zagreb, Croatia, will perform in a concert at Dominican University of California, Sunday, April 30 at 7:45 p.m. in Angelico Concert Hall.
Alexander String Quartet to Perform Sunday, May 7
The Alexander String Quartet will close Dominican University of California’s 2005-2006 Guest Concert Series with a performance on Sunday, May 7 at 3 p.m. in Angelico Concert Hall.
Social Historian to Discuss 1906 Earthquake
Social historian Dr. Andrea Davies Henderson, an adjunct professor of history at Dominican University of California, to discuss 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire.
Researchers Study Parasites in Mosquitofish Collected from Local Waters
Dominican University faculty and undergraduate students initiated a research project in fall 2004 in collaboration with Dr. Anindo Choudhury of St. Norbert College in Wisconsin and Dr. Scott Bonar of the University of Arizona to determine whether the Asian tapeworm (Bothriocephalus achelognathii) has spread from Southern to Northern California.
Dominican Students Participate in Tax-Aid
Students help prepare tax returns for low-income residents.
In Memoriam Sister M. Aquinas Nimitz, O.P.
June 17, 1931 - February 27, 2006. Sister Aquinas Nimitz, O.P., who for almost 50 years was the very essence of the Dominican spirit, died Monday, February 27 at 6:25 a.m. after a valiant fight against cancer. Dominican University of California President Joseph R. Fink will host a gathering for friends of Sister Aquinas in celebration of her life on Tuesday, March 14 at 5 p.m. in the Shield Room, Caleruega Hall. All are welcome to attend.
Sr. Aquinas Homily
Understanding Islam Conference
Dominican University of California presents “Understanding Islam,” an all-day conference that will focus on a variety of issues in Islam. Among the topics due to be discussed are women and civil rights in Islam, the message of Islam, Islamic architecture, and Islamic mysticism.
Student Research at Academic Conferences
Dominican University of California students have been invited to present their research at two major academic conferences. Dominican learned this week that 20 abstracts have been accepted for presentation at the 20th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), which will be held April 6 through April 8 at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
New LINES, Dominican BFA in Dance
Dominican University of California and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet School will in fall 2006 offer a unique joint educational program: the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance.
Department of Commerce Partnership
A new partnership between Dominican University of California and the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce will give Dominican students hands-on exposure to international business and trade.
Study of Invasive Weeds in National Parks
Dominican University of California researchers, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), are investigating whether horses contribute to the spread of noxious and invasive weeds into California's national parks.
Largest Gift in University's History
Dominican University of California has received the largest single gift in its 115-year history, an unrestricted bequest of more than $5 million from the estate of alumna Alicia McEvoy.
Panel Discussion on Homeless Youth
Dominican University of California presents a panel discussion that will examine ways to end the cycle of despair, blame and homelessness amongst Marin County youth. The event is co-sponsored by Dominican's Service Learning Program and the Marin-based non-profit Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity (AHO).
The Descent of Inanna to Debut at Dominican University of California
A cast of more than 50 musicians, singers, and dancers will perform in Marcia Burchard's new opera The Descent of Inanna when it makes its debut at Dominican University of California Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6. The libretto is set in Sumeria (southern Iraq) and is based on the myth of the Bronze Age goddess Inanna.
Second NASA Grant for Science Center: Groundbreaking November 3
Dominican University of California has received a second award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to support construction of the University's Science Center. The $250,000 award was included as part of the 2005 NASA Appropriations Bill. This is in addition to the $1.5 million Dominican was awarded from NASA in 2004.
University Receives Grant to Support Service Learning Project
Dominican University of California has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the Marin Community Foundation to provide continued support for the University's service learning project in 2005-2006. Service learning is a growing movement on campuses nationwide that integrates intellectual skills and ethical practices by focusing on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility.
Dominican University of California Hosts College for Kids
Dominican is participating in College for Kids, a new program created by the Marin Education Fund to nurture a child’s desire to attend college — with college day tours being one part of the program.
Dominican University of California Offers Assistance to Gulf Coast Residents
Dominican University of California, a private liberal arts university located in Marin County, is offering admission, accommodation, and scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students from the San Francisco Bay Area who are enrolled in universities affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Dominican University of California Junior Named Hollings Scholar
Desaree Williams, a junior biology major in Dominican University of California’s Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, has been offered an appointment to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program.

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