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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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, 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 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.
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.
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, 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 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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.)
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
Melba Beals, chair of Dominican University of California's Department of Communications and a Congressional Medal recipient, will be honored on August 30 in Little Rock, Arkansas, for her role in the civil rights movement. Beals was one of nine black children who integrated Central High School in Little Rock in 1957.
Grammy-nominated Congolese/Belgian artist ZAP MAMA will perform at Dominican University of California on Monday, September 19 at 8 p.m. in Angelico Concert Hall in celebration of the launch of the University's Women and Gender Studies (WGS) program. The WGS community event is a component of The Woman Tour, a three-week initiative of film screenings and special appearances by ZAP MAMA to promote awareness of women's health in the developing world.
Four scientists have joined Dominican University of California's Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics as the University moves ahead with plans to establish a biomedical research program. The new faculty members will involve undergraduate students in stem cell and breast cancer research.
The work of photographer Rod Laursen will be on display in the San Marco Art Gallery, located in Dominican University of California’s Alemany Library, from September 8 through October 29. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Plenty of free parking is available in the parking lot at the intersection of Grand and Acacia avenues.
Dominican University of California has created three scholarships for first-generation university students studying in the sciences. The Marin Future Promise Scholarship will recognize high achieving, economically disadvantaged local students who attend Marin Education Fund’s Summer Application Institute (SAI), which is held each August at Dominican.
Rocky Chavez, who graduated this year with a degree in biology from Dominican University of California, has been named a 2005 Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholar. He was selected out of a group of nearly 1,300 nominations from more than 600 colleges and universities across the United States.
Residents living along the California coastline need to be better educated and better prepared in the event of a tsunami. A new study by a Dominican University of California researcher shows that many coastal residents are both unaware of the threat of tsunami and unprepared to respond to either a tsunami warning, which could potentially give residents at least one or two hours to evacuate the area, or to a strong local earthquake, which could result in tsunami waves hitting the coast in a matter of minutes.
Dominican University of California will host the 21st National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), April 12-14, 2007. About 2,000 undergraduates from more than 250 colleges and universities will attend the three-day event. NCUR's announcement that Dominican won the competition to host NCUR 2007 brings to fruition nearly four years of work by the University to secure this major academic conference. The only other California university to host NCUR was the California Institute of Technology in 1991.
California Secretary for Education Richard J. Riordan is the 2005 commencement speaker at Dominican University of California. Honorary degrees will be awarded during the ceremony to Riordan and to Alonzo King, the founder and artistic director of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet.
Undergraduate research is thriving at Dominican University of California. Thirty-five students from the University presented their research at the 19th annual meeting of the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in Virginia April 20-23. In addition, six Dominican students were invited to present research at the Western Psychological Association (WPA) meeting, April 14-17 in Portland, Oregon.
Professor Zemaryalai Tarzi, President of the Association for the Protection of Afghan Archaeology created and based in San Rafael since 2003, will be honored guest and speaker on Sunday, April 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Guzman Hall at Dominican University of California.
Dominican University of California biology major Faith Hall is one of 15 undergraduate students nationwide selected to receive the United Negro College Fund Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Award. The annual scholarship is awarded to African-American students pursuing studies and careers in the field of biomedical research. The $25,000 scholarship will cover Hall’s expenses for the 2005-2006 school year. As part of the award, Dominican’s Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is eligible to receive a grant of up to $10,000 to support research.
Dominican University of California has revised its 15-year-old Honors Program to offer an enriched curriculum that emphasizes interdisciplinary seminars, colloquia, and independent study. The new Honors Program — The Scholar in the World— embraces the four Dominican ideals of study, service, community, and reflection while offering undergraduate students opportunities for research under faculty mentors and the chance to enroll in graduate courses.
Father Robert Haberman, director of Dominican’s Campus Ministry Office, will lead his 30th La Bamba trip to Mexico from March 9-13. Every semester, a group of 12-15 students from Dominican work at the Casa de Los Pobres, which is located in the colonia near the Tijuana dump. The House of the Poor is administered by the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Peace and was co-founded by the late Father Alfred Boeddeker, founder of San Francisco’s St. Anthony Dining Hall. Students assist the Sisters by serving the more than 1,000 people who line up each day at the soup kitchen, distributing groceries and clothing, and fixing buildings. The students will also work at Mission San Rafael in nearby Colonia Esperanza, repairing houses and providing a carnival for the colonia’s children. Mission San Rafael is run by Sr. Gene McNalley, OP, a native of SanRafael and a member of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael.
Dominican University of California history instructor Gretchen Grufman and her writer/director son Cary Fukunaga are the duo behind the award-winning short feature film Victoria para Chino. The film was selected to show nine times at the Sundance Film Festival, receiving an honorable mention from the Grand Jury. Locally, the film is due to be shown at the Tiburon Film Festival, which is held March 11 to 17, and at the San Francisco International Film Festival, which is held April 21 to May 5.
A new device designed to reduce the spread of sudden oak death will soon make its debut at Bay Area trailheads. A joint project by researchers at Dominican University of California and the National Park Service, this made-in-Marin device is designed to help remove the pathogen that causes sudden oak death from the tires of another made-in-Marin invention, the mountain bike.
The same fungus-like organism that has infected thousands of trees with Sudden Oak Death is now threatening several species of popular plants throughout the United States, forcing nursery owners to take costly measures to ensure their stock remains disease free. Dominican University of California, in collaboration with the University of San Diego, the National Park Service, and Sunnyside Nursery, has started a yearlong project to determine how to control the spread of the deadly Phytophthora ramorum among camellia plants in nurseries.
Any parent who has tried to soothe an inconsolable infant, control the obstinate behavior of a loud toddler, or encourage a shy preschooler to interact with schoolmates has probably wondered at some point: Is this normal behavior? For those parents, Dominican University of California faculty member Jan Kristal has a comforting message: Yes, it’s all perfectly normal – for that child.
Enrollment at Dominican University of California is the highest it has ever been in the University’s 114-year history. Total enrollment for fall 2004 is 1,977, breaking last fall’s record of 1,766. The fall 2004 figure represents a182 percent increase in enrollment in the past 10 years. The University has seen a significant increase in the number of students from throughout California, especially Southern California. Further, the University notes an increase in the number of traditional, full-time students on campus.
Dominican University of California announces the first courses offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). The OLLI provides six-to eight-week non-credit courses to the adults in our community who are 50 years or older. These courses present the chance to pursue the intellectual challenge of academic programs without the stress of grades, tests or homework.