PACE holds alumni networking reception in Sacramento

sacramentoOn September 13, the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement (PACE) convened Future Focused: A PACE Alumni Reception in Sacramento. Hosted by PACE’s partners at San Mateo County, the event was the first large-scale convening of PACE alumni since the school was founded in 2012. Hosted by Kate White (MPA, ’08), deputy secretary of environmental policy and housing coordination at the California State Transportation Agency, the event was the second in an inaugural series of place-based alumni events for PACE.

Attendees shared their passion for specific aspects of public affairs and civic engagement, which allowed alumni from each of PACE’s degree programs to learn about common interests and begin to identify opportunities to work with one another to promote a positive vision of the future. These Sacramento area alumni were enthusiastic about making new connections and re-invigorating old ones.

Pictured: PACE alumni and faculty, from left to right: Alice Kindarara (M.A., Gerontology, ’01), Ju Hong (MPA, ’16), Kareem Hines (B.A., Urban Studies & Planning, ’13), Kate White (MPA, ’08), Odet Ford (MPA, ’15), Liz Brown (PACE director), and Jennifer Shea (PACE associate director)


PACE Gerontology Program hosts successful campus event in conjunction with IAGG 2017

The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics held its 2017 World Congress on Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) in San Francisco in July 2017. This is the premiere conference for gerontology and geriatrics professionals, with more than 6,000 delegates in attendance. In conjunction with the conference, SF State hosted a local educational trip, which featured faculty research, policy and practice presentations; student and alumni research posters; and a showcase of work by community partners in aging. Faculty presentations by Associate Professor Kate Hamel, Professor Emerita Anabel Pelham, Associate Professor Emerita Donna Schafer and Professor and Coordinator of Gerontology Darlene Yee-Melichar were well received by more than 65 participants from 14 countries. In addition, there was a tour of the MAREY Lab in Gym 150. The event was organized by a student planning team, advised by Yee-Melichar.

PACE Gerontology Program welcomes Emiko Takagi

takagiEmiko Takagi joins us from Towson University. She comes to us with experience in teaching gerontology courses such as introduction to gerontology; diversity, culture, and aging; social gerontology; physical aging and health; and gerontology senior seminar. Her research interests are in intergenerational family relationships, social support, loneliness in later life, family caregiving, long-term care policy, and cross-national studies of aging. She will be teaching Age and Social Policy Analysis and Research Methods in Aging during Fall 2017. Please join us in welcoming her to SF State!

Longtime Gerontology Program faculty retire

Anabel Pelham and Brian de Vries, professors of gerontology, have retired after 40 years and 20 years respectively of successful teaching, scholarship and service at SF State.

Anabel PelhamAnabel Pelham is the founding director of the Gerontology Program at SF State, where she served for 40 years, including 15 years as department chair. Her academic interests include international aging, community-based health and human services, wellness/spirituality in aging, advancing age-friendly cities and professionalization of the discipline of gerontology. Pelham is a member of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, the Gerontological Society of America’s International Task Force and the Board of Directors of the Los Altos Community Foundation. She is president of the National Association for Professional Gerontologists and the executive director of the Center for Age-Friendly Excellence in Los Altos, California.

Brian de VriesBrian de Vries is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and past board member of the American Society on Aging and co-chair of the LGBT Aging Issues Network constituent group. De Vries served on the Institute of Medicine’s Board on the Health of Select Populations Committee, authoring The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People. He is former editor of Sexuality Research and Social Policy and a former associate editor of The International Journal of Aging and Human Development. He has served as guest editor of Omega: Journal of Death and Dying and as a guest co-editor of Generations and the Journal of Homosexuality. With colleagues, he was awarded a multi-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study minority stress among same-sex couples.

Urban Studies & Planning student journal pushes boundaries of scholarship about cities

Urban Action journal coverThe 2017 edition of Urban Action — a student-run journal in the Urban Studies & Planning program since 1979& — is now available online. The journal’s proud history truly reflects a labor of love. It is built on countless hours of student work, collaboration and serious thinking to push the boundaries of scholarship about cities.

The 2017 edition is no exception. It includes articles and photo essays that represents the vanguard of critical thinking and policy action in the realm of city and regional planning. Student authors have researched and written about topics that cover pressing contemporary concerns of the field: affordable housing, Transit-Oriented Developments (TODs), downtown revitalization, gentrification, street activation using urban design interventions, public parks, pedestrian safety, access to clean drinking water, and civic engagement in the transformation of our cities.

Kudos to the editorial team and all the student contributors!

Click here read the journal in PDF format.