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.

San Francisco State University Urban Studies & Planning Senior Seminar

usp research presentationThe Urban Studies and Planning Senior Seminar is a practicum in urban planning and policy. Under the direction of Professor Ayse Pamuk (since 2001) and in collaboration with community clients, the course teaches students to solve urban planning and policy problems by combining theory, substantive knowledge, and analytical skills in the context of a client-serving project. The course provides Urban Studies and Planning students an opportunity to practice working in a team and prepare a written report.  The students present their findings to a  professional jury including  clients and faculty using Power Point slides.  The course has been designated by SFSU as a Community Service Learning (CSL) course (since spring 2005). Projects are selected through an RFP process.

External clients this spring 2017 included SF Department of Aging and Adult Services, Rebuilding SF Together, SF Planning Dept., City of Burlingame, City of South San Francisco, Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), and SF Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD).

Seven student teams presented their findings to a packed audience and professional jury including clients and faculty using Power Point slides on May 2, 2017 at SF State.

List of featured student work completed by sub-field

Housing Policy and Planning
Community Economic Development
GIS Mapping
Land Use Planning
Transportation Planning


PACE holds inaugural alumni networking roundtable

On March 29, the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement (PACE) convened Future Focused: An Inaugural Alumni Networking Roundtable and Reception in Redwood City. 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.

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Gerontology Program partners with RHEC IX on “Elderly Health Disparities: Translating Research into Practice”

GRNThrough the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) Youth Health Equity Model of Practice (YHEMOP) program, the Pacific Southwest Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC IX) partnered with SF State’s Gerontology Program to perform a review and analysis of literature that focused on elderly health disparities. The result is a compilation of data and list of programs that can be used to improve health care delivery for minority elders in Region IX (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Pacific Islands). The report includes an executive summary, data matrices and annotated bibliography. It also includes a template letter and messaging for sending to relevant legislators. Martin C. Blanco, an M.A. student in gerontology and OMH Health Equity Fellow, worked with Professor Darlene Yee-Melichar, Gerontology Program coordinator and OMH Health Equity Mentor, and members of RHEC IX on this comprehensive report.  For further information, please visit:

MPA Community Service Learning Efforts Helped Kick-Start “Adopt a Storm Drain” of South San Francisco City

South San Francisco City announced on February 6, 2017 that its “Adopt a Storm Drain” initiative is off to a great start, with over 30 volunteers to help keep South San Francisco beautiful. Keeping the drains open is especially important during the fall and winter rainy season when debris can clog drains and can cause street and sidewalk flooding.

“Adopt a Storm Drain” got up and running with the help of our Community Service Learning (CSL) project team from the class of PA 727 (Program and Service Delivery) last Fall 2016. Providing initial design and outreach concepts over the semester to get the project kick-started, the CSL team was composed of Anthony Perez, Hilary Douglas, Lana Martinez, and Samantha Akwei, in Professor Ernita Joaquin’s pilot service learning class. CSL classes are being promoted across SF State to integrate engagement, service, and reflective learning within the course goals.

“I’m personally very excited about this initiative, as it gets our community involved in helping keep our City clean and safe,” said Councilmember Mark Addiego. “Doing little things like picking up trash and litter will go a long way in helping prevent future flooding in our City.”

Here is the City’s formal press release The mayor even did a video to show how easy it is to sign up.

Congratulations to the CSL Team and we wish South San Francisco City success!