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Foothill College to highlight minority scientists
Foothill College in Los Altos Hills and San Francisco State University will share a $1.1 million federal grant to develop lessons for Bay Area classrooms that highlight scientists with different racial, ethnic, sexual and gender identities.
The two-year project is being led by Foothill's Jeff Schinske and SFSU's Kimberly Tanner, both biology professors. The National Institutes of Health grant will allow undergraduate students at both schools to create hundreds of "Science Spotlights," or short assignments that focus on scientists from underrepresented populations, many of whom didn't set out to go into the science field.
The lessons, which will teach course concepts and include information on the scientists' personal lives, can be used as homework or supplementary readings. Science textbooks have traditionally "marginalized the stories and discoveries of minority scientists, which can lead students from groups not represented to disassociate with the subject," a press release states.
In an interview with SF State News, Schinske said he was "seeing all this evidence that students need to be able to see themselves in a discipline to succeed and even to be able to learn the material."
Schinske and Tanner are working to integrate the lessons into SFSU biology classes. They've also partnered with eight middle and high school instructors and four community college instructors to evaluate the lessons' efficacy in the classroom.
The lessons will be compiled in an online database that will be accessible to science teachers across the country. Eventually, the lessons will be incorporated into K-12 classrooms across the Bay Area, using surveys to "evaluate their effectiveness."
"We're collaborating to change curriculum structures that continue to send the message to students that only certain types of people do science," Tanner told SF State News.
El Camino picks new hospital admin
El Camino Hospital announced that James Griffith, a long-time health care official from Georgia, will take over as the hospital's new chief operating officer later this month.
The pick marks the latest in two back-to-back replacements on the hospital's executive team, following the replacement of the chief medical officer in August. As the chief operating officer, Griffith will oversee a large array of hospital operations including facilities — both current and under construction — along with nursing operations and "performance improvement" plans.
"We are pleased to welcome Jim into our organization." El Camino Hospital CEO Dan Woods said in a statement. "He has a great understanding of what independent, community hospitals need to accomplish in order to adapt and continue to impact the health of the community."
Griffith most recently served a similar role for Tanner Health Systems, located in Carollton, Georgia, about 50 miles away from where El Camino Hospital CEO Dan Woods previously worked as a hospital executive for WellStar Health System. Before that, Griffith spent nearly 15 years at the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, where he oversaw physician relations, business development and hospital operations.
Griffith said in the statement that he looks forward to working for El Camino, which has a repotation for "innovative" care, and that he looks forward to a collaborative relationship with the broad range of nurses, clinicians and physicians that work at the hospital.
Griffith replaces El Camino's previous chief operating officer, Mick Zdeblick, who spent six years in the role. In a similar high-ranking staffing change, El Camino Hospital hired Chief Medical Officer Mark Adams to replace William Faber, who served less than two years before resigning in March.
The Oracle wins journalism award
The Oracle, Mountain View High School's student-run newspaper, won first place for its website (mvhsoracle.com) in the Journalism Education Association of Northern California's Best of the West competition on Sept. 29.
"We beat out the much larger and more established Palo Alto High School publications, which are led by Esther Wojcicki, a well-known local journalist," said Oracle Editor-in-Chief Mateo Kaiser in an email.
The Oracle also took third place in the print division for its newspaper.
The contest was judged by a panel of professional journalists from the San Francisco Press Club.
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