Faculty, student honored for enhancing equity and diversity

Dean Charles Bullock and the Committee to Enhance Equity and Diversity will honor two members of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts for their efforts at San José State University as well as in the community to enhance equity and diversity with the 2014 CEED Award.

Ashwini Wagle speaks at a community event on healthy eating habits.

Ashwini Wagle speaks at a community event on healthy eating habits.

Ashwini Wagle, a professor in nutrition and food science, and Debbie Reese, a student in the School of Library and Information Science, will be honored at a reception April 29.

Each year, the committee requests nominations for faculty, student, student organizations and staff members who are committed to outstanding service to enhance equity and diversity in the committee. From the dozens of submissions the top nominees are selected to receive the CEED Award.

Reese is a student in the Master of Library and Information Science degree program and is a School of Library and Information Science Circle of Learning scholar. COL is a grant-funded partnership with the American Indian Library Association, funded by the Institute of Library and Museum Services. In her time as a student, she has been invited as a guest at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s American Healing for Democracy conference in New Orleans, as well as a presenter at the Pacific Northwest Library Association conference and the International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries and Museums in Tulsa, Okla.

According to her nomination form, she was the recipient of the 2013 Virginia Matthews Scholarship Award for her “sustained involvement in the American Indian community and her sustained commitment to American Indian concerns and initiatives.”

Her award-winning blog, American Indians in Children’s Literature (http://www.americanindiansinchildrensliterature.net/), shined the spotlight on the Arizona law that led to the recent shutdown of the Mexican American Studies Program in the Tucson Unified School District. According to the American Indian Library Association, Reese not only works with the Nambe community and “she strives to inform the dominant culture about issues facing Indian people today.” After graduation, Reese plans to return to Nambe Pueblo to establish a library and archive for the community.

Wagle, who has been a faculty member since 2003, has an interest in how culture can affect food habits. She developed the “South Asian Carbohydrate Counting Tool for South Asians” with some of her graduate students and made the tool available at no charge through her faculty website. According to the colleague who nominated Wagle, the tool is being used in hospitals and diabetic clinics throughout the Bay Area to education South Asians. In addition she also created “SEED: Success and Enhancement through Education and Development” on Kiva.org to provide 30 microloans to minority women.

On campus, Wagle has served as a major adviser to more than 30 graduate student projects and mentored several others, especially minority women in their academic careers. Several of the student projects focused on multicultural/multiethnic enhancement ranging from health and dietary practices of pregnant and lactating South Asian women to infants and toddlers as well as the elderly population.

SJSU to honor 3,500+ at Honors Convocation

On April 25, 2014, more than 3,500 San José State University students will be recognized for high academic performance at the 2014 Honors Convocation. Students who have maintained a 3.65 GPA or higher for two contiguous semesters of the last three semesters will be recognized as Dean’s Scholars while students with a 4.0 GPA will be recognized as President’s Scholars.

In the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, more than 900 students will receive certificates of recognition for their achievement, including students in Health Science and Recreation, Hospitality Management, Journalism and Mass communications, Justice Studies, Kinesiology, Nursing, Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging, Occupational Therapy and Social Work. The keynote speaker at the event this year will be Dr. Winifred Schultz-Krohn, an occupational therapy professor, who received the Outstanding Professor Award this year.

The Provost office collected stories from some of this year’s honorees including three students from the Valley Foundation School of Nursing and the kinesiology department. To read the featured stories from College of Applied Sciences and Arts students, along with others, visit http://www.sjsu.edu/provost/events/honors/featured/index.html.

CHAMP sets schedule for Health and Aging conference

The Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations is hosting a multidisciplinary conference on health and aging Friday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Spartan Complex at San José State University.

The focus this year is on “Opportunities and Challenges: Evidence-Based Practice in Multicultural Communities.

The morning will include a poster session, with three faculty judges from the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, followed by two sessions in which participants can choose from three topics in each session.

From 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., the topics will include long-term care; daily activities and engagement and training future professionals. From 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., topics will include LGBT elders; bone health and wellness in senior housing.

The afternoon will include a lunch for those who RSVP’ed in advance and a student poster awards. There will also be a professional development session from 1-2:50 p.m. for faculty, professionals and student presenters only on making evidence-based practices work in community settings along with a Q&A with Amy D’Andrade, the College of Applied Sciences associate dean of Research and director of the Center for Applied Research on Human Services (CARHS website: http://www.sjsu.edu/carhs/.)

Faculty members and students from the following departments are involved in the conference:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging
  • Social Work
  • Health Science
  • Nursing
  • Anthropology
  • Biomedical Engineering

The event is co-sponsored by the College of Applied Sciences and Arts and MidPen Resident Services Corp with the Stanford Geriatric

For more information, visit http://www.sjsu.edu/champ/ and click on the 3rd Annual Conference on Health and Aging to download a PDF of the full conference schedule.

Nutrition Prof receives 2014 CDA award for research

Dr. Kasuen Mauldin, an assistant professor at San José State University in the Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging department, has won the 2014 California Dietetics Association (CDA) Excellence in Research Award. The award is given to a CDA member for professional excellence in dietetic/nutrition research. Award recipients must demonstrate leadership and active participation in nutrition-related professional associations, excel in contributing to the body of knowledge of dietetics/nutrition via research and in teaching others in a specialized field of research, and have a productive history of refereed research publications.

Kasuen Mauldin

Kasuen Mauldin

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts professor’s research training is in human metabolism with a focus on lipoprotein homeostasis. Her work on structure-function analyses of apolipoproteins A-V and contributions to the scientific literature have provided insight into possible mechanisms for targeting prevention and treatment strategies in cardiovascular disease.  In 2012, Mauldin was honored to serve as the Associate Chair of the Gordon Research Seminar on Lipoprotein Metabolism.

In addition to basic science research, Mauldin conducts collaborative clinical studies with aims (1) to better understand the relationship between maternal metabolism during pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes and (2) to identify specific dietary interventions that improve maternal metabolism during pregnancy that translates into a favorable in utero environment for fetal development.

Dr. Mauldin is a passionate educator and is very interested in effectively teaching science curriculum in dietetics education. To this end, she has obtained funding to research and enhance her teaching with the innovative use of simulation technology in interprofessional education. She presented at both the 2012 and 2013 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo national meetings on topics related to the use of simulation in dietetics education.

She currently serves on the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics: Nutrition & Dietetics Educators & Preceptors (NDEP) Simulation Taskforce. She is an active member of the NDEP practice group and the San Jose Peninsula District dietetics association. She serves on the Steering Committee of the SJSU College of Applied Sciences and Arts Center for Applied Research on Human Subjects (CARHS). She is Chair of the 2014 Center for Healthy Aging in a Multicultural Population (CHAMP) Conference.

The aspect Mauldin enjoys most about research is the creative thinking and problem solving involved. Partaking in scholarly activities keeps her up-to-date in the field of nutrition and helps her stay relevant in her teaching. She said she feels blessed to have such a rewarding career and to be able to work with inspiring research colleagues and nutrition graduate students.  She will be presented the Excellence in Research Award at the 2014 CDA meeting awards luncheon on April 3,2014, in Pomona.

For a list of peer-reviewed publications: http://www.sjsu.edu/people/kasuen.mauldin/publications/



Dean Bullock MCs Health Trust 5-year initiative launch

Charles C. Bullock, the dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts at San José State University, and the chair of The Health Trust board, will serve as master of ceremony Jan. 16 as the nonprofit launches its five-year initiative to make Silicon Valley the healthiest region in America for everyone. The event, held at Mexican Heritage Plaza, highlights the work the agency has done in the last five years as well as the focus for the next five years to come.

Dean Charles C. Bullock

Dean Charles C. Bullock

The nonprofit agency was founded two decades ago with initial funding from the sale of two nonprofit hospitals in the region. The priority has always been to combat health disparities in the Silicon Valley region, with a focus on Santa Clara and northern San Benito counties.

Bullock oversees the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, where many of the programs are focused on graduating students who work in fields that are related to issues The Health Trust is trying to address.  They include:

  • Health Science
  • Kinesiology,
  • Nursing,
  • Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Social Work

At the Thursday event, Bullock will introduce different segments of the program that includes keynote speaker Dr. Julie Gerberding, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a San José mayoral candidate forum, as well as breakout discussions.

In a video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPtH0XEO85o) that will be shown at the launch, Frederick J. Ferrer, the CEO of the Health Trust, discussed some of the successes from recent years as well as the direction in which the nonprofit will be going for the coming years.

“We found a way to increase gardens so people can grow their own food in home gardens, community gardens and even in apartment gardens,” he said, of efforts to provide produce to low-income families.

The agency also continued to provide for Meals on Wheels programs and looked at ways to get senior citizens engaged in their own advocacy. They launched fundraising efforts for HIV/Aids advocacy, including Dining Out for Life and Hike and Bike to engage community support. They provide dental services to children suffering from oral health problems. They also created a program to help homeless and chronically ill populations as Silicon Valley has one of the largest homeless populations in the United States.

“In 2008, when we launched our last five-year plan, our vision was to make Silicon Valley the healthiest region in America – and statistically it is the healthiest,” he said, in a press release. “But statistics don’t tell what is really a tale of two cities. There are too many people in this community who don’t enjoy great wealth and don’t enjoy good health because they don’t have access to fresh produce or healthy places to exercise or services that they need to manage a chronic illness – or a roof over their heads. That’s why our new vision is to make Silicon Valley the healthiest region in American for everyone.”

The Health Trust has pledged to invest $80 million to combat some of the biggest challenges in Silicon Valley for low-income residents. In a press release, they estimate 13 percent of children are living in poverty and many suffer from dental disease, half of adults are overweight or obese, 20,000 adults and  youth are homeless, and thousands of older adults are isolated.

Some of the initiatives include:

  • Fresh Cart mobile produce vendors  and a Healthy Corner Stores marketing campaign to encourage consumption of healthy foods
  • Pay for Success projects that use private sector financing to support money-saving answers to expensive problems such as homelessness and severe mental illness
  • Aging Well Network Hubs that will connect older adults and their families to the information, services and relationships they need to thrive in their neighborhoods

Ferrer said the new five-year plan will continue the commitment started in 2008 to the same priorities. The three new initiatives, Healthy Living, Healthy Eating and Healthy Aging, will build on the organization’s signature policy and programmatic work, such as AIDS Services, Meals On Wheels and the community water fluoridation campaign, while moving toward more entrepreneurial funding strategies.

“At The Health Trust we believe that Silicon Valley, a community where innovation is changing the world, also can be a community where innovation improves the lives of all residents,” Ferrer said.

For more on The Health Trust, visit http://healthtrust.org/