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Science Building closed for spring semester

The Science Building is officially closed for the Spring 2014 semester. Photo by Rachel Aston / Xpress

David Mariuz
January 24, 2014
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The SF State community received notification yesterday that the Science Building, which had been quarantined since Jan. 10, would be closed for the full Spring 2014 semester due to the discovery of uncontained mercury, deteriorated lead based paint and asbestos above safe levels. "This is a complex iss...

Building Closed for Spring ’14: Traces of mercury discovered in Science Building

The Science Building is currently closed since traces of mercury have been found inside.

David Mariuz
January 14, 2014
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UPDATE: Science Building is officially closed for the Spring 2014 semester, according to an email from Ellen Griffin as of Jan. 22, 2014. Mercury, asbestos and lead have been discovered in the building. Chemical testing revealed the environmental hazards detected in the Science building last week i...

Potential environmental hazards close Science Building

Andrew Cullen
January 11, 2014
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The Science Building has been closed due to the discovery of potential environmental hazards that were found during a routine environmental health evaluation earlier this week. UPDATE: Environmental hazards are confirmed to be traces of mercury. The University closed the rooms this week to conduct...

URM science students face disparity despite higher graduation rate

Kana Yasuda
May 18, 2017
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SF State students continue to face a lack of diversity in science departments despite a recent increase in graduation rates for underrepresented minority students.   As the percentage of underrepresented minorities (URM) students graduating within six years in the College of Science and Engineeri...

Students To Be Relocated For Construction Of New Creative Arts Building

Julia Custodio
September 22, 2016
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SF State plans to demolish two on-campus housing sites and replace them with a new mixed-use Creative Arts building, which will include dorms, classrooms, retail stores, and an 800-seat concert hall. The new building is part of the University’s Master Plan, which incorporates the construction of...

Dean of the College of Science and Engineering to step down after 13 years

The current dean of the College of Science and Engineering Sheldon Axler stands in the office which will be taken over by his successor in the summer at his office in Robert A. Thornton Hall at SF State Monday, March 16. (Hyunha Kim / Xpress)

Angeline Ubaldo
March 19, 2015
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The dean for the College of Science and Engineering will step down from his position after 13 years and make way for an engineering professor from the Midwest to take his spot. Sheldon Axler served as dean of the college for more than a decade and will vacate the position after the spring semester....

University granted $17 million in mission to expand diversity in sciences

Alma Villegas
October 24, 2014
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The National Institutes of Health granted SF State $17 million this month to promote the success of marginalized students and train faculty within the natural sciences. NIH, a national medical research agency, awarded Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity, or SF BUILD, the grant, which will...

University funds should be spent on students, not buildings

Xpress Editors
October 15, 2014
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Capital funds don’t come along easily, so when they do, they better be spent on something worthwhile. A $86.4 million wellness center—or a campus extension in Hunter’s Point—may be nice to have, but there are more pressing matters to resolve first with such constrained funds. SF State, your...

SF State to replace vacant building with grass lot after property sale is finalized

SF State to replace vacant building with grass lot after property sale is finalized

Carolyn Copeland
April 26, 2012
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A new building for students will be added to the University in the distant future.  In the interim, there are plans for a new grass field for student recreation. After years of negotiations, the San Francisco Unified School District has finally agreed to sell the vacant property on Font Boulevard to SF State. The University bid approximately $11 million on the site thro...

SF State students fuse science and creativity at Senior Art Expo

SF State students fuse science and creativity at Senior Art Expo

Kale Williams
April 23, 2012
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Science and art aren’t two subjects often found in the same sentence, let alone the same classroom. That is, unless you pay a visit to the Conceptual Information Arts program at SF State. Students from the CIA program exhibited their work to the public for the first time this semester at the Senior Art Expo Saturday. “We pretty much give [...

SF State bids more than $11 million on vacant building to move forward with Master Plan

SF State bids more than $11 million on vacant building to move forward with Master Plan

Carolyn Copeland
April 11, 2012
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It can be difficult not to notice the heavily-vandalized building located on Font Boulevard and Tapia Drive. Ivy covers the fenced-off building, and its windows have been boarded up for years. Although this former San Francisco School of the Arts has been vacant since 2002, school officials have big plans...

SF State program recruits minority students to science, math, engineering fields

Tamerra Griffin
February 7, 2012
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Jasmine Williams walks through the halls of SF State’s Science building picking flecks of styrofoam from her sweatshirt. The 23-year-old civil engineering student is in the midst of completing a senior project that involves constructing a canoe made out of cement, which will be entered into a race agains...

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