The National Science Foundation recently awarded a grant of nearly $900,000 to USD. A collaborative effort between the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program award is designed to encourage students majoring in mathematics or science to become high school teachers in underserved areas of San Diego and Southern California.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Mary Boyd is co-editor of a new book, Broadening Participation in Undergraduate Research: Fostering Excellence and Enhancing the Impact. At a National Press Club event in Washington, D.C., this summer, she took part in a panel discussion about the importance of broadening student’s involvement in research. Rewarding faculty who make the effort to include students in their research efforts is a win-win, says Boyd, who points out that students from her college have co-written articles in top-line journals, which acts as an incentive for professors to get behind such mentoring efforts.

Charles Pope will serve as interim director of USD’s Trans-Border Institute for the 2009-10 school year. David Shirk, TBI director since July 2003, is on sabbatical; he recently accepted a one-year fellowship to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He’ll be one of 24 fellows in residence; the class is comprised of scholars and practitioners from throughout the world who focus on national and world affairs. Shirk returns to USD and his TBI post in fall 2010.

Development: Creating Sustainable Justice is the theme of the keynote address of the 20th Annual Social Issues Conference, which will be held on campus from Oct. 1-8. Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer will give the keynote address, which also kicks off the 2009-2010 Joan B. Kroc Distinguished Lecture Series. Farmer has dedicated his life to treating some of the world’s poorest populations and has helped raise the standard of health care in undeveloped areas of the world. His work is the subject of Tracy Kidder’s 2003 book, Mountains Beyond Mountains. To learn more go to

A sold-out crowd of more than 400 enjoyed tasting wines from more than 20 USD-affiliated wineries at USD’s first annual Wine Classic, which was held in late July. The event featured wines from vintners such as Charles Krug, Joseph Phelps and Caymus Vineyards. “We are extremely grateful to all the participating wineries and the tremendous turnout by USD alumni, staff and friends in the San Diego community,” said director of alumni relations Martin Kaplan. “It was a wonderful event, and we raised over $20,000 for the Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund to support much-needed scholarships for USD students.”

New members of the USD National Alumni Board have been named. Joining the 25-member board are Bob O’Connell ’82, (’92 M.Ed.), Genevieve Knych-Rohan ’86, Noreen Ippolito ’90, Kelly Morrison-Pop ’96, Philip (Boo) Purcell ’00, Heather Manly ’02 (’05 M.Ed.), Sioma Waisburd ’03 and Rhett Buttle ’07. Josephine Bennett ’81 is the association’s new president (see story).