A researcher who was in San Francisco this week to present groundbreaking data on LGBT seniors is looking for a flash drive that was practically stolen from under her nose.
The flash drive had “a lot of very important information on it,” including research and work-related materials, said Bill Ambrunn, a member of the Human Rights Commission’s LGBT Aging Policy Task Force, which commissioned the report.
Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Washington and director of the Institute for Multigenerational Health, shared her data at the San Francisco Public Library’s Koret Auditorium Tuesday, July 9. Among other findings, the data show that 15 percent of the seniors surveyed had “seriously considered” committing suicide within the last 12 months.
The storage device was in Fredriksen-Goldsen’s wallet, which she’d placed in her briefcase. Her briefcase and overnight bag had been “at the front of the auditorium, right next to the stage,” Ambrunn said.
She’d given the device to a technician to load onto a computer. He returned it about 20 minutes before her presentation, and she put it in her briefcase, Ambrunn said. Shortly before her talk, she stepped out of the auditorium to do a media interview. Ambrunn suspects that’s when her items were stolen.
“That was the last time she saw it,” he said.
By about 5 p.m., someone had already used her credit card to buy Muni Clipper cards. Her credit cards have been taken care of, but she’d still like to get the flash drive back.
In an email Wednesday, July 10, Fredriksen-Goldsen said, “I had all my presentations on the flash drive but luckily I have many of them backed up on my work computer, thank goodness.”
Ambrunn encourages whoever has the flash drive to bring it to the Human Rights Commission at 25 Van Ness Avenue, Room 800.
“The task force will offer a small reward,” he said, and no questions will be asked.