Julia E. Curry Rodríguez receives 2019 Wang Family Outstanding Faculty Service Award

Associate Professor Julia E. Curry Rodríguez (Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies) has received the 2019 Wang Family Outstanding Faculty Service Award. Professor Curry Rodríguez’s accomplishments include:

  • Increasing support and resources for immigrant students, including the development of San José State’s UndocuSpartan Resource Center in 2018.
  • Receiving a Ford Foundation grant (2003-2006) for a project to explore services for binational students who immigrate to the U.S. and migrate back to their home regions.
  • Working with the Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association to fund scholarships for undocumented students, including the establishment of full-semester scholarships.
  • Leading the development of a new bachelor’s degree in Mexican American Studies.
  • Mentoring five doctoral students through the Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP), two of whom are now CSU faculty.

Congratulations on this well-deserved award, Professor Curry Rodríguez!

January 2019 Sourisseau Academy photo album

Long before the Winchester Mystery House and the Rosicrucian Museum were tourist attractions, the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton was San Jose’s most famous venue. In the January 2019 Sourisseau Academy photo album Anthropology Professor Emeritus Tom Layton cruises the delivery wagons, buggies, vans, and trucks that became moving billboards, reaching even the most remote corners of the Santa Clara Valley.

New Bob Gliner documentary on January 2 and 3, 2019

One Carbon Footprint at a Time is a new documentary from retired Sociology Professor Bob Gliner. As seen through the lens of a diverse range of university and middle school students enthusiastically engaged in a wide range of climate change activities as part of the curriculum at their schools – from analyzing the clothes they choose to buy and wear, to the food they grow and eat, to the energy used to power their cell phones, hair dryers and electricity in their homes, and the jobs and lifestyle changes they make after graduation – this documentary highlights how education can inspire everyday actions that play a critical and potentially transformative role in impacting climate change.

One Carbon Footprint at a Time will air at 11:30 p.m. January 2, 2019 on PBS station KQED as part of its nationwide broadcasts. It will air again at 5:30 a.m. January 3, 2019.

 

December 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album and video

Long before television commercials and the Internet, local merchants were seeking effective and innovative ways to advertise their services to the public. In the December 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album Anthropology Professor Emeritus Tom Layton cruises the delivery wagons, buggies, vans, and trucks that became moving billboards, reaching even the most remote corners of the Santa Clara Valley.

The December 2018 Sourisseau Academy news video visits the many locations that have vanished from our modern landscape.

 

Ruma Chopra in the Academic Spotlight

Dr. Ruma Chopra (Professor, Department of History) was recently featured in the SJSU Office of the Provost “Academic Spotlight” online newsletter. The November 2018 “Emeritus and Retired Faculty Support Scholarly Work” post outlines Professor Chopra’s Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association’s Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award, which enabled her “to travel to various libraries across the United Kingdom to conduct research on how climate-based migrations shaped empires — in this case, the eighteenth-century British Empire’s expansion into the Americas, West Africa, South Asia and the South Pacific.” Professor Chopra’s latest book — Almost Home: Maroons between Slavery and Freedom in Jamaica, Nova Scotia, and Sierra Leone — was published earlier this year.