Matthew Spangler’s Busy Summer

Communications Studies Professor Matthew Spangler had a very busy 2017: he was awarded the prestigious Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance by the National Communication Association, his adaptation of the play The Kite Runner was staged in London, and he conducted his third National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for School Teachers. The SJSU September 2017 Academic Spotlight article provides additional information.

October 2017 Sourisseau Academy photo album and video

In this month’s Sourisseau photo album April Hope Halberstadt (a local historian and Sourisseau Board member) discusses Alice Iola Hare, one of the first postcard photographers in the Santa Clara Valley to publish penny postcards with color images.

This October Sourisseau Academy News Video explores the history of college football in the Santa Clara Valley. Associate Professor of History Libra Hilde (who is also a Sourisseau Board of Directors member) continues the retrospective she began in last month’s Sourisseau photo album.

Department of Economics receives generous grant

The Department of Economics recently received a significant contribution from the Lebherz Family Foundation. This multi-year grant of $750,000 will support key Department efforts to provide both undergraduate and graduate students with valuable learning opportunities, resources, and experiences related to the field of Economics. Grant funds will be used to support four areas within the Department:

  • In the area of Educational Opportunities, funding will support resources such as student scholarships and guest speakers for the Friday Afternoon Workshop Program. Grant funding has already supported a variety of sessions including a lecture by Dr. Andrew Chang, senior economist at The Federal Reserve, who presented his research paper “Measurement Error in Macroeconomic Data and Economics Research.”
  • Funding for the Provocative Lecture Series will support interactive workshops and mentoring for career development, as well as allow for visiting scholars. Recent sessions supported by the grant include “Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Adapt to Climate Change” (by Dr. Matthew Kahn from the University of Southern California) and “Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” (by Jerry Kaplan, a fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Legal Infomatics).
  • Academic Research Group funding will assist faculty members and students with examination of topics that relate to economics, entrepreneurship, and how public policy might affect human well-being.
  • Additional grant resources will support faculty members through teaching assistants, summer grants, and funding for faculty-selected projects.