Elizabeth Weiss discusses new book

“I love bones. My appreciation of the beauty of skeletal anatomy started at a very young age,” writes Anthropology Professor Elizabeth Weiss in a University of Florida Press blog post, “Human Variation: More Than Skin Deep.” In the post Professor Weiss discusses insights from her new book, Reading the Bones: Activity, Biology, and Culture. For example, “forensic anthropologists are attempting to use bone variation to identify more than just age, sex, and cause of death. Some have used differences in upper arm bone diameters to look at whether the individual was left- or right-handed, arguing that the strength of the bone indicates which arm was used more.” Fascinating!

Jan English-Lueck interviewed in a documentary

Anthropology Professor Jan English-Lueck will appear in a forthcoming documentary on the Science Channel, “Silicon Valley: The Untold Story.” The documentary premieres on January 28. The program description follows:

“Just south of San Francisco lies a region that has spawned not just new products but whole new industries, from vacuum tubes to radio, microchips to personal computers, mobile devices, apps and social media. Home to Apple and Facebook, Intel and Google, there is simply no other place on earth that can rival its remarkable record of innovation. A new Science Channel three-part documentary series will provide a comprehensive look at the century-and-a-half history of this fascinating place, and reveal how and why it became such a fertile ground for technological breakthroughs. SILICON VALLEY: THE UNTOLD STORY premieres Sunday, January 28 at 8, 9 and 10 p.m. It is produced with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA is serving as the community and education outreach partner on the series.”

This promises to be a very interesting program!

January 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album and video

From the 1860s to World War II, most of the money in Santa Clara County was stacked in the vaults of San José banks located within two blocks of First and Santa Clara streets. In the January 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album Michael Hurley, retired attorney and Sourisseau Board member, details the history of late 19th century and early 20th century banking in the region.

In the January 2018 Sourisseau Academy news video SJSU Professor Emeritus of Anthropology Tom Layton continues his exploration of unusual Santa Clara Valley architecture.


Elizabeth Sweet interviewed in a news article

Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Assistant Professor Elizabeth Sweet was interviewed for a Toronto Star article: “Why toys are more divided by gender than ever before.” Professor Sweet is one of seven new faculty members in the College of Social Sciences. Thank you for your public engagement efforts, Professor Sweet!

December 2017 Sourisseau Academy photo album and video

Tom Layton (SJSU Professor Emeritus of Anthropology) explores the history of unusual Santa Clara Valley architecture in this month’s December 2017 Sourisseau Academy photo album.

The December 2017 Sourisseau Academy news video complements the exploration of eccentric architecture with an investigation of people who marched to a different beat.