Faculty News & Notes October 2017

The Mercury News interviewed Lecturer Fred Foldvary, Department of Economics, about the advantageous effects President Donald Trump’s proposed tax cuts would have for Apple and other Silicon Valley tech companies. Read more at: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/09/27/trump-tax-cuts-could-be-big-for-apple-and-other-tech-companies

iSchool Director Sandra Hirsh participated in a “Collaborators of the Future: Libraries, Communities and Information” forum sponsored by Friends of the Palo Alto Library. She was joined by Dan Russell, a research scientists at Google, and Miguel Figueroa, director of the American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries.

In the wake of the devastating Santa Rosa and wine country fires, Assistant Professor Neil Lareau and Lecturer Jan Null, Department of Meteorology and Climate Science, were interviewed by several news outlets, including the Mercury News, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. “October is always a tough month for fires in California,” Null told the Los Angeles Times. “We get these dry, desiccating, downslope winds.”

Professor Essam Marouf, College of Engineering, joined his Cassini Radio Science Team colleagues at Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to witness the “flatlining” of the space probe named after 17th century Italian astronomer Giovanni Cassini. The Cassini probe has spun around Saturn for the past 13 years and provided invaluable information to NASA scientists. Marouf has been a member of the Cassini team for more than two decades. “I am at peace with the fact that the mission has to end,” Marouf told the Mercury News. “But I feel very emotional.” Read more at: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/09/13/requiem-for-a-space-probe

Professor Tom Means, Department of Economics, authored a September report, “An Analysis of the Pacifica Community Reservation, Rent Stabilization and Renter’s Rights Act,” also known as Measure C, for the Coalition for Housing Equality. Means also serves on Mountain View’s Rental Housing Committee. Read the full report at: http://www.samcar.org/userfiles/file/Pacifica-Coalition_TomMeans_201709.pdf

Governor Jerry Brown appointed Professor Romey Sabalius, Department of World Languages and Literatures, to the California State University Board of Trustees. A member of SJSU’s Academic Senate and the CSU Academic Senate, Sabalius holds a doctorate in German literature from USC and joined SJSU’s faculty in 1995. The position does not require Senate confirmation.

Despite the stereotype, liberal arts majors make excellent employees, argues Professor Randall Stross, School of Management, in A Practical Education (Stanford University Press). Published last month, the book examines the successes of “multi-capable” humanities graduates in “engineering-centric” Silicon Valley. Stross is the author of numerous books about Silicon Valley companies and culture, including The Launch Pad (Portfolio, 2012).

The Mercury News interviewed Professor Kate Sullivan, Department of Hospitality Management, regarding the need for hotel security overhauls in the aftermath of the Las Vegas concert shooting. “It’s a new awakening for this industry,” Sullivan said. Read more at: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/10/03/las-vegas-shooting-big-hotels-need-security-overhaul-experts-say

Last month, KQED’s “California Report” ran a feature on political activism in San Jose during the Vietnam War years, profiling former School of Social Work Lecturer Gil Villagran and Department of Sociology Professor Emeritus Robert (Bob) Gliner. “Some people say, ‘Oh, (the activists) grew up.’ But if we want to have a vibrant democracy, it’s not something you grow out of,” Gliner said. “It’s something you integrate into your day to day life, to be conscious of world events and to do something about problems that really bother you.”

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