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.


DuCros publishes “Tokens on the Small Screen”

Assistant Professor of Sociology Faustina DuCros is a member of a research team that has published “Tokens on the Small Screen: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on Prime Time and Streaming Television,” which found that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are still underrepresented on prime time television and streaming television. Additional information can be found on twitter [@AAPIsOnTV and #AAPIsOnTV], and on Facebook.

September 2017 Sourisseau Academy photo album and video

Well through the first decade of the 20th Century, San Jose Normal School graduation photos featured a sea of frilly white gowns and a bare handful of dark suits. Who would imagine that those few men could field a competitive football team in 1898? Associate Professor of History Libra Hilde (who is also a Sourisseau Board of Directors member) tells the story of that sport in the late 19th century and early 20th century in the Santa Clara Valley.

This month’s Sourisseau Academy News Video features Michael Pearce’s story of railroads in the Santa Clara Valley.


Kerry Rohrmeier quoted in Wired article

Geography Lecturer Kerry Rohrmeier was quoted in an article on Wired magazine’s online website. In “What the Controlled Chaos of Burning Man Reveals About Cities,” Professor Rohrmeier notes, “there are a lot of good ideas from people who are not in the profession. There are so many creative things that people have been able to accomplish on the nano-, site-specific scale. It works, it’s replicable, but there’s not been a lot of evolution or experimentation. You can come here, you can practice ideals and identities that you choose, but within these confines.”

Margo McBane Receives Grant

History Lecturer Margo McBane has received California Humanities funding for her “Cannery Workers, Cannery Lives” project. The grant will support a Cannery Worker Oral History/Photo Shoot Day on Sunday, September 10,  2017, at the San Jose Public Library to retrieve cannery worker life stories and accompanying family photos on family, work life, and community activities. At this event three documentation teams (comprised of SJSU alumni, students, and community members) will concurrently interview contributors and collect scanned photos from personal collections, resulting in the completion of twelve interviews. Each team will include a videographer, a photo scanner, and a bilingual interviewer. The interviews collected will become the basis for two Cannery Worker Community Conversations at two branches of the local San Jose Public Library during Hispanic Heritage Month on the topic of cannery workers and their contributions to the rich heritage of Santa Clara Valley. Congratulations Professor McBane!