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.

 

The Constitution LIVE

In Honer of Constitution Day, the College of Social Sciences
and the Political Science Department present The Constitution LIVE. SJSU students, faculty, and administrators will be reading the U.S. Constitution aloud continuously throughout the day. Free pocket constitutions will be handed out to the first 300 people. An expert will be on hand to answer all questions about the U.S. Constitution.

When: Monday, September 18, 2017
Where: Smith Carlos Lawn (Outside of Clark Hall)
Contact: james.brent@sjsu.edu

Lauren Cordova Named 2017 Outstanding Graduating Senior

Lauren Cordova, ’17 Behavioral Science and Sociology, has been named one of this year’s Outstanding Graduating Seniors. This award recognizes leadership on and off campus, contributions to the community, and academic achievement.

Lauren has worked in LGBTQ+ organizations throughout her time at SJSU and during a year at University College Dublin. She has held leadership positions at SJSU’s Queers Thoughtfully Interrupting Prejudice, Peers in Pride, and Peer Connections. She has also worked at San Jose’s LGBTQ+ Youth Space Speaker’s Bureau. While demonstrating a commitment to her fellow Spartans, she has maintained a 3.846 GPA. She conducted research on underrepresented minority students in the College of Social Sciences, alongside Professor Amy Leisenring. Their work led to a paper which they presented at the Pacific Sociological Association conference in April. Lauren will attend the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

Dean’s Spring 2017 Graduate Student Colloquium

Social Science scholarship explores complex, often interrelated, social processes. It also researches ways in which the quality of life of individuals can be improved and the society can become more just, vibrant, and sustainable. Presentations in this colloquium represent the wide range of inquiries that social scientists pursue: ethical alternatives to risky high-interest payday loans; impact of parking requirements on housing affordability; political participations among women in the Evangelical church; how movies and books bring our attention to the environment and shape our world; and people’s attitudes toward rent control policies.

This event is open to the campus community.