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.

 

A Conversation About Young Adult Voter Behavior

In the 2016 general election, an incredible number of young adult voters turned out at the polls; it was, after all, a high-stakes election that was emotionally-charged for many.

However, despite this bump in turnout, young adult (ages 18-35) voter turnout remains critically low (43% in Silicon Valley) in comparison to other/older age groups (59-74%).
Why aren’t young people voting? What does this new generation of voters need in order to want to engage in elections?

Please join us on Monday, September 18th as we focus in on these topics in an interactive conversation about where the problems lay and what we need to do in order to overcome them.

  • Date: Monday, September 18, 2017
  • Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Place: San Jose State University Library, Room 225

Featured speakers include:

  • Mindy Romero, Director of the California Civic Engagement Project at the Center for Regional Change at U.C. Davis
  • Matt Mahan, CEO and Co-Founder, Brigade
  • Dr. Mary Currin-Percival, SJSU Assistant Professor of Political Science

Presented by the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, in partnership with San Jose State University.

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

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.