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Inspired by Personal and Professional Connections, Moss Landing Interim Director Gives to SJSU

Jim Harvey as a post-doc, assisting to rescue whales in Alaska.

In 1988, Harvey was a postdoctoral fellow when he was tapped to be part of a team of scientists involved in the rescue of three gray whales trapped underneath the ice near Barrow, Alaska. Rescue team members Mark Fraker (left, oil company), NOAA’s Dave Withrow (center) and Jim Harvey (right, seated). (Dave Withrow/NMML/NOAA image)

(Editor’s Note: The following was originally published in the Acceleration Update on March 7, 2012).

A lot has changed since Jim Harvey first stepped foot on the campus of San José State. He earned a Ph.D. and helped rescue a few gray whales. He found the job of his dreams and became the interim director of a leading marine research lab. He’s married, mentored more than 75 graduate students and—perhaps most noticeable—he’s grown a couple feet taller.

Few people can claim a deeper association with SJSU than Harvey. His father was a professor in the College of Science and Harvey grew up in a home that valued science. Harvey remembers coming to campus as a child and taking trips with his father to do research on giant sequoias in the Sierra and marsh restoration in San Francisco Bay. Later, Harvey would become an alumnus when he attended San José State as an undergraduate.

Now, Harvey is a professor and Interim Director of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. If you’ve driven down the Pacific Coast Highway in Northern California, you’ve probably cruised past the marine research consortium’s headquarters, which is operated by the CSU and administered through San José State. The facility is located in Moss Landing, Calif., and offers a well-regarded graduate program in marine science.

Recently, Harvey and his wife decided to bequest a portion of their estate to Moss Landing through San José State. It was a decision that grew from their deep connection to the lab and the confidence that their gift would go to good use. Read more.