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University Scholar Series

University Scholar Series

Fall 2022 Coming Soon!

Spring 2022 University Scholar Series Recordings

Hosted by Provost Vincent J. Del Casino, Jr., this series provides a unique opportunity

for showcasing the important research and scholarly activities of SJSU faculty members.

Watch Previous Lectures

Dr. Alberto García Maldonado

Faith, Conflict, and Bracero Migration in Mexico’s Greater Bajío

Presented by Dr. Alberto García Maldonado, Department of History

Watch the recorded event here. 

Between 1942 and 1964, a bilateral initiative known as the Bracero Program allowed Mexican men to work in the United States as seasonal contract farmworkers, or braceros. All told, 4.65 million bracero contracts were distributed during the program’s duration, and a significant plurality of these contracts, at least 44 percent, went to rural workers from the Mexican states of Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Michoacán, and Zacatecas. These five states were also an epicenter of conservative Catholic resistance to official policies like land redistribution and secular public education. This talk will explore how endemic, community-level conflicts between conservative Catholic and pro-government partisans fueled popular interest in migrating to the U.S. as braceros, influenced the bracero selection process, and shaped a regional migratory tradition that has endured into the early twenty-first century.

Dr. Alberto García Maldonado (pronouns: he/him/his) is an assistant professor in the Department of History who specializes in twentieth-century Mexico. His research on the Bracero Program, a bilateral initiative that allowed Mexican men to work in the United States as seasonal contract farmworkers, has been published in The Hispanic American Historical Review, and his book, Abandoning Their Beloved Land: The Politics of Bracero Migration in Mexico, is forthcoming with the University of California Press. Prior to joining San José State’s faculty in 2018, Dr. García Maldonado was a Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Historical Studies. He received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Kristen Rebmann

Equity-focused Data Analytics for Libraries

Presented by Dr. Kristen Radsliff Rebmann, School of Information

Watch the recorded event here. 

Libraries exist as important community anchor institutions (CAIs), defined by the FCC “as schools, libraries, hospitals and other medical providers, public safety entities, institutions of higher education, and community support organizations that facilitate greater use of broadband by vulnerable populations, including low-income, the unemployed, and the aged” (FCC, 2011, p. 38).  TV Whitespace (TVWS)-enabled cognitive radios can help libraries propagate robust, (backhaul) internet connections to new community spaces with the goal of keeping citizens connected in everyday and crisis situations. To leverage TVWS successfully, however, libraries, researchers, and information technology professionals must understand the availability of frequency spectrum in their area to know whether TVWS is an appropriate technology for implementation in their community. This presentation will share equity-focused analyses of corporate and public datasets that can help us understand the potential impact of TVWS networking technology to support digital equity among America’s rural and underserved communities.

Dr. Kristen Radsliff Rebmann (pronouns: she/her/hers) joined SJSU's School of Information as a professor in 2007 after completing a Ph.D. in Communication from University of California, San Diego. Her current research involves the deployment and study of emerging information technologies supportive of digital inclusion and resiliency. Kristen’s work also addresses challenges in learning design to promote excellence in distance education and justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. She brings perspectives associated with being a native Californian with a multi-ethnic background (Mexican and Euro American).

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Dr. Birgitte McDonald

Impacts of Disturbance on Marine Mammals: Physiological and Behavioral Responses to Stressors

Presented by Dr. Birgitte McDonald, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

Hosted & Moderated by Dr. Magdalena L. Barrera, Vice Provost for Faculty Success

Watch the recorded event here.

Marine mammals play important roles in marine ecosystems and are often considered indicators of ecosystem health. Unfortunately, a growing human footprint in the marine environment has led to increased interactions between marine mammals and humans, leading to concerns about the impact of these activities on populations already facing other threats such as climate change. Exposure to disturbance from naval exercises and tourism results in short-term disruptions of natural behavior that may have energetic consequences or put the animals at greater risk to pressure related problems such as decompression sickness. To predict and quantify how marine mammals will respond to natural and anthropogenic stressors, it is essential to understand their physiological limits and the plasticity in the behavioral and physiological responses to stress. Dr. McDonald’s research addresses these knowledge gaps by 1) investigating the diving capacity and energetic requirements of breath-hold divers and 2) investigating the physiological and behavioral responses to anthropogenic stressors.

Dr. Birgitte McDonald (pronouns: she/her/hers) is an associate professor at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, where she has been teaching courses on Ecology and Physiology of Marine Vertebrates and Scientific skills since 2015. She obtained her doctoral degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz and conducted postdoctoral research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Aarhus University (Denmark). As a physiological and behavioral ecologist, Dr. McDonald investigates adaptations that allow animals to survive in extreme environments using state-of-the-art biologgers. Understanding the mechanisms that allow an organism to interact and survive in its environment is crucial for predicting their response to climate change. Her research has provided opportunities to work with a broad range of species in a diversity of habitats from the Antarctic to the Galapagos.

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