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May 2022

Faculty

Deb Donig

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The Ethical Tech @ Cal Poly Initiative, led by Assistant Professor of English Deb Donig and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies Matt Harsh, was recently mentioned in the publication "Protocol" where they discuss the rise of tech ethicists and the new job landscape. Read the story.

 

 


 

 
No Emoji for Ennui installation.

Art and Design Assistant Professor and filmmaker Lana Z Caplan’s short film "Autopoiesis" was included in the Urban Video Project exhibition No Emoji for Ennui at the Everson Museum of Art this spring. Caplan’s "Autopoiesis" sources media from the internet — including audio of self-hypnosis how-to’s, video from the 2018 PyeongChang and 1934 Berlin Olympics (from Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia) and music from Sun-Ra’s Space is the Place — to deconstruct utopic visions of hashtag activism and autopoietic self-modulation in unregulated times.

Curated by Anneka Herre, "No Emoji for Ennui" was a four-person exhibition described by the curator as “explor(ing) the difficult-to-define emotional tenor of our time—one that often leaves us overstimulated and underwhelmed at the same time it demands endless positivity. By turns unsettling, contemplative, humorous, and filled with existential dread, the resulting show is a collective selfie of who and what we are now.”

Watch the trailer for "Autopoiesis." More information about "No Emoji for Ennui."


Students

Ariadne Kaylor
 

Anthropology and Geography students Emilio Espinal and Eduardo Villanueva-Gonzalez recently presented a paper virtually and won the Best Student Paper Award for Social or Environmental Justice at the 2022 conference of the California Geographical Society (CGS). The students were encouraged to submit their paper, titled "Housing Segregation in the United States: A Review of The Color of Law," for publication in the CGS journal, "The California Geographer".

 


Alumni

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Pedro Armendáriz’s senior photo,
at age 18, in 1931. Photo courtesy:
Cal Poly.

Cal Poly Alumnus Pedro Armendáriz received a posthumous honor at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival Showing of "La Perla." The award, given by College of Liberal Arts Dean Philip Williams, was presented to the Head Consul for the Mexican Consulate out of Oxnard, Euclides Del Mar Arbona. He will personally deliver the award to Armendáriz’s closest living relatives.

Read the story.

 

 

 

 

 


Clubs

Members of the Spanish Debate Team
Members of the Spanish Debate Team

Spanish Debate Team members Austin Grassbaugh and Klara Perkins placed first at the Legados 2022, a debate founded by Cal Poly and co-hosted by Cal Poly and Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior (CETYS), a private university in Mexicali.

The motion for this year’s series centered on the water crisis that is affecting the Californias; specifically water from the Colorado River, the populations who depend on this water and the protected ecosystem of the Ciénaga de Santa Clara. In this context, the motion called for debaters to assess whether the Yuma Desalting Plant causes more harm than good.

Grassbaugh and Perkins advocated that given the current water crisis, any use of the Yuma Desalinating Plant causes irreparable harm to protected environments and endangered species and is only a “bandaid” to the larger water crisis that is affecting the United States and Mexico. They were joined in the final round by another Cal Poly team made up of first time debaters Alexander Torres and Aimee Nevarez who stepped in at the last minute to debate for the finalists from CETYS

 

 

2022

February

    Faculty

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    Martin Mehl authored Chapter 11, "Digital Literacy & Mentorship Communication," in the "Handbook of Online Learning in Higher Education". Mehl was also honored as a Mustang Mentor during the Cal Poly v. UC San Diego Women's Basketball game on January 27, 2022. 
     
    Check out the print and online versions of "Handbook of Online Learning in Higher Education".
     

    Alumni

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    Corey Hable (Music, '17) was one of three winners of the San Diego district auditions for the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition — the biggest opera competition in the country. Hable will now move on to the Western Region Finals at the Colburn School in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 20. If Hable wins in Los Angeles, he will move on to the semi-finals in New York City.

     


     

    Chloe Heinz (Graphic Communication, '21) was part of the cross-discipline student team that worked in collaboration with local health officials to create an app that community members can use to find the nearest location to get naloxone — an opioid overdose reversal medicine.

    Read the story.


    Students

    Two teams of LAES students, advised by Dr. Michael Haungs and Dr. David Gillette, won prize money in the "Florida Hacks with IBM" national hackathon to combat global climate change.

    The hackathon issued challenges to the nation to work in multidisciplinary teams to compete in developing solutions to one of six climate change challenges. These challenges were “Climate Change & Florida Ecosystem”, “Improving the Condition of Florida’s Waterways”, “Sustainable Fisheries”, “Power Consumption”, “Animal Agriculture”, and “Wildcard”.

    The two teams entered the competition at the beginning of Fall quarter, 2021, and submitted their solutions to the “Sustainable Fisheries” and “Power Consumption” on November 29th.

    The “Sustainable Fisheries” team members were Brooke Anderson, Danielle Caparas, Jason Chu, and Matthew Killbride. They won 1st place in this category with their cloud-based mobile application, Fish Grid, designed to incentivize sustainable fishing practices. This came with $3000 in prize money.

    The second team with team, consisting of JJ Alen, Joe Debruynkops, and Corinna Donovan, designed a system to cool solar panels to increase energy output for the “Power Consumption” challenge. They received $200.

    Read more from the College of Engineering.


     

    March

      Faculty

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      Philosophy Professor Patrick Lin was quoted in an article by Independent Online (IOL), one of South Africa's leading news sources. Lin is mentioned at the end of the article warning about the dangers of cyber-warfare.

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      ISLA Department Chair David Kirby was interviewed by Mel Magazine about about genetic engineering and its intersection with the critically acclaimed science fiction film "Gattaca".

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      On March 7, Music Professor Alyson McLamore led a conversation and audience Q&A with Adeline Mueller about her new book, "Mozart and the Mediation of Childhood." The event for the Mozart Society of America titled, "Spinning Songs and Sibling Harmonies: A Conversation on Mozart and the Mediation of Childhood," discussed the nascent children’s music industry in Mozart’s Europe.

      Read her bio.

       

       


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      English Assistant Professor Dr. Steven Ruszczycky's new book, "Vulgar Genres: Gay Pornographic Writing and Contemporary Fiction" was published by the University of Chicago Press in January 2022.

      Check out the book.


       

      April

        Faculty

        Craig H. Russell

        Music Professor Craig H. Russell has composed a new construction of the song “O, mistress mine,” from Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," which he believes is the closest approximation to the 1602 production. Music student Dylan Benander will sing the piece, accompanied by Russell on guitar, for his senior recital on Saturday, May 7 at 3 p.m. in room 218 of the Davidson Music Center.

        See more upcoming music events.

         


        Students

        Ariadne Kaylor
         

        Psychology student Ariadne Kaylor is presenting one of ten research projects chosen to represent Cal Poly at the CSU Research Competition from April 29-30. Kaylor's project titled, "Relationships Between OCD Symptoms, COVID Anxiety and Cognitive Distortions," was advised by psychology Professor Laura Freberg.

        Read more about the other projects.

         

         


        Gaby Perez's artwork

        Communication studies student Gaby Perez's artwork was one of more than 50 to be released by the San Luis Obispo sustainable art and home goods store Buen Dia. The California-inspired prints are eco-friendly made from 100% cotton paper and printed using vegetable based ink. SLO themed watercolors made in collaboration with Perez pay tribute to the city’s history. 

        (Artwork courtesy of Buen Dia and Gaby Perez)

        Read more.

         


        Departments

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        The Music Department was awarded a $500 prize from the Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology (CTLT) for producing the highest number of improved digital instruction materials at Cal Poly during the CSU Ally Challenge, logging 177 improved files.

        The CSU Chancellor’s Office Academic Technology Services and the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) hosted the CSU Moving the Needle Challenge, a five-day systemwide competition (April 4-8, 2022) that was dedicated to fostering equitable and inclusive digital learning environments for all students.

        (Blurb courtesy of the CTLT)

         

         


         

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