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Cal Poly Professors Partner with Artificial Intelligence Pioneer to Publish Innovative Research

Cal Poly Professors Partner with Artificial Intelligence Pioneer to Publish Innovative Research 

Entrepreneurship Professor Lynn Metcalf and communication studies Professor David Askay spent the summer on the cutting edge of artificial intelligence technology in collaboration with Unanimous AI.

Learn more about their research

 

Julie Garcia

Julie Garcia Named Interim Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion 

Julie Garcia has been serving as interim associate vice president for diversity and inclusion for the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI) since June 29.

Learn more about Garcia's new role

 

Social Sciences Department Receives $5,000 Donation from PG&E for Learn By Doing

Social Sciences Department Receives $5,000 Donation from PG&E for Learn By Doing 

Two award-winning Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) employees have donated $5,000 to the Social Sciences Learn by Doing fund. 

Learn more about the donation

 

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Eleanor Helms, Cal Poly Philosophy Associate Professor

Philosophy Associate Professor to Spend Three Months at Soren Kierkegaard Research Center

Eleanor Helms will spend three months of the 2018-19 school year researching Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard’s relationship to 19th century science and philosophy of science. 

Learn more about Helms's research

 

International Dance Festival Students in Lebanon

Dance Professor Teaches and Performs in Lebanon

Dance professor Christy Chand had the opportunity to teach dance and perform in Lebanon at the International Dance Day Festival in April. 

Learn more about the International Dance Day Festival

 

Hip Hop Exhibit in Kennedy Library

Ethnic Studies Course Highlights Hip Hop History and Creates Important Dialogue

Hip hop studies is an emerging field in academia, and Professor Jenell Navarro has increased its prevalence at Cal Poly. 

Learn more about hip hop studies

 

President's Diversity Awards plaque

Three 2018 President's Diversity Awards Recipients from CLA 

Three of the 2018 President's Diversity Award recipients were from the College of Liberal Arts: Dean Douglas Epperson, Associate Dean Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti and ethnic studies student Leilani Hemmings. 

Learn more about the 2018 diversity awards

 

Julie Spencer-Rodgers

Julie Spencer-Rodgers Recognized as 2017-18 Learn by Doing Scholar Award Recipient

Julie Spencer-Rodgers was awarded the 2017-18 Learn by Doing Scholar Award in the category of planned and in-progress research for “Building Intercultural Competence Through Cultural Immersion Projects.”  

Learn more about the Learn by Doing Scholar Award

 

Brady Teufel, Cal Poly Journalism professor and educator of the year

Brady Teufel Recognized as Journalism Educator of the Year

The California Journalism and Media Affiliates recently named Brady Teufel, Cal Poly Journalism Department assistant chair and associate professor, as the 2018 Journalism Educator of the Year — Four-Year Division. 

Learn more about Teufel's award

 

Cal Poly Professor Coleen CarriganProfessor Coleen Carrigan Wins Prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Professor Coleen Carrigan received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation — one of NSF’s most prestigious awards.

Read more about Carrigan's award

 

Cal Poly Dance Program at American College Dance ConferenceCal Poly Dance Program Honored at American College Dance Association Conference

A dance choreographed by dance Professor Christy McNeil Chand was selected as the opener for the closing gala of the American College Dance Association regional conference in Tempe, Arizona.

Read more about the dance program

 

Cal Poly LAES K Street Passageway

LAES Pedestrian Passageway Project Receives Grant

Liberal arts and engineering studies (LAES) Professor David Gillette, along with architecture Professor Thomas Fowler, received the Hearst Foundation Award for Scholarship in Education for their K Street Passageway project. 

Learn more about the passageway project

 

The Bishop Peak Portrait Project

Professor's Photos Capture 365 Days of Bishop Peak

Graphic communication professor Brian Lawler captured 365 days of Bishop Peak in a photo series inspired by his daily bicycle commute. The display will be permanently housed in the Warren J. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180).

Learn more about the photos on display

 

Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti, CLA Associate Dean for Diversity and Curriculum

CLA Associate Dean for Diversity and Curriculum Featured in Cal Poly Magazine's "My 2017"

Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti, associate dean for diversity and curriculum in the College of Liberal Arts talked with psychology senior and CLA Student Diversity Committee member Marcos Ramirez-Santos about diversity initiatives that are shaping campus.    

Watch the video of their conversation

 

Jason Peters, Cal Poly English professorCal Poly English and Agriculture Professors Win USDA Grant

English Professor Jason Peters and Yiwen Chiu, a professor in Cal Poly’s Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department, have been awarded a $140,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Read more about the USDA grant award

 

Modern Languages and Literatures Department Gets New NameModern Languages and Literatures Department Gets New Name

In fall 2017, the department officially changed its name to World Languages and Cultures to adapt to current changes and trends among language departments in universities across the country.

Read more about the new department name

 

 

Modern Languages and Literatures Department Gets New NameCal Poly College of Liberal Arts Dean to Retire

Cal Poly today announced that Doug Epperson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will retire in August 2018. Epperson has been the dean of Cal Poly's College of Liberal Arts since 2012.

Read more about Dean Epperson's retirement

 

 

Laura Krifka Cal Poly Art and Design

Art and Design Lecturer Receives Teacher-Artist Grant

Laura Krifka from the Art and Design Department received the 2017 Artist-Teacher Grant from the Davyd Whaley Foundation to help her direct more time to her studio work.   

Read more about the Krifka's grant award 

 

Catherine Waitinas, Cal Poly 2017 Learn by Doing Scholar

English Faculty Member Earns 2017 Learn by Doing Scholar Award

Catherine Waitinas, an associate professor in the English Department, earned the 2017 Learn by Doing Scholar Award.   

Read more about the Learn by Doing Award

 

Cal Poly CLA Librarian

Students Hone Research Skills with Help from College Librarians

Kennedy Library offers a variety of resources for students to use, including the one-on-one guidance from expert librarians.  

Read more about college librarians

 

Martin Mehl Receives Effective Practice Award

COMS Lecturer Receives Effective Practice Award

Martin Mehl, senior lecturer in communications studies, along with Luanne Fose from the Cal Poly Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology, were officially recognized with the Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) 2017 Effective Practice Award for their digital mentorship pedagogy.  

Read more about Mehl's Effective Practice Award

 

Davies Retires

Beloved Music Professor Retires After 34 Years

After 34 years at Cal Poly, Thomas Davies, beloved member of the Music Department, retired in June 2017. 

Read more about Davies

 

Kathleen Murphy

History Professors and M.A. Student Awarded Fellowships

History Department professors Sarah Bridger and Kathleen Murphy and M.A. student Crystal Smith were recently awarded fellowships.  

Read more about the fellowships

 

Latner Receives Voting Rights Fellowship

Political Science Professor Receives Voting Rights Fellowship

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the nation's leading science-based policy advocacy organization, has awarded associate professor of political science Michael Latner its Voting Rights Kendall Fellowship. 

Read more about Latner's fellowship

 
Bittick Named Journalism Educator of the Year

Paul Bittick Recognized as Journalism Educator of the Year

The California Journalism & Media Affiliates recently named Paul Bittick, Cal Poly’s Mustang Media Group general manager, as the 2017 Journalism Educator of the Year in the 4-Year Division. 

Read more about Paul Bittick's award

 

Professor Receives NSF Award

Professor Awarded NSF Grant to Host Data Science Workshop

Brian Beaton, director of the Center for Expressive Technology, was awarded nearly $25,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to host a two-day workshop entitled "Social Facets of Data Science." 

Read more about Data Science's Impact at Cal Poly 

 

Professor, Students Conduct Research in Peru on Improved Biomass Cookstoves

Professor, Students Conduct Research in Peru on Improved Biomass Cookstoves

Cal Poly Geography Professor James Keese and students traveled to Peru in March 2016 to conduct a follow-up study on a clean-burning cookstoves project.

Read about Improved Biomass Cookstoves

 

 
 

English Professor Lisa Coffman's Poem Read on National Radio ShowEnglish Professor’s Poem Read on National Radio Show

Adjunct Professor of English Lisa Coffman’s poem “Everybody Made Soups” was recently read on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. 

Read about Lisa Coffman’s Poem on NPR

 
Visiting Professor, Gilda Ochoa, with students

Visiting Professor Examines Diversity and Education at Cal Poly

During her time in Cal Poly’s Ethnic Studies Department in winter 2016, Visiting Professor Gilda L. Ochoa encouraged students to look at existing educational systems through a lens of racial and cultural sensitivity.

Read more about Gilda Ochoa's visit to Cal Poly

 
Generous donation to preserve printing history

Cal Poly Graphic Communication Receives $2.3 Million to Preserve Printing Industry History

Well-known printing industry expert Raymond J. Prince has donated $2.3 million to Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department to preserve the history and knowledge of the printing and imaging industry.

Read about the generous donation

 
 Michael Miller

Remembering a Giant: Michael Barton Miller

Michael Barton Miller — Art & Design Department professor, artist and friend — passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, at the age of 65, after a two-year battle with brain cancer. His wisdom, humor, kindness and love for different people and cultures touched the lives of all he encountered.

Read more about Michael Barton Miller

 
English Professor Brings Dramatic Literature Back to Campus

English Professor Brings Dramatic Literature Back to Campus 

“My mother tongue is performance,” said Ryan Hatch, one of the newest additions to Cal Poly’s English Department faculty. A self-described lover and critic of the theater, Hatch has known for a long time that the art of performance would be at the center of his intellectual and scholarly work.

Read more about Ryan Hatch

 
WSECS Program Brochure

WSECS Conference 

Cal Poly's College of Liberal Arts welcomed one of the most prestigious 18th-Century conferences early this year. The Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (WSECS) Conference gathered scholars from across the world to share their research.

Read more about the WSECS Conference

 
Professor oversees French Advanced Placement Tests

Cal Poly Professor to Oversee French Advanced Placement Exams 

Brian G. Kennelly, Cal Poly professor in the Modern Languages & Literatures Department, was named the 2015-16 chief reader designate by the College Board to oversee the French Language and Culture Advanced Placement exams.

Read more about this achievement

 
Middle school technology arts program launched

Cal Poly Center for Arts Education, YMCA Launch Middle School Technology Arts Program

CCCAE is committing $10,000 to help start a Y.I. in San Luis Obispo to teach students the basics of graphic design and how to create films and produce magazines. The program will begin this summer for sixth- through eighth-grade students.

Read more about the technology arts program

 
Hopper to study at Institute for Advanced Study

Cal Poly History Professor Selected at Scholar Institute for Advanced Study 

Cal Poly History Professor Matthew Hopper was selected as a fall 2015 scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. as well as the Cambridge Visiting Research Fellow.

Read more about the Institute for Advanced Study and Cambridge Visiting Research Fellow

 
Cal Poly professor awarded Fulbright

Cal Poly English Professor Emeritus Awarded Fulbright to Teach in Bulgaria 

Cal Poly English Professor Emeritus Carol MacCurdy was selected to receive a 2015-16 Fulbright Award which offers scholars the opportunity to research and teach in a variety of disciplines in more than 155 countries

Read more about the Fulbright Award 

 
Psychology professor awarded STEM research grant

Cal Poly Psychology Professor Receives $100,000 STEM Research Grant

Cal Poly psychology Professor Julie Garcia received a $100,000 grant for the project “Identity Threats in Higher Education: Implications for College Outcomes of Under-Represented Students of Color.”

Read more about the STEM research grant

 

Professor writes book

Cal Poly History Professor Releases New Book ‘Scientists at War’

Cal Poly History Professor Sarah Bridger released her latest book, “Scientists at War: The Ethics of Cold War Weapons Research.” 

Read more about this book

 
professor awarded NSF grant

Professor Awarded $152,000 NSF Grant for Research of Connections Between Slavery and Science  

Cal Poly History Professor Kathleen Murphy received National Science Foundation grant for more than $152,000 for her project “Exploring the Use of British Slave Trade Ships to Gather Biological Specimens and Data.”

Read more about the NSF grant

 
Professor in Residence

English Professor Named the 2015 CSU Bakersfield Writer in Residence  

Cal Poly English Professor and author John Hampsey has been named the 2015 CSU Bakersfield (CSUB) Stiern Library PG&E Writer in Residence. As part of the writer-in-residence program, Hampsey will deliver a reading for the CSUB university community.

Read more about the writer in residence program

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