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