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STS Student to work on $15 Million USAID Sustainable Wash Systems project

Mar 17, 2017

Environmental Engineering major, and Gender, Race, Culture, Science and Technology (STS) minor, Kimmy Pugel will be moving to Boulder, CO to help change the world by doing work in sustainable water and sanitation.

Pugel has been accepted into the Civil Systems PhD Program (5 years of funding) and will be a key team member for a $15 Million USAID Sustainable Wash Systems project.

The Sustainable WASH Systems Initiative aims to develop, test and document high-potential approaches to engaging local WASH systems across multiple countries and contexts. The goal is to test different approaches leading to WASH interventions that are sustained by local stakeholders beyond the life of the project, and inform the design of future development assistance efforts in this sector. 

The U.S. Agency for International Development is leading the U.S. Government's efforts to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies.

Read the full article HERE.

STS Professor works to advance cultural change at Cal Poly

Mar 8, 2017

Coleen Carrigan is on a mission to make Cal Poly a more inclusive environment through her Advancing Cultural Change (ACC) project. Carrigan, her Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANT 201) students and research assistants are working collectively to unearth and combat exclusionary behaviors on campus.

Data analysis has revealed three major themes: ‘majorism,’ gender bias and racial bias. Majorism grants prestige to technical fields and denigrates liberal arts. The ACC team works to connect this phenomenon to broader social issues in U.S. education and economy. Gender bias is evident when female students in male-dominated fields, like engineering, report feeling intimidated and are presumed incompetent. Finally, racial bias is evident when historically underrepresented minority students report feeling left out in classrooms and are assigned inferior tasks in groups.

In June, they will present a paper on ACC methods at the 2017 American American Society for Engineering Education annual conference in Columbus, Ohio.

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ISLA Director, Dr. Lehr representing Women in Technology

Feb 23, 2017

Dr. Lehr, our very own ISLA Director, is a keynote speaker at the Women in Technology  Dinner on February 22, 2017. This event is sponsored by Softec and MINDBODY.

Keynote speakers will lead a discussion on how to attract and retain talent. 

Dr. Jane L. Lehr is Chair of Women’s & Gender Studies, the Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies in the Liberal Arts Program and Associate Professor in Ethnic Studies at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is also Faculty Director of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority and Underrepresented Student Participation (LSAMP) in STEM Program. She previously served as elected co-chair of the Science & Technology Taskforce of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA), and as a Postdoctoral Research Officer at the Centre for Informal Learning and Schools (CILS) at King’s College, University of London. Her graduate training is in Science & Technology Stu dies and Women’s Studies at Virginia Tech and her teaching and research focus on the complex relationships between gender, race, culture, science, technology, and education.

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Film Screening of ‘The Mind of Mark Defriest’ and Q&A with Filmmaker, Gabriel London

Feb 23, 2017

Filmmaker, Gabriel London, visited San Luis Obispo this past weekend as a keynote speaker for the Change the Status Quo Conference held on February 17-18, 2017 at Cal Poly. 

Gabriel London is a media campaign creator and documentary filmmaker who career has focused on political issues in America. As the founder of the documentary film production company, Found Object Films, Gabriel has produced and directed films and media campaigns  that bring overlooked stories to a national audience, dealing with issues ranging from the death penalty to to climate change. In the process, he has used his work to spread advocacy campaigns, work for which he was awarded a Soros Criminal Justice Award. His films have been broadcast nationally on networks ranging from MTV to SpikeTV and as part of film festivals including IDFA, Urbanworld Film Festival, and Live Earth.

At the Change the Status Quo Conference, "The Mind of Mark Defriest", a documentary film by Gabriel London, was screened and followed by a Q&A session with London.

The event was a tremendous success with people from all walks of life coming together to Change the Status Quo! 

Funding for this event is made possible by the Science, Technology & Society Minors Program, The California State University Entertainment Alliance (CSUEA), The Center for Service in Action and the College of Liberal Arts.

Filmmaker Gabriel London to visit & screen "The Mind of Mark Defriest" at Cal Poly on February 17, 2017

Feb 8, 2017

Film Screening of ‘The Mind of Mark Defriest’ and Q&A with Filmmaker, Gabriel London

Filmmaker, Gabriel London will be on hand for a special screening of his film “The Mind of Mark Defriest” at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17, in the PAC/Pavillion

When a legendary escape artist comes up for parole after more than 30 years behind bars, a chance for freedom must be weighed against his infamous past. 

This event is free and open to the public. 

Funding for this event is made possible by the Science, Technology & Society Minors Program, The California State University Entertainment Alliance (CSUEA) and the College of Liberal Arts.

Cal Poly STS students travel to DC to film Presidential Inauguration & the Women's March in Washington

Feb 7, 2017

On January 24, 2017, KCBX (Central Coast Public Radio) invited three Cal Poly students to the KCBX studio to hear their about their experience traveling to Washington DC for the weekend of January 19-22.

Cal Poly students, Daniel Hornett, an STS Media Arts and Society Technology minor, Michallynn Hoffman and Nesrine Majzoub went to DC to document the historic weekend.

They went to document the presidential inauguration and the Women's March on Washington. Moreover, the trio - two current Cal Poly students and one recent Cal Poly graduate - went with a mission; to make a short film on the events they witnessed and the people they met along the way.

Nesrine Majzoub, Daniel Hornett and Michallynn Hoffman have also formed a production company called Yellow Glass Media. 

To read the full article on KCBX please go HERE.

The Art of No Budget Filmmaking

Jan 19, 2017

Award-winning independent producer, Mark Stolaroff, gave a workshop on The Art of No Budget Filmmaking on Wednesday, January 11.

Stolaroff founded the No Budget Film School in 2005 and teaches hundred of filmmakers each year the fine art of micro-budget filmmaking. The event was a great success, with Cal Poly students and local film aficionados in attendance. 

This event is sponsored by the CSU Entertainment Alliance, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Media Arts, Society and Technology minor. 

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Fundamentals of Cinematography and Lighting

Jan 18, 2017

Local Cinematographer/Director, Simo Nylander, gave a workshop on the Fundamentals of Cinematography & Lighting on Wednesday, January 11.

Attendees learned how cinematography and lighting work together to create the singular, multi-sensory experience that is motion picture storytelling. The event was a great success, with Cal Poly students and local film aficionados in attendance. 

This event is sponsored by the CSU Entertainment Alliance, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Media Arts, Society and Technology minor. 

Cal Poly STS Program Highlighted in 4S (Society for Social Studies of Science)

Oct 19, 2016

With strong support from the dean, as well as a cluster of highly motivated faculty, the early skeleton of an STS program began to emerge. Tapping into areas of already existing faculty expertise, as well as courses already listed in the catalog, four STS minors were proposed and created: Ethics, Public Policy, Science, and Technology (EPPST); Gender, Race, Culture, Science, and Technology (GRCST); Media Arts, Society, and Technology (MAST); and Science and Risk Communication (SRC). 

It was only in 2015 that the four minors were offered to students. Now in its second year, the program boasts more than 140 students across the four minors. Although the Cal Poly STS program is off to a great start, there is still much to be done. A new STS culture is beginning to emerge and faculty in other colleges are beginning to notice. Cal Poly is on its way to becoming an institution that educates the future industry leaders in the field of STS - Go Mustangs!

To read the full article on the STS Program at Cal Poly on the 4S website please go HERE.

Brian Beaton: Social Facets of Data Science Workshop at Cal Poly November 10-11

Sep 27, 2016

Dr. Brian Beaton is co-organizing the “Social Facets of Data Science” workshop on November 10-11, 2016. The workshop, supported by an award from the National Science Foundation's STS Program, will be held on the Cal Poly campus at the Robert E. Kennedy Library. The event will focus on the everyday work of data scientists and on ethical dilemmas facing the profession. Free and open to students faculty, staff, and the public. 


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