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Dr. Coleen Carrigan wins NSF Career Award!

Feb 19, 2018

Dr. Coleen Carrigan has been awarded NSF Career grant for her program: Valuing the Social in Computer Science and Engineering. The grant will help research to reasons why CSE remains stubbornly segregated when it comes to gender parity.  The goal os this CAREER project is to use ethnography to compare subfields of CSE in which women have different levels of participation.  It investigates the relationship between cultural values, norms and practices. 

Congratulations Dr Carrigan on this great achievement!


STS minor program Alum is accepted into prestigious University of Oxford

Dec 22, 2017

Emma Welden, COMS major and STS minor (SRC), was accepted into the Nature, Society, and Environmental Governance program at Oxford.  Congratulations, Emma!

Cinematography and Sound Design Workshop

Cinematography and Sound Design Workshop

Dec 18, 2017



Join local film professionals, Simo Nylander, cinematographer, and Andy Kulikowski, sound recordist, for a hands-on filmmaking workshop. Learn the technical and artistic aspects of how to set up a scene and tell your cinematic story, including lighting, sound recording, camera angles and movement.

Wednesday, January 10 from 12 – 3 in the ATL, Building 7.

Pixar Writer Karl Iglesias

Screenwriter and Author Karl Iglesias: How To Write For Emotional Impact

Dec 13, 2017

Join the STS minor program on Wednesday, February 7th at 5:00PM in ATL ( building 7) for Screenwriter and Author Karl Iglesias: How to Write For Emotional Impact.  What is the most critical foundation of all Pixar films?  The story's emotional core, also known as "The Heart".  

Learn the tools screenwriters use to hook us into the story, care for the character and inspire us to follow them on a journey of adventure and transformation.  These techniques can also be applied to non-fiction writing and marketing.

This event is FREE and open to the public.  For more information, please email


Casey Reas ART

"Stochastic Confabulation" Art Exhibit by visiting Artist Casey REAS

Oct 30, 2017


Cal Poly University Art Gallery to Exhibit Casey Reas 11/2/17 – 12/1/17

Artist lecture and gallery opening reception set for Nov 2 at 5pm

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery will present “Stochastic Confabulation” featuring several of the more recent video projections created by artist Casey Reas, to run Nov. 2 through Dec. 1.

This exhibition will feature three immersive projections which are composed by using “processing,” which is the language of coding that Reas is known for helping to create. Visitors will be invited to sit within the gallery and view the projections individually and as a whole. The sound from each projection will overlap and the viewers are invited to adjust the mixer themselves in order to fine tune their experience.

"Casey Reas is a pioneer in the area of digital fine art and computer programing. His investigations of critical data as visualization and developing visual form are an inspiration to art practitioners, designers and programmers working with interdisciplinary new media around the world. We are honored to have him exhibit his work and speak at Cal Poly."- James Werner, Assistant Professor of Media Arts

About the Artist

The exhibit will open with a talk by Reas at 5 p.m. Thursday Nov. 2 in the Berg Gallery on the ground floor of Architecture and Environmental Design (Bldg. 5) on campus. A reception will follow at 6p.m. in the gallery, located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34).

Casey REAS (a k a Casey Edwin Barker Reas, C. E. B. Reas)
Born 1972 in Troy, Ohio. Lives and works in Los Angeles.
Reas' software, prints, and installations have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Recent venues include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent commissions have been awarded by the New World Symphony in Miami and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Reas' work is in a range of private and public collections, including the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Reas is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Media Arts and Sciences as well as a bachelor’s degree from the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. With Ben Fry, Reas initiated Processing in 2001. Processing is an open source programming language and environment for the visual arts. 

Conversations with Palm Theatre Founder, Jim Dee

Oct 11, 2017

Join the STS minor program in a conversation with local business owner and Cal Poly alum, Jim Dee to learn about filmmaking and the power of good story-telling.  Dee will also screen the 2006 independent film, "The Visitor" directed by Tom McCarthy.

Please join us on Tuesday October 17th in ATL Room 2 1:30pm-4:00pm. For more info, please contact 756-1205/

Professor Coleen Carrigan Awarded NSF Grant

Oct 2, 2017

This summer, Doctor Coleen Carrigan was part of a collaborative research team that was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The grant proposal, entitled "The NAVIGATE Project: A Case-Study Approach to Overcoming Barriers to Advancement for Women in STEM", uses an innovative graduate training program to help students "overcome workplace adversity caused by bias, inequity, and discrimination."  More specifically the researchers wish to test a case study method in training women graduate students how to navigate around complex gender issues and barriers in STEM disciplines.

An Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences Department, Dr. Carrigan is a feminist anthropologist who teaches courses that contribute to the Gender, Race, Culture, Science and Technology minor.  She previously won a NSF grant for her work on the LATTICE project. 

Please help us congratulate Dr. Carrigan on this wonderful achievement!

The Vervet Forest

Screening & Discussion with Visiting Filmmaker Kyle Salazar 10.3.17

Sep 22, 2017

On Tuesday, October 3rd STS will sponsor a screening and discussion of visiting filmmaker Kyle Salazar's award winning documentary "The Vervet Forest".   This documentary tells the story of five orphaned Vervet monkeys in South Africa.  It explores the causes of animal habitat destruction, the role of humans in a struggling ecosystem, and how understanding the connection between ourselves and our environment can inspire positive change.  

Director Kyle Salazar is at once an ethnographic filmmaker and a poet.  He combines the storytelling techniques of Hollywood cinema with the run and gun mindset of a traveler assimilating into foreign cultures. 

ATL Building 7 Room 2, Tuesday October 3rd 1:30 PM.

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.

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.


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