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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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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

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.

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.

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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.

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). 

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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