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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. 

Brian Beaton: Decoding Data Science

Sep 27, 2016


Dr. Brian Beaton recently gave an invited lecture in Dubrovnik, Croatia at the Technologies of Digital Work PhD Training School, an initiative funded by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) as part of the Dynamics of Virtual Work Research Network. Attended by PhD students from across Europe, the PhD Training School focused on key workforce trends involving digital culture, new modes of mediated employment, and social facets of digital work. Entitled “Decoding Data Science,” Dr. Beaton’s lecture covered the dramatic growth of the data science profession in the United States and creativity challenges facing data science research cultures. 

Coleen Carrigan: Awarded NSF Grant to Diversify the National Engineering Population

Sep 27, 2016


Cal Poly professor Coleen Carrigan is part of a team that has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE grant to broaden participation in engineering. Launching Academics on the Tenure-Track: an Intentional Community in Engineering (LATTICE) is a joint effort between California Polytechnic State University, the University of Washington, and North Carolina State University that seeks to positively impact women faculty in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and underrepresented minority women in academic Engineering. Carrigan leads the ethnographic research to study:

· Individual and group values, politics, and practices of change agents in the NSF ADVANCE community;

· Differences in social identities and disciplines of both program organizers and participants; and

· Feminist strategies to facilitate consciousness-raising and transformative leadership in STEM.

This research is intended to create and share new knowledge on social change efforts in academic engineering and the critical elements of intervention programs that ensure the retention and success of faculty underrepresented in engineering. The long-term goal of LATTICE is to diversify the national engineering faculty population.

Conversations with Palm Theatre Founder, Jim Dee

Sep 21, 2016


Join in conversation with local business owner and Cal Poly alum, Jim Dee, about the power of film to personalize stories of social struggle and injustice, and at times, provoke change. Jim opened The Palm Theatre in August, 1988, and it has been providing alternative cinema to San Luis Obispo County ever since. It’s one of the first and only solar operated movie theaters in the world.

Short Film Screening "Debris (Escombros)" followed by Q&A with Filmmaker, Mary-Lyn Chambers

Sep 19, 2016


Join us for a special screening of short film Debris (Escrombos), a high stakes, coming of age drama that follows twelve year old Ana as she tries to flee violence in Central America. Caught in the gears of a US immigration center, Ana finds that seeking safety will cost more than she bargained for.

‘Solving Society's Audacious Challenges’ Topic of Nov. 16 Talk at Cal Poly

Nov 5, 2015



Aaron Opdyke, a Cal Poly civil engineering alumnus now working as a research assistant, will present “Solving Society's Audacious Challenges: The Nexus of Engineering and the Humanities”. After the talk, he will answer questions from the audience.

Changing the World in Minor (and Major) Ways

Aug 7, 2015


Katie Van Meter and Jen Silva

Cyber-warfare. Climate change. Health inequalities. Risk communication. These are just a few of the biggest problems our generation faces. Now, Cal Poly looks to equip students with the tools and skills to tackle these giant challenges with the College of Liberal Arts’ new Science, Technology and Society (STS) Minors Program.

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