Insights and Impact: An Alumni Speaker Series
Introducing Insights and Impact, an ongoing monthly speaker series for Cal Poly alumni. This quarter, meet the faculty, students and alumni who are applying the best of Learn by Doing to solve complex challenges facing California and the world through the new Strategic Research Initiatives Program. Interact with and learn from interdisciplinary teams who are taking the teacher-scholar model to new heights and find out how Cal Poly is looking forward to the future.
Session Three: Strategic Research Initiative, Central Coast Place-Based Research— June 17, Noon
Learn more about The Center for Applied Study of Place-based Indigeneity, Race and Ethnicity (ASPIRE), from three of the faculty members behind the project: Grace Yeh, professor of ethnic studies, interim chair of communication studies and co-lead for the ASPIRE Center and the Public Humanities Collaboration; Jenell Navarro, associate professor and chair of the Ethnic Studies Department, co-lead of the ASPIRE Center; and José Navarro, associate professor of ethnic studies and co-lead of the ASPIRE Center.
ASPIRE Center research projects include studying the visibility and community awareness of the yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini, Northern Chumash tribe; training teachers to better deliver social justice education in Central Coast schools; and developing a bilingual mobile app to help low-income families of color access information about attending college.
Students and faculty join a discussion with Interim Dean of Graduate Education, Elizabeth A. Lowham, Ph.D. on their research focusing on creating local communities that are diverse and flourishing, while respecting Northern Chumash sovereignty and the voices of diverse groups whose experiences are often missing from conceptions of the Central Coast.
Session Two: Strategic Research Initiative, Community Health — May 13, Noon
Learn more about your health and that of the communities around you with this deep dive into community health led by Interim Dean of Graduate Education, Elizabeth A. Lowham, Ph.D. and featuring students and faculty working on health epidemiology and prevention.
Interact with the students working with the People's Movement for Health, a social movement to empower people and reduce health disparities that includes Learn by Doing projects such as the Women and Infants Mobile Health Unit. In this session you'll also get the chance to learn more about "Eating in the Anthropocene" to learn how people think about food and policy and how they may change our fundamental understanding of the relationships surrounding food and nutrition.
Session One: Strategic Research Initiative, Environment of California and Beyond— April 15
Our host for the quarter, Interim Dean of Graduate Education, Elizabeth A. Lowham, Ph.D., leads a discussion with faculty members leading interdisciplinary projects responding to the urgent need for research-informed strategies, collaborations, and outreach to overcome environmental challenges.
Learn more about climate resilience from Erin Pearse, assistant professor in the Mathematics Department, and the "blue economy" from Ben Ruttenberg, associate professor and director of the Cal Poly Center for Coastal Marine Sciences. Their research looks into ways to overcome the environmental challenges caused climate change, with an emphasis on the blue economy, which is the idea that the ocean provides an untapped resource that can support environmental and economic goals.
Also in this session, mechanical engineering professor and graduate coordinator of the Fire Protection Engineering Program Christopher Pascual, natural resources and environmental sciences professor Chris Dicus and interim Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) FIRE Institute director Dan Turner will be ready to answer your questions on the wildland-urban interface and work being done at Cal Poly to research wildfires and risk reduction strategies. This program is one of very few in the United States focusing on the wildland-urban interface where the natural environment meets the built environment.