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Fact as Verb: How data is changing nouns into verbs. That was the title of Quentin Hardy’s talk (listen to the podcast, below) at the opening celebration for Cal Poly’s new Data Studio at Robert E. Kennedy Library. Many of us wondered what that title meant.


Matt Ritter has visited every town in western California with a population of over 40,000 to check out their trees. That is what you do if you’re going to create a guidebook called, A Californian’s Guide to the Trees among Us as Ritter did (Heyday, 2011).

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Cal Poly Aerospace Engineering Professor Dr. Dianne DeTurris gave a compelling and quite funny talk on how this whole commercial space flight thing is going to get off the ground (I couldn’t resist) at Science Cafe on January 11, 2012.


Cal Poly BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Alumnus Russ Angold (BRAE, ’00), co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Ekso Bionics (formerly Berkeley Bionics), shares the story of his life and work in the field of bionics.


“A farmer who is worth his salt is not just a technician – he is a nurturer and husband of the earth.” – Hunter Francis


“When the Japanese took over Taiwan they were very afraid of the aborigine people and one of the things they did was to civilize them with baseball.” Andrew Morris

This podcast features professor and Department chair of the history department, Andrew Morris, discussing his book Colonial Project, National Game: A History of Baseball in Taiwan published in 2010 by the University of California Press. Two invited respondents join Professor Morris in discussing his book, Professor of Sociology John McKinstry and College of Liberal Arts Librarian Brett Bodemer.