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Open Science Cafe: First year launch

I’ve been reflecting on the inaugural Open Science Cafe. In case you missed it, Ali Albiani, a soon-to-be-graduate in art and design, developed an interactive event that featured Steve Duenes, graphics director at The New York Times: “How to use data and design to tell stories” on May 9, 2014. It was a big hit!

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Objects of Affection: Looking at the Diverse History of the Central Coast

Through stories, pictures, songs, performances, love letters and a rich family history, Objects of Affection shows us what life was like for diverse families on the Central Coast.

The “Objects of Affection” exhibit draws upon the personal papers of families featured in the Re/Collecting Project (RECO), an online archive and ethnic studies memory project featuring  families of California’s Central Coast. The project is directed by Dr. Grace Yeh, associate professor of ethnic studies at Cal Poly.

“These stories can’t be found in archives. They are personal stories and family photos,” Grace said.

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Jack Growing Into the 20th Century

Derrick Usher is a communication studies major (Fall ’14) completing an internship in Special Collections and Archives. He is working on a project to organize the papers of the Jack Family of San Luis Obispo.

This is the third in a series of blog posts in which he shares his experiences processing the Jack Family Papers and some of the stories that he uncovers (read the first three blog posts here, here, and here). Read more

Natalie Rich, library student assistant, presents at the Independent Book Publishers Association Conference

This post is written by Natalie Rich, Kennedy Library’s digital communication & publishing student assistant for Digital Scholarship Services. She is helping shape the Earn by Doing, donor-funded position in its inaugural year. Her role is to coordinate interdisciplinary projects and develop scholarly resources that serve the campus. Natalie also supports Cal Poly’s academic publishing initiative.

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Open Science Cafe: “How to use data and design to tell stories” with Steve Duenes, graphics director at The New York Times

“When something is new to us, we treat it as an experience. We feel that our senses are awake and clear. We are alive.” —Jasper Johns

This quote reflects the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I had leading Open Science Café on Friday, May 9th 2014: “How to use data and design to tell stories” with Steve Duenes, graphics director at The New York Times.

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Goats at the library: A firsthand account

The lawn outside of Kennedy Library was a strange sight yesterday, May 13: some goats and a huge mob of people were taking over the area. Yup. You read that right: goats were at Kennedy Library yesterday!

While it may sound like the library is turning into a petting zoo, the goats were brought in by the Stressbusters Team as a way to relieve stress during midterm season. And by the looks on everyone’s faces, I think the goats did their job!

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Binary Dance at the San Luis Obispo Mini Maker Faire

Cal Poly Science Cafe took a field trip this past Saturday, May 10, to the second annual San Luis Obispo Mini Maker Faire.

Cal Poly Science Cafe brought Pete Hawkes, an interaction designer and artist based in LA, to the faire to teach us about binary code through a dance and arduino-powered device. Makers of all ages participated in the Binary Dance to learn how computers store complex data with 1s and 0s.

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