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Vote for your fave! 2014 Pitch Perfect Video Competition

Voting is now open in the 2014 Pitch Perfect 60-Second Video Competition! The Fan Favorite is awarded a cash prize of $500, thanks for the Orfalea College of Business, our partner in the competition. Voting is open until Monday, February 24 at 5pm.

There are 19 videos here! It’s the most we’ve ever received, which is very exciting. You’ll find a poll at the bottom of this long post where you can cast your vote. You must vote only once! We look forward to your selection.

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What do your metrics tell you about impact?

This post was written by David Beales, engineering librarian, and Marisa Ramirez, digital scholarship services librarian.

With increasing emphasis placed on scholars and research centers to capture the return and value of their work, research impact has become a topic of great interest in academia. This interest has increased in intensity as grant recipients are expected to report on the impact of a project’s published output and as scholars are charged with demonstrating impact of their scholarship in promotion and tenure portfolios. The established measures of impact are based on journal and author citation metrics. Now, there is also an emerging field of altmetrics which attempts to harvest real-world data to demonstrate real-world impact.

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A map for the future with Yoh Kawano, UCLA GIS Coordinator

Who knew that Twitter has more uses than just keeping up with your favorite celebrities and updating your followers? At the latest Cal Poly Science Cafe on February 14, offered in partnership with the Data Studio, Yoh Kawano discussed how Twitter can provide information to the public during a natural disaster, and how that information can be used by individuals to make their own decisions instead of relying on other people to decide for them. Read more

Reflection: Documenting the process

This was a really fun project to capture on video.

I first met Clare in the Summer of 2012 to begin capturing her thoughts and processes as she started the “Reflection” art installation project for Kennedy Library. Her enthusiasm and passion were apparent from the moment we sat down and she began to talk about her ideas. Read more

Dissident Gardens, by Jonathan Lethem

I’ve missed the last few books by Jonathan Lethem, but remember liking some of his earlier ones, especially Motherless Brooklyn, an unforgettable novel about a detective with Tourette syndrome. Read more

Find LOVE in Special Collections and Archives

In honor of this day of love, we’ve searched Special Collections and Archives for love and related topics. Here’s what we found:

The Cal Poly Rally Committee is on the lookout for love!
(University Archives Photograph Collection)

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Filed Again: Concluding findings in the McPhee Collection

Ben Simon is a student assistant in Special Collections & University Archives. He is working on a project to organize the papers of Cal Poly President Julian McPhee (1933-1966). This is the third in a series of posts in which he shares his experiences processing McPhee’s papers and learning more about the university’s history.

Raising hope

Ed Sullivan to Bob Neal, November 14, 1960, Robert E. Kennedy Papers, University Archives, California Polytechnic State University.

A typescript copy of entertainer Ed Sullivan’s letter to Bob Neal of Cal Poly’s Alumni Association, offering support of a fundraiser to support the survivors of the plane crash, November 14, 1960.

To this day, the 1960 Cal Poly football team plane crash remains one of the most tragic events in Cal Poly history, and the scope of its impact extended far beyond San Luis Obispo.

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