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Social Sciences Department Newsletter - Fall 2016

International Drought Summit


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The 2015-2016 academic year was very busy and exciting for the department with new faculty members, staff awards and special notes from alumni. 

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Letters from the Field


Four of our graduates report on how they are using their social sciences degrees in traditional and unexpected ways in their careers. 

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Unique Shaw-Smith

Unique Shaw-Smith Receives Cal Poly President’s Diversity Award

In spring 2016, Dr. Unique Shaw-Smith received the Cal Poly President’s Diversity Award.

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Disaster by Drought

From Dry Wells to the White House: International Drought Summit

With the support of CLA Dean Epperson, Dr. Ryan Alaniz directed a conference to discuss strategies to mitigate the water scarcity crisis. 

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Coleen Carrigan

Coleen Carrigan: Major National Science Foundation Grant 

Professor Coleen Carrigan is part of a team that was awarded a $748,780 National Science Foundation grant to study women in STEM. ​

Read more about Coleen Carrigan

Carolyn Dentler

Carolyn Dentler Receives Outstanding Staff Award

Administrative Support Coordinator, Carolyn Dentler, was given the College of Liberal Arts’ Staff Outstanding Career Achievement Award in June. 

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Jones Receives Lifetime AchievementTerry Jones Receives Lifetime Achievement Award​

This past March, Dr. Terry Jones received the 2016 David A. Fredrickson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for California Archaeology.  

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Faculty Activities


Our faculty had a busy year, both in their projects with students and their scholarly activities. 

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