Social Sciences Department Newsletter - Fall 2016
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
The 2015-2016 academic year was very busy and exciting for the department with new faculty members, staff awards and special notes from alumni.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Terry 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.
Our faculty had a busy year, both in their projects with students and their scholarly activities.