Greetings from the Dean: Fall 2014
Because the College of Science & Mathematics is all about our students, we focus on teaching and research. This combination gives students a great Learn by Doing experience.
We had more than 200 students participate in student-faculty research projects during the summer — a record number for the college. They took thermal infrared video of the moon, made computer models of molecular interactions, and studied how cells turn off genes that can cause auto-immune disorders, just to name a few examples. These real-world experiences were made possible by contributions from a generous donor, student fees and faculty research grants.
Student involvement in research is only one reason it's so important to support the scholarly pursuits of our faculty members. Faculty who are active in their fields stay on the leading edge of their disciplines, and they continue to bring new ideas into the classroom. Their enthusiasm for science and mathematics is contagious.
We know our students share this excitement because two of our faculty members won the university's Distinguished Teaching Award. This is the third year in a row that College of Science & Mathematics faculty have won two of the three universitywide awards.
This is good news for all of our students. The hands-on work they do at Cal Poly will give them the confidence they need to succeed in industry, the health professions, or education.
As always, we'd love to know what you're up to. Feel free to send me or your department an email or drop by if you're in the area.
Phil Bailey, Dean
College of Science & Mathematics