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College of Science and Mathematics

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Fall 2016 Newsletter

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Students erect an antenna outside the Baker Center

What’s Up Antarctica?

A large particle-hunting balloon will take flight over the Antarctic later this year thanks in part to Cal Poly physics professor Stephanie Wissel and her students. Their mission: find the elusive neutrino.

Dean Phil Bailey

Letter from Dean Bailey

Though he’s retiring at the end of the academic year, Dean Bailey is just as enthusiastic as ever. What will he focus on during his final year as dean?


Soma Roy

Professors Receive Distinguished Teaching and Learn by Doing Awards

Statistics’ Soma Roy and Kinesiology’s Robert Clark were honored with Cal Poly’s Distinguished Teaching Award while chemistry professors Alan Kiste and Greg Scott received the university’s Learn by Doing Faculty Scholar Award.

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Nohemy Ornelas

Educator Receives Honored Alumna Award

Nohemy Ornelas (M.A., Education, 2007) was named the College of Science and Mathematics’ Honored Alumna this year. Ornelas is the associate superintendent and vice president of student services at Allan Hancock College.

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Samantha Bock next to EPA sign

Biology Student Interns with EPA

Samantha Bock’s $50,000 EPA fellowship gave her a summer in the field with EPA scientists and will pay for her senior year tuition. Find out how her Cal Poly research paved the way for this real-world experience.

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More News

College Welcomes New Faculty and Staff, Bids Farewell to Retirees

Loise Edwards

Thirteen new faculty and two new staff members joined the college this year — including Louise Edwards, pictured at left — while two long-time professors retired from the School of Education.

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Cal Poly Makes it 24 Years in a Row for Best in the West

Baker Center facade

Cal Poly is once again the best public, master’s-level university in the West — the 24th straight year the university has earned the distinction in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual America’s Best Colleges guidebook.

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Professors Honored by Professional Organizations

Alan Rossman

From contributions to their fields to overall excellence, faculty in the College of Science and Mathematics — including Allan Rossman, pictured at left — took home a wide range of awards from various professional organizations.

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 New Marine Sciences Major Welcomes First Students

Student helps another fit her scuba tank

The Biological Sciences Department welcomed its first group of about 60 marine sciences majors this fall. The interdisciplinary degree allows students to focus in marine biology, chemistry, oceanography or engineering of marine instrumentation.

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Kinesiology Professor Awarded Almost $3 Million to Study Gestational Diabetes

Suzanne PhelanKinesiology Professor Suzanne Phelan recently received $2.8 million from the National Institutes of Health for ongoing research into ways to prevent the recurrence of gestational diabetes. Phelan’s research team will examine the effects of diet and exercise before pregnancy.

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