If there are any Doctor Who fans among the Cal Poly Pomona community, they may want to add Doctor Who and Race: an Anthology (Intellect) to their summer reading list as it contains an essay by Dr. Rosanne Welch of the Cal Poly Pomona IGE Department. Her essay "When White Boys Write Black", discusses the different ways show runners Russell T. Davies and his successor, Steven Moffat, handle race in the writing the program. It concludes that while Davies characters of color (Mickey, Martha and Rosita) are all three-dimensional, sexualized human beings, Moffat’s (Liz Ten, Mels and Rita) tended toward more one-dimensional, Talented Tenth types. The rest of the anthology looks at the representation of other peoples of color across the 50 life of the iconic British science-fiction program.
Dr. Welch has delivered several papers on the subject of Who and its spin-off, Torchwood. On August 1st a paper co-written with Dr. Martin Griffin (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) -- "Crisis of Authority / Authoring Crisis: Decision and Power in Torchwood: Children of Earth” will be published as a chapter in Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television (I.B.Tauris). Based on a paper co-presented at the Torchwood Symposium, University of Glamorgan in Wales, UK in July 2010 it focuses on the way both personal and political authority was presented in the third season of the program.
Dr. Welch will be presenting papers based on these works at the UFVA (University Film and Video Association) Conference at Chapman University this July and the SRN (Screenwriting Research Network) International Conference at the U of Madison this August. She is currently contracted to write The Monkees: A Metatextual Menagerie of Critical Studies for McFarland Publishing.
Sheena Huang, administrative coordinator for the IGE department, was selected as the Outstanding Staff Advisor in the Academic Affairs Division for 2013. The Outstanding Staff Advisor award is given to a staff member who exhibits the qualities of advocating for student success, encouraging and respecting students as well as their goals, along with other criteria. Sheena has been with the IGE Department for seven years. When asked how she felt about receiving the Outstanding Staff Advisor award, Huang said:
"I am completely surprised and honored that I was selected for this award. I was told a few months ago that I was nominated; just having the nomination was enough for me to be completely blown away. After I learned that they selected me out of all the other staff advisors on campus, I was just amazed. I love my job and helping students is my passion. As a student years ago, I remember the feeling of being helped by staff people that really cared about me and truly wanted to help me. I always try and put myself in their shoes and try and provide students with the service and respect that they deserve. But really, I'm just doing my job. The recognition I have received is truly amazing and humbling, and I am so thankful to be able to work with such wonderful faculty, staff, and students surrounding me."
A reception was held on May 31 to recognize Huang and the other Colleges' recipients of the award. Dennis Quinn, department chair of the IGE Program, said of Huang: "When I was first considering my new responsibilities when I became chair of the IGE department last year—all the things I needed to learn about departmental procedures, arts events, personal matters, and all the things I was sure I could never expect—I was comforted by the fact that Sheena would be there to help me in the transition. She knows more about the department than most faculty! One of the most important things that we do as a department is advise students, including what IGE satisfies, AP credit, substitutions, and the appropriate procedures and forms for ensuring their appropriate GE credits are satisfied. When students come to the office with a question or concern about something having to do with IGE, Sheena is not only knowledgeable, she is extremely patient and friendly with each and every student. She always puts them at ease and sets them in the right direction. She puts me at ease also to know she is there for our students and I have learned much from her about advising. Sheena is a wonderful addition to the IGE team and, in many ways, makes the department run. To be honest, we are not all that surprised that she won the university staff-advising award. We know she's the best! We are just happy that more people in the university know about her and the great work she does for our students!"
Please join us in congratulating Sheena!
Dr. Rosanne Welch and Dr. Peg Lamphier, two adjunct professors in the Interdisciplinary General Education Department (IGE), have been contracted to co-edit Women in American History: An Encyclopedia for ABC-CLIO. Rather than being primarily a biographical encyclopedia, the 4-volume set will focus on women who have made social, political and cultural contributions to the United States from pre-contact to the present day. Women in American History: An Encyclopedia is scheduled to publish as ABC-CLIO's biggest catalog title of the 2016 season.
Welch had previously written The Encyclopedia of Women in Aviation and Space for the publisher in 1998.
Lamphier's previous books include Kate Chase and William Sprague: Politics and Gender in a Civil War Marriage (2003) and Spur Up Your Pegasus: Family Letters of Salmon, Kate and Nettie Chase (2009). She is under contract with Blackwell-Wiley to co-author for a Civil War and Reconstruction textbook.
On March 5, 2013, IGE students, family, friends, faculty members, staff, and administrators from the Cal Poly Pomona community gathered in URSA Major Suite for the 10th annual IGE Projects Fair. The IGE Program is an alternative to the General Education courses undergraduates must take to complete their degrees. IGE students come from a variety of academic backgrounds, including Business, Architecture, Engineering and Liberal Studies.
In IGE 224, students complete an individual capstone project that synthesizes and extends themes from their IGE learning experience. The projects ranged from posters about Stereotypes in Poverty to an indoor rock-climbing wall. This year, the IGE program had a hundred and three graduates. IGE Department Chair Dennis Quinn said of the event, "We started in 1983 and pride ourselves as being one of the first and longest running learning communities on campus. When the IGE Projects Fair began, it was a quiet and small event. Now, ten years later, the Projects Fair has grown into a bigger and campus wide anticipated event. This year, there was such a variety of projects that showcased what students had learned and topics they had become interested in as IGE students." The IGE Projects fair is a great example of the foundations of the IGE Program. It shows students learning information, forming their own opinions based on evidence, and synthesizing what they have learned. It was a great success.
On April 24, the architecture department and the interdisciplinary general education department will partner up to screen "Chasing Ice" in the University Theatre.
This documentary follows National Geographic photographer James Balog as he explores the controversial issue of climate change.
To read more about this event, please click Chasing Ice Film Review.
Lytle Creek lies just north of Fontana in the San Bernardino National Forest. Because of the creek’s proximity to major urban areas, it sees an overwhelming amount of day use, the result of which is mountains of litter.
Hoping to put the ideas they were discussing in their interdisciplinary environmentalism class into action, Professor Peg Lamphier took over 50 students to pick up trash in heavily used sections of Lytle Creek on three successive weekends during Fall quarter.
All together, students picked up 53 large bags of garbage, including 57 shoes, two tires, large sections of PVC pipe and untold diapers, styrofoam cups and plates, fast food debris and more. “Students find all the information they learn in the class more than a little disheartening. So one day, we decided to DO STUFF, not just whine about how bad it is,” Lamphier reports.
Not only did students engage in a variety of sustainability practices over the course of the quarter, from cutting down on their consumption of fast food to using less plastic, but they agreed to help the residents of Lytle Creek with the mess left week after week by people who come to the creek, have fun and leave their garbage behind. Five county rangers were also glad for the help by providing the student volunteers with gloves, bags and advice for negotiating the Canyon’s hazards. “The students had a blast,” Lamphier says, “both because we were out of the classroom together and because we were doing good work. Many of the students had never seen, let along walked around and through, a real creek before; finding a place so beautiful marred by human carelessness was eye opening for them.”
Lamphier plans to expand the program next fall. Using proceeds from a Service Learning mini-grant, she will purchase supplies, including bio-plastic (and thus renewable) bags and gloves. “I can have all the ideas I want,” she says, “but it’s the IGE students’ who made the project such a success. They’re so great.”
Earning her Ph.D. in Women's Studies at UCLA, Dr. D'Arcangelis was a postdoctoral scholar with the UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEIN) where she worked at CNS-UCSB from 2010-2011. Her areas of expertise include postcolonial theory, trans-American studies, science and technology studies, and gender and ethnic studies. Recently, Dr. D'Arcangelis has published on the recent SARS disease scare, and on new forms of security and surveillance in the biosciences. She identifies herself as a feminist science studies scholar interested in non-expert engagements with emerging science and technology. In her doctoral dissertation Dr. D'Arcangelis examined the production of cultural discourses about disease during the post-9/11 disease scares and "biosecurity" policies implemented in their wake. Her findings illustrated the centrality of cultural constructions of gendered and racialized disease carriers and biodefense personnel to the persistence of both the disease scares and subsequent disease control policies. Her current research focuses on the gendered and raced cultural productions surrounding the 2009 H1N1 "swine" flu scare. She is also involved in community engagement projects on science policy and environmental justice. More information about Dr. D'Arcangelis's past and current projects can be found at her website, gewnspagesite.
Dissertation: "The Bio Scare: anthrax, smallpox, SARS, flu and post-9/11 US Empire" in ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, 2009
"Surveillance and Policing in U.S. Bioscience—producing transnational Others," in Shifting Positionalities: The Local and International Geo–Politics of Surveillance and Policing, ed. by María Amelia Viteri and Aaron Tobler, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.
"Chinese chickens, ducks, pigs and humans, and the Technoscientific Discourses of Global U.S. Empire," in Tactical Biopolitics: Art, Activism, and Technoscience, ed. by Beatriz da Costa and Kavita Philip, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2008.
Dozens of undergrads breathed new life into a historic cemetery long abused by vandals and trampled on by trespassers.
Professor Dennis Quinn arranged the creative service-learning project for his IGE 121: Rationalism, Revelation, and Enlightenment in the Ancient World class. In the class, students learned about ancient religions and their respect for the dead in comparison to today's treatment of the deceased.
"As a whole, the students found it to be a valuable experience going out there and helping the Pomona community with its history and to learn something about understanding the dead," said Quinn.
More than 80 students from two of Quinn's IGE 121 sections and one of Dr. Helen Hye-Sook Hwang's sections spent three weeks in February removing weeds and trash from Spadra Cemetery.
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Partnership Award of Excellence: The Historical Society of Pomona Valley and Professor Dennis Quinn.