California Polytechnic State University

We are excited to announce a new institutional partnership!

Students at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo are official collaborators and contributors to Streaming Science. Our platform has the long-term goal of forming a network of partnerships with science communication programs and college student contributors across the country. This latest partnership is a result of Streaming Science’s vision and the teaching efforts of Dr. Karen Cannon, assistant professor and Director of the Brock Center for Agricultural Communication at Cal Poly.

To kick off our new collaboration, students created photo essays in Cannon’s new project-based learning course at Cal Poly – Multimedia Storytelling in Science and Agriculture. The course, recently developed as part of the Agricultural Communication degree program, paired student teams with faculty in Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Using Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy, these student teams sought to tell stories of faculty research projects focused on addressing today’s most pressing challenges.

“I loved the style of this project and the way it was designed for us to have a lot of freedom in accomplishing everything. On top of that having it actually published on Streaming Science is huge.”

Ben Shinkwin, Ag Science Freshman

“I learned that there are so many research projects happening just in our College alone and more people need to know about them. Most of these projects are applicable to real-life situations in the fields most students are going into when they graduate. It was interesting to learn more of the science side and find a way to communicate that to the public.”

Felipe Vallejo, Agricultural Communication Senior

In cooperation with Cal Poly’s Brock Center for Agricultural Communication, the student teams engaged in hands-on learning using their existing communication skills and building new ones in digital visual communication, interviewing, project management and translation of scientific and technical concepts. The results of these efforts are seven student-produced photo essays highlighting faculty research projects addressing climate change, soil science, automation in agriculture, food safety, plant pathology and agricultural engineering challenges.

Thank you to the students and faculty who participated in this project during the Winter 2020 quarter at Cal Poly:

  • Haley Boyajian
  • Kaylee Brooks
  • Talyor Chalstrom
  • Erin Clendenen
  • Rebekah Dunaway
  • Hannah Jackson
  • Jonna Lemstra
  • Dillon Machado
  • Dalton Nichols
  • Brooklyn Petersen
  • Will Peterson
  • Ben Shinkwin
  • Camille Silvera
  • Madison Somerday
  • Lily Tillery
  • Felipe Vallejo
  • Dr. G. W. Bates, Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering
  • Dr. Charlotte Decock, Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences
  • Dr. Shunping Ding, Wine and Viticulture and Horticulture and Crop Science
  • Dr. Shashika Hewavitharana, Horticulture and Crop Science and the Cal Poly Strawberry Center
  • Dr. Siroj Pokharel, Animal Science
  • Dr. Mohammed Sadek, Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering
  • Dr. Seeta Sistla, Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences

Follow the Streaming Science website and social media to see the Cal Poly photo essays in the coming weeks:



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