At this Cal Poly Science Cafe, we asked experts -- Is there such a thing as a "starter" mindset? Do entrepreneurs think differently? Do you want to be one? We explored the psychology of successful entrepreneurs with Professor Jon York, entrepreneur Eric Meyer, and recent Cal Poly graduates who are currently moving forward with their innovative ideas.
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At this Cal Poly Science Cafe, we heard stories from Professor Chris Kitts and third year biology student Maria Zuleta Alvarado about their adventures collecting local E. coli data for the Cal Poly Library of Pyroprints (CPLOP). The database is intended to be a searchable, online library and lower-cost resource for tracking E. coli to help researchers understand who or what is polluting the water.
Over 140 people had a blast using found objects to imagine and create a model of their ideal city -- with a focus on walkability -- at the fall quarter Cal Poly Science Cafe. James Rojas, a city and regional planner and the founder of Place It! joined us from L.A. with two giant blue shopping bags stuffed with random objects that inspired the imagination.
Participants (the majority of whom were Cal Poly students) came up with fun and innovative ideas, including building a giant slide as a tourist attraction, closing downtown to cars and building more bike lanes.
Our Cal Poly experts in conversation:
Beverly Bass, Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture
Kelly Main, Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning
Heather Starnes, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
Stephanie Teaford, Community Liaison for STRIDE (Science through Translational Research in Diet and Exercise)
A how-to for developing an interactive, fun and meaningful Science Cafe event series for your academic library. Presented at the Curien International Science Communication Conference. Check out our Cal Poly Science Cafe channel, too!