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Cal Poly Float Wins Past Presidents Trophy at 2018 Rose Parade®

Jan 1, 2018


Universities’ Float ‘Dreams Take Flight’ Honored as California-Grown Certified for the Seventh Consecutive Year

PASADENA, Calif. — Cal Poly universities’ milestone 70th float, “Dreams Take Flight,” received the Past Presidents Trophy for the most outstanding innovation in the use of floral and non-floral materials at the 129th Rose Parade® held New Year’s Day.

The float, designed and built by teams of students from Cal Poly and California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, invited onlookers to take flight on the airplane wings of a trio of cuddly critters — a koala bear, sea otter and red panda. It celebrates the 2018 parade theme, “Making A Difference,” honoring those individuals in our communities who act in selfless, generous and kind ways to benefit others.

Cal Poly Launches World’s First University-Based Cloud Innovation Center Powered by Amazon Web Services

Oct 19, 2017


The Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub powered by AWS will address public sector technology challenges with proven innovation methods

 SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Through a strategic relationship, California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), one of the nation’s top masters-level universities, and Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), will today launch the Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub powered by AWS (DT-Hub). The DT-Hub has been created to accelerate digital transformation in the government, education and nonprofit sectors through the application of cloud technologies.

Cal Poly Named Best in the West by U.S. News for 25th Straight Year

Sep 13, 2017


College of Engineering Also Lauded in Publication’s 2018 Annual Best Colleges Guidebook

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — For the 25th consecutive year, Cal Poly has been named the best public, master’s-level university in the West by U.S. News & World Report’s annual America’s Best Colleges guidebook.

The 2018 guidebook lists Cal Poly in 11th place overall in the West for regional universities.

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Cal Poly Receives CSU-Record $110M Gift from Alumnus William L. Frost

Jul 18, 2017


Donation, among the largest ever in California public higher education, will transform the College of Science and Mathematics’ undergraduate research program

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Demonstrating unprecedented support for the nation’s largest public university system and specifically for undergraduate research, California State University alumni William and Linda Frost have given a CSU-record $110 million to Cal Poly’s College of Science and Mathematics.

The gift is among the largest ever to public higher education in California.

Cal Poly to Host Talk with Longtime Disney Imagineer Tony Baxter on Feb. 9

Jan 17, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — A former Disneyland ride designer whose work helped shape the company’s modern theme parks will speak at Cal Poly at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in the Spanos Theatre on campus.

Cal Poly Student’s Poster Presentation Earns First Place at MIT Symposium

Jan 11, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Cal Poly industrial technology major won the student poster competition for a presentation on insulated solar electric cooking at MIT’s sixth annual Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Women in Clean Energy Symposium.

Madison Fleming, a Santa Barbara native who is also minoring in sustainable environments, competed against graduate student teams from Columbia, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, UC Berkley and Yale. She was the only undergraduate student presenting in the competition held last fall.

Cal Poly to Present Free ‘Night at the Mission’ Chamber Concert Feb. 9

Jan 11, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Several of Cal Poly’s finest student music ensembles will perform traditional and contemporary chamber music at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

Cal Poly Orchesis Dance Company to Present ‘’80s Mix Tape’ Jan. 19-20 and 25-27

Jan 11, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department will present the Orchesis Dance Company’s 48th annual concert, “’80s Mix Tape,” Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19-20, and Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 25-27, in the Spanos Theatre on campus.

Cal Poly Research Finds Strong Support for Ocean Protection Worldwide

Jan 11, 2018


People around the world strongly support ocean conservation measures, according to a new study of public perceptions of marine threats and protection

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Seven in 10 people around the world believe the oceans are threatened and support their protection, according to research by Cal Poly and two partner universities.

Cal Poly Collaborative Study Finds Noise from Oil and Gas Operations Stresses Birds and Hinders Their Reproduction

Jan 8, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Birds exposed to the persistent noise of natural gas compressors show symptoms remarkably similar to those in humans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to new research from Cal Poly and two partner schools.

In some cases, the three species studied — western and mountain bluebirds and ash-throated flycatchers — also have chicks whose growth is stunted.

The findings, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, add to a growing body of evidence suggesting noise pollution from human activity is harmful to wildlife. The University of Colorado Boulder and the Florida Museum of Natural History were also part of the study.

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