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Cal Poly Hosts Viewing of Rare Corpse Flower Bloom

Jul 6, 2020


The giant, stinky bloom will be the first ever at Cal Poly 

Corpse Flower

SAN LUIS OBISPO — It’s big, it’s rare, and it smells like rotting flesh. For the first time ever, a Titan Arum, or corpse flower, will bloom at Cal Poly. 

A corpse flower’s bloom can grow more than 10 feet high and four feet in diameter. 

The plant grows from a large underground stem and sends up one leaf a year, which can reach over 10 feet tall. After 10 or more years, instead of making a leaf, the plant sends up a huge maroon funnel, called the spathe, with tiny flowers on a huge spike.

Reservations Now Available for Student-Run Succulentopia Plant Sale at Cal Poly

Jun 24, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — More than 100 varieties of student-grown succulents are now available for purchase at Poly Plant Shop at Cal Poly. The succulent plant sale, typically held during spring quarter in the college’s Horticulture Unit near the Poly Plant Shop, was moved to a reservation-based system to meet state physical distancing guidelines for COVID-19.

Cal Poly Political Science Student Accepted to Panetta Congressional Internship Program

Jun 23, 2020


Imahn Daeenabi

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Imahn Daeenabi, a third-year political science major from Menlo Park, California, will serve as Cal Poly’s 2020 representative to the Panetta Institute’s Congressional Internship Program. 

After a two-week training period at the Panetta Institute at CSU Monterey Bay, Daeenabi will work in the capitol office of a California congressional representative in Washington, D.C., for 11 weeks in the fall.

Cal Poly Aerospace Engineering Professor Breaks Three U.S. Records with Unique Glider Plane

Jun 22, 2020


Pilots Alan Coombs and Jim Payne celebrate after breaking records with Iscold’s plane in Minden, Nevada, this month.

MINDEN, NEVADA — A unique sailplane designed by Cal Poly aerospace engineering faculty member Paulo Iscold broke three U.S. national soaring records this month. 

And Iscold has more records in his sights. “Our radar is now 100 percent focused on the weather,” he said. “We will chase good weather during the summer.”

A sailplane — or glider — soars without the benefit of engine power.

Cal Poly Construction Management Students Complete Senior Project to Enhance University’s Rodeo Program

Jun 12, 2020


Cal Poly construction management students Ryan Fiorio (left) and Timothy Smith collaborate on building a rodeo observation deck in the rodeo arena designed to record the practice runs of student riders. 

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Two Cal Poly construction management students are putting the finishing touches on their senior project, a rodeo observation deck designed to record the practice runs of student riders.

Cal Poly Partnership Introduces Technology to Reduce Pesticide Use

Jun 9, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — An advanced method of treating citrus before it leaves San Luis Obispo County will eliminate more than 700,000 gallons of pesticide per year currently being used to control agricultural pests. 

The wash line is the latest Learn by Doing enhancement made possible by the continued partnership of Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and Bee Sweet Citrus, a prominent citrus packing and shipping company based in the Central Valley.  

Cal Poly Partnership with Air Force Research Laboratory Will Direct $2.5 Million to Aerospace Engineering Department

Jun 9, 2020


Funding Aims to Boost Mini-Satellite Program for Space Exploration

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly’s partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory will direct roughly $2.5 million to enhance the university’s Aerospace Engineering Department and boost its mini-satellite program, which was the catalyst for a substantial expansion of space research two decades ago.

Cal Poly Recognizes Six Outstanding Graduates from the Class of 2020

Jun 8, 2020


‘Great Grads’ Reflect on Their Achievements, Goals, Struggles, and Futures

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Learn by Doing experience at Cal Poly is a recipe for graduates’ future success. With hands-on classrooms, labs and projects; supportive extracurricular opportunities; and cross-disciplinary learning aimed at enabling problem solving and innovation, Cal Poly graduates are primed to make an immediate difference in the world. 

Cal Poly Joins Network of Leading Universities to Help Ensure Technology Creates Public Benefit

Jun 8, 2020


Funding from Public Interest Technology University Network Available Through Cal Poly Internal Competition 

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has joined the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN), a partnership that fosters collaboration between universities and colleges committed to building the nascent field of public interest technology and training a new generation of civic-minded technologists.

Cal Poly Engineering Students and Faculty Recreate Campus on Minecraft for Virtual Graduation Ceremony

Jun 4, 2020


 CSSE students will attend a virtual graduation ceremony at a recreated version of Spanos Stadium on Minecraft. Students and faculty will continue to build their virtual campus until graduation.

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly students and faculty are recreating the university’s campus on Minecraft so the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department can hold a virtual graduation ceremony at Spanos Stadium this month.

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