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Game-Changing CubeSats, Co-Founded at Cal Poly, Inducted into Space Technology Hall of Fame

Mar 3, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Mini satellite technology co-created at Cal Poly, which has substantially contributed to the expansion of space exploration and research worldwide, will be inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame during the 37th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs April 4-7.

Jordi Puig-Suari, a former Cal Poly aerospace engineering professor, and now-retired Stanford University professor Bob Twiggs created the CubeSat platform, a class of research spacecraft built to standard dimensions (units or U) of 10 cm (about 4 inches) per side, as a teaching tool in 1999.

NASA Scientist to Discuss Journey of James Webb Space Telescope on March 3 at Cal Poly

Feb 24, 2022

$10 billiom cosmic observatory is the most powerful and complex ever built and launched into space

An artists rendering of the James Webb Space TelescopeSAN LUIS OBISPO — A NASA scientist will take people on a unique space adventure at a talk about the James Webb Space Telescope set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, online and in-person at the Advanced Technologies Laboratory on the Cal Poly campus.

Stefanie Milam, a planetary scientist at the space agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, will give a presentation titled “The Journey of the James Webb Space Telescope: Where We Are and Where We Are Going.” The event is free and open to the public.

Registration is required for both the live event and the online event.

Cal Poly University Art Gallery to Exhibit Manga Artwork by ‘Odunze Oguguo’ Feb. 24-March 18

Feb 22, 2022

Gallery opening reception set for 5-7 p.m. Feb. 24

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery presents “Odunze Oguguo,” an exhibit featuring the comic/manga artist, storyboard artist, character designer and writer, to run Feb. 24 through March 18.

The exhibit will open with a talk by Oguguo at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in Cal Poly’s Dexter Building (No. 34), Room 150, followed by a reception in the University Art Gallery, also in the Dexter Building.

Oguguo is the author and illustrator of Apple Black comic and cofounder of Saturday-AM, home of the most diverse Shonen manga anthology since 2013.

Cal Poly Choirs to Perform Concert Titled ‘To the Hands’ on March 12

Feb 17, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Choirs’ Winter Concert, “To the Hands,” will be a collaboration with students from other majors at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12, in Miossi Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

The title piece, “To the Hands,” is by Caroline Shaw and will be performed by PolyPhonics and will feature creative engineering projections and lighting by students in the Liberal Arts in Engineering Program, and dancers from the Theatre and Dance Department. The piece explores ways in which homelessness is viewed in society.

Cal Poly Symphony to Feature Student Soloists and Music of Mexico at March 11 Concert

Feb 17, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Symphony’s Winter Concert will showcase the talents of student soloists at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 11, in Miossi Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

In addition, the symphony will perform four works by Mexican composers: Arturo Márquez’ “Danzon No. 9” and “Conga del Fuego Nuevo,” Blas Galindo’s “Poema de Neruda,” and Silvestre Revueltas’ “Sensemayá.”

Cal Poly Logging Team Takes First Place in Timbersports Competition

Feb 16, 2022

Cal Poly Loggers with award

The Cal Poly Loggers, an intercollegiate team of male and female students involved in traditional forestry field skills, took first place at the Sierra-Cascade Logging Conference and Exhibition in Anderson, California. In addition, Kelly Schwenger, second-year forest and fire sciences major, earned top women’s competitor at the event.

Seven teams representing four western states competed in traditional timber sports Feb. 10-12. This was Cal Poly's first competition since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Students competed in events including underhand chopping, single bucking, double bucking, jack and jill, stock saw, choker setting, axe throw and speed axe.

Cal Poly to Host 20th Change the Status Quo Conference Feb. 26

Feb 15, 2022

Hoda Katebi Will Deliver Keynote Speech at Annual Social Justice Leadership Event

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Iranian-American writer, abolitionist organizer, and creative educator Hoda Katebi will serve as this year’s keynote speaker to kick off Cal Poly’s 20th annual Change the Status Quo (CSQ) Social Justice Leadership Conference on Saturday, Feb. 26.

Hosted by the university’s Center for Service in Action, the annual conference aims to empower attendees to use Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing spirit to challenge social norms, ask critical questions, demand solutions and make lasting social change. The event is open to all college and high school students and the general public.

2022 Poly Royal Rodeo Celebrates 80 Years of History at Cal Poly

Feb 14, 2022

A student competitor smiles during a past rodeo event.
The 80th annual Poly Royal Rodeo is returning to its roots to commemorate eight decades of history at the Cotton Rosser Rodeo Complex on campus.
The Poly Royal Rodeo Finals, open to the public, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, and will be followed by a concert by a headlining country music band, which will be announced soon. Tickets go on sale March 1.
The Poly Royal Rodeo is the marquee event on campus during Cal Poly’s annual Open House. The event will feature the top collegiate rodeo athletes from around the West Coast who have advanced to the championship performance from the weekend’s earlier rounds. Athletes will compete for a championship title in events such as barrel racing, team roping, breakaway roping, tie down roping, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding and steer wrestling.

Two Cal Poly Studies Reveal Strategies to Keep the Pounds Off

Feb 9, 2022

Over 6,000 study participants, who lost more than 50 pounds and kept the weight off more than three years, offer tips to succeed

SAN LUIS OBISPO — About one in five Americans who have lost weight have kept those pounds off long-term. A new Cal Poly study powered by machine learning reveals some secrets to how people lose weight and keep it off: persevering despite setbacks; regularly looking back at what their life was like before the weight loss; and remaining focused on their health.

The findings, published today (Feb. 9) in Obesity: The Journal of The Obesity Society, are from the first large-scale study that allowed weight loss maintainers to identify in their own words what helped them succeed. The more than 6,000 participants were WW members who had lost more than 50 pounds on average and kept it off for more than three years. They answered open-ended questions about their motivations (in the past and present) and strategies for maintaining weight loss and the resulting lifestyle changes. Researchers then used machine learning to group responses by topic.

SLO High Advances to State Robotics Finals at Cal Poly-Hosted VEX ‘Tipping Point’ Tournament

Feb 8, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A robotics team from San Luis Obispo High School won skills champion at the 2022 California Central Coast VEX “Tipping Point” Tournament on Feb. 5 at Cal Poly, edging out 31 teams from 17 high schools from around California in the skills category to advance to the state championship.

The 11th annual robotics contest, a regional qualifier held at Cal Poly for the state championship, was co-sponsored by Cal Poly’s Society of Women Engineers and the SLO-Botics robotic team.


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