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Lecture-Recital on Spirituals to be Presented at Cal Poly on Oct. 3

Sep 5, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Music Department will host guest artist Diane White-Clayton for a lecture-recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus. 

Titled “The Many Colors of Spirituals,” White-Clayton’s presentation will be a musical journey of Afro-American spirituals as they made their way from the plantation to the concert stage.

Cal Poly Faculty Advisor Recognized for Increasing Engineering Opportunities for Women

Sep 5, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — A longtime Cal Poly faculty advisor, who helped more than double the percentage of women engineering students at the university, will receive the 2019 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, at the annual Society of Women Engineers conference in Anaheim this fall. 

Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering Professor Who Inspired NASA Astronaut Wins CSU Faculty Award

Sep 5, 2019


James LoCascio is among 23 California State University faculty members honored by Chancellor’s Office for innovation and leadership in the classroom that improves student success

SAN LUIS OBISPO — James LoCascio’s father, an immigrant from Sicily, worked three jobs to support his family in New York City – two in upholstery shops and one driving a taxi.

“When he retired from upholstery, he drove cabs full time until he had a stroke when he was 80 years old,” said LoCascio, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

Cal Poly to Host Annual Demo Day Entrepreneur Event on Sept. 6

Aug 30, 2019


Six startups that participated in this year’s HotHouse Summer Accelerator program will showcase their businesses to the community

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) will host its annual Demo Day to showcase six startups Friday, Sept. 6, at the Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo.

The event culminates the CIE’s 2019 HotHouse Summer Accelerator program — an intense 12-week program that helps students and recent graduates who have developed new products and ventures. Representatives of the six participating companies will give demonstrations and pitches and answer questions about their entrepreneurial efforts.

Cal Poly Music Department Announces 2019-20 Events

Aug 29, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department 2019-20 season will begin with an exploration of Afro-American spirituals by an acclaimed guest artist and three faculty performances.

On Oct. 3, guest artist Diane White-Clayton, soprano, pianist, composer and vocal clinician for Disney Performing Arts in Anaheim, will present a lecture-recital titled “The Many Colors of Spirituals,” a musical journey of Afro-American spirituals as they made their way from the plantation to the concert stage. From classical arrangements by prominent African American women composers to a cappella soul-stirring folk renditions, the program will feature powerful spirituals that accompanied marches of the Civil Rights era and will include audience participation as White-Clayton teaches a selection in a “down-home” congregational style.

Solar Car Created by Cal Poly Students Reaches 51 MPH, Just Shy of World Record

Aug 21, 2019


PROVE Lab students, who designed the car to reach 65 mph, will finetune the vehicle and try again in the summer of 2020

Members of Cal Poly’s Prototype Vehicle Laboratory gather around their solar-powered car named Dawn. The team attempted to establish a new world record in August, but reached 51 mph, 5 mph shy of the 2014 record.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — In a “Star Wars”-like setting in the Mojave Desert, a solar car created by a team of Cal Poly students eclipsed 50 mph this month, just shy of a world record.

While the team did not break the 56-mph record set in Japan in 2014, it overcame many obstacles to reach a clocked speed of 51 mph.

History-Making Small Satellite Mission to Mars, Honored as Mission of the Year, Has Ties to Cal Poly

Aug 21, 2019


Students, faculty and staff played pivotal role in the success of MarCO CubeSats WALL-E and EVE that relayed data from Mars lander InSight in November 2018

 Matthew Szczerba, Cal Poly aerospace student Kate Parkinson, Ben Malphrus, Kerri Cahoy, Elliott, Chloe Hart, Emily Clements, and Cal Poly computer science Professor John Bellardo. (Photo by AIAA)
SAN LUIS OBIPSO — A pair of briefcase-size satellites — tested and packed for launch at Cal Poly — that traveled to Mars were honored as “Small Satellite Mission of the Year” by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics earlier this month.

NASA’s Mars Cube One, or MarCO, included the two CubeSats — compact satellites made up of cube-shaped units — nicknamed WALL-E and EVE. The twins, which were designed and built at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California, flew behind NASA’s InSight lander after launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base on May 5, 2018.

Cal Poly to Bring Student-Designed Anti-Human Trafficking Training Set to Statewide Law Enforcement Conference Aug. 20-22

Aug 19, 2019


More than 2,000 public safety personnel expected at this year’s educational conference in Long Beach, California 

Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute will bring an immersive set, designed to resemble an illicit massage business and hotel, to the California Peace Officers’ Association Advance conference in Long Beach from Aug. 20-22. Cal Poly students helped create the set as well as the cyber-forensic exercises that will be used for training purposes at the conference.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — A Cal Poly student-designed set, crafted to resemble an illicit massage business and hotel, will provide a key training opportunity for hundreds of law enforcement personnel as they learn how to better combat human trafficking.

In addition to an anti-human trafficking immersive set, Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) will host training sessions at the California Peace Officers’ Association (CPOA) Advance conference on security vulnerabilities in vehicles, on how individuals can protect themselves from cybercrime, and best practices in dealing with cybersecurity threats. More than 2,000 public safety personnel are expected to attend this year’s educational conference from Aug. 20-22 in at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California.

Cal Poly Named California’s Best Public-Master’s University and Among the Top 25 Overall in the West in Forbes Rankings

Aug 16, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has once more been named the best public-master’s university in California in the annual Forbes list of America’s Top Colleges, released this week, and has cracked the list of Top 25 public and private universities in the West.

Cal Poly rose to No. 24 in the rankings among public and private universities in the West, up from 37 last year.

MEDIA ADVISORY — Winners of the 2019 Cal Poly California Cyber Innovation Challenge to be Honored at the State Capitol on Aug. 19

Aug 15, 2019


What: Winners of the 2019 California Cyber Innovation Challenge will be honored from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 19 in the California State Capitol in Sacramento. Five teams of high school students will be recognized with resolutions on the state Assembly floor by Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin and on the floor of the Senate by Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg. Irwin represents the 44th Assembly District in Ventura and Los Angeles counties; Hertzberg represents the 18th Senate District in the San Fernando Valley.

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