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Cal Poly Once Again Named One of The Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs

Apr 26, 2021


University Recognized for the Fourth Time Since 2017

SAN LUIS OBISPO — For the third straight year — and fourth year since 2017 — Cal Poly has been named one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs by ACPA-College Student Educators International and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

The university previously earned the distinction in 2017, 2019 and 2020.

Scout Coffee Co. Coming to Cal Poly in Fall 2021

Apr 26, 2021


A cappuccino on a table.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Scout Coffee Co. is bringing its scratch-made pastries and craft-roasted coffee to the yakʔitʸutʸu neighborhood on Cal Poly’s campus for the opening of the 2021-22 academic year.

The locally owned coffee company recently agreed to partner with the Cal Poly Corporation and open its third San Luis Obispo location next to the Cal Poly Welcome Center in yakʔitʸutʸu.

W. Terrence Spiller to Perform Beethoven Sonatas Virtually on May 21 from Cal Poly

Apr 22, 2021


Event Available on Demand Through May 28

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Pianist and Cal Poly Professor Emeritus W. Terrence Spiller will give a virtual all-Beethoven recital that will be released at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 21, and will be available through May 28.

The recital is the fifth in Spiller’s survey of the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven and will be presented from the main stage of Miossi Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

Cal Poly Receives $5 Million to Perform Research in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technology

Apr 19, 2021


Federal funds extend key educational partnership with Air Force Research Lab

Paulo Iscold, an associate professor in the Aerospace Engineering Department, led the proposal to for Cal Poly to work with the Air Force Research Lab on technologies for unmanned aerial research. Iscold has designed several planes, including this glider, which broke several records.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — The federal government has allocated $5 million to Cal Poly’s educational partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFLR), which will allow engineering students to conduct cutting-edge research on a modified general aviation airplane that will act as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The funding represents half of $10 million appropriated to Cal Poly and California State Polytechnic University in Pomona through the Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 133) to advance UAV technology. Last summer, in separate funding, the two campuses shared $5 million from the partnership to further research on mini satellite technology known as CubeSats.

Rep. Salud Carbajal, whose district includes Cal Poly, secured the funding along with fellow Californians Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-El Monte, and Rep. Norma J. Torres, D-Pomona.

Cal Poly Virtual Tomato Spectacular Plant Sale Offers Plant Pickup on Campus

Apr 16, 2021


Tomato plantsSAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s annual Tomato Spectacular plant sale will be held virtually this year, with online ordering beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 17, and continuing until mid-May or until plants are sold out.

Reservations will be required to pick up plants within five days of purchase. Customers can select a time from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Tuesday, April 20.

The Tomato Spectacular will offer more than 70 different types of tomato plants.

Cal Poly Study Sounds Alarm on Effects of Noise Pollution on Plant Communities Over Time

Apr 14, 2021


First-of-its-kind study reveals that loud, equipment sounds negatively impact a New Mexico woodland habitat years later

A piñon pine seedling grows amid a cover of oak leaves. A Cal Poly study, published April 14 reveals that human noise pollution affects an ecosystem’s plant life diversity even after the din has stopped. This is the first study to explore the long-term effects of noise on flora. It was published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Though noise may change by the moment for humans, its effect on trees and other plants lasts longer. A Cal Poly study, published today (April 14) reveals that human noise pollution affects an ecosystem’s plant life diversity even after the din has stopped.

In a study conducted 12 years ago near natural gas wells in a New Mexico woodland dominated by piñon pine and juniper trees, researchers found that there were 75% fewer piñon pine seedlings in noisy sites as in quiet ones. This was most likely due to the noise driving away the Woodhouse’s scrub jays, which plant thousands of pine seeds while storing them to eat during the winter months.

Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design to Host Annual Design Village Conference Virtually on April 17

Apr 8, 2021


An image from the 2019 Design Village competition. This year, Cal Poly’s Design Village Conference, hosted by the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, has gone virtual, with presentations and judging taking place Saturday, April 17.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Design Village Conference, a spring ritual for Central Coast architectural students and their counterparts across the state, will be virtual this year.

One of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s (CAED) largest and most-anticipated events, the annual conference typically draws hundreds of students from colleges and universities throughout California and beyond to participate in Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy.

This year’s event will be at a smaller scale with 10 schools and 15 teams, but there will be a wider range of student perspectives brought to the event. The public is invited to view the entries and student presentations and to vote online to determine the winner of one of the categories.

Cal Poly Launches Amazon Web Services Discovery Days April 14 and 21

Apr 6, 2021


Cal Poly AWS Training Discovery Days - Free 3-Hour Training
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will host its first Amazon Web Services (AWS) Discovery Days on April 14 and 21, allowing students and professionals access to free one-day training events to introduce AWS cloud services.

The AWS Discovery Days are designed to provide a glimpse into a variety of cybersecurity, cloud optimization, digital literacy and high-tech topics with the goal of creating interest in and an overall understanding of cloud computing and AWS infrastructure services.

Cal Poly and Its Students Infuse $1 Billion into Central Coast, Economic Impact Study Reports

Apr 1, 2021


For every dollar invested by the state at the Learn by Doing university, analysis shows, a nearly tenfold increase in industry activity is generated throughout California, using data from the 2018-19 fiscal year

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s economic contributions ripple throughout the county, region and state like a wave, supporting thousands of jobs and generating more than $1.6 billion in industry activity and over $105 million of state and local tax revenue, according to an economic impact study released today.

During 2018-19, the campus spent more than $1 billion, made up of $535.1 million in operational expenditures, $132.5 million in auxiliary costs and $70.1 million on construction projects. In addition, Cal Poly’s more than 20,000 students spent nearly $280 million.

The study was commissioned by the California State University, the nation’s largest four-year public university system with more than 485,000 students and 52,000 faculty and staff spread across 23 CSU campuses — including Cal Poly — and eight off-campus centers throughout the state.  Researchers from ICF International Inc., a global advisory and digital services provider, utilized data from the 2018-19 academic year.

Cal Poly Study Finds Light Pollution Drives Increased Risk of West Nile Virus

Mar 26, 2021


 Alissa Berro, Public Works Department, Pinellas County, Florida.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — A new study from Cal Poly and the University of South Florida (USF) is the first to provide direct evidence that light pollution is driving infectious disease patterns in nature.

The research team previously determined mosquitoes and birds are attracted to artificial light at night, greatly enhancing the likelihood that the insects will spread West Nile virus to animals and humans.

Their new findings published this week in the “Proceedings of the Royal Society B” are in contrast to previous studies that have blamed urbanization due to its human population density and breeding hotspots, such as drainage systems.

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