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Cal Poly Wins $700,000 Federal Grant to Study the Social Impacts of AI Kitchens and Robot Cooks

Oct 3, 2022


Three interdisciplinary workshops to be held worldwide to guide the research

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at Cal Poly has been awarded a grant of over $700,000 from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the social and ethical impacts of robot kitchens, which are already at work in some restaurants.

The four-year project will anticipate the effects of robot kitchens on society, kickstarting the first extensive conversation on the subject. Philosophy professor Patrick Lin, the principal investigator for the new project and director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group, explains, “This project will help to draw out the hidden and very broad impacts of technology. By focusing on the trend of robot kitchens that’s just emerging from under the radar, there is still time for technical and policy interventions in order to maximize benefits and minimize harms and disruptions.”

Cal Poly Vice President Keith Humphrey Named Aspen Institute Senior Impact Fellow

Sep 29, 2022


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Aspen Institute has named Cal Poly Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey an inaugural Aspen Index Senior Impact Fellow. Humphrey is one of 25 college and university presidents and vice presidents hand selected for this role.

The Aspen Index Impact Fellowship brings together senior fellows and current leadership educators and undergraduate students from around the country to advance the future of youth leadership development. In his role, Humphrey will help advance an agenda focused on research, interventions and strategies to enhance the quality and access to youth leadership programs nationally, with a goal of exposing more than 50% of youth to high-quality leadership programs within the next five years.

Cal Poly University Art Gallery to Exhibit ‘Mixtape’ by Collective of Los Angeles-Based Artists

Sep 29, 2022


Show opens Oct. 6; gallery reception and artist talk set for Oct. 20

Ricardo_Harris-Fuentes artwork

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery presents “Mixtape,” an exhibition featuring 11 artists from the L.A. chapter of Tiger Strikes Asteroid, from Oct. 6-28. A gallery reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 20, with an artist talk at 6 p.m.

“Mixtape” is a group exhibition composed of members from the Los Angeles chapter of Tiger Strikes Asteroid, an artist-run collective of five spaces in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Greenville, South Carolina.

Cal Poly Receives $2.89 Million Grant for Undergraduate Regenerative Medicine Program

Sep 28, 2022


Professor Kristen Cardinaland biomedical engineering student Squeaky Buentipo
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will receive $2.89 million from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to fund an undergraduate program focused on regenerative medicine.

The initiative is part of CIRM’s statewide Creating Opportunities through Mentorship and Partnership Across Stem Cell Science, or COMPASS program. CIRM’s mission is to accelerate world-class science to deliver transformative regenerative medicine treatments in an equitable manner to a diverse California and world. Its governing board has approved more than $46 million to help fund COMPASS programs throughout the Golden State.

Regenerative medicine seeks to develop any sort of medical treatment — drugs, engineered stem cells and devices — to help people regenerate parts of their bodies. Cell and biologic therapies represent the future of medicine, and after years of promise, the field is starting to realize its potential, as evidenced by the growth in the biotech sector and the large number of clinical trials currently ongoing for cell and tissue-engineered therapies in the nation.

Cal Poly Music Faculty Showcase Set for Oct. 21 During Mustang Family Weekend

Sep 22, 2022


head shots of Cal Poly music faculty performers

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly music faculty will present a showcase recital at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus.

The event is part of Cal Poly’s Mustang Family Weekend and will feature several of the Music Department’s applied faculty, who are recognized across the region for their expertise in solo and chamber ensemble performance. They will present intimate works that highlight their artistic achievements.

Faculty performing solos include guitarist James Bachman, who will play “Retrato Brasileiro” by Baden Powell; Keith Waibel, who will perform a movement from Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Suite No. 2 in D Minor” on bass clarinet; and W. Terrence Spiller, who will play Frédéric Chopin’s “Ballade in A-flat major,” Op. 47.

Cal Poly Music Department to Host andPlay duo for ‘Collaborating with Technology’ Presentation on Oct. 20

Sep 22, 2022


Maya Bennardo, violin, and Hannah Levinson, viola of the band andPlay

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Music Department will host andPlay duo — Maya Bennardo, violin, and Hannah Levinson, viola — for a talk and concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center.

Titled “Collaborating with Technology,” the presentation will feature pieces the duo commissioned by Bethany Younge, Lester St. Louis and David Bird, which showcase three different ways of incorporating technology into performance.

Based in New York City, Bennardo and Levinson first played to an eager crowd on Fire Island in the summer of 2012 and have since commissioned more than 40 works.

Cal Poly Study on Mothers’ Mobile Device Use and Infant Development During First-Year Postpartum Receives $2.7M Grant

Sep 21, 2022


Cal Poly Professor Alison VenturaSAN LUIS OBISPO — A $2.7 million grant-funded study — awarded to a research team led by Cal Poly Kinesiology and Public Health Professor Alison Ventura — aims to better understand how mothers’ use of technology may impact development during an infant’s first year.

The federal funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (one of the National Institutes of Health) will support a five-year study involving four university staff and about 20 undergraduate students. The study will begin this fall.

“Maternal Technology Use During Feeding and Infant Self-Regulation and Growth” will look at current uses of digital devices such as cell phones, tablets, computers and video streaming platforms and whether a mother’s use of them influences feeding interactions, emotional and social behavior, growth outcomes, and other areas of child development.

Cal Poly Adds Two Outdoor Community Spaces to Enhance Campus Experience

Sep 19, 2022


an outdoor community space with overhead lights and shade cover outside the Performing Arts Center

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has completed two new outdoor community spaces, along with its first commissioned outdoor mural, to help beautify the campus and create places for campus community members and visitors to enjoy.

The two outdoor spaces, one in front of the Performing Arts Center (PAC) and the other outside Campus Market in the Via Carta corridor, as well as the mural were commissioned and created by the Cal Poly Corporation.

“These new outdoor spaces provide a real sense of community,” third-year business administration student Emmanuel Rivera said. “The great additions really help improve the campus. We really are so blessed as students to live on such a beautiful campus like Cal Poly.”

Cal Poly Rose Float Reveals its 2023 Float Design: The Road to Reclamation

Sep 16, 2022


The entry by students from Cal Poly and from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona will feature a colorful forest floor of giant snails, mushrooms and fungi upon a fallen tree branch to illustrate next year’s parade theme of ‘Turning the Corner’

 A rendering of Cal Poly universities 2023 Rose Parade float, “Road to ReclamationSAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly students have shifted their sights from the heavens to a forest world of gigantic snails, mushrooms and colorful fungi for their 74th entry in the upcoming Pasadena Rose Parade.®

The 2023 Tournament of Roses theme is “Turning the Corner,” which symbolizes the positive change and unlimited potential that each new year can bring. The Cal Poly float, “Road to Reclamation,” will demonstrate that through these vibrant revitalizers a new start can come from unlikely places — by transforming a dead tree branch into a catalyst for new life.

For students, it also represents their efforts to fully reclaim the Learn by Doing education that is the hallmark of Cal Poly, as well as the seven-decade partnership with California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, representing their schools in the 134th annual Pasadena classic.

Mechanical engineering student Benjamino Cruz, a four-year member of the Cal Poly team, submitted the original concept for “Road to Reclamation.” Cruz is the team’s construction chair.

The 23-foot-tall float features an enormous purple snail scanning paradegoers from its perch atop a 16-foot red-capped mushroom at the end of the float. Another mega-snail watches baby snails playing chase, while a third snail, its 6-foot-tall, coiled shell in shades of brown and gold, scouts the route at the front of the float.

Two Cal Poly Students Awarded Pre-Doctoral Fellowships Aimed at Preparing Future CSU Faculty Members

Sep 14, 2022


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Two Cal Poly students have been selected as Sally Casanova Scholars through the California State University’s Pre-Doctoral Program, designed to increase the pool of potential CSU faculty.

Third-year graduate student Jacob Campbell in the higher education counseling and student affairs program and Jennifer Luevano, a second-year graduate student in the nutrition program, were admitted to the program.

“This is an excellent opportunity for upper-division and graduate students to explore a doctoral program,” said Amanda Lathrop, interim dean for Graduate Education at Cal Poly. “Jacob and Jennifer will be supported by a faculty mentor who will help them prepare for the next steps in their academic careers.”

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