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Cal Poly Students Use Technology to Fight Human Trafficking

Feb 11, 2020


University’s California Cybersecurity Institute Launches Trafficking Investigations Hub to Offer Training, Resources and Research

Cal Poly computer science major Zahnae Aquino demonstrates the virtual reality simulation she created of an illicit massage business to further the California Cybersecurity Institute’s effort to help disrupt human trafficking.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly senior Zahnae Aquino pulled a virtual-reality headset over her eyes and her office in the university’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) melted away. Clutching a pair of controllers, she moved through rooms in a virtual massage business, searching for clues to determine whether the business was operating legally or was one of an estimated 9,000 illicit massage businesses across the U.S., according to nonprofit organization Polaris.

Flutist Suzanne Duffy to Perform at March 8 Cal Poly Wind Bands Concert

Feb 10, 2020


Music Professor Antonio G. Barata’s Composition to Premiere

Suzanne Duffy
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Winter Wind Bands Concert will feature the 50-member Wind Ensemble and 55-member Wind Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8, in Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

Cal Poly Symphony to Feature Student Soloists, ‘The Moldau’ and ‘Finlandia’ at March 1 Concert

Feb 10, 2020


 From left to right are students Molly Gooch, Timothy Shanks, Talia Phillips-Ortega, Annemarie Schalde, Jenna Hansen, Joshua Mueller and Marianna Pallas.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Symphony’s Winter Concert will showcase the talents of student soloists at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in Miossi Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

Cal Poly Celebrates Six Patents for Research in 2018-19

Feb 5, 2020


It’s the largest number that university researchers have been awarded in a single academic year

Cal Poly recognized the record six patents faculty researchers obtained last academic year for a range of concepts including medical devices, construction and packaging materials, and a device that has the potential to bring light and electricity to people living off-grid in developing nations. From left, Jim Dunning, associate vice president for corporate engagement and innovation, which oversees the commercialization of research that takes place at the university, Andres Martinez, Chad Immoos and Phil Costanza for a pair of medical test devices; Jay Singh for a new packing material; and Taufik for a DC-DC converter.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly faculty researchers received a record six patents last academic, year for a range of concepts including medical devices, construction and packaging materials, and a device that has the potential to bring light and electricity to people living off-grid in developing nations.

Cal Poly, City Collaboration Leads to Record Low Noise Complaints and Citations

Feb 5, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO –– San Luis Obispo residents continue to see positive results from shared efforts by the city and Cal Poly to reduce neighborhood issues near the campus, including noise complaints and citations.

Cal Poly’s CLA Speaks Features Discussion with Political Theorist Langdon Winner on March 3

Feb 3, 2020



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will host a talk and discussion March 3 with political theorist and author Langdon Winner, Ph.D., who focuses on social and political issues that surround modern technological change. 

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Spanos Theatre on campus.

Cal Poly Winter Jazz Concert to Include Cuesta College Jazz Ensemble on Feb. 29

Jan 31, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Jazz Ensembles will be joined by the Cuesta College Jazz Ensemble for the Winter Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, in Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Adds New Faculty Fellows to Inspire Startups and Innovation

Jan 31, 2020


New cohort includes three College of Engineering faculty members and one from the College of Science and Mathematics

The newest faculty fellows at Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship include four faculty members from the Cal Poly’s College of Engineering, from left, Chris Heylman (biomedical engineering), Lauren Cooper (mechanical engineering), Javin Oza (chemistry and biochemistry) and Hani Alzraiee (civil engineering).
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship has added four educators to its Faculty Fellows advisor program to inspire startups.

The latest fellows include College of Engineering faculty members Hani Alzraiee (civil engineering) Lauren Cooper (mechanical engineering), Chris Heylman (biomedical engineering) along with Javin Oza (chemistry and biochemistry) from the College of Science and Mathematics.

Cal Poly Receives $225,000 CalRecycle Grant to Support Campus Recycling Efforts

Jan 29, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — A $225,000 state grant will help Cal Poly increase beverage container recycling and support other campus recycling programs as the university works to create a zero waste campus.

Cal Poly’s Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability Department will use the funds from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, or CalRecycle, to purchase and install about 690 blue beverage container recycling bins in interior/exterior hallways, courtyards and student dorm rooms, as well as a dozen sets of Big Belly solar compactor stations — smart, sensor-equipped waste and recycling stations that communicate real-time status to ground crews to enable efficiencies — in busy and high volume areas throughout campus.

Cal Poly Rose Float Launches Concept Contest for 2021 Float; Deadline is Feb. 6

Jan 28, 2020


Winning concept will form the basis for Cal Poly universities’ 73rd float entry in the annual New Year’s Day parade

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Rose Float is accepting submissions for its Rose Float Concept Contest, which will help shape the entry in next year’s Rose Parade®. The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.

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