Longtime Cal Poly Supporters Pledge $1.5 million to Support J.G. Boswell Agricultural Technology Center
Jul 18, 2017
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Jim and Michelle Marderosian, longtime supporters of Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and key leaders in the citrus industry, have pledged $1.5 million to the college’s new J.G. Boswell Agricultural Technology Center.
The gift will fund a new plant pathology lab that will be used to diagnose and explore plant diseases and disease control strategies.
Jul 18, 2017
Josephine De Leon will lead efforts to foster an inclusive campus climate
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has named Josephine (Jozi) De Leon as vice president and chief officer for diversity and inclusion.
De Leon will serve as the campus leader of inclusivity and diversity initiatives at Cal Poly. In her role, she will report directly to President Jeffrey D. Armstrong and will function as a leading voice on matters of equality, diversity and inclusion. De Leon will start at Cal Poly on July 10.
Jul 18, 2017
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly announced today that former Orfalea College of Business Dean Scott Dawson will return to the position effective June 1.
“We are pleased that Scott will return as part of our leadership team and that the Orfalea College of Business’ students, faculty and staff will once again benefit from his visionary leadership and commitment to Learn by Doing,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong.
Jul 10, 2017
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Mothers are distracted nearly half the time they’re breast or bottle feeding their infants, according to a study by Cal Poly kinesiology Professor Alison Ventura published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
More than one in four mothers reported distractions from electronic devices such as mobile phones, tablets and televisions.
Jul 10, 2017
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — A new autonomous underwater vehicle and mapping technology developed by engineering students from Cal Poly and Harvey Mudd College helped lead to the discovery of “historically significant” remains of a missing World War II plane found off the coast of Malta.
The wreckage was of the Fairey Swordfish, a biplane torpedo bomber used by the Royal Navy in the 1930s and during World War II. A small group of Swordfish bombers played a role in the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck in 1941. These rare planes were an important part of the war efforts in the Mediterranean waters around Malta.
Cal Poly Packaging and Design Students Earn National Awards at 2017 Ameristar Student Packaging Competition
Jul 5, 2017
SAN LUIS OBISPO — For the second consecutive year, four teams of Cal Poly students took first-, second- and third-place awards and an honorable mention in the 2017 Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) Ameristar Student Packaging Competition.
Jun 26, 2017
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s concrete canoe team — and its canoe named Meraki — was named the national champion at the American Society of Civil Engineers Concrete Canoe Competition, held June 17-19 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo.
The national title included a $5,000 award.
Jun 26, 2017
Coast Union High School in San Luis Obispo County Recognized as Best New Cyber Team
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After two days of intense competition among 16 high school cybersecurity competition teams, North Hollywood High Team Togo won the second annual California Cyber Innovation Challenge, held at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. More than 100 student competitors completed timed cybersecurity challenges designed to replicate the many different threats that cybersecurity professionals face, from attacks on critical infrastructure to attempted breaches of consumer data on connected devices.
Student competitors expressed interest in a wide variety of careers, from medicine to aerospace engineering to public service, while acknowledging that cybersecurity will play a key role in all of these fields. Informed by this new understanding of the wide variety of careers that require cybersecurity knowledge, student competitors are already looking ahead to the 2018 innovation challenge. Kai Schelly, a competitor on the North Hollywood Togo Team, said, “We have a responsibility as reigning champs to keep this going, because all these other schools are stepping up their game.”
Jun 20, 2017
SAN LUIS OBISPO — An online weight loss program led to significant weight loss in low-income, at-risk mothers during the year following pregnancy, according to a study by Cal Poly kinesiology Professor Suzanne Phelan and Deborah Tate of the University of North Carolina.
“If we can curb weight gain during this time, we might help prevent complications during a next pregnancy and reduce obesity and related risk factors throughout women’s lives,” Phelan said.
Nearly one in four women in the U.S. retain more than 10 pounds of their pregnancy weight and gain additional weight the year after they give birth. Postpartum weight retention is more common among low-income, Hispanic women, and few programs have effectively addressed this challenge for multicultural, low-income women.