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Quality of Life Plus Lab at Cal Poly Begins 10th Year of Helping Wounded Vets

Oct 1, 2018

Challenges’ for the year include prosthetics for cooking, gun training, surfing and beach walking

SAN LUIS OBISPO — After losing his left hand in a 2004 training accident, Toshiro Carrington returned to active duty just three months later and remained one of the Navy SEAL’s top snipers.

But today, when he teaches others his skills, he can’t relate as well with one hand — so he’s asking Cal Poly students to help through the Quality of Life Plus (QL+) lab.

Astronomy Professor to Discuss How Exoplanets Are Discovered on Oct. 10 at Cal Poly

Oct 1, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — An Amherst College astronomy professor will discuss discovering and researching planets outside of the solar system from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Spanos Theatre at Cal Poly. 

Kate Follette will explore how, when and where planets form. She will explain how astronomers can “de-twinkle” stars to make incredibly accurate observations of these faint, distant exoplanets, including detecting the light coming from newly formed planets. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

Cal Poly Choirs’ 2018-19 Season Begins on Oct. 27 with ‘Luminous Night of the Soul’

Oct 1, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s 2018-19 large choral ensembles will be introduced in a concert featuring a variety of styles at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in the historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

PolyPhonics and the University Singers will present a fall concert titled “Luminous Night of the Soul,” which is intended to showcase the talent of the Cal Poly vocal program and give listeners a taste of the year to come.

Cal Poly Professors Partner with Artificial Intelligence Pioneer to Publish Innovative Research

Sep 25, 2018

Lynn Metcalf and David Askay
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Two Cal Poly professors and Unanimous AI on Wednesday will present a new study showing that business teams, when connected by AI algorithms and operating as an internet-linked “swarm,” functioned with significantly higher social intelligence than individuals working alone.
Entrepreneurship Professor Lynn Metcalf and communication studies Professor David Askay spent the summer on the cutting edge of artificial intelligence technology. In collaboration with AI pioneer Unanimous AI, a Silicon Valley-based technology firm that amplifies the intelligence of groups through special AI algorithms, they recently published research examining the effectiveness of business teams functioning as a “hive mind.”
This innovative Swarm AI technology allowed teams, connected over the internet, to combine their individual insights in real-time to accomplish tasks and make decisions.

Cal Poly, PG&E and the yak tityu tityu yak tiłhini — Northern Chumash Tribe to Receive State Preservation History Award for Efforts to Restore Site of Native American Village Near Diablo Canyon

Sep 21, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A project to preserve the former site of a Native American village near Diablo Canyon Power Plant by a Cal Poly archaeology professor and his students, Pacific Gas and Electric, and the yak tityu tityu yak tiłhini — Northern Chumash Tribe will receive a 2018 Governor’s Historic Preservation Award in November.

“It was very much a cooperative effort between all of us,” said Terry Jones, an archaeologist and chair of Cal Poly’s Social Sciences Department. “I was very pleased and honored to receive the recognition. We worked very hard on the materials from that particular site — both in the field and in laboratory analysis.”

Cal Poly Music Faculty Showcase Recital on Oct. 19

Sep 20, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department will present a faculty showcase recital at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus.

Recital coordinator Christopher J. Woodruff said the intent of the recital is to enable music students to see their instructors perform.

“The recital provides an opportunity to showcase the rich talent embodied by the breadth of Cal Poly applied faculty who devote so much time and energy to our music students,” Woodruff said. “It’s also a chance to introduce some of our new faculty to the San Luis Obispo music community.”

Cal Poly Student Floral Design Team Ranks Third in the Nation

Sep 20, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly Floral Design Team ranked third in the nation at the American Institute of Floral Designer’s (AIFD) 2018 Student Floral Design Competition held in Washington, D.C.
Alyssa Snow, a junior majoring in agricultural science from Galt, California, placed first in the wedding bouquet category and fourth place in the fashion flower category. She placed third overall in the competition. Allana Childs, who graduated in June with a degree in agricultural and environmental sciences, took third in the interpretive design category and eighth place for her wedding bouquet.

Cal Poly Universities’ 71st Rose Float Entry, ‘Far Out Frequencies,’ Will Be Out of This World

Sep 19, 2018

Rendering by Brandon Schmiedeberg, courtesy of Cal Poly Rose Float

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Rose Float announced the 2019 Cal Poly Universities’ Rose Float entry, “Far Out Frequencies,” featuring a pair of astronauts and a handful of alien friends on another planet communicating through music.

The design was the top choice, from 150 submitted entries, of the Cal Poly Rose Float team and their counterparts in Pomona at California State Polytechnic University.

Cal Poly Research Center Launches Benchmark Survey on Student Health, Safety Issues

Sep 18, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — With Us — The National Network for Peer Accountability at Cal Poly has launched a new student benchmark survey today to help California public universities learn more about critical health and safety issues impacting students.

The National College Student Bystander Benchmark Survey partners with universities in the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems to gain a better understanding of student perceptions, experiences and bystander intervention actions around:

From Gang to Mustang: Cal Poly Aerospace Student Shares His Comeback Story

Sep 17, 2018

Jeffrey Aparicio

SAN LUIS OBISPO — As he prepares for another school year at Cal Poly, aerospace engineering student Jeffrey Aparicio doesn’t have to go far for a reminder of his dark past: All he has to do is look at some of the tattoos on his body.
“Every time I look at my gang tattoos, I remember how I’ve come so far,” he said.
While Aparicio committed crimes ranging from armed robbery to residential burglary as a member of a Sacramento gang, he has since turned his life around. And today he gives back by inspiring others with his comeback story.


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