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Cal Poly Low Income Taxpayer Clinic to Attend Session of U.S. Tax Court

Oct 16, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Representatives from the Cal Poly Low Income Taxpayer Clinic will attend the Trial Calendar Call for the U.S. Tax Court at the federal courthouse in Fresno on Monday, Oct. 22.

Cal Poly accounting students, under the direct supervision of attorney and LITC Executive Director Lisa Sperow, will assist unrepresented tax court petitioners with their pending cases. The Cal Poly LITC is unique as the only LITC within a business college in the nation permitted to participate in the U.S. Tax Court’s Calendar Call Program. 

Cal Poly to Host Succulent Plant Sale Oct. 19 and 20

Oct 15, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — More than 125 varieties of succulents will be available at Cal Poly’s Succulentopia plant sale from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Horticulture Unit near the Poly Plant Shop.
 
Varieties include Crassula, Echeveria, Sedum, Sedeveria, Aloe, Gasteria, Haworthia, Kalanchoe, Graptopetalum, Graptoveria, Senecio, Agave, Peperomia, Aeoniums, Callisia, Cyanotis, Adromischus, Sempervivum, and Orostachy, among others. More than 2,500 plants will be available for purchase.

Cal Poly Researchers to Assess LGBTQ Mental Health Services in San Luis Obispo County

Oct 12, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Queer Community Action, Research, Education, and Support (QCARES) team, led by Cal Poly psychology Professor Dr. Jay Bettergarcia, received a $25,000 grant from San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) to evaluate mental health services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGTBQ+) individuals in San Luis Obispo County.

QCARES is contracted to assess the quality of local services offered and to identify the barriers to mental health care for the LGBTQ+ community. The grant represents the first time San Luis Obispo County MHSA funds have been used to target LGBTQ+ mental health and wellness.

Cal Poly Architecture and Landscape Architecture Programs Earn High Rankings in 2018-19 DesignIntelligence National Survey

Oct 10, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Bachelor of Architecture program continues to be regarded as No. 1 among public universities in the U.S., according to the 2018-19 DesignIntelligence rankings of the country’s most admired architecture and design schools.
 
Out of more than 50 accredited undergraduate programs in the nation’s public and private schools of architecture, Cal Poly placed third overall among the 35 ranked by DesignIntelligence.

Cal Poly Fraternities and Sororities Continue Efforts to Enhance Diversity and Inclusion

Oct 3, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly fraternities and sororities are working closely with Student Affairs and others across campus in a continuing effort, begun last spring, to enhance diversity, inclusion and wellbeing education within the university’s Greek Life programs.
 
Student Affairs, in collaboration with other campus partners, has implemented a series of education and training initiatives within Cal Poly’s Fraternity and Sorority Life community. These initiatives are part of universitywide educational efforts to create a more inclusive and welcoming campus climate.

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.

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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



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.”

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