News and Events
Cal Poly Contributes to Study on Ways to Increase Sea Otter Population
Sea otters have made a comeback in two estuaries, Morro Bay and Elkhorn Slough. This recovery led researchers to wonder how including estuaries in conservation plans could affect the marine mammals. A new study concludes that California could more than triple its population of 3,000 southern sea otters to nearly 10,000, by repopulating the San Francisco Bay — the largest estuary on the coast.
Cal Poly Leads Project to Increase Diversity of Faculty in the CSU System
A more diverse faculty improves the education of all students, according to multiple studies, yet faculty of color face greater challenges than their white colleagues. With a $2.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation, Cal Poly education professor Daniel Almeida aims to increase the retention of faculty of color across the California State University (CSU) system.
Biological Sciences Professor Receives Prestigious Honorary Appointment
Biological Sciences Professor Nishanta Rajakaruna will travel to North-West University (NWU) in South Africa this spring as part of a prestigious honorary appointment by the university’s School of Biological Sciences.
Biological Science Professor Earns 2019 Ocean Stewardship Award
The Central Coast Aquarium (CCA) recognized Biological Science professor Nikki Adams with the 2019 Ocean Stewardship Award. The annual award recognizes an individual who has made a positive and lasting impact on marine science in San Luis Obispo County in the areas of research, conservation, volunteerism or philanthropy.
Breaking Ground on the Future of Undergraduate Research
On May 3, Cal Poly broke ground on what will be one of the centerpiece facilities on campus: the William and Linda Frost Center for Research and Innovation. In this four-story, 102,000-square-foot complex, students and faculty will work side-by-side to discover answers to real-world questions.
College Honors Graduating Students
This year's graduating seniors and master's students boast a wide range of accomplishments. Some maintained perfect 4.0 GPAs while others raised money for the local homeless shelter.
Digitizing the State's Botanical History
Cal Poly's Robert F. Hoover Herbarium contains information crucial to assessing the impact of climate change on California’s plants, and it's all going digital.
American Astronomical Society Honors Physics Student for Research Presentation
Physics major Priscilla Holguin West translated her passion for astronomy into a Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award at the national American Astronomical Society meeting this year. The awards recognize exemplary research by undergraduate and graduate students who present a poster at the meeting.
Cal Poly Hyperloop Club to Compete in SpaceX Competition
A team of around 80 engineering and physics students is the only first-year team ever to make it through the preliminary design round in SpaceX's annual Hyperloop Pod Competition. Cal Poly’s team is one of 22 finalists selected from more than 700 entries worldwide, a remarkable accomplishment for a group that formed less than a year ago.
Cal Poly Leads Effort to Digitize State's Botanical History
The herbarium contains information crucial to assessing the impact of climate change on California’s plants, as do similar collections around the state. To move the data out of herbarium cabinets and make it accessible to researchers and citizen scientists alike, biology Professor Jenn Yost is leading a statewide effort to digitize images and life-cycle history of the Golden State’s flowers.
Associate Dean Camille O’Bryant Receives Cal Poly Cross Cultural Centers’ First Martin Luther King Legacy Award
An associate dean in Cal Poly’s College of Science and Mathematics, recognized as a staunch advocate of inclusion and equity efforts for underrepresented students, is the inaugural recipient of the campus MLK Legacy Award.
Cal Poly Study Explores Effects of Neighborhood Type on Immigrant Health
Professor Marilyn Tseng and Cal Poly students will investigate the relationship between the health of immigrants and their new environment in Philadelphia. Tseng chose to dive deeper into how group isolation affects physical health.
Cal Poly Research Measures Effects of Wildfires on Air Quality
Chemistry professor Matt Zoerb, set up two air stations in San Luis Obispo that each picked up evidence of materials that burned in fires hundreds of miles away.
Cal Poly Partners with SLO NOOR Foundation to Provide Mobile Health Clinic in Northern Santa Barbara County
Mobile health unit will provide free women’s health and newborn care to uninsured families in Santa Maria and Guadalupe.
Physics Professor Receives Grant to Improve Particle Collider
Physics Professor Themis Mastoridis and his student research team will play a key role in the coming upgrade of the world’s largest particle collider, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
New Study Aims to Give Babies Healthiest Possible Start
Cal Poly professor Alison Ventura and her students are working to decode the unspoken mysteries between a mother and her baby.
Faculty and Staff are Distinguished and Outstanding
Faculty and staff in the College of Science and Mathematics are acknowledged for the great work in their respective fields and for the impact they have had on their student's lives.
Cal Poly Receives Almost $1M to Support STEM Educators
The 2017-18 awards fund campus projects that will lead to a more robust and diverse talent pipeline of K-12 science and math teachers — with a focus on recruiting candidates from underrepresented communities.
Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Inspire the Next Generation Today
Physics and liberal studies Professor David Mitchell led a team of aspiring educators on a journey to develop a curriculum designed to inspire young students to be curious about our galaxy.
From Eelgrass to Mudflat: New Cal Poly Research Dives into Morro Bay Mystery
Morro Bay’s eelgrass beds nearly disappeared from 2007 to 2017. This new Cal Poly study helps explain why levels remain low.
Cal Poly Biology Student to Receive CSU Trustees’ Award and $6,000 Scholarship
A Cal Poly biology junior, David Denisov, who plans to pursue a career in emergency medicine has received a 2018 California State University Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Cal Poly Celebrates Neutrino Discovery
For the first time, scientists have located the source of a high-energy neutrino from another galaxy. Cal Poly professors Jodi Christiansen and Stephanie Wissel explain the significance of this discovery.
Physics professor Colleen Marlow receives the prestigious Marsden Award from the Royal Society of New Zealand
Marlow's technique is based on measuring the complex electrical sensitivity of carbon nanotube networks. A carbon nanotube is a tube-shaped carbon crystal structure with a diameter about 10,000 times smaller than a human hair and unique electrical properties.
Cal Poly Receives U.S. Department of Justice Campus Program Grant for Gender-Based Violence Prevention
Cal Poly is one of 53 universities nationwide to receive the Campus Program grant through the federal justice department’s Office on Violence Against Women.
Physics Professor Wins Prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Physics Professor Stephanie Wissel received the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for new faculty, the Faculty Early Career Development Program, or CAREER, Award. Only five other Cal Poly faculty members have ever received a CAREER Award, and only 450 are given each year.
Jupyter Collaboration Led by Cal Poly and UC Berkeley Receives Top Software Award
Project Jupyter may be the best-kept secret on the Cal Poly campus, but it’s well-known at companies such as Microsoft, Google, and IBM. These tech giants have created entire commercial data science and AI platforms based on the open-source software project.
Biology Professor and Author Publishes Guide to Iconic California Plants
Biology professor and author Matt Ritter is on a mission to “get people stoked on plants.”
Biology Professor Helps Develop Model for Sustainable Ocean Use
A team of universities that includes Cal Poly has developed a new analytical model that could lead to more environmentally sustainable ocean usage and management.
Interdisciplinary Teams Bring Power of the Sun in a Suitcase
An interdisciplinary team of Cal Poly students brought the power of the sun in a suitcase to a local elementary and high school. The school children learned about the impact of solar energy by building a small solar-powered system - and then figuring out how to improve it.
Cal Poly Kinesiology and Public Health Professor Wins CSU Award for Outstanding Scholarship
Cal Poly kinesiology and public health Professor Suzanne Phelan has received the $20,000 Wang Family Excellence Award for outstanding commitment to student achievement and scientific contributions. Phelan was one of five California State University faculty and staff members to receive the award.
Cal Poly Research Finds Strong Support for Ocean Protection Worldwide
People around the world strongly support ocean conservation measures, according to a new study of public perceptions of marine threats and protection. The study, which was published in the journal Ocean and Coastal Management, provides a rare comparison of how the public views marine threats by human activity and protection efforts around the globe.
Collaborative Cal Poly Study Finds Noise from Oil and Gas Operations Stresses Birds and Hinders Their Reproduction
Birds exposed to the persistent noise of natural gas compressors show symptoms remarkably similar to those in humans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to new research from Cal Poly and two partner schools.