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2016

 

Biology Student Awarded $50,000 Fellowship

Woman posing outdoors next to signBiology senior Samantha Bock spent the summer as an intern with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) thanks to a Greater Research Opportunity Fellowship. The $50,000 fellowship—one of only 34 that the EPA awarded nationwide—will also support Bock’s final year of study at Cal Poly.

Read more about Samantha Bock

 

 

Cal Poly Professor On Team That Solved Mystery Around Distant Supermassive Black Hole

Cal Poly logoThe mystery of a rare change in the behavior of a supermassive black hole at the center of a distant galaxy has been solved by an international team of astronomers that includes Cal Poly’s Vardha Bennert.

Read more about black hole mystery

 

 

 

Cal Poly Named Best in the West for 24th Consecutive Year

Image of a building Cal Poly is once again the best public, master’s-level university in the West.

Read more about Cal Poly' being named Best in the West

 

 

 

 

2016 Fall Conference Schedule

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Biologists Take to Twitter to Advocate for Snakes

Woman holding snakewith tree-covered hills in the background A team of snake experts including Cal Poly’s Emily Taylor will hold the first #SnakeTownHall from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 7 on Twitter. Members of the public will have the chance to get answers to all of their snake questions.

Read more about Snake Town Hall

 

 

 

 

LSAMP Volunteer Recognized for Commitment to Increasing Opportunities on Campus

Cal Poly LogoAs an undergraduate, Noya Kansky began to recognize the ways in which she could help advance Cal Poly’s goal of building a more diverse and inclusive campus. After earning her bachelor’s degree, she put those ideas to work helping historically underrepresented groups to pursue hands-on research opportunities.

Read more about Noya Kansky

 

 

 

Cal Poly Students Look to Sun to Reduce Carbon Footprint, Feed Communities

Cal Poly Students Look to Sun to Reduce Carbon Footprint, Feed CommunitiesCal Poly students are cooking up a project they hope will one day yield big results in developing countries.

Read more about Cal Poly's solar cooker project

 


 

 

 

Educators Attend Statewide Summit at Cal Poly

Educators Attend Statewide Summit at Cal PolyCalifornia teachers, administrators teacher candidates and other educators on Friday, July 29 attended the local gathering of the Better Together: California Teachers Summit.

Read more about Better Together

 

 

 

Cal Poly Researcher Awarded NSF Grant to Investigate Effects of Sounds on Bird Species

Cal Poly LogoBirds and bats might do what they do because of what they hear. Cal Poly biology professor Clinton Francis received $480,000 from the National Science Foundation to find out.

Read more about NSF Grant

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Commencement 2016: College of Science and Mathematics

Cal Poly Students in cap and gown at commencementIt was a big day for the more than 560 graduates and the thousands in attendance who where there to cheer on and celebrate the new College of Science and Mathematics graduates during the 2016 Spring Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 11 at Spanos Stadium.

Watch the Spring 2016 commencement ceremony

 
 
 
 

5 Cal Poly Students Awarded Marine Research Grants

Cal Poly College of Science and Mathematics logoFive Cal Poly biological sciences students have been awarded grant funding from the Earl Myers and Ethel Myers Oceanographic and Marine Biology Trust. The awards total $7,200.

Read more about the Marine Biology students' research grants

 
 

Dean Bailey to Retire at End of 2016-17 School Year

Image of man smilingDean Philip S. Bailey has announced that he will retire from Cal Poly at the end of the 2016-17 school year.

Read more about Dean Bailey's planned retirement

 

 

 

 

Cal Poly Receives $20 Million Pledge for Research, Technology Center

Illustration of building rendering Cal Poly has received a pledge of $20 million from alumnus William L. Frost and his wife, Linda, toward construction of a planned multidisciplinary undergraduate research and technology center on campus. 

Read more about the pledge

 

 

Kinesiology Professor Receives $2.8 Million Grant for Gestational Diabetes Research

Suzanne Phelan in front of a book caseKinesiology Professor Suzanne Phelan recently received $2.8 million from the National Institutes of Health for ongoing research into ways to prevent the recurrence of gestational diabetes.

Read more about the gestational diabetes research

 
 

Cal Poly Biology Student Conducts First-of-its-Kind Research on Cambria Elephant Seals

Woman standing on beach with Elephant seals in the backgroundUsing an innovative lab technique, Cal Poly researchers are hoping to understand how the cyclical sea-to-land transition influences the physiology of elephant seals.

Read more about Elephant seal research

 

Cal Poly Students Succeed at Statewide Research Competition

Cal Poly College of Science and Mathematics logoCal Poly undergraduate students garnered two first-place awards and one second-place award at the 30th annual California State University (CSU) Student Research Competition April 29-30 at CSU Bakersfield.​

Read more about the research competition

 
 

Math, Chem Major Codes Way Into Google Summer Program

Image of man smiling with trees in the backgroundChemistry and mathematics major John Detlefs will spend the summer coding for MDAnalysis as part of the Google Summer of Code program.

Read more about John Detlefs

 
 

Cal Poly Teams Take First and Second at Data Hackathon

Three men in black shirts smile and pose in front of wallCal Poly teams took home first- and second-place prizes at the undergraduate statistics hackathon called DataFest.

Read more about Cal Poly's DataFest winners

 
 

Cal Poly Student to Travel to Africa to Conduct Research

Cal Poly College of Science and Mathematics logoMichelle Meyers, a senior majoring in biological sciences, will travel to Kenya later this year to conduct research on marine protected areas

Read more about Michelle Meyers

 
 

Tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach

Image of pier extending out into ocean with hill in the backgroundBring the kids and the camera to tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach from 9 a.m. to noon.

Read more about Open House at the pier

 

Biochemistry Student Pursues Passion, Earns Scholarship

Woman smiling in front of treesIfeh Akano remembers the moment she decided to pursue her love of math and science. It was in her freshman year during a general chemistry for physical science and engineering course.

Read more about Ifeh Akano

 

Professor Writes on Monitoring El Niño Effects in Morro Bay

Six people walk along marsh area with hills in backgroundThis year’s El Niño event packed quite a punch. In fact, data has shown that this year’s El Niño event is among the strongest ever recorded, according to Physics Professor Ryan Walter.

Read more about Ryan Walter's blog post

 

Biologist Receives Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation

Photo of Jennifer O'LearyCal Poly biologist Jennifer O’Leary has been awarded a prestigious Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. O’Leary will use her award to expand a program that combines science with policy in the management of marine protected areas in the Indian Ocean.

Read more about Jennifer O'Leary

 

Study Sheds Light on Campus Food Environment

Red Radish interior Is it possible to find healthy food on Cal Poly’s campus? The answer is yes — you just have to know where to look,according to the results of a Kinesiology Department-led assessment.

Read more about the campus food assessment

 

Cal Poly Receives Grant to Develop Improved Desalination Technology

Aerial view of beach with rocky cliffs in the foregroundCal Poly Chemistry Professor Shanju Zhang received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to use nanotechnology to improve desalination techniques by using far less energy than traditional methods.

Read more about grant to develop desalination Technology

 

Cal Poly Physics Professor Weighs in on Confirmation of Gravitational Waves

Still image of simulated star explosionFor the first time, researchers detected ripples in space-time, which had been predicted by Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity more than a century ago but never observed.Cal Poly Physics Professor Steven Drasco, who also specializes in gravitational waves, weighs in on the historic discovery.

Read more about gravitational waves

 

Cal Poly Research Pier Plays Role in Deployment of Microsoft Datacenter 

Cal Poly Bridge BeamsMicrosoft recently completed a 105-day trial of a self-contained, undersea datacenter, codenamed Project Natick -- and Cal Poly played a key role in early testing.

Read more about Project Natick

 

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Cal Poly Physics Dept. No. 2 in Nation for Graduates

Cal Poly College of Science and Mathematics logoCal Poly's Physics Department in 2014 was ranked No. 2 in the nation for granting physics degrees in solely undergraduate programs. 

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Kinesiology Professor Named 2015 Simms/Mann Faculty Fellow

Photo of Alison Ventura Alison Ventura, a professor in the Kinesiology Department, has been selected as a 2015 Simms/Mann Faculty Fellow.

Read more about Alison's fellowship

 

Technology Developed by Cal Poly Students Could Change How We Clean Oil Spills 

Startup Higea Technologies pose with a check for $5,000A Cal Poly startup company whose leadership team includes a student from the College of Science & Mathematics is developing technology to tackle one of the toughest issues facing the oil industry — cleaning up its spills.

Read more about Higea Technologies 

 

Pharmaceutical Expert Recognized as 2015 Honored Alumnus

Image of Jeffrey JasperJeffrey Jasper (B.S., Chemistry, 1984) is the 2015 Honored Alumnus in the College of Science & Mathematics. 

Read more about Jeffrey Jasper 

 

Professor, Associate Dean Named National Kinesiology Fellow 

Camille O'Bryant poses for a photo

Camille O’Bryant has been selected to join the ranks of this year’s National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education Fellows.

Read more about Camille O'Bryant

 

Physics Department Receives $225K Grant to Fund Student Research 

Professor Themis Mastoridis sits at CERNA Cal Poly physics professor has received a three-year, $225,000 grant from the National Science Foundation that will send student researchers to the European Organization for Nuclear Research.​

Read more about the research grant

 

 

 

Cal Poly Researchers Working to Supplement Anti-Malarial Drug

Student research pors liquid into a beakerCal Poly chemistry Professor Scott Eagon is working on a drug to supplement the anti-malarial drug artemisinin, developed by one of this year’s Nobel Prize winners in medicine, TuYouyou. ​

Read more anti-malarial drug research 

 

Cal Poly Program Could Help Reduce Math Anxiety, Close Gender Gap with NSF Funding

Cal Poly College of Science and Mathematics logoThanks to a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, Cal Poly’s Academy of Inquiry Based Learning will lead an effort to increase active learning in college math classes across the nation, with research support from the University of Colorado, Boulder’s Evaluation and Ethnography Research unit.

Read more about NSF Grant Funding 

 

Cal Poly Alumna Nails Audition for 'The Voice'

Lyndsey Elm Lyndsey Elm (B.S., Kinesiology, 2014) impressed the celebrity judges Monday night with her blind audition for Season 9 of NBC’s reality singing competition, “The Voice.”

Read more Lyndsey Elm's audition 

 

 

Cal Poly Pier Tour Scheduled for Nov.21

Boy touches starfish during Cal Poly Pier TourThe next open house tour of the Cal Poly Pier has been set for Nov. 21. The tour, scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, features interactive displays, microscopes for viewing ultra-small sea creatures, a “discover SCUBA” experience and more.

Read more about the Poly Pier Tour

 

 

 

New Students Participate in Week of Welcome

Lynsey Elm strums guitar

Thousands of new students were introduced to Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo during the college’s annual fall Week of Welcome, held Sept. 13-20.

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Cal Poly Grad Auditions for 'The Voice' 

Lynsey Elm strums guitarCal Poly graduate Lyndsey Elm (B.S., Kinesiology, 2014) is set to appear ​on the season 9 premier of NBC's popular reality singing competition "The Voice." 

Read more about Lyndsey Elm

 

 

Cal Poly, UCSB Awarded Grant to Study Interstellar Travel 

Image of Gary Hughes Today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s scientific feat. That’s the idea behind NASA’s $100,000 Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) grants, one of which was awarded to Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara to make preliminary models of an interstellar spacecraft and propulsion system.

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Cal Poly Bachelor's Degree Grads' Median Salaries Rank High, Survey Says 

Students walk outside of the Warren J. Baker CenterCal Poly bachelor’s degree graduates rank 14th in the nation among public universities for median salaries, according to PayScale.com’s 2015-16 College Salary Report. Cal Poly grads tied for fifth in computer science and ranked eighth in physical/life sciences.

Read more about grads' salaries

 

Alumna Named New Elementary School Principal

Shannon Garcia (B.S. Math, 1997) was unanimously selected by the Culver City Unified School District Board of Education on Aug. 3 to serve as the new principal of El Rincon Elementary School in Culver City, Calif. 

Read more about Shannon Garcia's selection as principal

 

 

Cal Poly Students Dive into Research with STAR Program

Student interacts with researcherNearly 70 current and future teachers in the summer-long STEM Teacher and Researcher Program presented their research findings at the NASA Ames Research Center. 

Read more about the STAR Closing Conference

 

 

Noyce Scholarship Program Prepares Future Math Teachers

Two Noyce scholars smile during workshopNow in its eighth year, the Math Noyce Scholars Workshop, part of the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, has expanded to include two workshops during the summer.  

Read more about the Noyce Scholars Math Workshop

 

 

Coral Restoration Efforts Focus of Biology Professor's Blog Post

Marine ecologist and Cal Poly Biology Professor Jennifer O’Leary recently had a new blog post published in National Geographic. This was O’Leary’s second appearance in National Geographic this year. 

Read more about Jennifer O'Leary's Blog Post

 

Kinesiology Alumnus Volunteering across the U.S. 

Cooper Ehlers with two childrenAfter graduating from Cal Poly and before plunging into a medical school program, Cooper Ehlers (B.S., Kinesiology, 2015) decided he wanted to give back to the community — in all 48 contiguous states. Ehlers plans to volunteer with local nonprofits in every state except Hawaii and Alaska.

Read more about Cooper Ehlers

 

 

Pluto Flyby Part of ‘Golden Age Of Solar Exploration,’ Physics Professor Says

History was made Tuesday when NASA’s New Horizon’s spacecraft ventured to the farthest reaches of our solar system for a close encounter with Pluto.​

Read more about the Pluto mission

 

Cal Poly and UC Berkeley Receive $6 Million Grant to Enhance Collaboration in Data Science

Fernando Perez mapping out a new service on whiteboardCal Poly and UC Berkeley received a $6 million grant from a three-foundation partnership to further develop an open-source software that already influences the way work is done in industries ranging from genetics to finance.

Read more about the grant and software

 

Cal Poly Faculty Honored with Learn by Doing Scholar Award

President Armstrong presenting the Learn by Doing AwardTwo Cal Poly faculty members were named the inaugural Learn by Doing Scholar Award recipients at the More than a Motto Conference on May 15 at a reception at the University Art Gallery.

Read more about the award

 

Cal Poly Students Take Top Honors at CSU Research Competition

President Armstrong presenting the Learn by Doing AwardFive Cal Poly students took top honors at the recent 2015 California State University (CSU) Research Competition held May 1-2 at CSU San Bernardino.

Read more about the research competition

Cal Poly Biological Sciences Student Wins NSF Research Fellowship

Two students with their research poster

Cal Poly biological sciences graduate student Paul Carvalho was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate research fellowship. The grant will fund three years of his master's and doctoral programs, allowing him to continue researching fisheries, work that he started as an undergraduate at Cal Poly.​

Read more about Carvalho

Cal Poly Leads Preparation for Next Generation Science Standards

Two students with their research poster

In May, Cal Poly hosted 130 teachers from local school districts for Super STEM Saturday, a conference designed to give teachers tools for applying new science standards in their classrooms. Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are coming to K-12 schools in 2016, and Cal Poly is helping the Central Coast get ahead of the curve in putting them into practice. 

Read more about the conference

15th Annual College of Science and Mathematics Research Conference May 14 and 15

Two students with their research posterCal Poly’s College of Science and Mathematics is hosting its 15th Annual Student Research Conference May 14 and 15. More than 100 students are presenting posters or talks. By discussing their faculty-supervised research with inquisitive audiences, students gain the experience they need to become professional scientists.

View the conference schedule

 

Submit to the 2015 Student Research Conference

Student presenting his poster at the Student Research ConferenceAll College of Science & Mathematics students are invited to submit an abstract for a talk or poster for the 15th annual Student Research Conference. By discussing their faculty-supervised research with inquisitive audiences, students gain the experience they need to become professional scientists.

The conference will take place May 14 and 15 in Fisher Hall. Applications are due May 3 at midnight.

Apply for the research conference

Cal Poly Study Finds Preschool Obesity Rates in SLO County Reflect National Trends

Structure made of plastic sheeting and wood

The percentage of preschool-aged children who are overweight or obese appears to be leveling off in San Luis Obispo County, according to a Cal Poly study, though the rate is still significant at more than 33%, or one in three children. These results reflect a nationwide trend that suggests childhood obesity rates have stopped rising.

Read more about the study

Tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach on May 16

Structure made of plastic sheeting and wood

The spring open house will feature interactive displays, including special touch tanks full of live marine creatures, microscopes for viewing ultra-small sea creatures, a “Discover Scuba” experience and more. Cal Poly professors and students will be on hand to explain their ongoing research into local marine life, including protecting Morro Bay's ecosystem, sustaining local fisheries, and mapping ocean currents on the Central Coast. Tour the displays at your own pace and ask questions of the Cal Poly faculty and students. Bring a camera to take photos of sea creatures and the incredible coastal views from the pier.

Read more about the tour

Science Cafe Presents Appropriate Technology Near and Far

Structure made of plastic sheeting and woodMicrobiology student Nasim Delavari will host Open Science Cafe from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. next Friday, April 10, in the Cafe Lounge on the second floor of Kennedy Library. Delavari won a contest to bring the "researcher, thought leader or creative mover and shaker" of her choice to campus. She chose Lonny Grafman, an expert in appropriate technology and professor at Humboldt State University. Appropriate technology is technology designed to be appropriate to its context. Grafman will engage participants in a local needs assessment followed by a quick co-design, to model the collaborative process of designing appropriate technology.

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Chemistry Alumnus Wins Paso Robles High School Teacher of the Year

Anthony OvertonAnthony Overton (B.S. and Single Subject Credential, Chemistry, 2010) was named Paso Robles High School Teacher of the Year. Overton has been at Paso Robles High for five years. He teaches chemistry, AP chemistry and forensic science and is on the coaching staff for cross country and track and field. “Working in a teaching environment while at Cal Poly helped me to decide to become a teacher,” Overton said in an interview with the Paso Robles Daily News.​

Read more about Overton in the Paso Robles Daily News​

Cal Poly Again Ranked High on Return on Investment by PayScale.com

Dean BaileySAN LUIS OBISPO — A Cal Poly education continues to be one of the best values among the nation’s top schools, PayScale.com announced. The Learn by Doing university ranks ninth among the nation’s public universities and No. 29 among all institutions for return on tuition investment, according to a new listing from the online salary, benefits and compensation information company. 

 Read more about Cal Poly's high rank.

Cal Poly Students and Dean Bailey to be Honored at State Capitol on March 9

Dean BaileyTwenty Cal Poly students who have received state and national awards and other honors will be recognized for their accomplishments by state lawmakers at the Capitol in Sacramento on March 9.

Read more about the students here.

 

Biology Professor Blogs for National Geographic

Stakeholders who have worked on MPA beaches for over 15 years see the reefs for the first time.Jennifer O'Leary, Sea Grant extension agent and biology professor, published a blog post for National Geographic about science-based management of marine protected areas (MPA) in East Africa. O'Leary worked with local fishers and MPA managers to implement a monitoring system in a Kenyan MPA that has resulted in invasive species removal and coral restoration.

Read the National Geographic blog on East African MPAs

Statistics Student Wins Second Place in National Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition

Jimmy Wong in front of his data analysis graphs

Jimmy Wong has been busy. Over the last year, the senior statistics major has programmed apps for statistics education, presented at national conferences, and worked on research projects with two professors. Not to mention winning second place in the National Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition.

Read more about his project and the competition

Cal Poly Receives National Award for Efforts to Increase Number of Physics Teachers in U.S. High Schools

Professor Kate Riley

Cal Poly is among 11 universities in the nation honored for helping to reduce the critical shortage of physics teachers in U.S. high schools. The Physics Teacher Education Coalition's 5+ Club awards recognized the university and other institutions that had at least five physics teacher graduates in the 2013/14 academic year.

Read more about the award

LGBT Teens in SLO County More Likely to Experience Bullying and Depression

In San Luis Obispo County, teenagers identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender are more likely to report experiencing bullying and depression than other teenagers, according to data compiled by School of Education Professor Liz Meyer. The San Luis Obispo Tribune ran a full report on Meyer's findings, which are based on the statewide Healthy Kids survey. 

Read more about the survey results​

Cal Poly Study on Human Noise and Bird Behavior Highlighted on NBC News

SongbirdBiology Professor Clinton Francis's research on how birds are affected by human noise pollution was featured in an NBC News article. Francis found that noise affects bird species differently, depending on their diet and the pitch of their songs.

Read more about noise pollution

 

Cal Poly and Santa Maria-Bonita School District Receive $1.8 Million Math Education Grant

Professor Kate Riley

Cal Poly and the Santa Maria-Bonita School District received a $1.8 million California Mathematics and Science Partnership grant from the state Department of Education to fund a program aimed at improving elementary and middle school student achievement in mathematics.

Read more about the education grant

Cal Poly Liberal Studies Alumna Begins Fulbright Program in Malaysia

Underwater Dreams movie poster

Cal Poly alumna Trisha Huynh was awarded a Fulbright student grant to serve in the English Teaching Assistant Program in Malaysia, which she started at the beginning of January. She will assist a local middle or high school English teacher in a rural area with high needs schools. Huynh is only the second Cal Poly student  Fulbright recipient in 20 years.

Read more about the Fulbright Program in Malaysia

Documentary 'Underwater Dreams' to be Shown Feb. 9

Underwater Dreams movie posterA screening of the documentary film "Underwater Dreams" will be offered at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9, in Chumash Auditorium. The screening is free and open to the public.

Read more about the screening of the documentary
 

 

Cal Poly Study Sheds Light on Mothers' Bottle-Feeding Behavior

Baby boy bottle feedingParents who are bottle-feeding may be able to decrease their infants' risk for overfeeding simply by using a weighted, opaque bottle. In a Cal Poly study recently published in the journal Appetite, researchers found that the amount of infant formula some mothers fed their babies depended on whether the mothers could see and feel how full the bottle was.

Read more about the bottle-feeding and overfeeding study

January 16 is Application Deadline for CSU Student Research Competition

Petri Dishes

Up to 10 Cal Poly students will be selected to compete in the CSU   Student Research Competition May 1-2 at CSU San Bernardino. Dean Bailey will choose representatives from the College of Science & Mathematics to present before the Academic Senate, which will choose Cal Poly's statewide competitors. Interested students should submit the registration form and a research summary in both print and electronic formats to their department chair by Friday, January 16

View guidelines and registration form

 


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