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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.

Read more about this support for Ocean Protection


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.

Read more about this collaborative study


Cal Poly Mathematics Professor Named Teaching Innovator by Chronicle of Higher Education

Image. Mathematics Professor Stan YoshinobuMathematics Professor Stan Yoshinobu, who has championed a method of learning mathematics that reduces student anxiety and closes the gender gap in the discipline, has been named to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s first-ever list of Teaching Innovators. 

Read more about Professor Stan Yoshinobu


Cal Poly Research Team Heading to Antarctica to Study Seal Pups

image. outside Baker Building enterance A team of Cal Poly students and professors is heading to Antarctica in October on a 10-week research expedition to study Weddell seal pups.

Read more about the expedition to Antarctica


Baker Center Wins Prestigious Building Award

image. outside Baker Building enterance Cal Poly’s Warren J. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics received the 2017 Livable Buildings Award from UC Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment (CBE).

Read more about the Livable Buildings Award


Cal Poly Research Finds Resilient Algae May Help Abalone During Ocean Acidification

California abaloneNew research from Cal Poly and California Sea Grant sounds a hopeful note for the resilience of California abalone in the face of ocean acidification. The study focuses on crustose coralline algae and their effects on abalone’s ability to reproduce. 

Read more about coralline algae resilience


Cal Poly Researchers Map Bird Deaths from Window Collisions

Common yellowthroat birdNearly 1 billion birds die annually in North America after colliding with windows in buildings. Cal Poly students joined an international team of researchers to determine how different buildings and landscaping contribute to those deaths. The researchers found that large buildings with a lot of windows caused the most bird deaths, especially when surrounded by more grass and landscaping.

Read more about birds and buildings


Cal Poly Study Finds Mothers Distracted During Breast and Bottle Feeding

Mother bottle-feeding babyMothers are distracted nearly half the time they’re breast or bottle feeding their infants, according to a Cal Poly study 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.

Read more about the infant feeding study


Cal Poly-UNC Online Program Improves Weight Loss After Childbirth

Suzanne PhelanAn online weight loss program led to significant weight loss in low-income, at-risk mothers during the year following pregnancy, according to a Cal Poly-UNC study. The research program — Fit Moms/Mamas Activas — included a website with weekly lessons, instructional videos, a web diary, automated responses based on participants’ progress, text messages and monthly face-to-face groups.

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Liberal Studies Major Beats Cancer to Graduate with Her Class

Camille Chabot Two weeks before the start of her sophomore year, liberal studies major Camille Chabot was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Through everything that followed, she remained determined to graduate in four years.

Read more about Chabot's journey


Do Cook Pines Pine for the Equator?

Slanted Cook PinesPerhaps the Cook pine never wanted to leave New Caledonia. In a recent article in the journal Ecology, botanists from California Polytechnic State University reveal a novel behavior of the Cook pine — it always leans toward the equator. This behavior has never been observed in a plant before.

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Cal Poly Bio Students Awarded NSF Research Fellowships

Erin Aiello motors out to study eel grass restoration in Morro Bay. Two Cal Poly biological sciences students this year have been awarded National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships. Erin Aiello, a graduate student, and Heather Neldner, a senior, will each receive $34,000 for three years within a five-year period in addition to a cost-of-education allowance as part of the fellowships.

Read more about the scholarships


College of Science and Mathematics to Unveil Diversity-Themed Mural May 26

Detail image of the diversity muralCal Poly’s College of Science and Mathematics will unveil a 27-foot long by 6-foot high, diversity-themed mural at noon on May 26 in the main lobby of the Warren J. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics. The artist will discuss the artwork directly preceding the unveiling at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Baker Center (No. 180).

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Cal Poly Names Dean Wendt to Lead College of Science and Mathematics

New COSAM Dean, Dean Wendt Cal Poly Provost Kathleen Enz Finken today announced that Dean Wendt, a biology professor and currently the university’s dean of research, will become dean of the College of Science and Mathematics effective July 1.

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A Historic Gift

Robert FrostAlumnus William L. Frost and his wife have given a CSU-record $110 million to Cal Poly’s College of Science & Mathematics to support undergraduate research.

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Remote Control of a Giant Telescope? Yeah, That’s Cool

Students observe data gathered from a distant telescopeStudents learn by viewing a black hole using a telescope at the Lick Observatory outside of San Jose. The twist? They're settled comfortably 200 miles away on the Cal Poly campus, controlling instruments on the telescope remotely.

Read more about the observations


Students Build Detector for CERN Upgrade

CERN spherical building at nightCal Poly students are building a particle detector that they will then install in the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator.

Learn more about the detector


Cal Poly Goes South, Way South

Students assemble a multi-pronged antenna outdoorsProfessor Stephanie Wissel and her team of student researchers contributed to an Antarctic neutrino search in December.

Read about the preparation for the experiment


NSF Grant Will Aid Search for Blazars, Dark Matter

VERITAS telescope array in the desertProfessor Jodi Christiansen and a team of students will work on improving gamma ray detection at the Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS) in southern Arizona thanks to almost $160,000 from the National Science Foundation. The improvements will help scientists observe blazars and dark matter.

Read more about Christiansen's search


Faculty Updates

Group of facultyStudent-faculty research projects spanned the globe and the world of physics. From fractal black holes on strings to insulated solar electric cooking, Cal Poly  contributed to what we know about the universe.

Read the faculty updates


Hancock College VP Named 2016 COSAM Honored Alumna

Nohemy OrnelasThis year’s high honors from Cal Poly's Alumni Association will go to Nohemy Ornelas, associate superintendent and vice president of students services at Allan Hancock College.

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Cal Poly Students Support the Coldest Cubic Meter — Biggest Chill — in the Universe

Aaron Wong cleans specialized equipmentBy the end of the year, one small corner of the universe will get really cold, and four Cal Poly physics majors helped finish construction of the instrument that will cool it down.

Read more about the experiment



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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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