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(Virgin Orbit photo)

A small satellite built at a Central Coast university is now in orbit thanks to a cutting edge experimental launch involving a jumbo jet and a rocket.  Virgin Orbit used a modified 747 and a specially built rocket to put ten small satellites into a low earth orbit Sunday.

A first-of-its kind institute researching holistic solutions to prevent destructive wildfires has been set up on the Central Coast.   

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has partnered with industry and community members to officially establish a unique organization focused on wildfires and risk reduction strategies, tactical and technical firefighting practices, and more resilient methods of building in fire-prone areas.

A new project is trying to give voices to underrepresented communities on the Central Coast.

Some faculty and staff members at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo established what they are calling the Central Coast Public Humanities Collaborative.

Two university campuses on the Central and South Coasts will be sticking with online classes for the entire academic year which is now underway.   The Cal State University system has announced that due to coronavirus safety concerns, classes will be only be offered online through the end of the 2020-2021 academic year.  The 23 campuses had been hoping to return to in-person instruction in January.

They’ve become am affordable, hot new form of transportation in cities.  But, e-scooters have also become an issue, with users sometime breaking the law and creating dangerous situations by riding them on sidewalks.

An innovation center on the Central Coast which is a collaboration between a university, and Amazon may have come up with a unique solution to the problem.

A Central Coast university is going to require all students living on campus to get a COVID-19 test 72 hours before arriving at school.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is opening its housing facilities to about 5100 students for its fall quarter, which begins September 14th.  Students will be housed by themselves, without roommates.  Most of the students living on campus will be first year students.  They are encouraging students who live off campus to get tested, but aren’t requiring it.

A Central Coast University received a federal grant intended to advance earthquake education, and research as it applies to buildings.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is getting $340,000 from the National Science Foundation to buy equipment which will improve the ability to assess how structures are impacted by quakes.

Two more universities on the Central and South Coasts have announced plans to suspend traditional classes, and move to virtual instruction in light of coronavirus concerns. Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo are making the shift.

The governing body for college athletics has handed down stiff penalties to a Central Coast university for the way it handled stipends for some student-athletes.

A NCAA committee found that between 2012 and 2015, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo violated rules over stipends for books.  The investigation concluded that instead of covering the actual cost of materials, Cal Poly provided blanket $800 cash stipends.

(Photo from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo)

A float built by teams from the two Cal Poly campuses in California won a special honor as part of the 2020 Rose Parade.  The float, named “Aquatic Aspirations” received the "Director Award" for outstanding artistic design and use of floral and non-floral materials.

A Central Coast university has added new medical services for its students aimed at helping the school’s transgender community.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s slate of healthcare services now includes gender affirming care, with options like hormone replacement therapy, as well as counseling and lab testing.

(Photo courtesy Cal Poly Pomona)

The Rose Parade is just a few weeks away, and a team of volunteers working on a Central Coast university’s float got some big news about it. The Cal Poly Float will for the first time be almost at the beginning of the parade. It will be the fourth element in the 2020 parade, and the second float. It means it will get a lot of attention from the more than 60 million people watching the parade on TV around the world.

California’s public university systems own some unusual facilities. They have California Memorial Stadium, the home of the Cal Bears in Berkeley. They own farms, used for research. UC Irvine has its own nuclear reactor.

Meanwhile on the Central Coast, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has a pier. And it’s not a little one: the more than half a mile of pier at Avila Beach allows for all kinds of marine research and education.

courtesy Cal Poly

A group of students from a Central Coast college are aiming to break a collegiate speed record on their bicycle.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Human Powered Vehicle Club has been at a racetrack in Nevada this week for the 20th annual World Human-Powered Speed Challenge.

(Cal Poly SLO photo)

It’s a class project for some Central Coast college students. But, what they’ve created could be life changing for some Northern California wildfire victims. A team of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students designed and built a modular home for a fire ravaged community.