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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.

The police departments at two universities on the Central and South Coasts have joined in a statewide pledge not to use a controversial choke hold.

The police chiefs at all 23 campuses in the Cal State University system have pledged that their departments will not use carotid control holds.  The action is a response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police.

(Cal Poly San Luis Obispo photo)

More than a billion people in the developing world live off the grid, without electricity.

A professor at a Central Coast college is working to change that, with a new device to help them get power.

Taufik is an electrical engineer from Indonesia, where many people - like himself - are known by only one name.

Photo by Quality of Life Plus

Engineering students on the Central Coast created a device to improve a severely injured veteran’s life.

Navy veteran Taylor Morris has been living as a quadruple amputee since he was wounded while serving in Afghanistan in 2012.

Photo by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

College students on the Central Coast are creating prosthetics for a boy who lost his fingers in a fiery car crash.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo engineering students are working on a pair of prosthetic hands for 10-year-old Julian Reynoso.

Art by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

New Year’s may be several months away, but students at a Central Coast university are working hard on their float for the Rose Parade.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students are creating their 2019 float named "Far Out Frequencies." It celebrates the parade’s theme, “The Melody of Life.”

A new national study involving a Central Coast university has helped develop an approach for pregnant women to control unhealthy weight gain.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo contributed to the study that found lifestyle changes can help pregnant women who are overweight or obese reduce excess weight gain.

Photo by NASA/Kim Shiflett

A NASA satellite and a small satellite from a Central Coast university were launched from Santa Barbara County on Saturday morning.

A Delta II rocket carrying ICESat-2 lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 6:02 am and headed over the Pacific toward polar orbit.

Photo by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

College students on the Central Coast helped a disabled man participate in a triathlon over the weekend.

Twenty-four-year-old Joseph Cornelius has cerebral palsy and can neither walk nor talk, but he was able to complete the San Luis Obispo Triathlon with his father on Sunday thanks to a group of engineering students. These Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students built a safe and comfortable trailer that connects to a bicycle so that Joseph could ride as his father, John, cycled.

South and Central Coast researchers say they created a model that they hope develops the ocean in a sustainable way. 

Several industries utilize the ocean, such as fisheries, offshore wind farms and aquaculture, which is the farming of seafood.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo biology professor Crow White worked with UC Santa Barbara researchers to develop a model so that these different marine industries can most effectively and sustainably use the ocean.

Photo by Cal Poly's Prototype Vehicles Laboratory

A Central Coast community is getting its first look this weekend at an experimental electric car built by college students.

The Prototype Vehicles Laboratory made up of more than 40 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students is unveiling its solar-powered vehicle nicknamed “Dawn.” It’s designed to break the world speed record for a solar-powered car. 

A Central Coast university is the new home of a national research and resource center focused on preventing problems on college campuses ranging from alcohol abuse to sexual assault.

The center is the latest in a series of efforts prompted by a tragedy several years ago on the campus.

Photo by Dave Keeling

Scientists on the Central Coast are finding just how much birds suffer as a result of noise pollution from human activity.

Clint Francis, an assistant professor in biological sciences at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, joined researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder and the Florida Museum of Natural History to take a closer look at how noise from oil and gas operations impacts birds.

The study found that noise hinders the birds’ reproduction, causing the chicks growth to be stunted.

Photo by Kerri Frangioso

A researcher on the Central Coast is leading an international group of scientists to help prevent the global problem of dying forests.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Richard Cobb says forests worldwide are dying at an accelerated pace mostly due to drought and heat from climate change. So, he collaborated with 20 researchers around the world to develop a framework to help minimize future forest mortality rates.

Photo by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

A central coast university is teaming up with a major tech company to try to find technological solutions to problems that organizations face.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Amazon Web Services have created the Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub where they’re helping government, education and nonprofit sectors.