San Luis Obispo, CA, United States

California Polytechnic State University or California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, also known as Cal Poly San Luis Obispo or Cal Poly, is a public university located in San Luis Obispo, California, United States. Founded in 1901 as a vocational high school, it is currently one of only two polytechnic universities in the 23-member California State University system. Comprising six distinct colleges, the university offers 147 bachelor's degrees, 49 master's degrees, and 7 teaching credentials. The university does not confer doctoral degrees.Cal Poly is a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. Cal Poly is known for its "learn by doing" educational philosophy that encourages students to solve real-world problems by combining classroom theory with experiential laboratory exercise. Cal Poly is one of four California State Universities that participate in the Big West Conference in athletics. Wikipedia.


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News Article | April 19, 2017
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-- Edison International President and CEO Pedro J. Pizarro presented Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) senior Willam Ramos with a 2017 Edison International Scholar award and scholarship on April 10.Ramos, who will begin his studies in chemistry at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (SLO) this fall, was one of 1,200 applicants for the scholarship that is annually awarded to 30 high-achieving high school seniors within Edison's broad service area who plan to pursue STEM degrees at four-year colleges and universities."Edison International congratulates this year's outstanding scholars," said Pizarro. "Through their pursuit of science, technology, engineering and math, we believe these students will make important contributions to our communities and society. We are proud to support them."Ramos, who was surprised and excited to receive the Edison award, is studying Materials Science, Engineering & Technology (MSET). He is a member of the school's award-winning band, a Youth Ministry program leader, and a Bosco Tech Ambassador."William truly epitomizes what a Bosco Tech student is," said Bosco Tech President Xavier Jimenez. "He is an intelligent, inquisitive student who wholeheartedly applies himself to his studies and who appreciates the opportunity to learn. He plans to become a teacher in order to instill in other young people a love of science. We're thrilled that Edison International has recognized William's abilities and potential."Celebrating its sixty second year, Bosco Tech is an all-male Catholic high school that combines a rigorous college-preparatory program with a technology-focused education. The innovative STEM curriculum allows students to exceed university admission requirements while completing extensive integrated coursework in one of five applied science and engineering fields. Each year for the past several years, one hundred percent of the graduating class has earned college acceptances. Visit www.boscotech.edu for more information.Edison International, through its subsidiaries, is a generator and distributor of electric power, as well as a provider of energy services and technologies, including renewable energy. Headquartered in Rosemead, Calif., Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the nation's largest electric utilities.Edison International's support of charitable causes, such as the Edison Scholars Program, is funded entirely by Edison International shareholders;SCE customers' utility bill payments do not fund company donations.


News Article | May 1, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 1, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has named Rob Chapman as vice president of Energy and Environment, the sector that provides global thought leadership to shape a sustainable future for electricity. The appointment is effective May 1, and he will report to Arshad Mansoor, senior vice president of Research & Development. Chapman will oversee science and technology research that addresses environmental, health, and economic issues related to the generation, delivery, and use of electricity. The sector's research focuses on air, land, water and energy challenges, and it informs public policy, enables sustainable practices, and improves occupational health and safety in the industry. He succeeds Anda Ray, who is senior vice president of External Relations and Technical Resources and Chief Sustainability Officer, where she leads member and stakeholder relations, international engagement, government affairs, strategic marketing and communications, laboratories, corporate safety, and corporate social responsibility. Chapman joined EPRI in 1999 as the director of North American Technical Advisory Services and was named vice president of Member & Technical Services in 2006. Prior to his time at EPRI, he was director of Western Sales for PG &E Energy Services where he led efforts to establish premium power services for technology companies in the Silicon Valley region. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and has completed executive business courses at the University of Chicago. About EPRI: The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, www.epri.com) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, affordability, health, safety and the environment. EPRI's members represent approximately 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international participation extends to more than 30 countries. EPRI's principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, N.Car.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.


News Article | May 1, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 1, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has named Rob Chapman as vice president of Energy and Environment, the sector that provides global thought leadership to shape a sustainable future for electricity. The appointment is effective May 1, and he will report to Arshad Mansoor, senior vice president of Research & Development. Chapman will oversee science and technology research that addresses environmental, health, and economic issues related to the generation, delivery, and use of electricity. The sector's research focuses on air, land, water and energy challenges, and it informs public policy, enables sustainable practices, and improves occupational health and safety in the industry. He succeeds Anda Ray, who is senior vice president of External Relations and Technical Resources and Chief Sustainability Officer, where she leads member and stakeholder relations, international engagement, government affairs, strategic marketing and communications, laboratories, corporate safety, and corporate social responsibility. Chapman joined EPRI in 1999 as the director of North American Technical Advisory Services and was named vice president of Member & Technical Services in 2006. Prior to his time at EPRI, he was director of Western Sales for PG &E Energy Services where he led efforts to establish premium power services for technology companies in the Silicon Valley region. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and has completed executive business courses at the University of Chicago. About EPRI: The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, www.epri.com) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, affordability, health, safety and the environment. EPRI's members represent approximately 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international participation extends to more than 30 countries. EPRI's principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, N.Car.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.


News Article | May 1, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 1, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has named Rob Chapman as vice president of Energy and Environment, the sector that provides global thought leadership to shape a sustainable future for electricity. The appointment is effective May 1, and he will report to Arshad Mansoor, senior vice president of Research & Development. Chapman will oversee science and technology research that addresses environmental, health, and economic issues related to the generation, delivery, and use of electricity. The sector's research focuses on air, land, water and energy challenges, and it informs public policy, enables sustainable practices, and improves occupational health and safety in the industry. He succeeds Anda Ray, who is senior vice president of External Relations and Technical Resources and Chief Sustainability Officer, where she leads member and stakeholder relations, international engagement, government affairs, strategic marketing and communications, laboratories, corporate safety, and corporate social responsibility. Chapman joined EPRI in 1999 as the director of North American Technical Advisory Services and was named vice president of Member & Technical Services in 2006. Prior to his time at EPRI, he was director of Western Sales for PG &E; Energy Services where he led efforts to establish premium power services for technology companies in the Silicon Valley region. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and has completed executive business courses at the University of Chicago. About EPRI: The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, www.epri.com) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, affordability, health, safety and the environment. EPRI's members represent approximately 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international participation extends to more than 30 countries. EPRI's principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, N.Car.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.


News Article | May 1, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 1, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has named Rob Chapman as vice president of Energy and Environment, the sector that provides global thought leadership to shape a sustainable future for electricity. The appointment is effective May 1, and he will report to Arshad Mansoor, senior vice president of Research & Development. Chapman will oversee science and technology research that addresses environmental, health, and economic issues related to the generation, delivery, and use of electricity. The sector's research focuses on air, land, water and energy challenges, and it informs public policy, enables sustainable practices, and improves occupational health and safety in the industry. He succeeds Anda Ray, who is senior vice president of External Relations and Technical Resources and Chief Sustainability Officer, where she leads member and stakeholder relations, international engagement, government affairs, strategic marketing and communications, laboratories, corporate safety, and corporate social responsibility. Chapman joined EPRI in 1999 as the director of North American Technical Advisory Services and was named vice president of Member & Technical Services in 2006. Prior to his time at EPRI, he was director of Western Sales for PG &E Energy Services where he led efforts to establish premium power services for technology companies in the Silicon Valley region. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and has completed executive business courses at the University of Chicago. About EPRI: The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, www.epri.com) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, affordability, health, safety and the environment. EPRI's members represent approximately 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international participation extends to more than 30 countries. EPRI's principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, N.Car.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.


The preferential synthesis of heat shock proteins (Hsps) in response to thermal stress [the heat shock response (HSR)] has been shown to vary in species that occupy different thermal environments. A survey of case studies of aquatic (mostly marine) organisms occupying stable thermal environments at all latitudes, from polar to tropical, shows that they do not in general respond to heat stress with an inducible HSR. Organisms that occupy highly variable thermal environments (variations up to >20°C), like the intertidal zone, induce the HSR frequently and within the range of body temperatures they normally experience, suggesting that the response is part of their biochemical strategy to occupy this thermal niche. The highest temperatures at which these organisms can synthesize Hsps are only a few degrees Celsius higher than the highest body temperatures they experience. Thus, they live close to their thermal limits and any further increase in temperature is probably going to push them beyond those limits. In comparison, organisms occupying moderately variable thermal environments (<10°C), like the subtidal zone, activate the HSR at temperatures above those they normally experience in their habitats. They have a wider temperature range above their body temperature range over which they can synthesize Hsps. Contrary to our expectations, species from highly (in comparison with moderately) variable thermal environments have a limited acclimatory plasticity. Due to this variation in the HSR, species from stable and highly variable environments are likely to be more affected by climate change than species from moderately variable environments. © 2010, Published by The Company of Biologists Ltd.


Ahlgren W.L.,California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Proceedings of the IEEE | Year: 2012

Depletion of easily accessible petroleum reserves has created unstable oil supply and price, opening the opportunity to replace oil as an energy source with other fossil sources and ultimately with renewable and perhaps nuclear sources. The dual-fuel strategy is a plan to facilitate the transition from fossil to renewable sources by first replacing fossil with renewable fuels. It stipulates that all energy sources (fossil, renewable, and nuclear) will be most efficiently monetized by conversion to three primary energy vectors: electric power and two liquid renewable fuels, all compatible with existing infrastructure. One member of a dual-fuel pair is nitrogen-based, for example, ammonia, and the other is carbon-based, for example, methanol. The two are complementary: ammonia is carbon-free, but has high relative toxicity, while methanol has low relative toxicity, but contains carbon. Unlike hydrogen (a gas), these liquid fuels are compatible with existing infrastructure with only modest modification. Alternatives to ammonia are liquid ammoniates; alternatives to methanol include ethanol, dimethyl ether, and higher alcohols, and alkanes. The two renewable fuels may be called nitrofuel and carbofuel to avoid prejudice as to their exact composition. Renewable fuels are derived from air, and because nitrogen is 2000 times more abundant in air than is carbon dioxide, nitrofuel will be most efficiently produced and at least cost; it will therefore be used whenever possible. In some applications, however, the additional cost of producing carbon-based fuel will be justified by ease of handling. A small number of applications require high energy density fuel; these will be served by a secondary carbon-based fuel vector, derived from primary carbofuel at further cost. The dual-fuel strategy is market-driven. It identifies the sources of competitive advantage for renewable fuels and relies on the force of free enterprise to create a postpetroleum civilization powered by a zero-net-carbon energy system. The strategy enables global carbon emissions to be reduced significantly early in the transition, perhaps by as much as an order of magnitude by 2030, with zero-emissions perhaps as early as 2050. © 1963-2012 IEEE.


Phelan S.,California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology | Year: 2010

Excessive gestational weight gain has been shown to relate to high-postpartum weight retention and the development of overweight and obesity later in life. Because many women are concerned about the health of their babies during pregnancy and are in frequent contact with their healthcare providers, pregnancy may be an especially powerful "teachable moment" for the promotion of healthy eating and physical activity behaviors among women. Initial research suggests that helping women gain the recommended amount during pregnancy through healthy eating and physical activity could make a major contribution to the prevention of postpartum weight retention. However, more randomized controlled trials with larger sample sizes are needed to identify the most effective and disseminable intervention. Providers have the potential to prevent high postpartum weight retention and future obesity by monitoring weight gain during pregnancy and giving appropriate advice about recommended amounts of gestational weight gain. © 2010 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.


Tomanek L.,California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Journal of Proteomics | Year: 2014

Comparisons of proteomic responses of closely related congeners and populations have shown which cellular processes are critical to adapt to environmental stress. For example, several proteomic species comparisons showed that increasing abundances of oxidative stress proteins indicate that reactive oxygen species (ROS) represent a ubiquitous signal and possible co-stressor of warm and cold temperature, acute hyposaline and low pH stress, possibly causing a shift from pro-oxidant NADH-producing to anti-oxidant NADPH-producing and -consuming metabolic pathways. Changes in cytoskeletal and actin-binding proteins in response to several stressors, including ROS, suggest that both are important structural and functional elements in responding to stress. Disruption of protein homeostasis, e.g., increased abundance of molecular chaperones, was severe in response to acute heat stress, inducing proteolysis, but was also observed in response to chronic heat and cold stress and was concentrated to the endoplasmic reticulum during hyposaline stress. Small GTPases affecting vesicle formation and transport, Ca2+-signaling and ion transport responded to salinity stress in species- and population-specific ways. Aerobic energy metabolism was in general down-regulated in response to temperature, hypoxia, hyposalinity and low pH stress, but other metabolic pathways were activated to respond to increased oxidative stress or to switch metabolic fuels. Thus, comparative proteomics is a powerful approach to identify functionally adaptive variation. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Proteomics of non-model organisms. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.


Tomanek L.,California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Annual Review of Marine Science | Year: 2011

Environmental proteomics, the study of changes in the abundance of proteins and their post-translational modifications, has become a powerful tool for generating hypotheses regarding how the environment affects the biology of marine organisms. Proteomics discovers hitherto unknown cellular effects of environmental stressors such as changes in thermal, osmotic, and anaerobic conditions. Proteomic analyses have advanced the characterization of the biological effects of pollutants and identified comprehensive and pollutant-specific sets of biomarkers, especially those highlighting post-translational modifications. Proteomic analyses of infected organisms have highlighted the broader changes occurring during immune responses and how the same pathways are attenuated during the maintenance of symbiotic relationships. Finally, proteomic changes occurring during the early life stages of marine organisms emphasize the importance of signaling events during development in a rapidly changing environment. Changes in proteins functioning in energy metabolism, cytoskeleton, protein stabilization and turnover, oxidative stress, and signaling are common responses to environmental change. Copyright © 2011 by Annual Reviews. All rights reserved.

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