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Fran Bagenal is one of the team leaders for NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto, and she will share her discoveries at Cal Poly this week. 

She says it took nine years for the spacecraft to finally make a flyby and 15 more months to beam images back to Earth. She says the data far exceeded her expectations.

A Central Coast university has joined forces with a District Attorney’s office, and the California National Guard to set up a new center to train people to fight cyber crime.

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office’s will oversee the facility at Camp San Luis Obispo, which includes a forensics lab, classroom space, and an experimental laboratory. The coalition includes Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the DA’s Office, and the California National Guard.

Students are being allowed into a Central Coast college residence hall in small groups to retrieve key possessions, after an unstable hillside forced its evacuation over the weekend.

Cal Poly ordered the evacuation of Fremont Hall Saturday over concerns of a potential mudslide. There were also concerns than two large trees might fall onto the building, but those trees have since been removed. The hillside movement damaged a retaining wall, but crews have done work to reinforce it.

A dean at a Central Coast university is leaving to become a provost at another California college.

Debra Larsen is currently Dean of the College of Engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Larsen will be the new Provost, and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Cal State Chico. Dean has been at Cal Poly since 2011, and before that was at Northern Arizona University for 17 years.

Cal Poly is expected to appoint an interim dean while it searches for a permanent replacement.

SLO HotHouse

There’s renewed effort to encourage innovators and entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses in a particular area on the Central Coast. 

Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship runs the SLO HotHouse, a collaborative effort with the county, city and local business community aimed at building a startup culture in San Luis Obispo County.

For six years, it has helped students start their own businesses. Now, with its new 15,000-square-foot location in downtown San Luis Obispo, the SLO HotHouse will also be a place for members of the community to grow their startups.

With the start of classes a week away at the Central Coast’s largest college, law enforcement officials are taking extra steps to insure back to school parties don’t get out of control.

The City of San Luis Obispo’s Safety Enhancement Zone Ordinance takes effect at midnight tonight. It’s an effort to deal with issues like noise, public alcohol consumption, and large parties linked to the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student community.

Authorities say they’ve found what they are calling some “items of interest” in their search for the remains of a missing college student on the Central Coast.

More than 40 FBI and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office personnel are involved in the excavation of multiple spots for traces of Kristin Smart, who disappeared from the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus in May of 1996.

A Central Coast university has received a major federal grant to help at risk junior, and senior high school students have a better chance of doing well enough to get into college.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo received a $1.2 million dollar U.S. Department of Education grant to support the university’s Educational Talent Search program. The five year grant will support 500 students a year in the program, which helps public school students with everything from preparing for admissions tests to academic and financial counseling.