A significant research discovery, student accomplishments in athletics and off the road, and other important news updates are among the highlights of President Ortiz’s weekly video message.
Professors Andrew Voss and Robert Talmadge and biology students researched and published the results of a significant study on Huntington’s disease, which is a fatal and incurable genetic disease. Once thought to be strictly a neurodegenerative process, the Cal Poly Pomona team’s research found that malfunctioning muscle tissue may contribute to the condition. For more on this study, see this PolyCentric story.
Ortiz also praised the Baja SAE team for finishing sixth out of 87 teams from around the world. It was the top-ranked team from California, and for the first time it advanced to the design finals.
He also lauded the track and field team for a spectacular season that saw eight Broncos compete at the NCAA Division II National Championships. Senior Jillian Schmidt earned two All-America honors by placing fourth in the high jump and eighth in the heptathlon. She is the first Bronco to earn dual honors in track and field since 1999.
Ortiz also noted that Cal Poly Pomona was recently ranked among the top 50 best values in education nationwide by Affordable Colleges Online.
On a more somber note, Ortiz said that prosecutors are pursuing a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge against the driver who struck and killed Ivan Aguilar earlier this year. The case is in the hands of the court, he said. Meanwhile, the campus community will continue discussions of traffic circulation and planning, the results of which will help establish funding priorities.
To read the entire video message, download a PDF of the transcript.