SLO County Roundup

SLO County

Organizations seeking money for community-based and preventive health programs can now seek an application from the county.

The awards, which will be given for the 2011-12 fiscal year, are for local projects that “support and complement (not duplicate) the efforts of the county’s health and human services departments in promoting the optimal health, stability, independence and well-being of county residents,” according to a county announcement.

A review committee will examine the applications and make recommendations to the county administrator and then the Board of Supervisors, which will have the final say.

The county will hold an informational meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday at the County Government Center, 1055 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

Applications are due Jan. 31. To apply, contact Nikki Schmidt at the county administrator’s office, 781-5496, or go to www.slocounty.ca.gov/admin.htm.

— Bob Cuddy

Cal Poly

Cal Poly’s College of Engineering has announced several winter faculty and staff awards.

Aerospace engineering professor Kira Abercromby and electrical engineering professor Lynn Slivovsky received two-year, $40,000 Lockheed Martin Endowed Professorship awards.

David Marshall, a professor in aerospace engineering, won the $1,000 Raytheon Excellence in Teaching and Applied Research Award.

Professor emeritus Raymond Gordon won the $3,000 Wingate Foundation HVAC&R Award.

And the college’s first Societal Impact Award recognized materials engineering professor Linda Vanasupa.

Outstanding Staff Awards were presented to Jo Ernest and Noni Smyth.

— Nick Wilson

SLO County

SLO Regional Rideshare is asking the public to submit theme ideas for Bike Month 2011 coming up in May, when a variety of free events and activities take place to encourage biking.

Themes should show off what life is and could be like if people drove less and rode more: a world with better health and less air pollution and oil spending, according to the agency. Send Bike Month 2011 theme ideas to kgreer@ rideshare.org by 5 p.m. Wednesday. All submissions will be posted online for a community vote through noon Jan. 19. Past themes include: Shift Gears (2007), Chain Reaction (2009) and Life in the Bike Lane (2010).

SLO Regional Rideshare, a division of the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments, advocates for “sustainable” transportation options. For more information on Bike Month, visit the Rideshare website at www.rideshare.org.

— Julia Hickey