Research Archive

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Week of: Oct 24, 2021
Applications Sought for 36th Annual CSU Student Research Competition » The Humboldt State Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is encouraging students to participate in the 2022 CSU Student Research Competition.
Week of: Oct 17, 2021
Telling the Story Behind ‘Sugar Bear’ and Six Rivers National Forest » An 84-foot white fir harvested from Six Rivers National Forest will light up the U.S. Capitol this holiday season after making the cross-country trek from Northern California to Washington D.C. In preparation, Humboldt State University students have helped create interpretative and educational materials to accompany the tree on its journey east.
Week of: Oct 10, 2021
Restoring Kelp in the Face of Climate Change » Researchers at UC Davis’ Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute, in collaboration with Humboldt State University and UC Santa Cruz, will research how ecological restoration of kelp forests might incorporate future impacts of climate change.
Week of: Oct 03, 2021
$30 Million in Grants Support Important Research for Faculty and Students » Humboldt State faculty, staff, and student researchers were awarded $30 million in new grant funding secured by HSU’s Sponsored Programs Foundation (SPF) last year. SPF currently manages 630 active projects with a total award value of $113 million.
Week of: Sep 26, 2021
HSU Joins Oregon State, University of Washington to Launch a Research Hub for Coastal Resiliency » The Cascadia Coastlines and Peoples Hazards Research Hub, or Cascadia CoPes Hub, will coordinate research in Pacific Northwest coastal communities between numerous academic and government organizations to inform and enable integrated hazard assessment, mitigation, and adaptation.
Week of: Sep 19, 2021
Renowned Stem Cell Research Program Secures $3.6 Million for Student Internships » Humboldt State University’s distinguished CIRM Bridges Program has once again been awarded with generous grant funding from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Led by Biology Professor Amy Sprowles, HSU’s CIRM Bridges is designed to support students from diverse backgrounds committed to improving human health through stem cell research and gene therapy.
Week of: Sep 12, 2021
Kelp is on the Way » Humboldt State University is expanding and diversifying its seaweed research farm in Humboldt Bay to include bull kelp. With the help of HSU students, researchers aim to inform future decisions about commercial aquaculture and conservation efforts.
Week of: Sep 05, 2021
100% Renewable Microgrid ‘Takes Off’ at the Redwood Coast Airport » The Redwood Coast Airport Microgrid’s (RCAM) community partners announced construction activities on what will be the first 100% renewable, multi-customer microgrid in California.
Week of: Aug 22, 2021
100+ Otter Sculptures for Public Arts Initiative Raises Awareness about Otters (w/ Video) » North Coast Otters Public Arts Initiative is a community “treasure hunt” tour of more than 100 sculptures painted by local artists, with an aim to celebrate life, water, and otters, support local businesses, and raise funds for student projects. Visit the North Coast Otters Public Arts Initiative website for more information.
Week of: Aug 15, 2021
State Makes Historic Investment in HSU’s Polytechnic Plans » California Governor Gavin Newsom and the State Legislature have agreed on a new state budget with a historic $458 million investment in Humboldt State University’s effort to become Northern California’s first polytechnic institution.
Week of: Jun 13, 2021
HSU Continues Polytech Push with Plans for Several New Programs » Drawing on its strengths in STEM, environmental and social responsibility, and experiential learning, Humboldt State University has submitted documentation of its intent to launch several new and innovative undergraduate and graduate degree programs as soon as Fall 2022 and Fall 2023.
Week of: May 02, 2021
Two HSU Professors Win Fulbrights for Research in Jamaica and Peru » Professors Jayne McGuire and Jasper Oshun have each been named Fulbright Scholars. The pair of Humboldt State faculty will receive grant awards to conduct international research in their fields in 2022.
HSU Students Excel at Statewide Student Research Competition » A Humboldt State University student took home a second place award at the 35th Annual California State University Student Research Competition, held virtually at Cal Poly Pomona this year.
Week of: Apr 25, 2021
The Role of Warming Climate on Forest Reproduction » Building on 16 years of research, Forestry Professor David Greene has found evidence that mast seeding—the boom-or-bust crop cycle typical of most tree species—is governed by a simple weather cue that operates asynchronously across the continent. The findings have significant implications for forest ecosystems in an era of rapid climate change.
Week of: Apr 04, 2021
Students Researchers Vie Among State’s Best in Annual CSU Competition » A group of Humboldt State University students has been selected to represent the campus in the 35th Annual California State University Student Research Competition. Held remotely for the second year in a row, the 2021 competition will be virtually hosted by Cal Poly Pomona on Friday, April 30  and Saturday, May 1.
Standout Faculty and Graduate Student Named McCrone Scholars » The Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation has announced the 2021 winners of the McCrone Promising Faculty Scholars Award and the the Alistair and Judith McCrone Graduate Fellowship.
Week of: Mar 21, 2021
$949,000 Grant Opens Doors for Underrepresented STEM Students (w/ Video) » Microbes are all around us—in the air, our water, the earth, even our gut (think “good” bacteria)—and grow within all living things. What happens when microbes originating from one host migrate to another? Why does this matter? Humboldt State University students will explore these questions thanks to a prestigious $949,000 National Science Foundation grant awarded to Biology Professor Catalina Cuellar-Gempeler.
Week of: Mar 14, 2021
New Food Sovereignty Lab will Promote Research, Indigenous Representation, Tribal Collaboration » A groundbreaking facility at Humboldt State University is in the works to explore healthy, traditional Indigenous food systems and highlight Indigenous representation.
Assistantship Program to Fund Student Work on Faculty-Led Projects » Humboldt State University’s new assistantship program in the College of Professional Studies (CPS) will award 20 students funding to participate in faculty-led research and professional development projects. Applications opened March 15.
HSU Scientist Helps Fishing Industry Set Sustainable Catch Limits » A small fish has made big waves in the Atlantic fishing industry thanks to Andre Buchheister, a professor of Fisheries Biology at Humboldt State University.
Week of: Feb 28, 2021
In Small, Seismically Unique Area, Group Preparing the World for Earthquakes and Tsunamis » In 2011, an earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan and caused damage across the Pacific. A unique volunteer network of professionals—based in the most seismically active area of the continental U.S.—is marking the 10-year anniversary of the disaster while continuing to raise awareness about tsunami and earthquake preparedness.
Week of: Feb 14, 2021
Bonanza en los Andes: HSU Partners with Peruvian Community to Support Water Development Project » In Zurite, Peru, 1.3 kilometers of irrigation canals now provide fresh water to the local community thanks to a Humboldt State student-led water development project.
NorCal SBDC Initiative to Bring $100 Million to 1,000 Black-owned Businesses » Looking to take a bite out of COVID-19 losses and rebuild a suffering segment of the economy, The Inclusivity Project launched this month with the goal of securing $100 million for 1,000 Black-owned businesses.
Week of: Feb 07, 2021
¡Échale Ganas! in STEM » ¡Échale Ganas! is a new grant-funded program at Humboldt State designed to support hands-on learning and career advancement for Latinx students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Week of: Jan 24, 2021
AWEsome Business Competition Fuels Big, Bold, and Green Ideas » To bolster local entrepreneurship and help build more resilient and regenerative communities, Humboldt State University and the local community launched a competition designed to support sustainable business ventures in agriculture, water, or energy in Northern California.
Week of: Jan 10, 2021
Psychology Research Links Social Isolation to COVID-19 Protocol Resistance » As health officials continue to implore the public to wear masks and practice social distancing, recent research by Humboldt State University Psychology Professor Amber Gaffney provides key insights into connections between social isolation, conspiratorial thinking, and resistance to COVID-19 protocols.

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