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Week of: Jun 07, 2009
Student Journalists Explore Humboldt Mysteries » Don’t miss your chance to watch “Insight: Mysteries of Humboldt County,” airing on Access Humboldt channel 12 on the upcoming dates and times:
Week of: May 31, 2009
HSU Biology Department Announces 2009 Student Awards » Arcata - Humboldt State University’s Department of Biological Sciences has designated its 2009 awards and scholarships.
Week of: May 24, 2009
HSU Student Wins $1,000 Baking Prize » Humboldt State University junior Liz Sandstrom, a business administration major and a student assistant in the AIR Center, recently won the $1,000 first prize in the "cookies/bars" division of the Domino/C&H;Sugar "Baking for Cash" contest with her recipe for peanut butter cookies.
HSU Students Win State Mapping Awards » Humboldt State University geography majors Diana Muncy and Amber White won $125 first-place awards in cartography competitions during the recent annual meeting of the California Geographical Society in Solvang.
Week of: May 17, 2009
HSU Forestry Awards $33,000 in Scholarships » Arcata – Humboldt State University’s Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources awarded more than $33,000 in scholarships at its recent 11th annual spring banquet, which drew approximately 100 people, including students, faculty and scholarship donors.
Week of: May 10, 2009
Student Journalists Take First For Suicide Investigation » The National Society of Professional Journalists has awarded a First Place Mark of Excellence Award for In-Depth Reporting for region 11 to the Investigative Reporting Class at Humboldt State University for the story ??Nobody's Fault?? that was published in the North Coast Journal last May.
Mu Alpha Theta Contest Winners Prove Mathematical Mettle » This spring the Mu Alpha Theta (Mathematics) Contest continued with its format that included a section of shorter problems along with a section of more challenging problems.
GIS Scholarship for HSU Undergrad » The Northern California Region of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing has awarded a $500 scholarship for the 2009 academic year to HSU student Brian Huggett for his GIS studies.
HSU Student Wins CSU Research Award » Arcata – Vivian Helliwell, an undergraduate economics major at Humboldt State University and a local fisheries activist, has won a CSU-wide research award for a paper she wrote about the management of California Dungeness crab.
Week of: May 03, 2009
HSU Nets Grant to Study Head Injury » Humboldt State University together with researchers at Michigan State University recently received a $243,943 grant from the National Operating Committee for Standard on Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) to study the effects of concussion on depression, neurocognitive performance, and balance/coordination in collegiate and high school student-athletes.
HSU Don Translates Hiroshima Haiku » Father Eric Freed, director of Humboldt State University’s Newman Center and a lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies, has put into English the story and haiku poetry of a Japanese woman who was a teenager when the U.S. struck Hiroshima with an atomic bomb on August 6, 1945.
Marketing Students Bolster Local Business » Area businesses got a helping hand from Humboldt State University students who recently completed marketing research for the local companies eager to learn more about what’s going on in their back yards.
Students Fight Against Light Pollution » The student-led Humboldt Energy Independence Fund has granted $75,000 for a Green Campus Program proposal to upgrade the Redwood Bowl stadium lighting at Humboldt State University and slash electricity consumption and light spillage.
Week of: Apr 26, 2009
Record Year for HSU Model U.N. » In its largest delegation to date, the Model United Nations program at Humboldt State University’s Department of Politics sent 31 students to San Francisco for the 2009 five-day intercollegiate simulation of the U.N., where they garnered five Meritorious Delegation Awards. The results placed HSU among the top three performers at the conference for the third year running.
Grant Boosts Forest Managers’ Efforts » Arcata — Humboldt State University recently received a $308,598 grant from the national Joint Fire Science Program to provide forestland managers with comprehensive, up-to-date techniques for reducing wildland fuels in the western United States.
Week of: Apr 19, 2009
HSU’s Reitzel at National Humanities Workshops » Arcata - Armeda Reitzel, Music Department chair and professor of communication at Humboldt State University, will attend two intensive study sessions this summer sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the federal agency founded in 1965 to foster excellence in education and public knowledge of the lessons of history.
Milestone Survey Keys on Latino Health Care » Arcata – The Redwood Coast’s fast-growing Latino population needs a major expansion of bilingual medical services, including dental care, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis by the California Center for Rural Policy at Humboldt State University.
Week of: Apr 12, 2009
HSU Model Arab League Receives Multiple Honors » HSU Geography major Ted Bliss was elected Secretary General of the 2010 Model Arab League. Bliss joined a delegation of 30 students from Dr. Paul Blank's Geography of the Middle East class and the Arabic Peace and Culture Club.
Pacific Coast region wins 2009 World Geography Bowl » Following an evening of intense competition against teams from throughout the U.S. and Canada, the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers (APCG) team took top honors at this year’s World Geography Bowl Competition in Las Vegas on March 24. Humboldt State University was well-represented in the competition, as the team included three alumni and one current faculty member.
HSU Spurs Pesticide Reform in Ag Country » Arcata – Community-based research by Humboldt State University faculty and students is helping to curb pesticide exposure in the Central and Salinas Valleys and ease the health threat to farm workers and school children.
Schatz Engineer Wins Fulbright Grant » Arcata – Richard Engel, Senior Research Engineer at Humboldt State University’s Schatz Energy Research Center and an HSU alumnus (’88), has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and develop curriculum at Universidad Don Bosco in El Salvador during the 2009-2010 academic year.
Week of: Apr 05, 2009
Journalism Students Bolster Press Freedom » Humboldt State journalism students collaborated this semester with the Student Press Law Center, a national legal assistance agency that supports high school and college press freedom, on records requests that tested the responsiveness of more than 100 colleges and universities. HSU was one of three schools—the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and the University of North Texas were the others—that sent letters to 95 public and 20 private institutions seeking documents on student disciplinary complaints and cases.
HSU Student Named Fulbright Scholar » Arcata – Humboldt State University graduating senior Ranjan Hatch, a Biology major, has won a scholarship to serve as a university English teaching assistant in Malaysia through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
Week of: Mar 29, 2009
HSU Nabs Eight Wins in Logging Sports » Humboldt State University’s Logging Sports Club racked up eight victories, four second places and seven third places in contests at the 2009 Association of Western Forestry Clubs Conclave, which was held for the first time in tandem with the Redwood Region Logging Conference, March 19-21, at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds. Part of the action was captured by a crew from ESPN U. You can check out a slide show at "ESPN's Timbersports site":
Arcata Botanist Jennifer Wheeler Wins National Wildflower Conservation Award » Jennifer Wheeler, botanist with the BLM's Arcata Field Office, has received the Karl Urban Celebrating Wildflowers Award, a national honor recognizing her exemplary work conserving native plants through creativity, community involvement, volunteer programs and educational efforts. (text continues below)
The Birds, the Bees and Coffee » Your cup of coffee probably seems rather banal. Grind the beans, add some water, apply heat and, presto, ready-to-drink stimulant. But there’s a lot more to the ubiquitous beverage. As two Humboldt State professors and their students are discovering, it all comes back to the birds and the bees.
Week of: Mar 22, 2009
HSU Dancer Receives Top Honors » Cheri Anchondo, who is a double major in Dance (Interdisciplinary Studies) and Geography, had her dance selected as one of the top 10 dances (out of 66 dances) in the Northwest Region. Anchondo’s dance was featured in a Gala concert that closed the conference activities.
Week of: Mar 15, 2009
Y.E.S. Teams with Alice Birney for Chavez Day » Arcata – Youth Educational Services (Y.E.S.), the student-run volunteer organization at Humboldt State University, is partnering with Eureka’s Alice Birney Elementary School for its spring Serve-a-Thon and work on Cesar Chavez Day.
HSU Nets $1.6 Million from Stem Cell Research Grant » Arcata - The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has approved $17.5 million in funding for training in stem cell research at universities and research institutions across the state, with an anticipated $1.6 million slated for Humboldt State University.
Week of: Mar 08, 2009
National Student Award Named for Judith Little » Judith Little, Professor Emeritus with the Department of Sociology, was honored by the Association on Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS). Beginning Fall 2009, the student team winning an applied sociology competition will be recognized with the “Judith Little Student Award.”
HSU Scholar Named to China Delegation » Arcata - Dr. Ray Wang, Director of Humboldt State’s Chinese Studies program and Dean of the University Library, has been named by the Carter Center in Atlanta to a fact-finding mission to China, March 30 to April 6.
HSU Prof Films Geese ‘Fly-Off’ » Victoria Sama, an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, produced a natural sound video of the recent seventh annual Humboldt Aleutian Geese 'Fly-Off' that was broadcast on CNN.
Week of: Mar 01, 2009
Fire Lab on the Cutting Edge » "When I came to Humboldt people kept saying, 'You'll like our fire table.' I was thinking, 'What the heck is the fire table?' says Professor Morgan Varner, a fire scientist at HSU. "So, when I came into the Wildland Fire Lab and they lowered the hood I thought, 'Oh, wow, this is perfect!'"
Week of: Feb 15, 2009
Dengler Wins State Seismic Award » Arcata – Humboldt State University Geology Professor Lori Dengler, an international authority on tsunami and earthquake mitigation, has won the 2009 Alfred E. Alquist Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Earthquake Safety.
HSU Dominant in Sierra Cascade Logging Conference » The Sierra cascade Logging Conference hosted their annual Logging Sports Competition and Demonstration, which included Humboldt State, Cal poly, Cal Berkley, Modesto Junior College, and Central Oregon Community College.
Forestry Group Honors HSU Recruiter » Lisa Perry, the Recruiter for the College of Natural Resources and Sciences was awarded the Roy Derek Berridge Memorial Award by the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference (SCLC) in Redding on Feb. 12, 2008.
Week of: Jan 25, 2009
Geography Major Earns National Geographic Internship » William Shubert, a Geography major at Humboldt State, was recently awarded an internship with National Geographic in Washington D.C. The internship will begin in the fall of 2009.
Week of: Jan 11, 2009
Arcata Junior Wins HSU Essay Award » Arcata – Arcata High School junior Lilian Medford has won the inaugural Humboldt County High School Constitution Day Essay Competition, initiated by Humboldt State University’s Department of Politics and providing Medford with $221 from the Humboldt Loyalty Fund to commemorate the 221st anniversary of the signing of the nation’s most fundamental law on Constitution Day last September 17.
HSU Gains in Peace Corps Ranks » Arcata - Humboldt State University ranks 14th, up from 20th last year, among all medium-size colleges and universities contributing Peace Corps Volunteers, according to the organization’s Top Colleges list for 2009.
Week of: Jan 04, 2009
Tsunami Group Honored for Innovation » Arcata – The Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group, a tri-county interagency body that includes Humboldt State University and advances mitigation of coastal earthquake and tsunami hazards, has received an award for excellence in innovation from a regional earthquake consortium headquartered in Sacramento, Calif.
Week of: Dec 14, 2008
Cheek to be Inducted to Hall of Fame » Frank Cheek, Humboldt State University's legendary softball coach, will be inducted into the "National Fastpitch Coaches Association": (NFCA) Hall of Fame on Dec. 11, 2009 at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.
Week of: Dec 07, 2008
Student Designs May Help Developing Nations » The Full Belly Project and Humboldt State University’s Introduction to Design course hosted an open house from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at HSU. The event marked the public unveiling of seven student team designs that improve and adapt the internationally acclaimed Universal Nut Sheller (UNS) as part of an international service learning partnership.
Forestry Student Honored for Poster » Kate Milich, a graduate student in the Natural Resources-Forestry M.S. program at Humboldt State won the Best Poster Award at the Pacific West Fire Conference last week in San Diego, CA.
Stewart Named Rural Policy Specialist » Arcata – Connie Stewart, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity County senior field representative to Assemblywoman Patty Berg since 2002, has accepted appointment as the Director of Special Projects for the California Center for Rural Policy at Humboldt State University, a research and data mining unit aimed at improving rural living conditions on the Redwood Coast.
Week of: Nov 30, 2008
HSU Dons Address International Forums » Assistant Professors Mark Baker and Noah Zerbe, both recognized experts in their fields, were each sought out to present their research at international academic symposiums over the past month.
HSU Spurs $2.1 Million in Student Jobs » Arcata – Humboldt State University’s Career Center has more than doubled student placement salaries in 2008 with a grand total of $2.17 million generated by 503 local jobs.
HSU Brings in Half Ton of Donated Food » Humboldt State University students, along with school administration, staff and faculty members, collected and donated 950 pounds of food during this year’s HSU Holiday Food Drive to support the efforts of Food for People, Humboldt County’s food bank.
Biologist Named to World Threat Forum » Arcata - Dr. Ronald A. Fritzsche, an alum ('67) and Professor of Fisheries Biology Emeritus at Humboldt State University, is one of 18 scientists worldwide and the only one from the U.S. west coast invited to a key conference in London in January to evaluate the marine fish species on the international endangered list.
Wave Energy Deemed Feasible, But Gnarly » Ocean waves are a promising source of renewable electric power for the Redwood Coast, but the policy issues are complex and will force political tradeoffs, according to a state-commissioned white paper co-authored, in part, by experts from Humboldt State.
Week of: Nov 16, 2008
Professor Honored for Peace Efforts » Arcata - Humboldt State University Professor Emeritus Sam Oliner, an internationally recognized author, peace ambassador and founder of the Altruistic Personality & Prosocial Institute, has been awarded the 2008 Humboldt County Peacemaker Prize by the Eureka Interfaith Fellowship.
Week of: Oct 26, 2008
Area Children Need Medical ‘Homes’ » Arcata - Combating poverty’s blight on Redwood Coast health care requires comprehensive child coverage and ensuring that youngsters have medical and dental ‘homes,’ according to a survey by the California Center for Rural Policy (CCRP) at Humboldt State University.
Week of: Oct 12, 2008
Geography Students Explore Tibet » Nine HSU Students, along with Geography Professor Tony Rossi, are currently on a six week trip across Tibet as part of the GEOG 411 Senior Field Research course.
Examining the Economics of Wave Energy » The same waves locals ride to shore at well-known surf spots like Houda Point may also hold the answer to rising energy costs.
Week of: Sep 28, 2008
Community Benefits from Day of Caring » As part of of the 15th annual Day of Caring, nearly 500 Humboldt State University students, staff and faculty, local citizens and AmeriCorps members contributed a sum total of more than 1,200 hours of service at over 30 different sites in our community.
Week of: Sep 21, 2008
Student Reporters Get Industry Nod » Arcata – Humboldt State University student investigative reporters are cited for excellence in the current issue of Quill, the magazine published by the Society of Professional Journalists that follows news industry developments.
Week of: Sep 14, 2008
Sequoia Volunteer Digs Costa Rica Study » Arcata - Humboldt State University undergraduate Rani Ram, winner of a $3,000 William Randolph Hearst/California State University (CSU) Trustees Award for Outstanding Achievement, spent the summer in a primate field study in Costa Rica under the auspices of HSU’s Department of Anthropology.
Week of: Sep 07, 2008
Visually Impaired Scholars Excel » Arcata - Four Humboldt State University students, one from Redding, have been awarded $6,500 each in Dale M. Schoettler Scholarships that assist blind and visually impaired students across the California State University system.
Top Scholar Dinner Set for Sept. 29 » Arcata - Dr. Lori Dengler, Professor and Chair of Humboldt State University’s Department of Geology and the University’s 2008 Scholar of Year, will present a free lecture on Monday, Sept. 29, at 5:00 p.m. in Van Duzer Theatre.
Week of: Aug 24, 2008
Woodstra Shines at Olympics » There’s no question about it: Sue Woodstra knows volleyball. Woodstra, Humboldt State head coach and assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic Women’s Indoor Volleyball Team, recently helped lead Team USA back to the medal stand for the first time in 16 years. The national squad brought home the silver from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, matching its best-ever finish.
Prof Examines ‘Forgotten’ Civil War Figure » Champ Ferguson is such an intriguing Civil War character—guerrilla, slave owner, cold-blooded killer—it’s hard to believe he’s been nearly forgotten by history. A new book by Professor Thomas Mays, a historian at Humboldt State University, looks to breathe life back into a story that once gripped the nation’s attention.
Students Bring New Light to Africa Marketplaces » Peter Johnstone and Kristen Radecsky set out before dusk everyday for a month to walk through Kenya’s marketplaces. The two Environmental Systems graduate students were busy collecting data on kerosene lamps and collaborating with Kenyans on a safer, more economical alternative.
Week of: Aug 17, 2008
Professor Explores Ecological Futures » When examining ideas like world ecological degradation and an impending dark age it’s comforting to know there’s still a flickering light of hope at the end of the tunnel.
Week of: Aug 10, 2008
Student Awarded Switzer Fellowship » Arcata - Rebecca Menten, a Humboldt State graduate student in the Energy, Environment and Society program, has been awarded a prestigious Switzer Environmental Fellowship worth $15,000.
CCAT Recognized for ‘Best Practices’ » The Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT), Humboldt State’s demonstration home for sustainable living, recently sent former co-director, Jeffrey Steuben to accept its award for Best Practices in Student Sustainability Program for the California State University (CSU).
Week of: Aug 03, 2008
Rural Policy Unit Finds Big Health Care Shortfall » Arcata — Nearly half of the Redwood Coast's uninsured residents are unable to receive needed health care, reports Humboldt State University’s California Center for Rural Policy (CCRP) in its August Research Brief. The report also notes those with Medi-Cal, California’s state run medical assistance program, are more than twice as likely to seek care in an emergency room than those with private insurance.
Week of: Jul 27, 2008
Computer Design A Big Hit » Arcata - Summer interns at Humboldt State University give high fives to an intensive computer science design program for bachelor’s candidates. They find it solid ground work for graduate school and the job market.

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