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Week of: Apr 27, 2008
Physics & Astronomy Student Shines at National Forum » Arcata – Arcata student and physics major Liam Furniss recently represented Humboldt State University at a national conclave where he introduced results of his experimental research of dark energy in the Gravity Research Laboratory at HSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Week of: Apr 20, 2008
Museum Grant Buoys Teachers » Arcata – Humboldt State University’s Natural History Museum has received a $10,000 grant from the Fortuna-based McLean Foundation to buttress the museum’s partnerships with area teachers and schools.
Week of: Apr 13, 2008
Psychology Students, Faculty Share Work At Leading Conference » Since 2000, HSU Department of Psychology's students and faculty have given nearly 150 conference presentations.
ERE Students Prove Modeling Mettle » Arcata — Humboldt State's Environmental Resources Engineering students once again lived up to the tradition of academic excellence -- this time in the field of mathematics modeling.
Fulgham Contributes to New Peer Journal » Dr. Kenneth Fulgham, HSU Professor of Rangeland Resources, and D.E. Coultrap, a former HSU graduate student, are among the co-authors of an article about western juniper in the inaugural edition of Invasive Plant Science and Management magazine, published by the Weed Science Society of America under the auspices of the University of California, Davis.
Week of: Mar 23, 2008
Cunha to lead state Geography Bee » Think you know more than a 4th grader when it comes to geography? Try this one on for size: Known for its production of alpaca wool, Arequipa is a major commercial and tourist center in what country just south of Ecuador? (Answer at end of story)
Week of: Mar 16, 2008
Free Enterprise Is Hallmark of Smullin Scholars » Arcata - In their 20th year at Humboldt State University, Smullin Scholarship honors were bestowed recently upon the eight annual Smullin Scholars by the Patricia D. & William B. Smullin Foundation and university representatives.
New Book Aids Natural Resource Scientists » Arcata - Dr. Howard B. Stauffer, Professor of Statistics and Chair of Humboldt State University’s Department of Mathematics, has written a new book that introduces natural resource scientists to more current methods of statistical analysis, helping them to enhance their estimates of the probability of specific occurrences in nature.
Week of: Mar 02, 2008
Sociology Alums Praise M.A. » Humboldt State Sociology Professor Mary Virnoche is a contributor to the current issue of the Sociological Practice Newsletter, in which she reports that graduate level research combined with applied field experience enables HSU master's degree professionals to effect real social change.
Week of: Feb 24, 2008
HSU Construction Team Takes On The Competition » For the first time ever, the Humboldt State Construction Management Team went head-to-head with other institutions, including Arizona State University and Cal Poly San Louis Obispo, in the 21st annual Associated Schools of Construction competition in Sparks, NV. The competition, which ran Feb. 14 and 15, pitted HSU against 137 teams representing a total of 34 universities from 15 states.
Kennedy Center Honors Theatre, Film & Dance » Assistant Professor Rae Robison and several Humboldt State University students were honored for their achievements at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival held at California State University at Los Angeles.
Week of: Feb 17, 2008
HSU Faculty Gets Fulbright Nod » Arcata - Dr. Noah Zerbe, assistant professor of government and politics at Humboldt State University, will attend a Summer 2008 Fulbright Seminar in Berlin that will examine the impact of science on international policy making.
HSU Praised for Youth Service » Arcata – Humboldt State University has again won national recognition for exemplary service to disadvantaged youth, this time for its Youth to College Initiative (Y2C), which sets up campus-community partnerships for tutoring and mentoring.
Students Propel Renewable Energy » Arcata - Thanks to a Humboldt State University engineering class, a non-profit partner and two local contractors, a Del Norte County ranch is now being powered year-round by an off-grid renewable energy system.
Week of: Feb 03, 2008
HSU Geologist Spurs Evolution Science » Arcata – Humboldt State University Geology Professor William C. Miller III is a member of the editorial board and an associate editor of the new journal Evolution: Education and Outreach, a quarterly magazine devoted to expanding the knowledge and teaching of evolutionary theory to a wide audience.
Week of: Jan 27, 2008
HSU Wins $300,000 for Research Interns » Arcata – Humboldt State University has received a three-year, $300,000 federal grant to continue summer internships for undergraduate students to get practical experience in computing and design.
Professor blends social justice and science » Humboldt State recently recognized the inspiring work of professor Arne Jacobson when it selected Jacobson as the winner of its Making a Difference contest — a competition intended to highlight the core values of a Humboldt State education as defined in the university’s current re-accreditation process.
Week of: Jan 20, 2008
Putting diversity into high-tech » In an age where almost every daily transaction involves some type of computer technology, individuals with professional training in the computing sciences are in growing demand. This is particularly true in many of California’s Native American communities.
Week of: Jan 06, 2008
Adult Learning Garners $100K » Arcata – The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Humboldt State University has received a $100,000 renewal grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco to continue low-cost education for Humboldt County adults more than 50 years old.
Week of: Dec 16, 2007
Environmentalist Named Top Prof » “Students should be explorers, not followers” That is the creed of one of Humboldt State University’s top environmentalists, Carolyn Ward, named Outstanding Professor of 2007/2008.
Week of: Dec 02, 2007
Student Innovates for Fire & Light » With an energy bill that runs somewhere around $15,000 a month, reducing your energy use by as much as 30 percent would seem like a dream come true. For the Arcata-based dinnerware makers Fire & Light this is about to become a reality, thanks to an innovative design from HSU Applied Technology senior Ben Davis.
Week of: Nov 11, 2007
HSU Shows Well at Soils Conference » Humboldt State University Professor Susan Edinger Marshall and Wildland Soils major Rosemary Records presented a poster titled "Soils-Based Evidence for a Former Salt-Marsh; Jarosite and Buried A Horizons (Humboldt County, CA),” at the Soil Science Society of America Meeting in New Orleans, LA.
Week of: Oct 21, 2007
Lighting the Way » Professor Arne Jacobson works to bring efficient light and solar power to Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa, where kerosene and fuel lamps pose health and environmental problems, stifle education and economic development.
Week of: Oct 14, 2007
Professor Helps Reduce Bullying » Bully Magnet—it’s a particularly apt term teens use to describe the unfortunate kids that bear the brunt of schoolyard bullies. Chris Byrne (’80) is intimately acquainted with the phenomenon—in his 22 years as the school psychologist at Sunnybrae Middle School in Arcata, Byrne has seen his fair share of shoving, taunting, groping and the like.
Week of: Oct 07, 2007
HSU Wins $1.25 Million Grant » The United States Department of Education has awarded Humboldt State University a five-year, $1.25 million Classic Upward Bound TRIO grant to provide early outreach, encouragement and support to 50 students at six high schools in Humboldt and Trinity Counties: Arcata High, Hoopa High, South Fork High, Trinity High, Hayfork High and Southern Trinity High.
Week of: Sep 30, 2007
HSU Helps Close Digital Gap » Humboldt State University (HSU), in partnership with Redwood Coast Rural Action (RCRA), has been awarded $500,000 for a prototype project to attract high-speed broadband service to every Redwood Coast community in the four-county region.
Week of: Sep 23, 2007
HSU Biologists Win $1.2 Million National Science Foundation Award » Arcata - Drs. Patricia Siering and Mark Wilson of Humboldt State University's Biology Department have won a $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant to study organisms living in some of the most extreme conditions on the planet: the boiling acid pools and hot acidic lakes of Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral, CA.
HSU National Quiz Bowl Champs » It was just a small chirp, modest as sounds go. But when the Humboldt State Wildlife Conclave team identified that little peep as a tiny cricket, they once again proved to be the best in the nation.
Week of: Sep 16, 2007
Disney Funds HSU Genetic Research » Arcata – The Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund has awarded $23,600 to Humboldt State University’s Micaela Szykman Gunther, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Management, to conduct genetic research of the critically endangered African wild dog.
HSU Student Wins $1,000 Soils Scholarship » Arcata - “What I love about soil is how it unifies terrestrial life and scientific disciplines,” wrote Humboldt State University student Rosemary Records in an essay that has won her the $1,000 Paul J. Zinke Memorial Scholarship from the California Forest Soils Council (CFSC).
HSU Faculty/Alum Wins $1,000 Biomechanics Award » Arcata – Full-time Humboldt State Lecturer Justus Ortega (’97) of the Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Administration has won a $1,000 professional award for his milestone research of the mechanics and energetics of walking in elderly adults. (Energetics is the scientific study of energy and its transformations.)
HSU Advancement Foundation Posts Major Investment Gains » Arcata - The value of Humboldt State University’s Advancement Foundation investment assets has reached more than $21.4 million, a near doubling of the $10.9 million recorded in early 2005, according to an investment performance report by the University’s Advancement Foundation for the period that ended June 30, 2007.
Week of: Jul 08, 2007
Eaton Is Top Environmental Fellow » Alexander Eaton, a master’s candidate in Environmental Systems at Humboldt State University, has won a $15,000 Fellowship from the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, Belfast, Maine, in support of his research as Executive Director of the International Renewable Resources Institute (IRRI) in Mexico City.
Week of: Jun 03, 2007
$550,000 Science Grant to HSU/Schools » The Redwood Science Project (RSP) of Humboldt State University and regional K-12 partners have received a four-year, $550,000 federal grant to support secondary science teachers. The project helps alleviate the statewide shortage of science teachers with support for individual faculty and their middle school and high school science departments.
Week of: May 06, 2007
Biology Student Wins Research Award » James Kealey, a student from HSU's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, recently won a "best talk" award (and a $50.00 check) at the West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference (WCBSURC) at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Week of: Apr 29, 2007
Solar Project Has National Impact » Keeping Humboldt State University in the forefront of United States renewable energy research, President Rollin Richmond presided at a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, May 2, to commission the student-led Solar Radiation Monitoring Station (SoRMS) project, which will gather detailed data about the North Coast's solar energy resource.
Week of: Apr 22, 2007
Psychology Dept. Presents Research » Psychology Department students and faculty will present 17 posters and an invited workshop at the Annual Western Psychological Association (WPA) conference in Vancouver, BC, May 3rd -7th . The meeting is the nation’s largest regional psychology conference with 1500-2000 attendees each year.
HSU Recognizes Outstanding Students » Some of HSU's most outstanding undergraduates, nominated in eight categories of excellence by faculty, staff and fellow students, were recognized at the recent Outstanding Student Awards ceremony in the Kate Buchanan Room on April 23.
Week of: Apr 15, 2007
Honors Go to Model UN Teams » In its first year, the HSU Department of Government and Politics' Model United Nations program garnered three Meritorious Delegation awards at the 2007 Model United Nations of the Far West conference in San Francisco last weekend. The Meritorious Delegation Award recognizes academic excellence in preparation and participation at the conference. The three awards earned by HSU placed it in the conference’s top three performers.
Geography Grad Wins Mapping Honors » A map created at Humboldt State by Cassandra Hansen, 2006 Geography alumna, has been selected for the 2007 National Geographic Award in Mapping by the Association of American Geographers. According to the head judge, Hansen's “entry was part of the most eclectic and accomplished group of entries in the three years I have been a part of the review process. For the first time, we invited entries from Europe and the United States.” The award comes with a $1200 cash prize.
Week of: Apr 08, 2007
Cunha Wins Famed Wang Prize » Humboldt State University Geography Professor Stephen Cunha, Director of the California Geographic Alliance and latter-day Marco Polo of "living geography," has won a prestigious California State University Wang Family Excellence Award of $20,000.
Steinberg Selected President of Professional Society » Dr. Steven Steinberg of HSU's Environmental and Natural Resource Science Department has been selected President-Elect of the Northern California Region of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). The region includes members and chapters in Northern California, Nevada and Hawaii.
Prof, Redwood Expert Subject of Book » Stephen C. Sillett, Professor and Kenneth L. Fisher Chair in Redwood Forest Ecology at Humboldt State University, is one of the key figures in The Wild Trees—the latest book by Richard Preston. Preston is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, and is widely considered one of the world's leading science writers.
Week of: Apr 01, 2007
Alum wins Social Psychology Honor » Amber Gaffney, Humboldt State University alumna ('06), was awarded the Western Psychological Association’s 2007 Christina Maslach-Philip Zimbardo Research Award in Social Psychology. Ms. Gaffney, a doctoral student in Social Psychology at the Claremont Graduate University, was recognized for research conducted in a Senior Honor’s Thesis under the direction of Dr. Gregg Gold (HSU Psychology).
Cunha Honored By Soc. Studies Council » Humboldt State University Geography Professor Stephen Cunha was honored with the Hilda Taba Award at the California Council for Social Studies annual meeting in Oakland.
Howe Wins Fulbright Nod » Dr. Tasha R. Howe, HSU Associate Professor of Psychology, has won a Fulbright Scholarship, January to June, 2008, in Cyprus to work at the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies in Nicosia, a non-profit organization. Dr. Howe will train social workers in violence prevention skills, using the American Psychological Association's ACT Against Violence curriculum, for which she is a nationally certified trainer.
Week of: Mar 25, 2007
HSU Helps Bridge Sci/Tech Gap » The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded Humboldt State nearly a half million dollars to finance a new scholarship program aimed at encouraging more students to enter the science and technology fields. Humboldt’s scholarship program is part of a new national effort to help the United States regain its prominence as a leader in fields such as engineering and computer science.
Prof, Students Recognized Statewide » HSU Geography lecturer and alumni Christopher Haynes was named Outstanding Educator by the California Geographic Society at its 61st annual conference Mar. 16-18 in Borrego Springs, CA . This prestigious award recognizes one outstanding geography instructor from a field of kindergarten through university educators. Haynes joins an impressive list of past recipients including professors from the University of California.
College of Prof Studies Hosts Awards » College of Professional Studies at HSU is hosting an awards reception April 19 honoring community partners and students who have demonstrated excellence in academics and community service.
HSU Alum Named Distinguished Prof » HSU Alum Timothy Baroni ('72, '74), an international expert in the field of mycology, has been appointed a Distinguished Professor, one rank above Full Professor, by the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Cortland. It is the highest academic rank in the SUNY.
Week of: Mar 18, 2007
Prof Named to Journal Board » Dr. Chris Aberson, HSU Associate Professor of Psychology, has joined the editorial board of "Teaching of Psychology," regarded as the field's top outlet for information on the scholarship of teaching. The journal is considered indispensable as a source of teaching methods and a forum for new ideas.
HSU’s Sonntag Wins Fulbright Chair » HSU Professor Sam Sonntag has been awarded a Fulbright Chair in Canada to pursue her research of resistance to the global spread of English.
Student Wins International Essay Contest » Justin Williams, an Interdisciplinary Studies major at Humboldt State University, has won first place and a nearly $1,000 prize in a major international essay competition on environmental politics, inaugurated by Keele University in Staffordshire, the United Kingdom.
Week of: Mar 04, 2007
Prof: Social Connections a Health Plus » People with social support have fewer cardiovascular and immune problems, HSU Associate Professor of Psychology Tasha Howe tells the online publication WebMD.

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