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Editing the Building Blocks of Life, Using a New Technique

In a bustling laboratory, Biology 410 students are clustered into groups of two or three, pipetting fluids into tiny test tubes. The scene isn’t unusual for an upper level course in a science classroom, but these students are doing something previously unseen in undergraduate courses: editing genomes.

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Humboldt State Recognized for Sustainable Campus and Curriculum »

Humboldt State University has been recognized as a top performer in the 2017 Sustainable Campus Index.

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Student RHA Delegation, Housing and Residence Life:

An RHA delegation from HSU recently was awarded Best Program at the Pacific Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls Conference in Eugene, Oregon. The conference is dedicated to promoting student intellectual, educational, cultural, physical and social welfare. Attendees design and facilitate programs that provide an avenue for existing students to achieve full participation in the life of the college community. This is the first time that HSU has won any award at the regional level in the history of HSU’s attendance.

HSU gave two presentations: “Dia de los Muertos” by Jose Balderrama, Stephanie Brito and Lizeth Guzman; and “Problems with Porn” by Joshua Sales, Selena Canchola, and Lola Mora. “Problems with Porn” won Best Program.

The entire HSU Delegation included:

Hernan Rico – Advisor
Destiny Mendoza – President of RHA
Nicole Laureano – National Communications Coordinator for RHA
Joshua Sales – Vice President of Administration for RHA
Lizeth Guzman – President of NRHH
Jose Balderrama – National Communications Coordinator for NRHH
Selena Canchola – President of Creekview Council
Lola Mora – First year delegate
Stephanie Brito – First year delegate

Faculty Susan Abbey, Theatre, Film & Dance:

Susan Abbey, lecturer in the Theatre, Film, and Dance department, recently served as a judge on the CSU Faculty Pre-Screening Committee for the CSU Media Arts Festival held Nov.4 at CSU Dominguez Hills.

Faculty Jasper Oshun, Margaret Lang, Geology:

Geoscientists Without Borders funded a two year $100k project to complete a sustainable water project in the highlands of Perú. Jasper Oshun and Margaret Lang will lead a small group of students to Perú next summer to map the geology, explore surface runoff patterns and learn novel shallow geophysical techniques to determine the extent of the aquifer. These data will be used to design a water reservoir and agricultural canal system. They will return in the summer of 2019 to support the community in the construction phase. The canal will allow for year round agriculture, directly benefitting over 120 families.

Student Derrick Murrietta, Justin Andrew, and Gabriel Haffner, Theatre, Film & Dance:

Congratulations to Derrick Murrietta and Justin Andrew for winning First Place in the CSU Media Arts Festival for the short screenplay One in the Chamber.

Congratulations to Gabriel Haffner for receiving Fourth Place in the CSU Media Arts Festival for the short screenplay Change.

Faculty Barbara Klessig, Anthropology:

Barbara has been invited to present at the Experimental Archaeology Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia, November 16-18, 2017. The title of her presentation is “Experimental Archaeology: Experiments in String, Stone, Wood and Clay”. She will talk about the experiments conducted by students in ANTH 358 – Archaeology Lab, which included the hands-on construction of tools to create textiles and baskets and the creation of textiles themselves.

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C.D. Hoyle Physics & Astronomy

Physics & Astronomy Department Seminar
Dr. Noah Fitch
“Smaller, Weaker, Slower: How the Unassuming Ultracold Molecule is Taking Over the World”
Wednesday, 15 November, 5-6 PM, Sci A 475

Dr. Noah Fitch received his BS in Physics from HSU in 2006. He went on to receive his PhD in Physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2014, and is currently in a post-doctoral position at Imperial College, London.

Abstract:
Recent advances in creating and manipulating ultracold molecules are finally realizing many long standing goals of atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) physics.  This work is motivated by a myriad of potential applications across many of the sub-disciplines of the physical sciences, including searching for new forces and physics beyond the Standard Model, understanding and controlling collisions and chemical reactions at the quantum level, and quantum simulation and computation.  Such applications are made possible by the unique characteristics of molecules and their long-range and anisotropic interactions with each other as well as applied electromagnetic fields.  In this talk, I will discuss why we are so interested in ultracold molecules, outline some the most striking experimental applications, and highlight the difficulties faced by researchers seeking to produce and control them.  In this context, I will describe my own recent work, including the first ever demonstration of laser cooling molecules to ultracold temperatures.