Research

Oct, 2011

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Renovations Make Marine Lab More User-Friendly

Humboldt State’s Telonicher Marine Lab in Trinidad is wrapping up a year and a half long $350,000 renovation of its wet lab and public display area funded by alumni, grants and private donations.
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Campus Concussion Research Asks Subjects to Walk the Line

At HSU, new concussion research is asking people to take a page out of Johnny Cash’s songbook and “walk the line.” While Cash kept a close eye on his heart, students working with the North Coast Concussion Program at Humboldt State are keeping a close eye on the head, specifically head injuries.

Sep, 2011

HSU Outlines Food Donation Strategy to Curb Waste

The California Center for Rural Policy at Humboldt State University has issued a series of policy options to encourage food donations, pare considerable local waste and stem the region’s food insecurity.
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HSU Students Put Einstein Theory to Toughest Test Yet

A two-year, $117,000 National Science Foundation grant will enable Humboldt State University physics students to conduct the most rigorous test worldwide of Einstein’s famous theory of relativity in the campus’s Gravitational Research Laboratory.

Fieldwork Scholarship Sends Anthropology Major on Belize Adventure

HSU Anthropology and Sociology major, Leslie Perkins, was awarded the Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to only seven students in the United States and Canada and includes $1,000 to pay for their first fieldwork experience.

Aug, 2011

Faculty, Students Sift Clues to Local Business Success

The first in a series of planned annual business surveys conducted by Humboldt State University and funded by the Humboldt County Workforce Investment Board suggests that membership in a business networking group contributes to local success.

Faculty Spotlighted in National Education Journal

Faculty members Nikola Hobbel and Rosemary Sherriff appear in an article about mentoring new colleagues in the July 29 Chronicle of Higher Education’s fourth annual special issue on the academic workplace.

Jun, 2011

New Report Urges Expanded Telemedicine for Rural Elderly

The Internet and telemedicine are part of the answer to the disproportionate health risks suffered by California's rural elderly from distance, isolation and lack of clinical services, according to a joint report by Humboldt State University's California Center for Rural Policy (CCRP) and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

May, 2011

HSU, Green Diamond Join in Milestone Biomass Research

Humboldt State University, Green Diamond Resource Company, Korbel, CA, and 10 other partners are teamed under a $5.3 million federal research and development grant to evaluate forest biomass-timber slash and other harvesting waste-as an energy-efficient source of feedstock to produce biofuels and other bio-products.

Mar, 2011

New Partnerships Have Schatz Lab Exploring New Biomass Energy

As the Schatz Energy Research Center settles into its new building, researchers have welcomed a new piece of equipment as well. The machine–a torrefier–is on loan from Renewable Fuel Technologies (RFT), a San Mateo, Calif., start-up business, and is used to transform biomass into renewable energy. RFT and the center are expected to have the machine up and running in late March.
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Professor Uncovers Prehistoric Evidence of Coastal Peoples

Primitive stone tools found on California coastal islands are evidence of seafaring and island colonization 12,000 years ago by Paleoindian peoples, according to a new report in Science magazine co-authored by Humboldt State University Professor of Anthropology Todd Braje.

Feb, 2011

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Students Boost Area Marine Research

Humboldt State University undergraduates are busy investigating local water quality, marine sedimentation and ocean nutrients under a CSU pilot project that harnesses federal work/study funds. Student research is under way at multiple locations, including Humboldt Bay, the Eel River and off Trinidad Head.

Jan, 2011

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Student's Research Gives Clues to Famed Pirate's Identity

There is an old pirate legend about a forgotten place on the Trinity River named Sailor’s Bar. The place has all but disappeared in the riverside undergrowth, but historical memory of the saga has been newly revived—and revised—by a Humboldt State University undergraduate.

Dec, 2010

Report: Child Care Gap Leaves Employers in Lurch

Budget cuts, low salaries and staff reductions are depriving Humboldt County families of needed child care, leaving preschoolers short-changed and making it harder for employers to fill jobs, according to a new analysis by Humboldt State University’s California Center for Rural Policy. The report was commissioned by the Local Child Care Planning Council.

Nov, 2010

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Bear-Proof? Student Tests Wilderness Food Containers

In the old “Yogi Bear” cartoons, you had to be “smarter than the average bear” to steal a camper’s food. But Kate McCurdy (M.S. NRPI, ’06), found that improperly stored food can attract even the average bear to a backpacker’s campsite.

Redwood Region’s Death Rate Is State’s Highest

Death rates from all causes in the four-county redwood region were the highest in the state, 2000-2008, and Humboldt County’s was the highest of all, according to key trend data brought together for the first time by the California Center for Rural Policy at Humboldt State University.