Mar, 2011


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


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


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


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.

Oct, 2010

HSU Students Win Awards at SACNAS Conference

HSU undergraduate students won several awards for best poster at the SACNAS conference (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) held on September 30 to October 3 in Anaheim, Calif.

HSU Top Scholar Urges Interdisciplinary Agriculture

Humboldt State Wildlife Management Professor Matthew Johnson, HSU’s 2009/2010 Scholar of the Year, will deliver a free public lecture, “Farms & Feathers: Linking Bird Conservation, Agriculture, and Education,” on Wed., Oct. 27, at 5 p.m. in Van Duzer Theater. An informal reception will follow in the theater lobby.

Sep, 2010

Study: At-Risk Elderly Need Improved ‘Walkability’

The North Coast’s growing senior population is consistently more prone to falls than the rest of California’s aging, and an array of preventive measures could reduce falls by 20-30 percent, according to findings of Humboldt State University’s California Center for Rural Policy.

Food Gaps Hit Humboldt Children Hardest

Portions of Humboldt County need more food stores, expanded transportation and greater spending power to supply threatened families and children with adequate food and healthy choices, according to the California Center for Rural Policy at Humboldt State University.

Aug, 2010

Jul, 2010

HSU Professor Wins Online Instruction Prize

Humboldt State University Department of Politics professor Noah Zerbe has won $2,500 in state-of-the-art instructional technology to continue and expand his use of electronic and online learning in the classroom.

Jun, 2010

May, 2010

HSU Students Generate $2K-Plus in Food Drive

Students from Humboldt State University’s Service Learning Center organized a collaborative, regional food drive this spring that raised more than $2,000 for Food for People, the Eureka food bank.

Fulbright-Hays Grant Sends Professors and Students to China

Humboldt State history professor Robert Cliver will accompany a group of local students and teachers on a four-week academic excursion to China this summer. The trip was made possible by a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects grant of nearly $73,000, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The participants will experience first-hand the everyday life of modern China, as well as study its history and language.

HSU Mathematics Department Announces Winners of 26th Annual Mu Alpha Theta Contest

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. Students worked on the examination for three hours on a Saturday morning, April 17th. As in the past there are two categories distinguishing more advanced (B category) mathematics students who have completed more than one upper division mathematics course from beginning (A Category) mathematics students who have not completed more than one upper division mathematics course. The contest was organized and judged this year by Professors Jeff Haag and Martin Flashman of the HSU Mathematics Department.

HSU Scientists Pinpoint Acute Forest Fire Threat

Humboldt State University researchers have confirmed that the prolonged invasion of coastal woodlands by sudden oak death poses an acute new forest fire threat to large portions of southern Humboldt, and Marin and Sonoma Counties.

Apr, 2010

United Indian Health Services Honors HSU

United Indian Health Services Inc. honored HSU with its Friends Are Good Medicine award at its 40th anniversary brunch and award ceremony on March 31 at the Blue Lake Hotel and Casino’s Sapphire Palace.

Students Win $75K EPA Sustainability Award

A team of Humboldt State University students from the Renewable Energy Student Union has won a $75,000 technology design award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a prototype smart-grid electrical system in Bhutan, a landlocked developing country between India and China.

HSU Garners Model U.N. Plaudits

Students in the Model United Nations program at Humboldt State University’s Department of Politics, including five from the North Coast, recently collected four Meritorious Delegation Awards for academic performance and participation in the Model United Nations of the Far West conference in San Francisco.

HSU Journalism Professor Garners State Recognition

Humboldt State Journalism Professor Marcy Burstiner was honored as outstanding instructor by the California Journalism Education Coalition (CAL-JEC) at the annual convention of the California College Media Association at Hearst Castle in San Simeon April 17. CAL-JEC members include the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the California College Media Association and the Northern California Journalism Educators Association.