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Five-time Grammy Nominated Pianist Ursula Oppens to Perform at HSU

September 21, 2018 - 4:13pm

Humboldt State University’s Department of Music is presenting a special solo piano recital featuring the legendary American pianist Ursula Oppens on Friday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall. Her performance is part of a three-day residency at HSU, where she’ll work with students and offer a free public piano master class on Sept. 27, noon – 2 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

“She is one of the most important living pianists in the world,” says Professor of Music Daniela Mineva. “This is a dream come true Humboldt State students.”

A five-time Grammy Award nominee, Oppens is a Distinguished Professor of Music at Brooklyn College, the CUNY Graduate Center, and on the faculty of
Mannes College/The New School. She has performed as a soloist with many of the world’s great orchestras, including the New York, Los Angeles, and London philharmonic orchestras, and the Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco symphony orchestras.

Oppens is known for championing adventurous contemporary American piano music. “It is probably safe to say that no single performer has done more for the cause of American piano music than Ursula Oppens,” wrote The Washington Post.

A legend among American pianists, she is widely admired for her original and perceptive readings of new music and her interpretations of the standard repertoire. No other artist alive today has commissioned and premiered more new works for the piano that have entered the permanent repertoire.

A prolific and critically acclaimed recording artist, Oppens most recently released a new recording of Frederic Rzewski’s “The People United Will Never Be Defeated,” nominated for a Grammy in 2016, and “Piano Songs,” a collaboration with Meredith
Monk.

Earlier Grammy nominations were for “Winging It: Piano Music of John Corigliano”; “Oppens Plays Carter,” a recording of the complete piano works of Elliott Carter for Cedille Records (also was named a “Best of the Year” selection by The New York Times long-time music critic Allan Kozinn); “Piano Music of Our Time,” featuring compositions by John Adams, Carter, Julius Hemphill, and Conlon Nancarrow for the Music and Arts label; and her cult classic “The People United Will Never Be Defeated” by Frederic Rzewski on Vanguard. Oppens recently added to her extensive discography a two-piano CD for Cedille Records devoted to Visions de l’Amen of Oliver Messiaen and Debussy’s En blanc et noir performed with pianist Jerome Lowenthal.

At the start 2017-18 season, Oppens will present the New York premiere of Laura Kaminsky’s “Fantasy” for solo piano at the Bargemusic Labor Day Festival celebrating women composers and musicians. She will appear at Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series in Arizona, where she will be joined by pianist Jerome Lowenthal and cellist Evan Drachman, in a program inspired by William Kapell, the great American pianist killed in a plane crash in 1953 at age 31 on his way back from a concert tour of Australia.

Oppens will travel to Bowling Green State University for the 7th Annual David Dubois Piano Competition to perform Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos with pianist Phillip Moll, as well as various two-piano selections by Schumann, Poulenc, Lutoslawski and two short new solo works by Samuel Adler. Her season concludes with engagements at Humboldt State University, University of Washington, and Oberlin Conservatory.

Ursula Oppens

— Solo Piano Recital
Friday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m. at Fulkerson Recital Hall. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for seniors and children, and $5 for HSU students with ID.
Repertoire includes works by Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, and Scriabin, as well as pieces written for Oppens by American-born composers Carter, Corigliano, and Nancarrow.

— Piano Master Class
September 27, noon – 2 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall
Free and open to the public

Job Hunting? Say Hello to Handshake

September 21, 2018 - 3:20pm

The process of finding jobs and networking with potential employers is now easier for Humboldt State students and alumni with HSU Handshake, a career development platform used by hundreds of universities nationwide.

Enrolled Humboldt State students and alumni now have direct access to over 9,000 employers, full- and part-time jobs, and internship postings nationwide. The platform allows users to store resumes, cover letters, and other professional documents, says Amy Martin, Employer Relations Coordinator at HSU’s Academic and Career Advising Center (ACAC).

“Humboldt State University is located in a somewhat remote area of California, so HSU Handshake is able to connect students with employers from all over the country as well as locally. You can find anything from a great career-related experience with a local nonprofit to full-time employment opportunities in larger metropolitan areas,” says Martin.

Students can start applying by creating an account and uploading their resumes, cover letters, and other pertinent documents. “By uploading your resume, you are building your profile, which makes it easier for employers to find and recruit you,” says Martin. She recommends students read the full job description and application instructions before applying for jobs. ACAC advisors can also review resumes or cover letters during drop-in hours Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Martin says HSU Handshake is useful for staying in the loop about career-related campus workshops and events, as well as networking with and scheduling on-campus interviews with potential employers.

To create an HSU Handshake account, students and alumni can visit the ACAC website and click “Find a Job” on the right side of the site. First-time users can just click “Sign up for an Account” on the right-hand side and enter an HSU email to begin the process.

HSU Handshake uses a single sign-on system so the HSU Handshake login will be the same as an HSU login. Students searching for local or on-campus jobs can use the filters “Part-Time” and “On-Campus’ in the main search box or type “Arcata, CA” in the location search.

Students utilizing Handshake will be exposed to countless resources and professional networking opportunities to make the job search easy during the school year.

Study Counts more than Half a Million Shorebirds, Highlighting Importance of Humboldt Bay

September 21, 2018 - 10:17am

A new study shows Humboldt Bay to be one of the key sites in the western hemisphere for dozens of species of shorebird including western sandpiper, marbled godwit, and long-billed curlew.


Colwell and student researchers observe migrating birds at the Arcata Marsh.The study, conducted by HSU Wildlife Professor Mark Colwell and local birders, counted 500,000 shorebirds in the bay over six weeks in the spring, a far higher number than had been previously documented.

The study, co-authored by research assistant Elizabeth Feucht (’16, Wildlife) and published this month in the international journal Wader Study, was supported by Audubon California and other collaborators.

Colwell’s research stemmed from a growing recognition of the importance of selected sites along the flyways, which funnel waterbirds between northern breeding areas and southern wintering sites. Several international organizations rate the importance of wetlands and bodies of water around the world, Including the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN).

Colwell’s intention was to give WHSRN solid data about bird populations on the bay, improving their assessment of its importance, and giving lawmakers and conservation groups better information for creating policy and influencing decisions. Audubon California hopes the data will upgrade scientific understanding of Humboldt Bay’s importance for migrating birds.

The count was a complex undertaking. Between March 31 and May 13 of this year, Colwell and 14 other teams of observers conducted four surveys on Humboldt Bay. They estimated the abundance of birds in large flocks and noted the bird species.


Colwell’s study counted more than 500,000 birds over the course of six weeks.They chose that particular time of year because a number of shorebirds—particularly western sandpipers—migrate from as far south as Peru north to Alaska, where they breed for the summer. A similar effort to count shorebirds took place 25 years ago, and consisted of single counts timed to capture the peak of migration. Audubon California and Colwell, who worked on that previous count as a new HSU professor, wanted more recent information over multiple days.

Even with new methods incorporating multiple counts, Colwell says the half-million estimate is conservative, and was probably 90 percent western sandpipers. With additional funding from Audubon, he’ll continue the efforts this winter and next summer, giving a more complete year-round picture of bird populations on the bay. HSU students will take part in the winter study.

Colwell says there is much to be learned about the bay, including its capacity to support large populations of migrating and locally breeding birds, all affected by what humans do to compromise the quality of bay habitats.

“The results of our study indicate that loss or degradation of high quality foraging habitats on Humboldt Bay may impact large numbers of shorebirds at a time of year when they need the energy to complete migrations and breed,” Colwell says. “My hope is that these data will be used to inform decisions made on development of the bay.”

Otters Everywhere: Countywide Art and Science Project Begins

September 14, 2018 - 4:13pm

Local river otters will be getting some colorful cousins in the next couple years.


River Otters. Photo by Alan Peterson.Under the North Coast Otters project, the region will host 100 life-size river otter sculptures decorated by commissioned artists.

The ambitious collaboration of art and science led by Humboldt State is an effort to encourage imagination and observation from the region’s creative community. This public arts initiative also provides an opportunity to explore our connection with nature through engagement with this charismatic critter.

The project will commission 100 unique pieces of otter art to be displayed at shops, galleries, schools, and other North Coast locations. Participating artists will decorate three-foot-tall otter sculptures to be installed in summer 2020 throughout Humboldt County and adjacent gateway towns. A Junior Otter Ranger educational program will be launched to inspire the young and young at heart. The statues will be auctioned to raise funds to support the region’s grassroots watershed projects and HSU student internship opportunities.

“The initiative arose from a desire to share what we are learning about wild river otters with the community,” says HSU Wildlife Professor Jeff Black, who is leading the project.

Since 1999, HSU students have been collecting otter records from citizen volunteers as a means of tracking the quality of North Coast habitats. River otters, seen at all times of day in the area, have captured the attention of thousands. The project recently logged its 5,000th citizen otter report.

While visiting England in 2017, Black learned of a successful public arts initiative held in Dartmoor National Park in England, called Moor Otters (MoorOtters.co.uk). This became the inspiration for North Coast Otters.

“North Coast Otters provides a delightful opportunity for our community to learn about and appreciate the significance of this charismatic animal in our region’s clean water habitats,” Black says.


Otter art examples.The project gives partners, sponsors, and hosts of the otter art to interact with community members and visitors. Proceeds will enable student opportunities and community-based watershed projects that lead to a better connection with the natural world.

North Coast Otters is currently seeking sponsors for the project’s initial activities. Several “Humboldt Patrons” have committed initial funding to help launch the project, but more funding is needed. Future steps will include a public call for artists’ design concepts and a search for host locations for the completed sculptures. Each of these efforts will enhance the visibility of the project and its supporters.

Black will be hosting a lecture at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center on Friday, September 21, at 7 p.m. Another presentation is scheduled at the Natural History Museum on November 9.

See more information at otterart.humboldt.edu.

If you’re interested in being involved, please contact:
North Coast Otters
Jeff Black, Project Director
OtterArt@humboldt.edu
707.826.3439

The Hub of HSU Student Food Programs

September 14, 2018 - 4:01pm

On any given day throughout the year, you’ll find students in Room 122 picking up free, nutritious items from the food pantry, sharing meals, or simply having coffee together. This warm and welcoming space is the heart of HSU Oh SNAP! Student Food Programs.


Students stock the Oh SNAP! food pantry.

Housed in the Recreation & Wellness Center, the student-led organization has evolved into the hub of Humboldt State University’s effort to support food insecure students.

“We’ve become more visible and opened the conversation about hungry students at HSU,” says Health Educator Ravin Craig, who oversees the small group of student staffers, interns, and volunteers who run the program. “We also created a space that lacks shame and stigma that goes with food pantries and where people hang out, eat together, and talk about food in a communal environment.”

Oh SNAP! started in 2013 when students and Social Work Professor Jen Maguire began connecting students with state food assistance benefits known as CalFresh. With the help of Lead Health Education & Clinic Support Services Mira Friedman, Oh SNAP! opened the food pantry the following year and has served thousands of students while adding a slew of services along the way.

Early on, the program connected students with local community resources, held cooking demos, and provided recipes based on pantry ingredients. It now offers fresh produce each week during the fall. Oh SNAP! helped implement the University’s meal point donation program and just launched a pop-up thrift shop of donated items to help raise money for food and emergency housing needs as well as provide access to inexpensive housewares and clothing. In 2016, HSU became the second university in the nation to accept Electronic Benefit Transfer cards from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP” lends the program its name). Students can also get help navigating the public health care system to sign up for insurance.

Logistics have been streamlined, too. In addition to helping students fill out CalFresh applications, an Oh SNAP! staffer works directly with the county to process applications. This saves students from the often confusing and frustrating process of contacting local agencies and getting papers signed by different campus entities.

“Before Oh SNAP! people on campus would give hungry students soup or granola they had stored in their office. Now we have a mechanism to feed people,” says Craig.

The food pantry and connection to services are part of HSU’s multi-pronged approach to tackling student hunger and housing insecurity on campus, while also pushing for changes throughout higher education.

On the research end are Maguire and her students, who have spent the last several years studying the issue. She teamed up with CSU Long Beach Professor Rashida Crutchfield to conduct the Basic Needs Initiative study. Commissioned by CSU Chancellor Timothy White, their research found that 42 percent of CSU students experienced low food security and 11 percent reported being homeless at some point during the previous year.

In March, Maguire, HSU President Lisa Rossbacher and others lobbied California legislators to advocate for more funding and policy changes to support food insecure students. Previously, in 2016, Maguire and Friedman testified before state lawmakers about HSU’s efforts to alleviate student hunger. Their testimony played a major role in the passage of a state law that makes CalFresh more accessible to state college students.

Craig emphasizes that the key to success has been and continues to be the students who run the pantry and choose which foods to purchase based on shifting tastes and needs.

“One of the things about pantry staffed by students who have their finger on the pulse of food trends is that they can bring information back to us,” says Craig.

They’re also behind the program’s shifting focus on sustainability. Oh SNAP! is now part of HSU’s extensive food recovery and redistribution system, which includes composting, changes in food purchasing, and education. For its role in the fight against food waste, Oh SNAP! built an app that notifies students if there are available leftovers from campus events. Dining services donates fresh produce left over at the end of the semester to Oh SNAP!, and students now have the option of donating their extra meal credits (J Points) to other students on an emergency basis.

These efforts have made a big difference: Oh SNAP! diverted about 1.62 tons of food from the landfill in 2017.

Oh SNAP! has also added sustainability education into its mix of workshops, providing classes on composting, recycling, and how to use CalFresh dollars to start gardens.

“We teach people about food systems and also how to produce food in a way that’s sustainable and good for their bodies,” says Craig.

As Oh SNAP! expanded, so too has its understanding of the students their services support. “We’ve learned we need to be ‘Humboldt-minded.’ That means integrating the sustainability aspect into our work and being more casual and accessible when doing outreach,” says Craig.

Craig’s ultimate dream is straightforward: to make basic needs a priority and help students meet those needs so they can be successful.

“We need to think about long-term solutions, such as increasing public transit access to healthy affordable food, and look at food systems in Humboldt County,” she says. “I agree with the idea that food is a basic human right—no one should have to think about where their next meal is coming from.”

HSU a Top University in the West

September 10, 2018 - 1:56pm

Humboldt State University has been named a top University in the West by the U.S. News & World Report.

The University is ranked as the 14th top public school in the west, and 54 out of 140 schools (including private institutions) in the region. The University tied with several others on the lists.

In the west, HSU was ranked as a best college for veterans, and best value school. HSU was also named a top engineering program in the nation for schools that don’t offer doctorates.

To calculate the rankings, U.S. News & World Report gathers data from each college on up to 15 indicators of academic excellence, including graduation and first-year student retention rates, assessment by administrators at peer institutions, faculty resources, admissions selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, graduation rate performance, and more, according to a press release.

HSU recently made high rankings on lists by the Sierra Club and others.

For more information, visit the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges website.

‘SpongeBob’ Creator and Wife Make $135K Gift to HSU

September 7, 2018 - 3:11pm

Stephen Hillenburg (‘84, Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation) is best known for making a lighthearted—and significant—contribution to the appreciation of marine life through the creation of the hit animated television series “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

Now Hillenburg is furthering his contribution to the marine sciences through an endowment designed to support student research. This year, he and his wife Karen created the Stephen Hillenburg Marine Science Research Award Endowment at HSU with a $135,000 gift to provide grant awards for student research projects in marine biology, oceanography, and marine fisheries.

Through this generous endowment, the Hillenburgs’ gift will help provide research opportunities for future generations of HSU students. Endowments work by investing a donor’s contribution long-term, using only the income generated each year to provide research awards in perpetuity.

It was at Humboldt State where Hillenburg deepened his knowledge of marine biology while also nourishing his talent as an artist, once saying that he “blossomed as a painter in Humboldt.” In hindsight, it seems natural that Hillenburg’s love of marine science and art would converge with the creation of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” which chronicles the adventures of SpongeBob and his friends in a fictional underwater city. Released in 1999, the popular Nickelodeon show has been adapted into two movies, with a third in production. The franchise also debuted on the live stage this year with “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical.”

The creation of this endowment fund is a major boost to student research at HSU, which is critical for hands-on education for marine biology and oceanography students. The funds will be used for research supplies, equipment, and services, giving more students access to experiential learning opportunities.

If you have questions about the Stephen Hillenburg Marine Science Research Award Endowment, or if you would like to learn about other ways to support HSU students, you can visit loyalty.humboldt.edu, email the Office of Philanthropy at giving@humboldt.edu or call 707.826.5200.

Note: This story was first published on Sept. 6, 2018.

Student Beats the Odds, Wins $9,000 CSU Scholarship

September 7, 2018 - 2:14pm

Raised by a drug-addicted mother and her grandparents, Angelina Torres was once told her place was in the home—not college.

Today, she’s a Social Work major at Humboldt State. She’s also among 23 students who won the annual California State University Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement, the CSU’s highest recognition of student achievement. The awardees will be publicly recognized during the CSU Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach on Sept. 11.

The CSU recognizes students from each campus in the CSU system with the Trustees’ Award, which accompanies a donor-funded scholarship ranging from $6,000 to $12,000. As the second-highest-scoring award recipient, Torres will receive a scholarship totaling $9,000.

“These student scholars embody the leadership, diversity, and academic excellence the California State University is known for,” says CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “They have traced unique paths to their goal of a higher education and serve as powerful examples to their families, communities, and California. The awards will give these high-achieving and deserving students even more opportunities to attain their academic and career goals.”

Students are selected for their exceptional efforts in the classroom and community. Awardees demonstrate superior academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service, and financial need. Many have shown inspirational resolve along the path to college success and, like Torres, are the first in their families to attend college.

“I don’t come from a whole family of academics,” says Torres. “I grew up in an environment where education was not discussed or tolerated. In fact, my grandfather told me that I would never make it in school and that my job was to cook and clean.”

She says the award represents how far she’s come and all the support she has received along the way.

“The scholarship is more than about winning money,” she says. “It’s about people who believe in me. It also shows me that my goals are achievable and I can be what I want to be, which is amazing.”

Despite dropping out of high school, she went on to earn her GED. She attended Shasta College while working full-time and raising her children. She made the dean’s list and earned associate’s degrees in art (A.A.) and in science (A.S.).

With a 4.0 GPA, she’s now on her way to earning her bachelor’s degree from HSU in spring 2019. Torres has been dedicated to raising awareness of suicide prevention in Humboldt County. In 2015, she started and chaired a walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which raised $20,000.

Looking ahead, she plans to pursue her master’s degree in social work, go to law school, and be the best mom she can be.

“My kids have kept me going and I don’t want them to have a childhood they have to recover from,” she says. “My goals are to fully support them through college not only financially, but also emotionally.”

Angelina Torres.

Block Party on the Plaza

September 7, 2018 - 2:06pm

Humboldt State will host a downtown block party for the first time on Friday, Sept. 14.

The party on the Arcata Plaza, from 6-9 p.m. during Arts! Arcata, will feature music, food, prizes and information booths. The event is free and open to the public.

“CenterArts has been working with Forever Humboldt over the last year to continue the popular HSU Downtown series—events that are designed to expand students’ awareness of the great local businesses we have in our community,” says CenterArts Director Roy Furshpan. “This year, we partnered with Arcata Main Street and several campus organizations to create the block party. We hope to introduce students to the fantastic monthly Arts! Arcata happenings and welcome them to the Arcata community.”

Musical entertainment will be provided by the Chulita Vinyl Club (CVC) and Calafia Armada (Oakland Familia). The CVC was launched in 2014 as an all-girl, all-vinyl club for self-identifying womxn of color in the context of providing a space for empowerment and togetherness. They play a wide range of genres, including ‘60s girl-groups, punk, new wave, Chicano oldies, and dancehall reggae.

Calafia Armada is a music/event collective that brings a positive community vibe and heavy cumbia beat to every show. Rhythms played that night will explore the history of California.

In addition to the music, Associated Students will be holding a raffle for prizes, including tickets to upcoming AS Presents and CenterArts shows. Campus organizations will host booths to provide information about their services and projects.

And there will be a free BBQ for students with valid HSU student ID. Food will also be available for purchase for community members.

The HSU Downtown Block Party is sponsored by Arcata Main Street, Forever Humboldt, Associated Students, Dining Services, Waste-Reduction & Resource Awareness Program, CenterArts, and more, with support from the City of Arcata.

HSU Student Beats the Odds, Wins $9,000 CSU Scholarship

September 7, 2018 - 10:45am

Raised by a drug-addicted mother and her grandparents, Angelina Torres was once told her place was in the home—not college.

Today, she’s a Social Work major at Humboldt State. She’s also among 23 students who won the annual California State University Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement, the CSU’s highest recognition of student achievement. The awardees will be publicly recognized during the CSU Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach on Sept. 11.

The CSU recognizes students from each campus in the CSU system with the Trustees’ Award, which accompanies a donor-funded scholarship ranging from $6,000 to $12,000. As the second-highest-scoring award recipient, Torres will receive a scholarship totaling $9,000.

“These student scholars embody the leadership, diversity, and academic excellence the California State University is known for,” says CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “They have traced unique paths to their goal of a higher education and serve as powerful examples to their families, communities, and California. The awards will give these high-achieving and deserving students even more opportunities to attain their academic and career goals.”

Students are selected for their exceptional efforts in the classroom and community. Awardees demonstrate superior academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service, and financial need. Many have shown inspirational resolve along the path to college success and, like Torres, are the first in their families to attend college.

“I don’t come from a whole family of academics,” says Torres. “I grew up in an environment where education was not discussed or tolerated. In fact, my grandfather told me that I would never make it in school and that my job was to cook and clean.”

She says the award represents how far she’s come and all the support she has received along the way.

“The scholarship is more than about winning money,” she says. “It’s about people who believe in me. It also shows me that my goals are achievable and I can be what I want to be, which is amazing.”

Despite dropping out of high school, she went on to earn her GED. She attended Shasta College while working full-time and raising her children. She made the dean’s list and earned associate’s degrees in art (A.A.) and in science (A.S.).

With a 4.0 GPA, she’s now on her way to earning her bachelor’s degree from HSU in spring 2019. Torres has been dedicated to raising awareness of suicide prevention in Humboldt County. In 2015, she started and chaired a walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which raised $20,000.

Looking ahead, she plans to pursue her master’s degree in social work, go to law school, and be the best mom she can be.

“My kids have kept me going and I don’t want them to have a childhood they have to recover from,” she says. “My goals are to fully support them through college not only financially, but also emotionally.”

New Learning Communities Welcome Students

September 5, 2018 - 10:28am

Three new learning communities at Humboldt State are offering first-year students extra support this fall.


Students for Violence Prevention start off the semester. A student learning community is a curricular approach that links a cluster of courses around an interdisciplinary theme and enrolls a common cohort of students. They are designed to improve a student’s sense of belonging, community, and place. In addition to the community-building that will help students explore their career options with the support of their peers, they’ll get connected with specialized advising and mentoring.

This year, the College of Natural Resources & Sciences added Rising Tides, a learning community for marine biology and oceanography students that focuses on environmental and social issues in North Coast marine waters.

And two communities in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences began this fall: Students for Violence Prevention, which grew out of CheckIT and is available to any first-year student interested in non-violence and social justice; and Global Humboldt, a community for first-year students who haven’t yet declared a major.

At the same time, the Klamath Connection is beginning its fourth year, and early reports show increased success rates for the natural resource and life science students who began college in the program. And Stars to Rocks—which is for chemistry, geology, physics, and astronomy majors—is starting its second year.

Stars to Rocks students in the field.
For the Global Humboldt and Students for Violence Prevention communities, the curriculum is grounded in the place-based work of its faculty and focuses on creating a sense of connection to help students commit to furthering their studies at HSU.

College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Dean Lisa Bond-Maupin says that her college’s communities have unique strengths and challenges. An important part of making each one successful, she says, is to model and adapt them to suit the needs of your students and strengths of your faculty.

Analyses of the Klamath Connection’s first three cohorts showed it is supporting success. While the results are early, students reported a heightened sense of belonging, community, and academic skills when compared to other freshman in their majors.

They scored higher in nearly all first-year core science, math, and GE courses, completed more units toward a degree, and had increased retention into the sophomore year (81% vs. 72%). Increases were especially strong for students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the sciences and first generation students.

Learning community leaders at Humboldt State envision enrolling every first-year student in a learning community. The College of Natural Resources & Sciences is on track to have all first-year students enrolled in a place-based learning center by 2020.

Ultimately, HSU hopes learning communities can help it reach a major goal of better serving students of color, low-income students, and first-generation students. This is a challenge across the state and nation, and it’s a focus of the CSU system’s Graduation Initiative 2025, which aims to improve retention and graduation rates for all students.

Exhibit Examines Injustices to Indigenous Women

September 4, 2018 - 11:16am

Sing Our Rivers Red, a traveling earring exhibit aimed at bringing awareness to the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women and colonial gender-based violence across North America, opens Thursday, Sept. 6 in the Goudi’ni Gallery.

This exhibition’s purpose is to raise consciousness, unite ideas, and demand action for indigenous women, girls, Two Spirit and LGBTQQIA people who have been murdered, tortured, raped, trafficked, assaulted, or gone missing. A long hanging cloth covered with hundreds of earrings will be displayed in the gallery space, each earring representing those who have not been given the proper attention or justice. This exhibition will provide a space of solidarity, supported by additional materials and media, such as letters to missing women from their loved ones and an original painting by Nani Chacon. The remainder of the space will be left unoccupied, leaving conceptual space for the missing and the murdered. Sing Our Rivers Red illuminates that Water is the source of life and so are women. We need to sing our rivers red to remember the lives lost and those that are metaphorically drowning in injustices.

This exhibition will be accompanied by complementary events, including a sewing circle at which participants will have an opportunity to sew donated earrings onto a blanket for the next phase of this traveling exhibition. There will also be a screening of the documentary film Finding Dawn, by Christine Welsh. Scheduling details for these events are pending.

The exhibition opens with an opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 6, 4:30-6:30 pm and runs through Friday, Oct. 19. The Goudi’ni Gallery is located on 17th street and Union street, on the ground floor of the HSU Behavioral and Social Sciences Building. Gallery hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 12-5, Thursday and Friday 12-7 (12-8 for Arts! Arcata), Saturday and Sunday 12-5. For more information about the gallery and for persons who wish to request disability accommodations, please call the gallery office at 707.826.3629, email hsugalleries@gmail.com or bs228@humboldt.edu. For parking information, please visit humboldt.edu/parking.


Sing Our Rivers Red.

Art Faculty and Staff Exhibition

September 3, 2018 - 1:21pm

A faculty and staff exhibition featuring artists working in Humboldt State University’s Department of Art opens Sept. 13 through Oct. 12 at the Reese Bullen Gallery.


Emily Cobb, Albino Tangerine, Red Milk, and Western Milk, 2018, nylon and polyester.A reception and artists’ talks will take place on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The annual exhibition provides the public with an opportunity to see the professional work and diverse talents of HSU Department of Art instructors and staff. The artists explore a wide spectrum of traditional and nontraditional forms, themes, and styles through a variety of mediums, including painting, photography, printmaking, video, sculpture, metalsmithing, jewelry, and drawing. For the HSU art student in particular, this exhibit provides exposure to their mentors’ ideas and varied approaches to making art, which fosters a creative community and provokes a continuous cycle of innovation.

The Reese Bullen Gallery, named in honor of a founding professor of the Art Department, was established in 1970. The gallery is located in the HSU Art Building, at the intersection of B Street and Laurel Drive, located directly across from the Van Duzer Theatre. The gallery is closed Monday, open Tuesday 12-5, Wednesday 12-5, Thursday 12-7, Friday from 12-7 (12-8 during Arts! Arcata), Saturday 12-5, and Sunday 12-5, with free admission to exhibits and events. For more information about the gallery, please contact the gallery office at 707.826.5814 or rbg@humboldt.edu. For parking information, please visit humboldt.edu/parking.

Professor Honored for Innovation and Leadership

August 31, 2018 - 2:43pm

HSU Professor of Social Work Jennifer Maguire, who has conducted groundbreaking research into student food and housing insecurity, is among 26 faculty members in the California State University (CSU) system who received Faculty Innovation and Leadership Awards for their commitment to student success.

The awards, including some granted to campus teams, recognize faculty leaders who have implemented innovative practices that significantly improve student success. Award recipients teach and have expertise in a variety of fields.

Since Maguire joined HSU in 2013, she has addressed student food and housing security, shedding light on the issue on campus and the CSU. She’s also a driving force behind Oh SNAP!, a student-led organization that has become the hub of Humboldt State University’s extensive food programs, which include a food pantry and help to apply for state food assistance.

Under the CSU’s Basic Needs Initiative, she and Rashida Crutchfield of Cal State Long Beach conducted the Basic Needs Initiative study of CSU students. Their research is continuing with a close look at HSU and CSULB food programs’ successes, remaining need, and lessons that can be applied to other universities in the CSU and beyond. Maguire was also a key player in planning and implementing a regional summit on homelessness.

“World-class CSU faculty are leading the charge as our university continues its remarkable progress in improving student learning and degree completion,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “These exceptional recipients demonstrate leadership in their respective fields and incorporate cutting-edge techniques into the curriculum. Their commitment to student success ensures that the value of a CSU degree continues to increase.”

A selection committee comprised of faculty, student representatives from the California State Student Association and staff members from the CSU Chancellor’s Office reviewed 366 nominations to identify the inaugural awardees.

As part of the recognition, awardees will receive a $5,000 cash award and $10,000 will be allocated to their academic department to support ongoing innovation and leadership to advance student success.

Funding for the awards is provided by generous grant support from the College Futures Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation, who see faculty innovation and leadership as vital to improving outcomes for California’s diverse students.

Faculty innovation is crucial to reaching the ambitious student success goals outlined in the CSU’s Graduation Initiative 2025. This university-wide effort advances specific goals to eliminate equity gaps and significantly improve degree completion. Award recipients will be formally honored in mid-October at the upcoming third-annual Graduation Initiative 2025 Symposium hosted this year in San Diego, California.

Note: This story was first published on August 28, 2018

Science Research Experience for Native Students

August 31, 2018 - 2:00pm

This summer, 10 students from nine different Native American tribes and eight different universities visited Humboldt County to conduct a variety of research projects on subjects ranging from cormorants and pond turtles to aquaponics and culturally significant plant species.


Rroulou’sik interns Jade Haumann and Zane Ketchen surveyed for turtles on the Klamath River as part of this summer’s research program. The students are members of HSU’s Rroulou’sik program, a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program funded by the National Science Foundation. Now in its third and final year, Rroulou’sik, which is Wiyot for “rising up”, connects undergraduates from all over the U.S. to research mentors with local tribal partners and HSU faculty for research projects. The name of the program is intended to acknowledge the Wiyot people, whose ancestral lands HSU now sits upon.

Two students, Matthew Marshall and Dylan Neely, are HSU students. Wiyaka Previte attends College of the Redwoods.


Haumann and Ketchen with collaborators on the Klamath River.While there are hundreds of REU programs around the U.S., HSU’s is unique in that it’s designed specifically for students interested in research experience in the science and management of natural resources on tribal lands and in collaboration with tribal partners.

“The deepest learning is achieved by students with a personal connection to tribal resources, and all our students have been American Indian, Native Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian students,” says Rroulou’sik Program Director and HSU Professor Matt Johnson.

Seafha Ramos, Rroulou’sik program coordinator and Department of Wildlife research associate, says students have said the program was a positive experience. One student told her and Johnson that their mentor not only guided them through the scientific process, but also through some of the complex navigational and identity issues facing Native students as they pursue higher education.

The the culmination of the summer-long program was an Aug. 9 symposium, during which the students’ gave conference-style oral presentations. (See a list of research topics and schedule below.)

It’s an opportunity for students to further develop their presentation skills and share their findings with campus, tribal representatives, and the community. Several students in this year’s cohort have already registered to share their work at the national American Indians in Science and Engineering conference.


Haumann and Ketchen with collaborators on the Klamath River.

Presentations
Jade Little (Oglala Lakota)
Pelagic cormorant nesting success and oceanic conditions in Northern California

Zane Ketchen (Yakama)
Basking habitat selection of Western pond turtles on the Klamath and Trinity Rivers

Jade Haumann (Seneca)
Comparison of the abundance, distribution and habitat use of basking Western pond turtles on the Klamath and Trinity Rivers

Matthew Marshall (Hupa)
Using scat detection, vegetation and landscape characteristics, and habitat modeling to identify potential Roosevelt elk habitat on Yurok ancestral lands

Nicholas Chischilly (Diné)
Juvenile salmon and trout habitat use on the Klamath River

Dylan Neely (Winnemem Wintu)
Using eDNA in water samples to determine the effectiveness of brook trout removal from high alpine lakes in the Trinity Alps Wilderness, California

Donald Moore (Yurok)
A comparison of two different aquaponic systems and a raised bed for pak choi and romaine lettuce production

Elizabeth Williams (Yurok)
Macroinvertebrate drift and Chinook salmon diet during a pulse release in the Trinity River

Ellen Sanders-Raigosa (Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians)
Strategies for supporting and empowering Karuk tribal youth in natural resources restoration and food security projects

Wiyaka Previte (Karuk)
Culturally Significant Plants to the Karuk Tribe and the Effects of Wildland Fire

Collaborators
HSU Native American Center for Academic Excellence
HSU INRSEP and Diversity in STEM
Karuk Tribe
Yurok Tribe
Brooks Estes
Sarah Schooler


Haumann and Ketchen.

Note: This story has been modified and was first published on Aug. 6, 2018.

HSU and the 2018-19 California Budget

August 31, 2018 - 1:54pm

California’s 2018-19 Budget, signed by Governor Brown, includes $197.1 million in ongoing funding for the California State University (CSU) and an additional $161.6 million in one-time funding.

This represents a significant increase from the $92.1 million included in the Governor’s Budget Proposal and the Governor’s May Budget Revision – a reflection of the successful advocacy efforts of many of you and our peers across the CSU and a shared priority with the Governor and the legislature of the value of the CSU.

Ongoing Funding: $197.1 million
• $92.1 million base augment
• $30 million to support operational costs
• $75 million for Graduation Initiative 2025

One-Time Funding: $161.6 million
• $120 million over a four-year period for enrollment growth
• $35 million for deferred maintenance
• $3.8 million for shark research activities at CSU Long Beach
• $1.5 million to support campus-based efforts to address student hunger
• $1 million for the Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute at CSU Dominguez Hills
• $300k for other earmarked initiatives

While we do not yet know what HSU’s specific allocations will be, current campus reduction planning efforts will continue forward, given (1) declining student enrollment, (2) the ongoing structural deficit, and (3) the importance of strategically reducing HSU’s spending to be better aligned with our system and CSU peer universities. However, we do anticipate the additional Graduation Initiative 2025 funding will allow us to plan for strategic investments in tenure-line faculty for fall 2019, advance efforts to enhance student learning and success as outlined in HSU’s strategic enrollment management plan which is nearing completion, and continue to promote change for equity across the campus for our students, faculty, and staff.

“We appreciate the Legislature’s commitment to higher education and the CSU,” says Provost Alex Enyedi. “With additional funding for the Graduation Initiative 2025, Humboldt State University can continue its efforts to support students via this ambitious initiative to increase graduation rates for all students while eliminating opportunity gaps. With this funding, the Legislature is helping ensure that all HSU students have the opportunity to graduate in a timely manner according to their personal goals, and will help produce the graduates needed to benefit the North Coast, California, and the nation.”

Information regarding specific allocations to each campus will be available by late July, and we will not know until then about HSU’s funding for 2018-19 and the constraints on how the funds can be spent. We will keep the campus informed as additional information becomes available.

Thank you again for the University community’s continuing advocacy on behalf of the CSU, HSU, and our students.

Additional Information and Resources:

California State University Statement on 2018-19 Budget
California Budget Website
CSU Budget Website
HSU Budget Website
CSU Graduation Initiative 2025
HSU Graduation Initiative 2025
HSU Strategic Enrollment Management

Note: This story was first published on June 28, 2018.

HSU Among the Best in College Rankings

August 31, 2018 - 10:42am

From ‘Best in the West’ to a ‘Cool School,’ HSU makes the cut on several college rankings for 2018.

Washington Monthly
For the third consecutive year, Washington Monthly magazine recognized Humboldt State in its national College Guide. This year HSU ranked No. 60 out of 150 master’s degree-granting universities.

“We rank 4-year schools (national universities, liberal arts colleges, baccalaureate colleges, and master’s universities) based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories. Those categories are: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country),” the magazine states.

Published annually since 2005, Washington Monthly’s annual college rankings often provide unexpected results, seeing famous private institutions perform lower than lesser-known schools.

For the full rankings, go to Washington Monthly’s website.

Princeton Review
The Princeton Review also named HSU on two of its annual lists: “Best Western,” which recognizes “academically outstanding” schools internationally and in four U.S. regions; and “Green Colleges,” which lists environmentally responsible schools. The Green Colleges list is developed by looking at “whether students have a campus quality of life that is both healthy and sustainable; how well a school is preparing students for employment in the clean-energy economy of the 21st century as well as for citizenship in a world now defined by environmental concerns and opportunities; and how environmentally responsible a school’s policies are.”

Sierra Club
And the Sierra Club recently named Humboldt State as one of its “Cool Schools,” recognizing the university for its commitment to sustainability. Read more about that honor here.

Student Loan Hero
The local community also got a nod from a national ranking. Arcata was ranked No. 15 in a list of colleges where it’s possible for students to earn their tuition while working 15 hours a week year-round during college.

The report, published by website Student Loan Hero, determined by looking at local minimum wages and tuitions that students can only pay their way by working at 2.8 percent of U.S. colleges.

“Fortunately, 41 cities are home to affordable colleges with tuition that can be paid for while earning the local minimum wage,” the report reads. See the full report here.


Founders Hall.

We’re a ‘Cool School’

August 30, 2018 - 10:17am

When it comes to sustainability, Humboldt State is doing well, according to the Sierra Club’s annual “Cool Schools” ranking.


Students volunteer with HSU’s Waste Reduction & Resource Awareness Program. Positioned at No. 31 out of 269 schools, HSU tied several other schools with the highest marks for divestment and innovation, criteria unique to the Sierra Club rankings.

The schools were also rated using data submitted to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Last year, HSU earned a STARS—Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System—gold rating from AASHE.

The Sierra Club weighed some of the AASHE data differently than STARS.

“For example, we give much more weight in the areas of energy, air and climate, and transportation because the Sierra Club believes that progress in these sectors is essential for addressing the climate crisis,” the report reads. “… We give more weight to public engagement efforts, out of the belief that colleges and universities have a responsibility to encourage students to be civic actors in their communities. In the area of academics, we give relatively greater weight to curriculum over research.”

Humboldt State has a longstanding commitment to environmental responsibility. The University broadly incorporates sustainability across academic and service learning disciplines, as well as many student volunteer programs. Princeton Review consistently rates HSU as a “Green Campus”.

The University recently became a signatory to Second Nature’s Climate Commitment, and recently completed a comprehensive Climate Action Plan. Last year, the EPA awarded the university with a Food Recovery Challenge Certificate of Achievement for its reductions in food waste. Longer term, the University has set ambitious goals of becoming carbon neutral near 2030, eliminating the “achievement gap” often faced by underrepresented or low-income students, and ensuring that sustainability and social justice are at the core of the HSU educational experience.

The Sierra Club is the largest and most influential grassroots environment organization in the U.S., with 3.5 million members and supporters. The club has helped pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act, and leads the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.

See the full Cool Schools rankings.

California Plain Shows Surprising Winners and Losers from Prolonged Drought

August 24, 2018 - 3:58pm

The Carrizo Plain National Monument is a little-known ecological hotspot in Southern California. Though small, it explodes in wildflowers each spring and is full of threatened or endangered species.


Carrizo Plain National Monument in the spring 2017 wildflower bloom. Credit: Bureau of Land Management/WikimediaA long-term study led by the University of Washington and the University of California, Berkeley, which was co-authored by Humboldt State Wildlife Professor Tim Bean, tracked how hundreds of species in this valley fared during the historic drought that struck California from 2012 to 2015. It shows surprising winners and losers, uncovering patterns that may be relevant for climate change.

The findings are published in Nature Climate Change.

“The Carrizo Plain is one of the global hotspots of endangered species, with endangered species at every trophic level: plants, rodents, carnivores,” said lead author Laura Prugh, a UW assistant professor of quantitative wildlife sciences, part of the UW School of Environmental and Forestry Sciences. “It also is an ideal laboratory to see how an exceptional climate event affects a whole ecosystem.”

By studying this natural laboratory for many years, researchers found that drought actually helped ecological underdogs by stressing the dominant species. Similar patterns are likely to hold up for other ecosystems, Prugh said.

“We think that even though these extreme climate events, in the short term, can be pretty devastating for some populations, in the long run they might be important in maintaining biodiversity in the system, by keeping inferior competitors from getting pushed out of the system entirely,” she said.

The results also showed surprising losers: carnivores, ranging from foxes to barn owls. These suffered when their favorite prey species became scarce in year three of the drought.

“A lot of times when people think about drought what they’re really concerned about is plants, and there isn’t as much focus on animal populations,” Prugh said. “Our results show that when these extended droughts occur, we really want to pay attention to animals at the top of the food chain, because they’re likely to be hit pretty hard.”


The same study site in late March 2011, before the drought began, and in late March 2014, three years into the drought. Researchers were able to study the response of this unique ecosystem to an exceptional climate event. Credit: J. ChesnutPrugh began the project in 2007 as a postdoctoral researcher with co-author Justin Brashares, at the University of California, Berkeley, to study the giant kangaroo rat and other endangered species that are abundant in the Carrizo Plain. She sought to understand the relationship between different species to see how protecting one might affect the others.

Then in 2012, the drought began — a prolonged dry spell that studies show may be the worst that California has experienced in 1,200 years.

“We saw our sites turn from these areas that were just beautiful and filled with wildflowers in the spring to what really looked like the surface of the moon,” Prugh said. “We realized that we were in a unique position to look at how this historic climate event affected an entire community.”

Field crews collected data on 423 species spanning plants, birds, reptiles, mammals and insects. Their field season went from late March through late August from 2007 onward, with support from the National Science Foundation, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The laborious endeavor took many forms. Researchers cordoned off random plots of land and counted plants inside each square. They dug holes and put pitfall traps to catch insects, and identified everything that fell inside over a two-week period. They set live traps to catch rodents and other small animals during the day, and different traps to catch nocturnal rodents. The volunteer-run Carrizo Plain Christmas Bird Count provided the best numbers for birds. While driving around at night, researchers shone flashlights to look for reflections off the eyes of nocturnal animals. Observers counted the numbers of pronghorn antelope and tule elk from small airplanes.

Over the years, the fate of hundreds of species show how the prolonged drought affected the ecosystem:
• Plants suffered immediately from the drought, and the impacts grew gradually more severe every year
• Giant kangaroo rats remained plentiful during the first and second year of the drought, but in the third year their numbers plummeted 11-fold
• As populations of dominant species collapsed, plant and animals that had been rare became less so, including several other species of kangaroo rats
• Some 4 percent of 423 species were named “winners” because their overall numbers actually increased during the drought
• Toward the end of the drought, carnivores, such as coyotes, badgers and hawks, were the hardest hit, likely because their giant kangaroo rat prey had grown scarce

“If we’d given up earlier or narrowed our efforts, we would have missed this rare and powerful opportunity to quantify how an ecological community is impacted by a major environmental shock,” Brashares said. “Such shocks are intensifying on our rapidly changing planet, and we can’t predict and manage their effects if we don’t have studies in place to monitor them.”

Since the drought ended in 2015, the Carrizo Plain ecosystem has bounced back and the giant kangaroo rat population has also recovered.

“In terms of implications for climate change, it gives some cause for optimism in showing that ecosystems have a remarkable ability to handle some of these extreme events,” Prugh said.

Results suggest that focusing on how key prey species respond to a drought could help to predict the fate of top predators, Prugh said, and those key prey species could become a focus for conservation efforts.

Other co-authors are Nicolas Deguines at the University of Paris-Sud; Joshua Grinath and Katharine Suding at the University of Colorado Boulder; Bean at Humboldt State University; and Robert Stafford at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Additional funding was from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and The Nature Conservancy.

Note: This article was first published on August 20, 2018.

State-of-the-art Ocean Chemistry Monitoring Comes to Humboldt Bay

August 24, 2018 - 10:07am

Humboldt Bay is now home to one of the most advanced ocean chemistry monitoring instruments in the world.

On May 14, Oregon State University oceanographer Burke Hales joined California Sea Grant and Humboldt State University researchers to install his namesake invention, the “Burke-o-Lator,” at the Hog Island Oyster Company’s new hatchery on Humboldt Bay in northern California. It is the third such device to be set up in the state.

The new instrument will monitor how the seawater chemistry in Humboldt Bay is being altered by ocean acidification: as the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere increases, some of that CO2 dissolves into the ocean which makes the seawater more acidic. Ocean acidification is bad news for shellfish like oysters and mussels that build their shells out of acid-sensitive calcium carbonate—and also for shellfish farmers like Terry Sawyer, co-owner of Hog Island Oyster Company, whose livelihoods depend on healthy oysters.

In Humboldt Bay, researchers suspect that the healthy eelgrass beds—which make up nearly half of the remaining eelgrass in California—may be reversing ocean acidification within the Bay to some extent by taking up dissolved carbon dioxide. The Burke-o-Lator will provide continuous data that will help researchers better understand the role of eelgrass. It will also be useful for oyster growers, who can use the data to protect their product.

Unlike other oceanographic sensors that measure only acidity (pH), the Burke-o-Lator measures additional factors that can be used to determine the carbonate saturation state of seawater. Carbonate saturation state is a measure of how difficult it is to build and maintain shell—directly related to the growth and development of shellfish.

The new sensor will help fill a gap in a network of ocean monitoring stations from California to Alaska; the closest Burke-o-Lators are 300 miles north at the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery on Netarts Bay, Oregon, and 200 miles to the south at Hog Island Oyster Company’s farm in Marshall, California on Tomales Bay. Once the new Burke-o-Lator is fully operational, the data will be made publicly available in real-time via the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS) website.

“It’s really exciting to finally have a Burke-o-Lator monitoring Humboldt Bay. Humboldt Bay is a nexus of the human-caused environmental challenge of ocean acidification, the threat it poses to the sustainable cultivation of oysters, and the potential for healthy eelgrass ecosystems to reduce this threat,” says California Sea Grant Extension Specialist Joe Tyburczy, who participated in the device installation as part of a project funded by the California Ocean Protection Council. Tyburczy led the development of this collaborative project with colleagues at Humboldt State University, Bodega Marine Laboratory, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Wiyot Tribe, and the Hog Island Oyster Company.

As part of the same project, Tyburczy and colleagues are deploying additional sensors in Humboldt Bay to learn more about the degree to which eelgrass reduces ocean acidification, and how much this may benefit juvenile oysters. They have also begun monitoring eelgrass at a number of sites throughout Humboldt Bay to detect changes in its abundance and distribution.

“Not only will this installation expand our capacity to monitor ocean acidification, it will also provide our students with technology and data streams that can improve their understanding of carbonate chemistry in seawater. This is often one of the most challenging topics to teach in the ocean chemistry classroom. In addition, students will get experience with state-of-the-art equipment that will become more common in water quality laboratories around the country. This will better position our graduates for success in the job market,” says Jeffrey Abell, a chemical oceanographer at Humboldt State University who is helping to lead the project.

Sawyer adds that the instrument represents a success story of public-private collaboration. He says, “This collaboration makes it possible to not only provide the data for us to make management decisions for hatchery operations, but also help to provide the same quality data to the monitoring network on the west coast of North America.”

About California Sea Grant
NOAA’s California Sea Grant College Program funds marine research, education and outreach throughout California. Our headquarters is at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego; we are one of 33 Sea Grant programs in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce.

Note: This article was first published on May 24, 2018.