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Three industrial robots are lined up inside a room.

Tech Company Omron Gifts $830,000 and Robotics to Transform CSU, Chico’s Mechatronics Laboratory

A generous gift from global technology giant Omron has upgraded Chico State’s mechatronics laboratory, making it one of the most advanced labs of its kind in the nation.

Bruce poses in the hallway of the Department of Comparative Religion and Humanities.

Religion—and Diversity of Thought—at Center of Professor’s Teachings

Professor Bruce Grelle advocates that learning about religions should not be polarizing—it makes us better citizens of a global society.

A young girl clasps her hands in prayer with her eyes closed.

Religion Professor Bruce Grelle Featured in TIME Magazine

The director of Chico State's Religion and Public Education Project is among the experts to address prayer in schools for TIME Magazine.

Russell Shapiro poses with the found 15-million-year-old whale vertebrae fossil in Simi Valley.

No Bones About It: Fossil Find a Whale of a Mystery

Geological and environmental sciences professors Russell Shapiro and Todd Greene were called to collect mysterious 15-million-year-old fossils unearthed by an earthquake that rocked the Mojave Desert on July 4, 2019.

Jessica stands in front of shelves of food.

Student Leads Swipe Against Hunger

After struggling to meet her basic needs early in her life, Jessica Ramirez is fighting food insecurity on campus with Swipe Against Hunger.

Autism Clinic Helps Build Skills for Life

Chico State's Autism Clinic serves children on the autism spectrum—strengthening their gross motor skills while lifting their confidence.

A human finger touches a finger sensor on a mechanical finger.

Engineering for a Better Tomorrow

Whether focused on clean drinking water or eliminating single-use plastics, engineering students spent the last year tackling some of society’s most pressing challenges.

White puffy clouds float above Trinity Tower.

Worth Sharing: Model UN Team Shines

A listing of professional achievements by Chico State faculty, staff, and students.

Students sit at a table with a laptop, cell phone, and notebook to work on a presentation.

Student Teams Work to Alleviate Housing Insecurity

The cross-disciplinary course concludes this week with presentations on partnerships and policies to find solutions for students, Camp Fire survivors, and generally unsheltered individuals.

Several people in a grassy area set small prescribed fires with fire canisters.

University’s Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve Scheduled For Prescribed Fire

Chico State's Ecological Reserves are partnering with Terra Fuego and Cal Fire to conduct a prescribed burn on Tuesday.

A map of the United States has red dots scattered across it showing where people have relocated after the Camp Fire.

Mapping a Displaced Population

New maps from an interdisciplinary team of researchers begin to reveal the how, why, and where Camp Fire survivors have moved.

Jackson Webster dips a sampling container into Butte Creek.

Water Contamination Goes Under the Microscope

A team of faculty and student researchers is examining the magnitude of water contamination that resulted from the Camp Fire, as well as public health and environmental implications.

A woman sits on the outdoor step of her travel trailer.

The Camp Fire’s Forgotten Communities

In chronicling the stories of survivors, the Camp Fire Oral History Project has captured the challenges of recovery among the most rural populations.


Four faculty discuss their current research and how they aspire to change the world.

An illustration depicting five student faces and the words "The Changing Face of Chico State"

The Changing Face of Chico State

Today, Chico State is home to more identities and expressions than ever. Yet, “first gen” is one of the fastest-rising identity markers. The University is focused now more than ever to ensure they achieve their dreams—no matter how high they are set.

An illustration by Jenn Liv for Genentech shows blue cancerous cells amid a sea of purple healthy cells.

Every Two Minutes

Every two minutes, a new case of breast cancer is diagnosed in the United States. Meet three alumni whose lives are driven by these tiny yet deadly cells.

Cawa Tran speaks on stage at ED X Chico

Coral, Relationships, and Us

In this episode of "Out of Curiosity," Chico State professor Cawa Tran explains how her research on sea anemones, coral, algae, and the symbiotic relationships that tie us all together can help us learn not only how to preserve the reefs, but how to examine our own relationships.

Sam Clegg gestures as he speaks to a group of college students

Curiosity Fueled Alumnus’ Journey to Mars

Sam Clegg (Chemistry, ’92) fed an insatiable curiosity to become a laser spectroscopist and chemist at Los Alamos—and help us learn more about Mars than ever before.

Asa Mittman stands in front of a painting of a monster with a person's feet sticking out of its mouth as humans attempt to stab it.

Making Sense of Monsters

Asa Simon Mittman has been working to legitimize the field of monsters as a worthwhile study for much of his career. It worked.

Kate McCarthy speaks to a crowd.

Talking Politics at the Dinner Table

We dread political conversations with family because of how tense they can be. But Professor Kate McCarthy sees similarities in interfaith dialogue that can help us find common ground, even in politics.

John Aylworth seated at a table with bottles of serum and several injectors.

Business Alumnus Brings Biotech to Chico

Alum John Aylworth pivoted from orthopedics to his own blossoming biotech company—then moved it back to Chico.

Two students smile and together hold a knee brace prototype.

Rehab By Robot: Students Research ACL Solutions

Two students' CSC2 research project aims to use robot power to help rehabilitate healing knees.

Jackie Rodriguez adjusts a trail camera mounted to a tree by a strap.

‘Adopt An Acre’ Catches Critters on Camera

With support from the Adopt An Acre program, student researchers are using trail cameras to get a snapshot of the wildlife that roams the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve.

A stack of national publications report the significance of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969.

“Apollo at 50:” Local Scientists Commemorate History, Look Ahead

Lisa Westwood and Dave Schlom, local experts on the American space program, share their excitement for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, space heritage, and what the future holds for space travel.

Nick Nelson smiles as he wears protective glasses and looks at a solar eclipse among a large crowd at Chico State.

Making the Stars Your Map

On this episode of the University podcast "Out of Curiosity," Chico State professor Nick Nelson explains the old-school method of finding way your home: celestial navigation.

Eli Goodsell gestures with his hand while standing in a bright green meadow surrounded by faculty and staff.

Warriors Against Wildfire

At the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, action to temper and prevent devastating wildfires has been taking place for 20 years.

Predicting the Weather is Chaos

In this episode of "Out of Curiosity," Chico State physics professor Nick Nelson explains the chaotic business of weather prediction on planet Earth.

Faculty Janell Bauer and Kim Jaxon laugh as they work at their laptops during the grant boot camp.

Faculty Boost Grant Skills at Boot Camp

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is immersing faculty in a program to strengthen their grant proposal skills and elevate the University's research profile.

Cindy Daley and two students crouch in a field of grass holding piles of soil in their hands.

CSU, Chico Establishes Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems

Chico State has long been a pioneer in sustainability and a leader within agricultural education. Now, these two priorities will merge.

A screenshot of video showing virtual reality rendering of the Honey Run Covered Bridge,.

A Virtual Vision of Recovery

With state-of-the-art technology and fast-paced research, students preserved a virtual scan of the historic Honey Run Covered Bridge—and it may help bring it back.

Portrait of Mary Gibaldi

A Stronger Sense of Space

Master’s candidate Mary Gibaldi focused her English studies on the subject of space in literary worlds while discovering her own new expression of “home.”

Brett Day works on the print making press.

Leaving—and Receiving—a Lasting Impression

A rolling stone most of his young life, Brett Day put down roots in Chico long enough to find a new love: printmaking. Now, he's off to explore again.

Chico State professor Garrett Liles stands a podium as he speaks to a crowd of students.

What Can We Learn From the Dirt?

On this episode of Out of Curiosity, professor Garrett Liles explains why soil is "the most important thing on the earth."

Karin Wells shines a flashlight into a burnt vehicle enshrouded in darkness from smoke with the text "The Search for What Remains" imposed bove

The Search for What Remains

Leading the nation's largest recovery effort since 9/11, Chico State's Human Identification Laboratory responded to the Camp Fire for the crucial, yet daunting task of searching for human remains.

Faculty Ashley Kendell (left) and P. Willey (right) work in the Anthropology Department Human Identification Laboratory.

Finding Answers Through Forensics

The Human Identification Laboratory's faculty members operate the most experienced forensic lab west of Texas, providing vital information on dozens of homicides, traumas, and cold cases every year.

Illustration of a person kneeling and holding out a heart to a person who is huddled up and appears to be under a dark cloud

How To: Help Someone in Pain

How do you speak to a loved one has experienced loss or trauma? Psychology professor and therapist Kyle Horst offers some tips.

Professor Nandi Crosby speaks with a small group

How Do We Talk to Each Other About Race?

On this episode of the podcast, sociology professor Nandi Crosby-Jordan examines how cultural and racial differences can and should shape our conversations with each other.

Holly Nevarez, Peter Hansen, Jennifer Wilking, David Philhour, and Susan Roll (left to right) pose for a photo in City Plaza.

Campus Research Probes ‘Sit-Lie’

Chico State researchers perform an extensive case study to evaluate city policies impacting unsheltered people.

Joel Minden smiles in his office

Take Action, Demand Satisfaction: Managing Anxiety

On this episode of the podcast "Out of Curiosity," professor Joel Minden explains anxiety and suggests some strategies for managing it.

Janet Jackson and Barry Daffurn pose for a photo with three other men.

Cinq founder enjoying the sound of success

Alum Barry Daffurn has long embraced the world of digital distribution. Now he is the founder of Cinq Music Group, a Los Angeles-based music and entertainment management company with its finger on the pulse of digital music trends and distribution practices.