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Cathrine Himberg poses while her students move in a blur in the background

How To: Go From Thinking About Exercise to Actually Doing It

Sometimes the gap between wanting to be physically active and actually doing it can feel as wide as the Grand Canyon. Kinesiology professor Cathrine Himberg offers some tips.

Three men in protective eyewear do laser testing over a table.

Physics Research Institute Examines Space and Time

From using laser pulses to study reactions in unfathomably small time periods, to examining how stars behave over incredibly long ones, physics undergraduate researchers explored the universe this summer.

President Gayle Hutchinson laughs with graduate students Valerie Sgheiza and Mallory Peters as they stand on a dock on the Sacramento River.

Finding Answers in the River

An interdisciplinary team of Chico State faculty and graduate students conduct research on the Sacramento River to establish predictable patterns in drowning cases and create an app to aid law enforcement in decreasing recovery time.

The inside of a VR viewer headset as it's prepared to be placed on the head, from the photographer's perspective.

VR Class Brews up a Hit with Big-Name Partner

To further prove virtual and augmented reality's place in University curriculum, a new collaborative class partnered with a Chico legend: the world-renowned craft brewery Sierra Nevada.

Autumn Robertson paints a mural of a woman on a campus wall.

Ideas on the wall: Murals course shares art with the public

Through the process of pitching, commissioning, and completing projects, students learn a valuable lesson: There is much more to public art than the image.

Michaela Marr studies needles on a tree.

Opting Outside: Students Plunge Into Watershed for Immersive Course

One class spent two incredible weekends camping on Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve and exploring study sites ranging from the Sacramento River all the way upstream to the creek headwaters, to understand how the watershed works as a whole and learn about the wildlife that exists there.

Students show off metal and paper straw alternatives

Get Ready: Chico State is Going Strawless

Chico State goes through 130,000 plastic straws every year. Starting April 23, these single-use items will be no longer be sold on campus.

A student holds a young child in her arms at the Kristina Chesterman Memorial Clinic.

Living Her Dream

The opening of the Kristina Chesterman Memorial Clinic in Nigeria marked a dream come true, not only for its namesake but for faculty, classmates, and students who follow in her footsteps.

Student Nurse Kaetlyn Alvarez works at the Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe over the winter session as part of her nursing preceptorship in the Rural California Nursing Preceptorship program. Nursing students receive 150 hours of hands-on clinical experience over three weeks. (Jessica Bartlett/University Photographer)

Little Town Lifelines

The only program of its kind in the nation, Chico State's Rural California Nursing Preceptorships program gives nursing students 150 hours of valuable hands-on learning in a clinical setting, while providing rural hospitals with extra staffing they so greatly need.

Liz Bianchini performs lab work

On the Hunt for Avian Influenza Virus

While the work may be dirty, the goal is more glamorous. Chico State virologist Troy Cline and students are identifying avian influenza viruses in waterfowl in hopes of preventing threats to human health and the US poultry industry.

Graduate student Dylan Stompe (left) drives a boat along with Carlos Estrada (right) as students count salmon as part of a Summer Undergraduate Research Program (UGR) involved in the Chico STEM Connections Collaborative (CSC2) program on the Sacramento River on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 in Chico, Calif. (Jason Halley/University Photographer)

Saving the Salmon

Chico State students and faculty members join forces with high-profile partners and the United States Bureau of Reclamation in multi-million dollar mission to save the Chinook salmon.

Lance Mitchell extends his hand to touch his virtual surroundings while wearing the Microsoft HoloLens.

Vision Becomes (Virtual) Reality: Collaborative VR Course Presents Opportunities

Seeking to incorporate newly developed technology into journalism, the Departments of Computer Animation and Game Development, Journalism and Public Relations, and Media Arts, Design, and Technology teamed up to bring cutting-edge virtual reality technology to collaborative classrooms.

A man highlights a butterfly guide.

Close Encounters of the Insect Kind

A trip to Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve to aid in the North American Butterfly Association's annual butterfly count proves more elusive than imagined.

Forensic Anthropology graduate students Heather MacInnes, 33 (left) and Martha Diaz, 24, (right) work on human bones Human Identification Laboratory on Thursday, July 21, 2016 in Chico, Calif. The Human Identification Laboratory provides forensic anthropology services to state and federal law enforcement, medical examiners and attorneys. These services include search and recovery of human remains, skeletal analysis for the purposes of identification and trauma analysis. (Jason Halley/University Photographer)

Crossing Borders: One Student’s Journey

Forensic anthropology graduate student Martha Diaz uncovers death and hope along the US-Mexico border.

Ben Sampson, left, and Sean Woulfe, right, during a Biz Talks event.

Chico State’s Biz Talks Connects Students With Industry Influencers

Accounting or entrepreneurship? Finance or marketing? Biz Talks, a program started by two College of Business alums, helps students determine their future career paths.

Joel Zimbelman sits in a conference room while explaining study abroad options.

Passion for Teaching Abroad Energizes New Tanzania Partnership

CSU, Chico professor Joel Zimbelman is about to embark on yet another overseas teaching voyage and launch the University's first-ever partnership with colleges in Tanzania.

Tracy Butts, Mary Wallmark, Zach Justus, and Aaron Skaggs, (left to right) sit at a table and record the Caffeinated Cats podcast.

Caffeine and Camaraderie Fuel ‘Cats Podcast

A trio of Chico State faculty come together to create and record their podcast Caffeinated Cats, hoping to spark discussions about difficult or polarizing topics in listeners.

Professor Mariah Kornbluh lectures a psychology class.

Psychologist Fills Brand-New Campus Position: Mariah Kornbluh Embraces Title of Chico State’s First Community Psychologist

Joining Chico State's Department of Psychology faculty as the first community psychologist, Mariah Kornbluh combines laboratory research and community outreach to foster civic engagement in her classroom.

Cathrine Himberg teaches during her Intermediate Yoga (KINE169B) class.

Advocacy for Quality Physical Education Has a Home

After the release of her documenary "No Excuses!" in 2014, Catherine Himberg and graduate student Kevin Shepard developed a website designed to support, coach, and guide physical education teachers around the country.

Portrait of Curt Haselton.

The Quest for Sounder Structures

Curt Haselton, a Chico State alum and civil engineering professor, leads the development of the SP3 software that can evaluate and predict the damages a building might receive in the event of an earthquake, making it possible to improve building code to minimize overall damages.

Bones Abroad

Forensic anthropology graduate students spent their summers abroad digging for research opportunities: Sarah Hall excavated human remains in a 19th-century cemetary in Bogota, Columbia, while Valerie Sgheiza traveled to the beaches of Antigua in the West Indies to examine the remains of 17th-century British soldiers.

Jay Bogiatto watches birds through a scope on a beach in Panama.

Professor Leads Annual Wild Goose Chase—Literally

During the annual Snow Goose Festival, Chico State biology professor and avid birder Jay Bogiatto leads a not-for-the-faint-of-heart birding field trip around the Northern Sacramento Valley.

Professor Susan Roll (right) sits on a bench at CSU, Chico with her former student, Mona Kazemi (left).

‘Poverty Scholar’ Susan Roll Sheds Light on Welfare System Flaws

Social work professor Susan Roll’s real-world research into ways to keep low-income families from falling off the "benefits cliff" provides her students with innovative insights.

Blake Northam, Camille Davis, and Aaron Bursten sit on the stairs of the BMU.

Ending the Gender Pay Gap

Three Chico State students have launched a nonprofit that aims to end the gender pay gap by recognizing businesses that have a wage difference of 5 percent or less between equal employees.

Travel Tipster Shares Top Trends

Matthew Stone has followed his passion for learning new things and visiting new places around the world, and as an experienced traveler he shares some pro-tips to travelling safely and smartly.

The Chico State Tiny House Club gave a tour of their 196 sq. ft tiny house to the campus on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 in Chico, Calif. (Jason Halley/University Photographer)

Big Finish For Chico State’s Tiny House

CSU, Chico's Tiny House Club designed and built a home measuring less than 200 square feet, impressing judges at the recent Sacramento Municipal Utility District's Tiny House Competition.

An old black and white photo of Jacki Headley using a calculator.

Honoring Creativity: Jacki Headley’s Memory Lives through ARTS

Jacki Headley is remembered for her for love of Chico, creative drive, and commitment to the community.

Charged and Ready to Go

This week, the nation's first thin-film photovoltaic charging station opened on the Chico State campus, offering campus and the community eight traditional power outlets and four USB portals from the comfort of a shaded table.

The Fast and the Fuel-Efficient

After earning a trophy in the SAE Formula international competition, members of Chico State's Formula team will be working all year to build a faster, more fuel-efficient vehicle.

Biology Lab Goes Fishin’

A student research lab on campus uses fish to pursue treatments for blood-related diseases.

Four people stand, smiling in the recently renovated concrete lab, an industrial brick room with buckets and machines in the background.

Ribbon Cut on Major Lab Renovation

Alumnus Dennis Murphy and industry partners invest in students with a revitalized concrete laboratory.

Success Through Solidarity: Meet Chico State’s Women Engineers

For the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), building solidarity and support is paramount to succeeding in STEM fields.

Student in safety glasses shovels concrete into a mold

Is Rice Nice—for Concrete?

Students study rice as secret ingredient to boost success, sustainability in concrete

A hand arranges sticks and logs in a box to make a bee hotel

Building a Better Bee Hotel

The University Farm was abuzz as more than 60 students and community members crowded a classroom for a workshop on constructing wild bee habitats commonly known as bee hotels.

Agriculture major Kristin Quigley peers into a microscope.

Supporting a North State Resource

On the first floor of Holt Hall lies one of the Central Valley's largest collection of pressed and preserved flora, totaling at over 117,000 specimens that live in the University's herbarium.

Infographic: Campus Conservation Saves Millions of Gallons of Water

With state-mandated reductions, the University is doing its part to be good neighbors and good stewards of water during California's drought.

Chico State Forensic Anthropology Program

Our forensic archaeology program gives students a rare opportunity to learn field recovery methods by documenting mock crime scenes that replicate real-life cases. Graduate students working in the Human Identification Lab assist faculty in the recovery of human remains for local and federal agencies. How has Chico State enriched your learning experience? Tag your posts […]