Science and Environment
Paradise Continues to Rebuild and Evolve Three Years After the Camp Fire
Three years after the Camp Fire scattered the residents of Paradise, the town continues its rebuilding process—while also evolving.
Fulbright Program Names Chico State to Prestigious List of National Higher-Education HSI Leaders
Chico State has been named a Fulbright HSI Leader in the designation’s inaugural year, and is one of just 35 higher education institutions nationwide to receive the honor.
New Gateway Exhibit Showcases Fossils Unearthed in Northern California
This extensive paleontology exhibit gives visitors a chance to explore our region’s rich evolutionary and geological history, including fossils from one of California's most remarkable discoveries.
Professor Receives Fulbright Scholar Award To Teach and Study Agricultural Best Practices in Turkey
Lee Altier is taking nearly 40 years of farming expertise to Ege University in Izmir, Turkey to focus on agroecology.
Land Donation Doubles Size of BCCER, Now CSU’s Largest Ecological Reserve
Chico State's BCCER received an anonymous land donation—doubling its size and making it one of the largest college- or university-operated reserves in the entire state.
Anthropology Professor Selected for Prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award
Jesse Dizard is interested in how natural resource management—or lack thereof—impacts individuals, subcultures and bureaucracies. In Jordan, he'll be studying impacts of its water scarcity crisis.
Unearthing California’s Prehistoric Past
Geological and environmental sciences students and faculty are assisting on one of the biggest paleontological finds in state history.
Science Takes Center Stage
This fall—three years after breaking ground— the new Science Building will open fully with more than 523 in-person class sessions serving thousands of students.
CRARS Awarded Five-Year, $7 Million Grant to Help Counter Climate Change Challenges
Chico State’s Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems was awarded a five-year, $7 million grant by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Anthropology Professor Chosen for Prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award
Anthropology professor Brian Brazeal is Chico State's own Indiana Jones— and was recently awarded a Fulbright award.
Office Hours: Psychology Faculty and Neuroscientist Shawn Bates
Professor Shawn Bates may be new to the Psychology Department, but he brings with him a longstanding passion for neuroscience, mentoring, and diversity in STEM.
Family of Professor Emeritus Gifts $1 Million for Educational Programming at Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve
The Dempsey family has donated $1 million to the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve—the largest cash gift in its history—for educational programming.
Chemistry Kits Deliver At-Home Learning Opportunities
Despite learning virtually for the vast majority of the fall semester, chemistry students are still able to conduct hands-on experiments at home.
Chico State Enterprises Receives $10 Million Grant to Continue Salmon Habitat Restoration Projects
Chico State Enterprises received a $10 million grant over five years to help restore 47.3 acres of juvenile salmon habitat and 4.3 acres of spawning habitat along the Upper Sacramento River.
KIXE PBS to Showcase ALVA-Produced Films in August
Local Public Broadcasting Service station KIXE PBS to air a series of documentary films from Chico State's award-winning Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology.
Chico State Leads New Future for Agriculture Industry
To mitigate the ag industry's environmental impact, researchers at the Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems are finding new methods and teaching them to the next generation.
Five-Year, $430,000 Grant Funds Cutting-Edge Physics Research at CSU, Chico
Physics faculty Hyewon Pechkis was awarded a National Science Foundation Early Career Award, granting her and her cutting-edge research $428,734 over the next five years.
CSU, Chico Honored as One of Nation’s Top Colleges for Agriculture Degree
Grad Reports recently honored Chico State at No. 12 on its national list of “25 Best Colleges for an Agriculture Degree” for 2020.
CSU, Chico Awarded $2.2 Million Grant for Undergraduate Research Experiences
The National Science Foundation awarded Chico State $2.2 million to launch a program to cultivate entrepreneurial mindsets and research opportunities right within the everyday classroom.
Journal Club Keeps Undergraduate Agricultural Research Rolling
Unable to meet in the fields to check their research plots, an undergraduate group started a Journal Club to stay connected and keep learning.
Faculty Expert: Virology Professor Troy Cline
Virologist Troy Cline shares what stands out to him about the novel coronavirus and how he’s been incorporating the crisis into his lessons.
Worth Sharing: Model UN Team Shines
A listing of professional achievements by Chico State faculty, staff, and students.
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.
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.
Four faculty discuss their current research and how they aspire to change the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
The Rise of Megafires
As wildfires grow faster, larger, and more deadly every day, alumni and faculty share professional and personal perspectives on what’s happening, why, and how we can respond.
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.