Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

Natural Sciences

Microbial Biochemistry Research

Seniors Paul Morris and Kevin Parsons topped 18 other entrants to win first place in the 2008 California State University Research Competition. Their project, “Use of Brewery Waste for the Microbial Conversion of Carbohydrates to Lactic Acid,” explored the use of agricultural waste as a more sustainable medium for bacterial growth in making biodegradable plastics.

Math Students Multiply Honors

Mathematics students from Chico finished 140 out of 516 universities in the national Putnam Math Competition. Graduate student David Stolp earned a score of 30, which ranked him 221 out of 3,753 contestants and made him one of only three students from the CSU system who ranked in the top 432. Three other students received impressive scores: Gregory Klevans was ranked in the top 25 percent, and Terese Thompson and Corey Zaro were ranked in the top third.

Nurses Get International Exposure

In January 2008, eight nursing students and Professor Janelle Gardner, School of Nursing, traveled to the Mixtec region of Oaxaca, Mexico, to provide health care services. The 10-day service-learning project was supported by Kappa Omicron, the local chapter of an international nursing professional group.

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Professors Rachel Teasdale and Dave Brown, Geological and Environmental Sciences, and undergraduate students Mike Parker, Warren Hacker, and Stephanie Mende have developed special techniques to monitor water temperature of volcanic lakes using test sites in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Professor Jeff Price, Geological and Environmental Sciences, and other lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. Price was also appointed a senior fellow for Climate Change and Biodiversity at the United Nations Environment Program—World Conservation Monitoring Center in Cambridge, England.

Outstanding Professor Dives Into Boiling Pool Research

Gordon Wolfe, Biological Sciences, was selected as CSU, Chico’s 2008 Outstanding Professor. He is participating in a $1.2 million collaboration with professors from Humboldt State and Portland State to research organisms living in the boiling pools of Lassen Volcanic park.

Physics Students Triumph

The Society of Physics Students at CSU, Chico is one of eight national chapters to receive an undergraduate research award. Professor Eric Ayars advised students Tiara Norris, Justin Dhooghe, and Nic Sanabria in their winning proposal, “Investigation of Viscosity Transitions in Non-Newtonian Fluids.”



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