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Omron gifts $830,00 to upgrade Chico State’s Mechatronics Laboratory

A sign that reads “OMRON COLAB: This classroom & Laboratory made possible through the generous support of Omron Corporation. Dedicated February 10, 2020 California State University, Chico.”

Angelina Mendez, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

Chico State’s administration and members from Omron Automation Americas gathered at Plumas Hall to cut the ribbon for the grand opening of Omron CoLab on Feb. 10.  The CoLab is a brand new collaborative laboratory for the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management ...

A museum without walls: An expeditionist’s tale of Antarctica

Newspaper clippings recounting the expedition findings. Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Melissa Joseph

October 23, 2019

A crowd of people entered the Gateway Science Museum Wednesday night as the annual "Museum Without Walls" series took place. This week’s lecture was called "Antarctica: A Scientific Odyssey". The talk discussed the adventure of four scientists trekking their way through an Antarctica expedition. Th...

Wild and Scenic Film Festival promotes nature and activism

Mitchell Kret

March 4, 2019

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival made a visit to Chico Feb. 28 to show 13 short films revolving around nature and activism. The festival was held in Ayres Hall, filled with diverse people from around the Chico community—students, families and many others who care about nature and the wilderness ar...

School children cry out, demand mass pumpkin executions for science

One of the Chico State physics students wearing a pumpkin on his head during the annual pumpkin drop. Photo credit: Keelie Lewis

Dan Christian

November 2, 2018

The piercing screams of children rang out across campus as gourds hit the floor for the Department of Physics and Society of Physics Students 31st Annual Pumpkin Drop. Visiting elementary students reveled and raved as the pumpkins slammed into the concrete. Let it never be said these squash were tossed for naught. These brave, vine-grown vegetab...

New science building breaks ground

President Gayle Hutchinson and faculty members of the College of Natural Sciences use their golden shovels to break ground for the new science building on Wednesday. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Olyvia Simpson

October 10, 2018

Dozens of members from Chico State and the community gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Science building on Wednesday. President Gayle Hutchinson spoke to those who came to witness the historic event. Some of the other speakers included Kyle McHenry of the Mechoopda Tribe and Dean ...

Gateway Science Museum temporarily closing for instillation of new exhibits on climate change

Executive Director of the Gateway Science Museum Adrienne McGraw. Photo credit: Anne Chamberlain

Kelsi Sibert

May 14, 2018

The Gateway Science Museum is currently closed for exhibit installation from May 7 through May 25 and will open back up on May 26.Executive Director of the Gateway Science Museum Adrienne McGraw said the museum is changing the theme to focus on environmental concerns."We're featuring the topic of climate c...

Poster session gives Natural Sciences students and faculty opportunity to showcase research projects

Assistant Statistics Professor Robin Donatello said some of the posters presented at the poster session could possibly turn into papers and be submitted to scientific journals. While other posters are a contribution to a bigger research idea.

Kelsi Sibert

April 30, 2018

College of Natural Sciences majors and professors participated in the 14th annual poster session to show off their research Monday. Assistant Statistics Professor Robin Donatello is this years poster session chair. She, along with 30 others, judged the posters of graduates, faculty and undergra...

Local science advocates lead March for Science

Science advocates march through downtown Chico for the March for Science Photo credit: Josiah Nicholl

Josiah Nicholl and Josh Cozine

April 14, 2018

Science advocates across Chico joined forces at the Trinity Commons lawn on Saturday for the March for Science event. The March for Science, which began at 10 a.m., is an event advocating for policy-makers to look at the evidence for climate change and enact laws to benefit the greater good.The event...

Girls get chance to learn about science on campus

Students in one team prepare to test their

Alejandra Fraga and Natalie Hanson

February 4, 2018

Chico State hosted a STEM Girl Mayhem for middle school age girls Saturday. The event took place in three buildings on campus starting in Colusa Hall from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. It offered activities for middle school girls to learn about STEM careers and science. "We want girls from all backgro...

Association for science teachers offers students opportunities

Photo credit: Sean Martens

Danielle Cortes

January 30, 2018

The National Science Teachers Association had its first meeting of the spring semester Monday.Mark Newton, Facility Advisor for the NSTA, led the meeting. Professors and students were welcome to join and discuss important upcoming deadlines for scholarships.Dr.Todd Greene of the Center for Water and th...

New exhibits open at the Gateway Science Museum

The museum is now to visit the new exhibits. Photo credit: Luke Dennison

Luke Dennison

September 27, 2017

Two new exhibits at Gateway Museum, A Zoo in You and A Journey To Africa, have opened to the public.The exhibits are courtesy of the Paly Foundation and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The exhibits will be on display through Jan. 7, 2018 and are located next to the Bidwell Mansion at 625 Esplanade.The Zoo In You exhibit is a i...

Chico Science March draws thousands

A marcher is seen chanting and holding his sign that reads: Make America Smart Again. Science! Photo credit: Floritzel Salvador

George Johnston

April 23, 2017

An estimated 2,500 to 3,000 people filled Trinity Commons to march for science April 22. Like the other 600 other demonstrations happening worldwide, Chico’s March for Science brought professors, students and activists together to show their support of science. Two Chico State professors, Rebecca...

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