Fall 2010

[News]

Big Upgrades Coming to HSU Marine Lab

THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, along with the United Plankton Foundation and the Desert Community Foundation, have together awarded over $310,000 to HSU’s Telonicher Marine Laboratory in Trinidad, Calif. The funds are being used to remodel the wet lab and acquire new display tanks to offer a better experience for nearly 15,000 visitors who pass through the lab each year.

“Students will have a vastly improved environment for carrying out their research,” says Dave Hankin, Acting Associate Dean for Marine Sciences. “And we will now be able to put on more exciting displays for visitors than we’ve ever had.”

The National Science Foundation grant for $200,000 will go toward new tanks and lighting for the wet lab, where students study specimens such as oysters, urchins and a variety of fish. The funds are also being used for lab infrastructure, including tank stands, walkways, seawater pipes and electrical upgrades. Some of the new wet lab tanks are installed at wheelchair height, making the lab handicap accessible for the first time.

“In the past, we were limited in terms of what students could do,” says Dave Hoskins, an equipment technician in the Marine Lab. “Now, students won’t have to compromise. The facilities will really be top notch.”

The $100,000 gift from the United Plankton Foundation has paid for new display tanks for the public with a much larger viewing area than the previous tanks, installed in 1964. The Desert Community Foundation, based in Palm Desert, Calif., gave $14,500 to fund new equipment for the wet lab.

“It’s gratifying to see the increased support Humboldt State has received from private donors,” says HSU President Rollin Richmond. “Gifts like these really make a difference for students, allowing us to offer them more hands-on experiences and ultimately making them better scientists.”