Latest Achievements

Updates about the latest publications and other achievements by our faculty, staff and students

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Week of: Dec 03, 2017

Faculty Kamila Larripa, Mathematics

Kamila Larripa was awarded an Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) travel grant to help support her visit to Oberwolfach, Germany to study Mathematical Modeling in Systems Biology.

Week of: Nov 26, 2017

Faculty Rosemary Sherriff, Geography

Rosemary Sherriff published “Warming drives a front of white spruce recruitment near western treeline, Alaska” with National Park Service collaborators in Global Change Biology. Warming has increased productivity near the boreal forest margin in Alaska. However, the effects on seedling recruitment has received little attention, in spite of forecasted forest expansion. The study of 95 sites across a longitudinal gradient in southwest Alaska shows a differential relationship between longitude and life-stage (seedling, sapling, tree) abundance that suggests a moving front of white spruce establishment through time, driven by changes in environmental conditions near the species’ range limit.

Faculty Zawisza Grabinski, Rosemary Sherriff, Jeff Kane, Geography, Forestry

Alum Zav Grabinski (MS, 2015) and Professors Rosemary Sherriff and Jeff Kane published “Controls of reburn severity vary with fire interval in the Klamath Mountains, California, USA” in the journal Ecosphere. A unique component of the study was evaluation of different scales of analysis within the ecoregion. In the context of recent increases in fire activity, results underscore a self-reinforcing pattern of fire severity related to the Klamath Mountains biophysical setting, but also highlight the importance of spatial and temporal scale of evaluation and interactions of vegetation, time since fire, and weather on reburn severity.

Staff Clint Rebik, Enrollment Management

At its Executive Board meeting in Spokane, the Pacific Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (PACRAO) announced that HSU Registrar Clint Rebik would be the Program Chair for the 2018 annual conference in Sacramento next fall.
Rebik’s responsibilities include guiding a team in developing all program content, and procuring keynote speakers for the four-day conference. Noted Rebik, “I’m honored to be invited to lead a diverse group of colleagues from across our region; the depth and breadth of professional topics we’re organizing is formidable!”

PACRAO represents over 1500 members in 350 institutions across ten US States, four Canadian Provinces, and the Territory of Guam.

Faculty Sarah Peters, Theatre, Film & Dance

Sarah Peters directed The Grasshopper and the Aunt at the Arcata Playhouse. The show is in a theatre style known as British Pantomime, which is a form of comedy that’s been around for 300 years.

Faculty Sarah Jaquette Ray, Environmental Studies

Dr. Ray has been invited to give two public talks in December. At Evergreen State College on December 6, she will present “What Do the Arts and Humanities Have to Do with Our Environmental Crisis?” for Evergreen’s Art Lecture Series. On December 7, she will present on her new research, “Coming of Age in the Anthropocene: Climate Justice Pedagogies for Resilience” for the Anthropocene Interdisciplinary Cluster at the University of Washington.

Faculty Gregory M. Pitch (student) and Robert W. Zoellner (faculty member), Chemistry

Gregory M. Pitch (student) and Robert W. Zoellner (faculty member) have published an article detailing their computational chemistry research results. The article is “Bonding modes in bis(benzene)beryllium(0): A density functional and Moller-Plesset computational investigation”, and will be published in 2018 in the journal “Inorganica Chimica Acta”, volume 470, pages 68-73.

Week of: Nov 12, 2017

Student RHA Delegation, Housing and Residence Life

An RHA delegation from HSU recently was awarded Best Program at the Pacific Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls Conference in Eugene, Oregon. The conference is dedicated to promoting student intellectual, educational, cultural, physical and social welfare. Attendees design and facilitate programs that provide an avenue for existing students to achieve full participation in the life of the college community. This is the first time that HSU has won any award at the regional level in the history of HSU’s attendance.

HSU gave two presentations: “Dia de los Muertos” by Jose Balderrama, Stephanie Brito and Lizeth Guzman; and “Problems with Porn” by Joshua Sales, Selena Canchola, and Lola Mora. “Problems with Porn” won Best Program.

The entire HSU Delegation included:

Hernan Rico – Advisor
Destiny Mendoza – President of RHA
Nicole Laureano – National Communications Coordinator for RHA
Joshua Sales – Vice President of Administration for RHA
Lizeth Guzman – President of NRHH
Jose Balderrama – National Communications Coordinator for NRHH
Selena Canchola – President of Creekview Council
Lola Mora – First year delegate
Stephanie Brito – First year delegate

Faculty Susan Abbey, Theatre, Film & Dance

Susan Abbey, lecturer in the Theatre, Film, and Dance department, recently served as a judge on the CSU Faculty Pre-Screening Committee for the CSU Media Arts Festival held Nov.4 at CSU Dominguez Hills.

Faculty Jasper Oshun, Margaret Lang, Geology

Geoscientists Without Borders funded a two year $100k project to complete a sustainable water project in the highlands of Perú. Jasper Oshun and Margaret Lang will lead a small group of students to Perú next summer to map the geology, explore surface runoff patterns and learn novel shallow geophysical techniques to determine the extent of the aquifer. These data will be used to design a water reservoir and agricultural canal system. They will return in the summer of 2019 to support the community in the construction phase. The canal will allow for year round agriculture, directly benefitting over 120 families.

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