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Week of: May 21, 2017

Staff Michae Le, Office of Institutional Effectiveness

Michael Le, Research Associate in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness is an invited panelist at the 57th annual conference for the Association for Institutional Research held May 30 to June 2, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The Forum is the world’s largest gathering of higher education professionals in institutional research, effectiveness, assessment, planning and related fields. Learn more at:

Faculty Leena Dallasheh, History

Dr. Dallasheh was invited to present a paper at UC Berkeley, entitled “Early Encounters, Future Possibilities.” Dallasheh’s paper explored the ways Palestinians continue to negotiate their status with the Israeli State based on their experience during the early years of their incorporation with the state. This panel was a part of a series of panels organized contemporaneously at the Centers for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC Santa Barbara on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Middle East war, “6 Days, 50 Years: 1967 and the Politics of Time.”

Week of: May 14, 2017

Faculty Brandon Browne, Lucy Kerhoulas, Marissa Ramsier, Tessa Pitre, Multiple Departments

During each Spring semester, the HSU Emeritus & Retired Faculty Association issues a Call for Applications for cash awards to support the professional development of junior faculty—lecturers and tenure track—who have demonstrated outstanding promise. This year’s winners of this award are:

Brandon Browne, Associate Professor of Geology, is doing research on cone volcanoes in California’s Sierra Nevada. He will use his award to cover the cost of gathering and chemically analyzing rock samples. An undergraduate student will use these samples to write his undergraduate thesis and they will also form a part of a grant proposal that Brown is submitting to the National Science Foundation.

Lucy Kerhoulas, Assistant Professor in the Forestry and Wildland Resources Department. She is studying the Sonoma tree vole at the Schatz Tree Farm in Maple Creek. She will use her award for canopy research equipment—for special harnesses and ropes that will enable her to climb the Douglas fir trees where these small mammals live.

Marissa Ramsier, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, who will use her award to purchase materials for a bioarchaeology project in Poland. The aim of the project is to learn more about the diet, migration, and health in an early Medieval Prussian population in Poland. She will use her funds to purchase disposable materials and for the processing of isotope samples.

Tessa Pitre, lecturer in two departments: English and Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies. She received an award to enable her to present a paper at the American Educational Research Association in San Antonio.

Faculty Armeda Reitzel, Communication

Dr. Armeda Reitzel, Professor of Communication had her “Capstone Manuscript Speech” assignment published by the National Institute on Learning Outcomes Assessment at Materials in the assignment library go through a three-stage review process. The first stage is undertaken by the NILOA project team. Those selected for a second stage of review are shared with faculty peers who have experience with assignment design. They provide feedback for revision. After making revisions, authors resubmit their materials to NILOA, where they pass through a final review. The finished materials are then published to the site.

Staff Su Karl, HSU Learning Center

Su Karl, Learning Center Director, presented “Create a Conference Model for Tutor Training” at the Association of Colleges for Tutoring & Learning Assistance (ACTLA)Conference, April 27-29.

Week of: May 07, 2017

Student Irene Vasquez, Environmental Science & Management

Graduate student Irene Vasquez was chosen as a Switzer Environmental Fellow for the 2017-18 academic year. The national fellowships are highly competitive. Each year, 20 promising environmental leaders are awarded $15,000 each to complete master’s and doctoral degrees in New England and California to advance their skills and develop their expertise to address critical environmental challenges.Vasquez’s research seeks to implement a management regime for restoring plants important for cultural preservation in Yosemite National Park. More details are available here.

Faculty Armeda Reitzel and Kyra Vollger, Communication

Dr. Armeda Reitzel and her undergraduate research assistant, Kyra Vollger, presented their paper entitled ““The Rhetoric of Official and ‘Unofficial’ National Anthems” on April 15th at the 2017 national conference of the Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Associations which was held in San Diego, CA.

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