Latest Achievements

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

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Week of: May 19, 2019

Staff Meghann Brenneman, Library

HSU Library’s Resource Sharing Coordinator, Meghann Brenneman, presented Storytelling with Data in the CSU System at the 2019 ELUNA Conference. This year’s conference was themed Data All Around Us and took place in Atlanta, GA. Meghann highlighted storytelling with data as a means of community building and knowledge sharing in the CSU Interlibrary Loan community. Meghann was awarded the Christine Moulen First-Time Attendee Grant from ExLibris, which supports professional development and celebrates collaboration.

Faculty Rae Robison, Theatre, Film & Dance

Theatre Professor Rae Robison has been invited and will attend the Dorothy Richard’s Educators Luncheon and Roundtable at UCLA on June 2, 2019. The event, hosted by Deborah Nadoolman-Landis (costume designer of Indiana Jones among others), facilitates best practices in teaching Costume Design for Film & Television.

Week of: May 12, 2019

Student Jade Williams, Briana Ramirez, Austin Schenk, Skye Gibney, Eric Malekos, Charlin Duff, Gynell Higby, Nicole Perry, Joshua Maldonado, Johnny Rasnic, Minh Nguyen, Joseph Wertzberger, Ezra Moreno, Daisy Montalvo, Kamila Larripa (adviser), Mathematics

Six students received an Honorable Mention in the International Mathematical Contest in Modeling, and eight others were recognized as Successful Participants for their work in this annual competition.

Faculty Jianmin Zhong, Biological Sciences

Jianmin Zhong, Ph. D. published a manuscript on the journal of “Ticks and tick-borne diseases” in May 2019. The title of the manuscript is “Isolation and characterization of a Rickettsia from the ovary of a Western black-legged tick, Ixodes pacificus”. In addition, there are 10 HSU undergraduate and graduate students as coauthors on the manuscript. Zhong is proud of students’ achievements at HSU.

Student Math Students, Mathematics

The Mathematics Department recognized outstanding student performance in competitions, courses, and student clubs at the annual Math Award Ceremony on May 9.

Participants in the local Mu Alpha Theta competition, the Fall 2018 Integration Bee, the rigorous national competition, the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, and the international Mathematical Contest in Modeling were recognized.

Two prizes were awarded: the Joseph J. and Esther F. Flashman Mathematics Award for outstanding performance in elementary mathematics education and the vdu prize for outstanding performance in first-year calculus.

A number of scholarships were also awarded: seven students received the $500 Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI) Scholarship for Graduates in Mathematics Education; Camden Collins received the $1,000 Elmo Moore Memorial Scholarship; Annaliese Kuhn received the $750 Dr. Orval M Klose Mathematics Scholarship; Lilly Lyons received the $1,000 Robert S. Chambers Scholarship; Michael Crow received the $2,000 Michael Tucker Mathematics Scholarship; Minh Nguyen received the $1,500 Latika Patel Scholarship; Jade Williams and Charlin Duff each received a $3,000 Travis Jepsen Memorial Mathematics Scholarship; Ana Sammel received a $1,000 Harry S. Kieval Transfer Scholarship to the most promising student transferring from a two-year institution; and Eric Malekos received the prestigious $5,000 Harry S. Kieval Scholarship given to the most outstanding senior-to-be Math major at HSU.

Congratulations to all HSU Math awardees and scholarship recipients!

Week of: May 05, 2019

Faculty Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association Awardees, Multiple Departments

On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at the Annual University Senate Reception at Baywood Golf and Country Club, the following faculty, having demonstrated outstanding promise, received cash awards from the Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association, to support their continued professional development:

Ellery Ames, Department of Mathematics
Janelle Adsit, Department of English
Allison Bronson, Department of Biological Sciences
Loren Cannon, Department of Philosophy & CRGS
Jasper Oshun, Department of Geology

The website for the awards is:

Faculty Armeda Reitzel, Communication

Armeda Reitzel was selected as one of twenty-eight scholars in the United States to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar/Institute on “Understanding Middle Eastern Millennials through Literature, Culture, and Media.” The seminar will take place at the University of Arizona from August 4 through August 10, 2019.

Faculty Rosemary Sherriff and Lucy Kerhoulas, Geography and Forestry & Wildland Resources

Rosemary Sherriff and Lucy Kerhoulas received an NSF Award for ~$400,000 for three years to assess differential response of conifers to drought across geographic gradients. The project uses the recent, severe California drought as a test case to yield important insights on the effects of multi-year drought stress, competition and habitat factors. This information is needed to model tree responses to climate change and as input for forest management in the face of future wildfire. The project involves field sampling and analysis of tree-ring growth and carbon isotope ratios. The team will involve undergraduate and graduate students and multiple collaborators.

Faculty Rosemary Sherriff (PI) and Lucy Kerhoulas (Co-PI), Forestry & Wildland Resources

Recieved an NSF grant to study conifer drought responses in the Klamath Ecoregion ($399,987).

Student Louise Martin, Michael Mees, Kegan Richards, Ivy Sebring-Patton, Mary Scanlan, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Five Rangeland Resource Science students have been awarded the Rustici Livestock and Rangeland Scholarship, administered through the California Farm Bureau Federation. These scholarships are worth $5,000 and are renewable each year.

Faculty Jianmin Zhong, Biological Sciences

Published paper in Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases: Isolation and Characterization of a Rickettsia from the Ovary of a Western Black-legged Tick, Ixodes pacificus

Student Claire Nasr, Wildlife

HSU MS student Claire Nasr won an Honorable Mention in the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program competition

Faculty Mark Colwell, Wildlife

Co-edited book Population Ecology and Conservation of Charadrius Plovers. Studies in Avian Biology No. 52

Faculty Barbara Clucas, Wildlife

Awarded Sequoia Park Zoo Conservation Grant for project “Monitoring Humboldt’s Flying Squirrels with Novel Techniques”.

Student Trinity Smith, Wildlife

Graduate student Trinity Smith won best student poster at the North American Society for Bat Research (NASBR) conference for her poster entitled “Patterns of western red bat occupancy across a disturbed landscape in California’s Central Valley”

Student Molly Parren, Wildlife

Presented poster at the annual meeting of the Western Section of The Wildlife Society entitled “The effects of human disturbance on intraguild interactions of mammalian mesopredators in the Mojave Desert of California”

Student Alex Gorman (2018, first author), Lucy Kerhoulas, Wade Polda (2016), and Nick Kerhoulas, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Published a paper in Evansia: Epiphyte diversity, abundance, and distribution in an old Sitka spruce crown.

Student Gabriel Goff, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Received scholarship from the California Native Plant Society for his research on conifer encroachment in northern California oak woodlands ($1,500).

  Louise Martin, Michael Mees, Mary Scanlan, Kegan Richards, and Ivy Sebring-Patton, Forestry & Wildland Resources

HSU Rangeland Resource students Louise Martin, Michael Mees, Mary Scanlan, Kegan Richards, and Ivy Sebring-Patton have each been awarded a $5,000 Rustici Livestock and Rangeland Scholarship. This scholarship is offered through the California Farm Bureau Federation and is renewable annually. Congratulations!

Student TRiO Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, and GEAR UP, TRiO Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, and GEAR UP

Humboldt State University TRiO Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, and GEAR UP proudly hosted the 2019 Winter Academy this past February. Winter Academy brings high school students to HSU’s campus to take part in “A Day in the Life of a College Student” and to picture the possibilities of life after high school. The day was filled with TRiO and GEAR UP students who took the time to spend their President’s day off taking classes with enrolled HSU students in disciplines they expressed interest in, participating in workshops, study sessions, and tours of campus facilities. This massively collaborative effort among HSU early outreach programs has been incredibly successful and continues to grow in popularity and attendance each February.

HSU TRiO alum students played a critical role in guiding students to and from classes ensuring timely arrival as well as acting as docents to assist them with the transition between classes from all corners of the campus. HSU staff, faculty and professors were and continue to be committed to receiving TRiO and GEAR UP students into their classrooms, labs, and facilities and without this support, the Winter Academy would not be as successful as it is. Students sat in over 20 different lectures, demonstrations, and activities from all three colleges on campus, and toured the green house, the special collections room, and athletic facilities. 50 students participated in the academy this year and that number is expected to grow next year. To learn more about TRiO Upward Bound, TRiO Talent Search, and GEAR UP, please visit our websites:

Faculty Matthew Derrick, Geography

Matthew Derrick, chair of Geography, was elected as president of the California Geographical Society at the organization’s annual meeting May 3-5.

Student Summer Owen, Geography

Summer won third place in the Digital Map Competition at the California Geographic Conference in Big Bear Lake, CA with her map The Impact of the Thomas Fire.

Student Brian Murphy, Environmental Science & Management

Brian won second place in the Digital Map Competition at the California Geographic Society Annual Conference in Big Bear Lake, CA for his map An Overview of Watersheds of California.

Student Leo DiPierro, Geography

Leo won first place in the Digital Map Competition at the California Geographic Society Annual Conference in Big Bear Lake, CA for his map Historical Physical & Architectural Features of Eureka, CA.

Student Riley Buoen, Geography

Riley won second place in the Paper Map Competition at the California Geographic Society Annual Conference in Big Bear Lake, CA for his map The San Gabriel Mountains.

Student Gilbert Trejo, Geography

Gil won first place in the Print Cartography competition at the California Geographic Society Annual Conference in Big Bear Lake, CA with his map The Southern California Coast.

Student Danielle Kirkland-Shatraw, Geography

Danielle won first place in the McKnight Student Paper Contest for best undergraduate geography paper at the California Geographic Society Annual Conference in Big Bear Lake, CA with her work Cartography and Resistance: Counter-mapping in Palestine.

Student Kevin Greer, Geography

Kevin won the Geosystems award for best paper in physical geography at the California Geographic Society Annual Conference in Big Bear Lake, CA with his research “Determining Factors That Contributed to the Carr Fire.”

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