Latest Achievements

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

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Week of: Oct 14, 2018

Faculty Susan Edinger Marshall, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Named “Range Manager of the Year” by the California-Pacific Section of the Society for Range Management. Awarded during HSU’s 50th Anniversar Celebration. Class of 1968 Alum William Lauenroth (currently at Yale University) attended the celebration as a special speaker.

Faculty Dan Barton, Wildlife

Presented an invited symposium paper “Incorporating Inclusive Pedagogy in Field Classes” at The Wildlife Society’s annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio, and was an invited expert panelist on inclusive teaching in wildlife biology

Student UG Students Samuel Vassallo, Devon Michels, Alex Lewis, Evan Miller, Marcie Mathieu, MS Student Coach Andria Townsend, and faculty adviser Dan Barton, Wildlife

Won 25th International Wildlife Quiz Bowl at The Wildlife Society’s annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio, beating out 22 other teams from research universities and teaching colleges around North America. This is HSU’s 12th win of this event.

Faculty Madelinn Schriver and Rosemary Sherriff, Geography

Madelinn Schriver (MS 2015, Forestry and Wildland Resources), Rosemary Sherriff, and US Forest Service and UC Cooperative Extension collaborators published an article on oak woodlands along a gradient of conifer encroachment in northwestern California in the journal Ecosphere. The study highlights (1) the process and severity of encroachment is consistent across the region, resulting in substantial oak habitat loss and a shift toward conifer dominance in formerly diverse woodlands of northwestern California; and (2) oak woodlands require concerted management effort to ensure their future persistence. Article weblink:

Faculty Rosemary Sherriff, Geography

Micah Wright and Rosemary Sherriff published a new article on climate change impacts in forests in Southwest Alaska with National Park Service collaborators in the open-access journal Ecosphere. Results suggest that historically productive forests in Southwest Alaska are showing declines in growth under warmer conditions, with important implications for future forest conditions and productivity. Our results corroborate climate change model forecasts for the region. Article weblink:

Faculty Andre Buchheister, Fisheries Biology

Andre and colleagues obtained a research grant from the Lenfest Ocean Program (a grantmaking program managed by The Pew Charitable Trusts) to study fisheries management options for an important fish species (Atlantic Menahaden) along the US East coast. Atlantic Menhaden (a fish in the herring family) supports the largest fishery on the east coast, but it is also a key prey for numerous species in the ecosystem. The study involves using an ecosystem model to evaluate the impact that Atlantic menhaden fisheries can have on the broader ecosystem, including predators like other fishes, marine mammals, and seabirds. The research grant is supporting an HSU Masters student, Max Grezlik.

Faculty Mihai Tomescu, Biological Sciences

Organized a colloquium at the national meeting of the Botanical Society of America in Rochester, Minnesota: “Fossil plants at the intersection of evo-devo and phylogeny: celebrating the contributions of Gar W. Rothwell to biodiversity and evolution”

Faculty Joshua Smith, Chemistry

Dr. Smith received a Fulbright Scholar Award and an American-Scandinavian Award to study triplet ground state Baird aromatic compounds in Uppsala, Sweden during the 2018-19 AY.

Faculty Jenny Cappuccio, campus coordinator; Nievita Bueno Watts co-coordinator, CNRS

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in STEM grant awarded to the CSU system wide from NSF and Chancellor’s office. HSU’s award for 2018/2019 is $40,000 primarily for student support.

Student Kelly Pfeiler, Shayda Abidi, Biological Sciences

Received travel awards from the Botanical Society of America to attend and present research at the 10th European Paleobotany-Palynology Conference in Dublin (Ireland), Aug 2018

Faculty Mihai Tomescu, Biological Sciences

Dr. Tomescu Co-edited a special issue of American Journal of Botany: “Tree of Death: The Role of Fossils in Resolving the Overall Pattern of Plant Phylogeny” (with G.W. Rothwell and I.H. Escapa). You can see the full article here:

Student Club The Free Radicals, President Jessica Andersen and Emilia McCann, Advisor Jenny Cappuccio, Chemistry

Green Chemistry (4th year in a row) and Honorable Mention student chapter award for 2017-2018 AY from the American Chemical Society (ACS)

Student Anh Bui, Environmental Resources Engineering

As part of a collaboration with GE & Southern California Edison, Anh Bui developed an algorithm using Python code for estimating the tension between shifting a customer load to benefit the grid versus shifting a load to reduce their bill. Anh also helped with the installation of our new Schatz Solar Array in September.

Student Craig Mitchell, Environmental Resources Engineering

Craig provided construction observation at the Solar+ installation, tracking the canopy weight in real-time and serving as an onsite liaison between contractors and the Schatz microgrid team. As part of his observation, Craig recorded the installation’s actual daily labor and equipment requirements, to better define the needs for similar projects in the future.

Student Thalia Quinn, Ellen Thompson and Rene DeWees, Environmental Resources Engineering

These students have been developing a model to assess the current and future costs of building microgrids that integrate solar, battery storage, and fast EV charging. This model will help define which sites are good candidates for investment, and identify future research and development opportunities.

Week of: Sep 30, 2018

Faculty Carly Marino, Library

Carly Marino was invited by the California State Archivist to join the California Historical Records Advisory Board (CHRAB) as the College and University Archives Representative. The CHRAB serves as a central advisory body within California for historic records planning and coordination and reviews the National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant applications.

Faculty Joshua Frye, Communication

Dr. Joshua Frye, Communication, recently published an article entitled “Teaching future doctors to communicate: a communication intervention for medical students in their clinical year” in the Journal of Communication in Healthcare. Frye was a member of a communication consulting and research team alongside his colleague Dr. Joshua Hammonds from Rollins College that worked with Columbia University Medical School and Bassett Healthcare to develop a communication curriculum for third-year medical students during clinical training. The communication intervention was successful in improving the students’ communication skills, especially information giving, which is critical to enabling patients to make informed decisions in shared decision-making.

Faculty Steve Monk, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

Kinesiology & Recreation Administration instructor and boating safety officer Steve Monk received the 2018 Outstanding Service Award from the National Association of Underwater Instructors. A recreational dive certification and membership organization, the association provide international diver standards and education programs. It promotes “Dive Safety Through Education” and its members are known and respected all across the industry for the quality of their teaching, concern for the individual student, and safety awareness.

Student Jeffrey Kane, Alexis Bernal, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Forestry Graduate Student, Alexis Bernal submitted a grant proposal to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and was awarded a research grant of $24,460 for studying the effect of variable density thinning and burning treatments on the spatial patterns of drought-related tree mortality.

Faculty Peter Lehman, Environmental Resources Engineering

Peter Lehman was awarded $120,000 from the Humboldt Transit Authority for HTA Long-Term Energy Planning.

Faculty Dr. Darren Ward, Fisheries Biology

Darren Ward was awarded $75,000 from UCSD for Freshwater Ecology Research Collaboration.

Faculty Dr. Tim Bean, Wildlife

Dr. Tim Bean was awarded $118,000 from the Karuk Tribe for Marble Mountain Elk Ecology Collaborative Research.

Faculty Matthew Derrick, Rosemary Sherriff, Geography

Geography professors Matthew Derrick and Rosemary Sherriff co-edited the 2018 issue of The California Geographer, the flagship peer-reviewed journal of the California Geographical Society. The volume—weighing in at more than 270 pages the largest in journal’s nearly six-decade history—features articles from HSU Geography faculty, including Derrick Nicholas Perdue, and former students, including Nathaniel Douglass and Eric Fowler, as well as academic geographers from throughout the state. The 2018 issue marks the second year of Derrick and Sherriff editing the journal; it can be accessed at the following link:

Week of: Sep 23, 2018

Student Micaela Szykman Gunther, Matt Delheimer, Keith Slauson, Bill Zielinski, Wildlife

Former graduate student Matt Delheimer published his thesis in the September issue of the Wildlife Society Bulletin, along with co-authors Keith Slauson, Micaela Gunther, and Bill Zielinski. His work documented the Use of Artificial Cavities by Humboldt marten, recently listed as an endangered species in California.

Faculty Alison Holmes, International Studies

Alison Holmes, International Studies, attended the Global Action Summit in San Francisco as an accredited journalist for The American of London (where she has had a column for over 15 years). Her blog can be found at:

Faculty Alison Holmes, International Studies

Alison Holmes, International Studies, presented on two roundtables at the International Studies Association – West conference in Pasadena. “Academia in Contentious Times” discussing the research and practical concerns of the current political climate and as an invited panelist for the “Pay it Forward” mentoring program for young faculty. She also finished her term on the ISA-West Executive.

Faculty Eugene Novotney, Music

Dr. Eugene Novotney, Professor of Music, had eight new steelband arrangements published over summer 2018 by MauMau Music, the premier publisher of steelband music worldwide. Three of these publications are arrangements of compositions by Trinidadian artist, Ray Holman, who performed at HSU with the Calypso Band in Spring 2018, and two others are by Trinidadian legend, Clifford Alexis, who performed at HSU with the Calypso Band in Spring 2016. The other three publications are steelband arrangements of classic Trinidadian calypso and soca compositions by David Rudder, Len “Boogsie” Sharpe, and Clive Bradley of the Desperadoes Steelband.

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