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Week of: Sep 28, 2014

Faculty Margi Waller, Social Work

Professor of Social Work Margi Waller is the Principle Investigator at HSU and two other Social Work Departments on CSU campuses for a “Writing Skills for Child Welfare Workers” online pilot course.

This pilot course was developed by the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC), together with Title IV-E staff at Universities and public child welfare agencies throughout California. Five CSU Schools of Social Work (Fresno, Humboldt, San Bernardino, San Jose, Stanislaus) are collaborating with CalSWEC to pilot the course. Participating students represent a mix of undergrad and graduate students, part-time and full-time students, current child welfare workers, Title IV-E and non-title IV-E students. Each student in this pilot course is assigned a Writing Coach who will facilitate his/her progress.

One of the goals of this pilot course is to gather student feedback to gain insight from their experience and therefore improve the educational material within the course as needed. In 2015, the online course will be provided to all Title IV-E Universities, Public Child Welfare Agencies and Regional Training Academies throughout the state.

Week of: Sep 21, 2014

Faculty Justus Ortega, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

Kinesiology & Recreation Professor Justus Ortega has published a research article in the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. The article is titled “Effects of aging on mechanical efficiency and muscle activation during level and uphill walking” and can be read online at

Faculty Rosemary Sherriff, Geography

Geography Professor Rosemary Sherriff has co-authored a peer-reviewed research article in the online journal PLOS ONE examining the severity of wildfires along Colorado’s Front Range. The paper is titled “Historical, Observed, and Modeled Wildfire Severity in Montane Forests of the Colorado Front Range” and can be read online at

Faculty Alison O'Dowd and Bill Trush, Environmental Science & Management

The HSU River Institute has received research funding from Friends of the Eel River. The project will develop recommendations for blockwater releases from the Potter Valley Project to assist rearing and migration for anadromous salmonids in the Eel River.

Student Calvin Fok and Dion Kucera, College of Natural Resources and Sciences

Two Humboldt State University students spent the summer of 2014 working on research projects in Woods Hole as part of the multi-institutional Partnership Education Program (PEP). They were among 15 students from around the U.S. who participated in the 10-week program. Calvin Fok is a senior majoring in marine biology, and Dion Kucera graduated in May 2014 with a degree in environmental science and is now at Indiana University pursuing double master’s degrees.

Student Tristan Merlaud and Rudy Directo, Fishing

Students Tristan Merlaud and Rudy Directo placed fifth in the FLW College Fishing bass tournament Sept. 6 on New Melones Lake. They will now represent HSU in an FLW College Fishing Invitational. The top 10 teams from the Invitational advance to the 2015 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

FLW College Fishing is a national competitive bass-fishing program open to full-time students at four-year colleges and universities. For more information, visit

Staff GEAR UP, Humboldt State University

Humboldt State University has received $443,614 through the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, which helps at-risk students prepare for college and receive the support they need to achieve success in postsecondary education.

Administered by the U.S. Department of Education, the six or seven-year competitive grants target entire grades of students, partner with local organizations and businesses, and include matching local contributions and in-kind services. Grantees serve an entire group of students, usually beginning no later than seventh-grade, and follow them throughout high school.

This year, applicants were encouraged to address how they plan to increase postsecondary success, implement college- and career-ready standards, and work in conjunction with Promise Zones – places where the federal government has partnered with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, improve educational opportunities, and reduce violent crime.

Week of: Sep 07, 2014

Faculty Wildlife Department, Wildlife

The Oregon Zoo Foundation has awarded Humboldt State’s Wildlife Department $3,984 to investigate the den-attendance of fishers and the potential impacts of timber harvest on fisher den ecology. The grant is part of the Future for Wildlife program, which protects threatened and endangered species and their ecosystems.

Faculty Marissa O’Neill and Debbie Gonzalez, Social Work

Social Work Professors Marissa O’Neill and Debbie Gonzalez presented their co-authored research project, “Tribal and Non-tribal Agencies: A Comparison of how Social Work with Families is Conceptualized in the United States,” at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development ( held in Melbourne, Australia this July. The conference attracted over 1500 social work and social development practitioners, researchers, and educators from all over the world.

Professor O’Neill and Gonzalez’ scholarship was presented alongside the work of members from the ‘University of the Arctic- Thematic Network on Social Work’ (, an international research collaborative consisting of 18 nations with a focus on social work with families.

Student Crystal Cardenas, Andrew Harter, Michael Ross, and C.D. Hoyle, Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy majors Crystal Cardenas, Andrew C. Harter (‘14), and Michael P. Ross published a peer-reviewed paper titled “Experimental Progress on Tests of Gravity at 20 microns” in the Proceedings of the National Conference of Undergraduate Research 2014. The paper describes research done in the Gravitational Research Laboratory, led by Professor C.D. Hoyle.

Faculty Sing C. Chew, Sociology

Sociology Professor Emeritus Sing C. Chew recently published an article, “The Southeast Asian Connection in the First Eurasian World Economy 200BC-AD500,” in the “Journal of Globalization Studies,” Vol. 5 #1 2014:82-109. A book chapter will also appear in Michael Pearson (ed.), Trade, Circulation and Flows in the Indian Ocean World, New York: Palgrave -Macmillan (in press)

Week of: Aug 31, 2014

Faculty Luke Eberhart-Phillips, Brian Hudgens, Mark Colwell, Wildlife

Former graduate student Luke Eberhart-Phillips, Brian Hudgens (adjunct faculty) and Mark Colwell co-authored a paper on the dynamics of the Snowy Plover population that breeds along the U.S. Pacific coast. The plover is listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Colwell has been studying the local population with his students for 15 years.

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