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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 https://www.assignmentlibrary.org/assignments/5894ee23ce45f3e600000004. 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.

Week of: Apr 30, 2017

Student Russ Walls, Torrie Brickley, Matthew Derrick, Nick Perdue, and Merien Townsel, Geography

After a long but fun road trip down to San Diego, Humboldt came home with several top awards from the 71st Annual California Geographical Society meeting in San Diego. The 16 current students, along with alumni, who attended represented HSU Geography with strong enthusiasm and professionalism.

We had three first-place student awardees. Nathaniel Douglass won first place for the McKnight Professional Paper Award. Russ Walls won first place for the Geosystems Professional Paper Award. And Torrie Brickley won first place for the Student Cartography Competition. Douglass also won the David Lantis Scholarship, and several of our students landed Student Travel Awards. Well done!

Our faculty got in on the action, too. Professor Matthew Derrick was awarded the Friend of Geography Award, and he was elected CGS Vice President. Dr. Nick Perdue was elected to the organization’s board, as was Merien Townsel, our recent graduate and current Administrative Support Assistant.

Student Lydia Leonard-Rhodes & Emily Bushta, English

The Department of English is pleased to announce its first recipients of the English Scholarship for 2017-18. These scholarships, the result of a generous donation by an anonymous donor, will be awarded in the spring of each academic year for the following year. The first scholarships are being given to Emily Bushta and Lydia Leonard-Rhodes, who will each receive an award of $1000 for the upcoming academic year. This year’s scholarship awards will be presented at the English Department Commencement Reception on Saturday, May 13 at 2:30 p.m. in the Green and Gold Room of Founders Hall.

Faculty Ramona Bell, Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies

On April 13, 2017, Ramona j.j. Bell,Assistant Professor in CRGS, presented the paper “Teaching Django and Other Hollywood Slave Narratives: Problems and Possibilities” for the panel Rearticulating Racism, Resistance and Citizenship in the Age of Neoliberalism, at the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) Annual Conference in San Diego, CA.

Faculty Christina Accomando, English

On April 13, 2017, Christina Accomando, Professor of English and CRGS, presented the paper “Patriotism, Protest, and Dog Whistling the National Anthem” for the panel Rearticulating Racism, Resistance and Citizenship in the Age of Neoliberalism, at the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) Annual Conference in San Diego, CA.

Student Brittany Stuckey, Communication

Brittany Stuckey (COMM & Studio Art, 2016) had her photograph, “Cucumbers,” and “The Story of This Image” published in the Newsletter of the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS).
April 2017, Issue 5, page 4.

Faculty William F. Wood, Chemistry

Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, William Wood, was a co-author of an article on medicinal aspects of matsutake mushrooms (Tricholoma magnivelare). Wood identified and synthesized a new compound from mycelium of this mushroom, which was used in the current study – “Effects of matsutake mushroom scent compounds on tyrosinase and murine B16-F10 melanoma cells.” It was published in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications.

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