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Week of: Jun 05, 2016

Student Kristin Cooper and Catherine Trimingham, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Two Humboldt State University students passed the rigorous “Fundamentals of Soil Science” exam offered on April 15, 2016, becoming Associate Professional Soil Scientists, according to test results from the Council of Soil Science Examiners.

Kristin Cooper and Catherine Trimingham graduated from Humboldt State University with the Wildland Soils option in Rangeland Resource Science. Kristin has performed range technician duties for the Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming and has volunteered for several California Resource Conservation Districts. She is studying for the GRE exam and plans to apply to a graduate program for Fall 2017. Catt rowed for the HSU Women’s Crew team and is currently working as a forest-wide soils technician on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest in Idaho. She says that “my education is much more well-rounded compared to the people I work with. I am able to understand a majority of the timber jargon, identify most of the plants I come in contact with, and have been told that my notes are too thorough.”

The national pass rate for the Spring 2016 soils exam was 56 percent, with a California pass rate of 87.5 percent. Since 2011, 25 HSU students have attempted this exam, with an overall pass rate of 80 percent, the last two years with 100 percent success. Those who pass the fundamentals exam will be eligible to take the Professional Practice exam after five years of professional experience, an additional step in becoming a Certified Professional Soil Scientist. Recent Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) discussions about program self-certification have included the fundamentals exam as one indicator of program quality. Given that the exam is multiple choice, it does not evaluate students’ field skills per se, but is an exam that is offered nationwide and is therefore ‘portable.’ Humboldt State University Wildland Soils students (under the Rangeland Resource Science major) spend more than 200 hours in field or laboratory learning experiences, honing hands-on skills and field judgment of soil properties, limitations, and capabilities.

Week of: May 29, 2016

Faculty C.D. Hoyle, Physics & Astronomy

Dr. C.D. Hoyle published a book chapter entitled “Laboratory-Based Gravity Measurement” in Volume 3 of Wiley’s “Handbook of Measurement in Science and Engineering.” The peer-reviewed reference series is edited by Myer Kutz.

Week of: May 15, 2016

Student Charlotte Olsen, Physics & Astronomy

Physics/Astronomy major Charlotte Olsen has been selected for a NASA CRESST internship this summer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center close to Washington DC. She will be working with X-ray data to understand how star formation is triggered in close pairs of galaxies under the supervision of Dr. Basu-Zych. Congrats Charlotte!

Faculty Michael S. Bruner, Karissa Valine, Berenice Ceja, Communication

Michael S. Bruner, Karissa Valine, and Berenice Ceja, Department of Communication, “Women Can’t Win: Gender Irony and the E-Politics of ‘The Biggest Loser’,” was published in the International Journal of E-Politics,
Vol. 16, Issue 2 (2016): 16-36.
DOI: 10.4018/IJEP.2016040102.

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Faculty Sarah Jaquette Ray, Environmental Studies Program

Dr. Sarah Jaquette Ray’s newest academic article, “Environmental Justice, Vital Materiality, and the Toxic Sublime in Edward Burtynsky’s Manufactured Landscapes,” has been published in the current issue of the journal GeoHumanities.

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