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Week of: Nov 16, 2014

Faculty Laurie A. Pinkert, English

Laurie A. Pinkert, Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of Composition, was recently selected as one of three rhetoric and composition scholars invited to lead written communication sessions at the WASC-Senior College and University Commission Retreat on Core Competencies, which was held November 13-14, 2014 in Pomona, CA. Professor Pinkert presented on “Innovative Writing Pedagogies Sensitive to Local Context” and mentored faculty teams from the U.S., Mexico, and Peru on best practices in pedagogy, program design, and assessment.

Faculty Armeda Reitzel, Communication

Communication professor Armeda Reitzel is the Chair of the Undergraduate College and University Section of the National Communication Association. She is on the legislative assembly and the nominating committee for the organization. This is the 100th year of the National Communication Association.

Student Lori Jones, Environmental Resources Engineering

Lori Jones, a senior undergraduate in the Environmental Resources Engineering department, recently received funding through the CSU’s Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) and US Department of Agriculture to investigate osmotic membrane processes as a Watershed Management Intern. Under the guidance of her advisor Andrea Achilli, she will develop three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models and investigate membrane fouling for two different osmotic hybrid systems – RO-PRO and FO-RO. These systems, which employ reuse of wastewater effluent, are designed to reduce the energy requirement of desalination through renewable power generation (RO-PRO) or osmotic dilution (FO-RO).

Week of: Nov 09, 2014

Faculty Sing C. Chew, Sociology

Sociology Professor Sing C. Chew and former graduate student, Associate Professor Daniel Sarabia, now the Department Chair of Sociology at Roanoke College, in Roanoke, Virginia presented a paper, Early Globalization in World History: Global Climate Change and the End Bronze Age World System 1200-700BC, at the Annual Conference of the Social Science History Association in Toronto, Canada, November 8, 2014. The paper reported on their collaborative research efforts to understand macro-historical dynamics in world history.

Week of: Nov 02, 2014

Staff Connie Stewart,  

Connie Stewart has received the 2014 Nonprofit Leader Achievement Award from the Northern California Association of Nonprofits.

Stewart was cited for her long history of serving on nonprofit boards and committees, and serving as a mentor for people throughout the region. Stewart started her local nonprofit career with the North Coast Environmental Center in the late ‘80s before being recruited by Assemblywoman Patty Berg to work for the state legislature covering one of the largest rural districts in the lower 48. She is currently director of the California Center for Rural Policy.

Stewart was also presented with a Congressional Record Statement on behalf of Congressman Jared Huffman, and a joint resolution on behalf of Senator Noreen Evans and Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro.

The Northern California Association of Nonprofits is assists nonprofit organizations achieve their goals through collective action. The group is supported by the Humboldt Area Foundation, the Mel & Grace McLean Foundation, and its members.

Student Sara Downey, Biological Sciences

Last week a CSU team made public comments in support of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Bridges program. Former HSU Biology Major/CIRM Bridges Scholar, Sara Downey’s presence at last week’s meeting was electric because most everyone in the room knew she’s on a team developing an embryonic stem cell-derived product as a treatment for type 1 diabetes. After four years on the job, Sara has transformed from a fresh biological sciences graduate with academic research experience into a biotech professional comfortable talking about Six Sigma, cGMPs, regulatory affairs, biotech business cycles, & process engineering. The CIRM board has extended the program for one year.

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