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Week of: Feb 03, 2019

Staff Kristina Hunt, Academic & Career Advising Center

The Academic and Career Advising Center’s Career Clothing Closet was featured on KIEM-TV. “Walking into an interview, first impressions are important. At Humboldt State University, local community members cleared their closets to help students look the professional part….”

https://hsu.link/ACACCareerClothingClosetNews

Faculty Lucy Kerhoulas, Allyson Carroll, Jim Campbell-Spickler, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Professor Lucy Kerhoulas and Research Associates Allyson Carroll and Jim Campbell-Spickler are featured in a five-year exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences called “Giants of Land and Sea.” The exhibit features their research on redwood trees. Read more about it here: https://www.kqed.org/science/1926434/the-giants-of-california-how-redwoods-and-whales-got-so-big

Faculty Julie Alderson, Kim Vincent-Layton, Center for Teaching and Learning

Julie Alderson and Kim Vincent-Layton co-published an article in POD Speaks, titled “Starting a center for teaching and learning”. It can be viewed at: https://podnetwork.org/content/uploads/PODSpeaksIssue3_StartingCTL.pdf

Faculty Laura Johnson, Geography

Dr. Laura Johnson published a research article in Gender, Place and Culture, titled “Becoming ‘enchanted’ in agro-food spaces: Engaging relational frameworks and photo elicitation with farm tour experiences.” It can be viewed here: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/mTAjiir83NYpVqkkaTvq/full?target=10.1080/0966369X.2018.1541867

Faculty Alison Holmes, International Studies

International Studies Program Leader Alison Holmes, together with Professor Paul Amar of UC Santa Barbara, was asked to conduct an external review of the CSU-Long Beach International Studies Program – a flagship in the CSU system and model in the country.

Week of: Jan 27, 2019

Faculty Ellery Ames (co-authors: Håkan Andréasson, Anders Logg), Mathematics

Published paper in Physical Review D: Cosmic string and black hole limits of toroidal Vlasov bodies in general relativity.

https://journals.aps.org/prd/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevD.99.024012

Faculty Lonny Grafman, Environmental Resources Engineering

Spanish edition of new book, Atrapando la lluvia, hit number 1 new release in Environmental Studies on Amazon.

http://bit.ly/amazonlluvia

Student Kevin Landaw (co-authors: Shaughnessy, F. J., Jones, A. , Glazebrook, M. , Tyburczy, J. , Ray, J. , Nelson, T., Abell, J.), Biological Sciences

Poster. ADJUSTMENTS TO EELGRASS LEAF AREA INDEX IN HUMBOLDT BAY BASED ON DESICCATION AND WASTING DISEASE LESIONS. Western Society of Naturalists, Tacoma, WA.

http://www.wsn-online.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/WSN_2018_Short_Program_v1031.pdf

Student Saskia Raether (co-author: Shaughnessy, F.J.), Biological Sciences

Poster. SEAWEED COMMUNITY STRUCTURE ALONG ENVIRONMENTAL GRADIENTS IN AN OCEAN-DOMINATED ESTUARY. Western Society of Naturalists, Tacoma, WA.

http://www.wsn-online.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/WSN_2018_Short_Program_v1031.pdf

Faculty Frank Shaughnessy (co-authors:Abell, J. , Tyburczy, J. , LeBlanc, E. , Jones, A. , Ray, J. , Lopiccolo, J. , Nelson, T., Raether, S. , Landaw, K., Biological Sciences

Poster: SPATIAL DIFFERENCES IN EELGRASS BED CONDITIONS IN HUMBOLDT BAY, CA THAT COULD AFFECT THE CO2 DRAW-DOWN FUNCTION OF THE PLANT. Western Society of Naturalists, Tacoma, WA.

http://www.wsn-online.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/WSN_2018_Short_Program_v1031.pdf

Student Gerardo Ureno (co-authors: Nelson, T., Abell, J., Bespalova, D. V., Encinas, K. M., Shaughnessy F. J., Jones, A., LeBlanc, E., Landaw, K., Ray, J., Tyburczy J., Biological Sciences

Presented poster: VARIABILITY OF INVERTEBRATE COMMUNITIES AMONG EELGRASS BEDS IN HUMBOLDT BAY: IMPLICATIONS FOR CO2 DRAWDOWN. Western Society of Naturalists, Tacoma, WA.

http://www.wsn-online.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/WSN_2018_Short_Program_v1031.pdf

Student Gynell Higby, Nicole Perry, Joshua Maldonado, Johnny Rasnic, Mihn Nguyen, Joseph Wertzberger, Jade Williams, Briana Ramirez, Austin Schenk, Skye Gibney, Eric Malekos, Charlin Duff, Madeline Vasilevich, Kelly Randazzo, Kyle Smith, Ezra Moreno, Daisy Montalvo and Kamila Larripa, Mathematics

Seventeen students competed in teams in the International Mathematical Contest in Modeling over a four day period in January. Students were challenged to analyze, clarify and write solutions to an open and timely problem. Students come from departments across the CNRS and were hosted in the Mathematics Department.

Faculty Jeffrey Kane, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Jeff Kane was invited to give a seminar entitled “Litter flammability of North American trees: Ecological insights and management implications” as part of the forestry seminar series at Purdue University on January 29th, 2019.

Faculty Jared Larson, Politics

In the last month, Jared Larson has had two articles published. The first, “La identidad ibérica frente a la identidad europea: Huellas iberistas en Señas de identidad, A jangada de pedra y Sostiene Pereira,” published by Romance Notes (a comparative literature journal based at UNC-Chapel Hill), examines Iberian political culture through three 20th-century novels. The second, published online in SAGE’s Research Methods Cases series, considers “Using Contextual Variables in the Comparative Historical Analysis of the Politics of Migration in Spain and Portugal.”

Faculty Dan Aldag, Music

Dan Aldag with jazz great Matt Wilson and the HSU Jazz Orchestra, presented a clinic at the Jazz Educators Network national conference entitled “Getting Off The Page: Moving Your Big Band Beyond Written Arrangements”

Week of: Jan 20, 2019

Staff Michele Miyamoto, Jessica Citti, Arianna Thobaben, Jasmine Nunley, Lorraine Casazza, Maxine Mota, & Su Karl, Learning Center

The Learning Center was recently granted International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC) through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). The certification qualifies the Learning Center’s training program to grant participants an internationally-recognized tutor credential.

Student Shelbie Ann Christensen (student) and Robert W. Zoellner (faculty), Chemistry

Publication: Shelbie A. Christensen and Robert W. Zoellner; “Chemistry with a Capital Z: The superheavy elements. Oganesson: Superheavy element 118: A review”; The Hexagon of Alpha Chi Sigma 2018, 109(4), 51-53,61.

Faculty Mihai Tomescu (with co-author Andrew Groover - USDA-FS & University of California Davis), Biological Sciences

Invited paper in the Tansley Review series published by the journal New Phytologist: “Mosaic modularity: an updated perspective and research agenda for the evolution of vascular cambial growth”

https://nph.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/nph.15640

Faculty Daniel Barton, Wildlife

Invited Presentation at the Shamir Research Institute, University of Haifa, Qatsrin, Israel entitled “Apparent Competition, Hyperpredation, and Spillover in Ecological Restoration: The tales of two lupines and a fish”

Faculty Sherrene Bogle, Computer Science

Certificate of Merit for the paper entitled “Classfiers for Predicting Undergraduate Computer Science Performance” presented at the 2018 International Conference of Data Mining and Knowledge Engineering in London, U.K.

http://www.iaeng.org/publication/WCE2018/

Faculty Kerry Byrne, Environmental Science & Management

Invited Presentation at the Northern California Botanist Symposium: “Restoring a population of Applegate’s milkvetch (Astragalus applegatei): lessons learned for conservation”

http://www.norcalbotanists.org/symposia/symposium2019.htm

Faculty Claire Till (Chemistry faculty); Jessica Solomon (Environmental Sciences graduate), Chemistry

Publication in the journal Limnology and Oceanography.

https://aslopubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/lno.11022

Faculty Kamila Larripa, Mathematics

Published paper in Journal of Theoretical Biology: Methods for determining key components in a mathematical model for tumor–immune dynamics in multiple myeloma.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022519318304259

Faculty Lonny Grafman, Environmental Resources Engineering

Published “An Analysis of Recycling High Density Polyethylene with Limited Resources” in the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering, Vol 13 No. 2.

https://ojs.library.queensu.ca/index.php/ijsle/article/view/11621

Faculty Mihai Tomescu, Biological Sciences

Paper presented 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 Amy Sprowles,

“A Bridge to the future for stem cell students” highlights HSU STEM alumni.

https://blog.cirm.ca.gov/2019/01/22/a-bridge-to-the-future-for-stem-cell-students/

Faculty Pamela H Bowers, Social Work

Asst. Professor Pamela H. Bowers was recently appointed as Co-Chair of the “Teaching Methods and Learning Styles” Track for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for a 3-year term.

Appointment is listed here: https://www.cswe.org/Events-Meetings/2019-APM/Proposals/2019-APM-Tracks/Teaching-Methods-and-Learning-Styles.aspx

Faculty Kamila Larripa, Mathematics

Kamila Larripa was accepted to the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics’s Collaborative Workshop in Mathematical Biology at UCLA.

Student Ruby Aguirre, Katelyn Harris, Molly Rose Hilgenberg, Melody Soper, Social Work

MSW students Ruby Aguirre, Katelyn Harris, Molly Rose Hilgenberg, and Melody Soper had a literature review published in Contemporary Social Work.

The review was written for the SW 582 class taught by Social Work Professor Pam Bowers and it was recently accepted in this journal:

https://digitalcommons.murraystate.edu/crsw/vol9/iss1/13/

MORE INFO HERE:

Abstract – Sex trafficking is a pervasive threat across the globe and all fifty states of the United States, especially for underage female youth. However, there is a dearth of literature and awareness in domestic rural areas. Sex trafficking is a form of human trafficking that threatens all communities, including rural areas. This extended literature review looks closely at recent studies, and the grey literature to garner a better understanding of the implications for rural social work practice. The review concludes with recommendations and implications for future research, policy, and practice.

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