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Week of: Feb 22, 2015

Student Laura A. Hernandez, Lauren N. Kruger, Ashley Ortiz, Araik Sinanyan, Sara Newell, Jilma Rachel Guinea, Mareike Duffing Romero, Juita Martinez, Yuliana Rowe-Gaddy ,  

HSU students Laura A. Hernandez, Lauren N. Kruger, Ashley Ortiz, Araik Sinanyan, Sara Newell, Jilma Rachel Guinea, Mareike Duffing Romero, Juita Martinez, Yuliana Rowe-Gaddy gave presentations at the Emerging Researchers Network (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Washington, D.C.

- Laura A. Hernandez: “Phage Therapy in Sludge Samples from Wastewater Treatment Plants of the Greater Salt Lake Basin”

- Lauren N. Kruger: “Differences in Prey Items Within Sagebrush and Agricultural Hunting Territories of American Kestrels”

- Ashley Ortiz: “Early Cretaceous Cupressaceae in the Budden Canyon Formation of Northern California”

- Araik Sinanyan: “Chemical Composition and Antimicrobial Activity of Wild- Harvested Achillea millefolium from the Republic of Armenia”

- Sara Newell: “A Survey of Chemical Parameters for the Development of a Water Quality Index for the Ping River”

- Jilma Rachel Guinea: “Forest Attributes of Reproductive Habitat for Harpy Eagles in Darién Province, Panamá”

- Juita Martinez: “Exposure of the Grass Shrimp, Palaemonetes pugio, to Antimicrobial Compounds Affects Associated Vibrio Bacterial Density
and Development of Antibiotic Resistance”

- Yuliana Rowe-Gaddy: “The Effects of Simulated Acid Rain on Web-spinning Spider Assemblages in the Luquillo Experimental Forest”

- Mareike Duffing Romero: “Field Evidence For a Janzen-Connell Effect” (Romero’s presentation was accepted, but he did not attend the conference)

The February event, sponsored by National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science sponsored, is for college and university undergraduate and graduate students who participate in programs funded by the NSF Division of Human Resources Development.

Student Tina Nguyen, Keith Parker, Jared Dimson, and Kasondra Rubalcava,

HSU undergraduate students Keith Parker, Jared Dimson, and Kasondra Rubalcava were recognized for their poster presentations in the category of Ecology, Environmental and Earth Sciences at the Emerging Researchers Network (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Washington, D.C.

- Parker won second place for his presentation, “Freshwater Environmental DNA Sampling of Threatened Pacific Lamprey of the Order Petromyzontiformes.”

- Dimson won third place for his presentation, “Field Advantage on Decomposition in a Tropical Montane Forest.”

- Rubalcava won fourth place for her presentation, “Inter-annual Variations in the Recruitment of Spot (Leiostomus xanthurus) in the Maryland Coastal Bays.”

The February event, sponsored by National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science sponsored, is for college and university undergraduate and graduate students who participate in programs funded by the NSF Division of Human Resources Development.

Student A. Preston Taylor, Wildlife

Wildlife Program graduate A. Preston Taylor successfully published his senior honors thesis in the internationally renowned Journal of Behaviour. He collected unique video data on the rubbing behavior of black bears in northern California forests. This paper is available for viewing online at the Brill publisher site (Taylor, Allen and Gunther 2015, DOI: 10.1163/1568539X-00003270).

Faculty Michael S. Bruner & Laura K. Hahn, Communication

Michael S. Bruner and Laura K. Hahn’s article, “Irony and Food Politics” has been published in the journal, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies. (Feb. 2015)

Week of: Feb 15, 2015

Faculty Alison Holmes, Politics

International Studies Program Leader Alison Holmes presented a paper to the national International Studies Association Conference in New Orleans entitled, “If Global States beget Global Diplomacy – what does statecraft without the state look like?” She was also elected member at large of the Diplomatic Studies Section Executive.

Faculty William Wood, Chemistry

On February 18, William Wood, HSU Chemical Ecologist, gave a lecture to the Humboldt Bay Mycological Society: titled “Hallucinogens – Natures Ultimate Chemical Defense.” This talk covered various methods plants and animals use chemical to keep predators at bay. Hallucinogens were described as an “ultimate” means of chemical defense as it targets animal neurotransmitters in the brain. Animals who ingest plants or mushrooms that contain psychotropic chemicals have a “bad trip” and in the future avoid them.

Student Students of Humboldt State University, All Campus

Humboldt State University is the recipient of silver-level Student Actions Award from myActions.org, and online, student-powered college network for sharing sustainable and socially-responsible actions. The Student Actions Awards celebrate student leadership, student activity, initiatives, and impact. For more information, visit http://campus.myactions.org/.

Faculty Peter Goetz, Mathematics

Peter Goetz, associate professor of Mathematics, and Andrew Conner, assistant professor of Mathematics at Saint Mary’s College of California, have published a paper titled “Some non-Koszul algebras from rational homotopy theory” in The Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society, an international mathematical research journal.

Faculty Sing C. Chew, Sociology

Sing C. Chew was the opening keynote speaker at the Conference on Post-Secondary Education for Sustainability in Asia held at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore February 5-6, 2015. His lecture was entitled, My Quarter of a Century Researching and Teaching Environmental Sustainability: Lessons Learned from the Past for the Future.

Faculty Tim Miller, Library

Tim Miller, General Instruction/Reference Librarian, conducted a workshop entitled Web Literacy: Using & Sharing Dynamic Tools To Learn & Teach the Web at the Online Northwest Conference (http://onlinenorthwest.org/2015-program/) at Oregon State University on February 13, 2015. Miller’s workshop focused on web literacy (the ability to read, write and participate on the Web) and different tools that educators can use to learn about the Web and teach web literacy (http://www.tinyurl.com/weblit-tools-onw15). Miller also shared his experiences co-teaching the Hour of Code at HSU last December and the currently-running “Learn to Build a Website” workshop series (http://libguides.humboldt.edu/webdev).

Week of: Feb 08, 2015

Faculty Marisol Ruiz, Education

Education Faculty Member Marisol Ruiz will present at the American Education Research Association conference for educational research. She will present, “Bilingual school children can think deeper than developmental theorist predict! Readers theater for critical pedagogical literacy.” Her article was also recently published in the edited book “Interrogating critical pedagogy: The voices of educators of color in the movement. New York, NY: Routledge.

Student April Alexander, Rebekah Bailey and Sarah Goodman, Social Work

On Feb. 7, several BASW students including April Alexander, Rebekah Bailey, and Sarah Goodman participated in the Saint Joseph Health, Wellness and Resource Fair at the Bayshore Mall in Eureka.

April Alexander and field instructor Linda Rasmussen, Nurse Manager, of the Cancer Care Program at St. Joe’s tabled to provide healthy cancer preventative foods. Rebekah Bailey tabled with DHHS Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Prevention and in the afternoon for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Sarah Goodman tabled with Faith Center Foursquare Church’s Celebrate Recovery group providing information about open-share groups the church offers such as Celebrate Recovery, GriefShare, and DivorceCare. Sarah also provided information about the organization’s upcoming single mom’s support group.

Staff Student Health Center Staff, HSU Student Health Center Laboratory

The Humboldt State University Student Health Center Laboratory has met all criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization. Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey. The HSU SHC Laboratory has earned COLA accreditation as a result of a long-term commitment to provide quality service to its patients.

COLA is a nonprofit, physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement, and accreditation.

COLA is approved by the federal government and sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

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