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Student Dept. of Mathematics Students, Mathematics Permalink
The Department of Mathematics recently named several scholarship recipients for the 2012-13 academic year. They are:
Mathematics students Natalya Jackson and Wilson Jarrell; winners of the Harry S. Kieval Scholarship, awarded to junior-level students.
Melanie Kaitlyn Weaver; winner of the Mathematics Department’s Harry S. Kieval Transfer Scholarship for outstanding performance in college level courses at a two year college in preparation for a mathematics major.
Kyle Steslicki; winner of both the Orval M. Klose Scholarship and the Robert S. Chambers Scholarship for full-time undergraduate mathematics majors.
Anne Adams and Elizabeth Bell; winners of the Travis Jepsen Memorial Scholarship for full-time mathematics majors.
Austin LaComb; winner of the Michael Tucker Scholarship for outstanding junior or senior mathematics major, and
Valerie Yellam; winner of the awarded the Elmo Moore Memorial Mathematics Scholarship for mathematics or mathematics education majors.
Student Kendall Lewis, Computer Science Permalink
Kendall Lewis was named Outstanding Student of the Year ’12-13 for the Department of Computer Science.
Faculty Christine Cass, Oceanography Permalink
Oceanography professor Christine Cass was recently named one of the top 20 women professors in California by statestats.org and partner website onlineschoolssalifornia.com. The two sites set out to find post-secondary educators who had been recognized recently for excellence in the classroom, on campus and in the community.
Cass joins professors from Stanford, UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount in earning the distinction. Cass has served as an assistant professor in the Department of Oceanography since 2011. Her research focuses on changes in West Coast zooplankton brought about by seasonal variations.
Student Bobby Voeks, Geology Permalink
Geology student Bobby Voeks was recently accepted into the U.S. Geological Survey/National Association of Geoscience Teachers Cooperative Field Training Program. The USGS/NAGT program is the longest continuously running internship program in the earth sciences. Bobby will work as a hydrologic technician measuring sediment inputs into the Chesapeake Bay. He will be based at USGS headquarters in Reston, VA.
Student Claudia Velasco, Geology Permalink
Geology student Claudia Velasco recently accepted a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) Summer Internship studying glacial sedimentology in Brazil and surficial geology in west central, Minnesota for Native American women. Claudia will help an active research project on the origin and history of surficial deposits in west central Minnesota and the late Paleozoic glacial units of Brazil (the Itarare subgroup). Her research will focus on the influence of climate on ice stream movement, the significance of marine interaction and ice sheet grounding, and the nature of ice stream flow (sliding vs. deformation).
Student Michelle Robinson, Geology Permalink
Geology student Michelle Robinson was recently accepted into the U.S. Geological Survey/National Association of Geoscience Teachers Cooperative Field Training Program. The USGS/NAGT program is the longest continuously running internship program in the earth sciences. Michelle will be based in Portland, OR working with USGS scientists on water-quality conditions in the Columbia River Basin. He work will focus on “toxics,” including anthropogenic-indicator compounds, pharmaceuticals, PBDEs, pesticides and legacy compounds.
Student Erin Quinn, Geology Permalink
Erin Quinn recently accepted a Smithsonian Graduate Student Fellowship at the National Museum of Natural History. Erin will conduct high-temperature, high-pressure experiments on rocks from Chaos Crags, Lassen Volcanic National Park. Erin’s work will be the first experimental phase equilibrium study on Chaos Crags and will provide important constraints on magma storage conditions at Chaos Crags. This is important for better understanding the volcanic hazards within Lassen Park.
Student Kelly Morgan, Geology Permalink
Geology student Kelly Morgan will serve as seasonal hydrologic technician with the Rocky Mountain Research Station for summer 2013. Kelly will conduct surveys of geomorphic features in the Upper East Fork Weiser River in central Idaho using GPS and other methods. She will use the Geomorphic Road Assessment and Inventory Package (GRAIP), a process and set of tools for analyzing the impacts of roads on forested watersheds. GRAIP combines a detailed road inventory with a powerful GIS analysis tool set to predict road sediment production and delivery, mass wasting risk from gullies and landslides, and road hydrologic connectivity.
Student Joe Camacho Jr., Geology Permalink
Geology student Joe Camacho Jr. received the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) Summer Internship. Joe will use surface observations to search for blind (subsurface) faults in the North American platform in central Tennessee. He will present his summer research at the fall meeting of the Geological Society of America in Vancouver, BC.
Student Ryland Karlovich, Talisa Rodriquez, Miles Ross, Matthew Eiben, and Amelia Egle and Dept. of Geography Faculty Members , Geography Permalink
Ryland Karlovich, Talisa Rodriquez, Miles Ross, Matthew Eiben, and Amelia Egle and Dept. of Geography Faculty Members
In May, Geography students and faculty returned triumphant from the 67th California Geographical Society Meeting at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Over 400 academic, NGO, agency, and private sector geographers attended.
The ever-popular student research competition included students from four states and 31 institutions (including 13 CSU and 5 UC campuses).
In the student research competition, senior Ryland Karlovich’s gained some identity by analyzing how England’s Historic Counties are Losing Identity. Ryland continues this effort as a graduate student at the University of Edinburgh next fall.
Talisa Rodriquez’ year-long effort documenting Primary Succession and Edge Effects in a Northcoast Coastal Dune Habitat took home the Geosystems Award for the best undergraduate physical geography paper.
Miles Ross, Matthew Eiben, and Amelia Egle captured second place in Digital Mapping for their effort on The Geography of Hate: Placing Racist, Sexist and Homophobic Sentiment in Online Social Media. Their effort, prepared under the direction of Professor Monica Stephens, was published May 10th in The Guardian, one of the UK’s leading periodicals.
Eight other students presented a paper, poster or cartographic effort. Faculty members Matt Derrick (who presented a paper) and Stephen Cunha accompanied the students.
Student Matthew Lutwen and Ellyn Henderson, Politics Permalink
Matthew Lutwen and Ellyn Henderson were recently selected as the 2013 David Kalb Award recipient and runner-up, respectively. Matthew was the recipient of a $1,000 award and Ellyn received a $250 award. This award was established by David Kalb, an alumnus of Humboldt State University. He was a political science major and served as president of the Associated Students. The award is open to any student who has demonstrated personal commitment and leadership by taking an active role in student government.
Student Holly Leopardi, Physics & Astronomy Permalink
Senior Holly Leopardi was presented the award for “Exceptional Scholarly Achievement” in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. The annual award honors outstanding Physics & Astronomy Majors at the junior or senior level. The award includes a commemorative hardcover edition of “The Feynman Lectures on Physics.”
Faculty Bill Reynolds, Psychology Permalink
Bill Reynolds, Professor of Psychology recently published two journal articles. One article, co-authored with colleagues at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Ohio State Medical School titled: “Suicide risk in youth with intellectual disability: The challenge of screening” appeared in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Along with Jessica Black (MA, HSU), their research paper on “Examining the relationship of perfectionism, depression, and optimism: Testing for mediation and moderation” was published recently in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.
In addition to these journal articles, the second edition of Bill’s book, the Handbook of Psychology, Volume 7: Educational Psychology, which he co-edited with Dr. Gloria Miller of the University of Denver was published in January by John Wiley & Sons. In addition to coediting the book, Bill also contributed two chapters to this 600 page volume. In collaboration with A. Bӑlaj, Bill recently published the Scala de evaluare a tulburӑrilor din adolescentӑ – Forma scurtӑ. APS-SF Manual pentru specialist. Adaptarea si standizarea APS-SF pe populatia din Romania, a Romanian edition of his Adolescent Psychopathology Scale that was standardized and validated with adolescents in Romania. Recently, Bill along with coauthors Kenneth Kobak and Daniel David published the book: HDI Hamilton Depression Inventory inventarul de depresie Hamilton: Manual tehnic si interpretative. In April, Bill presented two papers at the national conference of the Society for Personality Assessment in San Diego. One of these papers described 25 years of international research with the Reynolds Adolescent Depression Scale.
Also in April, Bill along with undergraduate and graduate research assistants (including Molly Blahausz, Rebekah Becker, Carlos Gonzalez, Esperanza Alcazar, Erin Harris, Melissa Nielsen, Sarah Murphy, Terri McCaben, and Jessica Kirby) presented five research papers at the annual Western Psychological Association conference in Reno, NV. Later this month, Bill and Jessica Black with present a research paper at the Association for Psychological Science meeting in Washington, DC on the assessment of moral identity.
Student Joshua Peterson, Mathematics Permalink
Joshua Peterson received the Mathematics Department Outstanding Teaching Award for AY 2012-13 for teaching lower division courses while completing his master’s degree.
Faculty Sondra Schwetman, Art Permalink
Sondra Schwetman has a piece accepted into the Marin Museum of Contemporary Arts’ Summer National Juried Exhibition. The show runs June 1 to July 14th.