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Updates about the latest publications and other achievements by our faculty, staff and students

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Week of: Mar 11, 2018

Faculty Nicole Jean Hill, Art

Professor of Art Nicole Jean Hill was invited by the Center for Prairies Studies at Grinnell College to be an artist-in-residence for the month of March. She is developing a series of photographs and animations about the ecology of the restored and remnant tallgrass prairies at the Conard Environmental Research Area in Kellogg, Iowa.

Week of: Mar 04, 2018

Faculty Marcy Burstiner, Journalism & Mass Communication

The Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will award Professor Marcy Burstiner a James Madison Freedom of Information Award March 27 in San Francisco for significant contributions to advancing freedom of information or expression. Burstiner will receive the Beverly Kees Educator Award for guiding students to harness the power of the California Public Records Act.

Student Ely Boone, Fisheries Biology

Undergraduate student Ely Boone received a second place award in the best science poster category at the 52nd annual American Fisheries Society Cal-Neva conference held in San Luis Obispo last week. Ely presented his summer 2017 research on environmental DNA, which he completed in the Rroulou’sik Program.

Faculty Christina Accomando,  

Christina Accomando co-authored the article “The Cynical Red Herring of Arming Teachers,” with Kristin Anderson of the University of Houston. Posted in Psychology Today blog “Benign” Bigotry: The Psychology of Subtle Prejudice, Feb 28, 2018.

Faculty Sarah Jaquette Ray, Environmental Studies Program

On March 8 at 7pm, Dr. Ray will be talking on “Coming of Age at the End of the World: Eco-Grief, College Students, and Climate Change” for the “My Favorite Lecture” series at the Plaza Grill in Arcata.

Week of: Feb 25, 2018

Faculty Claire Till, Chemistry

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Claire Till was awarded an NSF Ocean Sciences grant in collaboration with a group at Texas A&M;. The $116,500 grant to HSU will fund the analysis of samples taken along a transect from Alaska to Tahiti for a suite of trace elements.

Faculty Joshua Smith, Chemistry

Professor of Chemistry Joshua Smith was awarded a Fulbright scholar award to study triplet ground state aromatic compounds at Angstrom Laboratories, Uppsala University, Sweden during the 2018-19 academic year.

Faculty Matthew Derrick, Geography

Associate professor of Geography Matthew Derrick presented a paper titled “Mosques and Monumentality in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan” at the South and Central Asia Fulbright conference, held in New Delhi, India, February 26-28. Derrick is currently a Fulbright scholar based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Faculty Karen Kiemnec-Tyburczy, Biological Sciences

Karen Kiemnec-Tyburczy (Lecturer, Biological Sciences) and co-authors recently published a peer-reviewed article entitled “Genetic variation and selection of MHC class I loci differ in two congeneric frogs” in the journal Genetica.

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Student Korinna Domingo, Ximena Gil, Wildlife

Wildlife students Korinna Domingo and Ximena Gil’s abstract was accepted for the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Citizen Science for Conservation in Southern California Symposium (March 24th). They will be presenting a Lightning Talk titled, ‘Using citizen science to estimate frequency of latrine site usage along tributaries of Humboldt Bay by North American river otters.’

Student Korinna Domingo, Wildlife

Wildlife undergraduate student Korinna Domingo’s abstract was accepted for the Wildlife Society Western Section Conference in Santa Rosa, CA (Feb 5-9th). She presented a poster titled, ‘Informing local government regarding wildlife activity in a recreational area through inexpensive and noninvasive trail camera methodology.’ See the poster here:

Student Jacob Partida, Oceanography

Through his work with research scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Jacob Partida recently published his first co-authored article in a scientific journal. The article “The Changing Nature of Shelf-Break Exchange Revealed by the OOI Pioneer Array” can be found in the most recent volume (31) of Oceanography.

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