Latest Achievements

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

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Week of: Sep 30, 2018

Faculty Carly Marino, Library

Carly Marino was invited by the California State Archivist to join the California Historical Records Advisory Board (CHRAB) as the College and University Archives Representative. The CHRAB serves as a central advisory body within California for historic records planning and coordination and reviews the National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant applications.

Faculty Joshua Frye, Communication

Dr. Joshua Frye, Communication, recently published an article entitled “Teaching future doctors to communicate: a communication intervention for medical students in their clinical year” in the Journal of Communication in Healthcare. Frye was a member of a communication consulting and research team alongside his colleague Dr. Joshua Hammonds from Rollins College that worked with Columbia University Medical School and Bassett Healthcare to develop a communication curriculum for third-year medical students during clinical training. The communication intervention was successful in improving the students’ communication skills, especially information giving, which is critical to enabling patients to make informed decisions in shared decision-making.

Faculty Steve Monk, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

Kinesiology & Recreation Administration instructor and boating safety officer Steve Monk received the 2018 Outstanding Service Award from the National Association of Underwater Instructors. A recreational dive certification and membership organization, the association provide international diver standards and education programs. It promotes “Dive Safety Through Education” and its members are known and respected all across the industry for the quality of their teaching, concern for the individual student, and safety awareness.

Student Jeffrey Kane, Alexis Bernal, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Forestry Graduate Student, Alexis Bernal submitted a grant proposal to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and was awarded a research grant of $24,460 for studying the effect of variable density thinning and burning treatments on the spatial patterns of drought-related tree mortality.

Faculty Peter Lehman, Environmental Resources Engineering

Peter Lehman was awarded $120,000 from the Humboldt Transit Authority for HTA Long-Term Energy Planning.

Faculty Dr. Darren Ward, Fisheries Biology

Darren Ward was awarded $75,000 from UCSD for Freshwater Ecology Research Collaboration.

Faculty Dr. Tim Bean, Wildlife

Dr. Tim Bean was awarded $118,000 from the Karuk Tribe for Marble Mountain Elk Ecology Collaborative Research.

Faculty Matthew Derrick, Rosemary Sherriff, Geography

Geography professors Matthew Derrick and Rosemary Sherriff co-edited the 2018 issue of The California Geographer, the flagship peer-reviewed journal of the California Geographical Society. The volume—weighing in at more than 270 pages the largest in journal’s nearly six-decade history—features articles from HSU Geography faculty, including Derrick Nicholas Perdue, and former students, including Nathaniel Douglass and Eric Fowler, as well as academic geographers from throughout the state. The 2018 issue marks the second year of Derrick and Sherriff editing the journal; it can be accessed at the following link:

Week of: Sep 23, 2018

Student Micaela Szykman Gunther, Matt Delheimer, Keith Slauson, Bill Zielinski, Wildlife

Former graduate student Matt Delheimer published his thesis in the September issue of the Wildlife Society Bulletin, along with co-authors Keith Slauson, Micaela Gunther, and Bill Zielinski. His work documented the Use of Artificial Cavities by Humboldt marten, recently listed as an endangered species in California.

Faculty Alison Holmes, International Studies

Alison Holmes, International Studies, attended the Global Action Summit in San Francisco as an accredited journalist for The American of London (where she has had a column for over 15 years). Her blog can be found at:

Faculty Alison Holmes, International Studies

Alison Holmes, International Studies, presented on two roundtables at the International Studies Association – West conference in Pasadena. “Academia in Contentious Times” discussing the research and practical concerns of the current political climate and as an invited panelist for the “Pay it Forward” mentoring program for young faculty. She also finished her term on the ISA-West Executive.

Faculty Eugene Novotney, Music

Dr. Eugene Novotney, Professor of Music, had eight new steelband arrangements published over summer 2018 by MauMau Music, the premier publisher of steelband music worldwide. Three of these publications are arrangements of compositions by Trinidadian artist, Ray Holman, who performed at HSU with the Calypso Band in Spring 2018, and two others are by Trinidadian legend, Clifford Alexis, who performed at HSU with the Calypso Band in Spring 2016. The other three publications are steelband arrangements of classic Trinidadian calypso and soca compositions by David Rudder, Len “Boogsie” Sharpe, and Clive Bradley of the Desperadoes Steelband.

Week of: Sep 16, 2018

Student Amy Beltran, Sammi Stowe, and Dr. Troy Lescher, Theatre, Film & Dance

Amy Beltrán (Theatre major), Sammi Stowe (Theatre major), and Dr. Troy Lescher (TFD) researched, edited, and published the “Doctoral Projects in Progress in Theatre Arts, 2018” report in the June 2018 edition of Theatre Journal [Association of Theatre in Higher Education].

Faculty Dan Aldag, Music

Dan Aldag has had two of his arrangements for jazz band published by Really Good Music. The arrangements are “Shimmer”, composed by Allison Miller, and “Smack Dab”, composed by Bobby Previte. Both compositions were originally written for small jazz groups and have been arranged for big band by Aldag.

Faculty Mark Colwell, Elizabeth Feucht, Wildlife

Mark Colwell and Lizzie Feucht published a paper (Aug 2018) in Wader Study, an international journal dedicated to the ecology and conservation of shorebirds. Their work shows that Humboldt Bay hosts half a million shorebirds during spring migration alone! This information will be used to increase recognition of the bay under the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network.

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