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Week of: Nov 07, 2010

Student Kymberly Gustus, Annayal Yikum and Yesenia De León,, Biological Sciences

Biology majors Kymberly Gustus and Annayal Yikum, along with Wildlife major Yesenia De León, won the award for best poster in Neuroscience at the SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) conference held on Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 in Anaheim, Calif.

The undergraduate student’s poster was entitled: The effects of histamine on escape behaviors and giant nerve fiber conduction velocity in the blackworm Lumbriculus variegatus. Their research was conducted under the mentorship of Dr. Bruce A. O’Gara. Annayal, Kymberly and Yesenia are interns in the Undergraduate Research and Mentoring (URM) Program in the Biological Sciences.

Student Sam Aguilar, Phil Chaon, Brian Fagundes, Dave Spangenburg and Amy Leigh Trost, Wildlife

Humboldt State University’s highly successful Wildlife Quiz Bowl Team won the 2010 National Wildlife Quiz Bowl Oct. 5 in Snowbird, Utah, marking HSU’s ninth victory in 11 years in the national and regional contests.

In the latest 17-team national competition, Humboldt State blanked Michigan Tech 135-0, beat Texas A&M;120-55, trounced the University of Wyoming 110-15 and downed Penn State 95-20.

The tournament was part of the National Wildlife Conference in Snowbird, and the HSU team comprised five undergraduates: Sam Aguilar (Wildlife major), Phil Chaon (double major, Wildlife and Zoology), Brian Fagundes (double major, Wildlife and Geography), Dave Spangenburg (Geography major, Wildlife minor) and Amy Leigh Trost (Wildlife major).

Faculty Jeff Dunk, Environmental Science & Management

Jeff Dunk co-authored the following paper in the journal Forest Ecology and Management:

ZIELINSKI, W. J, J. R. DUNK, J. S. YEAGER, AND D. W. LAPLANTE. 2010. Developing and Testing A Fisher Landscape Habitat Suitability Model for interior Northern California. Forest Ecology and Management 260:1579-1591.

Week of: Oct 31, 2010

Faculty Richard A. Paselk, Chemistry

Rich Paselk (Chemistry) presented a paper (5 October 2010) at the XXIX Symposium of the Scientific Instrument Commission of the International Union for the History and Philosophy of Science in Florence, Italy : “The Display of 20th-Century Scientific Instruments at Humboldt State University,”

Week of: Oct 17, 2010

Faculty Mark Hemphill-Haley, Geology

Along with HSU Environmental Systems – Geology graduate student, Paul Sundberg, participated in 10 day post-earthquake reconnaissance of the September 4, 2010, M 7.1 Darfield earthquake near Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand. Worked with members of New Zealand GNS Science, Canterbury University and Penn State University to describe and document surface rupture and strong motion evidence produced during the earthquake.

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