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Week of: Nov 28, 2010

Faculty Lonny Grafman, Environmental Resources Engineering

Interviewed by Thrivable.net on Savoring Optimism – http://bit.ly/thr1ve.

Staff Kim Hall, Student Affairs

Kim Hall, Director of Veterans’ Affairs has been selected to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Veterans Program Administrators (NAVPA) representing Region VIII. NAVPA works with the U.S. Departments of Education, Veterans Affairs, and Defense to promote the improvement and development of opportunities to veterans and their dependents. Her selection is an honor to her and HSU.

Week of: Nov 14, 2010

Faculty William Wood, Chemistry

An article titled “Bird Photography” and 12 photographs was published in the November issue of Redwood Snapshots, a publication of the Redwood Camera Club.

Photographing birds has long been an important aspect of William Wood’s nature photography. In this article he describes techniques for successfully photographing these animals

Student Whitney Butler, Whitney Schimke, Alexander Taylor, Ryan Camera and Tyler Hullquist, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Students and faculty from the HSU’s Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources recently travelled to Albuquerque to take part in professional meetings and compete in the Society of American Foresters (SAF) Quiz Bowl at the society’s annual convention in October.

HSU sent five forestry students, Whitney Butler, Whitney Schimke, Alexander Taylor, Ryan Camera and Tyler Hullquist, to compete. The contest brought together student teams from universities across the country to demonstrate their knowledge in a wide variety of forestry disciplines.

Forestry and Wildland Resources Department Chair Ken Fulgham and Professor Han-Sup Han attended the five day convention, where Fulgham presented a poster titled “Long-term, Post-Fire Dynamics of a Sagebrush Steppe and Western Juniper Community.” It summarized nearly thirty years of post-fire vegetation monitoring of sagebrush rangelands in Modoc County in Northeastern California. Dr. Han participated in the McIntire-Stennis meetings as the HSU-Administrative Technical Representative (AT-R).

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.

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