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Week of: May 01, 2011

Faculty William Wood, Chemistry

William Wood published a report on the identification of 2-ethyl-3-methylpyrazine from the scent glands of male pronghorn antelope. Previously, this hazel nut odor compound has only been identified from plants and is likely used in territorial marking by these animals.

2-Ethyl-3-methylpyrazine in the subauricular and median glands of pronghorn, Antilocapra americana. William F. Wood. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 39, 159-169 (2011).

  Lauren Adabie, Ben Adams, Travis Clohessy, John Hunter, Blair Kinser, Izzy Konopa, Kendra Miers, Ryan Seng, and Zak Stanko, Environmental Resources Engineering

After not participating in the competition for over 10 years, the HSU-Environmental Resources Engineering team returned to American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Mid Pacific Regional Conference Water Treatment competition to claim the top prize. Student team members included Lauren Adabie, Ben Adams, Travis Clohessy, John Hunter, Blair Kinser, Izzy Konopa, Kendra Miers, Ryan Seng, and Zak Stanko.

Using engineering principles, students were tasked with treating “polluted” water for common water quality problems in a timed, competitive setting. Designs were scored on cost, speed, efficiency, final water quality as well as an accompanying presentation and report. The HSU-ERE team had an outstanding performance, beating the second place team by 30 points.

Faculty Jeff O'Connor, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

Lecturer Jeff O’Connor has been named the director and president of the board of directors for “Stockton Folk Dance Camp.” The 65 year old conference is recognized as the most comprehensive international dance workshop in the United States. Internationally known instructors are invited to teach at the, two, one week sessions that has participants in attendance from the U.S.and abroad. The camp has been held each summer at the University of the Pacific campus in Stockton, California since 1946.

Faculty Robert Cliver, History

Professor Robert Cliver of HSU’s History Department has published an article this week in the online peer-reviewed journal of world history The Middle Ground. The article, titled “Tremors in the Web of Trade: Complexity, Connectivity and Criticality in the Mid-Eighth Century Medieval World” can be found online at http://www2.css.edu/app/depts/HIS/historyjournal/index.cfm?cat=5&art=40.

Student Nicolas Ramirez, Jason Barnes, Brian Huggett and Chantell Royer,

Four HSU Geospatial Science graduate students, Nicolas Ramirez (Environmental Science and Management), Jason Barnes (Environmental Science and Management), Brian Huggett (Forestry and Wildland Resources) and Chantell Royer (Forestry and Wildland Resources), were awarded a top prize of $25,000 in the annual Economic Fuel competition on April 29 at the Warfinger Building. Their winning concept Humboldt Cartography, a geospatial planning solutions firm, will offer mapping and spatial analysis solutions to business, federal, state, and local agencies. Their planned operations include cartographic design, and geographic information services including database development and management, geospatia

Week of: Apr 24, 2011

Student Robin Ray, Politics

Student Robin Ray was selected to represent HSU in the 2011 Panetta Congressional Internship Program. The Panetta congressional intern is an outstanding student from any major who has demonstrated how the internship will benefit their plans for public service. Tuition, travel, living expenses and a stipend are paid by the Panetta Institute for Public Policy.

Student Ryder Dschida and Michelle Kiso, History

Students Ryder Dschida and Michelle Kiso were named the 2011 Hennessey Award winner and runner-up, respectively. The Dr. John Hennessey Award was established in memory of Dr. John Hennessey, a professor of History and department chair at Humboldt State University who, after his retirement from the History Department, provided many years of service to the university. The award is given each year to a history major and graduating senior who has demonstrated academic excellence in the study of history.

Student Levi Mogg, History

Student Levi Mogg is the 2011 recipient of the Johnston-Aronoff Award. The Johnston-Aronoff Award is given each year to an outstanding student from Humboldt County who is pursuing a career in teaching history at the K-12 level. The award was established by Guy Aronoff, a professor in the HSU History Department, and his wife, Judy Johnston, in memory of Guy’s father, David Aronoff, and Judy’s mother, Aldy Johnston. Both were lifelong learners, and while neither were native Californians, they both very much loved California as their adopted home.

Student Matthew Herrera and Monica Mays, History

Students Matthew Herrera and Monica Mays won first and second place, respectively, in the 2011 Charles R. Barnum History Contest. The Charles R. Barnum History Awards celebrate original historical research of Humboldt County. The awards were established in 1952 by a grant from Charles Barnum, a realtor and insurance broker in Eureka who was a member of the Humboldt State College Advisory Board from 1946 to his death in 1953. Up to $2,500 in prize money is distributed each year.

Student Rosalinda Gonzalez, Daniel Hernandez, and Jeremy Rude, Environmental Science & Management

Environmental Science students Rosalinda Gonzalez, Daniel Hernandez, and Jeremy Rude have all been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships for graduate study next year. The students receive $30,000 per year stipend and $10,500 cost of education allowance for three years at any institution in the US.

Student Lauren Adabie, Ben Adams, Travis Clohessy, John Hunter, Blair Kinser, Izzy Konopa, Kendra Miers, Ryan Seng, and Zak Stanko, Environmental Resources Engineering

The Environmental Resources Engineering team claimed the top prize at the American Society of Civil Engineers Mid Pacific Regional Conference Water Treatment competition. The HSU-ERE team had an outstanding performance and a first place win over eight other university teams including UC Berkeley and UC Davis. Students were tasked with treating “polluted” water for common water quality problems in a timed, competitive setting. Designs were scored on cost, speed, efficiency, final water quality as well as an accompanying presentation and report. Local sponsors include ASCE North Coast Chapter, LACO Associates, Pierson’s, Winzler & Kelly and the President’s office.

Week of: Apr 17, 2011

Faculty Lori Dengler, Geology

Lori Dengler presented a paper “The Effects of the 2011 Tohoku Tsunami on the California Coastline” (with 22 co-authors including HSU Geology grad student Amanda Admire) at the Seismological Society of America Annual Meeting in Memphis, Tennessee April 15.

Faculty Lori Dengler, Hans Abramson-Ward, Carrie Garrison-Laney, Gary Carver, Geology

Lori Dengler, HSU Geology alums Hans Abramson-Ward and Carrie Garrison Laney, and Geology emeritus professor Gary Carver were co-authors with Curt Peterson and Ken Cruikshank on a paper “Evaluation of the use of paleotsunami deposits to reconstruct inundation distance and runup heights associated with prehistoric inundation events, Crescent City, southern Cascadia margin” in the journal Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. (DOI:10.1002/esp.2126)

Student Yang Yang, Geography

Yang Yang, a Geography and International Studies major at Humboldt State University, has won the $250 “Outstanding Student Paper” award from the Ethnic Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers in 2011. Yang has also presented this paper at the annual conference of the Association of American Geographers in Seattle on April 15th, 2011, and has received the award as an invited guest at the awards Luncheon. Yang will be pursuing her Master in the Human Geography Research program at the London School of Economics and Political Science this fall.

Student Ryan Ziels, Environmental Resources Engineering

Ryan Ziels, Environmental Resources Engineering major, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships for graduate study next year. Ryan will receive $30,000 per year stipend and $10,500 cost of education allowance for three years at any institution in the US. Ryan will be pursuing his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington.

Student Zak Stanko, Brenda Howell, Rick Bailey, Environmental Resources Engineering

HSU ERE students Zak Stanko, Brenda Howell, and Rick Bailey received the highest award, “Outstanding Winner” in the 2011 Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) Mathematical Modeling Contest. They were one of just six teams to be honored with this designation for their category. The contest ran from Feb. 10-14, 2011, with over 3,500 teams competing from US and Foreign universities. The team developed a model of the environmental, social, economic, and health impacts of the widespread use of electric vehicles and detailed key factors to consider to support the development and use of these vehicles.

Student Club Sara Wilmot, Journalism & Mass Communication

The Lumberjack Newspaper took second place for General Excellence in the California Newspaper Publishers Association 2010 Better Newspaper Contest at a ceremony in Los Angeles on April 16. It came in second in the state, in the university category, to The Daily Bruin at UCLA. The contest was judged on three consecutive issues of the newspaper produced by a team of students led by graduating journalism major Sara Wilmot. The Lumberjack Newspaper is produced as part of JMC 327: The Newspaper Laboratory at Humboldt State.

Faculty John W. Powell, Philosophy

John W. Powell, Philosophy, will have his article, “Conceptual and Other Problems with Outcomes Assessment,” appear in the American Association of University Professors May 2011 Journal of Academic Freedom.

He will also present to the East-West Philosophy Center conference, held every five years at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, on the topic “Theory as Authority,” May 18th.

Student Ashley Randall and Ezra Hayman, Communication

Ashley Randall and Ezra Hayman presented research papers at the 3rd Annual Bay Area Undergraduate Communication Research Conference at San Jose State University. Randall’s paper was a neo-Aristotelian rhetorical criticism of Harvey Milk’s 19789 “Hope” speech, and Hayman’s was an ideological rhetorical criticism of identity construction on Facebook user profiles. Both of them began their research for a Communication Research methods class in Fall 2010.

Faculty Lori Dengler, Geology

The paper “Effects of Harbor Modification on Crescent City, California’s Tsunami Vulnerability” authored by Lori Dengler and Burak Uslu (NOAA) was published in the journal Pure and Applied Geophysics. http://www.springerlink.com/content/81jlg83h80qg0r50/

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