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Week of: Apr 10, 2011

Faculty Jean O'Hara, Theatre, Film & Dance

In June, O’Hara will direct an indigenous spoken word performance at the Alainait Festival in Canadian Arctic, specifically in Iqaluit, Nanuvut. She will also be presenting the paper “Performing Borderlands: Agokwe’s Investigations of Post-Colonial Impacts on Aboriginal Communities” at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference in August. She will also be presenting on the panel “Buddies in Bad Times Redefines Queer Theatre in Canada” at this same conference.

Faculty Dr. Michael S. Bruner and Mr. Jason D. Meek, Communication

Bruner & Meek are happy to report that their book chapter, “A Critical Crisis Rhetoric of Seafood,” appears in Janet Cramer, Ed., “Food as Communication” (Peter Lang: New
York and Bern, February 2011), pp. 271-295.

Staff Trudi Walker, Student Affairs, HSU Children's Center

HSU Children’s Center will be celebrating 40 years of service to the students of Humboldt State at a potluck picnic on May 6, 2011 from 5:30-7PM at Redwood Park. The Children’s Center was started in 1971 by a group of student parents who needed child care in order to attend classes. It is a nationally accredited program and serves around 100 families each semester. Another 60 or so students work in the center, which also serves many departments as a service learning site and a child observation site.

Week of: Apr 03, 2011

Faculty William Wood, Chemistry

William Wood, Terrence McGlynn (CSU Dominguez Hills) and the student, Thuy-Tien Hoang, reported their research on the alarm pheromones of Costa Rican turtle ants ants.

Volatile components from the mandibular glands of the turtle ants, Cephalotes alfaroi and C. cristatus. William F. Wood, Thuy-Tien Hoang, Terrence P. McGlynn. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 39, 135-138 (2011).

Faculty Dr. Marisol Cortes Rincon; Sarah Nicole Boudreaux ; Robert Gustas ; and Jeff Bryant, Anthropology

Dr. Marisol Cortes Rincon presented on her research at the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) on April 1st, 2011. Her paper is titled “Dos Hombres to Gran Cacao Settlement Survey Project: Preliminary Findings.” The research is based on her archaeological work in Belize, Central America.

Additionally, three of her students also presented at the SAAs: Sarah Nicole Boudreaux – (University of Texas at Austin) “Overview of Settlement Survey Studies at Programme for Belize Archaeological Project (PfBAP)”; Robert Gustas (HSU) “Peoples of Humboldt County – A Cultural Center”; and Jeff Bryant (HSU-CRF) “Spatial Visualization: Dos Hombres to Gran Cacao Settlement Survey.”

Week of: Mar 27, 2011

Faculty Micaela Szykman Gunther and colleagues, Wildlife

Micaela Szykman Gunther and colleagues had a paper published in Conservation Genetics:

Spiering, Penny A., Szykman Gunther, Micaela, Somers, Michael J., Wildt, David E., Walters, Michelle, Wilson, Amy S. and Maldonado, Jesus E. 2011. Inbreeding, heterozygosity and fitness in a reintroduced population of endangered African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus). Conservation Genetics, 2011(12): 410-412.

Faculty William Wood and Warren Wood, Chemistry

William Wood and Warren Wood (University of Portland) and three of their undergraduate students had their research on western thatching ants published.

Chemical analysis of the defensive secretion from the western thatching ant, Formica obscuripes. Gloriane W. Faith, Brian G. Solliers, Rachel M. Feeny, Warren J. L. Wood and William F. Wood. Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research 10, 15-17 (2011).

Student Ilan Navah, Nursing

Received a Global Health Fellowship with USAID (US Agency for International Development) where he will work as an HIV/AIDS home-based care nurse in Uganda for 3 months. In the capital, Kampala, Ilan will work with TASO (The AIDS Support Organization) in local communities helping carry out their mission of “living positively with AIDS.”

Faculty Lonny Grafman, Environmental Resources Engineering

Lonny Grafman presented about Appropedia, a site for collaborative solutions in sustainability, poverty reduction and international development through the use of sound principles and appropriate technology, at the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance Open 2011 Conference in Washington, DC on March 24th, 2011. He also co-facilitated a panel session on Fantastic Failures from the Field: Lessons learned in abroad programs.

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