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Week of: Sep 05, 2010

Student Breanna Powers, Matt Johnson, Joseph LaManna, Adam Rich, Wildlife

A paper has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Northwestern Naturalist. The lead author is Breanna Powers, who was part of the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at HSU. Other authors include Matt Johnson (wildlife faculty), Joseph LaManna (wildlife graduate student), and Adam Rich (biologist with the US Forest Service). Their research examined effects of cattle grazing on gophers in high elevation meadows on the Sierra Nevada.

Faculty John W. Powell, Philosophy

John Powell presented two invited plenary-session papers at conferences in April at Manchester Univ. in England, and a revision of one is forthcoming in The Philosophers’ Magazine. The first paper, appearing in TPM, at a conference on informal logic, critical thinking and argumentation theory, is entitled “What Are the Criteria of a Good Argument?” The second, at a conference on methods of Wittgenstein and Frank Ebersole, was entitled “How Subversive is Ordinary Language Philosophy?”

Faculty Nicole Jean Hill, Art

My images are included in the upcoming book “CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Factory Farms” published by Watershed Media. The book includes essays by major writers on the topics of food and agriculture, including Michael Pollen and Wendell Berry. The photographs documented purebred poultry and accompany the chapter on breed diversity.

Link to the book info: http://www.watershedmedia.org/cafo_overview.html

Faculty Steven Martin, Environmental Science & Management

Steven Martin and former graduate student Kate McCurdy published a peer-reviewed article in International Journal of Wilderness on the use and effectiveness of bear resistant food storage canisters in Yosemite National Park.

Martin, Steven and Kate McCurdy. 2010. Wilderness food storage: Are bear-resistant food storage canisters effective? International Journal of Wilderness 16(1): 13-19.

Week of: Aug 29, 2010

Faculty Erik Jules, Biological Sciences

Erik Jules published a paper in the journal Ecology on the effects of wolf reintroduction in Yellowstone National Park on aspen forests.

Kauffman, M. J., J.F. Brodie, E.S. Jules. 2010. Are wolves saving Yellowstone’s aspen? a landscape-level test of a behaviorally mediated trophic cascade. Ecology 91:2740-2753.

Faculty Kjirsten Wayman, Chemistry

Published an article in the journal Phytochemistry on the chemotaxonomy of plant species in the genus Pseudowintera, a New Zealand endemic genus.

Kjirsten A. Wayman, Peter J. de Lange, Lesley Larsen, Catherine E. Sansom, Nigel B. Perry, “Chemotaxonomy of Pseudowintera: Sesquiterpene dialdehyde variants are species markers”, Phytochemistry 2010, 71, 766-772.

Faculty Joshua R. Smith, Chemistry

Jun Zhu, Christian Dahlstrand, Joshua R. Smith, Sébastien Villaume, and Henrik Ottosson; Symmetry 2010, 2(3), 1653-1682

On the Importance of Clar Structures of Polybenzenoid Hydrocarbons as Revealed by the π-Contribution to the Electron Localization Function

http://www.mdpi.com/2073-8994/2/3/1653/

Faculty William Wood, Chemistry

An article titled “Candid Photographic Portraits” and 9 photographs was published in the September issue of Redwood Snapshots, a publication of the Redwood Camera Club.

Candid photography, sometimes called “street photography,” has long been an important aspect of William Wood’s phtography. It involves taking photos of people acting spontaneously in their natural environment. These photographs preserve an instant in people’s lives when they are relaxed and behaving naturally.

Faculty Department of Social Work, Social Work

HSU’s Department of Social Work has received $4,000 of a $40,000 award administered by the non-profit Council on Social Work Education to finance learning and small-group collaboration between eight elders from local indigenous tribes and all of the department’s undergraduate, junior-level students. Ten programs nationwide will benefit from the funding, provided by the John A. Hartford Foundation, which promotes the health and independence of America’s older adults. Department Chair Ronnie Swartz, Coordinator Jamie Jensen and Cultural Liaison and Social Work Faculty Member Michelle Rainer are administering the program.

Faculty Mary and Stephen Cunha, Geography

Mary and Stephen Cunha published California: A Changing State. An Atlas for California Students. The effort includes over 90 original maps, diagrams, and tables completed by 14 HSU students under the direction of Mary Beth, along with Stephen’s accompanying text and photographs. A grant from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund supported the project, along with additional help from the National Geographic Society and HSU. http://www.humboldt.edu/cga/california-student-atlas/

Faculty Patty Yancey, Education

My chapter on “Learning and Teaching Dance in the Elementary Classroom” was published in the new edited volume: Artful Teaching: Integrating the Arts for Understanding Across the Curriculum, K-8 (Editors: David Donahue and Jennifer Stuart; Publisher: Teachers College Press; 2010.) Eight of us authors in the new book were partners in the Arts Education Initiative (AEI), a multi-year, regional initiative funded by the Ford Foundation.

Week of: Aug 22, 2010

Faculty David Scheerer, Theatre, Film & Dance

A Television Spot directed by TFD Professor David Scheerer for CoxRassussen & Co. Marketing and Advertising of Eureka has won a Telly Award. Alicia Cox and Brent Rasmussen produced. The 30 second spot, titled “Leon’s 007” plays on a James Bond theme. The Tellys honor regional and cable television commercials from more than 13,000 U.S. entries annually.

Faculty William Wood, Chemistry

William F. Wood, Jeffrey P. Copeland, Richard E. Yates, Iman K. Horsey, Lynne R. McGreevy. (2009). Potential semiochemicals in urine from free ranging wolverines (Gulo gulo Pallas, 1780). Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 37: 574–578

Faculty Willliam Wood, Chemistry

William F. Wood, Aya Kubo, Tony B. Shaffer (2010). Antimicrobial activity of long-chain (E)-3-alken-2-ones. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters 20: 1819–1820.

Faculty Dr. Robert Cliver, History

Dr. Robert Cliver (Assistant Professor, History) will give a talk at the Tenth International Women in Asia Conference in Canberra, Australia, Sept. 29 to Oct. 1. His talk is titled “Red Silk Sisters”: Working Class Women in the Chinese Revolution.

Faculty Dakota L. Hamilton, History

I had three book reviews published over the last academic year in The Sixteenth Century Studies Journal.

Faculty Brent Duncan, Professor, Department Chair, Psychology

Professor Brent Duncan and colleagues from Chapman and Loyola Marymount universities recently presented two 3-day workshops – Providing Mental Health Services in Schools to an audience of over 120 professors and practicing professionals in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Vietnamese schools have experienced a recent increase in behavioral problems among youth including incidents of violence, problems with excess videogame and on-line behavior, depression and youth suicide.

Faculty James Floss, Communication

James Floss is starring as David O. Selznick in Redwood Curtain’s production of Moonlight at Magnolias by Ron Hutchinson from September 9th through the 25th.

Faculty Victor Golla, Anthropology

Victor Golla recently published, at University of California Press, a comprehensive illustrated handbook on California’s indigenous languages entitled “California Indian Languages.” This work, the first of its kind, stands to become an essential reference on California’s remarkable Indian languages, outlining the basic structural features of more than two dozen language types and mapping the incredible linguistic diversity of Native California.

Faculty Chris Aberson, Psychology

Dr. Aberson recently began a second three-year term as Executive Editor of The Journal of Social Psychology.

He also began new terms on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Applied Social Psychology and Teaching of Psychology.

Faculty Chris Aberson, Psychology

Published the book: Aberson, C. L. (2010). Applied Power Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences. New York: Psychology Press.

and the book chapter: Aberson, C. L. (2010). Diversity experiences and intergroup attitudes. In R. J. Crisp (Ed.) The psychology of social and cultural diversity. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Faculty Dr. Robert Cliver, History

Dr. Cliver’s article “Minzhu Guanli: The Democratization of Factory Management in the Chinese Revolution,” which appeared in Labor History (Vol. 50, no. 4, Nov. 2009), was awarded the prize for best article by scholar within five years of completing the Ph.D. The award from Routledge publishers included a prize of $500. The award was announced in the latest issue of Labor History.

Faculty Dr. Alexis Celeste Bunten, Anthropology

Peer Reviewed Journal Publication:
Title: More like Ourselves: Indigenous Capitalism through Tourism

The American Indian Quarterly
Volume 34, Number 3, Summer 2010

Faculty John M. Meyer, Politics

New book, The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice, released by MIT Press this month http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=12321.

Co-edited by Meyer, the book provides diverse disciplinary perspectives on the contested rhetoric of “sacrifice” in environmental controversies. Contributors include HSU alum Justin Williams (‘09).

Faculty Suzanne Pasztor, History

Published “Mexico: Revolution and Post-Revolution” in Volume 64 of “Handbook of Latin American Studies.” This is a premier reference work in Latin American Studies, published by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress and the University of Texas Press. Contributors are appointed by the Librarian of Congress. This is my 15th year as a contributing author and editor of the Handbook.

Faculty Walter Duffy and Sharon Kahara, Fisheries Biology

Drs. Duffy and Kahara recently had an article published in the journal ecological applications. The artical reports their findings of ecological services provided by wetlands restored under USDA conservation programs. The citation for their paper is: Duffy, W.G. and S. N. Kahara. 2010. Wetland ecosystem services in California’s Central Valley and implications for wetland reserve program conservation practices.

Student Tall Chief Comet; Chris DeHart; Adam Cockrill; Desiree Perez, Plant Operations; Marketing & Communications

HSU has made the list of Sierra Magazine’s Coolest Schools of 2010. The Sierra Club’s flagship publication compiles the list to recognize the most sustainable universities nationwide. Ranking is based on a survey of several different categories including academics, energy usage and waste management.

Faculty Anthony P. Kontos, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

Dr. Kontos, who is currently on professional leave for 1 year at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, received a $143,000 grant from the US Army Special Operations Forces for research on mild-traumatic brain injury and PTSD. He was elected the American Psychological Association Division 47 Program Chair for 2010-2012, and published an article in the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology titled, “Exploring Differences in Computerized Neurocognitive Concussion Testing between African A

Week of: Aug 15, 2010

Faculty Howard Kaufman, Music

On 7/31/10, the Explorations in Afro-Cuban Dance and Drum program completed its 14th year at HSU. It is widely recognized as the most comprehensive workshop on Afro-Cuban folkloric music and dance in the United States. Internationally known Cuban and American artists teach for one week participants from the U.S. and abroad. I founded this program in 1996 with the support and coordination of the Office of Extended Education directed by Carl Hansen with the assistance of Ward Angles.

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