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Student Kori Sabalow, World Languages and Cultures Permalink
Kori Sabalow, who is studying International Studies with an emphasis in Globalization, was selected by World Languages & Cultures faculty as the 2013-2014 recipient of the Benavides-Garb Family International Travel Award, which honors a student accepted to participate in an HSU-approved study abroad program.
Student Owen Krebs, World Languages and Cultures Permalink
Owen Krebs, who is studying International Studies with an emphasis in Globalization, was selected by World Languages and Cultures faculty as the 2013-2014 recipient of the Frank B. Wood Scholarship, awarded for academic excellence in language study.
Student Nicole Sheldon, Hayley Connors-Keith, Michael S. Bruner, Laura Hahn, Communication Permalink
Communication majors Nicole Sheldon and Hayley Connors-Keith contributed to a conference paper, “Prop 37 and the Debate Over ‘Natural’ Foodways,” presented at the “Traditions and Transformations: Interdisciplinary Food Studies Conference” at CSU Fullerton, April 19-21, 2013. Sheldon was a presenter and one of the authors, along with Communication professors Michael Bruner and Laura Hahn. Connors-Keith created the graphics and the slides for the presentation. This project illustrates how faculty and undergraduate students can collaborate on research and is part of the wide range of work on Food Studies being carried out in the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences.
Psychology Students and Faculty, Psychology Permalink
HSU psychology students and faculty gave 20 presentations at the annual Western Psychological Association (WPA) conference in Reno, NV (April 25-28). The meeting is the nation’s largest regional psychology conference with two thousand attendees.
The Psychology Department continued its tradition of student-faculty research with 42 undergraduate student authorships and 20 graduate student authorships.
Student presentation highlights included Rebekah Becker on the development of a college student motivation scale, Crystal Perez on work creating a self-confidence inventory, Zoey Phillips on affective, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of forgiveness, Edwin Vazquez on the influence of diversity course enrollment on ethnic identity development, and Tish Dias on quality of life and grief.
Psychology faculty members presented as well. Professor William Reynolds presented on topics such as fatigue assessment, and moderators and mediators of the stress-depression relationship. Professor Chris Aberson gave a two-hour talk titled “R for SPSS users” as part of the annual Statistical Workshop Series and participated in a symposium titled “Internet Application in Support of Statistics Education.”
Since 2000, psychology students and faculty have given nearly 300 conference presentations.
Faculty Alison R Holmes, Politics Permalink
Alison Holmes, leader of the International Studies Program, was awarded a summer fellowship at the University of London where she will be conducting archival research for ‘Global Diplomacy,’ a textbook for Westview Press.
Faculty Mary Scoggin & Rebecca Robertson and Tasha Souza, Anthropology Permalink
Three HSU faculty members recently received 2012/13 CSU Quality Online Teaching & Learning (QOLT) awards for creating exemplary hybrid/online courses. Anthropology faculty members Mary Scoggin & Rebecca Robertson were awarded for their online course “Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.” Communication faculty member Tasha Souza was awarded for her hybrid course “Intercultural Communication.”
The CSU QOLT program was developed to assist faculty, faculty developers, and instructional designers to more effectively design hybrid and online courses.
Student James Garrison, Sydney Hinton, History Permalink
History majors James Garrison and Sydney Hinton are the 2013 recipients of two $750 William R. Tanner History Scholarships. The scholarship was established in memory of William R. Tanner, professor of history at Humboldt State University from 1970 to 1999; founder of History Day at the university; and author of “A View from the Hill,” a history of Humboldt State University.
Student Adam Hioki, History Permalink
History major Adam Hioki was selected by History Department faculty as the 2013 recipient of the Dr. John Hennessey Award, which honors a graduating history major who has demonstrated academic excellence in the study of history. The 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.
Student James Garrison, Sean Mitchell, Nicholas Gunvaldson, History Permalink
History majors James Garrison, Sean Mitchell, and Nicholas Gunvaldson were awarded first, second and third place, respectively, in the Charles R. Barnum History Contest, with their combined cash prizes totaling $2,500. The 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.
Student Victoria Munguia, History Permalink
History-Social Science Education major Victoria Munguia was selected by History Department faculty to receive the 2013 Johnston-Aronoff Award, which is given each year to an outstanding student pursuing a career in teaching history at the K-12 level. The award was established by Guy Aronoff, a lecturer in the HSU History Department, and his wife, Judy Johnston, in memory of Guy’s father, David Aronoff, and Judy’s mother, Aldy Johnston.
Faculty Stephanie Burkhalter and Jaycob Bytel, Politics Permalink
Assistant politics professor Stephanie Burkhalter, and politics major Jaycob Bytel presented “Going Public in Advice and Consent” at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 11-14, in Chicago.
Student Leslie Scopes Anderson, Biological Sciences Permalink
HSU graduate student Leslie Scopes Anderson and Ken Burton have just completed a bird guide entitled “Common Birds of Northwest California – Humboldt, Del Notre & Trinity Counties.” Over a year in production, the book is 176 pages and contains over 500 photos, (most by Leslie) as well as habitat charts and informative text about the birds. The guide is published by Redwood Region Audubon Society and will soon be available in local book stores.
Student Leslie Scopes Anderson, Biological Sciences Permalink
Graduate student Leslie Anderson recorded a first-ever sighting of a rare Red-bellied Woodpecker in the state of Nevada. It is also the second western-most sighting in the US of the bird, bested only by one in Idaho in 2003. Leslie noticed the woodpecker in June near the historic Bressman cabin at Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge and documented it with high-quality photographs. The first-sighting was later confirmed by local bird expert Ken Burton and the Nevada Bird Records Committee. An article about the find will appear in the April-May issue of Western Birds.
Student Environmental Resources Engineering Students, Environmental Resources Engineering Permalink
Two teams of Environmental Resources Engineering students recently took high honors in the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications Mathematical Modeling Contest Jan. 31 to Feb. 4. Both teams worked on the same problem, which required building a mathematical model for an effective, cost-efficient water strategy to meet the United States’ projected water needs in 2025. In particular, the model was required to address water storage and movement, desalinization and conservation.
The first team—consisting of Lianna Winkler-Prins, James Courtney and Ryan P. Dunne—earned an honorable mention ranking. The second team—consisting of Kevin Kipp, Britlandt Abney and Andrew Preiksa—was awarded a meritorious ranking. Each team prepared a detailed report that included one of three possible modeling problems.
Faculty Lonny Grafman, Environmental Resources Engineering Permalink
The manuscript “Medical device compendium for the developing world: a new approach in project and service-based learning for engineering graduate students” by Kathleen Sienko and Amir Sabet Sarvestani of University of Michigan and Lonny Grafman of HSU was published in the Global Journal of Engineering Education.
The manuscript documents the work establishing the Global Health Medical Devices Compendium, a new open-source platform for presenting available medical devices designed for, or implemented in, the developing world at http://www.appropedia.org/Portal:Medical_Devices.
Student Colleen Chalmers, Connor Jepson, Lashay Wesley, Karel Vega, Xavion Bond, Journalism & Mass Communication Permalink
Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence awarded to The Lumberjack, Osprey and KRFH Radio News
At a 4-state journalism contest April 13 in Las Vegas, Journalism Major Colleen Chalmers won First Place for Non-Fiction Magazine Articles for “Hazing Kills A Soccer Season.” Journalism Majors Connor Jepson, Lashay Wesley, Karel Vega & Xavion Bond won second place for Best Radio News Reporting for KRFH’s coverage of the California elections. The Lumberjack, Osprey and KRFH Radio News walked away with second place awards for Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper; Best Student Magazine; and Best All-Around Radio Newscast.