Latest Achievements

Updates about the latest publications and other achievements by our faculty, staff and students

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Week of: Feb 26, 2017

Faculty Matthew Derrick, Geography

Matthew Derrick recently was selected as a Fulbright Scholar. The award will support him while on sabbatical for the 2017/18 academic year, while he conducts comparative field research in Central Asia. For the duration of the award he will be affiliated with American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Student Sean Haas, Physics & Astronomy

Physics student Sean Haas recently had his first peer reviewed article published in National Conference on Undergraduate Research Proceedings. Haas’ paper is titled, “Searching for a Connection Between Radio Emission and UV/Optical Absorption in Quasars,” the abstract for which can be viewed online here:

Student Philip Santos and Lizzie Phillips, Politics

Humboldt State debaters Lizzie Phillips and Philip Santos took first place at the 2017 Steeltown Invitational debate tournament in Pittsburg, CA. Benjahmin Johnson was also ranked as the 7th best speaker.

Faculty Walt Duffy and Sharon Kahara, Wildlife

“Ecosystems of California” won two 2017 PROSE awards, which are given by the Association of American Publishers. It won the award for environmental science, and the overall award for excellence in physical sciences and mathematics.For more information on AAP 2017 awardees visit:

Faculty Tim Miller and Sarah Fay Philips, Library

Librarians Tim Miller (Digital Media and Learning) and Sarah Fay Philips (Coordinator of Instruction and Reference) presented at the Evidence-Based Teaching & Learning Lilly Conference (February 23-26, 2017). The title of their presentation was “Creating a Lifelong Learning Culture: Motivating Learners and Engaging Educators”. The conference provides a forum to share and model a scholarly approach to teaching and learning that reports quality student learning outcomes while promoting professional development of faculty.

Week of: Feb 19, 2017

Faculty Joshua Frye, Communication

Joshua Frye (Associate Professor, Communication) recently presented a paper at the Western States Communication Association annual convention in Salt Lake City. The paper was a part of a panel entitled “Centralizing Food Justice’s Place(s) in Environmental Communication. Other panelists included colleagues and collaborators from the University of Utah, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Frye’s paper introduced some theoretical tenets to shape critical environmental communication inquiry into food justice agency.

Student Mark Szymanski, Geology

Mark Szymanski (MS Student, Geology) received a $1,000 research grant from the Northern California Geological Society. Mark will these funds to measure oxygen isotope ratios of olivine crystals in lavas erupted over the last 750,000 years in the Sierra Nevada. Results from Mark’s thesis will advance our understanding the controls of where mafic volcanoes form and how they evolve.

Faculty Tyler S. Stumpf, Business

Tyler Stumpf (Asst. Professor, Management) recently had a research paper entitled “Institutions and transaction costs in foreign-local hotel ventures: A grounded investigation in the developing Pacific” accepted for publication in the journal Tourism Management. As opposed to the status quo approach to foreign-local hotel ventures in developing Pacific Islands which is predicated on idealistic presumptions regarding formal institutions, this study elucidates how transaction costs associated with such ventures can be economized by recognizing, valuing, and utilizing informal institutions.

Faculty Amy Sprowles and Kerri J. Malloy, Biological Sciences

Amy Sprowles (Biology) and Kerri J. Malloy (Native American Studies) presented their paper “Klamath Connections: creating cultural awareness through interdisciplinary study and community partnerships in the next generation of STEM professionals” at the Critical Histories and Activist Futures: Science, Medicine, and Racial Violence conference (February 24-25, 2017) at the Program in History of Science and Medicine at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. The conference focused on issues of science and racial violence as objects of historical study, and considered the lingering inequalities and injustices within history as a discipline.

Faculty Hunter H. Fine, Ph.D., Communication

Dr. Fine has recently published an article and performance video in Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies. The work explores the modern day commute through a critical qualitative performance methodology:

Fine, Hunter H. “Deconstructing/Performing The Commute: Proto-Poststructuralist Theory and Individual Motility.” Ed. Michael LeVan and Daniel Makagon. Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies 12.4 (2016).

Week of: Feb 12, 2017

Faculty Ron Fritzsche, Fisheries Biology

Emeritus Professor Ron Fritzsche (Fisheries Biology) was a contributor to the recently published FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes, “Living Marine Resources of the Eastern Central Atlantic, Vol. 3 Bony Fishes Part 1 (Elopiformes to Scorpaeniformes),” Kent Carpenter and Nicolette DeAngelis eds, FAO, United Nations, Rome 2016. Dr. Fritzsche contributed the section on the fishes of the order Gasterosteiformes (Syngnathidae, Fistulariidae, Aulostomidae and Macrorhamphosidae), pages 2231-2248.

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