Latest Achievements

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

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Week of: Sep 10, 2017

Faculty Stephen Cunha, Mary Beth Cunha, Geography

The National Geography Society invited geography faculty Mary Beth and Stephen Cunha on a recent five-week voyage to Greenland, Baffin, and Ellesmere Islands. Mary served as a cartographic expert, helping guests utilize a mapping phone app. She also provided interpretation for scores of hard copy historic and electronic maps of this Arctic region. Stephen lectured on glaciers, mountain environments, and the evolution of parks and protected lands across the globe. The ship reached 78°45’ North before pack ice blocked further progress.

Faculty Matthew Derrick, Geography

Geography professor Matthew Derrick, a Fulbright scholar currently on sabbatical, has been named a visiting scholar at the Central Asian Studies Institute (CASI) of the American University of Central Asia (AUCA). Located in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, AUCA is Central Asia’s premier institution of higher education. While there Derrick will conduct field research on the theme “New Religious Landscapes of Kyrgyzstan.” For details, see

Faculty Sarah Jaquette Ray, Environmental Studies

Dr. Ray has been invited to be the opening keynote at Webster College’s Annual Human Rights Conference in October. The theme of the conference is “Environmental Justice and Human Rights,” and her talk will address the promises and problems with combining human rights and environmental justice frameworks.

Faculty Janelle Adsit, English

Janelle Adsit (Assistant Professor, English) has recently published two articles in the journal New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing. Both articles are on threshold concepts in creative writing. The article “Creative writing and the limits of Naming What We Know: threshold concepts from aesthetic theory and creativity studies in the literary writing curriculum” is part of a featured author series and will also appear in a forthcoming collection.

Faculty Jianmin Zhong, Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences Professor Jianmin Zhong has published a manuscript on the journal of “Ticks and tick-borne diseases.” Although the status of the manuscript is still in press, the online copy has been published.

The article is now published online at:

Faculty Dr. Michael S. Bruner, Communication

COMM Professor Michael Bruner was cited on skinny-shaming and constant body judgment in a recent E! News article commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Ally McBeal TV show. Bruner and COMM alumni, Karissa Valine and Bernice Ceja, had previously published a related article on the experience of Rachel Frederickson on the TV show The Biggest Loser. See

Student Camaray Davalos, Native American Studies

Camaray Davalos, a major in Native American Studies, has had her article “Rising Up with Fists” published in the current issue of News from Native California.

Week of: Sep 03, 2017

Student Gabriel Haffner, Derrick Murrietta & Justin Andrew, Theatre, Film & Dance

Congratulations to HSU students filmmakers who are finalists in the 2017 CSU Media Arts Festival:

Gabriel Haffner’s film CHANGE

Derrick Murrietta & Justin Andrew’s film ONE IN THE CHAMBER

These films were made in the Filmmaking IV capstone class for the Film major. Many HSU students collaborated on these original creative productions.

Student Mikayla Kia, Environmental Science & Management

Environmental Science & Management Student Mikayla Kia was awarded a $1,500 MapWorks Scholarship for her achievements using the MapWorks program. For more about the program, and Mikayla’s achievements, follow this link.

Faculty John Meyer, Politics

John Meyer’s book, Engaging the Everyday: Environmental Social Criticism and the Resonance Dilemma, was selected as the winner of the first annual “Clay Morgan Award for Best Book in Environmental Political Theory.” The selection was announced at the American Political Science Association annual meeting in San Francisco on August 31, 2017.

Week of: Aug 27, 2017

Faculty Christina Accomando,  

Christina Accomando, Professor of English and Critical Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies, has had her article “Troubling the Beat Inevitable: Brooks, Ellison, and the ‘Cultural Logic’ of Lynching” accepted for publication in the journal MELUS. The essay will appear in the upcoming special issue “Teaching Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States: Pedagogy in Anxious Times.”

Faculty William F. Wood, Chemistry

On August 26th, William Wood, HSU Chemical Ecologist, gave a lecture to the Humboldt County Mensa Organization’s lunch meeting: titled “Skunk Solutions.” This talk covered Wood’s research on 4 species of North American skunk species, how to clean animals sprayed by skunks, the history of skunk spray research, and his anecdotal experiences with skunks.

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