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Week of: Aug 23, 2020

Faculty Peter Goetz, Mathematics

Recently published the single-authored paper “Graded Coherence of Certain Extensions of Graded Algebras” in Communications in Algebra, June 2020,

The paper studies when the coherence property is inherited by certain extensions of algebras.

Faculty Jared D. Larson, Politics

In early June, Dr. Larson, who is also a Research Associate for the Instituto Galego de Análise e Documentación Internacional, based in Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain, was interviewed by Nós Diario about the Trump presidency, the pandemic, police violence, and the upcoming elections in the U.S. The interview, published in Galician, can be read here:

Faculty Jared D. Larson, Politics

Over the summer, Dr. Larson contributed an essay entitled “Coronavirus and the Contagion of Illiberal Democracy” to a collaborate series called “Quarantined Across Borders,” published by Media Rise and Texas A&M;University. The piece can be read at:

Faculty Ahmed Foggie, Geography

Ahmed Foggie, lecturer in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Analysis, recently published an article title “Why the Translantic?” in the 2020 (Vol. 59) edition of the California Geographer, the flagship peer-review journal of the California Geographical Society.

Faculty Amy Rock, Geography

Amy Rock, along with co-author James Taber, recently published “Home Tweet Home: Can Social Media Define a Community?”, in the Journal of Appalachian Studies. The study used Twitter data to investigate whether the boundaries of a cultural region could be identified from geotagged tweets and hashtags. (Spoiler alert: it can!)

Faculty Alison O'Dowd, Environmental Science & Management

ESM professor Alison O’Dowd and co-authors published a paper entitled “Characterizing benthic macroinvertebrate and algal biological condition gradient models for California wadeable streams, USA” in the journal Ecological Indicators.

Faculty Rae Robison, Theatre, Film & Dance

In July, Rae Robison was elected to the National Board of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. She will serve a three year term as the Design, Technology & Management Member at Large. This is a prestigious position as there are only 2 national “at-large” members on the board at any time.

Student Wendy Willis, Matt Johnson, Wildlife

Wendy Willis and Matt Johnson (Dept of Wildlife) published a paper, “Political Ecology of Shade Coffee: Perspectives from Jamaican Blue Mountain Farmers” in the journal Conservation and Society stemming from Wendy’s thesis in HSU’s interdisciplinary Environment and Community program.

Staff Matt Johnson, Amy Sprowles, Katlin Goldenberg, Steven Margell, and Lisa Castellino, Wildlife

A team of faculty and staff published a paper documenting the effects of the first three years of the Klamath Connection placed-based learning community entitled, “Effect of a Place-Based Learning Community on Belonging, Persistence, and Equity Gaps for First-Year STEM Students” in the journal Innovative Higher Education. The article is open-access:

Faculty Matt Johnson, Sacha Heath, Wildlife

Matt Johnson, professor in the Dept of Wildlife, and HSU alum Dr. Sacha Heath co-organized a symposium, “Protecting and restoring bird habitat in the agricultural matrix: net benefits for birds and farmers” with 10 invited speakers held at the 2020 North American Ornithological Conference, August 14, 2020.

Student Deven Kammerichs-Berke, Matt Johnson, Wildlife

Deven Kammerichs-Berke, graduate student in Wildlife, presented results from his thesis, “Community Composition and Foraging Selectivity of Insectivorous Bird on Central Kenyan Shade Coffee Farms,” at the North American Ornithological Conference, Aug 12, 2020.

Week of: Aug 16, 2020

Faculty Kerri J. Malloy, Native American Studies

Kerri J. Malloy, Native American Studies presented his paper “Rising from the Terminal Narrative: Rhetoric of anti-Indian violence in the United States,” at the Violence and Society International Conference virtually at the London Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, London, August 22, 2020.

Week of: Aug 09, 2020

Faculty Kerri J. Malloy, Native American Studies

Kerri J. Malloy, Native American Studies was invited by the Holocaust Education Center of the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation to present a lecture, “Genocide in Guatemala and Central America,” to fifth, eighth, and tenth-grade teachers. The workshop was part of a series to enhance or introduce teachers to content knowledge and materials to better prepare them for the development of a curriculum, unit plan, or specific lesson plans on the teaching of Holocaust and Genocide as described within the Illinois State mandate (Public Act 86-780) for the teaching of Holocaust and Genocide.

Faculty Katelyn Raby, Mark Colwell, Wildlife

Katie Raby and Mark Colwell published a paper in Wader Study, an international journal dedicated to conservation of shorebirds. Their 15-yr analysis show that Snowy Plover nests survived better on restored beaches of Humboldt County, CA compared with unrestored areas.

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