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Week of: May 20, 2012

Student The Service Learning Center, Meal Points Food Drive

The Service Learning Center donated over $4,000 worth of food to Food For People, Humboldt County’s food bank, through its annual Meal Points Food Drive.

During the end-of-the-semester event, service-learning interns gather unused meal points from HSU students. This year, they collected over 300,000 points from students in the residence halls, at the “J”, the Depot and the HSU Bookstore.

The points will be used to purchase healthy protein options for the food bank.

Week of: May 06, 2012

Student Iris Koski, Environmental Science & Management

Iris is a graduate student (class of 2012) presenting her research on oak woodland restoration at the Society for Ecological Restoration conference at UC Davis, May 15-17. The title of the presentation is “Landscapes in Transition: Private Lands Oak Woodland Management in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion.” This research was a collaborative project between HSU, private landowners, and numerous agencies and organizations who are concerned about oak woodlands in this region.

Faculty Michael S. Bruner, Communication

Michael S. Bruner, Professor, HSU Department of Communication, received word from Delta State University in Nigeria that his article, “News Framing in the United States of the Violence in Jos, Nigeria,” appears in the Volume 4, Number 1 (April 2012) issue of the Journal of Communication and Media Research.

Bruner’s analysis compares news framing, especially culturally-embedded frames, in The New York Times and The Washington Post with news framing in several Nigerian newspapers. This study is part of the ongoing work in HSU’s Department of Communication on international and interculural communication.

Faculty Hank Sims, Journalism & Mass Communication

Journalism lecturer Hank Sims has been chosen to serve as a judge for the annual Association of Alternative Newsmedia “AltWeekly” awards.

The Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) is an organization of 130 alternative newspapers and websites across the USA and Canada, and includes the Village Voice, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Bay Guardian and many other respected alt-weekly newspapers.

Faculty Matthew Johnson, Wildlife

Wildlife Chair Matt Johnson was nominated by the California State University to be featured on its (STEM)2 website, which highlights the science, technology, engineering and mathematics service-learning work of California State University faculty members. Johnson’s service-learning course engages students in a local wildlife research project relevant to local land managers. (STEM)2 is a grant-supported initiative in the CSU that promotes student success in STEM disciplines. For more information, visit

Student Club Waste Reduction and Resource Awareness Program,

Student volunteers from HSU’s Waste Reduction and Resource Awareness Program (WRRAP) helped collect over 80,000 pounds of electronic waste from more than 650 participants during the Humboldt Waste Management Authority’s (HWMA) annual electronic waste collection event held April 28 at HSU. The e-waste was recycled through ECS Refining, which dismantles electronic waste in California and is certified by the Basel Action Network (BAN), an organization that monitors the environmental conditions surrounding e-waste exports. The annual event provides convenient, low-cost e-waste recycling for students and the public.

Student Ethan Gahtan, Bori Mazzag, Joshua Peterson, Michael Stobb, Mathematics

Graduate students Joshua Peterson and Michael Stobb with faculty members Ethan Gahtan and Bori Mazzag published a paper on a graph theoretical model for the posterior lateral line sensorimotor pathway of a zebrafish in PLoS ONE. To the authors’ knowledge, it constitutes the largest and most complete identified neuron connectome model described in any vertebrate.

Faculty Matthew Derrick, Geography

Assistant Geography Professor Matthew Derrick was selected as a grantee by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Eurasia Program Title VIII to participate in its “Summer Workshop in Quantitative Methods” in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, this June. As a participant in the workshop, which is designed to enhance training in quantitative methodology and increase familiarity with existing data sets among scholars of the region with policy-relevant interests, Derrick will further develop an in-progress article examining the territoriality of religious temples in Russia. His research will be considered for inclusion in the SSRC Eurasia Program Title VIII Policy Brief Series.

Week of: Apr 29, 2012

Student Matt Mitchell, Environmental Science & Management

Matt Mitchell is a winner of Patricia O. McConkey Award for outstanding graduate thesis: A Comparison of Invertebrate Communities Occupying Spartina Invaded and Restored Salt Marshes of Humboldt Bay, CA.

Faculty Paul Cummings, Music

Associate Professor Paul Cummings has authored several entries in the most recent volume of “Teaching Music Through Performance in Band,” published by GIA. This publication is unique in the series, as it includes only solo works with wind band accompaniment. Cummings contributed eight biographical sketches of composers, along with annotated listings of their works for solo instrument and band. He studied numerous monographs and journal articles, communicated with living composers and reviewed liner notes from a variety of recordings.

Staff Child Development Lab, Child Development

Humboldt State’s Child Development Lab has been re-accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children through 2017. The Lab received 100 percent on seven of the ten standard domains and above 90 percent on the remaining three. The CDL staff are: teachers Jillian Mooney, Jennifer Mager, Maddie Torrey, Jesika Mitchell and faculty supervisors Mary Ann Hansen and Carol West.

Faculty Sondra Schwetman, Art

Sondra Schwetman will hold a solo exhibition at the Curris Center Gallery at Murray State University in Murray, KY from June 8 – July 30, 2012. For images of her work, visit

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