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Week of: Apr 17, 2011

Faculty Lori Dengler, Geology

Lori Dengler presented a paper “The Effects of the 2011 Tohoku Tsunami on the California Coastline” (with 22 co-authors including HSU Geology grad student Amanda Admire) at the Seismological Society of America Annual Meeting in Memphis, Tennessee April 15.

Faculty Lori Dengler, Hans Abramson-Ward, Carrie Garrison-Laney, Gary Carver, Geology

Lori Dengler, HSU Geology alums Hans Abramson-Ward and Carrie Garrison Laney, and Geology emeritus professor Gary Carver were co-authors with Curt Peterson and Ken Cruikshank on a paper “Evaluation of the use of paleotsunami deposits to reconstruct inundation distance and runup heights associated with prehistoric inundation events, Crescent City, southern Cascadia margin” in the journal Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. (DOI:10.1002/esp.2126)

Student Yang Yang, Geography

Yang Yang, a Geography and International Studies major at Humboldt State University, has won the $250 “Outstanding Student Paper” award from the Ethnic Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers in 2011. Yang has also presented this paper at the annual conference of the Association of American Geographers in Seattle on April 15th, 2011, and has received the award as an invited guest at the awards Luncheon. Yang will be pursuing her Master in the Human Geography Research program at the London School of Economics and Political Science this fall.

Student Ryan Ziels, Environmental Resources Engineering

Ryan Ziels, Environmental Resources Engineering major, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships for graduate study next year. Ryan will receive $30,000 per year stipend and $10,500 cost of education allowance for three years at any institution in the US. Ryan will be pursuing his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington.

Student Zak Stanko, Brenda Howell, Rick Bailey, Environmental Resources Engineering

HSU ERE students Zak Stanko, Brenda Howell, and Rick Bailey received the highest award, “Outstanding Winner” in the 2011 Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) Mathematical Modeling Contest. They were one of just six teams to be honored with this designation for their category. The contest ran from Feb. 10-14, 2011, with over 3,500 teams competing from US and Foreign universities. The team developed a model of the environmental, social, economic, and health impacts of the widespread use of electric vehicles and detailed key factors to consider to support the development and use of these vehicles.

Student Club Sara Wilmot, Journalism & Mass Communication

The Lumberjack Newspaper took second place for General Excellence in the California Newspaper Publishers Association 2010 Better Newspaper Contest at a ceremony in Los Angeles on April 16. It came in second in the state, in the university category, to The Daily Bruin at UCLA. The contest was judged on three consecutive issues of the newspaper produced by a team of students led by graduating journalism major Sara Wilmot. The Lumberjack Newspaper is produced as part of JMC 327: The Newspaper Laboratory at Humboldt State.

Faculty John W. Powell, Philosophy

John W. Powell, Philosophy, will have his article, “Conceptual and Other Problems with Outcomes Assessment,” appear in the American Association of University Professors May 2011 Journal of Academic Freedom.

He will also present to the East-West Philosophy Center conference, held every five years at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, on the topic “Theory as Authority,” May 18th.

Student Ashley Randall and Ezra Hayman, Communication

Ashley Randall and Ezra Hayman presented research papers at the 3rd Annual Bay Area Undergraduate Communication Research Conference at San Jose State University. Randall’s paper was a neo-Aristotelian rhetorical criticism of Harvey Milk’s 19789 “Hope” speech, and Hayman’s was an ideological rhetorical criticism of identity construction on Facebook user profiles. Both of them began their research for a Communication Research methods class in Fall 2010.

Faculty Lori Dengler, Geology

The paper “Effects of Harbor Modification on Crescent City, California’s Tsunami Vulnerability” authored by Lori Dengler and Burak Uslu (NOAA) was published in the journal Pure and Applied Geophysics.

Week of: Apr 10, 2011

Faculty Jean O'Hara, Theatre, Film & Dance

In June, O’Hara will direct an indigenous spoken word performance at the Alainait Festival in Canadian Arctic, specifically in Iqaluit, Nanuvut. She will also be presenting the paper “Performing Borderlands: Agokwe’s Investigations of Post-Colonial Impacts on Aboriginal Communities” at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference in August. She will also be presenting on the panel “Buddies in Bad Times Redefines Queer Theatre in Canada” at this same conference.

Faculty Dr. Michael S. Bruner and Mr. Jason D. Meek, Communication

Bruner & Meek are happy to report that their book chapter, “A Critical Crisis Rhetoric of Seafood,” appears in Janet Cramer, Ed., “Food as Communication” (Peter Lang: New
York and Bern, February 2011), pp. 271-295.

Staff Trudi Walker, Student Affairs, HSU Children's Center

HSU Children’s Center will be celebrating 40 years of service to the students of Humboldt State at a potluck picnic on May 6, 2011 from 5:30-7PM at Redwood Park. The Children’s Center was started in 1971 by a group of student parents who needed child care in order to attend classes. It is a nationally accredited program and serves around 100 families each semester. Another 60 or so students work in the center, which also serves many departments as a service learning site and a child observation site.

Week of: Apr 03, 2011

Faculty William Wood, Chemistry

William Wood, Terrence McGlynn (CSU Dominguez Hills) and the student, Thuy-Tien Hoang, reported their research on the alarm pheromones of Costa Rican turtle ants ants.

Volatile components from the mandibular glands of the turtle ants, Cephalotes alfaroi and C. cristatus. William F. Wood, Thuy-Tien Hoang, Terrence P. McGlynn. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 39, 135-138 (2011).

Faculty Dr. Marisol Cortes Rincon; Sarah Nicole Boudreaux ; Robert Gustas ; and Jeff Bryant, Anthropology

Dr. Marisol Cortes Rincon presented on her research at the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) on April 1st, 2011. Her paper is titled “Dos Hombres to Gran Cacao Settlement Survey Project: Preliminary Findings.” The research is based on her archaeological work in Belize, Central America.

Additionally, three of her students also presented at the SAAs: Sarah Nicole Boudreaux – (University of Texas at Austin) “Overview of Settlement Survey Studies at Programme for Belize Archaeological Project (PfBAP)”; Robert Gustas (HSU) “Peoples of Humboldt County – A Cultural Center”; and Jeff Bryant (HSU-CRF) “Spatial Visualization: Dos Hombres to Gran Cacao Settlement Survey.”

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