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Week of: Sep 12, 2010

Student Du Cheng, Biological Sciences

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has selected Du Cheng from Humboldt State University as a 2010 award recipient of the ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship. This fellowship is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D.) in microbiology. Dr. Jianmin Zhong from HSU is Du Cheng’s mentor. The research title is: Study of Prevalence and Transmission Routes of Rickettsia species in Ixodes pacificus by Real-time PCR.

Faculty Drs. Sheila Steinberg and Steven Steinberg, Sociology / Environmental Science and Management

Dr. Sheila Steinberg (Professor, Sociology) and Dr. Steven Steinberg (Professor, Environmental Science and Management) published a book chapter, Global Women Superheroes: Place, Space and Action, in the September 2010 release: Women’s Encounter with Globalization. Frontpage Publications, London, UK. ISBN: 9788190884181.

The chapter examines examples of how individuals, critically exploring their own space and place, achieved successful social and environmental change.

Faculty Kathleen Doty, English

Kathleen Doty recently published “(Un)Becoming Conduct: Cotton Mather’s Ornaments for the Daughters of Zion and the Salem Witchcraft Crisis,” in Instructional Writing in English, eds. Matti Peikola et al., published by John Benjamins, Amsterdam.

Her article “Formulaic Discourse and Speech Acts in the Witchcraft Trial Records of Salem, 1692,” appeared in Journal of Pragmatics 41:3, 458-469.

Week of: Sep 05, 2010

Student Breanna Powers, Matt Johnson, Joseph LaManna, Adam Rich, Wildlife

A paper has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Northwestern Naturalist. The lead author is Breanna Powers, who was part of the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at HSU. Other authors include Matt Johnson (wildlife faculty), Joseph LaManna (wildlife graduate student), and Adam Rich (biologist with the US Forest Service). Their research examined effects of cattle grazing on gophers in high elevation meadows on the Sierra Nevada.

Faculty John W. Powell, Philosophy

John Powell presented two invited plenary-session papers at conferences in April at Manchester Univ. in England, and a revision of one is forthcoming in The Philosophers’ Magazine. The first paper, appearing in TPM, at a conference on informal logic, critical thinking and argumentation theory, is entitled “What Are the Criteria of a Good Argument?” The second, at a conference on methods of Wittgenstein and Frank Ebersole, was entitled “How Subversive is Ordinary Language Philosophy?”

Faculty Nicole Jean Hill, Art

My images are included in the upcoming book “CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Factory Farms” published by Watershed Media. The book includes essays by major writers on the topics of food and agriculture, including Michael Pollen and Wendell Berry. The photographs documented purebred poultry and accompany the chapter on breed diversity.

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Faculty Steven Martin, Environmental Science & Management

Steven Martin and former graduate student Kate McCurdy published a peer-reviewed article in International Journal of Wilderness on the use and effectiveness of bear resistant food storage canisters in Yosemite National Park.

Martin, Steven and Kate McCurdy. 2010. Wilderness food storage: Are bear-resistant food storage canisters effective? International Journal of Wilderness 16(1): 13-19.

Week of: Aug 29, 2010

Faculty Erik Jules, Biological Sciences

Erik Jules published a paper in the journal Ecology on the effects of wolf reintroduction in Yellowstone National Park on aspen forests.

Kauffman, M. J., J.F. Brodie, E.S. Jules. 2010. Are wolves saving Yellowstone’s aspen? a landscape-level test of a behaviorally mediated trophic cascade. Ecology 91:2740-2753.

Faculty Kjirsten Wayman, Chemistry

Published an article in the journal Phytochemistry on the chemotaxonomy of plant species in the genus Pseudowintera, a New Zealand endemic genus.

Kjirsten A. Wayman, Peter J. de Lange, Lesley Larsen, Catherine E. Sansom, Nigel B. Perry, “Chemotaxonomy of Pseudowintera: Sesquiterpene dialdehyde variants are species markers”, Phytochemistry 2010, 71, 766-772.

Faculty Joshua R. Smith, Chemistry

Jun Zhu, Christian Dahlstrand, Joshua R. Smith, Sébastien Villaume, and Henrik Ottosson; Symmetry 2010, 2(3), 1653-1682

On the Importance of Clar Structures of Polybenzenoid Hydrocarbons as Revealed by the π-Contribution to the Electron Localization Function

Faculty William Wood, Chemistry

An article titled “Candid Photographic Portraits” and 9 photographs was published in the September issue of Redwood Snapshots, a publication of the Redwood Camera Club.

Candid photography, sometimes called “street photography,” has long been an important aspect of William Wood’s phtography. It involves taking photos of people acting spontaneously in their natural environment. These photographs preserve an instant in people’s lives when they are relaxed and behaving naturally.

Faculty Department of Social Work, Social Work

HSU’s Department of Social Work has received $4,000 of a $40,000 award administered by the non-profit Council on Social Work Education to finance learning and small-group collaboration between eight elders from local indigenous tribes and all of the department’s undergraduate, junior-level students. Ten programs nationwide will benefit from the funding, provided by the John A. Hartford Foundation, which promotes the health and independence of America’s older adults. Department Chair Ronnie Swartz, Coordinator Jamie Jensen and Cultural Liaison and Social Work Faculty Member Michelle Rainer are administering the program.

Faculty Mary and Stephen Cunha, Geography

Mary and Stephen Cunha published California: A Changing State. An Atlas for California Students. The effort includes over 90 original maps, diagrams, and tables completed by 14 HSU students under the direction of Mary Beth, along with Stephen’s accompanying text and photographs. A grant from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund supported the project, along with additional help from the National Geographic Society and HSU.

Faculty Patty Yancey, Education

My chapter on “Learning and Teaching Dance in the Elementary Classroom” was published in the new edited volume: Artful Teaching: Integrating the Arts for Understanding Across the Curriculum, K-8 (Editors: David Donahue and Jennifer Stuart; Publisher: Teachers College Press; 2010.) Eight of us authors in the new book were partners in the Arts Education Initiative (AEI), a multi-year, regional initiative funded by the Ford Foundation.

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