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Week of: Mar 12, 2017

Staff Christine Mata, Dean of Students Office

Christine Mata, Associate Dean of Students at Humboldt State University, and co-authors Chia Claros, Gina A. Garcia, and Marc P. Johnston-Guerrero have published a chapter in New Directions for Student Services, no 157, entitled “Helping Students Understand Intersectionality: Reflections from a Dialogue Project in Residential Life.” Mata, a doctoral student in the Higher Education and Organizational Change program at University of California-Los Angeles, has developed and presented several on-campus trainings this spring semester 2017 regarding Microaggressions and Bystander Intervention as part of HSU’s efforts to create an inclusive campus community.

Faculty Mark Colwell, Lizzie Feucht, Matt Lau, David Orluck, Sean McAllister, Amber Transou, Wildlife

Mark Colwell and current and former students (Lizzie Feucht, Matt Lau, David Orluck, Sean McAllister, Amber Transou) published a paper in Wader Study, an international journal dedicated to shorebird ecology and conservation. The work summarizes 16 years of monitoring to show that immigration is vital to recent population growth of Snowy Plovers in coastal northern California.

Week of: Mar 05, 2017

Faculty Marissa Ramsier, Anthropology

Professor of Anthropology Marissa Ramsier was recently invited to the Jacksonville Zoo in Jacksonville, Fla., to help examine a gorilla that was suspected to be deaf. The visit was featured on NBC’s Today’s Show. Video from the report is available here:

Faculty Thomas D. Mays, History

History Professor Thomas D. Mays’ fourth book, “American Guerrillas,” will be out the first week in April. Here is a link to read more:

There will be a book signing Friday, April 7 from 6-8 at the Wine Spot on F Street in Old Town Eureka.

Faculty Sarah Jaquette Ray, Environmental Studies

Dr. Ray was invited to speak about the environmental humanities, race, and justice at the University of Oregon on March 2. The visit also included a writing workshop for a collection Dr. Ray is producing with colleagues there, titled Latinx Literary Environmentalisms: Justice, Place, and the Decolonial.

Student Madi Whaley, Jacqueline Lowe, Miranda Olberg, Natalia Cordoso, Environmental Studies, English, and Environment & Community

ENST major Madi Whaley, ENGL majors Jacqueline Lowe and Miranda Olberg, and E&C;master’s student Natalia Cordoso, were selected to present their own research at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment conference in Detroit in June. Madi, Jacqueline, and Miranda received undergraduate research awards from CAHSS to support their trip.

Student Shanti Belaustengui Pockell, Environmental Studies

ENST major Shanti Belaustengui Pockell has been accepted to join the California Student Sustainability Coalition Writing Team— a huge honor. The CSSC unites, connects, supports, and empowers students from across California to transform their educational institutions and communities into models of ecological, economic, and social sustainability. The Writing Team creates written content related to the student or youth voice in the sustainability movement to be featured on the CSSC website, newsletters, and other social media platforms. Shanti will be turning in about 1,000 words a month, highlighting the work of the HSU community in regards to Sustainability and Environmental Justice work.

Faculty Adam Carter, Computer Science

Adam Carter will present his paper, “Using Programming Process Data to Detect Differences in Students’ Patterns of Programming” at this year’s ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) in Seattle, WA.

Week of: Feb 26, 2017

Faculty Matthew Derrick, Geography

Matthew Derrick recently was selected as a Fulbright Scholar. The award will support him while on sabbatical for the 2017/18 academic year, while he conducts comparative field research in Central Asia. For the duration of the award he will be affiliated with American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Student Sean Haas, Physics & Astronomy

Physics student Sean Haas recently had his first peer reviewed article published in National Conference on Undergraduate Research Proceedings. Haas’ paper is titled, “Searching for a Connection Between Radio Emission and UV/Optical Absorption in Quasars,” the abstract for which can be viewed online here:

Student Philip Santos and Lizzie Phillips, Politics

Humboldt State debaters Lizzie Phillips and Philip Santos took first place at the 2017 Steeltown Invitational debate tournament in Pittsburg, CA. Benjahmin Johnson was also ranked as the 7th best speaker.

Faculty Walt Duffy and Sharon Kahara, Wildlife

“Ecosystems of California” won two 2017 PROSE awards, which are given by the Association of American Publishers. It won the award for environmental science, and the overall award for excellence in physical sciences and mathematics.For more information on AAP 2017 awardees visit:

Faculty Tim Miller and Sarah Fay Philips, Library

Librarians Tim Miller (Digital Media and Learning) and Sarah Fay Philips (Coordinator of Instruction and Reference) presented at the Evidence-Based Teaching & Learning Lilly Conference (February 23-26, 2017). The title of their presentation was “Creating a Lifelong Learning Culture: Motivating Learners and Engaging Educators”. The conference provides a forum to share and model a scholarly approach to teaching and learning that reports quality student learning outcomes while promoting professional development of faculty.

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