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Updates about the latest publications and other achievements by our faculty, staff and students

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Week of: Nov 18, 2018

Faculty Robin Carter, Mathematics

Co-editor of “Letters of Martin Fleischmann and Melvin Miles” published 2018.

Faculty Amy Sprowles, Matt Johnson and Eileen Cashman; Lisa Hilman, Biology, Engineering, Wildlife, and Karuk Tribe

Presented a poster entitled “Improving Inclusive Excellence in STEM through Place-Based Learning Communities” at the Transforming STEM Higher Education: Confirming the Authority of Evidence Conference, sponsored by AAC&U;and Project Kaleidoscope.

Faculty Eileen Cashman, Amy Sprowles & Beth Eschenbach, Biology and Engineering

Presented a workshop entitled “Cultivating Student Assets through Equity and Cultural Humility” at the Transforming STEM Higher Education: Confirming the Authority of Evidence Conference, sponsored by AAC&U;and Project Kaleidoscope.

Student Kassandra Weber, Physics & Astronomy

Presented HSU gravitational physics research at the American Physical Society Far West Section Meeting on 10/19 at CSU Fullerton.

Faculty Mihai Tomescu (with A.T. Groover), Biological Sciences

Paper presented at 10th European Paleobotany-Palynology Conference in Dublin, Ireland: “Deconstructing secondary growth as developmental potential: a perspective on the evo-devo of wood”

Staff Julie Alderson, Enoch Hale, Kim Vincent-Layton, Center for Teaching and Learning

Julie Alderson, Enoch Hale, and Kim Vincent-Layton presented “Leading Change Through Collective Impact”, at the Professional Organizational Development (POD) annual conference in Portland, OR on November 17, 2018.

Staff Kim Vincent-Layton, Center for Teaching and Learning

Kim Vincent-Layton was recognized for the 2018 Professional Organizational Development (POD) Adjunct/Part-Time Special Interest Group Fellowship as a part-time faculty currently in an educational development role.

Staff Enoch Hale, Center for Teaching and Learning

Enoch Hale was recognized at this year’s Professional Organizational Development (POD) conference as the Early Researcher Grant recipient awardee focused on furthering inclusive teaching in higher education.

Week of: Nov 11, 2018

Faculty Jack Murphy, Environmental Science & Management

Serves on the City of Arcata’s Creeks and Watersheds Committee.

Faculty Stephen Jenkins, Religious Studies

Professor Stephen Jenkins gave three presentations in Thailand and Singapore this month: “How the West Misunderstood Buddhism and the Implications for Contemporary Buddhist Cultures,” Mahachula Buddhist University, Wat Suan Doc, Chiang Mai; “On the Deep Roots of Pure land Buddhism in the Early Pāli Texts,” Yale/National University of Singapore; and “Deities and Divine Birth in Buddhism,” [Three day Seminar], Mahidol University, Bangkok.

Faculty Alison Holmes, International Studies

International Studies Program Leader, Alison Holmes, attended an invitational transatlantic leadership network conference in Seattle WA called the British American Project. She was recognized for her service on both sides of the Atlantic since her first conference in 1996 as the only member to have served on both sides – as chair of the UK and a member of the US Executive.

Faculty Joshua Frye, Leslie Rossman, Communication

Joshua J. Frye was on the Convention Planning Team for the 104th annual National Communication Association held November 7-11 in Salt Lake City, Utah. With the help of his colleague Dr. Kristen Blinne from SUNY, Joshua coordinated a full week of programming consisting of over 15 sessions, Chaired 3 sessions himself, and along with colleague Dr. Leslie Rossman (Communication, HSU) presented work in progress during a virtual food seminar on social media influencers who are Instagram foodies.

Faculty Vincent Biondo, Religious Studies

Associate Professor Vincent Biondo travelled to Toronto to present the paper “Faith and History: The Legacy of Wilfred Cantwell Smith for the 21st Century,” at the 7th Parliament of the World’s Religions.

Student Isabel N. Contreras, Jenna Bader, Patricia DuRant, Lonny Grafman, Environmental Resources Engineering

Peer-reviewed journal article published in the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering (Vol 13 No 2).

“An Analysis of Recycling High Density Polyethylene with Limited Resources”

Week of: Nov 04, 2018

Staff Arianna Thobaben, Su Karl, Learning Center

Presented at the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA) Conference in October 2018. They presented “The Power of Professional Development: Using Make it Stick to Expand the Reach of Your Center” after using concepts in the book for a number of professional development events at HSU.

Faculty Brian Tissot, Biological Sciences

Brian was elected as the President of the Western Society of Naturalists for 2019.

Faculty Jared D. Larson, Politics

Via his position as research associate with the Instituto Galego de Análise e Documentación Internacional (, based in Pontevedra (Galicia), Spain, Jared commented on the midterm election results in the U.S. live on Bos Días, a morning news program produced in Santiago de Compostela (Galicia), Spain, on 7 November. His commentary begins at the 36:15 minute mark of this link:

Faculty Maral N. Attallah, Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Maral N. Attallah, Lecturer in Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies, presented research on “Armenian Genocide Denial and Resolution” at the Fifth International Conference on Genocide, held in Sacramento (November 1-3).

Faculty Buddhika Madurappeuma, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Peer-reviewed article published in Remote Sensing Journal (IF 3.41). “Remote Sensing Approach to Detect Burn Severity Risk Zones in Palo Verde National Park, Costa Rica”

Student Jim Graham, Melissa Kimble, Environmental Science & Management

Natural Resources graduate student Melissa Kimble and advisor Jim Graham’s peer-reviewed article, “Visualizing Uncertainty in Habitat Suitability Models with HEMI 2”, accepted for publication.

Faculty Hunter Hawkins Fine, Communication

Book Announcement – Surfing, Street Skateboarding, Performance, and Space: On Board Motility


This book examines the cultural, political, and social implications of surfing and street skateboarding by drawing on critical cultural studies, political philosophy, postcolonial studies, urban sociology, and poststructuralist theory to analyze and render everyday performances as critical theoretical gestures.

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Student Monica Pina, Miles Ritch, Nic Anderson, Tiffany Perez, and Daniel Guzman., Forestry & Wildland Resources

HSU Collegiate Soil Contest team placed 2nd in group judging (where all were in one pit) and 3rd in team judging (top four contestants overall).
The contest was held near CalPoly San Luis Obispo on Nov. 3. CalPoly SLO will host the national soil collegiate contest in April. HSU’s team looks forward to competing in this national competition where 20 plus teams from across the United States will compete. The team improved from its first attempt at soil judging last year where it received two third place awards. Cal Poly leads the pack (and actually has the world’s best soil judger on its team), but HSU outperformed Fresno State this year in the group event and was ahead of CSU Chico overall.

Student Kelly Pfeiler, Alexander Bippus, Ashley Kammet, Ashley Ortiz, Mihai Tomescu (with I.H. Escapa), Biological Sciences

Paper presented at 10th European Paleobotany-Palynology Conference in Dublin, Ireland: “Fossils and seed cone morphology in the resolution of phylogenetic relationships among basal Cupressaceae s.l.”

Faculty Mihai Tomescu (with A. Elgorriaga, I.H. Escapa, G.W. Rothwell, N.R. Cuneo), Biological Sciences

Paper presented at 17th Simposio Argentino de Paleobotánica y Palinología, Paraná, Argentina: “Que es Equisetum? Estudio filogenético para el orden Equisetales”

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Faculty Mihai Tomescu, Biological Sciences

Invited blog post on Botany One blog: “Exquisitely preserved tiny fossils are key for understanding moss evolution”

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