Latest Achievements

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

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Week of: Dec 01, 2019

Faculty Christina Hsu Accomando, English

Christina Hsu Accomando, Professor of English and Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies, served as the Contributing Editor for the 11th edition of Race, Class, and Gender in the United States: An Integrated Study (Worth Publishing, 2020), an interdisciplinary textbook used at HSU and across the U.S.

Faculty Christina Hsu Accomando, English

Christina Hsu Accomando, professor of English and Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies, presented on the roundtable “Exploring Feminist Pedagogy and Student Learning through the Lens of Threshold Concepts” at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference in San Francisco on November 16, 2019.

Faculty Sam Sonntag, Politics

Sam Sonntag, Professor Emerita in the Department of Politics, co-edited The Politics of Language Contact in the Himalaya, recently published by Open Book Publishers, a non-profit, Open Access publisher based in Cambridge (UK) and run by scholars who are committed to making high-quality research freely available to readers around the world. In addition to the introduction to the volume, Sonntag authored an historical analysis of language politics in Assam in Northeast India. The other chapters in the book cover language contact in Tibet and Nepal. The Politics of Language Contact in the Himalaya can be downloaded for free at

Faculty Heather Madar, Art

Heather Madar has been awarded a Hiob-Ludolf fellowship from the Herzog Ernst fellowship program at the Research Library Gotha in Gotha, Germany. The fellowship will support her research on Ottoman imagery in 17th century German court culture.

Faculty Tyler Evans, Mathematics

Dr. Tyler Evans and his co-author from ELTE University in Budapest, Hungary published their paper:

Cohomology of Restricted Filiform Lie Algebras ݔʎ»2(p),
Tyler J. Evans and Alice Fialowski, SIGMA 15 (2019), 095, 11 pages. arXiv:1901.07532

Faculty Natalie Arroyo, Environmental Science & Management

Environmental Science & Management instructor and Eureka City Councilmember Natalie Arroyo will serve as a board member for the organization heading the Klamath River’s restoration, the governor’s office announced Friday.

Arroyo will be one of 15 board members serving the Klamath River Renewable Corporation, a nonprofit tasked with overseeing the removal of four Klamath dams. She is one of five board members appointed by the governor.

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Faculty Dr. Renée M. Byrd, Sociology

Dr, Renée M. Byrd (Associate Professor, Sociology) presented on merging critical ethnic studies and environmental justice at the American Studies Assocation Annual Meetings in Honolulu November 8, 2019.

Student Bret McNamara, Jeff Kane, David Greene, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Former HSU Wildland Fire Lab graduate student, Bret McNamara (2018) published two research papers from his work on the rare Baker cypress.
One paper entitled “Strong dispersal limitation in postfire regeneration of Baker cypress, a rare serotinous conifer“ was published in the American Journal of Botany and the other paper entitled “Post-fire fuel succession in a rare California, USA closed-cone conifer” was published in Fire Ecology. These two papers were co-authored by Forestry and Wildland Resources faculty members, Jeff Kane and David Greene.

Week of: Nov 24, 2019

Faculty Leslie Rossman, Communication

Dr. Leslie Rossman has been appointed as the Lecturer Representative for the California Faculty Association. She continues her leadership as part of the state-wide work to support worker rights in the academy.

Student Devon Escoto and Sydney Verga , Communication

Devon Escoto and Sydney Verga advanced into the semi-final round (8/32) of Dominican University where they defeated UC Berkeley and the University of Alaska ending up in the final (4/32) for the weekend. This is the second time this year these two have advanced into elimination rounds, and their first finals appearance. They competed against two more teams from Berkeley and a team from the University of Miami Florida in the final, Berkeley won the event.

First-year student Carina Masters and her 2nd-year partner Tim Arceneaux just missed elimination rounds themselves. Every student who traveled spent approximately 7 hours over the weekend preparing and participating in debates. They debated reparations for slavery, the elimination of billionaires, the metaphor of “pain=gain” and more.

This is the second year in a row HSU has “broken” teams at Dominican. Since last year 6 different HSU students have seen elimination debate at this nationally competitive tournament.

Faculty Leslie Rossman , Communication

Dr. Leslie Rossman presented two papers at the National Communication Association Conference. One project was on the precarious nature of academic labor and the other paper was “Whose Survival? Limitations and Possibilities of Queer Imaginaries.”

Week of: Nov 17, 2019

Student Rosebelle Ines, Environmental Science & Management

Travel award recipient and research abstract accepted for presentation during the 2020 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM, held in Washington, D.C., on February 6-8, 2020.

Faculty Sing C. Chew, Sociology

Professor Emeritus Sing C. Chew has a book in press entitled, Living Wisely in the Digital Dark Age: Digitalization, Artificial Intelligence, Ecology, and Life. This monograph is a follow-up to his three-volume work on World Ecological Degradation over 5,000 years of world history.

Student Peter Blickensderfer, Madison Kaisan, and Gabby Connors, Theatre, Film & Dance

Peter Blickensderfer, Madison Kaisan, and Gabby Connors won 1st Place, Best Experimental Film in the 29th Annual CSU Media Arts Festival. Filmmakers Madi and Peter collaborated with dancer/storyteller Gabby to create the spoken word experimental film Danh Tính. All three will graduate from HSU in May 2020 with BA Degrees in Film or Dance.

Faculty Kaitlin Reed, Native American Studies

Kaitlin Reed, Assistant Professor, Native American Studies, presented her paper “We Are A Part of the Land and the Land Is Us”: Settler Colonialism & Genocide in California at the California Indian Conference at Sonoma State University, November 14-16.

Faculty Dr. Sarita Ray Chaudhury, Business

Dr. Sarita Ray Chaudhury, School of Business, served as a Track Chair for the topic “Marketing Education” in the recently held Society for Marketing Advances Conference in New Orleans, LA from Nov 6-9th, 2019.

She also presented a study titled “Citizen-Consumers in Action: The Thunberg Effect in Addressing the Climate Crisis” with co-authors Dr. Pia Albinsson, Appalachian State University and Dr. Yasanthi Perera, Brock University, scheduled to be published in the conference proceedings.

More information on Dr. Ray Chaudhury’s research can be found on Google Scholar:

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