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Week of: May 11, 2014

Student Humberto Montano, Art

Humberto Montano (Art) has been accepted to the summer 2014 Career Discovery Program at Harvard University, with a full tuition scholarship. His studies will focus on Urban Design. Students spend their time in a stimulating studio environment at the Harvard Graduate School of Design that mirrors a graduate level studio experience. They learn to analyze any challenge from multiple angles, pursuing new ways of thinking and seeking out creative solutions. Humberto will have a chance to work directly with faculty from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and the Rhode Island School of Design as well as notable professionals from the fields of urban design, architecture and planning.

Faculty Lori Dengler, Geology

Geology Professor Lori Dengler has been named Chair of the California Integrated Seismic Network (CISN) Advisory Committee. CISN is the system that integrates the data inputs from the USGS, California Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, Caltech Seismo Lab, and the California Geological Survey into a seamless interface for rapid dissemination of earthquake information to a broad spectrum of users. CISN software packages are designed for first responders, emergency managers, and critical lifeline organizations. In the next decade, CISN will be taking the lead in implementation of California’s Earthquake Early Warning System. More information about CISN is at

Student Team Leader: Luke Halonen. Team Members: Julian Quick, Skira Brathwaite, Kevin Brenes-Melgar, Solomon Clark, Matthew Collins, Anthony Eggink, Grant Goddard, Lori Jones, Mathew Nyberg, and Arrow Walker. Faculty Advisor: Douglas Saucedo, Environmental Resources Engineering

On May 8th, the team received the Honorable Mention (2nd place) award for innovative system design and excellent analysis in the Hydrogen Education Foundation’s 2014 Hydrogen Student Design Contest. The team designed a modular, drop-in hydrogen fueling station that can be installed in under a 7 days, and dispense 5 kg of high pressure hydrogen fuel in under 5 minutes. See for more details.

Student HSU geographers, Geography

Sixteen geography students, along with two faculty members (Chris Haynes and Matthew Derrick), attended the 68th annual meeting of the California Geographical Society, held May 2-4 at Los Angeles City College. Eight of the HSU student geographers, along with Professor Derrick, presented research papers; another five students presented cartography projects or research posters. Marlyn Montgomery was awarded first place in the digital cartography competition for her project titled “Community Cartography in California,” and Will Firch was awarded third place in the research poster competition for his project titled “Urban Geography of a Gold Rush Town: Weaverville, California in 1860.”

Faculty Armeda Reitzel, Communication

Dr. Armeda Reitzel, professor of Communication, will present her paper “Connections in the Co-creation of Identity in Internationally Adopted Youth” at the International Communication Association conference in Seattle, WA May 22-26, 2014. This paper combines Dr. Reitzel’s research areas of intercultural communication and adolescent communication.

Week of: May 04, 2014

Faculty Bruce O'Gara, Biological Sciences

Bruce A. O’Gara, Professor of Zoology and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, was recently profiled in the Member Spotlight section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) website. Read the full text here:

The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the prestigious scientific journal, Science. The profile entitled “Bruce O’Gara teaches his students how to find an answer” details how Prof. O’Gara works with students in his research laboratory to provide practical training to help them advance in their scientific careers. Featured in the profile is the research of senior Cellular and Molecular Biology major Araik Sinanyan on the endocrine disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) and its effects on the regeneration of lost body parts of an annelid worm. Also featured in the profile are quotes from HSU graduate Michael Smeaton, who attributes his experiences in O’Gara’s laboratory as being an important factor in giving him the confidence to earn a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins and perform postdoctoral work at Cal-Tech and Stanford.

Student Reggie Blackwell, Biological Sciences

Reggie Blackwell (‘14) has landed an NSF Graduate Fellowship to pursue a PhD at Scripps Institute beginning in fall 2014. His project is titled “Invasions within Humboldt Bay California by cryptic species of bryozoans (watersipora spp.) spatial and temporal dominance by three clades.”

Student Holly Leopardi, Physics & Astronomy

Holly Leopardi (‘14, Physics) recently took second place in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences Division at the CSU Research Competition May 2 and 3 at CSU East Bay. Leopardi’s project was titled “Tests of Gravity Below Fifty Microns.” Her faculty advisor was C.D. Hoyle, Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy.

Leopardi was recently named 2013-14 Outstanding Student of the Year for Outstanding Co-Curricular Contributions. She plans to enter the University of Colorado, Boulder’s Ph.D. program in Physics this fall.

Student Kamila Larripa, Miriam Garai, Michael Malocha, Marika Leitner, Tyler Mobray, Andrew Harter, Molly Shea, Stephanie Corah, Eric Stuck, Paul Mullan, Mathematics

Three HSU student teams advised by Kamila Larripa were honored for their performance in the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications Annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling.
More information can be found here:

Faculty James Floss, Communication

Communication Lecturer James Floss brought the acclaimed novella “Fup” by Jim Dodge to stage in a word-for-word production over the last two weekends. The current Book of the Year adaptation featured alumni of the Chamber Readers and was presented in classic readers theatre style.

Week of: Apr 27, 2014

Faculty Tim Bean, Wildlife

Wildlife Professor Tim Bean has received $15 thousand from Save the Redwoods League to develop a landscape-level map of habitat suitability for white-footed voles. His research wil provide an understanding of the white-footed vole habitat requirements in redwood systems at the landscape and home range scale and knowledge of occupied areas to aid further research.

Faculty Tasha Howe, Psychology

Psychology Professor Tasha Howe recently received a 2014-15 Fulbright scholarship to Croatia. Her project is titled “Child Abuse Prevention in Post-Conflict Communities.”

This is Howe’s second Fulbright award. In 2008, she worked on domestic violence in Cyprus, another post-conflict country.

Week of: Apr 20, 2014

Faculty Sam Sonntag, Politics

Sam Sonntag has a forthcoming article entitled “Depoliticizing Hindi in India,” in a volume edited by Dr. Agnieszka Kuczkiewicz-Fras of Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and Dr. Rahul Peter Das from the Martin-Luther University in Halle, Germany. The title of the volume is Defining the Indefinable: Delimiting Hindi, to be published by Peter Lang.

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