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Week of: Apr 01, 2018

Student Savanna Schaffer, Environmental Studies

Savanna Schaffer was just appointed the president of the Redwood Coast chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers. She has been serving as Youth Assistant Keeper Program Coordinator at Sequoia Park Zoo for the past two years.

Faculty Suzanne Pasztor, History

Suzanne Pasztor published two articles on Mexican history in Volume 74 of the Handbook of Latin American Studies, published by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress and University of Texas Press.

Week of: Mar 25, 2018

Student Ryan Hazen, Stephanie Osborne, and Zachary Weaver, English

Ryan Hazen, Stephanie Osborne, and Zachary Weaver are the recipients of the English Scholarship for 2018.

Faculty Prof. J. W. Powell, Philosophy

Prof. J. W. Powell, Philosophy, will deliver an invited presentation to the North American Wittgenstein Society (NAWS) and the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association on March 28, 2018. The title is “Locke and Heraclitus on Whether Language Is Based on Convention.”

Locke says yes, “else there would be but one language amongst all humans.” Heraclitus says no, roughly because what makes sense for one must make sense for all. There is of course more to the story.

Student Matt Brinkman, Dave Garcelon, and Mark Colwell, Wildlife

Former graduate student, Matt Brinkman, authored a paper in Wildlife Society Bulletin, co-authored with his graduate advisor, Mark Colwell. The paper describes a field experiment using Carbachol to condition Common Ravens to avoid eating quail eggs made to look like Snowy Plover eggs. While successful in the short term, ravens still ate real plover eggs in the area of the field experiment.

Faculty Armeda Reitzel, Communication

Dr. Armeda Reitzel presented her paper titled “The Star Spangled Story of the U.S. National Anthem” at the Popular Culture Association conference in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 28, 2018.

Faculty Prof. Janet Winston, English

Prof. Janet Winston (English and Critical Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) presented research at the 27th Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference in Savannah, Georgia on February 17, 2018. Her paper—“Rainbow Flags, Lizard People, and Me: Unpacking the Visual Rhetorics of Contemporary Antisemitism and Pro-Israelism”—examines how current forms of antisemitism, charges of antisemitism, and responses to antisemitism circulate in public discourse.

Week of: Mar 18, 2018

Faculty Emily Cobb, Art

Emily Cobb recently returned from exhibiting her latest artwork in Sirens: New Work by the JV Collective during Munich Jewellery Week in Germany. Munich Jewellery Week is one of the most significant international events for contemporary jewelers, collectors, gallerists, curators and jewelry artists from around the world. Sirens is an interactive exhibition, and during opening night the podcast Percieved Value recorded several interviews in the gallery space. Listen soon at: The Sirens exhibition will travel to the Baltimore Jewelry Center in Maryland this April and New York City Jewelry Week in November.

Faculty Mark Hemphill-Haley, Geology

Mark Hemphill-Haley (Geology) returned from two-week investigation of the 2016 M 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake, South Island, New Zealand. He joined HSU alumni Russ Van Dissen (‘83) and Jessica Vermeer (‘13 BS, ’16 MS) and NZ researchers to investigate the deformation associated with more than 9 m (27 ft) of offset during the earthquake. The investigation involved trenching across the fault to assess fault structure and timing of previous earthquakes.

Student Soil Judging Team, Rangeland Resource Science, Environmental Science & Management

HSU’s Soil Judging Team places 3rd in Region 6!

Humboldt State University’s first Soil Judging Team braved snowy roads to travel to Butte College on Saturday, March 3 and placed 3rd in Team and Group categories. Team members Miles Ritch (Rangeland Resource Science), Monica Pina (Wildland Soils), and Yoselyn Ayala (Ecological Restoration) ventured into wet, muddy soil pits to evaluate soil textures, colors, and structures, then classified and rated soils for several land uses.

During the afternoon, hail and heavy rain-storms pummeled contestants from CalPoly San Luis Obispo, Cal State Fresno, Cal State Chico, and Humboldt State University. Thanks to Dr. Garrett Liles of CSU Chico for hosting the event. Region 6 of the Agronomy Society of America-sponsored contest includes universities from Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, New Mexico and Nevada, although only four teams from California competed this year. Teams from CalPoly SLO and CSU Fresno will compete at the National Competition March 18-23 at the University of Tennessee. The National Collegiate Soils Contest will hosted by CalPoly SLO in 2019.

Faculty Maral N. Attallah,  

Maral N. Attallah (Lecturer in the Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies Department) was honored as one of the keynote speakers for the 35th Annual Sonoma State University 2018 Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series. Her lecture, “Armenian Genocide: Legacies of Denial” – was presented on March 13th in Warren Auditorium at Sonoma State University.

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