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Week of: Nov 30, 2014

Staff Joyce Lopes, Administrative Affairs

Leadership California has selected Humboldt State Vice President of Administrative Affairs Joyce Lopes as a member of the Class of 2015 for its California Issues & Trends Program (CIT). This is a prestigious, yearlong program for 60 women leaders from across the state of California.

The California Issues & Trends Program provides focused programming for women leaders, exposing them to critical public and private sector issues and enhancing their competitive knowledge on California from state, national and global perspectives. It connects women leaders from across the state with each other and with top decision-makers, thought leaders and practitioners. It promotes creativity and innovation through the sharing of ideas and best practices. The 1,300 Alumnae of the CIT are empowered to contribute more fully to California’s vision for the future and to the communities and companies in which they live and work.

Faculty Marcy Burstiner, Journalism & Mass Communication

Journalism Professor Marcy Burstiner was one of four people recognized by The First Amendment Coalition as an “outstanding nominee” in its 2014 FAC Free Speech and Open Government Award for her “tireless work to protect the people’s right to know.” The Coalition received 30 nominations this year. They included attorneys, journalists and community organizers. The Coalition is a public interest organization dedicated to advancing free speech, and more open and accountable government. Burstiner was recognized for having co-founded the Humboldt Center for Constitutional Rights and her column in the North Coast Journal, which focuses on free speech issues.

Week of: Nov 16, 2014

Faculty Laurie A. Pinkert, English

Laurie A. Pinkert, Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of Composition, was recently selected as one of three rhetoric and composition scholars invited to lead written communication sessions at the WASC-Senior College and University Commission Retreat on Core Competencies, which was held November 13-14, 2014 in Pomona, CA. Professor Pinkert presented on “Innovative Writing Pedagogies Sensitive to Local Context” and mentored faculty teams from the U.S., Mexico, and Peru on best practices in pedagogy, program design, and assessment.

Faculty Armeda Reitzel, Communication

Communication professor Armeda Reitzel is the Chair of the Undergraduate College and University Section of the National Communication Association. She is on the legislative assembly and the nominating committee for the organization. This is the 100th year of the National Communication Association.

Student Lori Jones, Environmental Resources Engineering

Lori Jones, a senior undergraduate in the Environmental Resources Engineering department, recently received funding through the CSU’s Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) and US Department of Agriculture to investigate osmotic membrane processes as a Watershed Management Intern. Under the guidance of her advisor Andrea Achilli, she will develop three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models and investigate membrane fouling for two different osmotic hybrid systems – RO-PRO and FO-RO. These systems, which employ reuse of wastewater effluent, are designed to reduce the energy requirement of desalination through renewable power generation (RO-PRO) or osmotic dilution (FO-RO).

Week of: Nov 09, 2014

Faculty Sing C. Chew, Sociology

Sociology Professor Sing C. Chew and former graduate student, Associate Professor Daniel Sarabia, now the Department Chair of Sociology at Roanoke College, in Roanoke, Virginia presented a paper, Early Globalization in World History: Global Climate Change and the End Bronze Age World System 1200-700BC, at the Annual Conference of the Social Science History Association in Toronto, Canada, November 8, 2014. The paper reported on their collaborative research efforts to understand macro-historical dynamics in world history.

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