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

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Week of: Mar 01, 2015

Student Club Humboldt State's Society of Women Engineers , Engineering

Humboldt State’s Society of Women Engineers took home four awards at this year’s SWE Region A conference at the University of Pacific February 21-22. SWE members won awards for the Best Outreach Event, Best Professional Development Event, Best Inclusion and Diversity Event, and Greatest Membership Retention. The Region A conference provides attendees the opportunity to participate in a career fair and professional development workshops, as well as network with professional engineers and SWE leaders.

Student Club Manuel Orbegozo, Jefferson Posadas, Journalism & Mass Communication

The El Leñador student newspaper took three second place prizes at a competition of California student newspapers held by the California College Media Association. Student Manuel Orbegozo won for Best Features Photograph and Best Photo Series while Jefferson Posadas won for Best Infographic. El Leñador Editor Manuel Orbegozo accepted the awards at an awards banquet at the Sheraton Universal in Los Angeles Feb. 28.

Student Club Nicole Willared, Sebastian Hedberg, Manuel Orbegozo, Diover Duario, Israel LeFrak, Journalism & Mass Communication

The Lumberjack newspaper took top prizes at a competition of California student newspapers held by the California College Media Association. The Lumberjack staff beat out publications in all divisions for first place in Best Use of Social Media. It also took first place in the weekly division for Best News Series. The staff won second place for Best Special Issue for its coverage of last year’s Spring Break bus tragedy. Students Sebastian Hedberg and Manuel Orbegozo won third place for Best Photo Series and Best Features Photograph respectively. Finally, student Nicole Willared took an honorable mention for Best Feature story for her profile of Art Professor Don Anton.

Student Matt Brinkman, Stephanie Leja, Wildlife

Matt Brinkmann and Stephanie Leja received first and third place, respectively, in the student competition for best oral papers at the Western Section of The Wildlife Society meeting in Santa Rosa in late January 2015. Stephanie also received third place in the poster competitions. Both students work with Dr. Mark Colwell on Snowy Plovers.

Student Marissa Mourer, Raleigh Tomlinson, Emma Hopson, Orientation & Preview Programs

Raleigh Tomlinson, Emma Hopson, and Marissa Mourer just returned from Fresno, California where they presented a session entitled “Building Social Media From The Ground Up” at the Region II Meeting of the Association for Orientation, Retention, and Transition in Higher Education (NODA). The session focused on the successful use of social media to engage and support new students in transition to Humboldt State.

Week of: Feb 22, 2015

Student Laura A. Hernandez, Lauren N. Kruger, Ashley Ortiz, Araik Sinanyan, Sara Newell, Jilma Rachel Guinea, Mareike Duffing Romero, Juita Martinez, Yuliana Rowe-Gaddy ,  

HSU students Laura A. Hernandez, Lauren N. Kruger, Ashley Ortiz, Araik Sinanyan, Sara Newell, Jilma Rachel Guinea, Mareike Duffing Romero, Juita Martinez, Yuliana Rowe-Gaddy gave presentations at the Emerging Researchers Network (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Washington, D.C.

- Laura A. Hernandez: “Phage Therapy in Sludge Samples from Wastewater Treatment Plants of the Greater Salt Lake Basin”

- Lauren N. Kruger: “Differences in Prey Items Within Sagebrush and Agricultural Hunting Territories of American Kestrels”

- Ashley Ortiz: “Early Cretaceous Cupressaceae in the Budden Canyon Formation of Northern California”

- Araik Sinanyan: “Chemical Composition and Antimicrobial Activity of Wild- Harvested Achillea millefolium from the Republic of Armenia”

- Sara Newell: “A Survey of Chemical Parameters for the Development of a Water Quality Index for the Ping River”

- Jilma Rachel Guinea: “Forest Attributes of Reproductive Habitat for Harpy Eagles in Darién Province, Panamá”

- Juita Martinez: “Exposure of the Grass Shrimp, Palaemonetes pugio, to Antimicrobial Compounds Affects Associated Vibrio Bacterial Density
and Development of Antibiotic Resistance”

- Yuliana Rowe-Gaddy: “The Effects of Simulated Acid Rain on Web-spinning Spider Assemblages in the Luquillo Experimental Forest”

- Mareike Duffing Romero: “Field Evidence For a Janzen-Connell Effect” (Romero’s presentation was accepted, but he did not attend the conference)

The February event, sponsored by National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science sponsored, is for college and university undergraduate and graduate students who participate in programs funded by the NSF Division of Human Resources Development.

Student Tina Nguyen, Keith Parker, Jared Dimson, and Kasondra Rubalcava,

HSU undergraduate students Keith Parker, Jared Dimson, and Kasondra Rubalcava were recognized for their poster presentations in the category of Ecology, Environmental and Earth Sciences at the Emerging Researchers Network (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Washington, D.C.

- Parker won second place for his presentation, “Freshwater Environmental DNA Sampling of Threatened Pacific Lamprey of the Order Petromyzontiformes.”

- Dimson won third place for his presentation, “Field Advantage on Decomposition in a Tropical Montane Forest.”

- Rubalcava won fourth place for her presentation, “Inter-annual Variations in the Recruitment of Spot (Leiostomus xanthurus) in the Maryland Coastal Bays.”

The February event, sponsored by National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science sponsored, is for college and university undergraduate and graduate students who participate in programs funded by the NSF Division of Human Resources Development.

Student A. Preston Taylor, Wildlife

Wildlife Program graduate A. Preston Taylor successfully published his senior honors thesis in the internationally renowned Journal of Behaviour. He collected unique video data on the rubbing behavior of black bears in northern California forests. This paper is available for viewing online at the Brill publisher site (Taylor, Allen and Gunther 2015, DOI: 10.1163/1568539X-00003270).

Faculty Michael S. Bruner & Laura K. Hahn, Communication

Michael S. Bruner and Laura K. Hahn’s article, “Irony and Food Politics” has been published in the journal, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies. (Feb. 2015)

Week of: Feb 15, 2015

Faculty Alison Holmes, Politics

International Studies Program Leader Alison Holmes presented a paper to the national International Studies Association Conference in New Orleans entitled, “If Global States beget Global Diplomacy – what does statecraft without the state look like?” She was also elected member at large of the Diplomatic Studies Section Executive.

Faculty William Wood, Chemistry

On February 18, William Wood, HSU Chemical Ecologist, gave a lecture to the Humboldt Bay Mycological Society: titled “Hallucinogens – Natures Ultimate Chemical Defense.” This talk covered various methods plants and animals use chemical to keep predators at bay. Hallucinogens were described as an “ultimate” means of chemical defense as it targets animal neurotransmitters in the brain. Animals who ingest plants or mushrooms that contain psychotropic chemicals have a “bad trip” and in the future avoid them.

Student Students of Humboldt State University, All Campus

Humboldt State University is the recipient of silver-level Student Actions Award from myActions.org, and online, student-powered college network for sharing sustainable and socially-responsible actions. The Student Actions Awards celebrate student leadership, student activity, initiatives, and impact. For more information, visit http://campus.myactions.org/.

Faculty Peter Goetz, Mathematics

Peter Goetz, associate professor of Mathematics, and Andrew Conner, assistant professor of Mathematics at Saint Mary’s College of California, have published a paper titled “Some non-Koszul algebras from rational homotopy theory” in The Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society, an international mathematical research journal.

Faculty Sing C. Chew, Sociology

Sing C. Chew was the opening keynote speaker at the Conference on Post-Secondary Education for Sustainability in Asia held at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore February 5-6, 2015. His lecture was entitled, My Quarter of a Century Researching and Teaching Environmental Sustainability: Lessons Learned from the Past for the Future.

Faculty Tim Miller, Library

Tim Miller, General Instruction/Reference Librarian, conducted a workshop entitled Web Literacy: Using & Sharing Dynamic Tools To Learn & Teach the Web at the Online Northwest Conference (http://onlinenorthwest.org/2015-program/) at Oregon State University on February 13, 2015. Miller’s workshop focused on web literacy (the ability to read, write and participate on the Web) and different tools that educators can use to learn about the Web and teach web literacy (http://www.tinyurl.com/weblit-tools-onw15). Miller also shared his experiences co-teaching the Hour of Code at HSU last December and the currently-running “Learn to Build a Website” workshop series (http://libguides.humboldt.edu/webdev).

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