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

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Week of: May 06, 2018

Faculty Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association Faculty Award Winners, Various

The ERFA Faculty Awards winners were honored on May 8 at the University Senate Reception. This year’s winners are:

Barbara Clucas, Department of Wildlife
Melissa Hawkins, Department of Biological Sciences
Margarita Otero-Diaz, Environmental Resources Engineering
Michihiro Clark Sugata, Department of Sociology

The website for the awards is:

Student Geography Students, Geography

Humboldt came home with several top awards from the 72nd Annual California Geographical Society meeting in Sacramento. The 18 current students, along with alumni, who attended represented HSU Geography with strong enthusiasm and professionalism.

We had three student awardees. Samuel Wood won first place for the Cartography Paper Competition. Joshua Shindelbower won second place for the Cartography Paper Competition. Quint Migliardi won third place for the Digital Cartography Competition, and several of our students landed Student Travel Awards. Well done!

Photos and more information here.

Student Geography Students, Geography

Congratulations to our 2018 Geography scholarship recipients! At the annual awards BBQ, scholarships and awards were distributed thanks to the generosity of alumni and other donors. A new Kosmos award was created this year for leadership and creativity in geospatial science and cartography. Congratulations to recipients Miyako Namba (Dr. John L. Harper Memorial Scholarship), Hartford Johnson (Herring Geography Scholarship), Quint Migliardi (Dr. Joseph S. Leeper Scholarship), Kevin Greer (Suzanne Wetzel Seemann Scholarship), Amy Lautamo (Webb Bauer Award), Andrew Gibbs (Excellence of Scholarship, National Council for Geographic Education), Joshua Shindelbower and Gilbert Trejo (Kosmos Awards)

Faculty Barbara Klessig, Anthropology

Barbara Klessig has been invited to teach an experimental archaeology workshop in textiles at the University College Dublin,Ireland May 18th to students in their MSc in Experimental Archaeology.

Week of: Apr 29, 2018

Student Club Chemistry Club, Chemistry

The Chemistry Club, “The Free Radicals” received two awards from The American Chemical Society. They received a commendable student chapter award and the green chemistry award! Students in this club actively participate in outreach and fun science activities as well as career building workshops.

Student Mele’ana ‘Akolo, Charles Biles, John Cortenbach, John Dellysse, Sean Haas, Buddhika Madurapperuma, Carla Quintero, Library

Congratulations to authors accepted in vol. 2 of HSU’s peer-reviewed Ideafest Journal. Publication forthcoming at
Mele’ana ‘Akolo “A Feminist Interpretation of Women’s Work with Koloa in the Tongan Community”
Charles Biles “Teaching Apportionment”
John Cortenbach and Buddhika Madurapperuma “Survey and Map Distribution of English Ivy at Patrick’s Point”
John Dellysse and Buddhika Madurapperuma “Developing a Coastal GIS Model of Sri Lanka to Pinpoint Areas at Risk of Tsunamis”
Sean Haas “Searching for a Connection between Radio Emissions and UV/Optical Absorption in Quasars”
Carla Quintero “How Many Quasars Have Extremely High Velocity Outflows?”

Faculty Cyndy Phillips, English

Cyndy Phillips has formed a local independent press, SequoiaSong Publications, which specializes in bringing voices and art to print that might not otherwise make it to mainstream publishing. SequoiaSong’s first publication (in conjunction with HSU Press)—a children’s bilingual picture book written by Peter Jain and illustrated by South Bay and Pine Hill Elementary School students— will be released at Arts Arcata on May 11, 5:30-7p.m, at Wrangletown Cider Company, 1350 9th Street, Arcata.
The book serves as a fundraiser to support the music, art, and library programs of South Bay Union Elementary Schools.

Staff Housing & Residence Life, Housing & Residence Life

Humboldt State University has been featured in Unique Venues magazine, in an article titled “The Time of Your Life: 8 colleges and universities provide one-of-a-kind experiences.”

View the magazine online at

Faculty Ramona Bell, Cheryl Johnson, Lisa Castellino, David Hickcox, Amber L Blakeslee, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In her work in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Ramona Bell was a part of a team who received a $200,000 grant from the CSU Office of the Chancellor for Advancing Faculty Diversity. The grant, awarded Fall 2017, is to help support the retention and recruitment of underrepresented faculty of color.

Faculty Amy Rock, Geography

Amy Rock and Ryan Malhoski have co-authored Mapping with ArcGIS Pro, a practical approach to cartographic design and decision-making with tutorials for ArcGIS Pro and integration into ArcGIS Online.

Student Jeremy S. Johnson, Noah K. Dunkley, Gabriela D. Martinez, Anthony E. Sanchez, and C.D. Hoyle, Physics & Astronomy

Congratulations to these student and faculty authors for the successful publication of an article titled “Novel Tests of Gravity Below Fifty Microns” in the peer-reviewed Proceedings of The National Conferences On Undergraduate Research (NCUR), 2017. Jeremy Johnson also presented this work at the conference itself, which was held in Memphis, TN in April, 2017.

Student Nicholas Hernandez, Physics & Astronomy

Nicholas Hernandez presented a poster providing a research update on work being done in the HSU Gravitational Physics Laboratory at the 2018 April Meeting of the American Physical Society (APS), which was held in Columbus, OH April 13-17.

Faculty Katia Karadjova, Library

Librarian Katia Karadjova was awarded a scholarship by the Society for College & University Planning (SCUP) to present at the SCUP 2018 annual conference in Nashville, TN, July 14-17. She will be presenting jointly with the Dean of Libraries at Drexel University in a panel session, Assessing Library Spaces as Learning Environments Goes Beyond Measuring Occupancy.

Week of: Apr 22, 2018

Student Colin Mateer, Anais Southard, Lonny Grafman, Environmental Studies

As covered in the Times-Standard, Environmental Studies majors Colin Mateer and Anais Southard and Environmental Science and Management major Aida Castro worked on a water catchment system in Loleta, under the guidance of HSU’s Environmental Engineering/Appropriate Technology faculty member, Lonny Grafman. Check it out here:

Faculty Maral N. Attallah, Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Maral N. Attallah (Lecturer in the Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies Department) will participate in a two-week seminar at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in DC (June 2018).The seminar is titled, “Racial Practice: Theory, Policy, and Execution in Nazi Germany and the Jim Crow South”.

Student HSU Model UN, Politics

Students in the Model United Nations program participated in the Model United Nations of the Far West conference in San Francisco. Competing against more than 450 students from 30 universities, students from Humboldt State represented Kenya, Panama, Slovenia, Syria, and Vietnam.

HSU’s team received several awards. Kenya (represented by Averie Middleton, Sessi Fletcher, Syd Long, Jenesy Gabrielle Burkett, and Mara Arvizu), Slovenia (represented by Alex Banaskiewicz, Isabelle Tisson, Kayla McClelland, and Hailey LaJoie), and Vietnam (represented by Ryan Thomas, Nick Thomas, Alexis Borwn, Fabian Cuevas,and Dani Saldaña) were recognized as top performing teams.

Faculty Russell Gaskell, World Languages and Cultures

Congratulations to Club Advisor of the Year, Russell Gaskell. Russell teaches Spanish and is the Club advisor for Lambda Theta Phi. The award is given to advisors that not only advise their clubs but also mentor and help club members develop their leadership and professional skills.

In the words of club members, “Professor Gaskell has been… spectacular ever since he has been the advisor of the Lambda Theta Phi. What Russell has done is provide us with a crazy amount of support that makes us feel like he’s a part of our family. … He’s an amazing professor, a hell of an advisor, and more than being just our advisor, he is one of us.”

The ideals of Lambda Theta Phi are the following: Academic Excellence; Brotherhood; Leadership; Latino Unity; Service. Lambda Theta Phi brothers perform community service, sponsor events which highlight and celebrate Latino heritage, participate in educational workshops, and enjoy many social programs. As a result of their active participation in every aspect of college life, they are developing their organizational, communication, and leadership skills, all while pursuing the coveted diploma.

Staff Todd Larsen, Housing & Residence Life

Todd Larsen, Associate Director of Business Operations in Housing & Residence Life was selected to be on the Exhibits Committee for The Western Association of College and University Housing Officers (WACUHO) Annual Conference and Exposition for 2019. The Exhibits Committee provides an opportunity for Association members, Corporate Affiliate members and non-member vendors to collaboratively network and share ideas and products through an open exhibits area at the Annual Conference and Exposition. This past conference, there were over 50 exhibitors including design architects, construction managers, rooms management software, furniture providers and more.

Staff Donyet King, Housing & Residence Life

Donyet King has been appointed as one of the Tri-Chairs on the Women of WACUHO Committee for the Western Association of College and University Housing Officers.

WoW strives to give women a voice in Student Affairs and create professional development opportunities, like regional Drive-In Conferences, mentoring programs, and scholarships to attend the annual WACUHO Conference.

Donyet is passionate about creating professional opportunities for women and other underrepresented groups. Congratulations on your appointment, WoW and Student Affairs are lucky to have you!

Faculty Cindy Moyer, Music

Scales and Arpeggios with Shifting Practice by Cindy Moyer has been published by Galaxy Music Corp.

Faculty Leena Dallasheh, History

Dr. Dallasheh has been awarded the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. This award is for completing her book manuscript, “Contested Citizenship: Nazareth’s Palestinians in the Transition from British Mandate to Israel, 1940-1966.”

Faculty Leena Dallasheh, History

Dr. Dallasheh participated in College and University Educators Workshop at the Council for Foreign Relations in New York, NY. The workshop brings together over 100 professors, from around the USA, who are teaching courses on or related to international relations and U.S. foreign policy, along with those from other fields who are interested in introducing global issues into their classroom.

Faculty Leena Dallasheh, History

Dr. Dallasheh presented a paper entitled “Despite the Nakba: Palestinian Nazareth in Israel” at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. The paper was a part of the Institute for Middle East Studies Annual Conference 2018 – Nakba: Past and Present.

Faculty Rosemary Sherriff, Geography

Rosemary Sherriff (Geography) co-authored a new perspective paper titled “Advancing Dendrochronological Studies of Fire in the United States” in the new journal Fire.

Faculty Michael Vernon, Rosemary Sherriff, Jeff Kane, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Alum Michael Vernon (MS 2017) with Rosemary Sherriff (Geography), Jeff Kane (Forestry), and Phil van Mantgem (USGS) published a paper titled “Thinning, tree-growth, and resistance to multi-year drought in a mixed-conifer forest of northern California” in the journal Forest Ecology and Management.

Week of: Apr 15, 2018

Faculty John Meyer, Politics

John Meyer will serve as an invited Visiting Scholar at the University of Reading Centre for Climate and Justice, UK, from May 21-June 9, 2018. While there, he’ll work with the Centre’s Ph.D. students and is also organizing a workshop on “everyday environmentalism and climate populism” to include presentations by Julian Agyeman (Tufts), Nancy Fraser (New School), Lisa Disch (Michigan) and Sherilyn MacGregor (Manchester).

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