Latest Achievements

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

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Week of: Mar 01, 2020

Faculty Susan Cashman, Geology

Received “Exemplary Teaching Activity” award from the National Association of Geology Teachers for co-authored “Rupture of Continental Lithosphere Mini-lesson Sequence”

Faculty Catalina Cuellar-Gempeler, Marissa Monaco, Eric Malekos, Dan Perez-Sornia, Jose Alejandro Bravo, Biological Sciences

Presented at American Naturalist Meeting 2020 in Monterey, CA.

Faculty Sharon Kahara, Wildlife

Co-authored “APEX simulation: Water quality of Sacramento Valley wetlands impacted by waterfowl droppings”. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. (in press)

Faculty Buddhika Madurapperuma, Environmental Science & Management

Won the second prize of “Outstanding Reviewer Awards 2019” in Remote Sensing. Prize will be a certification and a chance to publish a paper free of charge in Remote Sensing

Faculty Erin Kelly & student, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Published “Socioeconomic Benefits of a Restoration Economy in Mattole River Watershed, USA”. Society and Natural Resources (currently online – issue forthcoming).

Faculty Lucy Kerhoulas & Rosemary Sherriff, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Kerhoulas and Sherriff were awarded $75,000 from USDA McIntire-Stennis for their proposal “Tree mortality and regeneration across competitive and geographic gradients in Northern California.”

Student Ashley Cable and Micah Scheff, Theatre, Film & Dance

Ashley Cable and Micah Scheff received call back interviews with Stella Adler’s Art of Acting Studio in L.A. In addition, Micah received a call back interview with Kaiser Permanente’s Education Theatre.

Student Gwynn Cristobal and Kiara Hudlin, Theatre, Film & Dance

Gwynn Cristobal was an Irene Ryan nominee for acting, and received call back interviews with Relative Theatrics (Laramie, WY), Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre (Bay Area), University of Hawaii- Manoa (MA/MFA program), Missoula Children’s Theatre Company (Touring), Fairhaven Summer Repertory (Bellingham, WA), And National Theatre Institute (CT).
Kiara Hudson was an Irene Ryan Region 7 Finalist, was offered an MFA spot at University of Idaho as a Sophomore Undergraduate Educational Theatre, and received call back interviews with National Theatre Institute, Relative Theatrics, Fairhaven Summer Repertory Theatre, Missoula Children’s Theatre and Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre.

Student Destiny Aguilera, Percival Ferrugia, and Bailie Molsberry, Theatre, Film & Dance

2020 KCACTF (Regional Theatre Festival in Colorado) achievements in technical theatre:
Percival Ferrugia (lighting designer) and Bailie Molsberry (stage manager) were offered jobs at Village Theatre Kidstage in Washington. In addition, Percival got a job offer at Snowy Range Summer Theatre, Wyoming. Bailie was offered jobs at Livermore Shakespeare Festival and Pacific Conservatory Performing Arts in Solvang. Destiny Aguilera was offered a job at Theatre West Summer Rep, in Nebraska and received an award for their Heathers Prop Design from VectorWorks.

Student Jaiden Clark and Maude Jaeb, Theatre, Film & Dance

Jaiden Clark and Maude Jaeb presented a powerful workshop on the issues for transgender actors in collegiate theatre at the 2020 KCACTF regional theatre festival in Fort Collins, Colorado in February.

Faculty Dr. Justus Ortega, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

Dr. Justus Ortega co-authored “Concussion Symptoms Among Athletes: Preinjury Factors Predict Postinjury Factors,” published in Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation (doi: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000562).

Student Daniel Jones, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Daniel Jones, an HSU Forestry major with a concentration in operations, won 1st place in the student web map/app contest at the California Geographic Information Systems (CalGIS) 2020, conference in Long Beach, California, on February 9-11th.
Daniel’s web map/app “ArcCollector Spillway Inspection Workflow for the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District” has been deployed for the use of the District since 2019. The use of this workflow has reduced the post-processing time of inspection/repair cataloging and reporting from 1 to 2 days down to an hour. The second iteration of his project is expected to bring inspection times down from approximately 2 minutes to about 2 – 30 seconds.

Week of: Feb 23, 2020

Student Melody Brown, Business

Melody Brown, an HSU Business major with a concentration in accounting, was selected as one of 10 national finalists to attend the Association of Government Accountant (AGA) National Leadership Training (NLT) conference in Washington, D.C. on February 12-13th.

AGA supports government work in all areas of financial management, accounting, auditing, information technology, and other business operations. The mission of the organization is to help the government work more efficiently and effectively. The NLT conference is the flagship networking, training, and solutions event for the AGA. The conference is designed to highlight innovations, best practices, research, and lead to positive changes in government; thereby, leading to benefits for our society.

As a recipient of the AGA NLT scholarship, Melody received an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C., including flight, lodging, and conference fees being paid for. Among the highlights of the event included the opportunity for Melody to meet with the leading KPMG Partner of the Federal Government practice, Jeffrey Steinhoff, the U.S. Comptroller General of the United States, Gene Dodaro, as well as networking with several other notable accounting professionals in attendance. She described the experience as an “incredible learning opportunity that opened her eyes to the vast number of government job opportunities open to the younger generation.” She was surprised by the sheer number of professionals willing to offer advice or career help. Reflecting upon her experience, she has one piece of advice for students: “so next time you hear about a horribly awkward networking event, challenge yourself to go! You might be surprised at what you gain from the experience.”

Student Taylor Zenobia, Fisheries Biology

Taylor Zenobia, FISH undergraduate, has been awarded Best Student Oral Presentation by the U.S. Aquaculture Society at their annual conference in Oah’u, Hawai’i! Taylor is also minoring in Scientific Scuba Diving and Women’s Studies.

Faculty Susan Abbey, Theatre, Film & Dance

TFD faculty member, Susan Abbey, is currently acting in Steven Dietz’ play, BLOOMSDAY, at Redwood Curtain Theatre in Eureka. It is an Irish time-travel love story blends wit, humor, and heartache into a buoyant, moving appeal for making the most of the present before its past.

Student Frank Mele, Fisheries Biology

Won U.S. Aquaculture Society Best Abstract/Travel Award at Aquaculture America, Honolulu, Hawaii

Faculty Frank Fogarty, Wildlife

Co-authored “Fire, livestock grazing, topography, and precipitation affect occurrence and prevalence of cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) in the central Great Basin, USA”. Biological Invasions 22, 663-680.

Faculty Frank Fogarty, Wildlife

Co-authored “Mapping of land cover with open‐source software and ultra‐high‐resolution imagery acquired with unmanned aerial vehicles”. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. doi:10.1002/rse2.144.

Faculty Jeff Dunk and colleagues from other institutions, Environmental Science & Management

Presentation at the Raptor Research Foundation meeting (Fort Collins, CO) – Modeling spatial variation in density of golden eagle nest sites in the western United States.

Faculty Jeff Kane, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Coauthored a paper in Nature Communications entitled “Low growth resilience to drought is related to future mortality risk in trees”

Faculty Jeff Dunk, Environmental Science & Management

Published first authored paper (with 7 co-authors) – Modeling spatial variation in density of Golden Eagle nest sites in the Western United States. PLoS ONE. 14(9): e0223143.

Faculty Lucy Kerhoulas, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Presented an invited seminar at the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences in Davis, CA: “Crown-scale physiology and ecology of tall Sitka spruce.”

Faculty Jeff Dunk, Environmental Science & Management

Published first authored paper (with 17 co-authors) – Conservation Planning for Species Recovery under the Endangered Species Act: A Case Study with the Northern Spotted Owl. PLoS ONE 14(1): e0210643.

Student Ryan Maberry, Jessica Souja, William Weinberg, Lucy Kerhoulas, Christopher Lee, David Baston, and Susan Marshall, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Presented a poster at the Agricultural Research Institute Annual Meeting in Sacramento, CA: “Ramorum leaf blight reduces leaf-level productivity in tanoak and California bay.”

Week of: Feb 16, 2020

Student Jahaira Valencia , Berlin Del Aguila, Griffin Kowash, Sam Mendez, Melanie Tapia, Johnny Rasnic, Daisy D. Montalvo , Edwin Espinoza, Julia Vang, Gynell Higby, Joshua Maldonado, Nicole Perry, Charlin Duff, Eric Malekos, Skye Gibney, Ryan Myers, Emily Ord, Alyssa Johnson, Cade Freels, Sonnet Antio, Ana Sammel, Christina Bewley, Mariah Graham, and Thomas Boerne, Mathematics

HSU student participants in this year’s international Mathematical Contest in Modeling were Jahaira Valencia , Berlin Del Aguila, Griffin Kowash, Sam Mendez, Melanie Tapia, Johnny Rasnic, Daisy D. Montalvo , Edwin Espinoza, Julia Vang, Gynell Higby, Joshua Maldonado, Nicole Perry, Charlin Duff, Eric Malekos, Skye Gibney, Ryan Myers, Emily Ord, Alyssa Johnson, Cade Freels, Sonnet Antio, Ana Sammel, Christina Bewley, Mariah Graham, and Thomas Boerne. The contest challenges teams to clarify and analyze a real-world open-ended problem and propose a solution within a 99 hour time frame.

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