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Week of: Apr 17, 2016

Student Jonah Platt and Alexis Hernandez, Politics

Jonah Platt and Alexis Hernandez were named the first- and second-place recipients, respectively, of the Kalb-Haston Awards, whose cash prizes totaled $1,250. These awards are funded by HSU alumnus David Kalb and Bruce Haston, a former HSU political science professor. They recognize students who have demonstrated personal commitment and leadership by taking an active role in student government, particularly through the Office of Associated Students.

Student Adam Holt, History

History major Adam Holt is the 2016 recipient of the $500 William R. Tanner History Scholarship. The scholarship was established in memory of William R. Tanner, professor of history at Humboldt State University, 1970 to 1999; founder of History Day at the university; and author of “A View from the Hill,” a history of Humboldt State University.

Student Alexander Garcia, History

History major Alexander Garcia was selected by History Department faculty as the 2016 recipient of the Dr. John Hennessy Award, which honors a graduating history major who has demonstrated academic excellence in the study of history. The award was established in memory of Dr. John Hennessy, a professor of History and department chair at Humboldt State University who, after his retirement from the History Department, provided many years of service to the university.

Student Joshua Buck, History

History major Joshua Buck received $500 for first place in the 2016 Charles R. Barnum History Contest. The Barnum History Awards celebrate original historical research of Humboldt County. The awards were established in 1952 by a grant from Charles Barnum, a realtor and insurance broker in Eureka who was a member of the Humboldt State College Advisory Board from 1946 to his death in 1953.

Student Rodney McKinnon, History

History major Rodney McKinnon is the 2016 recipient of the $1,000 Johnston-Aronoff History Scholarship, which is awarded to a History major with an emphasis in the study of California and/or the western United States. The award was established by Guy Aronoff, a lecturer in the HSU History Department, and his wife, Judy Johnston, in memory of Guy’s father, David Aronoff, and Judy’s mother, Aldy Johnston.

Student Josue Candelario, Kelly Fuentes, Jacob Hurd, Tony Mitchell III, Joshua Martinez, Noe Martinez, Cristina Olivares, Yaad Rana, Raymond Rios, David Rivera, and Eunice Romero, Environmental Resources Engineering

Environmental Resources Engineering Department students’ recently competed in the Mid-Pacific Student Conference’s (Mid-PAC) Water Treatment Competition. At the competition, Humboldt State took first place overall competing against Fresno State, San Jose State, Tongi University, University of the Pacific, UC Berkeley, Chico State, UC Davis, Universite Laval, University of Nevada, and Sacramento State. HSU students also took first place in the construction category, second in water quality, and third in presentation. Students who competed include: Josue Candelario, Kelly Fuentes, Jacob Hurd, Tony Mitchell III, Joshua Martinez, Noe Martinez, Cristina Olivares, Yaad Rana, Raymond Rios, David Rivera, and Eunice Romero. The conference and competition is sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

“Mid-PAC is an international competition with multiple categories, such as: steel bridge competition (teams have to construct a 20’ bridge), concrete canoe (teams must design and race a canoe), and waste water treatment that we participated in this year. Humboldt has historically been involved with the waste water filter competition and is now tied for most wins in this competition with UC Berkeley, and Reno,” says Yaad Rana, a ERE student who participated in the competition.

“The competition started in 1998 as part of the conference, and as an environmental engineering school we always expect to do great in the water treatment field as other schools focus on other civil engineering topics,” says Rana. “The design for the competition at HSU starts with small groups of students creating filters and testing them at a local competition held by the local chapter of ASCE members. After this period we join together to try and create the most effective design to take to the international competition. The local competition is really just to get ideas out there from the students who are willing to participate from HSU. When we are all together we hashed out the final design and continued testing and preparing the design report and presentation,” says Rana.

The team this year consisted of four poster presenters (Noe Martinez, Cristina Olivares, Josue Candelario, and Kelly Fuentes), twp PowerPoint presenters (Eunice Romero and Josh Martinez), two operators (Yaad Rana, Ray Rios, David Rivera, and Tony Mitchel III), and one construction manager (Jacob Hurd). So everyone had the opportunity to be involved. Rana was the team Chair, along with Co-Chairs were Josh Martinez and Eunice Romero.

This year we won the following awards: 3rd place presentation, 2nd place water quality, 1st place construction, and 1st place overall.

“We all worked really hard and had a blast doing it. I am also relieved because I am confident that next year’s team will be in good hands, since this will be my last time participating. The younger students now have the passion for the competition, and that is key for HSU’s continual success at Mid-PAC,” says Rana. “We represented Humboldt really well (at one point Josh was separating recycling at the competition as the other schools didn’t seem to care that they were making a huge mess overflowing a trash can), and we brought home the trophy which was actually created at Humboldt (a wooden toilet bowl mounted on a redwood stump)!”

Here is a Google Drive link to photos from the competition that may be used in Humboldt State publications:

Faculty Benjamin Funke, Art

Benjamin Funke, HSU Art Department lecturer has been selected to exhibit his artwork in a group show at the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum located just outside Seoul, South Korea. The exhibit will feature 3 of his projected video works. The exhibit opens on 4/20/16.

Student Jeremy Johnson, Gabriela Martinez, Physics & Astronomy

Physics majors Jeremy Johnson and Gabriela Martinez presented at the national April meeting of the American Physical Society, held in Salt Lake City, UT from April 15th-19th. The presentations concerning their work on tests of short-range gravity generated considerable interest from a broad range of physicists in attendance. Congratulations!

Faculty Brandon Browne, Raul Becerra, Geology

Brandon Browne and Raul Becerra (‘16) presented research at the Geological Society of America Cordilleran Section meeting in Ontario, California April 5-7. Their research project focused on understanding the origin and eruption of volcanoes on the Kern Plateau in the southern Sierra Nevada.

Faculty Kerri J. Malloy, Native American Studies

Kerri J. Malloy, Lecturer in Native American Studies, has been selected as one of the 19 fellows for The European Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization in July at the Royal Holloway campus of the University of London. The institute is sponsored by the Holocaust Educational Foundation in Northwestern University and the Holocaust Research Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London, with the support from the Pears Foundation.

Faculty Benjamin Funke, Art

Benjamin Funke, HSU Art Department lecturer has been awarded the Beverly Faben Artist Fund from the Humboldt Arts Council. The Beverly Faben Artist Fund provides support for emerging artists to show their work in established venues.

Faculty Nikola Hobbel, English

Nikola Hobbel, English professor was recently elected Secretary of the California Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). The California Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education is a group of teacher educators, teachers, students, parents, community activists, and others with a strong interest in creating socially just and equitable learning communities in California schools and classrooms.

Faculty Nikola Hobbel & Tessa Pitré, English

Tessa Pitré and Nikola Hobbel presented a paper at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Washington, D.C. The paper, entitled “‘Minor Injuries were Reported: Sexualized Violence, Power, and Teaching” was part of a peer-reviewed panel presentation, “Race and Gender in Higher Education.”

Faculty Steven Martin, Environmental Science & Management

Steve Martin and former graduate student Jessica Blackwell (‘15) published a peer-reviewed article in the April issue of International Journal of Wilderness — Personal Locator Beacons—Influences on Wilderness Visitor Behavior.

Week of: Apr 10, 2016

Faculty Armeda Reitzel, Communication

Armeda Reitzel has been selected as the subject area chair for Midwestern Culture for the Midwest Popular Culture Association. She will serve as subject area chair from 2016 through 2018.

Faculty Gil Cline , Music

HSU Music Department Professor Dr. Gil Cline (2nd year, FERP) recently made two unusual performance appearances. On April 2 and 3 he was featured on the Renaissance cornetto—the rare brass and woodwind hybrid—with Jefferson Baroque, based in Ashland, Ore. The concerts were of the famous, sonorous Venetian polychoral music in which the audience is almost surrounded by musicians including voices, strings, keyboards, and the historic brass including cornetto and sackbut (trombone). On April 9 he appeared on Alcatraz Island for a Living History Day with other US Civil War re-enactors. Cline performed on an historic 1860s rotary-valve soprano cornet with an 18-member brass band, in Federal uniforms, performing historic American music and portraying the US 3rd Artillery Band stationed there and at the Presidio in those days.

Faculty Janelle Adsit and Jade Mejia, English

English faculty member Janelle Adsit and English major Jade Mejia are collaborating on a project titled “Rhetoric and Poetics: Investigating Activist-Oriented Arguments in Poetry,” which has been selected for an award from the Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Program (RSCA) AY 15/16.

Faculty Janelle Adsit, English

Janelle Adsit recently presented at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Los Angeles and chaired a panel at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Houston. The panels engaged questions of identity and offered insights on sustaining relationships with community partners.

Faculty Joshua Frye and Craig Engstrom, Communication

Dr. Joshua Frye, Associate Professor of Communication, and his co-author Dr. Craig Engstrom, Assistant Professor of Communication at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, have published a textbook, entitled “Qualitative Communication Consulting: Stories and Lessons from the Field.” The book includes 15 original narrative essays with each telling a story that captures the rewards and challenges of consulting through qualitative lenses. The book offers eclectic perspectives from communication faculty working in various regions of the country and with diverse types of clients and organizations.

Faculty Maral Attallah, Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Maral Attallah, lecturer in Critical Race, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, has been awarded the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) 2016 Jack and Anita Hess Faculty Seminar Follow-Up Grant. The grant provides a fully funded research fellowship at the Mandel Center and Museum in Washington, D.C. The USHMM Fellowship will be the 2nd of two 2016 summer fellowships she has been awarded for her work in genocide studies, and her third fellowship of the year. The USHMM Fellowship will run immediately following her fellowship with the Institute on Genocide Studies and Prevention at Keene State College.

Week of: Apr 03, 2016

Faculty Dept. of Geography Faculty & Students, Geography

A large contingent of HSU faculty, students, and alumni recently attended the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in San Francisco. A record 9,000+ attendees from over 80 countries created an intellectual tour-de-force on topics from climate change, to human migration, natural resource exploitation, regional conflicts, the mapping sciences, and much more.

HSU Faculty presenters included:

  • Matt Derrick: W(h)ither Post-Soviet Islam?
  • Amy Rock: Citizen Participation and Public Funding in Ohio
  • Erin Kelly: Re-shaping a regional market: Marijuana cultivation in far northern California at the precipice of legalization
  • Laurie Richmond: It’s a Trust Thing: Exploring the disconnect between fishermen’s perceptions of and impacts from the California North Coast Marine Protected Area Network
  • Stephen Cunha: Perestroika to Parkland: Evolving Land Protection in the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan.

In addition, HSU student Emma Lundberg presented: Using Q-methodology to Understand Social Conflict in Wilderness Fisheries Management of Northern California.

HSU alumni attending included Professors Shannon Cram (Univ. Washington-Bothell) and Aquila Flowers (Western Washington), along with Nathanial Kelso (Mapzen), Kevin Flaherty (PGE), and doctoral students Aghaghia Rahimzadeh (UC Berkeley), and Joel Correia (Fulbright-Hayes Scholar, CU Boulder), among others.

Faculty Sarah Fay Philips and Carly Marino, Library

Librarians Sarah Fay Philips and Carly Marino received a Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Program Award to hire undergraduate and graduate interns for summer 2016. Students will help process and promote the Lucille Vinyard and Susie Van Kirk Collections, and support the academic and creative programming offered through the Library Lifelong Learning Lounge (L4HSU).

Student Lori Jones, Environmental Resources Engineering

Lori Jones, a senior student in Environmental Resources Engineering and Applied Mathematics received a 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). This fellowship will support her plan to assess the environmental impacts of tidal energy conversion arrays. Jones will be comparing the natural variations in the sedimentary environment and sea-floor characteristics of test sites with the changes that would be caused by a tidal energy converter array. She will use a three-dimensional hybrid modeling approach, validated with a small-scale physical model, capturing near and far field effects of the flow regime and sediment transport.

Student Ian Kelmartin and Jay Staton, Fisheries Biology

HSU graduate students Ian Kelmartin and Jay Staton presented posters at the COAST-WRPI Student Research Poster Reception at the Chancellor’s Office on March 8, 2016. COAST is the CSU system-wide affinity group for marine and coastal related activities.

Student Joseph Chatham, Rory Eschenbach, Tania Meijia, and Dr. Armeda Reitzel, Communication

Dr. Armeda Reitzel and three Communication majors – Joseph Chatham, Rory Eschenbach, and Tania Meijia – presented their academic papers at the Popular Culture Association Conference in Seattle, WA March 22-25, 2016. The papers were:
Joseph Chatham: A global village complete with global gamers; Rory Eschenbach: Riot Boys: Gendering space in League of Legends;
Tania Mejia: Yoga marketing; Dr. Armeda Reitzel: Power, privilege, and popularity all tied up—in the necktie!

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