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Week of: Aug 21, 2016

Faculty Dr. Steven J. Steinberg, Environmental Science & Management

Dr. Steven Steinberg (Adjunct Professor, Geospatial Science) is speaking at the European Sociological Association, Qualitative Research Summit, Sept. 1- 3 in Cracow, Poland.

He will be presenting in the Mobile and Geospatial Research Technologies session about his recent fish consumption study supported by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, entitled: A Geospatial Survey of Anglers to Assess Fish Consumption from San Diego Bay, California.

More information about the conference is available at:

Faculty Dr. Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg, Sociology

Dr. Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg has been invited as a keynote speaker to the European Sociological Association, Qualitative Research Summit, Sept. 1- 3 in Cracow, Poland.

She will be presenting on: Sociospatial Grounded Theory: The Qualitative Power of GIS.

More information about the conference is available at:

Faculty Katia Karadjova and Marissa Mourer, University Library

Librarians Katia Karadjova and Marissa Mourer have had their paper, Searching as Strategic Exploration: How well do faculty know their students’ preferences regarding information sources?, accepted at the European Conference on Information Literacy, which will take place in Prague, Czech Republic in October 2016. The paper will be published in Springer’s Communications in Computer & Information Science series.

Faculty Marissa Mourer, University Library

Marissa Mourer, CAHSS librarian, received a grant through the HSU SPF Incentives Program to develop the Library Brain Booth, which seeks to introduce students to scientific research on the effects of mindfulness, attention, and contemplation through hands-on tools and activities in an informal, experiential setting. The Library Brain Booth will open on Wednesday, 8/31 10am-Noon (LIB 114) and Thursday, 9/1 1-3pm (LIB 208). More information about the Brain Booth can be found here:

Faculty Renée Byrd, Sociology

Dr. Renée M. Byrd recently published an article titled, “ ‘Punishment’s Twin’: Theorizing Prisoner Reentry for a Politics of Abolition” in Social Justice 43-1.

Faculty Steven Martin, Environmental Science & Management

Steve Martin had an article published in the August issue of International Journal of Wilderness — ‘Protecting Visitors and the Wilderness through Stewardship Research.’ The article was invited by the Editorial Board of the journal in response to Dr. Martin’s recent award for excellence in wilderness stewardship research.

Week of: Aug 14, 2016

Faculty John Meyer, Politics

John Meyer was recently appointed as an editor of the international academic journal, Environmental Politics.

Student Charlotte Olsen, Physics & Astronomy

Physics/Astronomy major Charlotte Olsen has been selected for a NASA CRESST internship this summer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center close to Washington DC. She will be working with X-ray data to understand how star formation is triggered in close pairs of galaxies under the supervision of Dr. Basu-Zych. Congrats Charlotte!

Faculty C.D. Hoyle, Physics & Astronomy

Dr. C.D. Hoyle published a book chapter entitled “Laboratory-Based Gravity Measurement” in Volume 3 of Wiley’s “Handbook of Measurement in Science and Engineering.” The peer-reviewed reference series is edited by Myer Kutz.

Student Kristin Cooper and Catherine Trimingham, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Two Humboldt State University students passed the rigorous “Fundamentals of Soil Science” exam offered on April 15, 2016, becoming Associate Professional Soil Scientists, according to test results from the Council of Soil Science Examiners.

Kristin Cooper and Catherine Trimingham graduated from Humboldt State University with the Wildland Soils option in Rangeland Resource Science. Kristin has performed range technician duties for the Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming and has volunteered for several California Resource Conservation Districts. She is studying for the GRE exam and plans to apply to a graduate program for Fall 2017. Catt rowed for the HSU Women’s Crew team and is currently working as a forest-wide soils technician on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest in Idaho. She says that “my education is much more well-rounded compared to the people I work with. I am able to understand a majority of the timber jargon, identify most of the plants I come in contact with, and have been told that my notes are too thorough.”

The national pass rate for the Spring 2016 soils exam was 56 percent, with a California pass rate of 87.5 percent. Since 2011, 25 HSU students have attempted this exam, with an overall pass rate of 80 percent, the last two years with 100 percent success. Those who pass the fundamentals exam will be eligible to take the Professional Practice exam after five years of professional experience, an additional step in becoming a Certified Professional Soil Scientist. Recent Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) discussions about program self-certification have included the fundamentals exam as one indicator of program quality. Given that the exam is multiple choice, it does not evaluate students’ field skills per se, but is an exam that is offered nationwide and is therefore ‘portable.’ Humboldt State University Wildland Soils students (under the Rangeland Resource Science major) spend more than 200 hours in field or laboratory learning experiences, honing hands-on skills and field judgment of soil properties, limitations, and capabilities.

Faculty William Wood, Chemistry

“Do skunks hate the smell of their own spray?” William Wood, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, was asked this question by Popular Science Magazine (July-August, 2016, p. 102). He said we can never really know the answer to this question. Like humans, skunks should experience olfactory fatigue on prolonged exposure to their defensive spray. The receptors in their nose get clogged up with odor molecules and the smell can no longer be detected. The article is online at

Faculty Joshua Frye, Communication

Joshua Frye recently published a book chapter called “Hugo Chávez, Iconic Associationism, and the Bolívarian Revolution” in the edited collection, Imprints of Revolution: Visual Representations of Resistance. The peer-reviewed volume is published by Roman & Littlefield International and edited by Lisa B. Y. Calvente and Guadalupe Garcia.

Faculty Steven Martin, Environmental Science & Management

Dr. Steven Martin is co-author of a peer-reviewed article recently published in the Journal of Forestry—The Evolution of Wilderness Social Science and Future Research to Protect Experiences, Resources, and Societal Benefits.

Faculty John Meyer, Politics

The Greening of Everyday Life: Challenging Practices, Imagining Possibilities is a new book published by Oxford University Press, edited by John Meyer and German law professor Jens Kersten. The book brings together contributors from a wide variety of disciplines to critically explore strategies and actions taken to generate homes, communities, and livelihoods that might be scaled-up to promote more sustainable societies.

Staff Sheila Rocker Heppe, College of eLearning & Extended Education

Sheila Rocker Heppe, Director of Extended Education & OLLI Programs, is featured in an interview appearing in Road Scholar, part of the Lifelong Learning Institute Resource Network. You can read the full interview online here:

Faculty Stephen Cunha, Geography

Geography Professor Stephen Cunha’s “Phase Change: The Western Ski Industry in Transition” appears in the Spring 2017 issue of Pacifica. The alpine ski industry in the west began in 1927 with a modest rope tow up a 164-foot hill near Lake Tahoe. Today, 125 resorts blanket 11 western states, BC, and Yukon. Changes during the last decade include the consolidation of resorts under corporate ownership, annual passes that apply to multiple areas across several states, the vertical integration of resort operations, and adaptations to a warming climate.

Week of: Aug 07, 2016

Faculty Dr. Jason R. Patton, Geology

Dr. Jason R. Patton was invited to and participated in the research cruise CASEIS16. The goals of this cruise were to characterize the tectonics of the convergent subduction zone plate boundary along the Lesser Antilles in the equatorial Atlantic Ocean. Dr. Patton provided essential advice to the chief scientist Dr. Nathalie Feuillet for cruise planning by helping Dr. Feuillet locate core sites; locate seismic profile locations; describe, sample, and archive sediment cores; and conduct preliminary stratigraphic analyses. Dr. Patton provided expert advice on the methodology of turbidite paleoseismology.

Here is Dr. Patton’s research cruise blog

Faculty Dr. Jason R. Patton, Geology

Dr. Jason R. Patton is a recipient of the Geological Society of America’s (GSA) Kirk Bryan Award, granted by the Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division. This is one of the most prestigious awards granted to geologists that study the Quaternary (from 2.56 million years ago to present).

Dr. Patton was a coauthor to the Goldfinger et al., USGS Publication, “Turbidite Event History—Methods and Implications for Holocene Paleoseismicity of the Cascadia Subduction Zone.” The award is presented to all coauthors.

The award will be presented at the September 2016 GSA national meeting in Denver, CO.

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