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Week of: Mar 27, 2016

Student Noemi Pacheco and Ivan Soto, Environmental Studies Program

On April 23 at San Jose State, Environmental Studies Program undergraduates Noemi Pacheco and Ivan Soto will be attending the California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education, which brings together approximately 1,000 pre-selected, high-achieving undergraduate and master’s students from underrepresented communities to explore graduate opportunities and resources.

Faculty Sarah Jaquette Ray, Environmental Studies Program

Dr. Ray received a Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Program Award in part to hire undergraduate research assistants (ENST majors Drew Andrew and Ciera Townsley McCormick) to work with her on a book project, Disability Studies and the Environmental Humanities: A Reader, which has been accepted for publication by University of Nebraska Press, slated for printing in Spring 2017.

Staff Connie Stewart, California Center for Rural Policy

HSU’s Connie Stewart, who runs the California Center for Rural Policy, was a featured speaker on state initiatives needed to close the digital divide in rural communities at CENIC’s (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California) annual conference at UC Davis March 21st. CENIC connects California to the world and provides broadband to the California K-12 system, California Community Colleges, the California State University system, California’s Public Libraries, the University of California system, Stanford, Caltech, and USC.

Week of: Mar 20, 2016

Faculty Melanie Michalak, Geology

Melanie Michalak, Assistant Professor of Geology, recently published a paper with co-authors in the peer-reviewed, Geological Society of America journal “Lithosphere.” The paper, entitled “(U-Th)/He thermochronology records late Miocene accelerated cooling in the north-central Peruvian Andes,” investigates the relationship between large-scale tectonics and long-term climate changes reflected in the morphology and rock uplift of the Peruvian Andes Mountains. doi:10.1130/L485.1

Student Shannon Murphy, Daniel Barton, Wildlife

Wildlife graduate student Shannon Murphy won best overall student presentation for her talk “Parental care behaviors in Brandt’s cormorant (Phalacrocorax pencillatus): effects on reproductive success and use as indicators of the marine environment” at The Wildlife Society – Western Section meeting in Pomona, California, with co-authors Stephanie Schneider, Richard Golightly, and Daniel Barton.

Faculty Alison O'Dowd, Environmental Science & Management

Alison O’Dowd recently published an article in the journal “Hydrobiologia” entitled, “Do bio-physical attributes of steps and pools differ in high-gradient mountain streams?” The research for this paper was done on three tributaries of the Smith River in Del Norte County. The article can be found by searching the DOI 10.1007/s10750-016-2735-5

Student Andrea Calleros, Laura Gorman, Thomas King, Amanda Lagasca, Ciera Townsley-McCormick, Jessica Citti, Writing Studio / Learning Center

Writing Studio Peer Writing Consultants Andrea Calleros (Biology), Laura Gorman (English), Thomas King (English), Amanda Lagasca (Environmental Resources Engineering), and Ciera Townsley-McCormick (Environmental Studies), accompanied by Dr. Jessica Citti (Writing Studio/Learning Center), will be leading a workshop at the Northern California Writing Centers Association Annual Conference in Santa Clara, Calif., on April 1-2, 2016. The workshop, called “Metaphors We Tutor By: Using Metaphors to Increase Writing Self-Efficacy,” draws on research and their experiences as peer tutors to examine the benefits and pitfalls of metaphors as teaching tools in writing centers.

Faculty Christina Accomando, English

Christina Accomando, Professor of English and Critical Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies, recently presented the paper “Troubling the Beat Inevitable: Point of View and Representations of Lynching” in Charleston, SC, at the 30th Annual Conference of MELUS (Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US), for a panel titled “What kind of poem / Would you make out of that?: Literature and Violence.” The paper links literary works by Ellison and Brooks to contemporary efforts to grapple with racial violence, including the recent Equal Justice Initiative report “Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror” (eji.org/lynchinginamerica).

Faculty Alison Holmes, Politics

Dr Alison Holmes, International Studies Program Leader, attended the International Studies Association national conference in Atlanta over break and presented a paper: “European State-System split: Three models of diplomacy in a globalizing world”. She was also on a professional development round table for Ph.D. students and new faculty talking about the role of service at a teaching institution.

Faculty Alison Holmes, Politics

Dr Alison Holmes, International Studies Program Leader, has published a textbook, “Global Diplomacy: Theories, Types and Models,” with Westview Press. It was launched at the national International Studies Association Conference in Atlanta last week and was sold out by day two.

Week of: Mar 06, 2016

Faculty Tyler Stumpf, Business

Tyler Stumpf, Assistant Professor of Management, recently published a paper entitled “Institutional conformance and tourism performance: An efficiency analysis in developing Pacific Island countries” in the journal “Tourism Planning & Development.” By investigating how conformity mechanisms are related to efficiency in tourism development, the results of this research suggest how destinations may develop sustainable tourism models by achieving the best use of resources based on individual country profiles.

Faculty Maral Attallah, Kerri Malloy, Critical Race, Gender & Sexual; Native American Studies

Maral Attallah and Kerri Malloy have been selected as two of 18 faculty from over 60 very well-qualified instructors/scholars from all over the world as fellows in the inaugural 2016 Summer Institute on Genocide Studies and Prevention at Keene State College. Both were selected based their work and their potential to strengthen the capacity to develop additional coursework and curricular programming in genocide studies and prevention.

Attallah is a lecturer in Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies.
Malloy is a lecturer in Native American Studies.

Student Marie Campfield, Art

A painting by Marie Campfield, a senior undergraduate student in the Department of Art, was accepted into the Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Exhibition. The exhibition will be held in the galleries of the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York City. Marie is the first HSU student to have a work accepted into this prestigious competition. Approximately 300 works from over 8700 entries were chosen for inclusion. Her work, Child’s Skull, Kandahar Province, is part of a larger series of paintings and drawings informed by her experiences in Afghanistan while serving as an Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician (EOD, military bomb squad).

Faculty Rosemary Sherriff, Geography

Rosemary Sherriff, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Geography, published a viewpoint paper with co-authors titled “Toward a more ecologically informed view of severe forest fires” in Ecosphere. February 2016. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ecs2.1255/full.

Student Yuliana Rowe, Angelica Munoz, Thien Crisanto and Laura Hernandez, Wildlife

Yuliana, Thien, Laura, and Angelica were invited to present independent research at Washington D.C. at the ERN Conference in STEM (Emerging Researcher’s National Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in late February. Yuliana Rowe was awarded 2nd place in Ecology, Environment, and Earth Sciences for her presentation on “The effects of climate-induced forest disturbances on spiders in Michigan.”

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