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Week of: Mar 19, 2017

Faculty Stephen Cunha, Geography

Geographer Stephen Cunha’s Perestroika to Parkland: The Evolution of Land Protection in the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan, appears in Annals of the American Association of Geographers 107:2. In a span of twenty-four years a perestroika-inspired citizen and government coalition created one of the largest protected areas in the Palearctic Realm. The national park and World Heritage Site represents a significant milestone in the global movement that began in Yosemite to protect landscapes for the use and enjoyment of all people. See:

Faculty Steve Martin, Environmental Science & Management

Steve Martin had a peer-reviewed article titled ‘Real and Potential Influences of Information Technology on Outdoor Recreation and Wilderness Experiences and Management’ published in the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration.

Student Keith Parker, Fisheries Biology

The Switzer Foundation Environmental Fellowship flew HSU graduate researcher Keith Parker to Washington DC where he met with Senator Kamala Harris’ staff (Mar 13) and Congressman Jared Huffman’s staff (Mar 14). The subjects were Klamath River restoration and the 2016 Klamath Power and Facilities Agreement dam removal timeline. Keith spoke from the perspective of a Yurok tribal member living on the river merged with his thesis work in the Klamath basin. Klamath River environmental justice issues of blue-green algae blooms, health quarantines, fish kills, low water flows, and other issues disproportionately impact California’s three largest tribes in the basin.

Faculty Leena Dallasheh, History

Dr. Dallasheh was invited to present a paper at Cornell University. Entitled “Between Nation and State: Nazareth’s Palestinian Citizens’ legal Strategies in Israel,” the paper was presented, despite the storm. It was also streamed and can be watched at:

Faculty Matthew Derrick, Geography

Matthew Derrick received a Title VIII Fellowship to study the Kazakh/Kyrgyz language at the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) this summer at the University of Wisconsin.

Week of: Mar 12, 2017

Staff Christine Mata, Dean of Students Office

Christine Mata, Associate Dean of Students at Humboldt State University, and co-authors Chia Claros, Gina A. Garcia, and Marc P. Johnston-Guerrero have published a chapter in New Directions for Student Services, no 157, entitled “Helping Students Understand Intersectionality: Reflections from a Dialogue Project in Residential Life.” Mata, a doctoral student in the Higher Education and Organizational Change program at University of California-Los Angeles, has developed and presented several on-campus trainings this spring semester 2017 regarding Microaggressions and Bystander Intervention as part of HSU’s efforts to create an inclusive campus community.

Faculty Mark Colwell, Lizzie Feucht, Matt Lau, David Orluck, Sean McAllister, Amber Transou, Wildlife

Mark Colwell and current and former students (Lizzie Feucht, Matt Lau, David Orluck, Sean McAllister, Amber Transou) published a paper in Wader Study, an international journal dedicated to shorebird ecology and conservation. The work summarizes 16 years of monitoring to show that immigration is vital to recent population growth of Snowy Plovers in coastal northern California.

Week of: Mar 05, 2017

Faculty Marissa Ramsier, Anthropology

Professor of Anthropology Marissa Ramsier was recently invited to the Jacksonville Zoo in Jacksonville, Fla., to help examine a gorilla that was suspected to be deaf. The visit was featured on NBC’s Today’s Show. Video from the report is available here:

Faculty Thomas D. Mays, History

History Professor Thomas D. Mays’ fourth book, “American Guerrillas,” will be out the first week in April. Here is a link to read more:

There will be a book signing Friday, April 7 from 6-8 at the Wine Spot on F Street in Old Town Eureka.

Faculty Sarah Jaquette Ray, Environmental Studies

Dr. Ray was invited to speak about the environmental humanities, race, and justice at the University of Oregon on March 2. The visit also included a writing workshop for a collection Dr. Ray is producing with colleagues there, titled Latinx Literary Environmentalisms: Justice, Place, and the Decolonial.

Student Madi Whaley, Jacqueline Lowe, Miranda Olberg, Natalia Cordoso, Environmental Studies, English, and Environment & Community

ENST major Madi Whaley, ENGL majors Jacqueline Lowe and Miranda Olberg, and E&C;master’s student Natalia Cordoso, were selected to present their own research at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment conference in Detroit in June. Madi, Jacqueline, and Miranda received undergraduate research awards from CAHSS to support their trip.

Student Shanti Belaustengui Pockell, Environmental Studies

ENST major Shanti Belaustengui Pockell has been accepted to join the California Student Sustainability Coalition Writing Team— a huge honor. The CSSC unites, connects, supports, and empowers students from across California to transform their educational institutions and communities into models of ecological, economic, and social sustainability. The Writing Team creates written content related to the student or youth voice in the sustainability movement to be featured on the CSSC website, newsletters, and other social media platforms. Shanti will be turning in about 1,000 words a month, highlighting the work of the HSU community in regards to Sustainability and Environmental Justice work.

Faculty Adam Carter, Computer Science

Adam Carter will present his paper, “Using Programming Process Data to Detect Differences in Students’ Patterns of Programming” at this year’s ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) in Seattle, WA.

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