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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!

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” (

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.

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