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Week of: Feb 15, 2015

Faculty Alison Holmes, Politics

International Studies Program Leader Alison Holmes presented a paper to the national International Studies Association Conference in New Orleans entitled, “If Global States beget Global Diplomacy – what does statecraft without the state look like?” She was also elected member at large of the Diplomatic Studies Section Executive.

Faculty William Wood, Chemistry

On February 18, William Wood, HSU Chemical Ecologist, gave a lecture to the Humboldt Bay Mycological Society: titled “Hallucinogens – Natures Ultimate Chemical Defense.” This talk covered various methods plants and animals use chemical to keep predators at bay. Hallucinogens were described as an “ultimate” means of chemical defense as it targets animal neurotransmitters in the brain. Animals who ingest plants or mushrooms that contain psychotropic chemicals have a “bad trip” and in the future avoid them.

Student Students of Humboldt State University, All Campus

Humboldt State University is the recipient of silver-level Student Actions Award from, and online, student-powered college network for sharing sustainable and socially-responsible actions. The Student Actions Awards celebrate student leadership, student activity, initiatives, and impact. For more information, visit

Faculty Peter Goetz, Mathematics

Peter Goetz, associate professor of Mathematics, and Andrew Conner, assistant professor of Mathematics at Saint Mary’s College of California, have published a paper titled “Some non-Koszul algebras from rational homotopy theory” in The Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society, an international mathematical research journal.

Faculty Sing C. Chew, Sociology

Sing C. Chew was the opening keynote speaker at the Conference on Post-Secondary Education for Sustainability in Asia held at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore February 5-6, 2015. His lecture was entitled, My Quarter of a Century Researching and Teaching Environmental Sustainability: Lessons Learned from the Past for the Future.

Faculty Tim Miller, Library

Tim Miller, General Instruction/Reference Librarian, conducted a workshop entitled Web Literacy: Using & Sharing Dynamic Tools To Learn & Teach the Web at the Online Northwest Conference ( at Oregon State University on February 13, 2015. Miller’s workshop focused on web literacy (the ability to read, write and participate on the Web) and different tools that educators can use to learn about the Web and teach web literacy ( Miller also shared his experiences co-teaching the Hour of Code at HSU last December and the currently-running “Learn to Build a Website” workshop series (

Week of: Feb 08, 2015

Faculty Marisol Ruiz, Education

Education Faculty Member Marisol Ruiz will present at the American Education Research Association conference for educational research. She will present, “Bilingual school children can think deeper than developmental theorist predict! Readers theater for critical pedagogical literacy.” Her article was also recently published in the edited book “Interrogating critical pedagogy: The voices of educators of color in the movement. New York, NY: Routledge.

Student April Alexander, Rebekah Bailey and Sarah Goodman, Social Work

On Feb. 7, several BASW students including April Alexander, Rebekah Bailey, and Sarah Goodman participated in the Saint Joseph Health, Wellness and Resource Fair at the Bayshore Mall in Eureka.

April Alexander and field instructor Linda Rasmussen, Nurse Manager, of the Cancer Care Program at St. Joe’s tabled to provide healthy cancer preventative foods. Rebekah Bailey tabled with DHHS Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Prevention and in the afternoon for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Sarah Goodman tabled with Faith Center Foursquare Church’s Celebrate Recovery group providing information about open-share groups the church offers such as Celebrate Recovery, GriefShare, and DivorceCare. Sarah also provided information about the organization’s upcoming single mom’s support group.

Staff Student Health Center Staff, HSU Student Health Center Laboratory

The Humboldt State University Student Health Center Laboratory has met all criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization. Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey. The HSU SHC Laboratory has earned COLA accreditation as a result of a long-term commitment to provide quality service to its patients.

COLA is a nonprofit, physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement, and accreditation.

COLA is approved by the federal government and sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

Week of: Feb 01, 2015

Faculty Darren Ward, Fisheries Biology

Faculty member Darren Ward has received a 2015 “Core Award” from California Sea Grant, which funds research, education and outreach throughout California. Ward will track juvenile Coho salmon to discover what happens to young-of-year when warmer water temperatures force them to leave their spawning grounds prematurely from Feb. 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016.

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