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Week of: Jun 23, 2019

Department of Social Work - Student Publication Social Work

A student collaboration between CCRP, GIS, and the SW 582 Research class has been published by the California Center for Rural Policy. Social Work students Sitaram Sandin, Nicole Calvino, and Sarah Smith, along with GIS student Robert Bergeson looked at a few communities in Humboldt regarding violent crime rates and their correlation to the density of alcohol outlets.

The report is available for download here: (scroll to the bottom to find the paper).

Week of: May 05, 2019

Janelle M Adsit English

Toyon Multilingual Journal of Literature and Art is pleased to announce the release of an audio book version of volume 65!

Please visit to listen to the poems, stories, and essays that were included in this year’s issue.

Thanks to Dean Engle, Sierra Robinson, Allison Lehenbauer, Erika Andrews, Mireille Roman, and all Toyon staff members, audio book readers, and contributors for creating the first audio book version of Toyon.

Week of: Apr 28, 2019

Josh Meisel Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research

Dr. Sue Sisley of the Scottsdale Research Institute will present a talk on the “Challenge and Promise of Cannabis Based PTSD Research” on Thursday, May 9, 5-7 p.m. in the Goodwin Forum at Humboldt State University and Friday, May 10 6-8 p.m. at The Connection, 334 F Street in Eureka.
The talk is hosted by the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research in partnership with HSU’s Veteran’s Enrollment and Transition Services and the Humboldt Patient Resource Center.
Since 1968 the National Institute on Drug Abuse has maintained a monopoly on the production and distribution of cannabis for research. This monopoly has prevented U.S. based clinical research from accessing quality flower and diverse phenotypes for human testing. Sisley will discuss the challenges of both obtaining federal approval for such research and then carrying out a FDA-approved randomized controlled trial examining the safety and efficacy of cannabis for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in military veterans.
This event is free and open to the public.

Stephanie Steffen Biological Sciences

Emily Jane McTavish, PhD, University of California, Merced will present ” Large scale phylogenetics, from within STD outbreaks to across the tree of life”.

In order to answer biological questions about organisms it is necessary to understand their evolutionary history. Recent technological developments have made it possible to generate sequence data rapidly and inexpensively. These data are providing new opportunities for phylogenetic inference, but are also creating new computational challenges. We need to combine not only large amounts and kinds of data, but data being generated using a wide variety of methods. I will present on-going work addressing these problems at two very different biological scales - within gonorrhea outbreaks, and across the tree of life through the Open Tree of life project.

We have developed a phylogenetic updating procedure that leverages existing phylogenetic inferences and core genome alignments, and applied it to tracing Neisseria gonorrhoeae relationships. This approach, which is being developed in collaboration with the CDC, improves our ability to efficiently and accurately infer evolutionary relationships of new gonorrhea isolates. At a much broader taxonomic scale, I will discuss new developments in the Open Tree of Life project. The Open Tree of Life is a collaborative effort to synthesize, share and update a comprehensive tree of life, by combining published phylogenetic estimates. The synthesis tree is revised as new data become available, and captures conflict and consensus across studies. The current draft contains 2.3 million named species.

Date: Friday, May 3, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Science B 133

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