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Week of: Oct 18, 2015

Journalism & Mass Communication hosts journalist Mark Fainaru-Wada Journalism & Mass Communication

Former San Francisco Chronicle and current ESPN investigative journalist Mark Fainaru-Wada will visit Humboldt State on Oct. 28 to offer his perspective on the NFL and brain trauma issues that he and a colleague exposed.

Fainaru-Wada will speak at 4 p.m. in the Great Hall above Campus Marketplace. He and his brother, Steve Fainaru-Wada, authored the book “League of Denial” that brought to light the NFL’s cover-up of players’ serious concussion problems.

In their book, “Game of Shadows,” Fainaru-Wada and colleague Lance Williams also exposed the steroid scandal that marred the career of baseball star Barry Bonds and prompted a Major League Baseball investigation. In 2006, both reporters were issued subpoenas to testify before a grand jury, but refused to not reveal their sources.

“League of Denial” was the basis of a 2013 Frontline documentary by the same name.

Week of: Oct 04, 2015

HSU, Redwood Coast Tsunami Workgroup Host Regional Earthquake, Tsunami Workshop Geology

Geoscientists and educators from Humboldt State University and the Redwood Coast Tsunami Workgroup collaborated with the National Science Foundation-funded Cascadia EarthScope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program (CEETEP; and the Southern California Earthquake Center for a four-day workshop for coastal northern California educators.

Twenty-seven K-12 teachers, park/museum interpreters, and emergency management educators from Humboldt and Del Norte counties participated in an intensive introduction to the science of earthquakes and tsunami in our region and how to best communicate preparedness information.

The workshop was held October 9-12 on the Humboldt State University campus and included a field trip of sites in coastal Humboldt and Del Norte Counties on Saturday, Oct. 10. The workshop is the sixth in a series by CEETEP and the first to be held in California.

ShakeOut Drill Scheduled For Thursday Geology

Humboldt State’s campus community is encouraged to participate in the Great California ShakeOut Drill (, an annual event to practice what to do when you feel an earthquake. The drill is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m.

To participate, start by setting your cell phone or watch alarm for 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15.  At that time, drop to the ground or floor, cover yourself by getting under a table or desk (or if outside protect your head with an arm), and hold on for 60 seconds. Drop, cover, and hold.

Videos prepared by HSU Geology Professor Emerita Lori Dengler about exactly what to do, can be viewed at  This emergency management website also has summaries about how to respond in many other types of emergency.

View a video about the California Shakeout designed to be played during the drill at

Week of: Sep 27, 2015

Testing Center Improvements Testing Center

Humboldt State University’s Testing Center has recently made some changes and improvements to its services for students and instructors.
We would like to discuss the various changes that the Testing Center has implemented, as well as answer any questions that your department may have regarding HSU’s Testing Center services. Some topics we would like to cover are:
*Online Forms
*Make-Up Exam Requests
*SDRC Accommodated Exams - How does this procedure work?
*Reminder Emails
*Online Exams (i.e, GRE, PearsonVue, etc.,)
*Ongoing Projects
Please consider having the Testing Center speak at your next department meeting. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at ext. 5661. 

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