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Week of: Nov 04, 2018

Lumberjack Debaters Make a Strong Showing in Tournament Communication

The Humboldt State Debate kicked off its season earlier this month with a two-day tournament at Dominican University in San Rafael, California.

Eighteen Lumberjack debaters (including eight novices) and two student judges participated in six preliminary rounds of debate between Saturday and Sunday. Each competitor spent 90 minutes in preparation and 42 minutes speaking across over five hours of debate. Topics included identity politics, affirmative action, social media and its relation to Democracy, the formation of a military Space Force, and more.

Of the eight teams that advanced to the semi-final rounds, two were from Humboldt State. Communication seniors Noe Araiza and Matthew Eisendrath and team secretary Fabian Cuevas together with his partner Kyle Marshall (who transferred this year from Los Medanos Community College to debate for Humboldt State) competed against Berkeley, the University of Utah, and the Claremont Colleges for a chance to advance to the final. Unfortunately, both teams dropped in the semi-final but their finish marks the first “break” for all four students and the first time HSU has advanced two teams into out rounds at once in at least the last four years. The tournament was won by the University of Utah.

Up next is Seattle University at the end of this month, and students are already talking up practices and research meetings between now and then. The students had fun, made new friends, learned a great deal, and represented our campus well.

We are always recruiting! Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9:30 p.m. in SH117 and are always open to the public so send students or just come check us out and support your #RedwoodDebate team. 

Week of: Oct 28, 2018

HSU, Safeway Team Up to Offer Free Flu Vaccines STUDENT HEALTH & WELLBEING SERVICES

Student Health & Wellbeing Services is happy to announce a partnership with Safeway to offer free flu vaccines for all fully matriculated HSU students and provide the convenience of on-campus vaccinations to staff and faculty. Safeway will be able to bill some insurances; faculty and staff please check with your insurance plan to discuss coverage or reimbursement options; $30 on-site cash or credit card payment is also available. 

Flu Vaccine Clinic

Nov 14th 2pm-6pm Recreation & Wellness Center Lounge

Influenza vaccines — though not 100 percent effective — significantly reduce the risk of the flu and its complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age or older be vaccinated annually against influenza, and take these additional steps to help protect yourself from the flu and other viruses:

--Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water.

-- Use an alcohol-based sanitizer on your hands if soap and water aren’t available.

--Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth whenever possible.

--Avoid crowds when the flu is most prevalent in your area.

--Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, drink plenty of fluids, eat a nutritious diet and manage your stress.

You can also help prevent the spread of the flu by staying home if you do get sick. Individuals who miss one of the scheduled on-campus vaccination clinics are encouraged to contact their local pharmacy or primary care physician directly.

Contact Mira Friedman for more information or 707-826-5234

Applications for 33rd Annual CSU Student Research Competition Office of Research and Sponsored Program

The Humboldt State Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is encouraging students to participate in the 2019 CSU Student Research Competition.

Students must submit a written summary of their research or creative presentations to the Office of Research by Friday, February 15, 2019. If selected, students will compete at CSU Fullerton on April 26 or 27, 2019.

HSU hopes to advance 10 students to the statewide competition and is looking for competitive applications. The Office of Research will reimburse approved travel costs for each student selected to represent HSU at the state level.

Read the competition rules:

Direct all questions to Susan Brater at (707) 826-5165 or .

Shannon Berge Academic and Career Advising Center

DOJ Crime Lab Field Trip

On Friday, October 5th, Kristina Hunt, CNRS Career Advisor in the Academic and Career Advising Center, took a group of 20 students to tour an active crime lab at the Department of Justice in Eureka. The students reported that it was an “an eye opening experience” and hope to see it available for more students in the future. 90% of the students who attended felt that the event was very good, or excellent. “It was valuable to hear about a variety of career opportunities, what is in demand, and the requirements needed to get there. I was able to speak one-on-one with a Criminalist. She gave great advice and explained the process of becoming a Criminalist” stated one student attendee. The opportunity was created for underrepresented students in Biology and Chemistry using funds from a diversity grant received from the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Alison Ruth Holmes International Studies

International Studies Alumni based in Washington DC took time out to meet up with Alison Holmes, INTL Program Leader, who is on sabbatical but in town for research interviews with diplomats.

Week of: Oct 21, 2018

The Humboldt County Homeless College Student Photovoice Project Social Work

The Humboldt County Homeless College Student Photovoice Project explored resiliency among local college students who experienced being homeless while attending college in Humboldt County. In collaboration with Dr. Pam Bowers from Social Work, 8 HSU students took photos and shared stories related to their experiences over the 2017-2018 academic year. The gallery event being hosted highlights these stories and photos with the primary goal to honor student experiences, bring awareness to the challenges faced in our rural community related to housing, and seek solutions through action research.

Please join us on Monday, Oct. 29, from 3-5pm in the SBS building lounge (main entrance) for our gallery reception event open to all! The gallery will be also available throughout the month of November in the same space and can be seen anytime during business/school hours. We hope to see you there! The attached flyer has additional details.

Erin Austin Art

Geri Montano’s exhibition, Resistance in the Land of Red Apples, opens on Thursday, November 1, with a reception, 4:30-6:30pm, and artist’s talk, 5pm, both in the Goudi’ni Gallery. The show runs through December 8.

Inspired by her own personal experiences relating to cultural and feminist themes, Geri Montano’s work juxtaposes aesthetic qualities with subversive imagery. She combines aesthetic, thematic, and technical skills, impressing emotional and powerful ideas to the viewer. In this exhibition, Resistance in the Land of Red Apples, Montano will fill the space with mixed media drawings, sculptures, and installations dealing with concepts relevant to her experience as an indigenous woman in the 21st century, challenging the viewer to contemplate controversial and taboo subjects.

The Goudi’ni Gallery is located on 17th street and Union, on the ground floor of the HSU Behavioral and Social Sciences Building. Gallery hours are: Monday closed, Tuesday-Wednesday 12-5 pm, Thursday 12-7 pm, Friday 12-7 pm (12-8 Arts! Arcata), Saturday-Sunday 12-5 pm. For more information about the gallery, please call the gallery office at (707) 826-3629 or email at or . For parking information, please visit

Laurie Marx Geology

“River Restoration in the Dredge Mining Reach of the Tuolumne River, California.” By: Mindi Curran, McBain Associates

Cortney Koors Chemistry

Save the date for the free Outstanding Professor lecture in KBR on 11/8 at 5:00pm. The talk is titled A Research Career of Sweeping up around the Edges.

Robert W. Zoellner, Department of Chemistry, Outstanding Professor Award recipient, uses his passion for teaching to support the success of students at Humboldt State. During his 19-year career at HSU, Zoellner has had significant and lasting effects on students. Described as an incredible mentor for undergraduate students, Zoellner has co-authored peer-reviewed publications with more than 30 undergraduate students, an opportunity that helps them find jobs and graduate school acceptance after graduation. Zoellner has served as the department chair of both Chemistry and Physics & Astronomy. He was elected to the University Faculty Personnel Committee, the Professional Leave Committee, the Faculty Senate, and the Standards and Criteria for Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Committee. His dedication to his profession is evident in his efforts as a reviewer for seven journals, a textbook publisher, and the Petroleum Research Fund. Zoellner’s performan ce in the areas of teaching, research and creative activities, and service has increased student success in chemistry courses and created research opportunities for students. One student wrote that Zoellner helps students “to not only better understand chemistry, but also the world in which we live,” and that he is “incredible at bringing out the beauty of chemistry.”

Ryan Rasmussen Mathematics

The Humboldt State University Department of Mathematics 72nd Kieval Lecture will be held on October 25 at 7:30 in FH 125. Alon Amit will be speaking on paradoxes in Probability Theory, and their dramatic manifestations in real life.

Stephanie Steffen Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences Seminar – Dr. Allison Bronson, PhD, Humboldt State University will present “New Methods & Ancient Sharks: Fossil Cartilage from North America”

Sharks and their relatives have been successful for over 400 million years, in part due to their streamlined cartilaginous skeletons. Traditionally, sharks were treated as primitive vertebrates, but today they are known to be a specialized group related to extinct acanthodians. Chondrichthyan phylogenetic relationships are still in question, and although cartilage provides a wealth of morphological characters, it is rare in the fossil record.

Allison’s research utilizes new techniques, including high-resolution computed tomography (CT scanning), synchrotron tomography and x-ray fluorescence, and biomechanical modeling, to reconstruct extinct chondrichthyans and characterize the environmental conditions that preserve fossil cartilage. The talk is focused on fossil cartilage from three North American locations: the Fayetteville Shale of Arkansas (Upper Mississippian, Chesterian), Admiral Formation of Texas (Permian), and Niobrara Chalk of Kansas (Upper Cretaceous). Hypotheses of deposition and diagenesis in the Fayetteville Shale are re-assessed using XRF and XRD synchrotron analysis of phosphatic nodules. A maximum parsimony analysis of 46 gnathostome taxa, including Fayetteville Shale chondrichthyans, resolves a chondrichthyan stem group but does not support a holocephalan-symmoriiform clade.

The fossils highlighted in this seminar demonstrate the importance of well-preserved cartilage. Renewed interest in chondrichthyan skeletal anatomy, due largely to recent advances in technology, provides better estimates of divergence times, resolves phylogenetic relationships, and improves understanding of the evolution of key innovations within Chondrichthyes.

When:  Friday, October 26, 2018

Time:  4:00 PM

Where:  Sci B 135

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