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Week of: Apr 21, 2019

A public session on offshore wind and California fisheries and wildlife Schatz Energy Research Center

On Friday, May 3, experts from natural resource and energy agencies, the wind industry, and fisheries and environmental groups will gather in Eureka to discuss how fisheries and wildlife might coexist with offshore wind farms along California’s coast. Mark Severy, Senior Research Engineer at the Schatz Center, will speak about our current wind feasibility analysis for Northern California, funded by the California Ocean Protection Council.

The May 3 discussion is being convened by Senator Mike McGuire and Assemblymember Mark Stone.

Attendance is free and open to the public. The hearing will be held from 11-2 pm at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center and will be live streamed.

Learn more by visiting the following website: http://schatzcenter.org/2019/04/osw-20190503hearing/

Open Forums: Athletics Director Athletics

The search committee invites you to attend Open Forums for each of the four candidates for the position of Athletics Director.

Working independently under the general direction of the President of the University and in collaboration with the University’s faculty, staff, administration, and local community, the Athletics Director is responsible for the leadership, organization, and management of an 11-sport, NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics program that provides a quality educational experience and supports success for student-athletes in the classroom and on the field, track, and court.

Candidates will provide brief answers to several questions about their professional history, the role of the community plays in the success of HSU athletics, and their vision of Lumberjack Athletics followed by a Q&A;session.

Please plan to attend and meet the candidates:

Tue., April 30, 2019
Mr. Cliff Dochterman
5:30 – 6:30 pm

Wed., May 1, 2019
Mr. Ronald Prettyman
5:30 – 6:30 pm

Fri., May 3, 2019
Ms. Melissa Ringhausen
5:30 – 6:30 pm

Tue., May 7, 2019
Mr. Bill Macriss
5:30 – 6:30 pm

Open Forums will take place in the Lumberjack Arena. Complimentary parking permits will be available at the parking kiosk on the day of the event.  Please pick up at the parking kiosk on Rossow St. (map) prior to parking. Candidate bios are attached.

Your feedback is important! Following the Open Forums, please complete the Athletic Director Candidate Input Form at this link https://forms.gle/R2a9eZTt9KNibmws7.

Stephanie Steffen Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences Seminar - Roberto Zoncu, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Department of Molecular & Cell Biology University of California Berkeley will present “Dissecting and Deciphering Lysosome-Based Nutrient Sensing”.

How do the nutrients we consume regulate our growth and homeostasis? Answering this question will help us understand not only how we develop, but also how we age and why we become susceptible to diseases as diverse as cancer, diabetes and neurodegeneration. We focus on the lysosome as our model system. Using advanced live cell microscopy, in vitro biochemical assays, and high throughput protein and metabolite profiling, we are discovering wonderful new properties of this organelle, which has traditionally been viewed as a metabolic end-point. Instead, the lysosome is emerging as a key signaling node, which relays nutrient availability to important signaling molecules such as the master growth regulatory kinase, mechanistic Target of Rapamycin Complex 1 (mTORC1). We are investigating the lysosome as a metabolic ‘command and control’ center that i) functions as a signaling hub for nutrient sensing and signaling and ii) controls the storage and delivery of key substrates to the cell’s metabolic pathways. Exploring these exciting directions, will ultimately increase our understanding of metabolic function both in normal and disease states.

Date:  Friday, April 26, 2019
Time:  4:00 PM
Location:  Sci B 133

Week of: Apr 14, 2019

Kyle Fink Presentation Biological Sciences

Dr. Kyle Fink, UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures will present “Advancing DNA-binding domain therapeutics for the treatment of genetically-linked neurological disorders using cell and gene therapy”.

The Fink lab focuses on genetically-linked neurological disorders such as CDKL5- deficiency (rare intractable epilepsy), Rett Syndrome, Juvenile Huntington’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Angelman Syndrome, and Jordan’s Syndrome. Gene variants linked to disease phenotype are examined for “actionable domains” for which we create therapeutic artificial transcription factors through the use of DNA-binding domains such as Zinc Fingers, Transcription Activator-like Effector and CRISPR/Cas9.

My group is focused on making epigenetic modifications to the genome in a targeted fashion using a variety of effector domains that result in up- or down-regulation of a specific gene. The lab develops these modifiers for the human genome and utilizes patient samples to perform proof-of-concept studies. Patient-derived samples are used to create in vitro neuronal disease-in-a-dish models. Current research is focused on two major goals: 1) The therapeutic application of Zinc Fingers, transcription activator-like effector (TALE) and clustered regularly interspaced short palindrome repeats (CRISPR) to modify gene expression in genetically-linked neurological diseases; and 2) the development of delivery systems that can safely and efficaciously target the central nervous system with our novel gene editing platforms.

Date:  Friday, April 19, 2019
Time:  4:00 PM
Location:  Sci B 133

Week of: Apr 07, 2019

Rep. Jared Huffman to Discuss the Green New Deal and Climate Change Priorities College of Professional Studies

Humboldt State University invites the public to a community conversation with Congressman Jared Huffman to discuss the Green New Deal and climate change priorities 5:45-6:45 p.m., Tuesday, April 16 in the Native American Forum (Behavioral & Soc. Sciences Building [BSS 162] on Union Street).

This event, sponsored by HSU’s College of Professional Studies, is free to the public. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Seating is limited and first-come, first-serve.

Huffman will discuss the Green New Deal proposal - what it includes, what it doesn’t, and how we can take meaningful steps toward addressing climate change and economic inequality. As Vice-Ranking Member of the Natural Resources Committee, Ranking Democrat on the Water, Power, and Oceans Subcommittee, and Member of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Huffman is a leader on natural resource and climate issues in Congress. 

The College of Professional Studies is committed to providing interdisciplinary liberal arts education and preparation for the profession so our graduates can positively contribute to the human condition, be outstanding leaders in their profession and community, and share a powerful commitment to social, economic, and environmental justice.

For more information about the event, please contact 707-826-3961 or

Lamberson Ecology Lecture Series CNRS, Dean's Office

Please join us for this year’s two-part Lamberson Ecology Lecture Series with guest speaker Dr. Larisa Bailey, Associate Professor at Colorado State University in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology.

The afternoon technical talk will be held in the BSSB, Room 166, beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 11.

Title: Recent Advances and Applications of Occupancy Models

Abstract: The past decade has seen an explosion of the development and application of models aimed at estimating species occurrence and occupancy dynamics while accounting for possible non-detection or species misidentification. Here, I discuss some recent occupancy estimation methods and the biological systems that motivated their development. Collectively, these models offer tremendous flexibility, which may also be a liability. Investigators utilizing occupancy models have the ability, and responsibility, to define their sample units, replicate sampling occasions (i.e., surveys), the time period over which species occurrence is assumed to be static, and even the criteria that constitutes ‘detection’ of a target species.  to illustrate the breadth of biological questions that can be addressed with these models.

The evening campus community and public talk will be held in the NR building, Room 101, beginning at 6:30 p.m. A pre-lecture reception will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the NR foyer.

Title: Combining Science and Expert Knowledge to Determine Optimal Management Strategies for a Declining Amphibian

Abstract: Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) are a salient threat to many animal taxa, causing local and global extinctions, altering communities and ecosystem function. On such disease, chytridiomycosis, is a prominent driver of amphibian declines caused by the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd). To guide conservation policy, we combined empirical knowledge of host-pathogen metapopulation dynamics with expert judgment regarding effects of management actions, to select from potential conservation strategies. Our findings are incorporated into management policy to guide conservation planning. We also developed a user-friendly online application that could serve as a template for managers of other systems challenged by EID.

Lindsay Righter College of Professional Studies

Humboldt State University’s College of Professional Studies invites the public to a community conversation with Congressman Jared Huffman to discuss the Green New Deal from 5:45-6:45 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, in the Native American Forum (BSS 162).

North Coast Representative Jared Huffman will discuss the Green New Deal proposal - what it includes, what it doesn’t, and how we can take meaningful steps toward addressing climate change and economic inequality. As Vice-Ranking Member of the Natural Resources Committee, Ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans, and Member of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Congressman Huffman is a leader on natural resource and climate issues in Congress. 

This event is free to the public. Doors open at 5:15pm - seating is limited and first-come, first-served.

For more information about the event, please contact 707-826-5132 or .

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