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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

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:

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

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

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