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Week of: Apr 16, 2017

Outstanding Service Award Lecture by Noah Zerbe Politics

Professor Noah Zerbe, Department of Politics, Outstanding Service Award recipient, will give his lecture “Lessons Learned from Years of Service” on April 26 at 5 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre.

Zerbe has had a meaningful impact on the University community. Known as a thoughtful and conscientious leader by colleagues, Noah was instrumental in the creation of the Strategic Plan. As co-chair of the planning process, he led planning groups and later compiled recommendations from disparate groups into one coherent and consistent document. He was also involved in the 2011 transition of the Academic Senate to a University Senate and was later elected Senate Chair. Noah has made, and will continue to make, a lasting contribution to Humboldt State.

Week of: Apr 09, 2017

New Online Events Calendar Marketing & Communications

Humboldt State University is switching to a new online events calendar that is linked directly to the 25Live room reservations system.

The new calendar will replace the existing calendar at It will have a more complete listing of events, and will eliminate the need for organizers to submit information using two different systems.

The new calendar will roll out over the course of the next week and should be fully in place by April 14.

In the future, when a room or space is reserved through 25Live, the submitter will have the option of designating it to appear on the calendar page and as a potential selection for a featured event. There will be no need to submit events separately to a second calendar system.

Over the course of the next week, the events calendar site will get a new look. A button will link to the 25Live login page to begin creating an event, or you can find the login to 25Live through MyHumboldt. When submitting events using 25Live, please take care to include a detailed description of the event.

If your department has a calendar that automatically populates from HSU’s existing events calendar, please contact Matt Hodgson in Marketing & Communications at . If you have questions about featuring events or the new events calendar, please contact News & Information at or 826.3390.

25Live trainings have been scheduled over the next several months. Sign up at Questions about 25live may be directed to Bella Gray in Contracts and Procurement at .

ERE Students Top Winners in Math Modeling Contest Environmental Resources Engineering

ERE Students Top Winners in Math Modeling Contest

For the last 16 years, student teams from the HSU Environmental Resources Engineering (ERE) department have participated in a four day long math modeling competition. The competition consists of the Mathematical Modeling Contest (MCM) and Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM) sponsored by the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP). Competing against nearly 17,000 teams from thousands of universities, each team produced a report summarizing their solution to one of six possible problems.

In the MCM, the team consisting of Isabel Contreras, Josiah Norton, and Richard Williams selected a problem that required assessing the impact of self-driving vehicles on the dense traffic network of Seattle. Data were provided that was used to construct a mathematical model of traffic flow to predict how the percentage of self-driving vehicles would impact the flow. The team’s report was awarded the score of Honorable Mention. Only 8 percent of the 8,843 teams competing in the MCM were awarded a higher score and 4,617 teams scored lower.

The team consisting of Ahron Cervania, Jillian Freiheit, and Lorenzo Pagano selected a problem that required they build a mathematical model to determine an effective strategy for replacing an aging dam in the Kariba Gorge of the Zambezi river basin between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Ahron, Jillian and Lorenzo received a ranking of Meritorious Winners, awarded to only 7 percent of the teams in the MCM, and only 36 of the 8,843 teams received a higher score.

Four ERE teams selected problems associated with the ICM. The team consisting of Rebecca Stark, Alyssa Virgil, and Zack Ramsey worked on a problem requiring the design of methods to optimize passenger movement through airport security. The solutions sought to move passengers through security quickly without compromising the safety of the airport and other air travelers. The team’s report was awarded the score of Honorable Mention, with only 11 percent of the 8,085 teams competing in the ICM receiving a higher score and 4,307 teams scoring lower.

The remaining three teams worked on a problem requiring a model to evaluate urban planning and city operational strategies that result in smart growth and sustainable cities. The team consisting of Malia Gonzales, Peter Duin, and Brent Davis, and the team consisting of Emily Klee, Jeffrey Mosbacher, and Jordan Ludtke were both awarded the score of Honorable Mention.

The team of Yaad Rana, Marcela Jimenez, and Joshua Martinez received the highest ranking possible, Outstanding Winner. This ranking was awarded to only 14 teams out of the 8,085 teams competing in the ICM. Yaad, Marcela, and Joshua also received two additional honors. Their submission was selected to receive the Rachel Carson award, which honors the American conservationist whose book “Silent Spring” initiated the global environmental movement and whose work spanned many disciplines concerned with the local and global environments. This award is presented to a team for excellence in using scientific theory and data in its modeling. Finally, the team was one of only two teams that was given the Two Sigma Scholarship Award, which provides a stipend of $3,000 for each of the three team members and a $1,000 award to the ERE department.

Congratulations to the members of all six teams for their high achievement in this event. We appreciate your efforts which bring recognition to the Environmental Resources Engineering Department and to Humboldt State University.

The official COMAP announcement on the results from the 2017 competition can be found at “”:

Week of: Apr 02, 2017

Maurine Nicholson Forestry & Wildland Resources

Schatz Seminar Series

Jason Teraoka
A double HSU Forestry alum (BS 2001, MS 2004)
Forester – Redwood National Park
Thursday April 27th @ 5 pm, NR 101

“From Passive Management to Chainsaws,
Drip Torches & Feller Bunchers: A 40-Year Retrospective on Forest Restoration at Redwood National Park”

For more than 40-years, Redwood National Park has worked to establish a Forest Restoration Program to rehabilitate its impaired, second-growth forests
that are characterized with deficient redwood composition, low floral diversity, poor wildlife habitat, and low potential for stand differentiation.

There have been several studies in the Park to increase the efficacy of silvicultural treatments in forest restoration. This talk will outline the Park’s history of using
silviculture as a restoration tool, which began in 1978 after the Park’s expansion.

50th Humboldt Int’l Film Fest Theatre, Film & Dance

Don’t Miss the 50th Humboldt Int’l Film Fest: April 19-22, 2017
Arcata’s Minor Theatre
Wednesday, April 19 – Animation/Experimental Night
Thursday, April 20 – Documentary Night
Friday, April 21 – Narrative Night
Saturday, April 22 – Best of Fest
Sunday, April 23-Encore Matinee Screening of Best of Fest winners

In 1967 Lyndon Johnson was president, a movie ticket cost $1.25, and Humboldt State College students were organizing the campus’s first film festival. Half a century later, the festival is the oldest student-run film festival of its kind and even though the tickets have gone up (slightly) in price, it’s still one of the best deals going for moviegoers. The students organizing this year’s event are ready to celebrate the Humboldt Int’l Film Fest’s 50th anniversary with four nights of film at Arcata’s Minor Theatre, April 19-22.

The festival—the world’s oldest student-run film fest—is a testament to the dedication of its students. Every year, students enrolled in the film festival class sift through hundreds of submissions seeking outstanding works. Submissions range from clever and quirky animations to mind-bending experimental films. Every once in a while, these independent films feature memorable actors or up-and-coming stars. “You get to see people like Kerry Washington before they’re big or you might say, hey, ‘I saw him in the Matrix!’ That’s one of the coolest things about independent film festivals like ours,” says one of the festival’s three student co-directors Nairobys Apolito.

Over time the festival has grown, moving from the Sequoia Theater (today the Van Duzer Theatre) to Arcata’s Minor Theatre and inviting successful guest filmmakers as judges to select the winning films. This year, as in the past, judges will lead intimate workshops with current students, discussing their careers and the film industry. Two HSU alumni are among this year’s festival judges: actor-director-producer John Oluwole Adekoje and Tracy Boyd--both alumni of the 33rd Humboldt International Film Festival. The judge’s panel also features award-winning director Patricia Cardoso who is known for her feature film, Real Women Have Curves, which won a Sundance Film festival Audience Award in 2002 and was televised on HBO.

A new feature of the fest this year will be double screenings each evening to accommodate the smaller number of seats in the renovated Minor Theatre. Tickets are sold at the Minor and on their website,  Advanced purchase highly recommended. Screening Schedule is available on the Minor’s website and on the fest’s website at “”:

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