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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

Week of: Oct 14, 2018

Matthew Derrick Geography

Field-based Experiential Learning: HSU Geography Students, Faculty Explore Firsthand Effects of the Devastating Carr Fire, Continue on to Lassen Volcanic National Park
On a weekend in late September 2018, more than twenty Humboldt State Geography students, led by professors Matthew Derrick and Rosemary Sherriff, hopped in vans for a three-day field study that included an investigation into the impacts of the recent Carr Fire and an exploration natural beauty of Lassen Volcanic National Park.
The Carr Fire, reported as one of the most destructive fires in California’s history, started on July 23, 2018, near Whiskeytown off Highway 299. Before being fully contained in late August, the conflagration spread nearly 230,000 acres across Trinity and Shasta counties, destroying more than 1,000 residences—mainly in and around west Redding—and claiming the lives of three firefighters.
On the first day of the field study, the Humboldt geographers met with Tom Garcia, a firefighter at National Park Service, and Eric Knapp, a research ecologist with the US Forest Service. Starting at the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, students listened to Garcia as he discussed the origins of the fire and the damage it inflicted in and around the park. Garcia also explained, through a guided—and nearly off-road—tour of park land impacted by the Carr Fire, the National Park Service’s efforts to ameliorate the worst effects of forest fires through controlled burns.
After surveying some of the fire’s impacts to the park land, the HSU geographers continued with Knapp to examine some of the devastation inflicted on human settlements, including the destruction of homes and human life by what has been reported as the state’s worst-ever fire tornado. According to Knapp, the fire vortex, which claimed the life of Redding-based firefighter Jeremy Stoke, was so unusual that fire ecologists and other experts are still grappling to understand it.
Students and faculty alike were struck, sometimes on a very emotional level, by the landscapes of destruction they viewed in relatively wealthy neighborhoods located in west Redding at the wildland-urban interface. Fire razed some homes to their foundations while neighboring homes stood seemingly unscathed, leaving an impression of randomness in scorched path. However, as Knapp explained, while a degree of randomness characterized the fire, choices in home building materials, efforts to stave off air flow in and out of houses, relative location vis-à-vis the wildland, and other pertinent variables help explain resultant geographic patterns of destruction and clemency.
Following their examination of the Carr Fire, the HSU geographers traveled out to Lassen Volcanic National Park, where they set up camp for two days. Faculty led a series of explorations, including a hike to the top of Lassen Peak, surveying the natural beauty and wonder found in the park’s landscapes.

Janelle Adsit English

Toyon Literary Magazine Presents

Come share your spoken word poetry, songs, jokes, stories, or music! Free treats and activities for everyone! Sign up in person at the event or save a slot now by emailing .

Friday, October 19 at 6:30pm
Fulkerson Recital Hall

For more information, please visit:

Week of: Oct 07, 2018

Victoria Sama Journalism & Mass Communication

“Two Things the Media Get Wrong with Sexualized Violence”

A presentation and discussion to be held in Founders Hall 118 on Tues., Oct. 23 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Join Journalism Professor Victoria Sama and Communication Professor Dr. Maxwell Schnurer for a presentation and discussion on the media’s reporting of the recent Supreme Court nomination hearinings of Brett Kavanaugh and other cases like it. Sama and Schnurer will deconstruct the media messages and symbolism and analyze the misrepresentations about sexualized violence in news reporting.

This event is free and open to the campus community and general public.

For more information, contact Prof. Sama at .

Erin Austin Art

Jessie Vala’s exhibition, Object ^ Time ^ Conduit, opens on Thursday, October 25th, with a reception, 4:30-6:30pm, and artist’s talk at 5pm, both in the Reese Bullen Gallery. The show will run through December 8th.

Using a range of mixed media, Jessie Vala aims to investigate historical and mythological narratives surrounding ecological events that shape and change our world. In her site-specific installation Object ^ Time ^ Conduit, Vala will create an immersive and enigmatic sculpture-filled space utilizing multi-colored lighting and video installation, giving the viewer a chance to explore the visible and invisible world.

The Reese Bullen Gallery, named in honor of a founding professor of the Art Department, was established in 1970. The gallery is located in the HSU Art Building, at the intersection of B Street and Laurel Drive, directly across from the Van Duzer Theatre. The gallery is open Tuesday-Wednesday 12-5 pm, Thursday 12-7 pm, Friday 12-7 pm (12-8 Arts! Arcata), Saturday-Sunday 12-5 pm and closed Monday. Admission is free and all are welcome.  For more information about the gallery, please contact the gallery office at (707) 826- 5814 or / For parking information, please visit

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