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Week of: Jan 27, 2019

Career and Volunteer Expo Academic & Career Advising Center

Career and Volunteer Expo! February 14, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, West Gym

Mark your calendars!
Over 100 employers and volunteer agencies will be offering career positions, summer jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities and more! Come dressed for success with your resume in hand. Employers will be conducting informal interviews and taking applications.

Employer representatives will provide general career information and answer questions about summer, seasonal, internship, and permanent employment opportunities in a variety of fields. The community organizations will provide information about volunteer and service learning opportunities.

The Academic and Career Advising Center also reminds students that employers are looking for professional people to hire and first impressions make all the difference. A display in the first floor Library showcases various professional outfits with college budgets in mind. The Academic and Career Advising Center also offers a free professional clothing rack in Gist Hall 114.

“Dress to impress and bring your resume,” says Amy Martin, Employer Relations Coordinator at the Academic and Career Advising Center, “They definitely hire students at the event.” Students can get a quick resume review during the Academic and Career Advising Center’s Drop-in hours, Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

For more information or for a full list of organizations attending the Expo visit the Academic and Career Advising Center’s webpage, or stop by Gist Hall 114.

Week of: Jan 20, 2019

Stephanie Steffen Biological Sciences

Link Olson, PhD, University of Alaska Fairbanks, will present “Reconciling scientific collecting with conservation: a case study on Madagascar’s endemic small mammals”.

Taxonomy--the science of grouping and classifying organisms--provides a necessary conceptual framework for recognizing and communicating units of biological diversity and is firmly rooted in specimen-based comparative biology. Due to a number of misconceptions, the continued collection of specimens is increasingly seen as unnecessary, contrary to conservation, or both, and a minority opinion staunchly opposed to collecting has emerged in the peer-reviewed literature. The island continent of Madagascar is renowned for its high levels of endemism and is considered both a biodiversity hotspot and conservation priority. 95% of its reptile species, 99% of its amphibians, and 100% of its terrestrial mammals are endemic to the island (i.e., occur nowhere else). Among Madagascar’s unique mammal fauna are tenrecs, a textbook example of adaptive radiation. For the past two decades, my students, colleagues, and I have been studying tenrecs in order to understand the tempo and mode of their diversification. Through a combination of extensive field collecting, exhaustive examination of >5,000 voucher specimens, and the analysis of genetic and genomic datasets, we have uncovered evidence of an astounding number of undescribed species. Our analysis of historical and ongoing trends of taxonomic discovery and description among Madagascar’s vertebrates reveals that the modern rate of species discovery is unprecedented—not only for Madagascar but for other tropical biodiversity hotspots around the world—and shows no sign of imminent deceleration. Tenrecs exemplify many of the issues confounding species delineation and conservation prioritization, and our results highlight the urgent need to “collect to protect” Madagascar’s highly threatened biodiversity.

Week of: Jan 13, 2019

Faculty Concert Music

Please join the Humboldt State University Department of Music for their first Faculty Artist Series concert of the new year, The Welcome to the Spring Semester concert, on Saturday, January 26th at 5:00 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall. This early evening concert sets the stage for another terrific semester of HSU music-making by featuring a variety of repertoire performed by members of the music faculty and friends from Humboldt’s lively music community. On the program will be The Diamond, computer generated video and music by resident composer Brian Post, performed by Rachel Samet, voice, and Post, Electric Piano. Also expect to hear music for voice and guitar performed by Elisabeth Harrington and HSU’s newest music faculty member Jennifer Trowbridge. An “unaccompanied and unrestrained” solo Flugelhorn work by John Cheetham called Concoctions will be played in “Flugil-Crazy” style by retiring music professor Gil Cline. And the Arcata Bay String Quartet, featuring Cindy Moyer and Karen Davy on violin, Sherry Hanson on viola, and Garrick Woods on cello, will perform the complete Schumann Quartet in a minor, Op. 41, No. 1, which the composer wrote in just 4 days in June of 1842, at the ripe old age of 31. $15 General, $5 Child, $5 for HSU students with ID.

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