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Week of: Mar 24, 2019

Determining Optimal Management Strategies for a Declining Amphibian CNRS

Please join us for the 2019 Lamberson Ecology Lecture Series with guest speaker, Dr. Larissa Bailey, Colorado State University. Dr. Bailey’s evening presentation is titled, “Combining Science and Expert Knowledge to Determine Optimal Management Strategies for a Declining Amphibian.” The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. in NR 101, is free and open to the public. 
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. We apply our approach to a boreal toad (Anaxyrus boreas boreas) and Bd system in the southern Rocky Mountains and identified conservation strategies that balance tradeoffs in maximizing toad population persistence and landscape-level distribution, while considering costs. The most robust strategy is expected to reduce the decline of toad breeding sites from 53% to 21% over 50 years. 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 EIDs.

College: College of Natural Resources and Sciences, CNRS, Dean’s Office
Lecture Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Location: NR 101
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Stephanie Steffen Biological Sciences

Dr. John Matsui, UC Berkeley will present the keynote address for the CTL Teaching Excellence Symposium in the College Creek Community Center 260 - (Great Hall) on Friday, March 29th at 11:00 AM.

Dr. John Matsui is the Assistant Dean of Biological Sciences and Director of the Biology Scholars Program at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Matsui is dedicated to making biology accessible. A primary goal of Dr. Matsui’s work is to “level the playing field” for individuals who, like himself, do not fit the historical profile of success and to help them become leaders in their future science-related careers. Please join us to hear Dr. Matsui’s experiences working with minoritized students and his efforts to eliminate achievement gaps.

Poster presentations from your HSU colleagues working at advancing inclusion in STEM will be on display from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Date: Friday, March 29th
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Great Hall

Week of: Mar 10, 2019

Transfer Support Mob in Communication Communication

Transfer Support Mob in Communication

Students who transfer into Humboldt State often face the burden of a new school with the assumption that they know the norms and practices of university life.  The Department of Communication provides peer-to-peer support for transfer students in the form of the Transfer Support Mob.  Every semester the TSM gather to answer questions, provide guidance and help incoming transfer students to navigate life at Humboldt State.

On January 28, 2019, almost a dozen current Communication Majors (most of them former transfer students) gathered to discuss housing, health care, food, exercise, music, classes and professors with the Spring 2019 transfer cohort. 

Stephanie Steffen Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences Seminar – Elizabeth Milano, PhD, USGS, will present “From Salt Marshes to Mountains: Population genetic surveys of six rare plant species in San Diego County”.

The U.S. Geological Survey - Western Ecological Research Center uses tools from molecular ecology and conservation genetics to preserve biodiversity by bolstering management and monitoring efforts of six rare plant species in San Diego County. These efforts provide a baseline for the genetic diversity of rare plants along steep environmental gradients and foundations for conservation and management strategies.

Date: Friday, March 15, 2019
Time:  4:00 PM
Location: Science B 133

Week of: Mar 03, 2019

Gentille Macisso Academic & Career Advising Center

Join us, Wednesday March 27th in the Kate Buchanan Room 3pm-6pm, for our annual Educator Job Fair!

The ACAC invites you to come connect with school districts, education services, and agencies from all over California looking to recruit for full-time, part-time, internship, or volunteer opportunities in the education field.

For a list of participating employers, please visit the link below.

HSU Debate Communication

Seventeen Humboldt State students, their coach, and one HSU Debate alum drove south on March 1 and participated in over 9 hours of co-curricular critical debate practice between 8 a.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. Our team included new folks and returning folks from the departments of English, Political Science, Environmental Studies, History, Communication, Philosophy, and Chemistry.

The topics we saw included the political unrest in Venezuela, the preservation of art that was meant to be temporary, social media corporations and their responsibility to combat “Anti-Vax” discourse, and the pros and cons of internet virality, and that was just Saturday alone! Every student who participated spent at least 90 minutes preparing to deliver at least 6-7 minute speeches during the weekend.

Our effort culminated in the most successful showing for our squad in years, 4 of the 8 teams advancing into the semi-final round and 2 of the 4 teams advancing to the final round were from Humboldt State University.

HSU students Olivia Gainer and Devon Escoto took home first place narrowly beating HSU students Fabian Cuevas and Sydney Verga who took second. Kim Nguyen and Josh Sales advanced to semi-finals (top 8), as did team novices Makaylla Rodgers and Tim Arceneaux (who was debating at his first event ever). Four of the 10 top speakers (Gainer, Escoto, Verga, and Sales) were Lumberjacks.

Some of you may remember 2 weeks ago when our first and only other full-team Spring event at Willamette ended before it began with us stuck in the snow on Grants Pass; we were very excited to get a chance to test our research, composition, advocacy, and critical listening skills since and I could not be prouder of how our team responded to that adversity and bonded together this weekend to produce such fantastic results. Hours (and hours) of additional work went in to practice and class time to make outcomes like these possible, we should all be very proud of our students.

Next, and last, is the National Championship in April at Clemson.

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