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Week of: Sep 27, 2020

Chris Aberson Psychology

Chris Aberson (Psychology) recently joined the National Science Foundation’s Social Psychology Grant Review Panel. Dr. Aberson has taught at HSU since 2000 and is the author of numerous journal articles and two books. 

Carrie Tully Native American Studies

Advocacy & Water Protection in Native California Symposium
October 30, 2020
10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
via ZOOM

The now popular discourse “Water Is Life” illustrates the relationships and knowledges Indigenous peoples hold with their water relatives and yet Indigenous peoples across California and the globe are increasingly forced to formulate innovative and powerful responses to the contamination, exploitation, and theft of water.

Please note: To complete the certificate program, participants must present at the symposium or attend at least three sessions of the symposium.

Stephanie Steffen Biological Sciences

Dr. Arthur Grupe, University of Colorado, Boulder will present “Truffle trouble: field inoculation of pecan (Carya illinoinensis) with the native, edible pecan truffle (Tuber lyonii)”.

Arthur specializes in the ecology and evolutionary history of fungal symbioses, including mutualistic and pathogenic relationships with plants and insects.

Date:  Friday, October 2nd, 2020
Time:  12:00 PM
Via Zoom

Email for Zoom information.

We hope you can attend!

Week of: Sep 20, 2020

L4HSU Continues Into Fall 2020 Library

The HSU Library and our partners HSU Human Resources, HSU’s Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, HSU Campus/Community Dialogue on Race, NEA Big Read, and the College of Extended Education & Global Engagement invite the community to join us this fall as we continue the LifeLong Learning Lounge (L4HSU). L4HSU runs through the fall semester. We are continuing our summer theme of Building Bridges and Connecting Communities. Check out the calendar of free programs at

L4HSU programs focus on personal and professional development and feature offerings from campus and community partners, such as the NEA Big Read, UCCE Master Gardeners Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, Campus/Community Dialogue on Race, Taiko Swing Humboldt and KEET-TV. This fall’s programming is a mixture of interactive workshops and new events that will be offered online through Zoom. Over the summer, L4HSU saw 1,040 participants attend 51 workshops. Topics included social justice, community inclusion, leadership, sampling in hip hop, gardening, and guided meditation. Proposals will be accepted throughout the semester, so submit your proposal at:

We look forward to seeing you online at L4HSU this fall!

Stephanie Steffen Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences Seminar – Dr. Patricia Gensel, University of North Carolina –Chapel Hill will present “Innovations in early land plants”.

“My research interests center on studies of Silurian Carboniferous plants, with a focus on the Devonian. My goals have been to use fossils of these time periods, mainly the Early Devonian, to provide a better understanding of what early land plants, particularly early vascular plants, were like, what innovations they exhibit, and how they relate to each other and living plants. I also am interested in their paleoenvironments and in correlating spores produced by these plants to the dispersed spores of a given time to generate a fuller picture of early plants and their environments.”

Friday September 25th
12:00 p.m. (PST)
Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 997 5357 3809
Password: BGSAtalks

Bridget Student Recreation Center

The Student Recreation Center is now open. The hours are Monday - Thursday 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Closed on the weekends.

COVID procedures are in place for participants’ safety.  You will need to wear a facial covering while in the facility and working out, maintain social distancing, and you will need to tag your equipment after usage so staff can sanitize the item before the next use.

Week of: Sep 13, 2020

Open Forums: Candidates for UPD Chief UPD

Humboldt State University is in the final stages of the search process for its next Chief of Police. Starting next week, the University will host a virtual open forum for each of the three candidates who have been selected by the Chief of Police Search Committee.

Go to for resumes and statements on the candidates.

Facilitated by members of the search committee, the forums are opportunities for the campus community to hear from the candidates, ask them questions, and learn more about their approaches to leadership.

The Chief of Police Search Committee encourages faculty, staff, students, and administrators to attend. If you are unable to participate in a live session, you can watch a recording of the forum on

You’re also invited to give feedback on each candidate. A feedback form will be provided before the open forums.

The Chief of Police Search Committee looks forward to your participation in this important process.

Tuesday, Sept. 22
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Jason Wade, Captain, University of Oregon Police Department (resume)
Jason Wade has spent 23 years in law enforcement; 19 of those in a University setting. His career started with a Sheriff’s Department in Colorado in 1997, and in 2001 he moved to the University of Colorado, Boulder to work as a Police Officer. He spent 13 years there, rising to the level of Commander. In 2014, the University made changes in the structure of their Police Department and eliminated all 3 Commander positions. Jason was laid off from his job, so he took a position with the University of Oregon Police Department, where he is currently one of the two Captains that are second-in-command of the agency. Jason has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration.
Zoom link and registration:

Wednesday, Sept. 23
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Helen Ricci, Acting Chief of Police, Rhode Island Airport Corporation Police Department (resume)
Helen Ricci has 14 years of law enforcement experience. She began her career with the Boston Police Department, spending 7 years as an officer working in patrol and special operations. She continued her career with the Georgetown University Law School as an officer and sergeant, spending 4 years in university policing. In 2019, Helen accepted an offer to become the Deputy Chief of Police for the Rhode Island Airport Corporation Police Department. Helen has been with the Airport Police in Rhode Island for over 9 months; spending the last six as their Acting Chief of Police. Helen has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a Master’s of Science degree in Administrative Studies, and a Master’s of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. She is currently in her last year of schooling to obtain her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Zoom link and registration:

Thursday, Sept. 24
4:05 – 5:05 p.m.
Kevin Kilgore, Lieutenant, University of California, Los Angeles, Police Department (resume)
Kevin Kilgore is currently a Lieutenant with the UCLA Police Department and has over 23 years of law enforcement experience. He has spent a large majority of his last 14 years in law enforcement at UCLA, and all 14 of those years have been in the University of California system. Prior to arriving in California, Kevin spent 9 years in law enforcement in the State of Ohio working for a sheriff’s department and 2 municipal police agencies. Kevin has been a Lieutenant for over 3 years at UCLA and is currently the Administrative Lieutenant responsible for training, hiring, internal affairs, communications and records. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management, and a Master’s of Public Administration. He is also a graduate of the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Zoom link and registration:

Stephanie Steffen Biological Sciences

All are welcome to attend this week’s seminar!

Dr. Eric Sanford, University of California Davis & Bodega Marine Laboratory will present “ Ecological and evolutionary dynamics of poleward shifts in geographic ranges”

Dr. Sanford’s research integrates ecology, evolution, and biogeography to understand the processes that shape marine communities over large spatial scales and in an
era of accelerating global change. Much of his work focuses on marine communities along the coasts of California and Oregon and combines field and laboratory experiments, genomic and physiological approaches, and oceanography.

You can learn more about his research and lab group here: https://www.sanford

Date:  Friday, September 18, 2020
Time:  12:00 PM
Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 914 9596 1391
Password: BGSAtalks

If you do not have an HSU email,

1) Open this link:

2) Click “Join a Meeting”.
3) Enter Meeting ID:
4) Enter password:

We hope you can attend!

Week of: Sep 06, 2020

Laura Johnson Geography

Dr. Laura Johnson, faculty in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Analysis, will teach a Fall 2020 OLLI course, Yoga for Ecological Grief. OLLI members and non-members of all ages are invited to join this five-week virtual offering beginning in October. For more information visit

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