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Week of: Apr 14, 2019

Kyle Fink Presentation Biological Sciences

Dr. Kyle Fink, UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures will present “Advancing DNA-binding domain therapeutics for the treatment of genetically-linked neurological disorders using cell and gene therapy”.

The Fink lab focuses on genetically-linked neurological disorders such as CDKL5- deficiency (rare intractable epilepsy), Rett Syndrome, Juvenile Huntington’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Angelman Syndrome, and Jordan’s Syndrome. Gene variants linked to disease phenotype are examined for “actionable domains” for which we create therapeutic artificial transcription factors through the use of DNA-binding domains such as Zinc Fingers, Transcription Activator-like Effector and CRISPR/Cas9.

My group is focused on making epigenetic modifications to the genome in a targeted fashion using a variety of effector domains that result in up- or down-regulation of a specific gene. The lab develops these modifiers for the human genome and utilizes patient samples to perform proof-of-concept studies. Patient-derived samples are used to create in vitro neuronal disease-in-a-dish models. Current research is focused on two major goals: 1) The therapeutic application of Zinc Fingers, transcription activator-like effector (TALE) and clustered regularly interspaced short palindrome repeats (CRISPR) to modify gene expression in genetically-linked neurological diseases; and 2) the development of delivery systems that can safely and efficaciously target the central nervous system with our novel gene editing platforms.

Date:  Friday, April 19, 2019
Time:  4:00 PM
Location:  Sci B 133

Week of: Apr 07, 2019

Rep. Jared Huffman to Discuss the Green New Deal and Climate Change Priorities College of Professional Studies

Humboldt State University invites the public to a community conversation with Congressman Jared Huffman to discuss the Green New Deal and climate change priorities 5:45-6:45 p.m., Tuesday, April 16 in the Native American Forum (Behavioral & Soc. Sciences Building [BSS 162] on Union Street).

This event, sponsored by HSU’s College of Professional Studies, is free to the public. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Seating is limited and first-come, first-serve.

Huffman will discuss the Green New Deal proposal - what it includes, what it doesn’t, and how we can take meaningful steps toward addressing climate change and economic inequality. As Vice-Ranking Member of the Natural Resources Committee, Ranking Democrat on the Water, Power, and Oceans Subcommittee, and Member of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Huffman is a leader on natural resource and climate issues in Congress. 

The College of Professional Studies is committed to providing interdisciplinary liberal arts education and preparation for the profession so our graduates can positively contribute to the human condition, be outstanding leaders in their profession and community, and share a powerful commitment to social, economic, and environmental justice.

For more information about the event, please contact 707-826-3961 or

Lamberson Ecology Lecture Series CNRS, Dean's Office

Please join us for this year’s two-part Lamberson Ecology Lecture Series with guest speaker Dr. Larisa Bailey, Associate Professor at Colorado State University in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology.

The afternoon technical talk will be held in the BSSB, Room 166, beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 11.

Title: Recent Advances and Applications of Occupancy Models

Abstract: The past decade has seen an explosion of the development and application of models aimed at estimating species occurrence and occupancy dynamics while accounting for possible non-detection or species misidentification. Here, I discuss some recent occupancy estimation methods and the biological systems that motivated their development. Collectively, these models offer tremendous flexibility, which may also be a liability. Investigators utilizing occupancy models have the ability, and responsibility, to define their sample units, replicate sampling occasions (i.e., surveys), the time period over which species occurrence is assumed to be static, and even the criteria that constitutes ‘detection’ of a target species.  to illustrate the breadth of biological questions that can be addressed with these models.

The evening campus community and public talk will be held in the NR building, Room 101, beginning at 6:30 p.m. A pre-lecture reception will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the NR foyer.

Title: Combining Science and Expert Knowledge to Determine Optimal Management Strategies for a Declining Amphibian

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. 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 EID.

Lindsay Righter College of Professional Studies

Humboldt State University’s College of Professional Studies invites the public to a community conversation with Congressman Jared Huffman to discuss the Green New Deal from 5:45-6:45 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, in the Native American Forum (BSS 162).

North Coast Representative Jared Huffman will discuss the Green New Deal proposal - what it includes, what it doesn’t, and how we can take meaningful steps toward addressing climate change and economic inequality. As Vice-Ranking Member of the Natural Resources Committee, Ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans, and Member of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Congressman Huffman is a leader on natural resource and climate issues in Congress. 

This event is free to the public. Doors open at 5:15pm - seating is limited and first-come, first-served.

For more information about the event, please contact 707-826-5132 or .

Week of: Mar 31, 2019

Kieval Lecture Mathematics

The Humboldt State University Mathematics Colloquium and annual Kieval Lecture will take place on Thursday, April 25.

Humboldt State University Mathematics Colloquium, Dr. Frank Farris, April 25, 2019, 4:00-4:50 PM, BSS 166
“In Creating Symmetry, The Artful Mathematics of Wallpaper Patterns, I explain a process to create wallpaper patterns from photographs using ideas from partial differential equations and complex analysis. In this talk, complex numbers take center stage. What are they and why are they useful in making images like the one shown? Using the domain coloring algorithm, which I proposed in the late ‘90s, we illustrate many familiar concepts from complex analysis. Then we take a step in the direction of art, using photographic material as our color palette. Completing the complex plane to the Riemann sphere gives us even more flexibility.”

The 73rd Harry S. Kieval Lecture, Dr. Frank Farris, April 25, 2019, 7:30-8:30 PM, FH 118
“For some reason, humans like to see symmetry. For instance, your mind can look at a pattern and know how it could repeat to fill the whole plane. In this talk, I’ll focus on helping you see the symmetries in decorative patterns, from rosettes and friezes to wallpaper patterns. I’ll describe the path that led me to create these patterns, using mathematics and photographs. The kernel of the idea is as simple as a sine wave, but the story touches on such far-flung topics as group theory and partial differential equations. Building from scratch, I’ll take you through my technique of turning photographs into mathematical art.”

Frank Farris, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Santa Clara University, has served as editor of Mathematics Magazine and as the MAA Chair of the Council on Publications and Communications. His book, Creating Symmetry: The Artful Mathematics of Wallpaper Patterns, was published by Princeton University Press in 2015. It describes a new artistic process for creating art from source photographs. Exhibitions of this work have been displayed by Carleton College, Cornell University, Bowdoin College, Pomona College, Pacific University, Temple University, and others. His undergraduate degree is from Pomona College (1977) and his Ph.D. from MIT (1981). Awards include the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Golden Section of the MAA and Best Photograph, Painting, or Print at the 2018 Mathematical Art Exhibition at the Joint Mathematics Meetings.

This Kieval lecture series is presented by the HSU Department of Mathematics. Named for HSU Mathematics Professor Emeritus. Dr. Harry S. Kieval, who taught at HSU from 1966 to 1979, the series includes topics on popular and/or broad aspects of mathematics attractive to undergraduates and the public.

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