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Week of: Apr 15, 2007
Honors Go to Model UN Teams » In its first year, the HSU Department of Government and Politics' Model United Nations program garnered three Meritorious Delegation awards at the 2007 Model United Nations of the Far West conference in San Francisco last weekend. The Meritorious Delegation Award recognizes academic excellence in preparation and participation at the conference. The three awards earned by HSU placed it in the conference’s top three performers.
Geography Grad Wins Mapping Honors » A map created at Humboldt State by Cassandra Hansen, 2006 Geography alumna, has been selected for the 2007 National Geographic Award in Mapping by the Association of American Geographers. According to the head judge, Hansen's “entry was part of the most eclectic and accomplished group of entries in the three years I have been a part of the review process. For the first time, we invited entries from Europe and the United States.” The award comes with a $1200 cash prize.
Week of: Apr 08, 2007
Cunha Wins Famed Wang Prize » Humboldt State University Geography Professor Stephen Cunha, Director of the California Geographic Alliance and latter-day Marco Polo of "living geography," has won a prestigious California State University Wang Family Excellence Award of $20,000.
Steinberg Selected President of Professional Society » Dr. Steven Steinberg of HSU's Environmental and Natural Resource Science Department has been selected President-Elect of the Northern California Region of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). The region includes members and chapters in Northern California, Nevada and Hawaii.
Prof, Redwood Expert Subject of Book » Stephen C. Sillett, Professor and Kenneth L. Fisher Chair in Redwood Forest Ecology at Humboldt State University, is one of the key figures in The Wild Trees—the latest book by Richard Preston. Preston is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, and is widely considered one of the world's leading science writers.
Week of: Apr 01, 2007
Alum wins Social Psychology Honor » Amber Gaffney, Humboldt State University alumna ('06), was awarded the Western Psychological Association’s 2007 Christina Maslach-Philip Zimbardo Research Award in Social Psychology. Ms. Gaffney, a doctoral student in Social Psychology at the Claremont Graduate University, was recognized for research conducted in a Senior Honor’s Thesis under the direction of Dr. Gregg Gold (HSU Psychology).
Cunha Honored By Soc. Studies Council » Humboldt State University Geography Professor Stephen Cunha was honored with the Hilda Taba Award at the California Council for Social Studies annual meeting in Oakland.
Howe Wins Fulbright Nod » Dr. Tasha R. Howe, HSU Associate Professor of Psychology, has won a Fulbright Scholarship, January to June, 2008, in Cyprus to work at the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies in Nicosia, a non-profit organization. Dr. Howe will train social workers in violence prevention skills, using the American Psychological Association's ACT Against Violence curriculum, for which she is a nationally certified trainer.
Week of: Mar 25, 2007
HSU Helps Bridge Sci/Tech Gap » The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded Humboldt State nearly a half million dollars to finance a new scholarship program aimed at encouraging more students to enter the science and technology fields. Humboldt’s scholarship program is part of a new national effort to help the United States regain its prominence as a leader in fields such as engineering and computer science.
Prof, Students Recognized Statewide » HSU Geography lecturer and alumni Christopher Haynes was named Outstanding Educator by the California Geographic Society at its 61st annual conference Mar. 16-18 in Borrego Springs, CA . This prestigious award recognizes one outstanding geography instructor from a field of kindergarten through university educators. Haynes joins an impressive list of past recipients including professors from the University of California.
College of Prof Studies Hosts Awards » College of Professional Studies at HSU is hosting an awards reception April 19 honoring community partners and students who have demonstrated excellence in academics and community service.
HSU Alum Named Distinguished Prof » HSU Alum Timothy Baroni ('72, '74), an international expert in the field of mycology, has been appointed a Distinguished Professor, one rank above Full Professor, by the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Cortland. It is the highest academic rank in the SUNY.
Week of: Mar 18, 2007
Prof Named to Journal Board » Dr. Chris Aberson, HSU Associate Professor of Psychology, has joined the editorial board of "Teaching of Psychology," regarded as the field's top outlet for information on the scholarship of teaching. The journal is considered indispensable as a source of teaching methods and a forum for new ideas.
HSU’s Sonntag Wins Fulbright Chair » HSU Professor Sam Sonntag has been awarded a Fulbright Chair in Canada to pursue her research of resistance to the global spread of English.
Student Wins International Essay Contest » Justin Williams, an Interdisciplinary Studies major at Humboldt State University, has won first place and a nearly $1,000 prize in a major international essay competition on environmental politics, inaugurated by Keele University in Staffordshire, the United Kingdom.
Week of: Mar 04, 2007
Prof: Social Connections a Health Plus » People with social support have fewer cardiovascular and immune problems, HSU Associate Professor of Psychology Tasha Howe tells the online publication WebMD.
Week of: Feb 04, 2007
HSU Wins Grant for CAIC Project » The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a three-year, $610,917 grant to the Computing Science Department at Humboldt State University (HSU) to finance the Coalition for American Indians in Computing (CAIC) project, one of only 12 such projects funded nationally among the 104 grant proposals submitted to the foundation.
Week of: Dec 17, 2006
Accomando Named Outstanding Prof » Accepting the recommendation of the Faculty Awards Committee of Humboldt State University's Academic Senate, President Rollin Richmond has named Dr. Christina Accomando, Associate Professor of English, Ethnic Studies, and Women’s Studies, Outstanding Professor 2006-2007.
Week of: Dec 03, 2006
HSU Donates More Than a Ton of Food » Humboldt State University students, along with school administration, staff and faculty members, collected and donated a record 2,202 pounds of food during this year’s HSU Holiday Food Drive to support the efforts of Food For People, Humboldt County’s food bank.
HSU Wins $100,000 Online Learning Award » Honoring Humboldt State University's teamwork with the Open Source Learning Management System popularly known as Moodle, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has given HSU a one-year, $100,000 Technology Collaboration Award.
Week of: Nov 12, 2006
Noted Economist Assays Real Estate Bubbles » Economist and author Christopher Thornberg will discuss real estate bubbles and California's economic growth as part of Humboldt State University's Department of Economics Occasional Lecture Series on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Science A 564.
Week of: Nov 05, 2006
HSU Receives National Service Award » Humboldt State University has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, With Distinction for Hurricane Relief Service. Nationwide, more than 500 colleges applied for the President's Honor Roll in its inaugural year, and Humboldt State was one of 141 colleges and universities honored for distinguished community service and Hurricane Katrina Relief.
R.V. Coral Sea Gets New Set of Engines » The R.V. Coral Sea may have been completed in 1973, but she's not exactly feeling her age just yet. In fact, these days the Humboldt State-owned research vessel is breaking in a brand-new set of new low-pollutant engines.
Week of: Oct 29, 2006
Yak Butter Tea: Students Visit Tibet » "There is no more remarkable strip of crust on earth than that where the great rivers of eastern Tibet almost jostle each other in their eagerness to escape from the roof of the world…Deep down in their troughs they rage," so said British botanist, F. Kingdon Ward, in 1922.
Week of: Oct 22, 2006
Geography Students Explore Lava Beds » HSU Geography Department lecturer Chris Haynes and 20 geography students spent an entire weekend exploring Lava Beds National Monument.
Week of: Oct 15, 2006
Service Learning Awarded $50,000 Grant » HSU's Service Learning Center has recently been awarded a $50,000, 3-year grant from California Campus Compact to serve as the Northern California regional leader in the Youth to College (Y2C) Initiative, which aims to increase college readiness among youth from disadvantaged situations.
Week of: Oct 01, 2006
HSU Prof Confirms World’s Tallest Tree » Dr. Stephen Sillett, Professor and Kenneth L. Fisher Chair in Redwood Forest Ecology at Humboldt State University, recently measured and verified that Hyperion—a 379.1-foot tall redwood tree, is truly the world's tallest living tree. Hyperion is the largest of three redwoods discovered this summer, which eclipse the previous world record holder, a 370.5-foot tall redwood dubbed Stratosphere Giant.
Week of: Sep 17, 2006
Student Wins CSU Hearst Scholarship » Humboldt State University junior Sarah Cole has received a $3,000 Hearst/CSU Trustees Award for Outstanding Achievement for 2006-2007.
Half Million Awarded for Scholarships » The National Science Foundation has awarded $499,943 to finance Humboldt State University's new Scientific Leadership Scholars Program, beginning October 1, 2006.
HSU Prof Interviewed on Toronto Radio Program » HSU communications professor Dr. Maxwell Schnurer was featured on CIUT 89.5FM Toronto radio on Tuesday, September 26.
Week of: Sep 10, 2006
Sillett Named 2006 Scholar of the Year » President Rollin Richmond and Interim Dean for Research and Graduate Studies Chris Hopper announce Dr. Stephen C. Sillett, Kenneth L. Fisher Chair in Redwood Forest Ecology, as the Scholar of the Year for 2006.
Geography Alumni Win Award for Research » Two recent HSU Geography graduates took the top undergraduate prize at the annual Association of Pacific Coast Geographers meeting, September 6 through 8 in Eugene, Oregon.
Week of: Jul 30, 2006
Federal Grant Boosts HSU, Higher Ed. » The U.S. Department of Education has awarded another five-year, $1.79 million grant to Humboldt State University to help youngsters in grades six through 12 in Humboldt County who come from under-represented backgrounds and show potential for higher education.
Week of: Jul 16, 2006
REU: Research Symposium » Humboldt State University hosted a public research symposium, featuring undergraduate research projects developed by participants of this summer';s eight-week HSU-hosted Research Experience for Undergraduates: Role Model in Sciences program (REU-RMS), on July 24, 2006.
Week of: Jul 09, 2006
Prof Heads to Jamaica to Study Birds » This fall, Humboldt State wildlife professor Matt Johnson will be heading to Jamaica -- thanks to a National Geographic Society grant -- to study insect-eating birds on Jamaican coffee farms.
HSU Signs Pacts with Chinese University » Humboldt State University and Xi'an International Studies University (XISU), People's Republic of China, have signed five milestone accords that lay the groundwork for sweeping collaboration.
Week of: Jun 25, 2006
Girls in Science: HSU Conducts Study » A research team of ten Humboldt State University students celebrated the culmination of a study analyzing girls' decisions to study math and sciences -- and how those relate to future career goals -- by hosting the 64 participating local high school girls for a party and raffle on campus June 10.
Professor Wins Forestry Award » Dale Thornburgh, Professor Emeritus of Silviculture and Ecosystem Management at Humboldt State University's Department of Forestry and Watershed Management, has won the 2005 Sequoia Award for “his pioneering practice of sustainable forestry.
Week of: Jun 11, 2006
Alum Wins Award for Thesis Research » Paul Burgess, the Humboldt State University alumnus recognized for his pioneering work in computer software and land mine clearance, has received a $1,000 award for his master's thesis in applied mathematics, completed this spring.
Week of: Jun 04, 2006
HSU Names New Info-Tech Chief » Anna E. Kircher, who has 19 years of leadership experience with information technology systems, has been named chief information officer of Humboldt State University’s information technology services division. She succeeds Ann Burroughs, who was interim CIO following the retirement of Bill Cannon early this year.
Week of: May 28, 2006
Director Chosen For SBDC Program » Making an initial step in establishing Humboldt State University's leadership in the Northern California Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, HSU named Kristin Johnson the regional director for the program.
Week of: May 21, 2006
ITEPP Coordinator to Train at Cornell » Marlette Grant-Jackson, a member of the Yurok Tribe who serves as curriculum resource coordinator for the Indian Teacher & Educational Personnel Program (ITEPP) at Humboldt State University, has been selected to participate in an all-expenses-paid Native American Internship Program at Cornell University Library in Ithaca, New York this summer.
Week of: May 07, 2006
Prof Awarded for Online Teaching » Dr. Chris Aberson, an associate professor of psychology at HSU, and his colleagues from the Claremont Graduate University, were awarded the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) Exemplary Online Learning Resources Award.
Students Donate $3,181 to Food Bank » Students from Humboldt State University's Service Learning Center organized a collaborative, regional food drive during March and April, raising 5,392 pounds of food and an additional $3,181 for Food for People, the Eureka food bank.
Ceremony Applauds Student Excellence » Some of HSU's most outstanding undergraduates, nominated in eight categories of excellence by faculty, staff and fellow students, were recognized at the recent Outstanding Student Awards ceremony on May 1.
Prof to Chair CSU Academic Senate » Marshelle Thobaben, a Humboldt State University nursing professor, was reelected as the Academic Senate chairwoman for the entire California State University system during an organizational meeting on May 6.
Econ Prof Panelist for State Meeting » HSU economics professor Steven Hackett was one of four distinguished panelists selected to participate in a discussion of California's economies at Tuesday's all-staff meeting for the California Labor Market Information Division of the Employment Development Department based in Sacramento.
Schafer Publishes Book About Vo Phien » HSU Emeritus English Professor John Schafer recently celebrated the publication of his book "Vo Phien and Sadness of Exile," the first ever book-length study of a modern Vietnamese writer, written in English.
Week of: Apr 30, 2006
Geography Students Win at Conference » A group of 27 Humboldt State geography students, and department faculty Joe Leeper, Stephen Cunha, Dennis Fitzsimons, and Chris Haynes, traveled to Shasta College in Redding, Calif. for the California Geographic Society Annual Conference from April 28 to 30.
Week of: Apr 23, 2006
Psych Students Take Research to WPA » Faculty and students from the Humboldt State University Department or Psychology will be traveling to Palm Springs, Calif. to present their research at the Annual Western Psychological Association (WPA) Conference, April 27 to 30. The WPA meeting is the nation's largest regional psychology conference, with over 2000 attendees each year.
Math Modeling Contestants Earn Merits » Two teams of HSU engineering students took on the challenges of the Mathematical Contest in Modeling, set forth by the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP) last February. It was just recently announced that HSU's competing teams earned “Meritous” rankings based on their problem solutions.

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