New Flying Squirrel Species Discovered along North America’s Pacific Coast

Scientists always assumed it was a northern flying squirrel gliding through the canopies of Pacific coastal forests.

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HSU’s Trumpet Consort von Humboldt performs at NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art »

Humboldt State University’s Trumpet Consort von Humboldt just returned from a unique performance with baroque natural trumpets that were common in 17th century England.

Humboldt State Joins California Teachers Summit, July 28 »

Northcoast Educators will gather at Humboldt State University on Friday, July 28, for the third annual California Teachers Summit. The event is a free statewide day of learning and networking that is open to all California PreK-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators and other educators. Taking place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the summit convenes in HSU’s Goodwin Forum (download a campus map).

Student Awarded Switzer Environmental Fellowship for Environmental and Cultural Study of Tule »

For Humboldt State Environmental Science and Management graduate student Irene Vasquez, who was recently awarded the prestigious Switzer Fellowship for environmental scholars, her studies couldn’t have come more naturally.

With $1.3 Million Grant, HSU Program Gets Students College Ready »

A Humboldt State University program that helps local high school students enroll and succeed in higher education has been notified it will receive a grant of $1.3 million over five years from the Department of Education.

HSU Alum Nets National Science Foundation Fellowship for Frog Research »

HSU alumna Nicolette Nelson (’16, Wildlife) was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship that will allow her to continue amphibian research and pursue her Ph.D. at Washington State University Vancouver. Nelson was among 2,000 winners selected from 13,000 applicants from a variety of science and engineering fields.

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Faculty Chris Aberson, Psychology:

Chris Aberson was recently appointed Editor-in-Chief of Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy (ASAP) for 2018-2021. ASAP is published by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). At the core of SPSSI’s mission is a desire to bring empirically sound research findings to bear on public policy. Dr. Aberson joins ASAP after completing terms as an Associate Editor of the journals Group Processes and Intergroup Relations and Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Student Natasha La Vogue and Ally Jaurique, Psychology:

Psychology students Natasha La Vogue and Ally Jaurique will deliver an oral presentation at an international conference (the International Society for Political Psychology) in Edinburgh in June.

The presentations were:
Gaffney, A. M., Hackett, J. D., Jaurique*, A. & La Vogue*, N. (2017, July). The state of political identity post-Trump. Oral paper presentation at the annual meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Gaffney, A. M., Hackett, J. D., La Vogue*, N., & Jaurique*, A. (2017, July). From group-based anger to populism: Implications for collective action and protest. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Edinburgh, Scotland.

La Vogue*, N., Jaurique*, A., Gaffney, A. M., & Hackett, J. D. (2017, July). Is 2016 a diversity backlash? Political identity norms and the future of democratic elections. Oral paper presentation at the annual meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Far-right leaders such as Trump, Le Pen, Farage, and Wilders might threaten liberal and democratic ideals of diversity acceptance, which their nations have purported to embrace. Indeed, the United States Presidential election ended in the loss of the nation’s first major woman nominee to a man who campaigned on what was (arguably) an anti-diversity platform, targeting Americans’ uncertainties. In response to uncertainty, people are change-resistant and embrace conservative ideology (Jost et al., 2003). Uncertainty can also lead to endorsement of group norms through social identification (Hogg, 2012) and may cause people to advocate the very issues on which they feel uncertain (Cheatham & Tormala, 2017). This research examines how uncertainty over the election of Trump affects liberals and conservatives’ desires to vote for future diverse presidential candidates. We sampled 328 American Democrats and Republicans before and after the 2016 election. Republicans reported a decrease in uncertainty compared to Democrats after the election. Whereas Republicans’ uncertainty was unrelated to willingness to vote for diverse presidential candidates, among Democrats, uncertainty was related to increasing desire to vote for women, ethnic minorities, LGBT candidates, and candidates who are not Christian. These results suggest that in the direct aftermath of the election of Trump, liberals appear to use their uncertainty as a base for holding to liberal diversity norms, whereas for conservatives, whose candidate won the election, uncertainty and future voting preference were unnrelated. Results highlight the strength of political norms, even in the face of uncertainty, in guiding voting and political behavior.

Staff Michae Le, Office of Institutional Effectiveness:

Michael Le, Research Associate in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness is an invited panelist at the 57th annual conference for the Association for Institutional Research held May 30 to June 2, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The Forum is the world’s largest gathering of higher education professionals in institutional research, effectiveness, assessment, planning and related fields. Learn more at: http://forum.airweb.org/2017

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HSU Department of Social Work co-hosts 24th Annual California ICWA Conference Social Work

On June 6, 2017, HSU Department of Social Work co-hosted the 24th Annual Statewide California ICWA Conference.  The theme – “Preserve and Protect Indian Children, Families and Tribes.” Partnerships included the Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria, California Tribal Families Coalition, California Indian Legal Services, and California Department of Social Services. 

At this conference, the creation of the California Tribal Families Coalition was announced to a statewide audience.  The California Tribal Families Coalition (CTFC) is a California tribal nonprofit public benefit corporation created to protect the health, safety, and welfare of tribal children and families.  These values are at the core of tribal sovereignty and governance.  CTFC is comprised of six of the seven co-chairs of the California ICWA Compliance Task Force and was formed to carry out the recommendations of the Task Force, to seek compliance of the ICWA, and to further the goals of Indian tribes as they relate to tribal families.

Welcome and prayer was led by Barry Brenard (Chairperson, Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria) followed by these key topics:
· After the California ICWA Task Force Report -Working to Achieve Compliance

· A Collaborative Approach to Child Welfare: The San Diego Example

· Legal Updates: BIA Regulations and BIA Guidelines and their Interaction with Cal-ICWA

· Engaging Indian Families and Children with Trauma Informed Care

· Strategies for Recruitment and Retention of Native Foster Homes

· Cultural Mentoring in Child Welfare

· The Impact of the Continuum of Care Reform/Resource Family Approvals on Tribes

The HSU Department of Social Work would like to recognize MSW Class of 2017 graduates Trilby Kerrigan – Director at Pinoleville Pomo Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Program – and Silver Galleto – Vice Chairperson at Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians­ – who presented their Masters Projects at the conference under the topic “Strategies for Recruitment and Retention of Native Foster Homes.” Shari Hostler, MSW Class of 2016 and Director at Hoopa Valley Child and Family Services, also participated on the panel.
This event met qualifications for 8.25 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Special thanks to event organizer, Blair Kreuzer – HSU Department of Social Work Tribal and Community Child Welfare Educator.

Free Business Workshop All Campus

Learn how to understand government solicitations and how to write successful proposals. Appropriate for small biz owners, biz students & nonprofits. http://www.eurekaready.eventbrite.com

Academic Receptions All Campus

Academic departments will host receptions at various locations, following the Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 13. “Follow this link”:https://commencement.humboldt.edu/receptions for a list of times and locations.