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HSU Class of 2015 adds 1,500 to Alumni List

Humboldt State held its commencement Saturday, May 16, in Redwood Bowl, with three ceremonies honoring graduates of the colleges of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences, Professional Studies, and Natural Resources & Sciences. A total of 1,500 degree candidates crossed the stage to be presented diplomas and congratulated by first-year Humboldt State President Lisa Rossbacher.

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Faculty Dr. Michael S. Bruner and Ms. Brittany N. Stuckey, Communication:

Communication Professor Michael Bruner presented the paper, “Methods for Accounting for the Reception of Food-Related Images,” at the Joint 2015 Annual Meetings and Conference of the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) and the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society (AFHVS), Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA, June 24-28, 2015. The paper was co-authored by Brittany N. Stuckey, an Undergraduate Research Fellow in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Faculty Erin Kelly, Forestry & Wildland Resources:

Erin Kelly, Assistant Professor in the Forestry & Wildland Resources Department, and Jonathan Kusel, Executive Director of the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment, had their article on cooperative, cross-boundary management facilitates large-scale ecosystem restoration efforts published in California Agriculture, Volume 69, Number 1, January-March 2015. This article summarizes a case study for the Burney Gardens timber harvesting plan where a cooperative, cross-boundary meadow restoration project was undertaken by private & corporate landowners in Eastern Shasta County. The Burney Gardens property is currently under consideration for donation by the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council to the University as a teaching and research working laboratory of Northern Sierra Mixed Conifer forests with a large meadow complex.

Faculty Sara Hanna and Ken Fulgham, Forestry & Wildland Resources:

Research by the Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources faculty was recently featured in a special issue of California Agriculture, a quarterly journal of peer-reviewed research from the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The issue titled, Forestry: Managing for the Future highlights a wide range of forestry related research being conducted in California.

Sara Hanna and Ken Fulgham, Lecturer and Emeritus Professor respectively in the Forestry & Wildland Resources Department, had their article on Post-fire vegetation dynamics of a sagebrush steppe community change significantly over time published in California Agriculture, Volume 69, Number 1, January-March 2015. The article summarizes almost 30 years’ worth of data collected on two prescribed wildland fire sites in the Clear Lake Hills area of Modoc County. Significant findings regarding the post-fire plant community trajectories and changes over time have management implications for domestic livestock grazing, interstate mule deer herd winter range use, and the provision of suitable habitat for the threatened Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus).