Owls as Pest Control? Researchers Hope To Find out

Barn owls, with their big, mottled brown wings and distinctive white faces, can be spotted all over Northern California’s wine country. Attentive travelers may spot the owl boxes that dot vineyards, simple nests that ranchers and farmers put up to invite the owls to their land.

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Oh SNAP! Receives $77,000 Grant to Expand, Add Food Program Services »

Dedicated to helping food insecure students, Humboldt State University’s Oh SNAP! program will receive a $77,000 grant from the California State University (CSU).

HSU Does it Again! Student Heads to National Theater Arts Competition in D.C. »

For the fifth consecutive year, an HSU Theatre Arts student is heading to Washington, D.C. for a prestigious theater competition.

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Faculty Mark Hemphill-Haley, Geology:

Mark Hemphill-Haley (Geology) returned from two-week investigation of the 2016 M 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake, South Island, New Zealand. He joined HSU alumni Russ Van Dissen (‘83) and Jessica Vermeer (‘13 BS, ’16 MS) and NZ researchers to investigate the deformation associated with more than 9 m (27 ft) of offset during the earthquake. The investigation involved trenching across the fault to assess fault structure and timing of previous earthquakes.

Student Soil Judging Team, Rangeland Resource Science, Environmental Science & Management:

HSU’s Soil Judging Team places 3rd in Region 6!

Humboldt State University’s first Soil Judging Team braved snowy roads to travel to Butte College on Saturday, March 3 and placed 3rd in Team and Group categories. Team members Miles Ritch (Rangeland Resource Science), Monica Pina (Wildland Soils), and Yoselyn Ayala (Ecological Restoration) ventured into wet, muddy soil pits to evaluate soil textures, colors, and structures, then classified and rated soils for several land uses.

During the afternoon, hail and heavy rain-storms pummeled contestants from CalPoly San Luis Obispo, Cal State Fresno, Cal State Chico, and Humboldt State University. Thanks to Dr. Garrett Liles of CSU Chico for hosting the event. Region 6 of the Agronomy Society of America-sponsored contest includes universities from Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, New Mexico and Nevada, although only four teams from California competed this year. Teams from CalPoly SLO and CSU Fresno will compete at the National Competition March 18-23 at the University of Tennessee. The National Collegiate Soils Contest will hosted by CalPoly SLO in 2019.

Faculty Maral N. Attallah,  :

Maral N. Attallah (Lecturer in the Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies Department) was honored as one of the keynote speakers for the 35th Annual Sonoma State University 2018 Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series. Her lecture, “Armenian Genocide: Legacies of Denial” – was presented on March 13th in Warren Auditorium at Sonoma State University.

Faculty Nicole Jean Hill, Art:

Professor of Art Nicole Jean Hill was invited by the Center for Prairies Studies at Grinnell College to be an artist-in-residence for the month of March. She is developing a series of photographs and animations about the ecology of the restored and remnant tallgrass prairies at the Conard Environmental Research Area in Kellogg, Iowa.

Faculty Marcy Burstiner, Journalism & Mass Communication:

The Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will award Professor Marcy Burstiner a James Madison Freedom of Information Award March 27 in San Francisco for significant contributions to advancing freedom of information or expression. Burstiner will receive the Beverly Kees Educator Award for guiding students to harness the power of the California Public Records Act.

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Debra K Ryerson Theatre, Film & Dance

“The Oldest Student-run Film Festival in the World” to Host 51st Year
HSU Students Get Ready for Annual Event

Arcata, CA, March 15, 2018:  The 51st Humboldt Int’l Film Fest will hold its annual four-night event at the historical Minor Theatre in Arcata from April 18-21. The finalists in four categories will have two screenings nightly at 5:00pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $5.00 from April 18-20 and $10.00 on April 21 for the Best of Fest screenings.
Since 1967, students of Humboldt State University have been producing the internationally recognized festival. The call-to-entry is open to independent filmmakers of all ages and countries for films with a running time 1-30 minutes in Narrative, Documentary, Animation, and Experimental categories. This year, 195 entries from 22 countries were submitted including films from Argentina, Spain, Japan, China, Poland, Korea, Iran, Mexico, Turkey, India, Norway, Korea, Italy, and Kosovo. Film festival classes pre-screen all entries. The films with the highest scores in all four categories compete for cash awards and Audience Favorite Awards.

Joining this year’s festival as industry judges are Patricia Cardoso, who directed Real Women Have Curves, Audience Award winner at Sundance Film Festival; Udi Aloni, Israeli-American filmmaker whose film Junction 48 won the Jury Award for Best International Narrative Feature at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival; and screenwriter, filmmaker Hal Masonberg who directed the award winning documentary Jazz Nights. They will host the second screenings nightly with a Q&A;to follow.

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