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January, 2023

Chunying Wei, Jun Ou, Farzaneh Farhang Mehr, Daan Maijer, Steve Cockcroft, Lateng A, Yacong Zhang, Zhi Chen, Zhihua Zhu , Environmental Resources Engineering
Dr. Jun Ou, as a corresponding author, recently published a journal article which investigated the industrial scale Counter Pressure Casting (CPC) process at the journal Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B. Using an approach that combines advanced numerical modelling and industrial data acquisition, the work enhances the understanding of how the casting/die interface gap and pressure impact the temperature field in the casting.  This article was selected as the editor's choice and this honour is reflective of the work's comprehensive nature and its overall excellence
Kimberly Vincent-Layton, Center for Teaching and Learning
This paper summarizes an equity-focused STEM grant project that produced an openly-shared online professional development program, the Humanizing Online STEM Academy. Through the Academy, STEM faculty are introduced to a model of humanized online teaching that centers belonging as a way to address equity gaps. Participant survey responses present opportunities for future research about belonging in online courses. Pacansky-Brock, M., Smedshammer, M., & Vincent-Layton, K. (2023). In search of belonging online: Achieving equity through transformative professional development. Journal of Educational Research & Practice, 12(0), 39–64.
L. Rae Robison, Theatre, Film & Dance
In service as the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre National Member-at-Large for Design, Technology and Management, Rae traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to respond to design and technology work in Costumes, Scenic, Properties, Sound, Lighting and Allied Design for Region 2's multi state festival. Robison also served as a production respond to their invited production of Mud by María Irene Fornés.


Ollie Hancock, Journalism & Mass Communication
Journalism student Ollie Hancock reported on and published two stories with NYT on the recent earthquakes. Following the jolt, they went to Fortuna, Ferndale, and Rio Dell to speak with those impacted.  
Zack Erickson, Dr. Kevin Boston, Dr. Pascal Berrill,
Published journal article: "Listening to Indigenous Voices, Interests, and Priorities That Would Inform Tribal Co-Management of Natural Resources on a California State University Forest"
Paul Michael Leonardo Atienza, Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Paul Michael L. Atienza’s essay “Sociotechnical Infrastructures: Tracing Gay Socio-Sexual App Socialities in Manila” is included in Beauty and Brutality: Manila and Its Global Discontents edited by Martin F. Manalansan IV, Robert Diaz, and Rolando B. Tolentino (Temple University Press). The authors and contributors investigate the “messy, fleshy, recalcitrant, mercurial, and immeasurable qualities of the city,” examining Manila’s sensorial qualities, its representations in the visual and sonic arts, and digital technology, and its engagement with the legacies of colonialism and neoliberalism. 
Allyson Carroll, Forestry, Fire, & Rangeland Management
Allyson Carroll (research associate) received a grant from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to support research that will use redwood tree rings to date earthquakes on the northern San Andreas Fault. Tree ring signals, such as changes in growth and dates of reiterated trunks, will be used to constrain the year of the large magnitude event that occurred prior to the 1906 earthquake. Project findings will improve earthquake recurrence models for this region. Collaborators include Dr. Stephen Sillett and Marie Antoine at Cal Poly Humboldt, as well as Dr. Belle Philibosian at USGS and Dr. Ozgur Kozaci.
Hunter Harrill, Forestry, Fire, & Rangeland Management
Dr. Hunter Harrill (Forestry) was invited to give a presentation titled "Grapple Yarding Productivity Studies." His presentation was part of a panel on Grapple Yarding at the Western Region Council on Forest Engineering (WR.COFE) annual meeting on January 12th, 2023, in Lebanon, Oregon.
Dr. Peter Goetz, Dr. Andrew Conner, Mathematics
Published a paper titled: QUANTUM PROJECTIVE PLANES AS CERTAIN GRADED TWISTED TENSOR PRODUCTS  in The Journal of Algebra; The paper is joint with Dr. Andrew Conner at Saint Mary's College of California and will appear in the April 2023 issue. The main results of the paper are: (1) a classification up to algebra isomorphism of quadratic graded twisted tensor products of K[x,y] and K[z], and (2) the determination of which three-dimensional Sklyanin algebras contain a quantum P^1. Sklyanin algebras first arose in the late 20th century in the context of quantum inverse scattering problems in physics.
Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy, Dr. Kaitlin Reed, Native American Studies
Drs. Cutcha Risling Baldy and Kaitlin Reed received a $1 million grant from the Sierra Health Foundation to support the Food for Indigenous Futures project, an initiative of The Rou Dalagurr Food Sovereignty Lab and Traditional Ecological Knowledges Institute (FSL). The program aims to develop tribally informed, place-based, and culturally informed programming for mental health and substance abuse interventions amongst Native American youth. FSL Coordinator Marlene' Dusek will serve as project director. Funding will also support the creation of an Indigenous youth council to serve in an advisory capacity to the FSL, and support the Lab’s annual Indigenous Foods Festival.
Elizabeth Osuna, Haley Huffaker, Dr. Meenal Rana,
Two Child Development students, Elizabeth Osuna (2020 graduate) and Haley Huffaker (graduating fall 2022), with their advisor, Dr. Meenal Rana, have been accepted to publish their manuscript, "Resilience among Student Parents in College: Voices of Latina Student Mothers" in the special issue (College Women of Color) of Research in Human Development (RHD) Journal. The team has presented their research at the Society of Research on Child Development’s (SRCD) biennial meeting (April 2021); the CSU wide research competition (April 2020); HSU's 26th Annual Social Justice Summit (March 2020), and Society of Study on Human Development (SSHD) Conference (October 2019).        

December, 2022

Michele Miyamoto, Arianna Thobaben, Su Karl, Victor Garcia Balderas, Xander Roberts, Nicole Womack, Learning Center
Michele Miyamoto, Arianna Thobaben, and Su Karl presented at the Association of Colleges for Tutoring and Learning Assistance (ACTLA) Conference a workshop titled Advancing Equity Beyond the Training Session that shared what Cal Poly Learning Center is doing to create Equitable Learning Spaces in their center. Here they contributed an Equitable Learning Spaces assessment for learning center professionals to utilize and provided an action-research model for training Tutors and Supplemental Instruction Leaders in developing equity-minded practices. Cal Poly Humboldt students and Supplemental Instruction Leaders Victor Garcia Balderas, Xander Roberts and Nicole Womack presented their findings during the session.   
Taylor Bloedon, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration
Dr. Taylor Bloedon received a grant to expand a collaborative project with Cal Poly SLO, examining the effects of wild blueberries (WB) on fat oxidation and exercise. The project aims to measure substrate oxidation in men and women at rest and various exercise intensities following 4 weeks of WBs. Project findings will enhance pilot data demonstrating significant increases in fat oxidation during exercise following 2 weeks of WBs. WBs are a safe and healthy alternative to many current methods used to increase fat oxidation in both athletes and non-athletes, they also significantly reduce cardiometabolic disease risk and improve overall health.
Susan Edinger Marshall , Forestry, Fire, & Rangeland Management
Dr. Susan Edinger Marshall received a planning grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to develop the California Rangeland Education (CRED) program in collaboration with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and Audubon California. The initiative aims to assist individuals in completing educational requirements to sit for the California Certified Rangeland Manager (CRM) exam, analogous to the Registered Professional Foresters (RPF) exam. The program will create a curated study guide for prospective candidates, and also inventory and suggest integrative range courses being offered in California, perhaps by collaborating with other campuses and ranches.
Prof Alison Holmes (INTL) and Dr Susan Ross (San Jose State), International Studies
International Studies Professor Alison Holmes and Dr Susan Ross (San Jose State) presented to study abroad coordinators at the CSU International Forum at Sonoma State. Together with Dr Lily House Peters (CSU Long Beach) they are conducting research into ways to update and improve materials to support students before and after they return from study abroad that better represent the diversity of our students. The feedback was positive including interest from the Chancellor's Office.   
Sarah Jaquette Ray, Environmental Studies
With co-editors Sarah D. Wald, David Vazquez, and Priscilla Solis Ybarra, Environmental Studies professor Sarah Jaquette Ray's book, Latinx Environmentalisms: Justice, Place, and the Decolonial (Temple UP) won the Modern Language Association's prize for best edited book. 
Troy Lescher, Austin Maisler & Isabelie Montalvo, Theatre, Film & Dance
Dr. Troy Lescher and students Austin Maisler ('22) and Isabelie Montalvo ('23) published the “Doctoral Projects in Progress in Theatre Arts, 2022” report for the Association of Theatre in Higher Education [ATHE].
1, Geography
The Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, the western branch of American Association of Geographers, recently honored emeritus Professor Stephen Cunha with their Distinguished Service Award. During the awarding, a former student said “His passion for teaching geography through storytelling is unrivaled in the APCG. He has inspired generations of new geographers on the Pacific Coast and mentored many of them on to professions in the academy and industry for decades.”  In February, Stephen heads to Senegal, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia to lecture on National Parks and World Heritage Sites.
Michael H. Pazeian,
Michael H. Pazeian published the interview “John Hewston, World War II Veteran: Aircraft Gunner, Mechanic, and Supply Sergeant” in the newly released ideaFest Journal.
Carrie Tully,
Carrie Tully published their CSU Research Competition article and presentation “Working Towards Land Return in Goukdi'n: A History of Genocide and a Future of Healing” in the newly released ideaFest Journal.
Eli Baginski, Eden Marquez, and Skye Choi, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration
Eli Baginski, Eden Marquez, and Skye Choi published their CSU Research Competition article and presentation “Normative Values of College-Aged Men and Women for the 1.5-Mile Test on a Treadmill for Cardiorespiratory Fitness” in the newly released ideaFest Journal.
Sondra P. Schwetman, Art
Sondra P. Schwetman published her original artwork “S.O.S.” in the newly released ideaFest Journal.
Albert Ochoa Castillo and Dr. Joshua Smith, Chemistry
Albert Ochoa Castillo and Dr. Joshua Smith published the peer-reviewed paper  “Design of Possible Organic Photovoltaic Compounds and Their Initial Computational Assessment” in the newly released ideaFest Journal.
Kodiak E. Miller, Caleb J. Strait, Jacob I. Begorre, Brittney L. Mitchell, and Dr. Claire P. Till, Chemistry
Kodiak E. Miller, Caleb J. Strait, Jacob I. Begorre, Brittney L. Mitchell, and Dr. Claire P. Till published the peer-reviewed paper “Concentration of Heavy Metals in Three Distinct Algae Families from Humboldt County, California” in the newly released ideaFest Journal.
Nikola Hobbel, English
Dr. Nikola Hobbel's co-edited collection titled *Social Justice Pedagogy Across the Curriculum: The Practice of Freedom* has been released from Routledge in a second edition. Co-edited by Cal Poly English Professor Nikola Hobbel and Thandeka K. Chapman, the book takes up the question: "What knowledge and tools do pre- and in-service educators need to teach for and about social justice across the curriculum in K-12 classrooms?" The collection synthesizes historical foundations, philosophic/theoretical conceptualizations, and applications of social justice education in public school classrooms. That the book is released in second edition is indicative of its significance in the field.