Latest Achievements

Updates about the latest accomplishments—including latest research, publications, and awards—by students, faculty, and staff

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Danyelle Allen, Dance, Music & Theatre
Music Senior, Danyelle Allen, has received the Presser Foundation Undergraduate Music Scholar Award.  This national-level award is given to graduating seniors who have achieved a high level of music and academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, and contributed to an inclusive community. Danyelle is a tenor saxophonist who has been a Honors recital and Concerto Competition winner, and a member of the Ghost Ryder Saxophone quartet.  This year she is organizing the first Music program Black History Month concert.  

Cindy Moyer, Dance, Music & Theatre
On February 11 in Sacramento, Cindy Moyer, received the Distinguished Service Award from the California Orchestra Director's Association.  The award was presented during the California All-State Music Education Conference, and honors "individuals who selflessly served the California Orchestra Directors Association, and its activities, including continuous support of California Music Education, of CASMEC and it's affiliated organizations, and of other Music Educators in the state."

Aerin Monroe, Environmental Studies
https://newsfromnativecalifornia.com/review-sowing-seeds-racial-justice-and-the-environmental-movement/Sowing Seeds is a new docu-series on YouTube produced, written and hosted by Aerin Monroe (Environmental studies scholar at Cal Poly Humboldt) in partnership with Save California Salmon. Filmed and edited by Valentina Dimas, each episode offers insight into different aspects of environmental justice by centering Black and Indigenous scientists, educators, and activists all working to bring about positive change within Humboldt County.” Co-founder of Pathways and Purpose, alongside his wife, Dr. Susanne Sarley. Pathways of Purpose is an organization dedicated to empowering underserved youth and communities with “asset-based, STEAM educational and vocational programs.”

Loren Cannon, Philosophy
Dr. Loren Cannon of CPH Philosophy presented his essay, “Boundaries of Expression: Belief, Faith ... and Gender” at the Eastern Conference of the American Philosophical Association. This was a requested presentation, on the topic of "Fighting Anti-Transgender Legislation." This new essay from Dr. Cannon engages in a critical analysis of recent court decisions that seem to have widened the scope of religious freedom (including speech) and considers the resulting impacts on the limit of non-religious expression. The conference was held in NYC, January 15th - 18th 2024.

Zach Walllace, Bryan Bedrosian, Jeff Dunk, Dave LaPlante, Brian Woodbridge, et al., Environmental Science & Management
Jeff Dunk (ESM) and colleagues recently published a paper on predicting the spatial distribution of wintering Golden Eagles in Wyoming (including parts of surrounding states).  Much of the existing work on Golden Eagles pertains to their breeding season habitat use.  A link to the manuscript is here.  

Loren Cannon, Christina Accomando, Philosophy
Dr. Loren Cannon's essay, "The Politicization of Trans Identities: Dog Whistling and Virtue Signaling" has been included in the 12th edition of "Race, Class, and Gender in the United States, An Intersectional Study." This is the third essay that has become anthologized into a college level textbook, and he is grateful that his work is having an increasingly broad reach. This newest volume is edited by Cal Poly Humboldt's own Professor Christina Hsu Accomando (CRGS and English) along with Professor Paula S. Rothenberg. 

Kjirsten Wayman, Matthew Reilly, Alaina Petlewski, Chemistry
Kjirsten Wayman (Chemistry), Matthew Reilly (USDA Forest Service), and Alaina Petlewski (B.S. Botany, 2017) published a peer-reviewed article in the American Journal of Botany (2023) titled "Taxonomic insights from floral scents of western North American sessile-flowered Trillium".  The article can be found here:  https://doi.org/10.1002/ajb2.16255

William Wood, David Largent, Chemistry
Faculty William Wood, Chemistry, and David Largent, Biological Science Emeritus Professors William Wood and David Largent recently published an article in the Austrian Academy of Sciences journal Biosystematics and Ecology on the crustacean-like odor of the mushroom Russula xerampelina. This mushroom has a cooked shrimp odor that gives it the common name the “shrimp mushroom.” They and mycologist Darvin DeShazer of the Sonoma County Mycological Association, identified the chemicals that are responsible for this mushroom’s odor. Contact Information William.Wood@humboldt.edu Phone 707 832 2931

Sara K Sterner, Education
Sara K. Sterner, along with colleagues from The Ohio State University and Lesley University, successfully organized, presented at, and facilitated the 30th annual Children's Literature Assembly (CLA) Annual Expert Class: Nodes of Literary Connection: How Culturally Diverse Imprints are Building Pathways for More Inclusive and Representative Children’s Literature. The session took place at the National Council of Teachers of English annual conference in Columbus, OH, on November 18. The Expert Class featured experts from the field of children's publishing and explored how culturally diverse publishers and imprints are changing the landscape of inclusive representation in children’s literature. https://www.childrensliteratureassembly.org/blog/the-cla-expert-class-2…;

Nicole Jean Hill, Art + Film
Nicole Jean Hill received a grant from the Wyoming Community Foundation to support a touring exhibition and corresponding publication featuring the photography of Lora Webb Nichols (1883-1962). Nichols used photography to provide for her family before, during and after the Great Depression, photographing pioneer women and providing a unique window into the role of women in this era and their cultivation of community. Both projects will enhance appreciation of female contributions to the history of image-making and the American West. This work was selected for funding by the McMurry Library Endowment Fund Committee.

Karley Rojas; Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy, Native American Studies
Karley Rojas (they/elle) of the Environment and Community Graduate Program, and research associate of the Rou Dalagurr Food Sovereignty Lab and Traditional Ecological Knowledges Institute has been selected as an ARI-NEXTGEN Fellow (USDA NIFA NEXTGEN grant to the California State University Agricultural Research Institute) for the 'Place-Based Learning Practices Project’, with an award in the amount of $25,000. The project is under the mentorship of Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy of the Native American Studies Department, as the principal investigator. This joins funding from Save the Redwoods League, Humboldt Energy Independence Fund, and the Sustainability Department. 

Colton Boyd, Brianna Rennard, Cristina Portillo, Kayah Ray, Nievita Bueno Watts, Computer Science
2023 LSAMP PROUD Outstanding Research in STEM Please find attached the 2023 LSAMP PROUD Cal Poly Humboldt page featuring: Cristina Portillo, Wildlife Brianna Rennard, Zoology Kayah Ray, Geology Colton Boyd, Computer Science Congratulations to these scholars and a huge thank you to their mentors.

Peter Goetz, Mathematics
Dr. Peter Goetz gave an invited talk titled "Frobenius Extensions in Noncommutative Invariant Theory" in the AMS Special Session on Homological Techniques in Noncommutative Algebra at the Joint Mathematics Meeting on January 3, 2024. The JMM is one of the largest international meetings of mathematicians with approximately 6000 attendees. Dr. Goetz reported on his new theorem: all dual reflection groups afford examples of (twisted) Frobenius extensions. Dr. Goetz also presented his work on the relationship between Artin-Schelter regular and Artin-Schelter Gorenstein algebras and Frobenius extensions, and examples of Frobenius extensions arising from noncommutative and noncocommutative Hopf algebra actions.

Jim Graham, Environmental Science & Management
Dr. Jim Graham received a grant from CalTrout that will pay for a graduate student to perform GIS habitat modeling in the Eel River Watershed, and develop a subsequent Riparian Climate Refugia (RCR) data set. The data will provide information on where riparian corridors (vegetation growing near natural bodies of water) contain remaining climate refugia on the CA North Coast. Climate refugia are landscape features that provide environmental protection and can allow species to persist through climate change effects. The data will be particularly useful to land managers, who can use it to make more informed restoration and conservation decisions.

Alyssa Johnson, Claire Rogers, Noah Dunkley, Michael Gengo, C.D. Hoyle, Physics & Astronomy
Physics & Astronomy alumni (Alyssa Johnson ('21), Claire Rogers ('23), Noah Dunkley ('18), and Michael Gengo ('22)) and faculty member C.D. Hoyle recently published a peer-reviewed paper describing a technical advancement for the stabilization of the apparatus used for precision gravitational physics measurements at Cal Poly Humboldt. The article, titled "Optimization of an Active Leveling Scheme for a Short-Range Gravity Experiment," was published in the Journal of Undergraduate Reports in Physics and may be found here:  https://pubs.aip.org/aip/jurp/article/33/1/100002/2929427/Optimization-…

Alison Ruth Holmes, Politics
Professor Alison Holmes (Politics) led the first-ever International Research Track of the CSU International Forum at the Chancellor's Office. Historically for CSU staff, the CO asked Holmes to be a Vice-Chair and expand the format to include faculty and/or international research. Holmes both facilitated the track and presented a paper with Drs Lily-House-Peters (CSULB) and Susan Ross (CSUSJ), "Supporting Diverse Students: Study Abroad and Transformation Curriculum", based on research at LB and Humboldt that explored ways campus study abroad preparation/follow-up programs could be more holistic and culturally aware. Holmes was asked to help develop the new track further next year.  

Bori Mazzag, Sherrene Bogle, and Beth Eschenbach, College of Natural Resources & Sciences
Drs. Bori Mazzag, Sherrene Bogle, and Beth Eschenbach received a National Science Foundation “Enabling Partnerships to Increase Innovation Capacity” (EPIIC) grant in the amount of $400,000. The 3-year project will provide time for faculty to foster new industry connections that will expand paid internships and other experiential learning opportunities in tech and engineering, provide programming to prepare students to be successful in their internships, and facilitate campus-wide needs assessment of internships. Cal Poly Humboldt is part of a five institution cohort that will share strategies to expand innovation capacity, industry-academia partnerships, and workforce development. 

JuEun Lee and Joshua Steimel, Environmental Resources Engineering
Drs. JuEun Lee and Joshua Steimel recently published a paper in the Journal of Orthopaedics. The study examined the effect that vancomycin, tobramycin, and the combination of these two ubiquitous antibiotics can have on the compressive and tensile strength of bone cement. As the concentration of antibiotics increased there was a decrease in both the compressive and tensile mechanical performance of the bone cement. The results of this study can be utilized to guide future surgical techniques to reduce the incidence of failure of bone cement in the presence of antibiotics.

Sara K Sterner, Education
Sara K. Sterner, along with colleagues from University of North Dakota, Weber State University, and University of Minnesota, presented a poster at the National Council of Teachers of English annual conference in Columbus Ohio on November 18. The poster, Leveraging ChatGPT as a Node of Opportunity: Productive Collaboration with AI in YA Literature, was positively received. Recognizing that ChatGPT is at the forefront of conversations in English Education, we shared strategies for using this technology to engage students in literacy experiences and explore the benefits of strategically incorporating AI into the classroom in both a pedagogically beneficial and ethical way.   

Kamila Larripa, Mathematics
Kamila Larripa was selected to participate in the Simons Laufer Mathematical Sciences Institute's Summer Research in Mathematics Program.  She will work with collaborators on developing data-driven modeling approaches to investigate the impact of human behavior on epidemic dynamics for outbreaks such as the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Brandon Browne, Geology
Dr. Brandon Browne and colleagues from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, and King Saud University recently published a scientific article titled "Structure of shallow magma sources beneath Augustine Volcano (Alaska) inferred from local earthquake tomography" in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. The article presents a 3D model of the magma storage system beneath Augustine Volcano using arrival time data from local seismicity, which is crucial information for eruption forecasting, volcanic hazard assessment efforts, and a broader understanding of the structure of magma and fluid sources beneath the active volcano. 

Kevin Geumhan, Physics & Astronomy
Kevin Geumhan (‘24) coauthored a paper that was recently accepted for publication in Physical Review E. Kevin’s work was carried out in collaboration with researchers from UC Merced and is titled “Maximally Mixing Active Nematics.” Kevin also recently presented this work at the 76th Annual American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Eileen Cashman and Margaret Lang, Environmental Resources Engineering
Drs. Eileen Cashman and Margaret Lang received funding from Caltrans to investigate current and anticipated climate conditions on the Arcata/Eureka corridor, a roadway that’s experiencing one of the fastest rates of relative sea level rise on the entire U.S. west coast. The study will assess hazards, and evaluate adaptation options based on the best available sea level rise science. Findings will contribute to the development of a comprehensive climate adaptation plan for Highway 101, enabling Caltrans District 1 to advance planning and implement an adaptation solution.

Dr. Jennifer Trowbridge, Music
Music lecturer and guitarist Jennifer Trowbridge recently taught classes in India at Mount Shivalik School, surrounded by the Himalayas in the state of Himanchel, and Ashoka University, in Sanipot, in the northern state of Haryana. She studied drupad alap singing with Mamta Tripathi in Agra, Utter Pradesh, and the 23-stringed sarod with Arnab Battacharya in the National Capital Territory of Delhi. Jennifer also performed house concerts in Rampur, Kufri, Delhi, and Agra, and received many invitations to return – and to bring her Cal Poly Humboldt students on the next visit!

Dr. Armeda Reitzel, Ms. Rosalinda Frick, Communication
Dr. Armeda Reitzel (Professor, Communication) and Rosalinda Frick (Senior Communication Major) delivered a conference presentation titled "Engaging the Creativity of Three Diverse Student Populations Using a LibreTexts OER" at the 2023 Open Education Conference on November 8, 2023. Dr. Reitzel was one of several authors for a new open educational resource titled "Interpersonal Communication: Context and Connection (OERI)" that was first published by LibreTexts in 2022.  

Arianna Bucio, Joahnna Tool, Brianna Juarez, Yaire Barboza, Georgina Cerda Salvarrey, Audriana Penaloza, Athens Marrón, Priscilla Cuellar, Maria Citlalli Rodriguez, Marisol Ruiz, Nancy Perez, Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Students in the Promotorx Transformative Educators Program (Arianna Bucio, Joahnna Tool, Brianna Juarez, Yaire Barboza, Georgina Cerda Salvarrey, Audriana Peñaloza, Athens Marrón, Priscilla Cuellar, Maria Citlalli Rodriguez) traveled to Montgomery, Alabama on November 14-18, 2023 to present at the annual National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) Conference. They were joined by Dr. Marisol Ruiz (Education) and Dr. Nancy Pérez (CRGS) where together, they presented their research "Ethnic Studies as Liberatory Literacy Practices." Their project is a culmination of their work teaching ethnic studies to local high school students, which started this past summer and continued through this fall semester.    

Meenal Rana, Child Development
Dr Meenal Rana, Associate Professor, Child Development will be assuming the role of Chair of Diversity Science Initiative (DSI) at the Society for Study of Human Development (SSHD) in January of 2024. "Diversity Science provides new expansion and inclusiveness in intellectual inquiry by fostering an equitable and inclusive environment for all, providing a welcoming space that builds toward a comprehensive understanding of human development within SSHD" (https://sshdonline.org/diversity-science-initiative/). According to the outgoing chair, "Dr. Rana holds deep convictions to DEI work, as we do and I know with our support she will move the needle continually forward for SSHD." 

Robert W. Zoellner, James M. Moore, Chemistry
Professor Emeritus Robert W. Zoellner and his former student, James M. Moore, have published a peer-reviewed article entitled, “A DFT computational investigation of mono-sila-substituted DNA nucleobases and their hydrogen-bonded Watson-Crick dimers with the parent purines and pyrimidines”:  J. M. Moore, R. W. Zoellner, Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research 2023, 22, 102–110.

Justin Luong and Kerry Byrne, Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management
Drs Justin Luong and Kerry Byrne received a $1.4 million UC Climate Action Grant for several projects supporting climate resiliency in California grasslands and rangelands. Grasslands serve as the foundation for California’s ranching economy, and support ecosystem services like carbon and water storage, flood mitigation, and ecotourism. In light of climate change, innovating ecological restoration that focuses on climate resilience is imperative. Luong and collaborators (CSU-Chico, CalPoly-SLO and PointBlue) will work with land managers across California to establish a Grassland Restoration Action, Science and Stewardship (GRASS) network for coordination and resource sharing, and developing climate-resilient grassland restoration protocols.

Dr. Kimberly Vincent-Layton, Education
Dr. Kimberly Vincent-Layton, Megan Eberhardt-Alstot, and Dr. Brett Christie (Alchemy) presented a workshop on Realizing and Applying Agreements for Self-Care in Academe at the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Accelerate Conference in Washington, DC on October 25, 2023. The capacity to construct a caring learning environment begins with educator well-being. The educational climate continues to be one of uncertainty–with educators at the center–meeting the needs of students, institutions, and non-professional responsibilities. This session is based on the Toltec's Four-Agreements and Warm Demander Pedagogy to reaffirm educators in what makes them joyful as professionals.  OLC Blog Post 

Michele Miyamoto, M.A. Ed; Dr. Jessica Citti, and Arianna Thobaben, M. Ed., Learning Center
The Learning Center has been awarded recertification as a Level I certified tutor training program by the internationally recognized College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) by successfully completing the International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC) peer review process. Achieving certification means that the Cal Poly Humboldt Learning Center has met CRLA’s high standards for tutor selection, training, direct service, and evaluation as an integral part of their overall tutoring and writing assistance programs. Since 1999, 379 instructional student assistants have earned tutor certification through the center.           

Shay Konradsdottir, Rouhollah Aghasaleh , Education
Shay Konradsdottir (student- Computer Science and Molecular Biology) and Rouhollah Aghasaleh (faculty- Education) presented a paper, Rural Education's Impact on Children's Perceptions of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence in Public Services, at the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) conference. 

Rouhollah Aghasaleh, Amy Sprowles, Corrina Wells, Education
Rouhollah Aghasaleh (Education), Amy Sprowles (Biological Sciences), and Corrina Wells (DHSI) presented a study, “Indigenizing First-Year College Experience Through Place-Based STEM Disciplines”, that focused on indigenous scientific knowledge integration in Place-Based Learning Communities at the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Conference. Some of the goals of the study:
  • Understand students' evolving perceptions of indigenous scientific knowledge.
  • Examine challenges and solutions for knowledge synthesis.
  • Inform curriculum development for inclusivity.
  • Develop institutional recommendations for support.
 

Dawn Arledge, California Center for Rural Policy
Dawn Arledge received funding from the Sierra Business Council to develop a public health report for the Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) Eastern Sierra Region, encompassing Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Inyo, Mariposa, Mono, and Tuolumne counties. CERF is a state-wide initiative promoting a sustainable and equitable economic recovery from COVID. The report will explore health outcomes throughout the region, including an analysis of health disparities. It will also investigate potential links between economic and environmental conditions, and causes of disease and mortality. Findings will inform targeted investments for improving the region’s health equity and outcomes.

Valerie Keody, Cristina Portillo, Olivia Ortiz, and Darlene Alexis Villalobos Cazares, Humboldt McNair Scholars
Four McNair Scholars were selected to present their research at the NDiSTEM Conference through poster presentations including Valerie Keody, Cristina Portillo, Olivia Ortiz, and Darlene Alexis Villalobos Cazares. Two won first place in their subject areas: Olivia Ortiz in Psychology and Darlene Alexis Villalobos Cazares in Life Sciences, Animal Sciences/Zoology.  The NDiSTEM Conference, managed by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), was all-inclusive with learning opportunities offered through many cultural lenses. Approximately 6,500 attendees networked with graduate school, corporate, and governmental recruiters. 

Andrew Olson, Danyelle Allen, Lukas Faulder, Music
Congratulations to the Music Department Concerto Competition Winners:  Andrew Olson, piano, Competion winner;  Danyelle Allen, baritone saxophone, Runner-up;  Lukas Faulder, alto saxophone, Instrumental category winner.  During the Spring semester, Andrew Olson will perform Haydn's D Major Piano Concerto with the Humboldt Symphony.  

AJ Bealum, Cyril Oberlander, Library
AJ Bealum, Programmer & Project Manager, and Cyril Oberlander, Library Dean presented the innovative 3D Digital Herbarium project at the Access 2023 Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 24, 2023. The 3D Digital Herbarium is a Cal Poly Humboldt Library project focusing on transforming how we learn Botany, or any discipline, transitioning from 2D online galleries to an immersive 3D Digital Exhibit. This open pedagogy software development will celebrate a Version 1 launch this January. Check out the progress so far at: 3DHerbarium.org 

Humnath Panta, Business
Dr. Humnath Panta's recent research, "Ex‐military CEOs and readability of financial reports," published in the Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, ABDC A* rated journal, reveals that firms led by ex-military CEOs issue more precise 10-K reports. Highlighting the value of transparent communication, the research indicates that such CEOs' military backgrounds contribute to straightforward reporting and diminish the obscuring of negative information. This pioneering work sheds light on the influence of a CEO's military experience on financial transparency and offers a behavioral rationale for the improved readability of corporate financial disclosures.

Alex Harper, Marine Laboratory
Dr. Alex Harper received a $60,000 grant to support research that will enhance climate change and extreme weather resilience along the North Coast. The project involves collaboration with local fishing associations, tribes, shellfish growers, and regional experts to enhance information sharing. It will also utilize existing partnerships between California Sea Grant, California Ocean Observing Systems (Central & Northern (CeNCOOS); Southern California Coastal (SCCOOS)), and local communities to co-develop climate solutions, such as curated data dashboards and capacity development opportunities, to safeguard resource dependent economies, and support sustainable ocean use.

C.D. Hoyle, Physics & Astronomy
The LAG (Liquid-Actuated Gravity) Collaboration that includes Dr. C.D. Hoyle recently published work in the journal Review of Scientific Instruments titled "Measurement of gravitational and thermal effects in a liquid-actuated torsion pendulum." The work discusses measurements taken to test and characterize a novel system for making precision tests of gravity at short distance scales. In addition to Cal Poly Humboldt contributions, the collaboration includes researchers from the University of Naples and University of Rome Tor Vergata, as well as the Italian INFN (Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare).  The article can be found here:  https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0162604

David Adams, Melissa Bittner, Lisa Silliman-French, & Barry Lavay, School of Applied Health
David Adams, Melissa Bittner (CSU Long Beach), Lisa Silliman-French (Texas Woman's University), and Barry Lavay (CSU Long Beach) published an article titled "Implementing Action Research in Physical Education: A Guide for Physical Educators in the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.  

Alison Holmes, Politics
Based on her career trajectory both prior to, and since arriving in, academe, Prof Alison Holmes (PSCI) was invited to offer a piece for the “Learning the Scholar’s Craft” series on the ‘Robert Jervis International Security Studies Forum’ of H-Diplo. Joining scholars of international relations, politics and history that range from Charles Maier and John Lewis Gaddis to Cynthia Enloe and Ann Tickner, the invitation was extended to Holmes as the Forum seeks to offer more “success stories” to their younger/female grad student and early career readers that explore the breadth of pathways taken by women in the field: https://issforum.org/category/essays/formation-essay

Frank DeMatteo, Psychology
Dr. Frank DeMatteo, School Psychology Program Coordinator, received $2 million in Grant Funding (two grants). Over the next five years these grants, in partnership with the Northern Humboldt Union High School District, will be used to increase the number of mental health practitioners in disadvantaged school districts. They will also support the professional development of students and their field-based supervisors. Three students from the first-year School Psychology cohort were awarded $15,000 for the next two years. Four students from the second-year cohort, received $10,000 to support the completion of their 540 hours of school-based practicum for the 2023-2024 Academic year.

Prof. C.D. Hoyle, Physics & Astronomy
Dr. C.D. Hoyle is a co-author of a new publication that discusses the results of a 15-year campaign to map the moon’s orbit at the millimeter level. Such measurements can be used to test the validity of General Relativity and test theories that predict new physics. https://doi.org/10.1088/1538-3873/aceb2f

Jill Anderson and David Adams, School of Applied Health
Drs. Jill Anderson and David Adams received a $1.2 million Department of Education grant to implement a teacher preparation program designed to increase the number of California educators fully qualified to serve children with disabilities who have high intensity needs. The project is in direct response to the state’s growing demand for fully credentialed special education, early intervention, and related services personnel. The program will recruit diverse student cohorts to complete a teaching credential in either Special Education or Physical Education, and complete an MS in Kinesiology to obtain an Adapted Physical Education added authorization.

Maxwell Schnurer and Steve Ladwig , Communication
Dr. Maxwell Schnurer and Steve Ladwig received a US Department. of Justice grant to support a collaborative program between Cal Poly Humboldt and College of the Redwoods offering a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Communication at Pelican Bay State Prison. This will be the first B.A. program in the US offered at a level-four, maximum security prison and in person. Partnering with Project Rebound and the Advising and Academic Career Center, the program will also provide re-entry support and post-degree employment preparation. This work will strengthen post-release career opportunities for incarcerated students, while reducing recidivism and enhancing community safety.

Kamila Larripa, Mathematics
Kamila Larripa and collaborators published an article in the Journal of Theoretical Biology entitled Macrophage phenotype transitions in a stochastic gene-regulatory network model.  The study classifies cell phenotypes using a spectral clustering algorithm and quantifies transitions between phenotypes using transition path theory.  

Joshua Meisel and Daniel Bear, Sociology
Joshua Meisel co-authored with Daniel Bear (Humber College) "A tale of two cannabis legalization experiments" for Policy Options in commemoration of the 5th anniversary of cannabis legalization in Canada. https://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/october-2023/cannabis-canada-c…

Joshua Meisel, Amanda Reiman, Rielle Capler, and Darcey Paulding McCready, Sociology
Joshua Meisel co-authored an article on "Medical Cannabis Identity and Public Health Paternalism" with Amanda Reiman, Rielle Capler, and Darcey Paulding McCready in the June issue of Public Health in Practice. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhip.2023.100372  

Joshua Meisel, Dominic Corva, and Ara Pachmayer, Sociology
Joshua Meisel co-authored with Dominic Corva and Ara Pachmayer "Cannabis, Communities, and Place: (Re)constructing Humboldt's Post-Prohibition Present" in the 2023 issue of the Humboldt Journal of Social Relations. https://digitalcommons.humboldt.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1218&co…