Latest Achievements

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

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March, 2022

Nicholas Kerhoulas (Wildlife) / Lucy Kerhoulas (Forestry & Wildland Resources)), Wildlife

Dr. Nicholas Kerhoulas and Dr. Lucy Kerhoulas have been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Save The Redwoods League to support their research on the distribution and abundance of the Sonoma tree vole, a rodent species that is both endemic to California and a California Species of Special Concern. Their study will determine if restoration thinning and/or the use of nesting platforms affect Sonoma tree vole abundance, and compare Sonoma tree vole abundance and genetic diversity between primary and second-growth redwood forests. Project findings will help inform land management and conservation practices.

Deidre Pike, Journalism & Mass Communication

Deidre Pike, associate professor in journalism, received the California Press Association's 2022 Educator of the Year award. The award was announced at the California College Media Association award banquet in association with the Associated Collegiate Press convention March 6.

Chris Walmsley, Psychology

Chris Walmsley, Assistant Professor of Psychology, recently gave an invited talk titled “Points of Contact and Departure Between Behavioral Gerontology and ABA With Younger Populations” at the annual California Association of Applied Behavior Analysis (CalABA). CalABA’s mission is to promote the science and theory of behavior analysis through the support of research, education, and practice. Their convention is the top regional conference on behavior analysis in the United States and regularly features well-known researchers and clinicians from throughout the United States.

Nick Angeloff / Dr. Marisol Cortes-Rincon, Anthropology

Nick Angeloff and Dr. Marisol Cortes-Rincon have been awarded a $4,000 grant from the Nor Rel Muk Wintu Nation to support the development of a Nor Rel Muk Wintu ethno-geographic GIS database. The database will preserve a portion of the Wintu language, culture, and history, and use GIS technology to electronically preserve and organize pre-contact and post-contact place name and landscape data. The project seeks to ground truth important geographic locations and electronically link these place names to photos, audio recordings, allotment data, and the stories and myths of the Wintu people.

Rouhollah Aghasaleh, Education

Assistant Professor Rouhollah Aghasaleh's chapter "Culturally Relevant Mentorship in Motion" has been published in Routledge's volume "Philosophical Mentoring in Qualitative Research
Collaborating and Inquiring Together".

Edited By Kelly W. Guyotte, Jennifer R. Wolgemuth
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Professor Alison Holmes, International Studies

Professor Holmes (International Studies) has been invited to be the founding Managing Editor of CSUGlobal, a new online journal hosted by the Global Studies Institute at CSU Long Beach. The journal is designed to showcase the work of faculty, staff and students across the CSU system and to highlight California as a local/global actor. Explicitly international and interdisciplinary, Holmes was selected on the basis of her work exploring California's global profile and the intersectionality of its subnational diplomacies at home and abroad. Please contact her if you are interested in learning more about the journal.

February, 2022

David Adams & Jill Anderson, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

David Adams & Jill Anderson published the below article.

Adams, D., McNamara, S., Bittner, M., Pawlowski, J., Hangauer, K. (2022). Structured Play Groups for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Critical Review. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education. 47(1) 7-26.

David Adams & Enoch Hale, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

David Adams (KRA) & Enoch Hale (CTL) published in Faculty Focus.
Adams, D., Hale., E. (2022, February 23). Supporting Struggling Students through Collaborative Problem Solving. Faculty Focus.
https://www.facultyfocus.com
/articles/effective-classroom-management/supporting-struggling-students-through-collaborative-problem-solving

James Floss, Marcelino Pedro Gabriel Felipe, Communication

James Floss, Lecturer Emeritus of the Communication Department conducted a workshop via Zoom for teachers of English in Tijuana MX, “Teaching English through performance” for 14 teachers at the Cumbres International School. Said the Assistant Academic Dean, Marcelino Pedro Gabriel Felipe, a former student of HSU, “It allowed us to learn techniques to teach English with our students.“

C.D. Hoyle, Physics & Astronomy

Professor C.D. Hoyle has been elected to serve a 2-year term on the Executive Committee of the Far West Section of the American Physical Society.

Chris Aberson, Psychology

Chris Aberson, Professor and of the Chair Department of Psychology, recently published an R package called "BetterReg for Calculation of Useful Statistics for Linear and Logistic regression.” The package was accepted to the Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN), the primary repository for R packages. Previously Dr. Aberson published several versions of a package called pwr2ppl that provides numerous functions for statistical power analysis. pwr2ppl has been downloaded nearly 15,000 times since it’s initial publication in 2019 and is widely recognized as having one of the most clever R package names.

Susan Edinger Marshall, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Dr. Susan Edinger Marshall has been awarded the 2022 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award by the Range Science Education Council and the Society for Range Management.

Alison Holmes, International Studies

Professor Alison Holmes (International Studies) was invited by the Liberal History Group in the UK to give their annual keynote address 'at' the National Liberal Club 'in London' on Jan 31 (via zoom). The topic of her talk was "The legacy of the 1992 General Election campaign - 30 years on". Holmes was asked to speak as she had been the National Campaign Director for the Liberal Democrats during the 1992 and the 1997 election campaigns.

Roxann Schroeder, Biological Sciences

Roxann Schroeder, lecturer in Biology and ESM, has written an online textbook, Human Genetics: Understanding How Genes Work, to support students in the Human Genetics class.

John Meyer, Politics

John Meyer was selected as a senior fellow of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany. https://www.iass-potsdam.de/en

He is working there through June 2022 on a project entitled "The Ambiguous Promise of Climate Populism."

Amber Gaffney and Academic Research M.A. Graduate Students, Psychology

Cal Poly Humboldt Psychology faculty and numerous students presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Convention in San Francisco this last weekend. Lead presenters included Academic Research M.A. students Matthew Burt, Crane Cosno, Jacob Crocker, Jeff Frederick, Samantha Gardener, Jordan McDowell, and Joseph Pang. Amber Gaffney co-chaired the Group Processes and Intergroup Relations Pre-Conference. Chris Aberson also presented. Demonstrating the Psychology department’s commitment to hands-on learning, 12 graduate students and alum were authors on presentations. SPSP is the world’s largest organization of social and personality psychologists with over 7500 members.

Sara L. Chase Merrick, Child Development

Dr. Sara L. Chase Merrick, in collaboration with the Hoopa Tribal Education Association (HTEA), received a $49,000 grant from the Administration for Native Americans: Promote the Survival and Continuing Vitality of Native American Languages program. This grant will allow them to expand ongoing Hupa language immersion efforts. Dr. Merrick will be an Emerging Hupa Language Speaker-Teacher Fellow, which will enable her to further her language learning, speaking, and teaching work with expert speaker Verdena Parker and HTEA Hupa Language Teachers.

Meenal Rana, Child Development

In Feb 2022, Dr. Meenal Rana's research has received the spotlight in the" Researcher's Window" section of the Society for Study of Human Development (SSHD). Her work is shared on the link that follows:

https://sshdonline.org/february-2022-researchers-window-dr-meenal-rana/

Dr. Laura Johnson, Geography

Dr. Laura Johnson published her Yoga for Ecological Grief course, which she has taught through Cal Poly Humboldt's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) since Fall 2020, in a widely accessible online format through Teachable. This unique self-paced course is offered at a sliding scale with scholarships available, and more information can be found here: https://a-restful-space.teachable.com/p/yoga-for-ecological-grief

Humnath Panta, Business

Published an article entitled "Exports and Imports-Led Growth: Evidence from a Small Developing Economy" on Journal of Risk and Financial Management 2022, 15(1), 11.

Panta, Humnath, Mitra L. Devkota, and Dhruba Banjade. 2022. "Exports and Imports-Led Growth: Evidence from a Small Developing Economy" Journal of Risk and Financial Management 15, no. 1: 11. https://doi.org/10.3390/jrfm15010011

Ho Yi Wan and Danial Nayeri, Wildlife

Dr. Ho Yi Wan and his MS student, Danial Nayeri, published the article, "Comparison of habitat suitability and connectivity modelling for three carnivores of conservation concern in an Iranian montane landscape" in Landscape Ecology. Other authors of the article include Alireza Mohammadi, Kamran Almasieh, and Mohammad Ali Adibi. This study increases our understanding of the efficacy of protected areas in protecting corridors and connectivity for carnivores in Iran.

The article is available here:
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-021-01386-5

Seafha Ramos, Wildlife

Dr. Seafha Ramos, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology, hosted in the Wildlife Department, published an article, "Understanding Yurok traditional ecological knowledge and wildlife management" the Journal of Wildlife Management.

The paper can be found at https://wildlife.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jwmg.22140.

A media story by The Wildlife Society can be found at: https://wildlife.org/jwm-integrating-yurok-knowledge-and-wildlife-management/?fbclid=IwAR2QwFZq9PPjyE2ZyGI4JlDW7P41_IMw2QhKCLlr-Q1Fgjf

January, 2022

Liza Boyle, Sonja Manor, Bori Mazzag, Mathematics

Dr. Liza Boyle (Environmental Resources Engineering), Sonja Manor and Dr. Bori Mazzag (Mathematics) presented a workshop entitled "Humboldt Solar Panel Projects". The workshop was held on Feb. 1 in the Mathematical Association of America "Curriculum Renewal Across the First Two Years" workshop series. The workshop showcased course materials developed for Math 109 Calculus I and Math 101T Trigonometry that connect mathematical content to solar energy production. Projects explore local data and discuss broader social implications of the use of solar energy and highlight applications of math to local issues.

Kushal Adhikari, Environmental Resources Engineering

Dr. Kushal Adhikari, Faculty and Research Associate-Environmental Resources Engineering, along with four other speakers served as a panelist in Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium 2022.

Dr. Adhikari shared his opinion on how the academic research and knowledge can be transformed and implemented at policy level. Also, he shared his thoughts on how the networking can serve as a platform for knowledge transformation. Attached is the link for the session led by Dr. Adhikari and the group.

https://www.tipconsortium.net/session/knowledge-infrastructure-for-tran…

Kushal Adhikari, Environmental Resources Engineering

Dr. Kushal Adhikari, Faculty and Research Associate-Environmental Resources Engineering, in collaboration with Texas Tech University recently published the article, "Minimizing Errors in the Prediction of Water Levels Using Kriging Technique in Residuals of the Groundwater Model" in Water journal.

The article presents the water community with a new and integrated approach for improved monitoring of groundwater resources. The prediction error was reduced from ~31 m to less than 5 m after the application of integrated approach. This will lead to sustainable use of groundwater resources while also aiding in efficient and effective conjunctive management of surface and groundwater resources.

View the article here: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/14/3/426