Latest Achievements

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

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June, 2022

Jen Dyke, TRiO Upward Bound
Jen Dyke (Director, TRiO Upward Bound) received a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to continue Cal Poly Humboldt’s TRiO Upward Bound program, a college preparatory program designed to generate the skills and motivation necessary for post-secondary educational success among income eligible high school students whose parents have not attained a four-year college degree. Funding will allow the program to increase educational attainment and college entry of students in regional secondary schools in Humboldt and Trinity Counties.
Nick Angeloff, Dr. Marisol Cortes-Rincon, Anthropology
Nick Angeloff and Dr. Marisol Cortes-Rincon received a grant from the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District (GRCD) that will allow the Cultural Resources Facility (CRF) to conduct a cultural resources and botanical investigation for the GRCD’s Iron Horse Fish Screen Project (IHFSP), a stream remediation project that will remove barriers to Salmonid migration along a creek. CRF’s investigation will identify known or unknown cultural resources within the project location, and ensure that no historic resources will be impacted by the project. 
C.D. Hoyle, Physics & Astronomy
Dr. C.D. Hoyle received a continuing grant from the National Science Foundation to support an ongoing collaborative project with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). The project, which is physically based at IUPUI, is dedicated to developing an apparatus to measure the gravitational constant, G, with unprecedented precision. This constant is the least-well-known fundamental constant in nature, and its precise determination is of broad interest to a wide variety of disciplines from precision measurement to cosmology. The project will provide the opportunity for Cal Poly Humboldt students to be involved through summer research and conference presentations.
Kimberly N. White, Kimberly Vincent-Layton, Brandilynn Villarreal, Frank Cappuccio, Chris Harmon, Chemistry
Kimberly N. White, Kimberly Vincent-Layton, Brandilynn Villarreal, Frank Cappuccio, and Chris Harmon received a Student Success Network Equity in Action grant ($14,984) for their project, "Does the Use of an Interactive General Chemistry Textbook Improve Student Perceptions of and Use of the Textbook and Increase Equitable Outcomes?" This project seeks to understand the impact of interactive web-based learning on equity outcomes.
Joshua Zender, Business
Professor Joshua R. Zender was featured in WalletHub's piece about Balance Transfer Credit Cards. Read the piece here:  
Nick Angeloff, Dr. Marisol Cortes-Rincon, Anthropology
Nick Angeloff and Dr. Marisol Cortes-Rincon received a grant from the Save the Redwoods League (SRL) to support a Cultural Resources Facility (CRF) archaeological survey on SRL land. The survey will cover an area of land where a cultural artifact was found during construction of a new trail on the SRL’s Shady Dell property. CRF’s investigation will be conducted to assist the SRL in their obligation to comply with California historic resource regulations, and continue a relationship between SRL and CRF to protect both the environment and historic resources.
Chris Aberson, Psychology
Chris Aberson published “BetterReg: An R Package for Useful Regression Statistics” in the Journal of Open Source Software ( The article reports on a freely available tool for calculating a number of common statistical values that were not previously available for the R software platform.  The work stems from materials develop in Dr. Aberson’s Regression and Multivariate Statistics course, highlighting how teaching can also serve as scholarship that benefits other instructors.

May, 2022

Robert Muma, Dr. Kevin Boston, Dr. Christa Dagley, Dr. J-Pascal Berrill + collaborators Lynn Webb & Harold Zald, Forestry, Fire, & Rangeland Management
Muma, R.; Webb, L.W.; Zald, H.S.J.; Boston, K.; Dagley, C.M.; Berrill, J-P. 2022. Dynamics of stump sprout regeneration after transformation to multiaged management in coast redwood forests. Forest Ecology and Management 120236.
Erin Kelly (Forestry), Jeff Kane (Forestry), Benjamin Graham (Psychology),
Professors Erin Kelly and Jeff Kane (Forestry) and Benjamin Graham (Psychology) received a US Departments of Interior & Agriculture Joint Fire Science Program grant to study post-wildfire recovery in communities of California and Oregon. They will be working with graduate students and community partners to implement this project.
Faculty Dr. Matthew Derrick & Dr. Amy Rock, Students Anthony Lucero, Otto Schmitt, Angela Valladares, Yuichi Ambiru, Geography
Anthony Lucero won the Geosystems Award which is the top prize for undergraduate geospatial research for his paper titled “Drone Photogrammetry: Using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to Represent the Underrepresented.” Otto Schmitt earned the second-place Joe Beaton Professional Poster Award for his research poster titled “The Effects of Rising Sea Levels in Humboldt County on FedEx Ground.” Angela Valladares placed first in the Professional Digital Cartographic Award for her entry titled “The Great Earthquakes of September 19th.” Yuichi Ambiru took the first-place Professional Paper Cartographic Award for his map titled “Iceland, the Island of Volcano and Glacier.”      
Josh Zender, Business
Josh Zender recently published a case study titled "Exploiting the Unemployment Insurance Program: A Role Play of the Actions of State Officials at the Height of the Coronavirus Pandemic" in Sage Publications.  This case positions the reader to consider the ethical pathways confronting budget planners of a state unemployment compensation system at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jacky Baughman, Melanie Michalak, Geology
Jacky Baughman and Melanie Michalak, professors in the Geology Department, received a one year grant from the Geological Society of America AGeS-DiG (Awards for Geochronology Student Research- Diversity in Geochronology) program of $14,975 to support a cohort of six undergraduate students in the 22-23 academic year to undertake original research using geochronologic methods. The support includes a stipend, cost of analyses, and travel to a Spring conference to present their work. 
Jacky Baughman, Melanie Michalak, Geology
Jacky Baughman and Melanie Michalak, professors in the Geology Department, received a one year grant from the Geological Society of America AGeS-DiG (Awards for Geochronology Student Research- Diversity in Geochronology) program of $14,975 to support a cohort of six undergraduate students in the 22-23 academic year to undertake original research using geochronologic methods. The support includes a stipend, cost of analyses, and travel to a Spring conference to present their work. 
Andre Buchheister, Fisheries Biology
A subset of members from the Ecological Reference Points (ERP) Team were recognized for their ERP Stock Assessment for Atlantic Menhaden. This team of scientists helped to significantly advance the understanding of menhaden and its role as an important forage fish, providing the Commission with the tools needed to manage menhaden in an ecologically sustainable way. Of special note are Dr. David Chagaris and Dr. Andre Buchheister, experts in the field of fisheries resources, predator-prey interactions, and ecosystem-based fisheries management and models, for their work on the development of the ERP model which is currently being used in management.
Chris Aberson, Amber Gaffney, Humboldt Students, Psychology
Chris Aberson and Amber Gaffney served as co-chairs of the Western Psychological Association’s (WPA) 2022 Conference. The conference theme was Diversity, Equity, and Sustainability. At WPA, seven faculty and 37 students authored presentations. Chris Aberson gave the WPA Outstanding Teaching Award Address and Academic Research M.A. student Joseph Pang won the American Psychological Association Division for International Psychology’s student poster contest.

April, 2022

Hannah Cornwell (the PreMed Society student President), Biological Sciences
PreMed and PreVet Society students organized an event called Intro To Suturing Workshop on April 25. They invited Dr. Bret Gorham from Providence St. Joseph Hospital and Dr. Ellie Carrier from North Coast Veterinary Hospital. The workshop lasted 2 hours long (much longer than the scheduled one hour) and provided hands-on training to ~25 students on suturing skills. The workshop encourages interest in pursuing healthcare careers.
Mike Fisher, Facilities Management
Mike Fisher (Associate Vice President, Facilities Management) received a grant from the Second Nature Foundation to support The Sustainability Office’s Climate Resilient Landscaping Demonstration Project. The project will replace a landscaped area on campus with climate-resilient native plants, and will be a model for landscape planning, a source of pollen and nectar for native pollinators, and serve as a living lab that provides students with experience in environmental resilience research and development. The Sustainability Office’s Morgan King (Climate Action Analyst) will provide leadership and expertise throughout the project’s implementation.
Robert Cliver, History
Humboldt Professor of History Rob Cliver was recently interviewed for the New Books Network Economic and Business History podcast about his 2020 publication, Red Silk: Class, Gender, and Revolution in China's Yangzi Delta Silk Industry (Harvard University Asia Center). Listen to the interview here:
Claire Rogers, Jesse Mendez, Ana Sammel, Physics & Astronomy
Three Cal Poly Humboldt students presented research at the 2022 April Meeting of the American Physical Society that was held April 9-12 in New York City. Physics and Astronomy majors Claire Rogers ('23) and Jesse Mendez ('22) presented work related to research being done in the Gravitational Research Laboratory, while Ana Sammel ('22 Applied Mathematics major, Physics minor) presented work done in conjunction with Vanderbilt University. 
Chris Aberson, Josue Rodriguez, Danielle Siegel, Psychology
Chris Aberson, along with Psychology Academic Research M.A. alums Josue Rodriguez (′19) and Danielle Siegel (′21) recently published an article titled Power Analysis for Regression Coefficients: The Role of Multiple Predictors and Power to Detect all Coefficients Simultaneously in The Quantitative Methods for Psychology. The work provides researchers tools to improve sample size planning for complex research designs. Both Mr. Rodriquez and Ms. Siegel are currently enrolled in U. C. Davis’ Quantitative Psychology Ph.D. program.
Noah Zerbe, Politics
Students in the Model United Nations program won several team awards at the Model United Nations of the Far West conference. Sawyer Chrisman, Levi Huser, Cruz Lopez, Johnny Mendoza, Ana Zamarano (representing France), Malluli Cuellar, Philip Mochel, Alida Nicklaus and Kim Willard-Mack (representing Malaysia), and Michael Coyne, Amber Rae Dennis, and Edwin Rosales (representing Ukraine) all won recognition for outstanding team performance at conference. In addition, Amber Rae Dennis was selected as one of four plenary speakers. Humboldt was one of the top performing schools at the conference, which draws hundreds of students from across the Pacific Rim. 
Professor Alison Holmes, International Studies
Prof Alison Holmes will be going to Europe—at last!—on a faculty award from the International Team in the Chancellor's Office. The trip—originally scheduled two years ago but canceled due to COVID—will take a group from across the CSU system to five different German universities. If all goes according to plan this time, they will spend a week visiting our partners and learning about their programs. 
Brandon Browne, Geology
Brandon Browne and colleagues from the U.S. Geological Survey published a professional report with the Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys detailing their comprehensive study on the ~400 yr BP eruption of Half Cone, a post-caldera composite cone in Aniakchak National Park and Preserve in Alaska. As one of the largest eruptions from a volcano on the Alaska peninsula over the past 3,000 years, it blanketed hundreds of miles with thick ash and produced an important stratigraphic marker used by geologists and archeologists working to understand the geological and human history of the region.          
Matthew Johnson, Wildlife
Dr. Matthew Johnson received a grant from the CSU Agricultural Research Institute to support a study on whether the criteria for Wildlife Conscious Certification (WCC), a new eco-label being developed for cannabis farms, truly benefit wildlife. Dr. Johnson’s project will implement WCC-recommended habitat enhancements on cannabis farms, and examine their impact via wildlife surveys. Project collaborators include Jackee Riccio (Executive Director, Cannabis for Conservation) and Wildlife Associate Professor, Dr. Barbara Clucas.
Chris Aberson, Psychology
Chris Aberson recently published two papers as part of a multinational team including over 400 researchers. The first article, titled A multi-country test of brief reappraisal interventions on emotions during the COVID-19 pandemic appeared in Nature Human Behaviour (NHB). A second article, In COVID-19 health messaging, loss framing increases anxiety with little-to-no concomitant benefits: Experimental evidence from 84 countries, is in press at Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). PNAS and NHB are highly influential outlets, boasting huge impact factors over 12.0. The team presently has an additional manuscript under review and another in preparation.