Latest Achievements

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

October, 2021

Stephen Nachtigall, Art

Stephen Nachtigall presented a solo exhibition of new works titled "Languisher" at the Morris Graves Museum of Art. The exhibition is open to the public from October 9th to December 12th, with an artist talk to take place on November 7th.

Amber Gaffney, Psychology

Amber Gaffney, Associate Professor of Psychology co-chaired a symposium titled Identity motives and the rationalization of polarization: Research, practice and a call for inclusive leadership and gave a talk titled To the victor belongs the spoils (the ability to fundamentally change political parties) at the Society for Experimental Psychology (SESP). Dr. Gaffney’s co-author for the talk was Lily Syfers, a Psychology Academic Research MA graduate who is currently completing a Ph.D. program at the University of Alberta. SESP is among the most prestigious and exclusive organizations in social psychology. Membership is by invitation only.

Rafael Cuevas Uribe, Fisheries Biology

Dr. Rafael Cuevas Uribe (Fisheries Biology) has received a grant from the Western Regional Aquaculture Center to support a collaborative aquaculture project between HSU, Virginia Tech, and Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, which aims to collect and assemble information on western aquaculture and distill it into easily accessible digital media forms.

Funding will enable Cuevas Uribe and a graduate student to collect farm-level data from fish farmers in California, and then produce at least one video vignette that highlights the farmers, their care for their animals, the commitment to environmental stewardship, and social responsibility.

Chris Aberson, Psychology

Chris Aberson, Professor and of the Chair Department of Psychology, recently published a paper titled Building Interactive Tutorials for Teaching Psychological Statistics Online with learnr in Technology Innovations in Statistics Education. The paper provides a detailed guide for statistics instructors in developing interactive tutorials that include videos, quizzes, and space for running analyses using R. Dr. Aberson first presented as a workshop in 2019 for the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Dr. Ramona j.j. Bell, Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Dr. Bell recently gave an invited talk at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Title IX and Women's Athletics at Syracuse University in New York. Her talk, "When Black Women Athletes Enter, We Enter With Them," is an excerpt from her forthcoming book Sporting D.I.V.A.S. : Black Womanhood, Empowerment & Citizenship.

Maxwell Schnurer / Ana Bernal, Communication / Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies

HSU Communication Professor Dr. Maxwell Schnurer and Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies Lecturer Ana Bernal received a $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women to support the continuation of the HSU Consent Project, a 9-year long campus program that aims to prevent and respond to sexual assault, dating and domestic violence.

Funding will directly support efforts to broaden the reach of the program’s prevention work, it’s team, and it’s capacity to support victims/survivors. It will also further the program’s capacity to offer restorative justice processes through Title IX.

Frank Fogarty, Wildlife

Frank Fogarty (Wildlife) published a new paper demonstrating that observational data can be useful for predicting songbird nest sites in Ibis. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ibi.13020

Darren Ward, Fisheries Biology

HSU Fisheries Biology Professor Dr. Darren Ward received a grant from the Cooperative Institute for Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Systems to support an ongoing research collaboration project between HSU, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Fisheries Ecology Division, and the California Coastal Area Office, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region.

The project supports research and graduate student training related to habitat and conservation of federally-listed salmon, and allows for enhanced research efforts that complement NOAA Fisheries research and management information needs in northern California.

Troy Lescher, Jaese Lecuyer, and Lauren C. Wieland, Theatre, Film & Dance

Jaese Lecuyer ('22) and Lauren C. Wieland ('20) and Dr. Troy Lescher (Theatre Arts) published the “Doctoral Projects in Progress in Theatre Arts, 2021” report for the Association of Theatre in Higher Education [ATHE].

Tom Jackson, Jr. , President's Office

President Tom Jackson, Jr. was named Highline College’s Distinguished Alumnus for the 2020-21 year." Read more about the recognition here.":https://thunderword.highline.edu/2021/09/30/distinguished-alum-found-hi…

Nicole Jean Hill, Art

The Lora Webb Nichols book has been shortlisted for the Paris Photo - Aperture Foundation PhotoBook of the Year.

Book curated and edited by Art Professor Nicole Jean Hill.

Deepti Chatti, Department of Environmental Studies

Dr. Deepti Chatti (faculty in Environmental Studies at HSU) presented her research at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health on September 30. Dr. Chatti's talk was titled "Taking community voices seriously in international development research".

September, 2021

Dr. Nievita Bueno Watts, Indian Natural Resources, Science & Engineering Program (INRSEP)

As leading representative of the Geoscience Alliance, HSU’s Dr. Nievita Bueno Watts (Director, INRSEP+) is participating in a collaborative project with UC Berkeley, UArizona, and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) to connect Native American students and programs through the National Science Foundation INCLUDES Alliance Project, “Broadening Career Pathways in Food, Energy, and Water Systems with and within Native American Communities” (Native FEWS Alliance).

Project collaborators include Dr. Alice Agogino, UC Berkeley; Dr. Karletta Chief, UArizona; Carrie Billy, JD, AIHEC; Dr. Diana Dalbotten, U Minnesota; Dr. Marco Hatch, U Western Washington.

Micaela Szykman Gunther, Wildlife

HSU Wildlife Professor Dr. Micaela Szykman Gunther has received a grant from the Humboldt County Fish and Game Commission to support ongoing research into the diets of two local at-risk species, the Humboldt marten and fisher, and their predators. The project aims to analyze diet data to help inform land management practices that may benefit the two species, and to understand predator impact that will further help land managers and conservationists.

Project collaborators include Dr. Katie Moriarty (National Council for Air and Stream Improvement), graduate students Alyssa Roddy and Erika Anderson, and two undergraduate students.

Dr. Steven Steinberg, Environmental Science & Management

Dr. Steinberg (Adjunct Professor, Geospatial Sciences) is one of a select group of State Department Exchange Program Alumni chosen to participate in the upcoming Thematic International Exchange Seminar (TIES) on “Environmental Diplomacy and its Impact on American Society”

In February 2022, alumni from across the United States will convene in Denver, Colorado to explore the economics of environmentalism with a focus on how to build new green infrastructure, transition to renewable energy, increase environmental justice, and support sustainable environmental practices that create new economic opportunities.

https://www.alumnities.org/seminars/

Amy K Conley, Education

AmyK Conley published an article "Imagining the Future of Literacy Instruction in California" in the September 2021 issue of the journal California English.

Sophia Lemmo, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Sophia Lemmo (Forestry graduate student advised by Lucy Kerhoulas and Rosemary Sherriff) gave an invited talk about the post-drought demographics of select true fir species in northern California at the Annual Meeting of the California Pest Council.

Lucy Kerhoulas, David Hammons, Nick Kerhoulas, Forestry & Wildland Resources and Wildlife

Lucy Kerhoulas (Forestry faculty), David Hammons (forestry undergraduate student), and Nick Kerhoulas (Wildlife faculty) published a paper in Northwest Science investigating bigleaf maple within-crown leaf morphology and seasonal physiology. Read the paper here: https://bioone.org/journals/northwest-science/volume-94/issue-2/046.094.0207/Bigleaf-Maple-Within-Crown-Leaf-Morphology-and-Seasonal-Physiology/10.3955/046.094.0207.full

William Weinberg, Jessica Suoja, Lucy Kerhoulas, Ryan Maberry, Dave Baston, Susan Marshall, Forestry & Wildland Resources

William Weinberg (Forestry & Rangeland Resources undergraduate), Jessica Suoja (Forestry & Rangeland Resources undergraduate), Lucy Kerhoulas (Forestry & Rangeland Resources), Ryan Maberry (Forestry & Rangeland Resources undergraduate), Chris Lee (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection), Dave Baston (HSU Core Lab), and Susan Marshall ((Forestry & Rangeland Resources) published a "research paper":https://hsu.link/ZcR, "Phytophthora ramorum foliar infection reduces leaf-level productivity in tanoak and California bay: A pilot study from Redwood National Park," in Madroño. This study was featured by the National Park Service as a "Science Story":https://www.nps.gov/articles/000/sos-diseased-trees.htm and will be presented as a talk at the Society of American Foresters National Convention in November, 2021.

Dan Aldag, Chris Cox, Ronite Gluck, Fred Tempas, Music

The North Coast Brass Ensemble (HSU faculty members Dan Aldag, Chris Cox, Ronite Gluck, and Fred Tempas, along with Tom Hyde) recently presented a live stream performance on Facebook, which has been viewed over 450 times. The performance can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/arcatapresbyterian/videos/537167707385791

Kushal Adhikari, Clifford B Fedler, Alireza Asadi, Environmental Resources Engineering

Adhikari (ERE Faculty) and researchers from Texas Tech University recently published an article on design configuration and flow dynamics of Pond-In-Pond (PIP) wastewater treatment system for reuse. The findings showed that the PIP offers more advantage over traditional ponds and thus may be a potential alternative to existing treatment systems. For more information, please refer to:

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psep.2021.07.012
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jece.2019.103523
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jwpe.2020.101281

James M Floss, Communication

After 21 months of delays, James Floss, Lecturer Emeritus of the Communication Department and ERFSA member opened a successful production of Lucas Hnath’s A DOLL’S HOUSE PART 2, a Tony award winning play, at the Western Stage in Salinas, CA. The Western Stage is a program of Hartnell College: https://www.westernstage.com/studioplaybill

Paul Cummings, Karen Davy, Daniela Mineva, Cindy Moyer, Garrick Woods, Music

As COVID rules have allowed, Music faculty have returned to performing. Paul Cummings, Karen Davy, Daniela Mineva, and Garrick Woods participated in the Trinidad Bay Arts and Music Festival (as did alumna, Richard Rios, and current student, Makani Bright). The Arcata Bay String Quartet (Cindy Moyer, Karen Davy, Sherry Hanson, Garrick Woods) performed on the Opus Chamber Music Series in Mendocino.

Tani Sebro, Jordan Hallbauer, Politics

Tani Sebro published the chapter “Tourism Otherwise? The Touristic Mobilities of South-South Travel” in Tourism Geopolitics: Assemblages of Infrastructure, Affect, and Imagination (University of Arizona Press, 2021); which was co-authored with her former student, Jordan Hallbauer, and based on ethnographic fieldwork with migrant travelers along the Nicaragua-Costa Rica and Thai-Myanmar borders.

Frank Fogarty, Wildlife

Frank Fogarty (Wildlife) published a new paper on utilizing point count data to estimate the abundance of mobile animals in Ecological Indicators. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1470160X21008359