Latest Achievements

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November, 2021

AmyK Conley, Education

Dr. AmyK Conley published "Imagining the Future of California Literacy Instruction " in the September issue of California English.

Sara K Sterner, Education

Sara K. Sterner (Education) was recently elected to serve a three-year term on the Children's Literature Assembly Board. The Children's Literature Assembly (CLA) of the National Council of Teachers of English is a professional community of children’s literature enthusiasts who advocate the centrality of literature in children’s academic and personal lives.

Brian Buchanan and Jo Archibald, Environmental Resources Engineering

ERE lecturers Dr. Brian Buchanan and Dr. Jo Archibald, along with colleagues working in the New York Hudson River watershed, published a paper on using machine learning to identify stream barriers.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301479721020144

Chris Aberson, Psychology

Chris Aberson, along with Academic Research M.A. graduates Latisha Jett-Dias and James Clifton recently published a paper titled Contact, Threat, and Attitudes toward Same-sex Marriage and its Beneficiaries in the Journal of GLBT Family Studies. The work addresses how well Intergroup Contact Theory and Intergroup Threat Theory, two theories primarily based in race and ethnicity, predict attitudes toward Gay and Lesbian people. A preprint of the paper can be found here https://osf.io/ygrkq/

Brooks Estes, Matt Johnson, Wildlife

Former Environment & Community Master's student Brooks Estes and her advisor Dr. Matt Johnson (Wildlife) recently published a paper in the journal California Fish and Wildlife about winegrape growers' environmental values. URL: https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=195584&inline

Mindy Fattig, Education

https://hcoe.org/2021/11/selpa-administrator-accepts-statewide-position/

Current HSU Faculty Mindy Fattig and HSU Alumni ( previous name- Melinda DeSchryver Class of ‘95).

Zachary Erickson, Kevin Boston, Pascal Berrill, Mike Dockry (UMN), Forestry & Wildland Resources

Forestry MS student Zack Erickson gave an oral presentation at the prestigeous National Conference for the Society of American Foresters, entitled "Integrating Ways of Knowing: Utilizing Tribal Management Perspective to Guide Modern Silvicultural Methods in Cooperative Forest Management." His thesis committee co-authored the talk: HSU faculty Prof. Pascal Berrill, Dr. Kevin Boston, and UMN professor of Tribal and Indigenous Natural Resource Management Dr. Michael Dockry.

Dr. Hunter Harrill, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Dr. Hunter Harrill was the moderator of a panel session entitled "What We Will Be Building With In The Future," at the 112th Annual Pacific Logging Congress, held in Indian Wells, CA from November 8-10th, 2021.

Sara Jaye Hart, Religious Studies

Dr. Hart's new article "This Veterans Day, the Centennial of the Unknown Soldier, Skip the Platitudes and Talk to a Veteran," is the lead story this week on Religion Dispatches: .

Mark Henderson / Andre Buchheister, Fisheries Biology

Dr. Mark Henderson and Dr. Andre Buchheister received a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to support research into deep-sea corals and sponges (DSCS). The project will compare species distribution models for DSCS that are associated with commercially important fishes, and assess suitable DSCS habitat inside and outside protected waters in southern California. Results will provide information on where DSCS may be occurring, and may point to areas that are important to fisheries and the greater ecosystem due to the known connection between DSCS and commercial fish.

Former graduate student Nissa Kreidler will be a project collaborator.

Pascal Berrill, Christa Dagley, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Dr. J-Pascal Berrill and Dr. Christa Dagley have received a $227,000 grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, CAL FIRE to support Phase I of a collaborative “pyrosilviculture” research project between HSU, UC Berkeley, and UC Cooperative Extension. The prescribed burning fuels reduction project on Jackson Demonstration State Forest will demonstrate and compare various approaches designed to help timberland owners be proactive in reducing potential impact (severity) of future wildfires. HSU undergraduate and graduate students working on this large-scale wildfire risk mitigation project will collaborate with forestry and fire management practitioners, researchers,

Taylor Team, Susan Cashman, Melanie Michalak, Geology

Taylor Team (MS student, Geology), Melanie Michalak (Geology) and Susan Cashman (Geology) co-authored a conference presentation at the annual Geological Society of America meeting held in Portland, OR, entitled, Neogene-Quaternary faulting in the Klamath Mountains Province, California and Oregon: evidence from geology and thermochronology. Their work addresses newly identified or constrained crustal faults in the Klamath Mountains.

Samuel Bold, Geology

Samuel Bold (MS student, Geology) was selected for a prestigious $4,000 American Federation of Mineralogical Society scholarship from the California Federation of Mineralogical and Geological Societies. Sam's MS thesis work uses geochronological methods to date timing of uplift and faulting along the Van Duzen River.

Tyler Ladinsky, Harvey Kelsey, Melanie Michalak, Geology

Tyler Ladinsky (Geology M.S. '12), Harvey Kelsey (Geology) and Melanie Michalak (Geology) published their Final Technical Report in collaboration with USGS scientists, from their paleoseismic studies on the Little Salmon and Goose Lake faults near Hydesville, CA, funded by the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. The report is entitled, In Southern Cascadia, do upper plate faults rupture in concert with subduction zone earthquakes: a paleoseismic investigation of the Little Salmon fault zone. The work helps to quantify earthquake hazards in northern California. The full report is available at this link: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/cfusion/external_grants/reports/G19AP00046.pdf

Lonny Grafman, Environmental Resources Engineering

Lonny Grafman co-authored a new book with Dr. Joshua Pearce on how communities come together to harness the power of the sun and how other people can do it as well.

Thanks to a partnership with Humboldt State Press and the Appropedia Foundation with the backing of a very successful Kickstarter campaign, this book is available free to all that need it.

Interested in renewable energy, solar power, photovoltaics, community-based projects, DIY, or preparing for a zombie apocalypse (or Public Safety Power Shutoffs)? You can find out more and get your copy at https://www.tocatchthesun.com

Dan Barton, Wildlife

A new cooperative grant from the Bureau of Land Management to HSU will support graduate students working with Wildlife faculty member Dan Barton to study conservation of seabirds and the Trinidad Seabird Protection Network around Trinidad Head and Sue-Meg over the next three years.

Dan Barton, Wildlife

Working with colleagues from four other institutions around the country, Wildlife faculty member Dan Barton co-organized and facilitated a workshop "Active Learning in the Wildlife Classroom: Engaging students beyond the field" with 30 participants at the annual meeting of The Wildlife Society in early November 2021.

Nievita Bueno Watts, INRSEP+ Diversity in STEM

INRSEP+ was recognized at the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) 20 years + recognition ceremony for continued excellence in mentoring. INRSEP was originally honored in the PAESMEM class of 2000.

A recording of the event can be seen here: https://paemst.us17.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6880153236f96abb2f9e1d566&id=62477548be&e=5bd7670971

INRSEP is at 36.38.

Janelle Chojnacki, Wildlife

Wildlife graduate student Janelle Chojnacki has received a grant from The Nuttall Ornithological Club to fund her research into the foraging behavior of common ravens, and their predator impact on the western snowy plover, a federally threatened bird. The project aims to address the causal factors related to increased raven abundance and proximity to plover nesting areas to provide conservation practitioners with useful information for identifying key areas to focus mitigation efforts. Results will be applicable to other prey species throughout ravens’ range in North America.

Chojnacki received the award working in collaboration with her graduate advisor, Dr. Barbara Clucas.

Christina Hsu Accomando, English

On October 28, Christina Hsu Accomando, professor of CRGS and English, presented an invited talk, "Critical Race Theory: A Vital Lens to Examine Systemic Racism," at the Bedford/St. Martin's WPA Workshop.

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.