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April, 2022

Julie Slater-North and Michelle Rainer, Social Work
  Julie Slater-North,  Lecturer/PPSC-SSW Program Coordinator along with colleague Michelle Rainer, Lecturer/Pathway/SERVE Project Coordinator and both from the Department of Social Work, recently published a chapter in the book, School Social Work: Engaging Social Justice and Racial Equity from Practitioners’ Perspectives The chapter, titled Rural Indigenous School Social Work as Best Practice School Social Work. This text is a collection of writings regarding serving diverse youth in California schools, written by both school-based practitioners and university-level educators.
Meenal Rana, Child Development
Meenal Rana will be representing the department of Child Development on April 19th, 2022, as a keynote speaker for the 2022 Higher Colleges of Technology Education Student Research Virtual Conference in Abu Dhabi, UAE (Conference theme: "Educating the Whole Child in a Post-Pandemic World"). Rana presents her keynote on "Importance of Trauma-Informed Teaching in Post-Pandemic Classrooms".

March, 2022

Nick Angeloff, Mark Castro, Cydney Lanthier, Daniel Busch, Saige Heuer, Jason Laugesen, and Curtis Rogers, Anthropology
On March 5, Cultural Resources Facility Co-Directors Nick Angeloff and Mark Castro hosted a symposium at the Society for California Archaeology meeting in Visalia, California. Staff members Cydney Lanthier, Daniel Busch, Saige Heuer, Jason Laugesen, and Curtis Rogers presented their efforts and findings from archaeological reconnaissance of understudied areas within Humboldt and Trinity Counties in 2020 and 2021. The August Complex of Fires of 2020 revealed areas that were previously covered by heavy vegetation. Cannabis legalization in California also allowed cultural resource studies on private properties. The team's survey and research in these areas provided further insights into California's prehistory.  
Kathy Thornhill, Center for Community-Based Learning
Dr. Kathy Thornhill and the Center for Community Based Learning have been awarded a two-year grant from the California Volunteers, Office of the Governor to implement a fellowship program that will support one-hundred Cal Poly Humboldt undergraduate students, including AB540 Dreamers. The Fellows’ time and talent will help revitalize and energize local community-based organizations and advance campus strategic priorities. Fellows will serve 450 hours in one of three focus areas: Climate Change, K-12 Education, and Food Insecurity.  
Chris Aberson, Psychology
Chris Aberson, Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department, recently joined the editorial advisory board of Meta-Psychology. Meta-Psychology is an open access outlet focused on meta science and quantitative methodology. Dr. Aberson is presently the editor-in-chief of Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy as well as an associate editor at Collabra Psychology. He also serves on the editorial boards of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, and Basic and Applied Social Psychology.
Matthew Hurst, Chemistry
Dr. Matthew Hurst received a $37,000 grant from the CSU Agricultural Research Institute to study the effectiveness of vegetative barriers on reducing agricultural runoff from lily bulb fields in the Smith River Plain. Research findings will be used to determine the best land management practices for lily bulb cultivation. The project will be carried out in direct collaboration with the California Water Board and Hastings Bulb Growers, Inc, and with the assistance of undergraduate student researchers. An additional $46,000 in matching funds will be provided by the Water Board for water quality monitoring in the stream tributaries.
Sam Kelly, Cessair McKinney, and Kerry Byrne, Environmental Science & Management
Sam Kelly and Cessair McKinney (Environmental Science and Management undergraduates), and ESM faculty Kerry Byrne published a restoration note on the efficacy of a Photography App to enumerate native seeds in the journal Ecological Restoration. Their work was supported in part by GI 2025 funding, and their article was published Open Access thanks to the Sponsored Program Foundation. Access the article here: http://er.uwpress.org/content/40/1/29.refs
Amber Gaffney, Psychology
Dr. Amber Gaffney, Associate Professor of Psychology, along with colleague Michael Hogg from The Claremont Graduate University, recently published a chapter in the book The Psychology of Sociability (2022, Routledge). The chapter, titled A Social Identity Analysis of Sociability, focuses on how needs for affiliation with groups and examines both positive (e.g., better mental and physical health) and negative aspects (e.g., polarization, authoritarianism) of group identification and sociability.
Nicolette Amann, English Dept. / Director, Redwood Writing Project, English
Nicolette Amann has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Writing Project to support the design and implementation of a year-long professional development program that will be offered through the Redwood Writing Project. The program will bring up to 15 public school teachers together from across the region to create curriculum that will enrich history education, enabling educators to better teach the “complicated stories” from local and US history, and promote more robust and explicit instruction in the four domains of civics education--knowledge, skills, dispositions, and behaviors.
Carisse Geronimo, Dr. Sintana Vergara, Dr. Charles Chamberlin, Dr. Kevin Fingerman, Environmental Resources Engineering
Carisse Geronimo, graduate of the Energy Technology and Policy program in the Environmental Resources Engineering department (2020) and current research engineer at the Schatz Energy Research Center, has published an article in the journal "Fuel" with Drs. Sintana Vergara, Charles Chamberlin, and Kevin Fingerman. The article is titled "Overlooked emissions: influence of environmental variables on greenhouse gas generation from woody biomass storage" and is available here: (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2022.123839)
Ho Yi Wan, Wildlife
Dr. Ho Yi Wan and his lab were featured on The Wildlife Professional, the flagship magazine of The Wildlife Society. The article spotlights Dr. Wan's career path and his advocacy in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. View article here: https://bit.ly/WAN_TWP2022
Allison Nunes and Kerry Byrne, Environmental Science & Management
Former Natural Resources graduate student Allison Nunes and advisor Kerry Byrne (ESM) published a paper in the Journal of Arid Environments. The paper describes the effects of experimental drought and shrub microsite on the seed bank of two sagebrush steppe plant communities in southern Oregon. It is available Open Access: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaridenv.2022.104752
Humnath Panta, Business
Dr. Panta presented a paper entitled "Political Favoritism and Value of Corporate Cash Holdings " at the Southwestern Finance Association Annual conference held in New Orleans on March 3rd, 2022. This paper examines the impact of political favoritism on the value of corporate cash holdings and finds cash holding, on average, is less valuable for politically favored firms than their counterparts. In other words, this study shows that political favoritism is associated with a decrease of $0.44 in value for a $1.00 in cash holding. The authors define the stock ownership by the member of the US Congress as a measure of political favoritism to a firm.
Adam Mohr, Jon Ewanyk, Owen Hardy, Justin Windsor, Erin Zulliger, Carrington Hilson, Micaela Szykman Gunther, William T Bean, Wildlife

Graduate students in Dr. Tim Bean's class on advanced spatial modeling produced a manuscript from a class project recently published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin entitled "A multi-metric movement model for identifying elk parturition events".

David Adams, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

David Adams Published the following article:

Pan, C., Wang, H, Adams, D., & Kim, K. (2022). Effects of a Structured Reward System on the Treadmill Walking Duration for an Adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Preliminary Study. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities. 57(1) 119-128.

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.