Latest Achievements

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

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February, 2022

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, Fire, & Rangeland Management

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

Hunter Harrill, Forestry, Fire, & Rangeland Management

Dr. Hunter Harrill (Forestry) was recently appointed by the New Zealand Crown Agency of Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) as the first advisor of North American Forestry.

Meenal Rana & Kishan Lara-Cooper, Child Development

Dr. Meenal Rana and Dr. Kishan Lara-Cooper, faculty Child Development, have recently published the article, "Identity, Relationships, and Community as Antidotes for Historic and Race-Based Trauma" in Adversity and Resilience Science.

They will present the article in the Diversity Science Initiative panel, at the Society of Study in Human Development Conference (Feb 7th-8th, 2022). Additionally, they will present two different papers at the Symposium, "Family Cultural Values and Practices: Reflecting on Religious and Spiritual Influences in Sikh, Muslim, and Indigenous Communities".

Yolexiz Camacho and Taylor Jones, two undergraduate students, are co-authors of the symposium.

Tani Sebro, Politics

Tani Sebro recently published the article "Surplus precaritization: Supply chain capitalism and the geoeconomics of hope in Myanmar's borderlands" in the journal Political Geography.

The article draws on multi-sited ethnographic research carried out in Myanmar's borderlands and along the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor and examines how humanitarian aid for displaced ethnic minority populations is supplanted by the widespread exploitation of precarious migrant laborers. The article is co-authored with Mary Mostafanezhad, Elliott Prasse-Freeman, and Roger Norum.

The open-access version is available at this link:
https://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S0962-6298(21)00221-3

Brandilynn Villarreal, Kimberly Vincent-Layton, Edelmira Reynoso, Kayla Begay, and Kimberly N. White,

Published a recent paper, "Using Professional Development to Increase Faculty Perceptions of Responsibility for Implementing Highly Equitable Classroom Practices" that was selected by the Journal of Faculty Development (JFD) January 2022 issue's Featured Article.

The article can be found at: https://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/magna/jfd/2022/00000036/00000001/art00002

Zachary Gigone, Andrew Stubblefield, Joseph Wagenbrenner (USFS), Hunter Harrill, Forestry, Fire, & Rangeland Management

Zachary Gigone (Forestry) gave a presentation entitled "Erosion rates from forest roads affected by the August Complex fire in Northern California," at the Western Region Council on Forest Engineering (WR.COFE) meeting in Lebanon, Oregon on January 13th, 2022. Zach is supervised by Dr. Andrew Stubblefield (Forestry), and co-supervised by Joeseph Wagenbrenner (USFS), and Dr. Hunter Harrill (Forestry), who also served on the WR.COFE Conference Organizing Committee.

Cutcha Risling Baldy, Native American Studies

Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy received a $199,000 grant from the Native American Agriculture Fund to support the Native American Studies Food Sovereignty Lab and Cultural Workspace. The project will build new market opportunities for current and future Native farmers, producers, gardeners and practitioners, implement an internship program, and develop resources for Native farmers and gardeners. The project will establish an Indigenous Food Festival and build an Indigenous Food Guide for California as well as documentary short films. Project collaborators include Dr. Kaitlin Reed (co-director), numerous tribal representatives, and students who are part of the Food Sovereignty Lab Steering Committe

Brandilynn Villarreal, Psychology

Brandilynn Villarreal, Psychology, was featured in an article on “Increasing the Diversity of CSU Faculty” as an alumna of the CSU Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program. This program prepares future faculty to teach the diverse students of the CSU.
https://www.calstate.edu/csu-system/news/Pages/increasing-the-diversity…

Katie Koscielak, Sustainability Office

HSU was included as one of five group finalists for AASHE’s newest award category 'Racial Equity and Sustainability Collaborations'. The submission was entitled 'California State University System-wide Climate Justice and Intersectional Sustainability Speaker Series', which was a partnership between sustainability officers across the CSU system to amplify themes of climate justice, environmental racism, & intersectional sustainability.

Read more at:
Meet the finalists press announcement: https://www.aashe.org/news/meet-the-2021-sustainability-award-finalists/

Read detailed description of the project: https://hub.aashe.org/browse/casestudy/24678/California-State-University-S

Josh Meisel, Dominic Corva, Whitney Ogle, Erin Kelly, Kaitlin Reed, Joshua Zender, Tony Silvaggio, Sociology

Josh Meisel and Dominic Corva (CCRP), co-edited The Routledge Handbook of Post-Prohibition Cannabis Research (2022). Authors explore the landscapes of cannabis research under the intersecting conditions of legalization and continued prohibition: "post-prohibition." The writing is organized around five multidisciplinary themes: Governance, Public Health, Markets and Society, Ecology and the Environment, and Culture and Social Change. The book includes five chapters authored by HSU faculty members: Erin Kelly, FOR; Whitney Ogle, KNRS; Katilin Reed, NAS; Tony Silvaggio, SOC; and Joshua Zender, BUS. The HSU library holds both hard copy and unlimited eBook access to the handbook.

Hunter Harrill & Karolyn Fagundes, Forestry, Fire, & Rangeland Management

Hunter Harrill (Forestry) delivered a one day workshop titled "Understanding Tethered Operations" on January 7th to over 60 local forestry professionals from various agencies. The workshop was hosted by Green Diamond Resource Company and HSU Master's Student Karolyn Fagundes also presented preliminary results from her study of soil disturbance caused by tethered machines on their property.