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October, 2021

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

Sophia Lemmo, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Sophia Lemmo (MS student in Forestry) was awarded a $1500 scholarship from the North Coast Chapter of the California Native Plant Society for her study of regional forest mortality and regeneration.

Sophia Lemmo, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Sophia Lemmo (MS student in Forestry) was awarded a $1000 Northern California Botanists Research Scholarship for her study of regional forest mortality and regeneration.

Joshua Frye & Samantha Stone, Communication

Joshua Frye (Communication) and alumna Samantha Stone (Environmental Studies) recently published a co-authored chapter in the Palgrave Handbook of International Communication and Sustainable Development. Frye & Stone contributed a case study examining the ideological framing of the global food sovereignty movement and juxtapose with global food policy convergence around food security. The book is a major resource for stakeholders interested in understanding the role of communication in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The handbook seeks to enrich understanding of communication for development and proposes crucial policy interventions.

Robert Cliver, History

Prof. Robert Cliver (History) published an article this week in the French journal Entrerprises et Histoire titled "Factory management in Chinese capitalist enterprises in the 1950s. The case of the Shanghai silk weaving industry labor-capital consultative conference." https://www.cairn.info/revue-entreprises-et-histoire-2021-2-page-36.htm?contenu=article

Gregg Gold, Erick Eschker, Joshua Zender, Psychology, Economics, Business

Gregg Gold, Psychology, and Co-PI Erick Eschker, Economics, along with Joshua Zender from Business have been awarded $465,000 from the State of California to evaluate, enhance, and promote legal, safe, and equitable innovation in the cannabis industry. This two-year project, which begins this fall, will open the door to those currently underrepresented in the cannabis industry who can then serve as role models and mentors for others in their community.