Latest Achievements

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

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September, 2021

Christina Hsu Accomando, English

Christina Hsu Accomando, professor of English and Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies, presented a June 17 Macmillan Learning webinar: "Teaching Ethnic Studies and Critical Race Theory during Pandemic, Protest and Backlash." In the wake of last year's global protests against systemic racism, we saw increased interest in structural inequities, as well as efforts to silence discussions of racism and ban Critical Race Theory. The webinar addressed how critical concepts from Ethnic Studies and CRT can inform classroom teaching and DEI work. https://www.macmillanlearning.com/college/us/product/Race-Class-and-Gender-in-the-United-States-An-Integrated-Study/p/1319143652

Dr. Gil Cline, Music

Dr. Gil Cline (Emeritus, Music Department) presented a virtual paper on May 24 for the 2021 Symposium of the Historic Brass Society. In a 20-minute video, he shared findings relating to mysteries of eliciting tones considered spurious from historic trumpets used in the music of Bach and contemporaries. Current research involves the single slide trumpet, hand technique trumpet, and mute techniques. Included in the video are recordings of HSU's Trumpet Consort von Humboldt and the trio Fantini Consort von Humboldt. Access via Youtube with search keywords : " HBS 2021 Cline: Fantini's Tromba Sordina" or URL :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YX9DRrLHLNM

Enoch Hale, Center for Teaching & Learning

Enoch Hale, Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning, co-hosted a webinar with Jean Bailey, VCU Medical School, to discuss hybrid and HyFlex learning. They consider how it will play an integral role in the future of higher education, particularly as it relates to student engagement, faculty support & development, and institutional leadership. The webinar, presented by Class and Inside Higher Education, can be viewed here: https://go.class.com/od-ihe-webinar-hyflex-register/?utm_source=marketo&utm_campaign=od-webinar-ihe-hyflex&utm_medium=house-email&utm_content=webinar&mkt_tok=NDcwLUNFRi0wNzEAAAF_RnzkUwcXNp5O8viBAyxt0ddhnezBPphpRhixLK4WYZSvkk7EvEEUO5U-fKPTZF4Dvlt9ydEPZmo1NZirkJb96t_iCPHD7SUaN1EkP8Rl

Jill Beckmann, Rosemary Sherriff, Lucy Kerhoulas, and Jeff Kane , Forestry and Geography, Environment & Spatial Analysis

Jill Beckmann (MS student in Forestry), Rosemary Sherriff (Geography, Environment & Spatial Analysis), Lucy Kerhoulas (Forestry), and Jeff Kane (Forestry) published a paper in Forest Ecology and Management: "Douglas-fir encroachment reduces drought resistance in Oregon white oak of northern California." (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378112721006332)

Kevin Soland, Lucy Kerhoulas, Nick Kerhoulas, and Jason Teraoka, Foresty and Wildlife

Kevin Soland (MS student in Forestry), Lucy Kerhoulas (Forestry), Nick Kerhoulas (Wildlife), and Jason Teraoka (Redwood National Park) published a paper in Forest Ecology and Management: "Second-growth redwood forest responses to restoration treatments." (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378112721004588)

August, 2021

Frank Shaughnessy, Susannah Ferson, Adam Frimodig, Daniel Barton, Mathew Hurst, Jeffrey Black, Biological Sciences

Students and faculty from several departments have been studying the effects that grazing by brant geese have on a widespread marine plant, eelgrass, which provides numerous ecosystem services within estuaries. Using an experimental approach, they found that brant enable greater productivity and sexual reproduction of eelgrass, therefore potentially contributing to ecosystem resilience.

https://esajournals-onlinelibrary-wiley-com.ezproxy.humboldt.edu/doi/10…

Sara K. Sterner, Education

Sara K. Sterner, Education, was recently selected as a Timothy & Cynthia Shanahan Outstanding Dissertation Award Finalist for her dissertation entitled: A Post-intentional Phenomenological Exploration of Reading Whitely. This award, from the International Literacy Association (ILA), is given annually for a dissertation completed in reading or literacy.

Alison O'Dowd, Environmental Science & Management

ESM Professor Alison O'Dowd and co-authors published a paper in River Research & Applications entitled 'Toward natural approaches in restoration: Experiments of co-evolving physical and biological structures in a self-organizing step-pool channel.' The article is available in open access at https://doi.org/10.1002/rra.3851

Jasper Oshun, Geology

Jasper won a 3-year National Science Foundation GEOPATHS Award ($145,352). This education award links faculty and students at SDSU, CSUS, and HSU and is titled 'Collaborative Research: Developing a diverse hydrology workforce through an undergraduate hydrological research experience in a coastal California watershed'. The award provides opportunities for 10 rising sophomores per year to participate in course and summer immersion focused on interdisciplinary water science, hydrology field techniques, and the challenges of water management. A primary goal is to build community across 3 CSU campuses and train a diverse cohort of hydrologists to inform water management in California.

Jill Beckmann, Rosemary Sherriff, Lucy Kerhoulas, Jeff Kane, Geography

Jill Beckmann (MS 2019), Rosemary Sherriff, Lucy Kerhoulas and Jeff Kane published a new paper on conifer encroachment on oak woodland drought resistance in Forest Ecology and Management: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2021.119543

Elton, Robb & Moore, A., Native American Studies

Humboldt State University and Northcentral University Doctoral Student, Robb Elton, and 20-year (retired) Marine Corps veteran, Amy Moore — both Chippewa Cree members from bands in Montana and North Dakota respectively — recently published their Preprint:
"Revelation of Typology in Historical Native American Leadership: Implications for Contemporary Praxes" at SSRN electronic journal for feedback and those interested in leadership, management and Indigenous Studies. DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3906996

Jasper Oshun, Margaret Lang, Yojana Miraya Oscco (M.A. 2018, Env. & Comm.), Geology

Jasper, Margaret and Yojana (along with Kristina Keating of Rutgers University, Newark) published 'Interdisciplinary Water Development in the Peruvian Highlands: The Case for Including the Coproduction of Knowledge in Socio-Hydrology' in a special issue of Hydrology focused on Socio-Hydrology. The article highlights the interdisciplinary and collaborative research, novel educational model involving applied and place-based student learning, environmental leadership, and service to the community of Zurite of the Bonanza en los Andes project.

The article can be found here: https://www.mdpi.com/2306-5338/8/3/112

July, 2021

Joshua Frye, Communication

Joshua Frye, Communication, and Rebekah Fox (Texas State University), recently published a co-authored article in Frontiers in Science and Environmental Communication. The article is a case-study of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and its satellite contemporary art space the Momentary, which partnered with the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank and over 30 additional partner organizations to pivot their existing outreach services. In this case study, we identify lessons learned that might be useful for other organizations who seek to foster meaningful engagement with the public, especially in times of crisis.

June, 2021

Vincent Biondo, Religious Studies

Vincent Biondo has co-authored two articles and co-edited two volumes for Bloomsbury, Islam in North America and Islam: The Basics, including articles by campus colleagues Heather Madar (Art) and Joseph Dieme (WLC).

May Patiño, Anthropology

Anthropology instructor May Patiño is among 25 faculty and staff from Hispanic-Serving Institutions who were named "USDA 2021 E. Kika De La Garza Fellows":https://www.morningagclips.com/usda-selects-2021-class-of-e-kika-de-la-…. This summer fellowship program offers experiences in policymaking and research through direct interaction with every USDA agency.

May, 2021

Armeda C. Reitzel, Communication

The CSU Chancellor's Office has invited Armeda Reitzel to serve as a facilitator for its Advanced Quality Learning and Teaching (QLT) course for CSU faculty during the summer of 2021.

Geneviève Marchand, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

Dr. Geneviève Marchand, Kinesiology and Recreation Administration, published a paper "Social Class Considerations in Outdoor Leadership Education" as part of the journal New Directions for Student Leadership special issue Leadership through the Lens of Social Class.
https://doi.org/10.1002/yd.20425

Jasper Oshun & Margaret Lang, Geology

Dr.’s Oshun (Geology), Lang (ERE), and Keating (geophysics, Rutgers University -Newark) won a $266,034, 3-year award from NSF’s International Research Experiences for Students program to engage a diverse set of students from two HSI’s in water resources development in the Andes of Perú. Students from HSU, RUN and Peruvian universities will participate in an interdisciplinary curriculum, which includes a preparatory semester of virtual learning, 5-weeks of field work in Perú and faculty guided independent research. The project will blend western scientific, Indigenous, and nature-based approaches of water resources management to inform best practices of sustainable water development.

Sara J Hart, Religious Studies

Sara Jaye Hart (Religious Studies) has been accepted to the University of Notre Dame's Kroc Summer Institute for Faculty, on Teaching Peace in the 21st Century.

Viri Macias, Ana Sammel, Emma Villegas, Bori Mazzag, Kamila Larripa, Mathematics

Viri Macias, Ana Sammel and Emma Villegas presented their mathematical work at the CSU PUMP Symposium. Viri presented a model for calcium signaling and Ana and Emma presented a model for COVID-19 and immune cell interactions. The projects were mentored by Bori Mazzag and Kamila Larripa.

Kamila Larripa, Mathematics

Kamila Larripa was selected to conduct research at the American Institute of Mathematics in June. She and collaborators will build stochastic models for immune cell dynamics.

Arianna Thobaben and Jessica Citti, Learning Center

Arianna Thobaben (Supplemental Instruction / Learning Center) and Jessica Citti (Writing Studio / Learning Center) facilitated a workshop called "Breaking the Virtual Ice: Online Tools and Activities to Build Community Among Student Staff and Beyond" at the Association of Colleges for Tutoring and Learning Assistance (ACTLA) 46th Annual Conference (April 2021).

Dr. Gordon Ulmer, Anthropology

Anthropology Assistant Professor Dr. Gordon Ulmer was recently awarded a grant from the HSU-ERFSA for his proposal "Socioecologies of Human-Wildlife Interactions in Northern California". His project will utilize a range of methods from anthropology (ethnography), ecology (habitat analysis), and wildlife studies (camera trap surveys) to investigate how residents in Northern California perceive, describe, and take action on issues involving wildlife.

April, 2021

Katie Piper, Jessica Janecek, Jared Whear, Faith Rehagen, Michael Flynn, Geography

HSU GESA Students Sweep the Awards at CGS:
McKnight Professional Paper Award (undergraduate), 1st place: KATIE PIPER, “Nature’s spigot: Bofedal presence in the Peruvian Andes Mountain Range”
2nd place: JESSICA JANECEK, “Placing memory, preserving individual stories amid myth: The Humboldt Cannabis Oral History Project”
McKnight Professional Paper Award (graduate), 1st place: JARED WHEAR, “The Las Vegas water grab is dead: Prior appropriation water law at its best?” (HSU Geography, 2012; PhD candidate in Geography, Syracuse)
Professional Paper Cartographic Award (undergraduate), 1st place: FAITH REHAGEN, “The Baja California Peninsula”
2nd place: MICHAEL FLYNN, “California fire map”

FWR Students, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Congratulations to our 2021 Forestry and Wildland Resources Department scholarship recipients! At the annual (Zoom) awards banquet, over $50,000 in scholarships were distributed thanks to the generosity of alumni and other donors.

A new scholarship for Soils and Botany students was created to honor Aidan Leaf Mullin, who planned to attend HSU in 2020 but passed away unexpectedly. The scholarship will support students who exemplify Aidan’s spirit and ideals.

Special congratulations to Department award winners: Cameron Miller (Professional Promise), Judson Fisher (Academic Excellence), Allyssa Glaser (Outstanding Range Student), and Dr. Aaron Hohl (Outstanding Faculty Member).