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Timber Harvesting Effects On The Environment and Wildlife
- Eddie SanchezEnvironmental StudiesUndergraduate Student
This GIS research project provides info how clear-cut logging effects humans relationship to the forest and is threatening the Humboldt Marten. The Humboldt Marten, Martes caurina humboltensis, is historically found exclusively in Humboldt County and is currently registered as a “species of concern” or "threaten species" in the State of California and does not have an official “endangered species” status. As unsustainable timber harvesting continues, the Marten species faces threats to their home range and the impacts of logging include environmental, economic, and social aspects. This project is in support of the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) located in Arcata, Ca.
To Shave or Not to Shave : Gender Conformity, Resistance and Female Body Hair.
- Briana VillalobosSociologyUndergraduate Student
My research seeks to examine the body hair experiences of female HSU students and pressures they face conforming to local normative gender expectations. Drawing on a random sample of 300 female HSU students, I administered an online survey. My survey questions focused on the factors influencing respondents to grow out armpit and leg hair, and how individual characteristics influence women`s body hair practices at HSU. I will present my methods, data, and concluding analysis.
To the Victor Go the Soils: An Analysis of a Historic Preservation Project in Arcata, CA.
- Curtis RogersAnthropologyUndergraduate Student
- Joe TregleAnthropologyUndergraduate Student
The objective of this historic preservation project is to evaluate the historical significance of an Arcata landmark, the Nixon House, constructed on Wiyot land, to determine its eligibility for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. We analyzed literary and primary source documents, consulted with the homeowners and local historic preservation organizations, and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices. The property is significant under National Register Criteria A & C. Our analysis of this process highlights colonial hegemony in our society by basing the house’s historical value on its association with a period of genocide.
Toward an Intersectional Criminology
- Meredith WilliamsSociologyFaculty
- Joice ChangPoliticsFaculty
- Lupe Tinoco OliverosSociologyUndergraduate Student
- Liza OlmedoSociologyGraduate Student
Studying race, class, gender and age are considered crucial for understanding social inequality and offending, but criminology has yet to fully explore sexuality. In this study, we provide a baseline examination of sexuality and offending in the U.S. for several life course stages. We find that the effect of being a sexual minority on the likelihood of offending is often larger than or comparable to the significant effects of race and gender; this varies over the life course and across behaviors. We demonstrate that sexual orientation is another crucial attribute for understanding social inequality and offending, and join the call for a more intersectional approach to the study of offending.
Towards a Critical Game Based Pedagogy
- Justin EganEnglishGraduate Student
This presentation represents the culminating thesis project, titled "Towards a Critical Game Based Pedagogy in Composition" in the Applied English Grad Program. My research outlines the key figures and discourses of game-based learning and gamification. In response, I presents a theoretical framework for its application in a composition course. My argument holds that a game based pedagogy bears potential for introducing critical, social justice literacies alongside composition and writing literacy. Literacy, being at the center of this framework, is supported by what I call "Pillars:" Identity, Social Learning, and Multimodality.
Trail Map of The Humboldt Botanical Gardens
- Cristina SarabiaGeographyUndergraduate Student
- Yuichi AmbiruGeographyUndergraduate Student
The Humboldt Botanical Garden, located in southern Eureka, is where the Lost Coast Brewery Native Plant Garden thrives. Our project for The Humboldt Botanical Garden will focus on the described main role of botanical gardens. Given The Humboldt Botanical Garden is focusing on exhibiting endemic species to the Northern California region, we would like to emphasize its role as a place for understanding plants and recognizing the species diversity in the region. One of the ways to make it possible is to expand access to the botanical garden. Through making a trail map that displays whole paths in the garden, people will gain another way to navigate the garden.
Travessia (arr. Paulinho Nogueira) on Vibraphone
- Isaac SaltoonMusicUndergraduate Student
The song Travessia (1967) is the title track on brazilian singer-songwriter Milton Nascimento's first studio album. The portuguese title translates to "bridges," which Nascimento used to sum up the transition felt during heartbreak. In 1980, brazilian jazz guitarist Paulinho Nogueira played a version of the Travessia on solo guitar with an additional intro. I found the music to Nogueira's version but I there were two main challenges in playing it on vibraphone: I needed to transpose the piece from E to F and I needed to find a way to express six-note guitar chords with four mallets. This piece was an immense challenge, but that felt like a slight inconvenience compared the joy it gave me.
Tribal Foster Care Research
- NatalieSocial WorkGraduate Student
The lack of tribally specific foster homes in Humboldt County is representative of the statistic that Indian children are three times likely to be placed in foster care, ninety percent of these placements are within non-native homes (CA Dept. of Social Services, 2002). This literature review will discuss the importance of having tribally specific foster homes, review tribal foster care recruitment strategies, and successful foster placement models for Native youth in agreement with ICWA objectives.
Trust of Facial Recognition in the Black Community
Michaela Old, Sociology Undergraduate StudentCollege of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Surveillance of has long contributed to the stripping of identity and experience of Blackness through derealization and depersonalization, and has continues into the digital era. Examining forms of surveillance, such as facial recognition, and the effect it has on the Black community is vital to combat its harmful effects.
Twitch: Social Currency
- Allison IafrateEnglishUndergraduate Student
Twitch.tv is an online streaming platform where gamers can record their game-play and commentary in a live setting, while interacting with their viewers. Streaming has the potential to create an intimate setting where people who enjoy videogames can come together to share their interests. How much of that social interaction, though, is directly linked to users spending their money? This ongoing research project investigates the ways in which Twitch uses the appeal of social rewards (such as friendship, happiness, and community bonding) to promote the spending of economic capital.