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An Evaluation of the Blue Lake Biomass Plant Emissions: Air Quality and Health Impact on the Blue Lake RancheriaPresentation Year: 2018
- Suzanne GarrettSocial WorkGraduate Student
The Blue Lake Rancheria community has had visibly polluted air and matter emitted from the local biomass plant over the recent past. The Rancheria is concerned about the negative health impact the biomass plant could be having on the environment and community. This literary review hopes to establish an understanding of the impact of the Blue Lake biomass energy plant’s impact on air quality, determine standards of emissions which it operates and examine the gaps between current healthy standards of emission and that of the Blue Lake biomass plant. The findings will inform the Blue Lake Rancheria and will raise public awareness of the air quality and health impact of the biomass energy plant.
Community Needs Assessment for an American Indian Education Center Grant ProposalPresentation Year: 2018
- Desiree SircaSocial WorkGraduate Student
- Stephan Cheney
My project is a community needs assessment for the Bear River Band of Rhonerville Rancheria. I will be working with the tribes Youth Coordinator Stephan Cheney who has developed the Ts’ Denoni Youth Program. This needs assessment is needed as part of a grant proposal for an American Indian Education Center grant. This grant is needed to expand the Ts’ Denoni Youth Program to include a space that effectively addresses the educational needs of the youth in their community. With this needs assessment, I hope to be able to capture the necessary information to demonstrate Bear River Rancheria’s need for an educational center that is supportive and inclusive of their community and culture.
Del Norte County: A Look at Educational AchievementPresentation Year: 2018
- Aubrey PellicanoPsychologyGraduate Student
Rural communities like Del Norte County face additional challenges in obtaining a quality education compared with urban areas. According to the Rural Families Data Center, this achievement gap is due to excessive absence and truancy, low socioeconomic status, poverty, and high school dropout rates. Archival data from the last ten years was obtained from the CDE DataQuest website and analyzed to inform a report created by the California Center for Rural Policy for dissemination throughout the community. Generally test scores were lower for Del Norte and low-income students. These results show that more attention must be paid to education systems in rural communities to improve outcomes.
Incorporating Cultural Activities Within A Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment Facility in Humboldt County, CaliforniaPresentation Year: 2018
- Arlette LargeSocial WorkGraduate Student
Humboldt County, California is comprised of Indigenous tribal lands. The county has no residential substance use treatment program to meet the needs of the Indigenous Community. The purpose of this project is to implement Indigenous practices within the residential substance use treatment program. The following healing activities will be incorporated into the treatment program, both on and off-site. Red Roads will be offered to individuals once a week on site. Gender appropriate talking circles while beading will be offered on-site weekly. Individuals will have the opportunity to sweat twice a month, off-site.
Map of wildfire severity of the Santa Rosa: CA 2017Presentation Year: 2018
- John CortenbachEnvironmental Science and ManagementUndergraduate Student
- Richard WilliamsEnvironmental Resources EngineeringUndergraduate Student
- Buddhika MadurapperumaForestry and Wildland Resources/ Environmental Science and ManagementFaculty
This study examines the Santa Rosa fire in 2017 using remote sensing techniques to estimate the acreage of burned areas. Landsat 8 imagery of the pre- and post- fires were used to extrapolate the burn severity using two methods: (i) Normalized Burn Ratio (dNBR) and (ii) change detection analysis. The results of burn severity of both methods were on average 24% under-approximated comparison to values supplied by Cal Fire. While comparing acreage burn, provided by CAL FIRE indicates that our results were on average 76% ±8% accuracy in identifying burn severity. Of the two methods, the change detection using iso clustered unsupervised classification scheme was more accurate.
Music and MindfulnessPresentation Year: 2018
- Craig ZuberSocial WorkGraduate Student
Music and Mindfulness is a project created in partnership with Trinidad Elementary School to assess the efficacy of using therapeutic drumming and mindfulness for substance abuse prevention. This project combines research from Trauma-Informed practices, Relational Theory, and emotional awareness to assist students in building healthy relationships and increasing self-esteem.
Native American SchoolsPresentation Year: 2018
- Amy TorresCommunicationUndergraduate Student
The focus on my project will be in education in Native American schools. I will research about the structure of the schools such as Albuquerque Indian School, Chemawa Indian School and Carlisle Indian School and then talk about what happened in the past and forward each of the schools. Reason(s) why the topic being researched: The reason why I am planning to do research on education in Native American schools is because my family is mixed racially and I want to learn more about what occurred at the following Native American schools.
Parents Before Prisoners: Maintaining Connection Throughout SeparationPresentation Year: 2018
- HALEY HOBLITTSocial WorkGraduate Student
The complexity of the Child Welfare System has left Humboldt County Correctional Facility (HCCF) incarcerated parents voicing their confusion of the system specifically regarding how to reach case plan objectives in an institution that offers limited family reunification services. The collective project, Parents Before Prisoners: Maintaining Connection Throughout Separation, aimed to address this matter by creating a resource guide for HCCF parents, that not only explains the child welfare system, but also contains a curriculum that can be used to reach case plan objectives.
Pathways to Healing: A Cultural Identity Development CurriculumPresentation Year: 2018
- Shaylynne MastenSocial WorkGraduate Student
With the Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria’s Ts’ Denoni Youth Program, I developed a curriculum that covers cultural teachings such as ceremony protocol, regalia, Tribal histories, gender roles, etc. This curriculum focuses on the following: (1) for youth and their families to familiarize themselves with the local Tribal histories, ceremony protocol, regalia, basketry, etc., (2) to help Native youth and families become more comfortable in their own cultural knowledge and identity, and (3) provide a foundation of local cultural knowledge that our youth and families can pass down to the next generation, to help create a cycle of healing.
Psychometric Characteristics of the Demoralization Scale in College StudentsPresentation Year: 2018
- Irene Gonzalez-HerreraPsychologyGraduate Student
- Kaylee WilliamsPsychologyGraduate Student
- Nena McGathPsychologyGraduate Student
- William ReynoldsPsychologyFaculty
There is limited research on demoralization in college students. Most research in this domain has focused on medical populations, such as persons with cancer (Mehnert et al, 2011; Mullane et al, 2009) or other health-related problems. The most used measure of this construct is the Demoralization Scale (DS; Kissane et al, 2004). The 24-item DS includes components of dysphoria, feelings of incompetence and loss of meaning, with good reliability and validity in clinical samples (Kissane et al., 2004; Pei-Ling et al., 2015). The current study examined the reliability and validity of the DS in college students.