July 2012

CEDA National Debate Tournament returning to ISU

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For the second time in four years, Idaho State University will host the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) national tournament. The CEDA tournament is the largest intercollegiate policy debate national championship. It is often referred to as "the people's tournament" because of the diversity and number of attendees. More than 160 two-person teams are expected to register for the event from more than 60 universities nationwide.

Slated for March 23-26, 2013, the event will bring more than 450 participants from universities such as USC, Cal Berkeley, Kansas, Wake Forest, and Harvard to Pocatello for the four-day national championship event.

photo of debatersAccording to Sarah Partlow-Lefevre, ISU Director of Debate, it is very unusual for the same university to host CEDA Nationals twice in so short a period. However, "Weber State is hosting the National Debate Tournament (NDT) the weekend after CEDA," Partlow-Lefevre said. "The proximity of Idaho State University will encourage additional schools to attend because they can travel to both national organizations' final competitions with a single airplane ticket for each attendee. Our ability to coordinate CEDA with the NDT at Weber," continued Partlow-Lefevre, "and the fact that CEDA officials were so impressed with our facilities and hospitality the last time we hosted in 2009, made it easy for them to return."

Photo of debatersFinancial support for the tournament is provided by the ISU Rupp Debate Team, the ISU Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, and a grant from the ISU College of Arts & Letters. "The College of Arts & Letters has been investing in research and academic activities that enhance the College's productivity and visibility," said Kandi Turley-Ames, Dean of Arts & Letters. "The College is honored to host this national event again."

"It's exciting to host the tournament again," said Jim DiSanza, Chair of the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies. "I'm especially pleased that the investment the College is making is going to bring several hundred thousand dollars in direct financial return to the community. Without the support we received from the College of Arts & Letters, we could not have won this bid."

Erika Kuhlman, History, Publishes a New Book

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Erika Kuhlman, associate professor of history, recently published a new book, Of Little Comfort: War Widows, Fallen Soldiers and the Remaking of a Nation after the Great War, published by New York University Press. Her inspiration for the book came from a 1918 photograph showing hundreds of women wearing long black mourning dresses. But as she discovered, widows were far more than just a reminder of the war's fallen soldiers; nations used widows and war casualties as symbols either to uphold their victory or to disengage from their defeat.

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Kuhlman's research interests include the reconciliation processes between the United States and Germany following World War I, with specific focus on women's roles in peacemaking. In addition to her responsibilities in the History Department, Kuhlman is also the Director of the Women Studies Program. Other books by Kuhlman include Petticoats and White Feathers, Reconstructing Patriarchy after the Great War, and Women and Transnational Activism in Historical Perspective, edited with Kimberly Jensen.


Katherine Reedy-Maschner, Anthropology, Receives Grant

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Katherine Reedy-Maschner, associate professor of anthropology, has received a $300,000 grant to expand her research in Alaska's Aleutian Island chain. The grant is funded by the Office of Subsistence Management, a branch of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

According to Reedy-Maschner, the grant will fund a three-year study of marine fish and sea mammal harvesting in four remote Aleutian Island villages. This is a continuation of her previous research studying subsistence harvests in villages of the eastern Aleutian Islands and the Alaska Peninsula. This study tracks resource harvesting and use, how much is harvested, and where it is harvested. Her data collection on sharing wild foods, resources, and labor organization will be used to track the social networks that tie these distant communities to one another, to mainland Alaska, and to the rest of the world.

The project uses techniques and network analysis to organize the data and continues her collaboration with Corey Schou, Director of the ISU Informatics Research Institute and Associate Dean of the ISU College of Business, who created the social network tools she uses in this research. This new information will be used to analyze how modern peoples in remote villages use their marine environments and how marine foods are integrated into social networks.

Research in the islands can be difficult due to their isolation and the expense and difficulty of travel, much of which takes place in small planes, according to Reedy-Maschner. It is no surprise that much of the research in the Aleutians focuses on the fishing industry. "All we hear about is Bering Sea commercial fishing," Reedy-Maschner explained, "but I will focus more on local harvesting and community involvement in the commercial fishing industries."

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Despite a lengthy application process for funding and difficult travel conditions, Reedy-Maschner said she finds her work extremely rewarding. "I love getting to document life in these remote places that otherwise no one would know much about. The people are amazing. Just buying a gallon of milk [in the islands] can be challenging, and they do it with such grace." While she is conducting this project for the Office of Subsistence Management, Reedy-Maschner will ultimately use this new information as the focus of her next major book project.

Faculty Presentations throughout the World

Since the end of the spring semester, many faculty members in the College of Arts & Letters have been traveling overseas to present their research or creative activities. Other faculty members are conducting research activities during the summer months at overseas locations. Here is a sampling of overseas research and creative activities:

Scott Anderson, music, led the ISU Chamber Choir on a performance tour of Italy and Austria during May. One highlight was performing for the Sunday mass at the Vatican in St. Peter’s Basilica.


Josèphine Garibaldi, dance, was artist in residence at Arteles Creative Center in Finland during the month of May.


Ryan Jones, history, gave a conference presentation in Canberra, Australia, in May, and then stayed in Australia to conduct research at the Australian National Archives.


Daekyung Kim, mass communication, gave a presentation to Korean Society for Journalism & Communication Studies Conference in South Korea at the end of May.


Nancy Legge, communication & rhetorical studies, is giving a conference presentation in Greece in July.


• Barbara Stephenson, post-doctoral researcher in history, gave a presentation at the Map Window conference in The Velg, The Netherlands, in June.


Alan Johnson, English, conducted research in a British library in London during May, and then traveled to India in June to conduct research at various archives.


Thomas Klein, English, plans to conduct research at locations in London and Carlisle, UK, during August.


Katherine Reedy-Maschner, anthropology, traveled to Panama to conduct research during May.


John Dudgeon and David Peterson, anthropology, plan to conduct field reconnaissance in Armenia during July.


This sampling of faculty presentations overseas demonstrates some of the international recognition for our College faculty.

Cynthia Hill, Economics, Co-Authors New Edition of Textbook

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Cynthia Hill, professor of economics, is the co-author of a new edition of the university-level McGraw-Hill economics textbook, The Economy Today, with lead author Bradley Schiller, University of Nevada Reno, and Sherri Wall, University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

This is the 13th edition of the textbook, which was published in January. The hardcover book is 831 pages, supplemented by manuals and online materials.

"McGraw-Hill contacted me out of the blue and said Brad Schiller wanted me to be co-author on his textbook," said Hill, who is also Executive Director of the ISU Student Success Center. "Working on this textbook is one of the hardest things I've ever done, but it has been extremely satisfying."

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Professor Hill was in charge of updating the textbook's microeconomics chapters. She also wrote many of the end-of-chapter problems and solutions manuals, updated the book with current examples, and incorporated more digital information into the textbook, such as identifying YouTube videos that illustrate basic concepts in economics.

"We worked hard at incorporating new technology into the textbook and making sure the digital information is just as clear and valuable to students as the print materials," Hill said.

Mass Communication Team Wins Contest

Six Idaho State University advertising students from the Mass Communication Advertising Team won the Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Marketing Plan Contest. Students were awarded $500 each, and the Department of Mass Communication was awarded $1,000 for the students' efforts. The winning students were Katie Burke, Meagan Milder, Amanda Shepard, Kristin Foster, Rodrick Rumble, and Ryan Bray.

The contest offered students the opportunity to use their ingenuity and creativity to develop a comprehensive and practical marketing plan. The plans were required to give consideration to all advertising meda including TV, radio, outdoor, print, direct mail, mobile, social, and Web.

Previously, "Idaho State University graduate students carried out marketing research for and made strategic business recommendations to Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Idaho," said Mike Myers, Farm Bureau Insurance Director of Corporate Marketing. "The company was so impressed with the research and recommendations that it invited ISU students to use this material to create a marketing plan for the company."

Myers stated, "We were all thoroughly impressed with the student's professionalism, friendliness, and creativity. We were impressed, but not surprised, by the level of professionalism the students demonstrated."

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