Fall 2008 Newsletter
Graduate School Vision/Mission
Idaho State University Graduate School Vision Statement. The Graduate School at Idaho State University provides and supports exemplary service to its constituents (e.g., prospective and current students, faculty, departments, alumni) by working to increase national and international awareness of the high quality graduate education experience available at Idaho State University, by its positive and proactive response to technological change, and by its commitment to, and advocacy of, rigorous, fair, and consistent support of graduate students and programs.
Idaho State University Graduate School Mission Statement . The Graduate School at Idaho State University provides quality control for and to the Idaho State University graduate education experience. Our mission is realized through high quality, effective, efficient, and courteous service to individuals and programs involved in graduate education.
Message from the Dean
Welcome to the first issue of the Graduate School newsletter! This newsletter is the result of the dedicated work of the following individuals: Dr. Cynthia Pemberton (Associate Dean, Graduate School), Anna Siddoway (Student worker in the Graduate School), and the officers of the Graduate Student Association (GSA), and I sincerely thank them. This newsletter is one of several vehicles that we are going to be using to publicize the happenings and issues related to graduate education at Idaho State University. It is scheduled to be published one time each semester.
The Graduate School is different than it was a couple of years ago, and will continue to change with the new initiatives we will propose. As graduate dean, I feel it is incumbent upon all of us as citizens to recognize the importance of the contributions that graduate education has made to our society. We must also continue to support graduate education, regardless of the economic situation. The following quote from Dr. Debra Stewart, the President of the Council of Graduate Schools, illustrates the importance of graduate education:
“America’s graduate schools produce the people with the advanced knowledge, skills and abilities essential to guaranteeing the country’s economic and social prosperity. Fostering, nurturing and improving graduate education and graduate programs ensures a healthy future for our country. America’s graduate schools produce the “breakthrough” thinkers - creative, innovative and committed to pushing the boundaries of their fields. We graduate people who can understand, use and develop methodologies of inquiry and research; people able to synthesize complex information within their own field and across related fields; scholars and professionals who routinely demonstrate and exercise critical analytical judgment. And with these core skills and abilities, graduate degree-holders create new ways of understanding, allowing us to solve the complex, compelling issues of our times.” (Stewart, 2008)
We hope you enjoy the Graduate School newsletter.
-Tom Jackson, Dean of Graduate School
Graduate Student Research
John Larkin, from Boise, is working in the laboratory of Dr. Dan Selvage, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He will complete the M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences during the Spring 2009 semester. John is interested in how alcohol causes health problems by activating the body’s stress response system. He has discovered that high circulating levels of estrogen in females significantly alter the ability of alcohol to stimulate brain-mediated stress responses. These findings could in part explain why females tend to suffer negative physical consequences of alcohol more severely than males.
John has presented portions of his work at the Snake River Association for Neuroscience, our local chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, at the national meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, and at an international meeting in Montreal on the stress response system.
“It is very rare for a student in the early stages of their graduate career to have such an exciting body of work and to have already presented at several national or international scientific conferences” (Dr. Fred Risinger, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences).
After completing the M.S., John will pursue the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Idaho State University.
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