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Idaho State University announces multimillion-reinvestment initiative

Posted in Academics, Featured, People by taylandy on the November 14th, 2014

Idaho State University will be reinvesting nearly $7 million back into the University, the majority going to academic programs, deferred maintenance and infrastructure. (more…)

I Chose ISU – Pedro Moreno Leon, Venezuelan student pursues dream

Posted in Academics, People by taylandy on the November 12th, 2014

Ever since Pedro Moreno Leon was a child, it was his dream to work at a power plant.

Leon, ISU’s only Venezuelan student, is well on his way to fulfilling his dream of becoming a nuclear engineer.

At just 19, he left his home in Venezuela to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering at Idaho State University. (more…)

Idaho State University Distinguished Faculty nominations sought

Posted in Academics, People by taylandy on the November 10th, 2014

Nominations are being sought for three Idaho State University faculty members to be recognized as Distinguished Faculty.

They will be honored during a reception in April and recognized during the 2015 Commencement exercises.

Nominations for the Distinguished Teacher and Distinguished Service are due Jan. 23. The Distinguished Researcher call for nominations will be announced by the Office for Research and Economic Development. (more…)

Idaho State University Professor Harris to address United Nations committee Nov. 17 on nuclear security

Posted in Academics, Featured, People, Research by taylandy on the November 10th, 2014

Idaho State University Associate Professor of Health Physics Jason Harris will address the United Nations 1540 Committee at U.N. headquarters in New York City on the topic of nuclear security on Nov. 17.

The 1540 Committee is under the U.N.’s Security Council. Harris will deliver a half-hour talk devoted specifically on the activities of the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN), which is a partnership between educational institutions and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Harris served as chair of the INSEN 2012-14. He stepped down in August, but is still active with the INSEN. (more…)

Representatives from NASA meet at Idaho State University to develop wildfire recovery GIS system

Posted in Academics, People, Research by taylandy on the November 10th, 2014

NASA personnel gathered in Pocatello recently to meet with researchers at the Idaho State University GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Training and Researcher Center and with professionals from state and federal land agencies to work on a GIS-satellite imagery system used to manage wildfires. The focus was the wildfire RECOVER project, led by ISU’s Keith Weber. (more…)

Idaho State University’s Meg Long-Woodhouse to serve on Idaho Board of Dentistry

Posted in Academics, People by taylandy on the November 4th, 2014

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has appointed Idaho State University dental hygienist Meg Long-Woodhouse to a five-year term on the Idaho Board of Dentistry. (more…)

Community members have opportunity to help Idaho State University researchers determine how sleep problems in youth effect health, social behavior

Posted in Academics, Events, People, Research by taylandy on the November 4th, 2014

Idaho State University’s Maria Wong, working with the Portneuf Medical Center Sleep Clinic in Pocatello, is trying to get a more objective measure of the quality of sleep of 8- to 12-year olds to try to quantify some of the negative effects of poor sleep.

“Researchers believe that sleep problems can affect the executive functions of adolescents, which affects their problem-solving and planning abilities that may influence mood and their decisions on what activities to engage in,” said Wong, professor and director of experimental training in the ISU Department of Psychology, who is in the second year of a five-year, $1.6 million study funded by the National Institutes of Health.
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Idaho State University chemistry department develops smartphone app for Yellowstone field trips

Posted in Academics, Research by taylandy on the November 4th, 2014

Idaho State University’s environmental chemistry class takes an annual field trip to Yellowstone National Park to investigate the unique geothermal features of the park. This year the chemistry department launched both a website and app giving more information on the chemistry of the three basic types of geothermal springs. (more…)

Idaho State University debate team takes top honors in trip to Twin Falls

Posted in Academics, Featured, People by taylandy on the November 4th, 2014

Idaho State University debaters Brandon Biggs and Patrick Loftus earned top speaking honors and placed third overall in British parliamentary debate at the College of Southern Idaho. Nicholas Tarbet and Karen Lei also competed. (more…)

Chesapeake Energy donates trucks to Idaho State University geosciences department

Posted in Academics, People, Research by taylandy on the November 4th, 2014

The Chesapeake Energy Corporation, the second-largest producer of natural gas in the United States, has donated two Chevy pickup trucks to Idaho State University’s geosciences department to be used for field teaching and research. (more…)

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