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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.

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…)

President Vailas delivers State of University Address, highlights opportunities, accomplishments

Posted in Academics, Events, People by taylandy on the October 30th, 2014

Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas touted the variety, quality and depth of the University’s programs and the tremendous opportunities they provide during his annual State of the University Address on Wednesday, Oct. 29. (more…)

Idaho State University Regional Mathematics Center and Pocatello/Chubbuck School District #25 announce partnership to enhance mathematics teaching in local schools

Posted in Academics by taylandy on the October 29th, 2014

Idaho State University’s Regional Mathematics Center has partnered with Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 to provide training to help elementary and secondary teachers improve math instruction.

Through the partnership, the center will provide 500 hours of support, including one-on-one coaching with teachers, half-day content-based courses for all kindergarten through eighth grade and algebra teachers. Coaches will also be trained in each school to provide one-on-one support regularly. (more…)

Press conference scheduled Oct. 28 to announce details of multi-tiered, job-embedded mathematics professional development project for teachers

Posted in Academics, Events by taylandy on the October 27th, 2014

A press conference is scheduled on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. in the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District #25 Board Room.

Dr. Cory Bennett, ISU Regional Mathematics Center Director, along with Debbie Critchfield of the Idaho State Board of Education; Jan Harwood, Pocatello/Chubbuck School District Secondary Director and mathematics advisor; and teachers JoAnn Huber and Carri Thomason, Pocatello/Chubbuck School District #25 math coaches, will present information on how the project’s goals of building capacity of teachers translates into improved mathematics instruction and success of students. (more…)

Yellowstone Studies Center in West Yellowstone offers diverse opportunities for ISU faculty, students and staff

Posted in Academics, People, Research by taylandy on the October 24th, 2014

Yellowstone Studies Center offers learning center in West Yellowstone for ISU students, faculty of many different disciplines
The Yellowstone Studies Center is a source and center for better understanding the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. It offers an academic infrastructure for scientists, researchers, teachers, and students working in many different fields of study at Idaho State University and other institutions. (more…)

Idaho State University enrollment showcases growth in strategic areas

Posted in Academics, Featured by taylandy on the October 24th, 2014

Idaho State University’s first-time undergraduates increased nearly 19 percent over last year, while total enrollment remained flat. Total headcount as of Fall 2014 census day was 13,804, compared to 13,845 at the same time last year.

The University continues to see growth in strategic areas such as the Early College program and first time undergraduate students. (more…)

ISU Central Academic Advising Office continues Be Advised campaign; registration schedule set

Posted in Academics, People by taylandy on the October 21st, 2014

The Idaho State University Central Academic Advising Office is continuing its “Be Advised” campaign and also recommending that students pick their major with the “Declare Your Major” campaign, before students register for classes in November.

Both campaigns are led by Central Academic Advising, a unit of the Student Success Center, and direct students to pursue the information they need to progress towards attaining their chosen degree program. (more…)

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