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Five Idaho State University faculty members honored with 2015 Outstanding Teacher Awards

Posted in Academics, Events, Featured, People by taylandy on the March 26th, 2015

Five Idaho State University faculty members have been chosen to receive 2015 Outstanding Master Teacher awards.

They will be honored at a reception held on April 8 and one will be selected for the ISU Distinguished Teacher Award.

“Teaching is the lifeblood of the institution,” said Laura Woodworth-Ney, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, “and we are very fortunate that these master teachers work in ISU classrooms, labs, and throughout the university community.”

The faculty members receiving these awards are: Barbara Frank, Department of Biological Sciences, Teddie Gould, College of Pharmacy, Andy Holland, Department of Chemistry, Cathy Peppers, College of Business and Curt Whitaker, Department of English and Philosophy. (more…)

Idaho State University Fulbright Scholar Blanton researches link between blueberries, probiotics and high blood pressure

Posted in Academics, People, Research by taylandy on the March 25th, 2015

Most of us have heard about the health benefits of blueberries.

Pop a handful into your mouth and you’re on your way to providing your body with vitamin-rich antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation and do wonders for your immune system.

Perhaps no one can sing the praises of the wildly popular blueberry better than Idaho State University associate dietetics professor and 2014 Fulbright scholar Cynthia Blanton, who holds a Ph.D. in nutrition from the University of California, Davis. (more…)

Idaho State University debate captures national title at Pi Kappa Delta’s British Parliamentary Debate competition

Posted in Academics, Events, Featured, People by taylandy on the March 17th, 2015

Idaho State University seniors Patrick Loftus, from Coeur d’Alene, and Brock Sondrup, Idaho Falls, weathered a snow emergency and won the Pi Kappa Delta National Championship in British Parliamentary Debate, bringing home ISU’s first-ever national championship in debate.

“We’ve placed as high as third at CEDA Nationals in 2007. But, to my knowledge, the PKD win is our first-ever national title,” said Sarah Partlow Lefevre, director of the ISU James M. and Sharon E. Rupp Debate Society. “We are incredibly lucky to have such great success in our first year competing in British Parliamentary Debate.” (more…)

Idaho State University Physics Professor Philip Cole serves Fulbright in Germany; enjoys a little Stammtisch, along with linearly polarized photons

Posted in Academics, People, Research by taylandy on the March 10th, 2015

When Idaho State University physics Professor Philip Cole was a 17-year-old high school exchange student in Germany he noticed a big, open table in the front of a traditional German restaurant.

He made mistake of sitting down at it.

“The owner told me to get up because it was a Stammtisch table,” Cole said. “’You have to be invited,’ he said.”

Fast forward about four decades later to last fall, and Cole was finally invited to a Stammtisch table in Germany while he was serving as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bonn. (more…)

Idaho State University students to travel to New York to showcase talents before scouts

Posted in Academics, Events, Featured, People, Performing Arts by taylandy on the March 10th, 2015

On March 10, Idaho State University students and alumni will showcase their talents in two performances on Broadway in New York City in the Mountain West Actor Showcase. (more…)

Idaho State University’s Jonas scholars help ease nursing shortage

Posted in Academics, ISU-Boise, People by taylandy on the March 5th, 2015

Julie Hammatt is passionate about rural health care.

Tamara Rose is committed to teaching the next generation of nursing professionals.

Both women are pursuing their dreams, thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare and matching funds from the Idaho State University School of Nursing. (more…)

Idaho State University online master’s nursing program makes the nation’s top 50

Posted in Academics, Featured by taylandy on the March 2nd, 2015

College Choice, an independent college search and rankings website, has ranked Idaho State University’s Master of Science in nursing online program 48th on its 2015 list of the top 50 online MSN programs in the country.

Check out the full list at (more…)

Idaho State University Rupp Debate Society takes fourth place in Western States tournament

Posted in Academics, Events, People by taylandy on the March 1st, 2015

Idaho State University’s Rupp Debate Society placed fourth and was recognized for debate and speaking at the Western States Communication Association (WSCA) tournament held in late February.

Senior Patrick Loftus, from Coeur d’Alene, and junior Jason Byron, Idaho Falls, were recognized as the sixth- and seventh-place speakers, were named finalists, and placed fourth overall. (more…)

Idaho State University lending forensic anthropology expertise to help solve 36-year-old cold case

Posted in Academics, Events, People, Research by taylandy on the March 1st, 2015

Searching for a human skull from a 36-year-old cold case is an unusual and grisly endeavor for a group of 10 Idaho State University faculty, staff and students, but a valuable one.

If successful, the group can assist with the positive identification of human remains in Civil Defense caves north of Dubois near the Montana border. (more…)

More than 60 students to participate in ISU Graduate Research Days March 14, 16

Posted in Academics, People, Research by taylandy on the March 1st, 2015

More than 60 graduate students from Idaho State University will share their research endeavors at the inaugural ISU Graduate School Research Days events on March 14 and 16 in the Rendezvous Complex A, B and C Suites. (more…)

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