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Idaho State University researchers work on virtual watershed project to better model Idaho’s and West’s snowpack

Posted in Academics, People, Research by taylandy on the November 26th, 2014

Researchers in Idaho State University’s geosciences department are working on a virtual watershed project to make better, easy-to-use computer models of Idaho’s and the West’s snowpack to help water users plan better. (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…)

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…)

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…)

Fossil remains of 70,000-year-old-plus mammoth transferred to ISU Idaho Museum of Natural History

Posted in Exhibits, Research by taylandy on the October 28th, 2014

The Bureau of Reclamation reports that the fossil remains of a more than 70,000 year-old mammoth discovered near American Falls Reservoir were excavated and transferred in late October to the Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University in Pocatello. (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’s Professor Bearden to fly mice in space to research keeping astronauts healthier

Posted in Featured, People, Research by taylandy on the October 15th, 2014

Idaho State University’s Dr. Shawn Bearden has been awarded a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to fly mice on the International Space Station in 2015 and 2016 to study how to protect astronauts from visual and possible cognitive impairment during long-term space missions. (more…)

Author Nokes to Deliver Lecture “Massacred for Gold, the Chinese in Hells Canyon” Oct. 16 at ISU College of Education Auditorium

Posted in Academics, Events, People, Research by taylandy on the October 14th, 2014

The Idaho Museum of Natural History is proud to host author R. Gregory Nokes’ book lecture “Massacred for Gold, the Chinese in Hells Canyon” at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Idaho State University College of Education Auditorium Room 234. (more…)

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