Idaho State University researchers study spread of invasive Russian Olive tree; may cause nutrient pollution and nonnative species “meltdown” in western streams
Idaho State University’s Deep Creek study site before (1970, top) and after (2006, bottom) invasion by Russian olive. Photo credits: G. Wayne Minshall (1970), Colden Baxter (2006)."The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!"
Wait, they're already here and are present in astounding numbers throughout the western United States posing vexing questions for researchers, land users and resource managers.
The Russians referred to here are Russian Olive trees – so prevalent in Western States that many people do not realize they are a non-native, invasive species. Over the last 50 years they have escaped from their use as an ornamental tree and in plantings aimed at control of erosion. They have become the second most abundant tree on western streamside areas, second only to another non-native, invasive tree, the Tamarisk or Saltcedar, which is more common in the southwestern states. (more…)
The Idaho State University Department of Dental Hygiene recently received grants from Idaho Power and the Ronald McDonald House of Charities of Idaho to purchase mobile dental equipment and start a school-based sealant program at Greenacres Elementary School.
The department will rotate two to four senior dental hygiene students and faculty weekly to implement the program and offer dental care to approximately 70 second-grade students in the spring of 2014. (more…)
Idaho State University’s Wong lands $1.62 million NIH grant to investigate link between sleep problems in youth and later substance abuse
A new study that will be carried out at Idaho State University over the next five years will help researchers further understand the link between sleep problems in youths and later substance abuse and high-risk behavior.
"If we can clarify the relationship between sleep problems and later substance abuse and other high-risk behavior it will help with the development of prevention programs and effective treatments for those behaviors," said Maria Wong, professor and director of experimental training in the ISU Department of Psychology. (more…)
Idaho State University Professor Thomas probes question ‘Can genetic engineering be used to help endangered species?’
Weighing the pros and cons of using genetic engineering to help save endangered species is explored by Idaho State University Professor Michael Thomas and colleagues in article appearing in the Sept. 26 edition of the journal Nature. (more…)
Idaho State University among regional 13-university partnership led by UNLV to put ‘bench-to-bedside’ research into practice
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) announced a five-year, $20.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead a health research network of 13 universities across the Mountain West, including Idaho State University.
The University of Nevada School of Medicine will partner on the grant that was announced on Sept. 18.
The Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN) will expand the capacity of partner institutions across seven states to put clinical research into practice to address regional health concerns including access to care, cancer, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular and infectious diseases.
Rex Force, PharmD, associate dean for clinical research for the Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences Idaho Center for Health Research, said he is excited about the grant and what it means for ISU and the residents of Idaho. (more…)
Several Idaho State University departments are collaborating to discuss archeological sites in Idaho and prepare for the International Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference. (more…)
Idaho State University scientists, students explore ancient tracks discovered at American Falls Reservoir
Idaho State University scientists, graduate and undergraduate students are piecing together ancient animal tracks that date back 10,000 to 200,000 years ago along the American Falls Reservoir. (more…)
Finding evidence to verify what nurses already know from their everyday experience is the topic of an Idaho State University nursing professor's new study.
Mary Anne Reynolds' one-year descriptive study on palliative care was funded by the American Nurses Foundation for $5,000. Palliative care is the specialized medical treatment for people with limiting and potentially life-ending illnesses. (more…)
National Science Foundation awards $99,335 grant to ISU’s Mousavinezhad to study algorithms for efficient use of electromagnetic spectrum
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $99,335 grant to Idaho State University Professor Hossein Mousavinezhad for the study of advanced algorithms for efficient use of electromagnetic spectrum, which ultimately could help relieve congestion on the World Wide Web and other "information superhighways."
This research work is a collaboration of ISU engineering faculty and scientists at the Idaho National Laboratory. (more…)
Research conducted by ISU Professor Meyers results in finding a safer alternative for collegiate women’s soccer fields
Idaho State University Associate Professor of Sports Science and Physical Education Michael Meyers released research findings that concluded there is a significantly lower injury rate for collegiate women’s soccer athletes playing on FieldTurf versus natural grass.
The analyses also indicated fewer injuries on the artificial turf when comparing injury time loss, player position, injury grade, injuries under various field conditions and temperatures, cleat design and turf age. Meyers evaluated female soccer players from 13 universities over five competitive seasons. A total of 797 collegiate games were evaluated with 355 games played on artificial turf and 442 games played on natural grass. (more…)