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Idaho State University Gibson Jack Creek RNA study on how plants process water has implications for climate change, water management

Posted in Academics, Featured, People, Research by taylandy on the April 16th, 2015

A solar panel sits near the top of a Douglas Fir tree about 70 feet off the ground somewhere on a steep ridge near Gibson Jack Creek, miles from the nearest trailhead.

“You know those things you enjoy as a child sometimes have applications afterwards,” said John Whiting, an Idaho State University geosciences master’s student, who has accompanied a group of ISU researchers to a study site where he climbed the tree and installed the solar panel about a year ago.

“I usually do the tree climbing, because I am most comfortable with it,” Whiting continued, “I am relatively safe and I usually use a harness, but Sarah doesn’t even like watching me install them.” (more…)

Concrete canoe, concrete horseshoe, steel bridge competitions highlight student engineering conference at Idaho State University April 16-18

Posted in Academics, Events, Featured, People by taylandy on the April 16th, 2015

More than 300 civil engineering students from throughout the Pacific Northwest will visit Idaho State University April 16-18 to race their concrete canoes and test the mettle of their 20-foot steel bridges that they’ve been working on since last fall.

Yes, the canoes do float, and they’re probably tougher than some of the concrete horseshoes the visiting students will be chucking around at the 2015 Pacific Northwest American Society of Civil Engineers Student Conference hosted by the ISU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. (more…)

ISU music students to premiere composition at Percussion Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra Concert on April 16

Posted in Events, Featured, People, Performing Arts by taylandy on the April 15th, 2015

Two Idaho State University music students will have the world premiere of their composition at the Percussion Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra Concert on April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Goranson Hall.

Kylle Strunk and Jedd Greenhalgh, both sophomores, wrote the composition “The Box” after the Greek Myth of Pandora’s Box. The composition is made into four movements, each representing Pandora’s curiosity, and the seven deadly sins – greed, pride, sloth, gluttony, lust, envy and wrath. Each movement has a different style of music and uses instruments differently. (more…)

Idaho State University’s 2015-16 tuition and fees approved

Posted in Academics, Events, Featured by taylandy on the April 15th, 2015

Idaho State University’s proposed 3.3 percent tuition and fee increase for the 2015-16 academic year was approved by the State Board of Education Wednesday, April 15.

Resident undergraduate students will pay $6,784 and nonresident students will pay $20,182 annually in tuition and fees in 2015-16. The change represents the lowest increase in 27 years for the University. (more…)

ISU School of Performing Arts to present “Musical of Musicals (The Musical)” beginning April 17

Posted in Events, Featured, People, Performing Arts by taylandy on the April 9th, 2015

Idaho State University’s School of Performing Arts will perform “Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)” beginning on April 17 in the Stephens Performing Arts Center’s Rogers Black Box Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

There will also be performances on April 18, 20, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. (more…)

Idaho State University Outstanding Student Award winners announced

Posted in Academics, Events, Featured, People by taylandy on the April 7th, 2015

Idaho State University and the ISU Alumni Association proudly announce the 2015 Outstanding Student Award recipients who will be honored at Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 9, in Holt Arena.

The Outstanding Student Awards are presented to recognize outstanding graduating seniors who have excelled in their programs, their extracurricular activities and have epitomized ISU’s outstanding student body. Students receiving these prestigious awards exhibit a readiness to graduate, high academic achievement, above-average dedication to academic and professional goals and involvement in professional societies. Work experience and community service are also considered.

The Outstanding Student Award recipients will be honored at a reception April 10 at 6 p.m. in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Outstanding Student Award recipients for 2015 are Daniel Shelden, Boise, College of Arts and Letters – Fine Arts and Humanities; Ashley Miller, Pocatello, College of Arts and Letters – Social and Behavioral Sciences; Douglas Walker, Pocatello, College of Science and Engineering – Natural and Physical Sciences; Kyle R. Gagnon, Boise, College of Science and Engineering – Engineering; Rick T. Richardson, Crofton, British Columbia, Graduate School – Masters; E. Scott Lee, Rexburg, Graduate School – Doctoral; Kayla Miller, Boise, College of Education; Jameson Bastow, Twin Falls, College of Business; Jakob P. Meng, Idaho Falls, College of Technology; Lindsey Marie Hunt, Ontario, Oregon, College of Pharmacy; Jennifer K. Brooks, Idaho Falls, Division of Health Sciences; and Madeline Woodhouse, Pocatello, School of Nursing. (more…)

Idaho State University adds new mobile safety app to campus safety measures

Posted in Events, Featured by taylandy on the April 7th, 2015

In an ongoing effort to maintain a safe and secure campus environment Idaho State University has added a new mobile safety app for the campus community. The free mobile app is available on all four of the University’s campuses: Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Twin Falls and Meridian.

“We’re encouraging all students, as well as our faculty and staff, to download this new mobile safety app,” said ISU President Arthur Vailas. “This app offers students another way to stay connected and stay safe.” (more…)

Four Idaho State University faculty members honored with Outstanding Service Awards

Posted in Academics, Events, Featured, People by taylandy on the March 30th, 2015

Four Idaho State University faculty members have been chosen to receive 2015 Outstanding Service awards.

They will be honored at a reception held on April 8 and one will be chosen for the 2015 Distinguished Service Award.

The faculty members receiving these awards are Cal Edwards, Caryn Evilia, Cindy Seiger and Cathleen Tarp. (more…)

Idaho State University Receives new $400,000 NASA grant to study Idaho, Hawaii lava flows to aid Mars research

Posted in Featured, People, Research by taylandy on the March 30th, 2015

This summer there could be NASA space rovers working along side NASA astronauts and Idaho State University researchers who are teaming up on Earth at the Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho and at the east side of Hawaii’s Big Island to figure out how to better accomplish scientific research in space.

ISU geosciences researchers Shannon Kobs-Nawotniak and Scott Hughes have received a $400,000 NASA grant to study over the next four years how microbial, or minute life forms such as bacteria or viruses, evolve on lava flows in Idaho and Hawaii. The information they learn on earth could help scientists look for life or evidence of life on other planets such as Mars. (more…)

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

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

Five Idaho State University faculty members have received 2015 Outstanding Researcher Awards and will be honored at a reception on April 8.

One Outstanding Researcher will receive the 2015 ISU Distinguished Researcher Award. The winner will be announced at a later date.

The faculty members who will receive ISU Outstanding Researcher awards are: Jennifer Attebery, professor of English; Shannon Lynch, professor of psychology; Mark McBeth, associate dean in the College of Arts & Letters; Colden Baxter and Jean Pfau, associate professors in the Department of Biological Sciences. (more…)

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