The Idaho Museum of Natural History invites the public to attend a free presentation titled “Building Consensus in Science: Why is Pluto not a Planet?” on Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Museum Classroom 204.
This talk is the second in a series of “Science Appetizer” lectures scheduled at the museum in the coming months.
Dr. Steven Shropshire, an associate professor in the Idaho State University Department of Physics, will discuss the ways in which scientists work to build consensus on scientific topics and theories, using as an example the recent reversal within the scientific community on Pluto being a planet.
Idaho State University’s TRiO Student Services program has several spring community-service projects in progress, including a book drive aimed at increasing literacy among elementary school students, and participation in ISU’s Martin Luther King Day celebration.
“TRiO programs are doing some exciting things in the spring semester, not only for our target students, which are from low-income families and are first generation college students, but also overall for the community we live and work in,” says James “Byrd” Yizar, ISU assistant dean of students and TRiO director.
The Idaho State University Graduate Students Art Exhibition is scheduled Jan. 17-26 in the John B. Davis Gallery, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The opening reception will be held 6-8 p.m. Jan. 16. Students to be featured, with their hometowns and the medium they work in, are:• Shane Booth, Twin Falls, resident of Pendleton, Ore., ceramics;• Tim Goodworth, Pocatello, painting and sculpture;
• Helen Livingston, Munich, Germany, resident of Pocatello, printmaking and painting;
• Nikki Mull, Arco, mixed media;
• Tom Pfister, Glenview, Ill., printmaking;
• Agnieszka Soldat, born in Wroclaw, Poland, and now a Canadian citizen, painting and drawing;
• Anne Vest, Pocatello, painting and drawing.
Regular Davis Gallery hours are 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, contact Amy Jo Popa, (208) 282-3341.
The Idaho State University Bengal Dancers will host their annual Kids Clinic on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Reed Gymnasium.
The cost is $20 and ages 3-12 are welcome. Participants will receive instruction from the nationally ranked ISU Bengal Dancers, a 2007 clinic T-shirt, the opportunity to perform at halftime of the ISU women’s basketball game versus Montana State University that afternoon (2 p.m. tip-off), free admission into the game, and game tickets for $2 each for the participants’ friends and family.
The registration deadline is Tuesday Jan. 16 by 5 p.m. Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted but will not be guaranteed at T-shirt. For a registration form contact Hilary Hofmaier at 282-4547 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Idaho State University's coordinator of student employment, Jan McDougall, is retiring this month after nearly 20 years working at the University.
A retirement reception will be held for her from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 12 in the Bengal Café in the Pond Student Union Building.
“It’s been a wonderful career,” she said. “I always said I had the best job on campus.”
Africa’s lively food, culture, beauty and sounds are returning to Pocatello.
Idaho State University African Student Association members invite their neighbors to a special evening full of sights and sounds from across this vast, varied continent during Africa Night 2007 scheduled from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Pond Student Union Building Ballroom.
“Many people have a negative idea of Africa, so we hope they will help us celebrate so much that is good on Africa Night,” explained Tarasai Githu, communication director for the association.
Idaho State University will host a Martin Luther King Jr. March at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 15 on the ISU campus.
Marchers will assemble at the northeast corner of Holt Arena and journey to the Pond Student Union Building, where a program will be held in the Bengal Theater. A bus provided by the City of Pocatello Transportation Department will transport individuals wishing to participate but unable to march. The bus will provide transportation back to Holt Arena after the program for individuals who participated in the march.
The Idaho State University Department of Music will host the northwest regional level of the prestigious Music Teachers National Association Competition on Jan. 13 and 14 in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center and the ISU Fine Arts Building.
For this event, state winners at the junior high, high school, and young artists levels from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Wyoming will compete. There are separate divisions for piano, woodwind, strings, voice, and chamber music. Winners in each of these divisions will compete for national honors in March in Toronto, Canada.
The fifth annual Idaho WWAMI Mini Medical School on the central topic of the “Musculoskeletal System” will be videocast to Idaho State University locations in Pocatello and Idaho Falls from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 24 and 31, and Feb. 7, 13 and 21.
The presentations are open to the general public, college students and advanced high school students. It could be of particular interest to those in the medical and health-care fields, as well as those with medical conditions such as hip replacements or arthritis that involve the musculoskeletal system. University of Washington School of Medicine physician faculty from Seattle and Idaho along with other health-care professionals will present information on the musculoskeletal system on a level suitable for the general public and for college students as well as high school students with some science coursework backgrounds.
The classes are offered for no credit or for one college credit available from Idaho State University. Undergraduate and graduate credit options are available.
On the theme “Honor the Past, Shape the Future,” the Idaho State University 2007 Human Rights Celebration, running Jan. 15-25, will feature a Human Rights March, keynote speaker Wilma Mankiller and a variety of films and presentations.
The celebration begins with the Martin Luther King Jr. March beginning at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at Holt Arena. The march will travel from the arena south on Memorial Drive to Martin Luther King Jr. Way, where it will head west to Caesar Chavez Way, ending at the ISU Pond Student Union Building where ISU student James Drake will speak in the PSUB Bengal Theatre.
Mankiller’s keynote address will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in the PSUB Ballroom. Mankiller is an author, lecturer and former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. She has presented more than 100 lectures at colleges and universities on issues ranging from contemporary issues of Native Americans to community development and women in leadership.
Other speakers and their topics include Dr. Allan Christelow, ISU history professor, “Human Rights Dilemmas in Darfur and the Greater Sahara Region”; a presentation by Dr. LaNada War Jack, executive director, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes; and a lecture by Susan Ray Schmidt, author of “His Favorite Wife: Trapped in Polygamy.” (more…)