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ISU Workforce Training offers CNA course onsite at Fort Hall

Posted in Academics by taylandy on the July 31st, 2008

After months of work, the dream of offering an onsite Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course to residents of Fort Hall has become a reality. Through an extensive collaboration between Partners for Prosperity, Shoshone-Bannock tribal entities, and ISU Workforce Training, students can now complete more than half of their CNA training at the Human Resource Development Center in Fort Hall. Learning laboratory practices and clinicals will occur in Pocatello. (more…)

ISU professor attempts to create drought-resistant potato

Posted in Blogroll, Featured, Research by taylandy on the July 31st, 2008

Idaho State University biological sciences professor Dring Crowell is attempting to create, through genetic engineering, drought-resistant potato and soybean plants that require less water to grow.

He has already genetically engineered a relatively simple plant, Arabidopsis, to make it more drought resistant. A Canadian researcher, Dr. Peter McCourt, has also been successful creating drought-resistant canola, another important commercial crop, using a similar method to what Crowell will use to produce drought-resistant potato and soybean plants. (more…)

Former ISU dean of student affairs Janet C. Anderson dies

Posted in Blogroll by taylandy on the July 30th, 2008

Dr. Janet Anderson, who worked at Idaho State University for 31 years and retired as dean of student affairs in 1998, died Monday, July 29, in her sleep from natural causes in Newport, Wash.

A memorial service for her will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Sacheen Lake Station located at 6131 Highway 211, Newport, Wash. Please note that this memorial service was original scheduled to be held at Stoneridge Resort located near Blanchard, Idaho, but the location has been changed. A memorial service also will be held in Pocatello at Idaho State University at a time and date to be announced. (more…)

New ISU computer learning management system goes online this year

Posted in Academics, Featured by taylandy on the July 30th, 2008

Idaho State University will begin the 2008-2009 academic year with a new learning management system – or LMS – after 10 years with WebCT/Blackboard. (more…)

Eaton and Sanders to perform outdoor concert Aug. 16 at ISU

Posted in Blogroll, Events, Performing Arts by taylandy on the July 29th, 2008

Musicians Steve Eaton and Mike Sanders, with guest Phil Garonzik, will perform an outdoor concert at 8 p.m. Aug. 16 on the Idaho State University’s L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center’s Northwest Patio.

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ISU professor emeritus nominated for national Emmy

Posted in Blogroll by taylandy on the July 29th, 2008

ISU professor emeritus Mike Trinklein received an national Emmy nomination this summer for his PBS series Pioneers of Television. (more…)

Century High student gets taste of real science at ISU

Posted in Academics, Blogroll, Research by taylandy on the July 25th, 2008

The process of science is slow, but the experience of it is fast.

That’s among the lessons that Century High School (Pocatello) junior-to-be Ben Devaud is learning in the laboratory of Idaho State University biological sciences professor Ken Rodnick, Ph.D. (more…)

Biology faculty team up with local prep teachers on research projects

Posted in Academics, Blogroll, Research by taylandy on the July 25th, 2008

Highland High School biology teacher Teri Mitton said recently she loves learning new things, as she was peering through a microscope attempting to slice off a 50-micron thick section of a pickled toad’s brain. She had plans to put the sample on a microscope slide for it to be examined in an Idaho State University biological sciences laboratory. (more…)

ISU researchers use spy cams to gather critical info about sage grouse

Posted in Academics, Blogroll, Featured, Research by taylandy on the July 25th, 2008

Maxwell Smart, James Bond or Ethan Hunt and other tinsel-town spymasters have nothing in the way of tricky gadgets over Idaho State University researchers who are trying to determine which predators are eating the eggs of sage grouse.

 The researchers employed miniature, camouflaged infrared cameras to gather irrefutable evidence of what predators were eating sage grouse eggs, and to study a variety of sage grouse nesting behaviors. One finding of their research is that ground squirrels may have been unfairly linked to the predation of sage grouse eggs in nests. In addition, ravens have turned out to be a major predator of eggs in sage grouse nests. (more…)

ISU Foundation names three new members to its Board of Directors

Posted in Blogroll by taylandy on the July 24th, 2008

The Idaho State University Foundation has named three new members to its Board of Directors. They are Boise attorney Bruce Bistline; Idaho Falls CEO Sylvia Medina; and retired business executive Douglas R. Pitman, from Jackson, Wyo. (more…)

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