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Pulitzer-prize winning author Ulrich to speak at ISU March 19

Posted in Events by taylandy on the March 19th, 2009

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Harvard historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author, will give a free lecture on Mar. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Goranson Hall located in the Idaho State University Fine Arts Building.

Ulrich’s book “A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812,” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1991. (more…)

Fifth annual Womens Choir Festival set March 20 at Jensen Hall

Posted in Events, Performing Arts by taylandy on the March 13th, 2009

Song will fill the Idaho State University Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall when ISU presents its fifth Women’s Choir Festival on Friday, March 20.

The daylong festival culminates in a 7 p.m. public performance by some 225 choristers in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. General admission is $6, $3 for ISU faculty and staff, and free to ISU students with a valid Bengal card. (more…)

ISU to host discussion about the future of the Middle East

Posted in Events by taylandy on the March 13th, 2009

The Idaho State University Middle East Studies Club and the ISU history department will host a discussion of the current circumstances in the Middle East, focusing on relations between Israel and its Arab neighbors, Tuesday, March 17, from noon to 1 p.m. in the North Fork Room of the Pond Student  Union. (more…)

ISU Department of Physics receives NSF award for undergraduate research

Posted in Academics, Featured, Research by taylandy on the March 13th, 2009

The National Science Foundation has awarded Idaho State University Department of Physics $274,244 through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program to support undergraduate research.

Six to 10 undergraduate students from across the United States will participate each year in a 10-week nuclear physics, radiobiology and nuclear engineering research and educational experience at ISU. (more…)

Winners of Science Olympiad announced

Posted in Blogroll, Events by taylandy on the March 13th, 2009

The Idaho State University Department of Physics has announced the winners of the Eastern Idaho Science Olympiad held in early March on ISU’s main campus.

Seventeen teams of seventh through ninth grade students from Eagle Rock Junior High, Franklin Middle School, Hawthorn Middle School, Irving Middle School and White Pine Charter School competed with robots and catapults, in a forensics challenge, tested their knowledge of amphibians, reptiles and geological processes, and competed in five other fun science events. (more…)

Youth suicide prevention videoconference series set in April

Posted in Academics, Events by taylandy on the March 12th, 2009

Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health will host a free Youth Suicide Prevention videoconference series in April focusing on the coroner’s role in working with families of people who commit suicide, coping with the aftermath of suicide, engaging communities and safe messaging in suicide prevention.

The four-week series will be video-cast throughout Idaho starting at 11 a.m. MDT or 10 a.m. PDT. Sites for the videoconferences are located in northern, southern and eastern Idaho. The series is funded with a grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

There are still slots open in Lewiston, Twin Falls, Pocatello and Idaho Falls. (more…)

Idaho State researchers help make major Mayan archaeological discoveries

Posted in Academics, Blogroll, Events, Featured, Research by taylandy on the March 10th, 2009

Guatemala City, Guatemala – The government of Guatemala has announced the recent discovery of a series of major archaeological discoveries – including ancient detailed panels – in an area known as the Mirador Basin of northern Guatemala and part of southern Campeche, Mexico.

The area has been under extensive exploration and investigation for more than two decades by the Mirador Basin Project, directed by Richard Hansen, senior scientist in the Institute for Mesoamerican Research at Idaho State University and president of the FARES Foundation based in Idaho. (more…)

Seniors’ artwork to be displayed in 2009 Davis Gallery exhibit

Posted in Events, Exhibits by taylandy on the March 7th, 2009

The Idaho State University Department of Art and Architecture spring Senior Exhibition featuring the work of five artists is scheduled March 10-20 in the John B. Davis Gallery in the ISU Fine Arts Building. (more…)

ISU Health Fair set March 19-20

Posted in Events, Featured by taylandy on the March 6th, 2009

The Idaho State University Health Fair 2009, set from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 19 and 20, will feature more than 50 learning centers on a variety of health issues.

Examples of services offered at the fair include everything from body-fat screenings and tests of grip strength, to nervous system evaluations and home health and hospice information. Other learning centers will provide blood pressure readings, a medication brown bag for participants to bring in their medicines and ask pharmacy students about them, and hearing screening tests, to name a few.

The annual Health Fair is sponsored by the Kasiska College of Health Professions and will be in the ISU Pond Student Union Ballroom.

Portneuf Medical Center (PMC) will provide laboratory services at the fair on March 19 and 20 and blood draws also will be available at both of the PMC labs through March 18 and March 23-27. (more…)

ISU Center for Economic Education launches financial wellness Web site

Posted in Academics by taylandy on the March 5th, 2009

The Idaho State University Financial Wellness Center has launched a Web site,, to offer resources for students seeking financial advice and assistance to combat the “financial education crisis in our country.”

Universities have reported “higher dropout rates due to debt burdens, than from academic failure,” according to a study done by Suzanne Hayes at the University of Nebraska.

Closer to home, according to an attrition study conducted in 2005 by Idaho State University, lack of financial management was identified as a key reason students do not complete a degree. The creation of the Financial Wellness Center and its Web site are part of the efforts the University is undergoing to help retain students, and help them after they graduate. (more…)

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