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Gov. Otter, City of Meridian and Idaho State University launch THE CORE business enterprise zone for economic development

Posted in Academics, Blogroll, Events, Featured, ISU-Boise, Research by taylandy on the June 24th, 2009

MERIDIAN, Idaho – Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter today helped launch THE CORE (, a health care, education and technology enterprise zone that will add new emphasis to Idaho’s Project 60 economic development initiative.

The Governor was joined by Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd, Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas and dozens of private businesses that operate within an approximately three-mile-long corridor straddling Interstate 84, just minutes from Boise Airport.  

“The powerful spirit of partnership is what brings us here today, and it’s what will ensure Meridian and all of Idaho grows and prospers in the future,” Governor Otter said. (more…)

Idaho State University Library receives collection of conservation books, online resources

Posted in Academics, Exhibits by taylandy on the June 24th, 2009

Treasured objects and artifacts held by the Eli M. Oboler Library at Idaho State University will be preserved for future generations with help from the “IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf,” a core set of conservation books and online resources donated by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

IMLS has now awarded almost 3,000 free sets of the IMLS Bookshelf, in cooperation with the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). (more…)

Idaho State University appoints Jeff Tingey as Athletic Director

Posted in Blogroll by taylandy on the June 24th, 2009

After a challenging year as interim athletics director, Jeff Tingey has been appointed as permanent athletics director at Idaho State University by Idaho State University President Dr. Arthur C. Vailas.

“A department is only as good as its leader, and it is clear that Jeff is a real leader,” Vailas said. “He took charge at a very difficult time, and I am impressed with how adroitly he has taken challenges head-on and changed the culture for the better. The budget is back in the black, staff and student morale is on the rise and the community is energized by him and his leadership.” (more…)

Idaho Museum of Natural History sets new course; restructuring includes greater research focus

Posted in Blogroll, Research by taylandy on the June 18th, 2009

The Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University has announced a new course that includes restructuring and a greater focus on research.

The restructuring involves creating three new divisions – anthropology, earth sciences and life sciences – each managed by a new division head. Anthropology will be directed by anthropologist Herb Maschner, earth sciences by geoscientist Leif Tapanila, and life sciences by biologist Charles “Rick” Williams. The new division heads will focus on research and securing research funding. (more…)

ISU prof Blanton receives $30,000 NASA grant to study how nutrition can counter effects of weightlessness

Posted in Blogroll, Research by taylandy on the June 16th, 2009

Idaho State University Assistant Professor of Dietetics Cynthia Blanton has received a $30,000 research grant from the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium to study how nutrition can potentially reduce weightlessness-induced bone loss.

This NASA grant helps Blanton expand a study she started with a $5,000 ISU Faculty Research Committee Grant awarded to her by the ISU Office of Research. Potentially, this grant could lead to even larger NASA awards to fund her research. (more…)

ISU doctoral student Blazevic heads to China to participate in energy summit

Posted in Academics, Blogroll, Featured by taylandy on the June 16th, 2009

Idaho State University’s Jason Blazevic is the only student who has been invited to participate in an intensive multinational “East Asia Security Symposium” workshop scheduled June 22-26 in Beijing, China.

The workshop, on the theme “Energy Security as a Tenet of National Security,” is hosted by China Foreign Affairs University’s Center for Strategic and Conflict Management in Beijing and is sponsored by University of New Haven. It features a variety of military, foreign affairs and academic experts from throughout China, and 20 similar foreign experts from throughout the world visiting the country. (more…)

ISU Provost Olson co-edits book ‘The Future of Higher Education’

Posted in Academics, Blogroll by taylandy on the June 12th, 2009

On Tuesday, June 9, Paradigm Publishers released a collection of essays written by experienced academic leaders, co-edited by Idaho State University Provost Gary Olson.

“The Future of Higher Education: Perspectives from America’s Academic Leaders” is a compilation of 22 essays written by prominent experts in higher education. The authors attempt to envision where higher education in the U.S. is heading and why. (more…)

Leonard “Buddy” Frazier retires

Posted in Blogroll by franemil on the June 12th, 2009

After more than 45 years at Idaho State University both as a student athlete and employee, Leonard E. “Buddy” Frazier will retire from his position as Director of Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Diversity at Idaho State University on June 30.  (more…)

‘Developing Capable People Series’ webinar offered by ISU Rocky Mountain Learning

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

An eight-part webinar series adapted from the research by H. Stephen Glenn's “Developing Capable People Program” will be offered beginning June 8 by Rocky Mountain Learning, a new online meeting and continuing education service provider developed by the Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University.

This series is targeted towards professionals who want to enhance their capabilities with individuals on reducing conflicts; encouraging their self-esteem; communicating in a style based on openness, honesty and mutual respect; building on their successes and learning from their failures; encouraging individuals to be responsible for their actions; and helping youth to improve declining achievement, motivation, discipline, comprehension and morale. (more…)

Vegetarian Ferns? Idaho State University researchers note simple plant species ‘consumes sugar’

Posted in Academics, Blogroll, Featured, Research by taylandy on the June 12th, 2009

In a significant scientific paper soon to be published in the well respected journal Botany, Idaho State University researchers have documented how ferns, a primitive plant, “consume” sugars in early life stages.

“Ferns and their plant allies are very primitive plants that reproduce without seeds,” said Jeff Hill, ISU associate professor of biological sciences. “Sugar uptake from their environment during a microscopic phase of their life cycle is a potentially important part of their ecology. What we think is that ferns have the ability to pick up simple sugars from the soils when they germinate.” (more…)

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