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Five Idaho State University faculty members honored as 2014 Outstanding Researchers

Posted March 24, 2014

Five Idaho State University faculty members have received 2014 Outstanding Researcher awards and will be honored at a reception on April 9.

One Outstanding Researcher will receive the 2014 ISU Distinguished Researcher Award and be honored at commencement.

The faculty that will receive ISU Outstanding Researcher awards are: Jennifer Attebery, professor of English; Rex W. Force; associate dean for clinical research in the Division of Health Sciences; Alan Hunt, associate professor of physics; Erika Kuhlman, professor of history; and Kathleen Lohse, associate professor of ecology.

Jennifer AtteberyJennifer Eastman Attebery is professor of English and chair of the Department of English and Philosophy. Attebery’s research focuses on vernacular culture of the Rocky Mountain West in the 19th and early 20th centuries, with an emphasis on Swedish Americans and other ethnic groups. Her main contributions to these fields have been expanded understanding of the multicultural West and new attention to the multimodality of vernacular expression in the immigrant letter and in holiday practices.

During spring 2011 Attebery was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at Uppsala University. Her research project during her stay in Uppsala yielded her most recent book, “Pole Raising and Speech Making: Modalities of Swedish-American Summer Celebration,” which will be published by Utah State University Press in 2015. Attebery is also the author of “Up in the Rocky Mountains: Writing the Swedish Immigrant Experience,” published by University of Minnesota Press in 2007, reviewed in the Journal of Folklore Research as “a significant contribution to folklore and history.”

Her other books and articles have been published by the University of Idaho Press and the scholarly journals Scandinavian Studies, American Studies in Scandinavia, Swedish-American Historical Quarterly, Journal of the Folklore Institute, and Pioneer America. Attebery has delivered numerous invited lectures in national and international venues.

Rex ForceRex W. Force, Pharm.D., is associate dean for clinical research in the Division of Health Sciences at ISU. He also holds appointments as professor of Pharmacy Practice and Family Medicine and director of research in the Department of Family Medicine.

Force earned his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Oregon State University and his Pharm.D. degree from the University of Texas, after which he completed a clinical research fellowship at Ohio State University. He also holds the appointment of affiliate professor of Family Medicine at the University of Washington. Force is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist and a fellow in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

He is a member of the Steering Committee of the WWAMI Practice-based Research Network with the Institute of Translation Health Sciences at the University of Washington. In addition, Dr. Force recently finished his term as the Chair of the Community Advisory Panel of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Practice-based Research Network. He has authored more than 50 professional and research publications; presented more than 100 research papers or abstracts; and speaks regularly at professional meetings. With a focus on primary care pharmacotherapy, medication safety, and rural health service delivery, Force and his collaborators have received grants and contracts in worth more than $5 million while at ISU. Force has been on the faculty at Idaho State University since 1993.

Alan HuntAlan W. Hunt received his Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University in 2000. In 2002, he joined Idaho State University’s Idaho Accelerator Center as a research assistant professor. He was appointed deputy director of the Idaho Accelerator Center in 2006 and received tenure and promotion to research associate professor in 2007. In 2013, Dr. Hunt stepped down as deputy director of the Idaho Accelerator Center and is currently a research associate professor of physics within the physics department.

During his nearly 12 years at Idaho State University, his research projects have spanned from liquid semiconductors for novel power generation applications to electron/ion induced spaceship charging. However, his most prolific research area has been investigating and developing techniques for detecting, identifying and quantifying fissionable/fissile materials for security, nonproliferation and nuclear forensics applications.

The common theme in all of his research endeavors has consistently been and continues to be the interaction of ionizing radiation with matter and how to exploit the associated phenomenon for applications. These research programs have resulted in seven students receiving master’s degrees, five students receiving Ph.D. degrees, 40 publications, four patents and more than $20 million in research funding as principal investigator or co-principal investigator.

Erika KuhlmanErika Kuhlman is professor of history, director of Women Studies, and editor of the journal Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research.

She researches and writes about the reciprocal relationship between war and pacifism; about what compels people to fight or to refuse to fight; and about the relationship between individuals and the nation that sends them to war. Her study of the women’s peace movement during the First World War was followed by a history of women’s involvement in postwar reconciliation between nations. Her 2012 book, “Of Little Comfort: War Widows, Fallen Soldiers, and the Remaking of the Nation after the Great War” traces the lives of German and U.S. women who lost their husbands to battle.

She was invited to give her lecture “Transnational Cultures of Mourning” at Duke University-University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Gender, War, and Culture series in September 2013. She is contributing a chapter in Oxford University Press’s forthcoming anthology titled Gender, War, and the Western World since 1650.

Since 2012 she has studied soldiers who survived the war well enough to leave the country for which they had fought, Germany, to seek a fresh existence in the United States. Her chapter about a German writer who deserted his unit and stowed away on a ship bound for Philadelphia will appear in an anthology of Great War literature titled Modernism and War, forthcoming from Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. Currently she is at work on a study of five U.S.-bound German veterans, both fictional and historical.

Kathleen LohseKathleen Lohse came to Idaho State University as an EPSCoR hire in 2010 and is currently an associate professor.

She earned her Ph.D. from University of California — Berkeley in 2002, working with Pamela Matson at Stanford University and Ronald Amundson at UC Berkeley. Her training was in soil science with an emphasis in ecosystem ecology/soil biogeochemistry. Prior to her employment at ISU, Lohse worked at University of Arizona for three years as an assistant professor.

Lohse works at the interface of ecology, earth system/soil science and hydrology, studying the processes shaping ecosystems and their responses to anthropogenic changes. From this foundation, she tackles the challenges and complexities of sustainability and global change science.

Her primary research interests include 1) understanding the hydrologic and biogeochemical processes shaping watershed ecosystems, 2) studying the ways in which land use and other human-caused changes are altering these processes in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and across these traditional disciplinary boundaries, and 3) integrating social processes and other human dimensions into watershed and ecosystem management.