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ISU signs cooperation agreement with Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez for student exchange program

July 11, 2014

Idaho State University (ISU) has signed a cooperation agreement with Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez (UACJ) in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. The agreement enables the exchange of students and faculty in the health science programs, enabling them to study community medicine from a global perspective. This collaborative effort is designed to broaden the academic, professional and cultural perspectives of the participants.

“As an institution of higher learning, our mission is advance the academic and educational experiences of our students and faculty,” explained Laura Woodworth-Ney, ISU provost and vice president of academic affairs. “This program is designed to enhance ISU’s academic objectives, including preparing our students to work in a global society.” (read more...)  

Idaho State University receives major federal grant to screen for traumatic brain injuries and assist TBI survivors

July 11, 2014

Idaho State University’s Institute of Rural Health has been awarded a $1million grant to screen Idahoans for traumatic brain injury and renew efforts to establish a statewide trust fund to temporarily assist TBI survivors and their families.

The grant—awarded June 1 by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) will run through May 31, 2018.

“Idahoans are at a higher risk for brain injury accidents because of the rural nature of the state,” said the grant’s principal investigator Russell Spearman, a senior research associate in the IRH office at ISU-Meridian.  Spearman and co-investigator and ISU-Meridian counseling doctoral candidate Lynn Bohecker wrote the grant. (read more...)  

ISU Alumni Association presents Steve Eaton in concert July 19 at The Stonehouse in Boise

July 8, 2014

Enjoy the music of Boise singer/songwriter Steve Eaton  during  “An Evening with Steve Eaton,” Saturday, July 19, at The Stonehouse, 665 Park Boulevard. The event—sponsored by the Idaho State University Alumni Association— is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“We are excited to present this concert. Steve is a Pocatello native and an ISU alumnus and his continued connection to and support for ISU is tremendous,” said K.C. Felt, ISU alumni relations executive director. (read more...)  

Recovering from stroke: A lesson taught by survivors

July 5, 2014

It was 4:30 a.m., Oct. 29, 2009.  Laura Millward woke up with a horrible headache, nausea and vomiting.

“My husband said ‘are you ok?’ I said ‘no’… something is wrong,” recalled the Meridian homemaker and mother of four children.

The right side of Laura’s face was paralyzed, her speech slurred.  She was rushed to the hospital where doctors determined she’d suffered a brain aneurysm and stroke.

Seventeen months earlier, Val Asumendi was driving home to Wilder, Idaho after vacationing in Montana.  The former ultrasound technician remembers blacking out, then nothing. (read more...)  

Idaho State University begins construction of Treasure Valley Anatomy and Physiology Laboratories

June 25, 2014

Idaho State University officially broke ground June 24 on The L.S. and Aline W. Skaggs Treasure Valley Anatomy and Physiology Laboratories (TVAPL) at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive.

“This facility will be the first of its kind in Idaho, ensuring the highest level of health-science education for our students while opening new doors to medical research,” said ISU President Arthur C. Vailas as he and dignitaries donned ceremonial hard hats and turned gravel with gold shovels. (more...)  

Idaho State University seeks Treasure Valley participants for stuttering clinics in Meridian and Pocatello

June 14, 2014

Stuttering affects up to 4 percent of the world’s population and can lead to feelings of isolation, anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide.

Idaho State University is offering two clinics this summer to help adults and children who stutter. The first is July 26-Aug. 9 on the Pocatello campus for people 13 and older. The clinic will combine behavioral therapies with  strategies to address the emotional effects of stuttering, says Daniel Hudock, an ISU assistant professor and director of the Northwest Center for Fluency Disorders. (read more...)  

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics honors Ruth Schneider

June 12, 2014

Idaho State University-Meridian’s Ruth Schneider has been designated a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.  The Academy notified her May 29.

The honor recognizes members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues and in their communities, professional service and for improving the  nation’s health through food and nutrition.  In 2013, the Academy honored Schneider with a Dietetic Internship Educator Award. (read more...)  

Idaho State’s Bachelor in Health Science degree ranked in the nation’s top 25

June 5, 2014

TheBestSchools.org has rated Idaho State University’s Bachelor in Health Science degree as one of the best in the country, ranking No. 20 on a list of the top 25.

The national website evaluated the program on numerous factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strength and reputation, including the school’s ability to offer online degrees.
Here is a link to the article http://www.thebestschools.org/rankings/25-best-bachelors-health-sciences-degree-programs/. (read more...)  

ISU-Meridian’s Jerry Jones receives technology certification

May 21, 2014

Idaho State University-Meridian video instruction manager Jerry Jones has achieved the CompTIA A+ certification awarded by the Computing Technology Industry Association, an international organization of information technology professionals and companies.

The ANSI/ISO/IEC-accredited A+ credential is the gold standard for IT support specialists and covers the fundamentals of computer hardware, troubleshooting, networking, security and mobile devices. Jones is the only university technician in Idaho to hold the CompTIA A+ credential concurrently with the CTS audiovisual technology certification from InfoComm International. (read more...)  

ISU-Meridian confers record number of degrees at May 12 commencement

May 13, 2014

Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center graduated its largest class ever May 12, conferring 235 degrees and naming audiology graduate Sarah Weber the top Student Excellence honoree.

“Thank you to ISU and the Division of Health Sciences for offering an excellent clinical doctorate degree,” said Weber. “I feel well prepared to embark on this next chapter in my life and believe my patients will benefit from these experiences as much as I have.”

Weber, who grew up in Coeur d’Alene, began her college career studying elementary education, but switched to hearing and speech sciences after taking a class in sign language. She enrolled in ISU’s audiology program in 2010, traveled globally to assist underserved populations with hearing loss, and was named the ISU Division of Health Sciences 2014 Outstanding Student Clinician. In July, she’ll begin a job as a pediatric audiologist. (read more...)  

Idaho State University names ISU-Meridian’s Kelly Pesnell 2014 Distinguished Teacher

May 12, 2014

Assistant clinical nursing professor Kelly Fanning Pesnell is Idaho State University’s 2014 Distinguished Teacher.

Pesnell was one of three faculty members recognized for distinguished service at commencement exercises in Pocatello, May 10. Lawrence Beaty, the chair and executive director of the ISU Energy Systems Technology and Education Center, received the Distinguished Service Award and physics research associate professor Alan Hunt was named Distinguished Researcher. 

Based at the Meridan Health Science Center, Pesnell was also honored at ISU-Meridian commencement exercises May 12 in Boise. A family nurse practitioner for 12 years, she joined ISU in 2007.  Her areas of teaching expertise include rural, migrant and geriatric health care.  She also serves as an academic advisor to nurse practitioner students and as a clinical preceptor in her rural family practice in Parma. (read more...)  

Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences names 2014 Graduates of Distinction

May 1, 2014

Meridian students Kristin Moore, Cory Nelson and Sarah Weber are the Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences (DHS) 2014 Graduates of Distinction.  Moore is Outstanding Researcher, Nelson is Outstanding Leader, and Weber is Outstanding Clinician. DHS will honor the three at a reception May 9 in Pocatello.

The award celebrates the academic, professional and extracurricular achievements of graduate and undergraduate students in DHS programs. Candidates are nominated by faculty, staff, students, deans, community leaders and preceptors.  Recipients are selected by the DHS Executive Council. (read more...)  

ISU-Meridian will confer 235 degrees and recognize Student Excellence honorees at May 12 commencement; Dr. Joseph H. Williams to speak

April 29, 2014

Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center will graduate its largest class ever May 12, conferring 235 degrees at the Boise Center, 850 W. Front Street. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. 

Most of the degrees will be awarded in the health professions and health sciences. Eighteen Renaissance High School students will receive Associate of Arts degrees in general studies through a partnership with ISU and Meridian’s Joint School District No. 2.

Joseph H. Williams, M.D., a surgeon and founding member of Idaho Urologic Institute, will deliver the commencement address. (read more...)  

AVP Katsilometes serves as a keynote speaker at national branch campus conference

April 22, 2014

Idaho State University-Meridian Associate Vice President Bessie Katsilometes was keynote speaker at the NABCA Annual Conference, April 9-12, in Newport Beach, Calif.

Her presentation titled Passion for the Possible: A Journey of Choice focused on leadership within branch campuses and the path that leaders take. (read more...)  

ISU honors Meridian's Kelly Pesnell for outstanding teaching

April 10, 2014

Assistant clinical nursing professor Kelly Fanning Pesnell is one of five Idaho State University professors to receive the 2014 Outstanding Master Teacher Award, an honor bestowed upon faculty by the Office of Academic Affairs. She and the four other honorees were recognized at a reception April 9 in Pocatello.

Dr. Pesnell, a family nurse practitioner for 12 years, joined ISU in 2007 and is based at the Meridian Health Science Center.  Her areas of teaching expertise include rural, migrant and geriatric health care.  She also serves as an academic advisor to nurse practitioner students and as a clinical preceptor in her rural family practice in Parma. (read more...)  

Be a Bengal:  ISU-Meridian will host April 22 reception for new fall students

April 10, 2014

Treasure Valley high school students admitted to Idaho State University for the fall semester and their parents will learn tips on how to make the first year of college a success at Bengal Declaration,Tuesday, April 22, 6:30 p.m., at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive.

Current ISU students and their parents will share experiences and tips on how to successfully handle the demands of college life. New students will have the opportunity to meet future Bengals from the Treasure Valley and visit with representatives from ISU colleges and departments. (read more...)  

Idaho State University-Meridian’s Daria Kanevski: Oral Health Champion

March 25, 2014

Daria Kanevski, a first-year Idaho State University physician assistant studies student at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, has been selected as an Oral Health Champion by the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants Health Foundation.

She was awarded a $500 academic scholarship and will also have an opportunity to apply for another $300 scholarship for a project of her choice. The champions will also receive $250 if they choose to attend IMPACT 2014 to participate in oral health outreach projects and to be a part of the leadership team teaching an oral health educational session. (read more...)  

Spring into better health at April 10 Community Health Screening

March 17, 2014

The spring months and warmer temperatures are a perfect time to get a handle on your health. If you are an adult without health insurance or limited access to medical care, attend a free Community Health Screening event Thursday, April 10, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Boys and Girls Club of Ada County, 610 E. 42nd Street, in Garden City.

Faculty and student clinicians from the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center will administer the services, including flu shots and other basic screening services. (read more...)  

Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences to hold Research Symposium on March 14

March 3, 2014

The Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences Research Symposium on the theme of “Research Paradigms: Spanning the Spectrum” will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, March 14 in the Pond Student Union in Pocatello and at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive.

Sessions will originate from Meridian and Pocatello and will be telecast to audiences at both locations.

The symposium will feature keynote speaker C. Scott Smith, who will present his discussion “The Importance of Research for Better Health Outcomes, Education and Policy” at 8:30 a.m. Smith is the co-director of the Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education at the Boise Veterans Administration Medical Center. (read more...)  

Spring into better health at March 6 Community Health Screening for adults

Feb. 26, 2014

Warmer weather is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to get a handle on your health. If you are an adult without health insurance or limited access to medical care, attend a free Community Health Screening event Thursday, March 6, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 950 W. State St., in Boise.

Faculty and student clinicians from the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center will administer the services, including flu shots and other basic screening services. (read more...)  

Open Wide: ISU-Meridian dentists provide free dental care on Give Kids a Smile Day

Feb. 24, 2014

Most kids don’t mind missing a few hours of school.  But for a visit to the dentist?

Sure, says 11-year-old Adam Rivera of Caldwell.

Feb. 18, Rivera spent about an hour at the Delta Dental of Idaho Dental Residency Clinic at Idaho State University-Meridian, 1311 E. Central Drive.

It was Give Kids a Smile Day, sponsored by the American Dental Association, and an opportunity to educate children, parents and grandparents about the importance of good dental health.  Participating youngsters received free dental examinations, teeth cleanings, X-rays, sealants, fillings, fluoride treatments and preventive care instruction.  (read more...)  

ISU-Meridian and Pocatello student pharmacists win grant for community outreach efforts

Feb. 24, 2014

Idaho State University College of Pharmacy’s nationally recognized community outreach programs have another award to add to the list—a $1,500 Powering Tomorrow Grant from Idaho Power.

The college’s student pharmacy organization is among 32 schools, universities and nonprofits in Idaho and Oregon to receive the grant, which recognizes innovative educational programs and community initiatives. 
 
“We are thrilled. The money is critical to our outreach programs which are funded through student fundraising activities,” said pharmacy student James Lufkin. (read more...)  

ISU-Meridian’s Elizabeth Horn receives counseling award

Feb. 24, 2014

The Idaho Counseling Association has honored Dr. Elizabeth Horn with the “Pass it on Baton” award from her advocacy work in the counseling profession. The association says her efforts have had a “positive impact for counselors on a state and national level.”

Horn, who joined the university 7 ½ years ago, is an assistant counseling professor at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center. She holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M-Commerce, and a master’s degree from Sam Houston State University. Her areas of specialty include grief and mental health counseling. (read more...)  

International researcher visits ISU-Meridian

Feb. 4, 2014

Dr. Karima Benyahia, an international researcher from Sidi Bel Abbes, Algeria, has wrapped up a month-long visit to the College of Pharmacy at Idaho State University-Meridian.

She spent Jan. 7 through Feb. 4 collaborating with Dr. Dong “Danny” Xu, a computational chemist and assistant professor in the biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences department.  Xu conducts research in advanced molecular simulation and protein engineering that could lead to the discovery of new drugs to treat chemical addictions and mental illness. (read more...)  

ISU and C of I physician assistant studies partnership moves forward

Jan. 28, 2014

The College of Idaho’s joint physician assistant program has received a $100,000 grant from The ALSAM Foundation, based in Salt Lake City, to support renovations of a facility for the program as it prepares to enroll its first students in fall 2014.

The College of Idaho and Idaho State University are partnering to expand ISU’s two-year Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program, and the grant is an important step forward in establishing a state-of-the-art facility that links The College of Idaho in Caldwell with existing ISU sites in Meridian and Pocatello. (read more...)  

Get a jump start on better health at Feb. 6 Community Health Screening; free flu shots provided

Jan. 24, 2014

If you’ve resolved to improve your health this year, but have no insurance or limited access to medical care, attend a free Community Health Screening event Thursday, Feb. 6, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 707 W. Fort St., in Boise.

Faculty and student clinicians from the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center will administer the services, including flu shots and other basic screening services. (read more...)  

ISU-Meridian’s Kirk Hevener receives New Investigator Award

Jan. 24, 2014

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy has chosen Idaho State University assistant professor Kirk Hevener for a New Investigator Award, one of 12 researchers in the country to receive the honor.

The award, which supports new pharmacy faculty member’s research programs, includes a $10,000 pilot grant and travel expenses to present his research at the annual AACP meeting in July 2015.

Pilot grants are traditionally awarded to junior faculty and allow the opportunity to “take good ideas and turn them into good research projects,” said Hevener. The award will make Hevener’s research competitive for larger grants once his project is off the ground. (read more...)  

Become the Ultimate Bengal; win more than $13,000 in Idaho State University challenge

Jan. 14, 2014

Interact with Idaho State University’s Facebook and other social media to become the Ultimate Bengal and win an award package worth more than $13,000. The ISU Ultimate Bengal Challenge kicks off Jan. 14 and a winner will be announced the week of April 25.

The ISU Ultimate Bengal will receive a year of in-state tuition, one year of campus housing, a one-year meal plan, a $1,000 ISU Bookstore Credit, an iPad, a reserved parking pass, a Student Union bowling and billiards card, and ISU swag, including a jacket and polo shirt.  (read more...)  

Student pharmacists offer free flu shots and health screenings at Pharmacy Day on Jan. 20

Jan. 13, 2014

Get a free flu shot and cholesterol screening at the Idaho Pharmacy Day and Health Fair on Monday, Jan. 20 at the State Capitol in Downtown Boise.

Idaho State University student pharmacists from the Meridian and Pocatello campuses, in conjunction with local pharmacists and the Idaho State Pharmacy Association, will provide the services. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Capitol’s first floor. The public and lawmakers are invited. You must be age 12 or older to receive a flu shot, according to organizers.
 
Other free services include screenings for blood glucose and blood pressure as well as information about immunizations, smoking cessation, poison prevention, over-the-counter medications, natural products and the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Pharmacists will also discuss their expanding roles within the medical community.  (read more...)  

Proposed Bioskills Learning Center featured in Meridian Press

Jan. 13, 2014

The Meridian Press featured the proposed Bioskills Learning Center at Idaho State University-Meridian in its Jan. 10 edition.  Click here to read the article.  (read more...)  

Meridian faculty and staff  “step up”  in Boise fitness challenge

Dec. 17, 2013

Idaho State University-Meridian employees have taken second place in their division in Boise’s Walk 150 Business Challenge to commemorate Boise’s 150th anniversary and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

From June through November, the Meridian team logged 3,357 miles by foot—14 times the distance from ISU-Meridian to the main campus in Pocatello.

Organizers say 21 of ISU-Meridian’s 96 employees participated in the challenge, mapping out mile and half-mile routes around campus. They walked on lunch hours, after work and on weekends, many bringing their families to participate.  (read more...)  

ISU-Meridian’s Russell Spearman recognized for distinguish service

Dec. 12, 2013

Idaho State University-Meridian senior research associate, Russell Spearman, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance at Manhattan College in Bronx, N.Y. 

Spearman graduated from Manhattan College in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. The college will honor him during an induction ceremony Feb. 21 in New York. Nominated by his peers, Spearman was selected for serving his “profession in an exemplary way,” according to committee chairwoman, Lisa Toscano.

Spearman, who joined ISU in 2000, is based in the Institute of Rural Health. Over the past decade, he and the IRH have secured $2.1 million in federal grants to assist survivors of traumatic brain injuries, including Iraq war veterans, and their families.  (read more...)  

EPSCoR accepting nominations for Jean'ne M. Shreeve Research Excellence Award and MURI Program

Dec. 9, 2013

Idaho Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is calling for nominations for the third Jean’ne M. Shreeve Research Excellence Award from now through Feb. 7. 

Nominees must be tenured associate or full professors at Idaho State University, University of Idaho, Boise State University, or other eligible institutions at the time the award is made. Their research careers must have been clearly advanced by the National Science Foundation EPSCoR program, but they cannot be recipients of NSF EPSCoR funding at the time of the award. (read more...)  

ISU awarded $532,180 grant for Treasure Valley Anatomy and Physiology Laboratories

Dec. 4, 2013

The Idaho Department of Labor has awarded Idaho State University a $532,180 grant to develop the Treasure Valley Anatomy and Physiology Laboratories, an 8-thousand square-foot facility designed to enhance health professions education for students and practitioners.

The TVAPL will be constructed at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center.

“This grant is a significant investment in the economic development for not only the Treasure Valley but the entire state and region. These dollars will play a major role, along with our medical and hospital partners, in providing the state-of-the-art training facility for health-professions students and current and future health care providers,” said ISU-Meridian pharmacy professor and the grant’s principal investigator, Dr. Robin Dodson. (read more...)  

ISU-Meridian’s Kelly Pesnell honored for nursing practice excellence

Nov. 26, 2013

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners has selected Idaho State University’s Dr. Kelly Pesnell as the state’s 2014 nurse practitioner of the year.

Pesnell, a clinical assistant professor at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center since 2007, will be honored in June at the AANP national conference in Nashville, Tenn.  She was selected for clinical excellence, leadership, scholarship and helping to develop Idaho’s only Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, which began this fall at ISU. (read more...)  

Free Community Health Screening for uninsured adults is Dec. 5

Nov. 18,2013

The third in a series of six health screenings is Thursday, Dec. 5, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive. Free services will include:

  • Basic physical exams, blood pressure checks and medication reviews
  • Dental evaluations
  • Free flu shots (while supplies last)
  • Depression and alcohol screenings and questionnaires
  • On-site testing for blood sugar levels, cholesterol, HIV and Hepatitis C 
  • Hearing and eye screenings
  • Nutrition assessment and recommendations
  • Health education

The free Community Health Screening Program began in March 2010, thanks to a partnership with the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. (read more...)  

New faculty members join ISU Division of Health Sciences

Nov. 2, 2013

The Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences announces new hires this academic year, including Rick Tivis and Elizabeth Morgan at Idaho State University-Meridian.
Morgan is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. A nationally certified sign language interpreter, she teaches sign language studies and interpreting courses.

As the assistant director of ISU’s new Idaho Center for Health Research, Tivis assists with all aspects of statistical analysis with expertise in using large data sets.  He is also a co-director of the Community Health Screening Program, sponsored by ISU-Meridian, Ada County and other community partners. (read more...)  

ISU-Meridian’s Howard Gauthier writes book on how to execute success in sports, business and life

Oct. 31, 2013

As a young college basketball coach nearly 30 years ago, Dr. Howard Gauthier thought long and hard about how team members can properly execute their skills and reduce turnovers.

 “I wondered what are the skills, strategies and tactics teams or individuals use to execute their activities so they achieve success,” said Gauthier, an associate professor of athletic administration at Idaho State University-Meridian.

That question planted the seed for a book Gauthier has just published, titled Execute for Success: Eight Principles for Achieving Success in Business and Life. Drawing from his research and 30 years of coaching, teaching and administrative experience, Gauthier explores strategies designed to help people from all walks of life reduce their mistakes and improve performance.

The eight principles are outlined in the form of a model that presents the reader with stories and research from the sports and business worlds, psychology, medicine and politics. Throughout the book, readers learn why passion for an activity is important in executing for success, but why passion alone is not enough, explains Gauthier. (read more...)  

Free Community Health Screening for Uninsured Adults is Nov. 7

The second in a series of six screenings is Thursday, Nov. 7, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 950 W. State St., Boise. Free services will include:

  • Basic physical exams, blood pressure checks and medication reviews
  • Dental evaluations
  • Free flu shots (while supplies last)
  • Depression and alcohol screenings and questionnaires
  • On-site testing for blood sugar levels, cholesterol, HIV and Hepatitis C 
  • Hearing and eye screenings
  • Nutrition assessment and recommendations
  • Health education

The free Community Health Screening Program began in March 2010, thanks to a partnership between the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. (read more...)  

Five faculty members join Idaho State University School of Nursing in Meridian and Pocatello

Oct. 22, 2013

Idaho State University’s School of Nursing has hired five faculty members, including assistant nursing professor, Susan Tavernier, Ph.D., who heads the Accelerated Nursing Program at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center.

Other Meridian nursing hires are clinical assistant professor Cristy Bledsoe, Ph.D., and clinical instructor Marshall Jewell, M.S.N. Clinical associate professor, Sandie Nadelson, Ph.D., and clinical instructor, Omotayo Omotowa, M.S.N., are based in Pocatello. (read more...)  

Health Science Experience Night and Pharmacy Open House set for Oct. 15

Oct. 2, 2013

Freshman Alissia Draper entered Idaho State University this fall with a new iPad in hand, and she has her mom to thank.

Alissia won the iPad at last year’s ISU-Meridian Health Science Experience Night, an annual event to introduce Treasure Valley high school and college transfer students to ISU health science programs.
Had it not been for her mother, she probably would’ve stayed home.  “I’d just returned to Boise after touring the Pocatello campus and I was tired,” the 2013 Centennial High School graduate said.

But Alissia’s mother encouraged her to go. Not only did she win the tablet computer, but she had the opportunity to meet ISU faculty, students and participate in hands-on demonstrations in the health sciences. “It was great being able to talk to students in the programs and getting to hear about their experiences,” said Alissia, who wants to become a physician assistant after she completes her undergraduate studies.  

This year’s Health Science Experience Night is Tuesday, Oct. 15,  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.,  at the ISU –Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Center Drive.  Attendees are eligible to enter a drawing for a free iPad. Winning is contingent upon attending ISU. (read more...)  

ISU-Meridian co-sponsors Free Community Health Screening for uninsured adults Thursday, Oct. 3

Sept. 24, 2013

The screening is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 707 W. Fort St., Boise. Services will include:

  • Basic physical exams, blood pressure checks  and medication reviews

  • Dental evaluations

  • Free flu shots (while supplies last)

  • Hearing, depression and alcohol screenings and questionnaires. (read more...)  

Idaho State University's Idaho Center for Health Research tackles Gem State’s health care challenges

Sept. 20, 2013

Without a medical school, Idaho ranks 50th in the nation in physicians per capita.  Rural areas, particularly, are underserved and those communities are over-represented with elderly patients who are most in need of health care services.

“Just getting to the doctor is not an easy thing for many Idahoans,” said Rex W. Force, PharmD, associate dean for clinical research for the ISU Division of Health Sciences Idaho Center for Health Research and director of the ISU Family Medicine Clinical Research Center. “In many instances, we have to look at how we can better utilize the rest of the health care team that, frankly, we do train here at ISU. We have to study those challenges and look at ways of implementing cost-effective health care that works in all areas of the state.” (read more...)  

El Korah Shriners and Idaho State University-Meridian to host free screening clinic for children with orthopedic conditions, burns and spinal cord injuries

Sept. 13, 2013

The clinic is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m to 1 p.m., at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive, in Meridian. The Center is located on the north side of I-84 between Locust Grove and Meridian roads. 

Volunteer physicians will screen children and teens under age 18 for a variety of conditions, including orthopedic and spinal cord injuries, burns, and cleft lip and palate. The physicians will be assisted by ISU faculty and student clinicians representing programs in physician assistant studies, physical therapy, audiology and speech-language pathology. (read more...)  

Free hearing screenings at ISU-Meridian Health Science Center set for Sept. 17 through December

Sept. 12, 2013

Get your hearing checked for free Sept. 17 at the Speech and Language Clinic at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive, in Meridian.

Free screenings are also set for Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 10. Hours are 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  No appointment is necessary, and clinicians will see adults, teens and children as young as 3-years-old.
Audiology and speech-language pathology graduate students, under the supervision of licensed speech-language pathologists and audiologists, will conduct the screenings. (read more...)  

ISU-Meridian’s Ruth Schneider featured in Food and Nutrition Magazine

Sept. 9, 2013

Associate professor and registered dietitian, Ruth Schneider, is profiled for her efforts to fight hunger in Boise in the September-October issue of Food and Nutrition Magazine, a publication of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (read more...)  

Meridian's health care industry is a hot job market

Aug. 23, 2013

Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center graduates, Sophia Nyswyn and Randy Rostock, are featured in an article in the Aug. 23 issue of Meridian Press about the growth of health care jobs in Meridian. Nyswyn, employed by St. Luke's Health System Mountain States Urology, is a graduate of the physican assistant studies program. Rostock is a clinical pharmacist with St. Luke's Meridian Medical Center. (read more...)  

ISU-Meridian's Bessie Katsilometes named Idaho Hometown Hero

Aug. 19, 2013

Idaho State University-Meridian Associate Vice President Bessie Katsilometes and husband, Tom, will be honored as Idaho Hometown Heroes at a dinner and awards ceremony Aug. 30 at the Stephens Performing Arts Center in Pocatello.

They are among 10 Idahoans—including Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and Treasure Valley YMCA chief executive, Jim Everett—who will receive the 2013 Idaho Hometown Hero medal.
The Katsilometeses are the first joint medal recipients, according to the Idaho Hometown Heroes organizing committee, which announced the honorees at a press conference July 23 in Pocatello.

The organization described the couple as “first generation Greek-Americans who have dedicated themselves to lifelong self-improvement and community service from Pocatello to Boise while also helping so many others to enhance their own opportunities.” (read more...)  

ISU-Meridian’s David Talford and Jared Papa to present at international conference in Czech Republic

Aug. 16, 2013

ISU-Meridian’s David Talford and Jared Papa will be in Prague, Czech Republic, Aug. 25-28, to deliver a presentation at an international conference for medical educators, Aug. 25-28.

Talford is graduate project coordinator and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. Papa is service learning coordinator and a physician assistant clinical assistant professor.
 
The conference is hosted by the Association for Medical Education in Europe or AMEE, an international association for medical education founded in 1972.  Members include educators, researchers, administrators, curriculum developers, assessors and students in medicine and the healthcare professions.  (read more...)  

ISU-Meridian selected as one of the top branch campuses in the U.S.

Aug. 6, 2013

A national website has selected the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center as one of the top 10 branch campuses in the nation for 2013.

Thebestcolleges.org cited ISU-Meridian for its annual Health Science Experience Night, free Community Health Screenings for uninsured adults, and its affiliation with The CORE, an economic development corridor that creates core competencies in the state for health and health-related research.  ISU-Meridian is the educational anchor of The CORE, an Idaho Coalition for Innovation in health, research and medical technology located in Meridian.  (read more...) 

ISU to offer unique Spanish for the Health Professions degree in fall 2013

July 24, 2013

Idaho State University will offer a Spanish for Health Professions degree program beginning fall 2013 that will help its graduates better serve the health care needs of the state, region and country. Classes will be available at ISU-Meridian via distance learning.

“While we were designing the program we did extensive research and we didn’t find anything like it in the U.S.,” said Helen Tarp, ISU associate professor of Spanish and the director of the new program. “As far as we know, this is the only program of its kind in the country.” (read more...) 

ISU Alumni Association presents Steve Eaton and Mike Sanders in concert Aug. 10 at Boise’s Idaho Botanical Garden

July 18, 2013

Enjoy the music of Steve Eaton and Mike Sanders and help support the Idaho Food Bank’s Backpack Program at “An Evening with Eaton and Sanders,” Saturday, Aug. 10, presented by the Idaho State University Alumni Association. The Backpack Program provides weekend meals for hungry school children.

The concert is from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Old Penitentiary Road, Boise.  Gates open at 5 p.m. (read more...) 

ISU-Meridian professor recruiting children for language study

June 24, 2013

Dr. Diane Ogiela, an assistant professor in Idaho State University-Meridian’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is conducting a study to better understand how children with language learning difficulties process and understand language.

She and her research team are recruiting 7 and 8-year-old children who have received language therapy from a speech-language pathologist or have a language-based learning disability.
“Our long-term goal is to develop new treatment strategies for children with language difficulties,” said Ogiela. (read more...) 

Idaho universities awarded $20M grant to study interaction of landscapes and cities

June 3, 2013

Idaho researchers will study the ways that society and landscapes are interconnected thanks to a new $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation, or NSF.

Over the course of five years, the grant will fund a project that aims to help Idahoans make science-based decisions about natural resources and provide them with a better understanding of the complex relationship between people and the environment.

The researchers will investigate the patterns and effects of growth in three of Idaho’s mid-sized urban areas near sagebrush, forest and agricultural landscapes – Boise/Treasure Valley, Coeur d’Alene/Post Falls and Pocatello/Idaho Falls.  The researchers also will study how society perceives the benefits of our cities and landscapes. Stakeholders across the state will be involved throughout the project, which has great potential to help communities improve quality of life, sustain the environment and grow the economy. (read more...) 

Idaho State University-Meridian pharmacy faculty honored at annual banquet  

ISU-Meridian’s Robin Dodson and Cathy Oliphant received Teacher of the Year awards at the annual College of Pharmacy Banquet, May 10, in Pocatello.

“While all of the faculty and staff at the College are outstanding, there are several faculty members each year that move our students and leave them with a lasting impact,” said College of Pharmacy Dean Paul Cady.

Dodson and Oliphant are among four faculty members to receive the honor. The other two are Chris Owens and Chris Downing, based in Pocatello.  Oliphant and Owens represent the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences, and Downing and Dodson are from the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. (read more...) 

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo to speak at Idaho Traumatic Brain Injury Summit at Idaho State University May 28

May 22, 2013

As many as 35,000 Idahoans are living with a severe traumatic brain injury, or TBI, and medical professionals and health educators want to do something about it.
They’re holding an Idaho Traumatic Brain Injury Summit on Tuesday, May 28, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Idaho State University Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1002 Sam Nixon Ave., in Pocatello. The Summit, which is free and open to the public, will focus on assistance for Idaho residents who have experienced a TBI and their families in addition to health education and prevention policies.

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo will present opening remarks and participate in a roundtable discussion, presented by TBI experts. An answer session for audience members and a press conference will follow.
The event is co-sponsored by the ISU Division of Health Sciences and ISU’s Institute of Rural Health, the Healing Center at Idaho Doctors Hospital, and the Aegis Research Institute at Bingham Memorial Hospital. (read more...) 

ISU-Meridian confers record number of degrees at May commencement; Elizabeth Thompson selected top Student Excellence honoree

Doctor of Pharmacy graduate Elizabeth Sultania Thompson was named Idaho State University-Meridian’s top Student Excellence honoree at commencement exercises May 13 at the Boise Centre in downtown Boise.

 “I had an opportunity to meet all of the nominees and they were fantastic,” she said, adding she was surprised when she heard her name announced.

Thompson began her college career studying piano performance, but switched to pharmacy after taking classes in organic and biochemistry.

She is a founder of ISU’s Generation Rx, a program to prevent prescription drug abuse among teens and adults and is a past president of the ISU-Meridian Pharmacy Senate. In July, she’ll begin a yearlong pharmacy residency at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. (read more...) 

ISU-Meridian pharmacy researchers working on better drugs to fight cancer

May 3, 2013

Idaho State University-Meridian graduate assistant, Nicole Frank, is conducting research to understand the relationship between chemotherapy drugs and the toxicity they cause.

Frank, a microbiologist working on her Ph.D. in pharmacology, is helping Gem Pharmaceuticals, LLC of Birmingham, Ala., determine why a potential cancer drug currently in clinical trials appears to be less toxic than the chemotherapy drug doxorubicin, which is widely used to treat a variety of cancers but can lead to heart failure after long-term use.

Frank presented initial results of her research in a poster titled “Effect of Non-Cardiotoxic Doxorubicin Analog on Decatenation of DNA by Topoisomerase II” at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Washington, D.C., April 6-10. More than 18,000 researchers from around the world attended. (read more...) 

ISU-Meridian will confer more than 220 degrees at May 13 commencement; real estate developer and physician Tommy Ahlquist slated to speak

May 1, 2013

Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center will graduate its largest class ever, conferring close to 225 degrees, during spring commencement, Monday, May 13, 6 p.m., at the Boise Center, 850 W. Front Street. 

The university will award most of the degrees in the health professions and health sciences. Nine Renaissance High School students will receive Associate of Arts degrees in general studies through a partnership with ISU and Meridian’s Joint School District No. 2. 

Tommy Ahlquist, a medical doctor and chief operating officer of the Gardner Company, will deliver the commencement address. His company is currently constructing Idaho’s tallest building, an 18-story retail and business complex at 8th and Main streets in downtown Boise. (read more...) 

Glenda Carr one of five ISU professors honored for outstanding public service

April 15, 2013

Clinical Assistant Pharmacy Professor Glenda Carr is one of five Idaho State University professors to receive the 2013 Outstanding Public Service Award, an honor bestowed upon faculty bythe offices of Academic Affairs and Research.

Carr, who earned her pharmacy doctorate at University of Montana, joined ISU in 2002 and teaches on the Meridian campus. She is a founder and co-director of the ISU Community Health Screenings, a partnership with Ada County, Central District Health and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

The goal of the free screenings is to identify the medical, mental and dental health needs of uninsured adults and refer them to low-cost medical providers for treatment.   Screening services and health education are provided by ISU-Meridian student clinicians under the supervision of faculty, increasing the interdisciplinary educational experience for ISU-Meridian students. (read more...) 

ISU-Meridian’s Russell Spearman honored for TBI research

April 3, 2013

Idaho State University-Meridian’s Russell Spearman has received a 2013 Federal Traumatic Brain Injury Program Award for his work with TBI survivors and their families.
Spearman is a senior research associate in the Institute of Rural Health at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center.

The award from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration honors Spearman for exemplary participation in the federal TBI program through mentorship, technical expertise and representation. (read more...) 

Free physical exams, cholesterol screenings and flu shots at April 11 adult health screening

April 1, 2013

The American Heart Association says cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women and a leading cause of death in men so it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

You can learn more about heart disease and your risk factors at a free Community Health Screening for uninsured adults Thursday, April 11, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Boys & Girls Club of Ada County, 610 E. 42nd St., in Garden City.  (read more...) 

ISU professor co-authors article exploring evolution of human language

April 1, 2013

Idaho State University speech-language pathologist Heather L. Ramsdell and colleagues from several universities have published an article that offers clues to the first steps inthe evolution of human language.

The article, titled Functional Flexibility of Infant Vocalization and the Emergence of Language, is available April 1 in the online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the most prestigious scientific journals in the world.  (read more...) 

ISU-Meridian’s Jerry Jones receives CTS certification

March 28, 2013

Idaho State University-Meridian video instruction manager, Jerry Jones, has achieved the credential of Certified Technology Specialist awarded by InfoComm International, the professional association representing the world’s audiovisual industry.

Jones, who joined ISU in 2006, operates and maintains the distance learning technology for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center.

The credential recognizes audiovisual professionals who have demonstrated extensive knowledge of the technology used in audio, video and display systems, and a competence, dedication and commitment to their profession. (read more...) 

ISU-Meridian to host workshop for speech-language pathologists, parents and students

March 27, 2013

Noted speech-language pathologist and educational consultant, Dr. Kristine Noel, will present a workshop, Friday, April 19, on the use of storytelling to help children and adolescents improve language and social skills.

The workshop, titled Tell Me a Story: Increasing the Language and Social Competence of School-Aged Children and Youth, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Sawtooth Lecture Hall of Renaissance High School, 1307 E. Central Drive.  The event is sponsored by the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association and the Idaho State University-Meridian Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. (read more...) 

Be a Bengal:  ISU to host April 3 reception for fall freshmen and parents in Meridian

March 18, 2013

Idaho State University will host “Bengal Declaration” on Wednesday, April 3, 6 p.m. at ISU-Meridian, 1311 E. Central Drive.

High school students attending ISU in the fall and their parents will learn about the next steps to becoming a Bengal and tips on how to make the freshman year a success, according to organizers. 

Current ISU students and their parents will share firsthand experiences and tips on how to successfully handle the demands of college life. New students will have the opportunity to meet future Bengals from the Treasure Valley and visit with representatives from ISU colleges and departments. (read more...) 

Students get a jump on biomedical research, thanks to ISU-Meridian pharmacy professor

March 15, 2013

Niki Peters peers at the intricate web of ribbon-shaped lines and chains rotating across her computer screen in a pharmacy research laboratory at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center.

Thanks to a sophisticated molecular visualization program called VMD, Peters is able to construct a movie, simulating in 3D how nicotine binds with protein receptors in the human brain.

It’s a pretty heady subject for an advanced college student, let alone a high school junior.  Yet Peters, who attends Boise’s Timberline High School and the Treasure Valley Math and Science Center, doesn’t miss a beat.

“It’s fun,” she said.  “I like the fact I can start research here [at ISU] and not wait until I get into college.”  (read more...) 

Register for “Science: Becoming the Messenger” workshop  May 29 in Boise

March 13, 2013

Learn how to talk about science with your neighbors or the news media at a free workshop, Wednesday, May 29 at Boise State University. Faculty, staff and students on all ISU campuses are invited to attend.  Click here to register. Space is limited.   

The purpose of the workshop – titled Science: Becoming the Messenger – is to help the higher education community improve skills for communicating science to a public audience.  It’s intended for principal investigators, early-career scientists and engineers, students, postdoctoral scholars, deans, vice presidents, and public information officers, according to organizers.  Presenters include bestselling science journalist Chris Mooney and Emmy-award winning producer Joe Schreiber.  (read more...) 

NSF EPSCoR’s "Water Resources in a Changing Climate" project brings $4.4 million to Idaho State University

March 7, 2013

Sept. 12, 2008 was a big day for Idaho’s public universities.

Flanked by the research vice presidents from Idaho State, Boise State and University of Idaho, Lt. Gov. Jim Risch announced a $15 million federal grant to study Idaho’s changing climate.
The five-year grant was awarded through the National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research or NSF EPSCoR.

Titled “Idaho Research Infrastructure Improvement: Water Resources in a Changing Climate,” the project stressed collaboration between the three universities while drawing on the strengths of researchers within each institution.

Four and a half years after the project’s inception, ISU continues to play a key role in carrying out the grant with ISU geosciences research professor, Nancy Glenn, Ph.D., leading the project statewide. (read more...) 

Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences sets research symposium for March 15 in Meridian and Pocatello

March 6, 2013

The Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences Research Symposium on the theme of “The Frontline: Incorporating Research into Evidence-Based Practice” will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, March 15, in the Pond Student Union in Pocatello and in Rooms 697 and 698 at ISU-Meridian.

Sessions will originate from Pocatello and Meridian and will be telecast from one location to the other. The symposium will feature keynote speaker David J. Keahey, who will deliver the address “20 years of Evidence-Based Management in Physician Assistant Education: Origins, Current Clinical Integration and Future Directions” at 8:45 a.m. Keahey is from the University of Utah School of Medicine Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. (read more...) 

Idaho State University now offers two doctoral nursing programs and will offer nurse practitioner doctorate degree in fall 2013

March 6, 2013

Idaho State University will now offer a second doctoral degree in nursing after the Idaho State Board of Education recently approved a doctoral degree in advanced nursing practice.

“I am very pleased that our School of Nursing is taking a lead with national trends in post-baccalaureate nursing education by upgrading the credential of our nurse practitioners to a doctoral level,” said Linda Hatzenbuehler, associate vice president and executive dean of the ISU Division of Health Sciences. “Nursing practitioners are key players in the current American health care work force. They will need additional education as they play an even greater role in the delivery of primary care under our new health care system.”

ISU now offers two doctoral-level nursing programs. The first to be offered was a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree in nursing that will begin this summer. The ISU nursing Ph.D. program was the state’s first nursing doctoral degree program and is the only nursing Ph.D. program in the state. (read more...) 

More fruit, please! ISU-Meridian dietetic interns teach children about nutrition

March 5, 2013

Think most kids would choose a handful of Reese’s Pieces over raspberries? A Milky Way bar over a mango?

Not always.  Children at the Morley Nelson Community Center in Boise are giving fruit the thumbs up, thanks to Meagan Horne and Andrea Ovard, two of eight interns in the dietetics program at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center. (read more...) 

ISU-Meridian researcher and Institute of Rural Health awarded a $250,000 grant to assist Idahoans recovering from traumatic brain injuries

Feb.28, 2013

As many as 35,000 Idahoans, including soldiers injured in war, may be living with a severe traumatic brain injury, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  
Idaho’s challenge is identifying community resources to assist TBI patients after they leave acute-care facilities and return home to live, said Russell Spearman, a senior research associate in the Institute of Rural Health at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center. (read more...) 

March 7 Community Health Screening to offer free health services and flu shots

Feb. 21, 2013

The free screening for uninsured adults is Thursday, March 7, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the CATCH Office, 503 S. Americana Blvd., in downtown Boise.
Free flu shots will be provided while supplies last. Other services include:

  • Basic physical exams, blood pressure checks  and medication reviews
  • Dental evaluations
  • Hearing, depression and alcohol screenings and questionnaires
  • On-site testing for blood sugar levels, HIV status and hepatitis C 
  • Mammogram referrals
  • Nutrition assessment and recommendations
  • Health education (read more...) 

ISU’s BCAL researchers and partners receive grants to help agencies manage Idaho’s natural resources 

Feb. 21, 2013

Boise-Idaho State University researchers at the Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory have been awarded grants totaling $103,000 to assist outside agencies with resource management, according to BCAL director and geosciences research professor, Nancy Glenn.

The money is from the Idaho Army National Guard and federal Bureau of Land Management.

The largest grant—$89,000—is to help develop remote-sensing protocols for natural resource management at the Idaho Army National Guard’s Orchard Training Area south of Boise.  Glenn and her team are working with OTA ecologists to develop an area vegetation map from satellite and ground data.  The map, which could be complete as early as fall 2013, will inform on best practices with vegetation and fire management, said Glenn. (read more...) 

ISU’s geoscientists awarded grant to develop software tools to analyze 3-D data

Feb. 19, 2013

The National Science Foundation has awarded Idaho State University’s Department of Geosciences Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory and its research partners a $320,000 grant to develop software tools to make it easier for scientists to analyze point-cloud or 3-D data.

Point-cloud data is rich with information, but cumbersome to analyze with existing tools, said BCAL director, Nancy Glenn, Ph.D.  Scientists want to access that data because it can lead to more effective ways to manage resources, watersheds or plan communities. (read more...) 

ISU-Meridian researchers recruiting children for hearing study

Feb. 19, 2013

ISU-Meridian assistant audiology professor, Gabriel Bargen, Ph.D., is recruiting Treasure Valley children for a study that could lead to better hearing tests for kids.

She and her research team want to evaluate children from birth to 8-years-old who have normal hearing or a hearing loss.  Examinations will be conducted at the ISU-Meridian Audiology Lab, 1311 E. Central Drive, in Meridian.

The study will compare the current gold-standard method of recording auditory brainstem responses to a new method using a recently defined “chirp stimulus,” said Bargen. (read more...) 

Science: Becoming the Messenger workshop set for May 29 in Boise

Feb. 19, 2013

Learn how to talk about science with your neighbors or the news media at a free workshop, Wednesday, May 29 at Boise State University.

Faculty, staff and students on all ISU campuses are invited to attend.  A limited number of travel scholarships are available to attendees outside the Boise area. Click here to apply for a scholarship and to view the program flyer. (read more...) 

ISU-Meridian dentists provide free dental care on Give Kids a Smile Day

Feb. 5, 2013

Most kids don’t mind missing a few hours of school.  But for a visit to the dentist?

Sure, says 11-year-old Rhodes Hull of Eagle.

Feb. 1, Rhodes and his bothers—James, 15 and LeRoy, 7—spent about an hour at the Delta Dental of IdahoDental Residency Clinic at Idaho State University-Meridian, 1311 E. Central Drive. It was Give Kids a Smile Day, sponsored by the American Dental Association, and an opportunity to educate children and parents about the importance of good dental health. Participating youngsters received free dental examinations, teeth cleanings, X-rays, sealants, fillings, fluoride treatments and preventive care education. (read more...) 

Ruth Schneider to appear on Dialogue for Kids nutrition program

Feb. 4, 2013

Associate dietetics professor and clinical coordinator, Ruth Schneider, will appear on Idaho Public Television’s “Dialogue for Kids” program, Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m., Mountain Time, and 1 p.m., Pacific Time. (read more...) 

Sonja Nehr-Kanet to discuss Community Health Screenings at national conference  

Feb. 4, 2013

Medical laboratory scientist Sonja Nehr-Kanet will discuss the success of ISU-Meridian’s Community Health Screenings during an educational session at the 29th Annual Clinical Laboratory Educators’ Conference in Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 14-16. (read more...) 

ISU Meridian’s Ann Kirkwood receives Advocacy Award

Feb. 4, 2013

The Idaho State Planning Council on Mental Health has awarded Ann Kirkwood its Advocacy Award for dedicated service and advocacy on behalf of Idaho children and families.
She was honored at a ceremony in January at the State Capitol Building in Downtown Boise. (read more...) 

Feb. 7 community health screening to offer free flu shots and hepatitis C screenings

Jan. 17, 2013

The free screening for uninsured adults is from Thursday, Feb. 7, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 707 W. Fort St., Boise.
In addition to flu shots and hepatitis C screenings, services will include:

  • Basic physical exams, blood pressure checks, and medication reviews
  • Dental evaluations
  • Hearing, depression and alcohol screenings and questionnaires
  • On-site testing for blood sugar levels and HIV status 
  • Mammogram referrals
  • Nutrition assessment and recommendations
  • Health education

“Prevention is a crucial piece of health care, and our mission with these screening events is to identify individuals at risk of preventable diseases,” said Dr. Glenda Carr, an ISU-Meridian assistant clinical pharmacy professor and co-director of the health screening program. (read more...) 

ISU-Meridian researchers recruiting children for pacifier study

Jan. 17, 2013

Do pacifiers affect speech development in children?

That’s a question researchers in the Department of Communication Sciences at Idaho State University-Meridian will explore in a study about pacifier use in young children.

Principal investigator and speech-language pathology graduate student Tamara Nagoda is seeking children between the ages of 3 ½ and 5 ½ years old who’ve used a pacifier or have no history of use.  She is working under the guidance of speech-language pathology professor, Peter Flipsen, Jr., Ph.D.  (read more...) 

Shari Fernandez honored in the Idaho Business Review’s 2013 Women of the Year program

Jan. 9, 2013

The Idaho Business Review has selected Idaho State University development associate, Shari Fernandez, as one of its 50 Women of the Year.

Honorees will be honored at an awards dinner Feb. 26 at Boise’s Riverside Hotel and one woman will be named outstanding honoree and Woman of the Year. All 50 will be profiled in the IBR’s annual 2013 Women of the Year publication, inserted in the newspaper’s Feb. 22 edition.

Fernandez, who works in the ISU Foundation’s Boise office, joined the university in 2007.  In 2011, she raised approximately $100,000 for campus programs and scholarships, including the Dr. Brenda Williams Memorial Scholarship for ISU-Meridian accelerated nursing students, ISU-Meridian’s Toddler Early Listening and Learning program, and the ISU Center for Sport Concussion. (read more...) 

ISU-Meridian pharmacy professors organize research symposiums for AAAS regional meeting

Jan.7, 2013

Idaho State University-Meridian College of Pharmacy researchers Todd Talley and Dong Xu are organizing symposiums for the 94th Annual Meeting of the AAAS Pacific Division at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, June 16-19.

Drs. Talley and Xu are spearheading programs that will address the development of new drug therapies, advancements in computational methods and biomedical research, infectious disease pathology and prevention, and experimental methods to better understand and combat cancer. (read more...) 

ISU-Meridian staff and students brighten holidays for Treasure Valley families

Dec. 20, 2012

Cardboard bins of canned food and brightly wrapped packages decked the halls and offices at Idaho State University-Meridian in December as faculty, staff and students worked to brighten the holidays for needy Treasure Valley families.

“When everyone gives a little, the combined outcome is overwhelming, said Holiday Committee Chair Gabriel Bargen, an assistant audiology professor. “I thank all committee members for their hard work. (read more...) 

ISU-Meridian promotes health mission with new orange and black bus 

The Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center has a new set of wheels promoting its clinics and health mission, thanks to the El Korah Sand Duners Shriners of Boise.
In February 2011, the Shriners donated a 1997 Ford diesel vehicle to the Meridian campus. Campus administrators planned to spruce up the 22-passenger bus and transport student clinicians and faculty to off-site health screenings among other uses. (read more...) 

ISU-Meridian and Renaissance High School building honored for architectural design

Nov. 30, 2012

Architect Ed Daniels remembers the day he was asked to turn the shuttered Jabil manufacturing plant in Meridian into a state-of-the art health science complex and high school shared by Idaho State University and Joint School District No. 2 in Meridian.

“When I toured the area, light bulbs went off. We saw an opportunity,” said Daniels, an owner of  Hummel Architects PLLC of Boise.

Daniels and his team created a space that incorporated eco-friendly features and cutting-edge design to meet the current and future needs of ISU and the Meridian school district. The building features skylights, metal beams and exposed ductwork, preserving the structure’s industrial feel while creating an environment conducive to learning.(read more...) 

Idaho State University College of Pharmacy achieves 100 percent pass rate on national board exam 

Nov. 20, 2012

Idaho State University College of Pharmacy graduates in Meridian and Pocatello have achieved a 100-percent pass rate on their national board exam, according to College of Pharmacy Dean Paul Cady.

“The College of Pharmacy at Idaho State University continues to be a national leader in pharmacy education,” Cady said.

The NAPLEX, or North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination, is a 185-question exam that is taken by graduating students to assess their knowledge of the practice of pharmacy. The test is distributed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and is just one part of the licensure process. (read more...)

Dec. 6 community health screening to offer free hepatitis C screening and flu shots

Nov. 19, 2012

The free screening for uninsured adults is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive, on the north side of Interstate 84 between Locust Grove and Meridian roads.
In addition to hepatitis C and flu shots, services will include:

  • Basic physical exams, blood pressure checks, foot exams and medication reviews
  • Dental evaluations
  • Hearing, depression and alcohol screenings and questionnaires
  • On-site testing for blood sugar levels and HIV status 
  • Mammogram referrals
  • Nutrition assessment and recommendations
  • Health education

The Centers for Disease Control recommends people born between 1954 and 1965 get screened for hepatitis C, a blood-borne infection that increases a person’s chance of developing cirrhosis and liver cancer.  There is no vaccine for hepatitis C. (read more...)

Ann Kirkwood to discuss Hispanic youth suicide on radio show

Nov. 16, 2012

Saturday, Nov. 24, Idaho State University-Meridian’s Ann Kirkwood will be the featured guest on a call-in radio show addressing suicide among Hispanic youth.

Kirkwood, the Institute of Rural Health’s youth suicide prevention director, will discuss the signs and symptoms of mental illness, suicide risk and protective factors for Hispanic youth, and what parents and other adults in a child's life can do to prevent suicide.

The program will air from 11 a.m. to noon on Nov. 24 and repeat Sunday, Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (read more...)

Public health students win scholarships; program director honored for outstanding service

Nov. 15, 2012

The Idaho Public Health Association awarded $400 scholarships to two Idaho State University students and presented assistant professor Galen Louis with its 2012 President’s Award during the IPHA’s annual meeting and awards reception Nov. 13 at Boise State University.

Tina Ghirarduzzi and Lori Peck, second-year students in the Master of Public Health Program in Pocatello, submitted 500-word essays describing their goals and how they contribute to public health.  Ghirarduzzi says she’ll apply the scholarship money toward tuition and books. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian’s Galen Louis sets up endowment to help public health students fund research

Nov. 14, 2012

Dr. Galen Louis, who is retiring Dec. 31as director of Idaho State University’s Master of Public Health Program, has started a scholarship fund to help MPH students with research and thesis projects.

The fund is at $8,200— $1,800 shy of its $10,000 goal, according to Joan Hansen, Division of Health Sciences development director.  The endowment will operate off of interest, preserving the fund’s principal and insulating it from state budget cuts. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian and Renaissance High School building design takes top architecture award

Nov. 7, 2012

Architectural design of the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center and Renaissance High School have taken this year’s top award in a competition sponsored by the Idaho chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Judges applauded Hummel Architects of Boise and Beniton Construction and Sletten Construction companies for the innovative design and renovation of the former Jabil Circuit plant, located on Interstate 84 at Locust Grove Road in Meridian.

The design features skylights and exposed ductwork, preserving the building’s industrial feel. ISU-Meridian and Renaissance High opened in summer 2009 and share common space and teaching areas. Click here for story and photos in the Idaho Statesman’s Business Insider.

Idaho Statesman highlights Renaissance High School and ISU partnership in article

Nov. 2, 2012

In a front-page story titled "Students get their geek on," the Idaho Statesman profiles college-prep and International Baccalaureate programs at Meridian's Renaissance High School adjacent to the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center. Renaissance will graduate its first class this spring with a concurrent-credit associate degree through ISU. Click here to read reporter Cynthia Sewell's article.

Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences releases study of economic impact division has on Idaho

Nov. 2, 2012

More than $36 million dollars in research grants and funding in the past five years and $12.6 million annually in free medical services are among the highlights of a new Idaho State University Division of Health Science Economic Impact Study.

The summary highlights the contribution that ISU students and graduates of the health programs on all ISU campuses have on the economic health of Idaho.

"We have always known that our alumni make contributions to the state of Idaho when they graduate and practice their profession here,” said Linda Hatzenbuehler, associate vice president and executive dean of the ISU Division of Health Sciences. “I am pleased to have documentation that our students also have a positive economic impact on Idaho, while they are obtaining their professional degrees." (read more...)

Molina Medicaid Solutions honors Dr. Margaret Doucette for work in Uganda

Oct. 30, 2012

Idaho State University-Meridian affiliate faculty member Margaret Doucette recently received a 2012 Community Champion Award for her humanitarian work with Be the Change, Inc., a nonprofit organization that trains student and adult volunteers to implement social service programs in Africa.

Molina Medicaid Solutions of Idaho honored Doucette at its second annual Community Champions Awards ceremony in October.
In July, Doucette and an ISU-Meridian delegation traveled to Uganda to complete the medical histories of hundreds of children living or attending school at the Nsumba Orphanage near the capital city of Kampala.  They also conducted hearing and HIV screenings. The ISU-Meridian team included HIV and viral hepatitis educator Judy Thorne; audiologist Gabriel Bargen, graduate audiology student Nicole Butler; and Academic Dean Bessie Katsilometes.  (read more...)

ISU-Meridian and Ada County to provide dental evaluations, physical exams and flu shots for uninsured at Nov. 1 community health screening

Oct. 16, 2012

Uninsured and in need of health services?

Attend a free community health screening, Thursday, Nov. 1, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the CATCH office, 503 S. Americana Blvd., in Boise.  CATCH stands for Charitable Assistance to Community’s Homeless.

Faculty and student clinicians from the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center will conduct the screenings. (read more...)

Idaho Conference on Health Care, Thomas Geriatric Health Symposium set Oct. 19 on ISU Pocatello and Meridian campuses; Registration due Oct. 15

Oct. 9, 2012

The 25th annual Idaho Conference on Health Care and fifth annual Thomas Geriatric Health Symposium is Friday, Oct. 19, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Idaho State University’s  Pond Student Union Ballroom in Pocatello.

The conference will be available via distance-learning technology in Room 697 at Idaho State University-Meridian, 1311 E. Central Drive. The Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences in the conference’s main sponsor and registration is required by Oct. 15.  Nursing continuing education credit will be available. (read more...)

Kirkwood, Stamm and research team contribute to book series about veterans’ health care   

Oct. 3, 2012

The Institute of Rural Health’s Ann Kirkwood, Beth Stamm and Chandra Story have written two chapters for a four-volume set of handbooks to assist health professionals in providing services to military personnel and veterans.
 
The Praeger Handbook of Veterans’ Health: History, Challenges, Issues, and Developments was published September 30 by Greenwood Publishing Group.

Kirkwood, a senior research associate based at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, and Stamm, a research professor on the Pocatello campus, penned a chapter on reducing stigma about mental health among military personnel and veterans. Chandra Story, who previously worked at ISU-IRH as a suicide prevention coordinator, is a visiting assistant professor at Oklahoma State University. (read more...)

Free ethics webinar for Idaho mental health clinicians Oct. 31

Oct. 1, 2012

Idaho State University’s Institute of Rural Health is sponsoring a free ethics webinar for Idaho mental health clinicians Oct. 31, 9 a.m. to noon MT and 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. PST.

“Research, Ethics and Informed Consent” will feature expert clinicians with the Human Subjects Protection Unit of the National Institute of Mental Health. Speakers will provide an overview of informed consent, historical aspects, current events and today's understanding of informed consent.  The ethical standard of assessing a client's capacity to provide informed consent will be addressed and video footage related to research participation will be presented, said Ann Kirkwood, senior research associate with the Institute of Rural Health. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian to host Health Science Experience Night and Pharmacy Open House Oct. 11

Sept. 2, 2012

When Emily Holcomb attended ISU-Meridian’s Health Science Experience Night and Pharmacy Open House last fall, she didn’t expect to win an iPad.

“I was hoping for a T-shirt,” laughed Holcomb, a freshman studying pre-nursing in Pocatello.

But when her name was drawn for the top prize—an Apple iPad computer tablet—she was thrilled.  At the touch of a finger, she can access study exams, check email and connect with the campus community without lugging around her laptop.  She says there’s more room in her backpack for chemistry and biology books.

This year’s Health Science Experience Night and Pharmacy Open House is  Oct. 11, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive. Attendees are eligible to enter a drawing for a free iPad. Winning is contingent upon attending Idaho State University. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian and Ada County to provide dental evaluations, physical exams and flu shots for uninsured at Oct. 4 community health screening

Sept. 21, 2012

Uninsured and in need of health services?
Attend a free community health screening, Thursday, Oct. 4, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 707 W. Fort Street, Boise.  Faculty and student clinicians from the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center will conduct the screenings. (read more...)

Artistic? Create ISU's holiday card in student competition

Sept. 20, 2012

Idaho State University undergraduate and graduate students can enter a contest to create the design for this year's Idaho State Unversity holiday card.

The contest winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize, the runner up a $500 cash prize. The winning entry will appear on the University holiday card, which is sent to thousands of University family members and supporters. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian dean tapped for panel on childhood obesity

Sept. 19, 2012

ISU-Meridian Academic Dean Bessie Katislometes will serve as a panelist Sept. 26 during the Treasure Valley screening of the HBO documentary “The Weight of the Nation: Children in Crisis.”
The screening will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Sawtooth Room of Joint School District No. 2, adjacent to the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive.  The event is free and open to the public. Click here to register. (read more...)

El Korah Shriners and ISU-Meridian to host free screening clinic for children with orthopedic conditions, burns and spinal cord injuries

Sept. 6, 2012

The clinic is scheduled for Saturday, October 6, 9 a.m to 1 p.m., at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive in Meridian. The Center is located on the north side of I-84 between Locust Grove and Meridian roads. 

Volunteer physicians will screen children and teens under age 18 for a variety of conditions, including orthopedic and spinal cord injuries, burns, and cleft lip and palate.  The physicians will be assisted by ISU faculty and student clinicians representing programs in accelerated nursing, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, and audiology and speech-language pathology. (read more...)

Idaho State University-Meridian goes smoke-free Sept. 1

Aug. 30, 2012

Effective Sept. 1, Idaho State University will join more than 800 other post-secondary institutions across the country as a smoke-free campus, according to Student Affairs Vice President Pat Terrell.

The policy applies on the Meridian, Pocatello and  Twin Falls campuses and will be enforced through peer education and awareness.

Associated Students of ISU passed a resolution in fall 2011 recommending that ISU go smoke-free.  The decision came after reviewing the survey results of faculty, staff and students who were asked about ISU's role in regard to smoking and whether ISU should be smoke free. (read more...)

College of Idaho, Idaho State University partner to educate more physician assistants

Aug. 30, 2012

CALDWELL—The College of Idaho and Idaho State University will address the growing need for primary health providers in Idaho and the nation by educating more physician assistants beginning in fall 2014.

At a news conference today, leaders from both institutions signed an agreement to expand ISU’s two-year Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program  to a third campus at College of Idaho in Caldwell.  ISU's MPAS Program, which began in 1995, has graduated 16 classes and 508 physician assistants.

The joint ISU and C of I program will enhance the quality of health care in Idaho, said Marv Henberg, president of The College of Idaho. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian researcher awarded funding for traumatic brain injury study

Aug. 22, 2012

Idaho State University-Meridian researcher Russell Spearman has been awarded a $31,000 supplemental grant to study the mortality rates of Idahoans who’ve suffered traumatic brain injuries in motor vehicle accidents.

Spearman, a senior research associate in the Institute of Rural Health, and his team will also assess the needs, resources and services available to TBI survivors and their families in Idaho.
The funding —which comes from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau—supplements a $1 million grant awarded to Spearman and the ISU Institute of Rural Health in 2009.  HRSA has designated ISU the state’s lead agency for TBI education and research. (read more...)

New national study confirms sleep problems in adolescents are top risk factors for suicidal thoughts and attempts

Aug. 16, 2012

Researchers at Idaho State University and the University of Michigan have found in a larger, national study that sleep problems in adolescents are the top risk factor for suicidal thoughts and attempts in youths.

“Sleep problems appear to be a robust predictor of subsequent suicidal thoughts and attempts in adolescence and young adulthood,” said Maria Wong, Idaho State University professor and director of experimental training in psychology. (read more...)

Meridian Police, Meridian Fire, Idaho State University and Meridian School District team up to enhance student safety

July 20, 2012

On Monday July 23, 2012, from 10 a.m. to noon, the Meridian Police Department, Meridian Fire Department, Idaho State University-Meridian and the Meridian School District will be participating in a joint exercise to enhance student safety and first responder response.

This exercise will take place at the ISU-Meridian campus, 1311 E Central Drive, and the Meridian School District Offices, 1303 E. Central Drive, Meridian, Idaho. The buildings connect to each other. (read more...)

Idaho State University to offer first nursing doctoral program in Idaho starting January 2013

June 27, 2012

The Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences will offer a Doctor of Philosophy degree in nursing through the ISU School of Nursing beginning in January 2013. The program was approved by the Idaho State Board of Education at its June meeting in Idaho Falls.

"It is very exciting to see the Ph.D. in nursing officially approved by the State Board,” said Linda Hatzenbuehler, associate vice president and executive dean of the ISU Division of Health Sciences. “Plans for this program have been in the works on the ISU campus for a very long time, and the professional community has been anxiously awaiting it. Idaho will finally have doctoral education in nursing.” (read more...)

ISU-Meridian group to travel to Uganda with Boise medical team

June 25, 2012

Judy Thorne, ISU-Meridian’s HIV and viral hepatitis educator, will leave Boise July 7 to begin two weeks of medical service at the Nsumba orphanage near Entebbe, Uganda on Lake Victoria.
She is one of five core members of a medical team, led by Boise physician Margaret Doucette. The team is documenting the medical history and health care of approximately 500 children served by the orphanage. Thorne’s task is to develop the HIV testing and referral portion of the medical record.

Also making the trip for the first time are Meridian audiology professor Gabriel Bargen and audiology doctoral student ­­­Nicole Butler who’ll conduct hearing screenings, and ISU-Meridian Academic Dean Bessie Katsilometes. (read more...)

ISU Alumni Association presents Steve Eaton in concert July 21 at Boise’s Idaho Botanical Garden

June 22, 2012

Enjoy the music of singer/songwriter Steve Eaton  and help feed Idaho’s hungry during  “An Evening with Steve Eaton,” Saturday, July 21, presented by the Idaho State University Alumni Association.
The concert is from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Old Penitentiary Road, Boise.  Gates open at 5 p.m. (read more...)

Free HIV testing at ISU-Meridian June 27 for faculty, staff and students

June 21, 2012

National HIV Testing Day is Wednesday, June 27, and ISU-Meridian will offer free, rapid HIV tests to faculty, staff and students. The message is “Take the Test, Take Control,” according to organizers.

The confidential test is performed orally and doesn’t require a blood draw. Results are available within 20 minutes. Call Judy Thorne, ISU-Meridian’s HIV education coordinator at 208-373-1710 to schedule an appointment. (read more...)

Explore Camas Prairie history June 9 during field trip; buses will leave from Boise and Pocatello

May 30, 2012

Looking for a fun and educational getaway?

Saturday, June 9, buses will leave Boise and Pocatello for a trip to the Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh. You’ll experience camas lilies in bloom while learning of their importance to the lifestyle of Idaho’s Native peoples and the natural ecosystem.

The event is from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and has a $60 registration fee. Lunch will be provided. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian confers 195 degrees at spring commencement; Russell Singleton selected top Student Excellence honoree

May 8, 2012

Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center awarded 195 degrees in graduate, undergraduate and professional programs during commencement exercises May 7 at the Boise Centre. 

Programs included pharmacy, audiology, physician assistant studies, nursing, speech-language pathology, counseling, medical laboratory sciences, athletic administration, public health, paramedic science, and communication sciences and disorders. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian pharmacy professor receives NIH grant to improve antibiotic use in hospitals

May 1, 2012

Idaho State University-Meridian pharmacy professor, Karl Madaras-Kelly, Pharm.D., has received a $365,166 research grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop standards for measuring antibiotic use in hospitalized patients. The study—the largest of its kind to date—has the potential to improve care and decrease antibiotic-resistant infections in hospitals nationwide. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian will confer 195 degrees at May 7 commencement; renowned Boise physician Ted Epperly to speak

April 26, 2012

Melanie Person has always been fascinated with psychology.  When she graduated from high school in 1995, a teacher wrote in her yearbook, “I look forward to discussing psychoanalysis with you in the future, Dr. Person.”

Well, she’s ready for that discussion. Person is receiving her doctorate in counselor education and counseling Monday, May 7 during Idaho State University-Meridian’s commencement ceremony. It starts at 6 p.m. at the Boise Centre, 850 W. Front Street.  ISU-Meridian will confer 195 degrees—the majority in the health professions and health sciences.

Dr. Ted Epperly, the chief executive and program director of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, will deliver the commencement address. (read more...)

Mental illness, suicide and bullying statewide videoconference on May 9

April 13, 2012

The Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, together with the Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health, have scheduled a statewide videoconference May 9 to increase awareness and understanding of the mental health needs of Idaho’s children and teens.

As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, May 6 -12, and Children’s Mental Health Day on May 9, the free videoconference  from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. MDT (2-5 p.m. PDT) will be accessible at the offices of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in all Idaho regions.  (read more...)

ISU honors two Meridian professors for public service and teaching

April 13, 2012

Jared Papa, a clinical assistant professor in the Physician Assistant Studies program, has received the 2012 Distinguished Public Service Award—the highest honor the university bestows on a faculty member for community service.

Galen Louis, an assistant professor and director of the university’s Master of Public Health program, was one of five finalists in the Distinguished Teacher category and received a 2012 Outstanding Master Teacher Award.  Louis and Papa were honored at a university reception in Pocatello April 12. (read more...)

Institute of Rural Health to sponsor spring Web series on traumatic brain injury

April 5, 2012

Traumatic brain injury research, education and prevention will be explored in a free, three-part Web series, sponsored by Idaho State University’s Institute of Rural Health.
Sessions are April 12, 19 and 26, from 1p.m. to 2:30 p.m., MST. Family members, private providers, state agency personnel, and the general public who work with or have an interest in traumatic brain injuries can register at www.idahotbi.org and read more about each session. (read more...)

ISU fall online registration begins April 16; “Be Advised” campaign continues

April 4, 2012

Idaho State University—with campuses in Pocatello, Meridian, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls— will hold online registration for fall classes April 16-23.
Assistance is available during regular business hours in the registration and advising centers on each campus. Online registration begins at 12:01 a.m. for each class level. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian to provide dental evaluations, physical exams and flu shots for uninsured at April 12 community health screening

March 30, 2012

Uninsured and in need of health services?
Attend a community health screening, Thursday, April 12, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Pioneer Neighborhood Community House, 500 S. Ash St., Boise.   Faculty and student clinicians from the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center will conduct the screenings. (read more...)

ISU students participate in National Science Foundation cyberinfrastructure program

March 22, 2012

Four Idaho State University geosciences students have been selected from a nationwide pool of applicants to participate in a cyberinfrastructure program through the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research or EPSCoR.

The students are Peter Olsoy, who is working on a master’s degree in geographic information science at the Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory;  graduate students Carlos Murillo and Adam Koster; and undergraduate Stephen Joy. (read more...)

Idaho State University College of Pharmacy wins first place in national competition for Operation Diabetes

March 20, 2012

The Idaho State University College of Pharmacy—with programs in Meridian and Pocatello—has won first place in the national competition for Operation Diabetes from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

Operation Diabetes is a student outreach program that involves screening the public for diabetes and offering education on management of the disease.  A screening can involve a blood glucose test, blood pressure check, cholesterol check and individualized counseling.  Student pharmacists partner with other student health-care providers to offer collaborative patient care services. Participants are then given information or referred to a health care professional for further help. (read more...)

Idaho Awareness to Action Youth Suicide Prevention Project offers third free training in Meridian May 15

March 8, 2012

Registration is now being accepted for Idaho State University’s Institute of Rural Health youth suicide prevention training Tuesday, May 15, at the Joint School District No. 2 Service Center, Salmon River Room, 1303 E. Central Drive, in Meridian.  

The training is free and open to the public, but seats are limited and you must pre-register. Go to www.isu.edu/irh/, contact Kirsti Beck at 208-282-4436 or email preventsuicide@isu.edu.

The training, which runs from 9a.m. to 4 p.m., is designed to provide the latest scientific information on the warning signs, risk and protective factors for suicide and mental illness, along with practical guidance on how to identify youth and young adults at risk for suicide.  Information will assist professionals, community leaders, parents, advocates and all those who care for children and youth. (read more...)

Free dental evaluations, physical exams and flu shots for uninsured at community health screening March 15

Feb. 29, 2012

Uninsured and in need of medical or dental care?

Attend a free Community Health Screening, Thursday, March 15, 4p.m. to 7 p.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 707 W. Fort St., Boise.   Faculty and student clinicians from the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center will conduct the screenings. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian accepting applications for paramedic science

Feb. 22, 2012

Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center is accepting applications to its Associate of Science degree program in paramedic science. The deadline to apply is May 15 for priority consideration and classes start Aug. 28 at ISU-Meridian, 1311 E. Central Drive. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian’s Judy Thorne and Boise physician Margaret Doucette to deliver keynote at 2012 Research Day on Friday, March 16

Feb. 21, 2012

HIV/Viral Hepatitis Educator Judy Thorne and Dr. Margaret Doucette will discuss their experiences working with children in the Nsumba orphanage  near Kampala, Uganda.

Their presentation, titled “Idaho to Uganda: Crossing Boundaries to Public Health,” will begin at  8:45 a.m. in Room 697 of the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive. It’ll be broadcast to the North Fork and Middle Fork rooms of the Pond Student Union on the Pocatello campus. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian Health Science Center and Ada County to provide free flu shots at community health screening Feb. 16

Feb. 9, 2012.

Uninsured and unable to afford medical care?

Attend a free Community Health Screening, Thursday, Feb. 16, 4-7 p.m., in the Western Town Building at the Expo Idaho Fairgrounds, 5610 N. Glenwood St. The Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare have partnered to bring free community health screenings to low-income Ada County adults. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian dentists provide free dental care on Give Kids a Smile Day

Feb. 9, 2012

Most kids don’t mind missing a few hours of school.  But for a visit to the dentist?

Sure, says 12-year-old Seniya Ogden of Boise.

Feb. 3, Seniya and her siblings—Kyler, 11, Malani, 7, and Cortlyn, 4—spent about an hour at the Delta Dental of Idaho Dental Residency Clinic at Idaho State University-Meridian, 1311 E. Central Drive.

It was Give Kids a Smile Day, sponsored by the American Dental Association and an opportunity to educate children and parents about the importance of good dental health.  (read more...)

Idaho Community Foundation awards $2,500 to ISU-Meridian’s TELL Program

Feb. 2, 2012

Treasure Valley toddlers with significant hearing loss will be better prepared for mainstream preschool, thanks to two grants totaling $2,500 awarded to the Toddler Early Listening and Language Program at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center.

The gifts are from funds administered by the Idaho Community Foundation, a tax-exempt charity devoted to improving the quality of life for Idahoans. A $1,500 grant is from The Kissler Family Foundation Philanthropic Gift Fund, and the remaining $1,000 is from the Greatest Need Endowment Fund for Southwestern Idaho. (read more...)

Idaho State University and Verizon Wireless launch cell phone recycling partnership to support domestic violence prevention; company presents $25,000 grant to the Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center

Feb. 1, 2012

Idaho State University and Verizon Wireless jointly announced a three-year partnership to introduce UHopeLine®, an expansion of the company’s HopeLine® wireless phone recycling program. The new program will increase awareness of dating violence, provide aid to domestic violence survivors and encourage college students to help the environment by recycling their no longer used wireless devices.

The UHopeLine program features five permanent cell phone collection bins placed in high-traffic locations across the three Idaho State University campuses in Pocatello, Idaho Falls and Meridian. You can leave phones at the front desk of the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive,  in Meridian. (read more...)

Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health receives National Institute of Mental Health grant

Jan. 11, 2012

Idaho State University’s Institute of Rural Health has received a $22,500 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to serve as the agency’s Outreach Partner for Idaho.

ISU-IRH has served as the NIMH Outreach Partner for Idaho for 15 years and was selected this month for another round of funding. ISU-IRH is one of the state partners as well as representatives from District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian students, faculty and staff gather toiletries and gifts for local charities and Ugandan orphanage

Dec. 9, 2011

Melody Glasscock stood in a corner of Room 506 at ISU-Meridian, counting tubes of toothpaste and travel-size containers of lotion, shampoo and dental floss. She wasn’t complaining.

“I’m surprised, overwhelmed and humbled by the support,” said Glasscock, a speech-language pathology student.  “Counting the items is really a blessing,”

In another corner of the room, Gabriel Bargen and Susan Schaffer separated boxes of soap, deodorant, combs, razors and other hygiene products into smaller piles. (read more...)

Idaho Awareness to Action Youth Suicide Prevention Project offers free training in Caldwell Jan. 26

Dec. 5, 2011

Idaho State University’s Institute of Rural Health is accepting pre-registration for a free suicide prevention training in Caldwell on Jan. 26, 2012. 

This training is designed to provide the latest scientific information on the warning signs, risk and protective factors for suicide and mental illness, along with practical guidance on how to identify youth at risk for suicide.  Information will assist parents, professionals, community leaders, parents, advocates and all those who care for children and youth. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian Health Science Center and Ada County to provide free flu shots at community health screening Dec. 7

Nov. 22, 2011

Uninsured and unable to afford medical care?

For the second year, the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare have partnered to bring free community health screenings to low-income Ada County residents.

Faculty and students from the Meridian Health Science Center will conduct the screenings Wednesday, Dec. 7, 4-7 p.m., at ISU-Meridian, 1311 E. Central Drive, located on the north side of I-84 between Meridian and Locust Grove roads.  A Valley Ride bus stops in front of  campus. (read more...)

Holiday healthy-eating tips from ISU registered dietitians

Nov. 15, 2011

I thought it would be fun to poll my colleagues and gather some advice,” said Linda Rankin, assistant dean of the Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences and a registered dietitian. “We wish the community a happy and healthful holiday season, and have some tips to share.”

Rankin’s tips are:
1) Substitute evaporated skim milk for evaporated whole milk in pumpkin pie. This will save 200 calories and 28 grams of fat, and the taste is the same.
2) Use some whole-grain bread instead of white bread in stuffing. This increases the dressing’s fiber and nutrient content. (read more...)

ISU’s Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory and partners awarded $688,000 in grants

Nov. 11, 2011

Idaho State University geosciences researchers received two grants this fall totaling more than $688, 000 to study fuels in shrub-dominated landscapes in the Northwest and to gather remote-sensing data to assess floodplains.

The largest amount—$546,723—is from the Joint Fire Science Program, an interagency research and development partnership between the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The Joint Fire Science Program awarded the money to the U.S. Geological Survey and ISU’s Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory over three years.  (read more...)

Free Rapid HIV Testing offered on World AIDS Day Dec. 1

Nov. 8, 2011

More than 56,000 new cases of HIV are diagnosed in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An equally alarming statistic is the fact that more than 1,300 Idahoans are living with HIV or AIDS, and 21 percent of them have no idea they have the disease, said Judy Thorne, ISU-Meridian’s HIV and viral hepatitis educator.  (read more...)

Idaho State University audiology students win 2011 National Audiology Awareness Month Student Video Contest

Nov. 7, 2011

Idaho State University audiology students have won the 2011 National Audiology Month Student Video Contest through the American Academy of Audiology.

National Audiology Awareness Month was launched as an initiative to educate the general public on the profession of audiology and all that audiologists do for their patients. This year, students were asked to make a video highlighting the scope of practice of audiology.  (read more...)

ISU Meridian faculty and students work to help Ugandan children 

Nov.1, 2011

When Judy Thorne, ISU-Meridian’s HIV and viral hepatitis educator, arrived at Uganda’s Nsumba orphanage last summer, she was struck by the smiles of the children—many living with physical discomforts but resilient despite the challenges in their lives.  (read more...)

ISU and INL awarded $855,000 grant to monitor water resources

Nov. 1, 2011

Idaho State University’s Department of Geosciences and the Idaho National Laboratory have received an $855,000 federal grant to develop and process remote-sensing technologies that will help communities monitor water resources and vegetation.  (read more...)

ISU-Meridian nursing students awarded scholarships

Oct. 18, 2011

Idaho State University-Meridian accelerated nursing students Kate Brusse and Michael Shafer have been awarded $1,000 scholarships in memory of Boise physician Brenda Williams who died of breast cancer in 2009.  (read more...)

ISU-Meridian Health Science Center and Ada County to provide free flu shots and hepatitis vaccinations at community health screening Oct. 19

Oct. 13, 2011

Uninsured and unable to afford medical care?

For the second year, the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare have partnered to bring free community health screenings to low-income Ada County residents.  (read more...)

ISU-Meridian honored with Community Health Award

Oct. 10, 2011

The Idaho Medical Group Management Association has awarded its 2011 Community Health Award to the Idaho State University Meridian Health Science Center for innovations to improve the health of Idahoans. Academic Dean Bessie Katsilometes accepted the award Sept. 15 during the IMGMA’s annual conference in Boise.  (read more...)

Idaho Conference on Health Care, Thomas Geriatric Health Symposium set Oct. 21 at Idaho State University and ISU-Meridian

Oct. 4, 2011

The 24th annual Idaho Conference on Health Care and fourth annual Thomas Geriatric Health Symposium will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Pond Student Union Ballroom and be available at ISU-Meridian via ISU’s distance learning.

Conference information, including registration forms and complete speaker/presentation information, can be found at http://www.isu.edu/healthsciences/hlthconf/. The conference's main sponsor is the Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences. Registration for the conference is required by Oct. 14. CEUs and continuing education credit are available and there will be sponsor booths.  (read more...)

ISU-Meridian Health Science Center and Ada County to provide basic physical exams and free hepatitis vaccinations at community health screening Sept. 28

Sept. 20, 2011

Uninsured and unable to afford medical care?

For the second year, the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare have partnered to bring free community health screenings to low-income Ada County residents.

Faculty and students from the Meridian Health Science Center will conduct the screenings Wednesday, Sept. 28, 4-7 p.m., at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2920 Cassia St., in Boise.   (read more...)

Learn about hot careers in health professions; get a flu shot during ISU-Meridian’s Health Science Experience Night and Pharmacy Open House Oct. 13

Sept. 19, 2011

Interested in becoming a pharmacist, physician assistant or nurse? A medical lab scientist, paramedic or speech-language pathologist?
Learn about some of the hottest fields at the sixth annual Idaho State University Health Science Experience Night, Thursday, Oct. 13, 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive.  Jobs in the health sector will be in high demand through 2016, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.  (read more...)

El Korah Shriners and ISU-Meridian host free screening for children with orthopedic conditions, burns and spinal cord injuries     

Sept. 16, 2011

The clinic is Saturday, Oct. 1,  9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive in Meridian, on the north side of I-84 between Locust Grove and Meridian roads. 

Volunteer physicians, assisted by ISU-Meridian faculty and students in the accelerated nursing and physician assistant studies programs, will screen children and teens under age 18 for a variety of conditions, including orthopedic and spinal cord injuries, burns,  and cleft lip and palate.  Communication sciences faculty and students will conduct free hearing and speech-language screenings.  (read more...)

Delta Dental of Idaho and Idaho State University improve access to dental care with new full-service dental clinic at ISU-Meridian  

Aug. 30, 2011

Meridian - Idaho State University and Delta Dental of Idaho today celebrated the grand opening of a new dental clinic that provides advanced education for licensed dentists and affordable dental care for underserved patients in the Treasure Valley.

The Delta Dental of Idaho Dental Residency Clinic at Idaho State University is located in the west wing of the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive.

The 5,200-square-foot clinic, designed by Hummel Architects of Boise, has 12 clinical treatment rooms—including two surgical suites with video-conferencing capabilities—an X-ray and sterilization lab, a waiting room and reception area.  (read more...)

ISU-Meridian’s Ruth Schneider and Rick Tivis are 2011 Health Care Hero honorees

Sept. 1, 2011

ISU-Meridian’s Ruth Schneider and Rick Tivis are honorees in the 2011 Health Care Heroes program sponsored by the Idaho Business Review newspaper in Boise. In its sixth year, the program recognizes health care professionals, educators and volunteers for their contributions and service to Idaho’s health care industry.  (read more...)

ISU School of Nursing awarded $1,380,000 HRSA grant to continue and expand ISU Northwest Rural Nurse Residency Program

Aug. 26, 2011

POCATELLO – The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration awarded two grants for a total of $1.3 million to Idaho State University School of Nursing for expansion of transition-to-practice programs reaching rural nurses across the country through the Northwest Rural Nurse Residency program.

“The Idaho State University School of Nursing is a leader in online transition-to-practice programs,” said Deana Molinari, principal investigator for the grant and an ISU nursing professor. “Currently hospital nurses in 23 states attend clinical education for preceptors and new nurses. In October, long-term care, public health, home health and clinic nurses can also choose a ‘Care in the Community’ residency.  In January 2012, rural nurse leaders and executives will enroll in a ‘Leadership Capacity Building: Nurse Manager Boot Camp’ to develop a portfolio of leadership skills and grow with coaching from expert rural nurse colleagues.”  (read more...)

29th Annual “I Love ISU” Campaign features activities In Meridian,  Pocatello, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls

August 15, 2011

Meridian– The 29th annual “I Love ISU” campaign for Idaho State University academic scholarships is featuring events across southern Idaho in Meridian, Pocatello, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls with fundraising calling starting on Sept. 1 in Blackfoot. Money raised in the Treasure Valley will benefit students who attend the Meridian Health Science Center.
        
“’I Love ISU’ is a tremendous opportunity to help students and be part of ISU,” said Tony Dickey, director of ISU annual giving. “With our help, the scholarships provided to students can make a giant difference in their lives and in our communities.”  (read more...)

Run for the Health of It event set for Sept. 17

Aug. 9, 2010

Lace up your shoes and run through downtown Meridian in the first annual Run for the Health of It 5k sponsored by Idaho State University-Meridian’s College of Pharmacy. The event begins at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive, located on the north side of I-84 between Locust Grove and Meridian roads.

The walk/run cost is $28 through Aug. 31 and $34 through race day. The first 50 ISU students, faculty and staff to register online  at www.bluecirclesports.com will receive a $4 discount by using the code ISUMERIDIAN.  (read more...)

Delta Dental Residency Clinic at ISU opens on Meridian campus

Aug. 3, 2011

A new dental clinic that serves uninsured patients in the Treasure Valley and provides advanced training for licensed dentists opened Aug. 3 at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 Central Drive. The Delta Dental of Idaho Advanced Dental Residency Clinic at Idaho State University is located in the Center’s west wing. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian group featured in PSA promoting health care coverage for Idaho kids

July 27, 2011

The 30-second public service announcement is airing on Treasure Valley and Twin Falls television stations through Aug. 28 and features ISU-Meridian academic dean, Dr. Bessie Katsilometes, former Boise State basketball star Daequon Montreal and University of Idaho communications officer Ysabel Bilbao.  Click here to view the PSA on You Tube. (read more...)

I Love ISU campaign kicks off  in Treasure Valley Aug. 17

July 21, 2011

Idaho State University senior Dillon Harris will graduate in May, thanks to an ISU scholarship that covered tuition and part of his housing during his college years.

“I wouldn’t have been able to go to school without it,” he told members of the Meridian Chamber of Commerce during a luncheon July 19.  Now he’d like other students to have a similar opportunity.

Harris, along with representatives from the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center and the ISU Foundation, encouraged chamber members to open their pocket books and support the annual I Love ISU scholarship campaign in August and September.  Donations are tax deductible and will support a student attending the ISU-Meridian campus or the campus of the donor’s choice. (read more...)

Physician Assistant Program featured in national magazine

July 12, 2011

Pick up a copy of this month’s “PA Professional” and you just might see a familiar face or two on the cover.

Idaho State’s Physician Assistant Program is the cover story of the June/July issue of “PA Professional,” the national trade magazine of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

The three-page article titled, “In Sync With Distance Learning—Answering the Call for More Providers,” discusses the growth of the program in Pocatello, the expansion to the Meridian Health Science Center and how classrooms on both campuses are linked seamlessly through distance-learning technology. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian accepting applications for paramedic science

July 1, 2010

Idaho State University is accepting applications to its Associate of Science degree program in paramedic science. The deadline to apply is July 15. Classes start Aug. 22 and will be held at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive, just north of I-84 and Locust Grove Road.

The paramedic science program will provide students with the skills and knowledge to treat patients in and out of a hospital setting, conduct thorough patient assessments, and provide medical care to reduce illness and injury. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian’s Judy Thorne to travel to Uganda with medical team

June 27, 2011

Judy Thorne, ISU-Meridian’s HIV educator, will leave Boise July 16  to begin two weeks of medical service at the Nsumba orphanage near Entebbe, Uganda on Lake Victoria. She is one of five core members of a medical team, led by Boise physician Margaret Doucette, that will document the medical history and health care of approximately 600 students served by the orphanage. Thorne’s task is to develop the HIV testing and referral portion of the medical record. (read more...)

ISU Alumni Association presents Steve Eaton in concert July 9 in Boise

June 15, 2011

Enjoy the music of singer/songwriter Steve Eaton,  sample Idaho wines,  and help feed Idaho’s hungry during  “An Evening with Steve Eaton,” Saturday, July 9, presented by the Idaho State University Alumni Association.

The event is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with Eaton’s concert beginning at 6 p.m., at the Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. (read more...)

The Couch Potato Effect:  Can you satisfy a goal by watching others?

May 23, 2011

You sit on the couch and watch people cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon. You tune into “The Biggest Loser” and see contestants drop pounds. Your coworker lands a big job promotion.

Does watching someone complete a goal motivate us to complete a similar goal?  How do the goals of others impact our own efforts?  

Idaho State University assistant psychology professor, Kathleen McCulloch, Ph.D., explores these questions in an article titled “Vicarious goal satiation”in the May issue, (volume 47, issue 3) of  the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. (read more...)

Well done, graduates! ISU-Meridian awards 200 graduate and undergraduate degrees at commencement

May 11, 2011

Idaho State University graduated a record number of students from its Treasure Valley programs May 9, awarding more than 200 graduate and undergraduate degrees in the health professions and sciences.

Friends and family cheered the graduates as they walked across the stage at the Boise Centre.  At the ceremony’s conclusion, ISU President Arthur Vailas led the graduates in a round of applause for family, friends, mentors and faculty who’ve supported the students’ academic endeavors. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian to host public meeting May 18 about pediatric brain injury

May 4, 2011

The Brain Injury Association of America says traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death in the nation’s children and adolescents, and Idaho State University’s Institute of Rural Health is working with a national awareness group to change that statistic.

IRH researchers and the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation are hosting a town hall meeting to discuss brain injury risks and prevention Wednesday, May 18, 3:30 to 5 p.m., at the Joint School District No. 2 Service Center Auditorium, adjacent to the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive in Meridian. (read more...)

Genesis World Mission founder Dr. Karl Watts to speak at May 9 ISU-Meridian graduation

Idaho State University will graduate a record number of students from its Treasure Valley programs Monday, May 9, conferring more than 200 graduate and undergraduate degrees in the health professions and sciences.

Commencement exercises begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St.  Dr. Karl Watts, president and founder of Genesis World Mission, will deliver the commencement keynote address.  In 2010, the American Academy of Family Physicians named the Boise doctor its national Family Physician of the Year. (read more...)

Dr. Patrisia Gonzales to speak on Hispanic traditional medicine at ISU-Meridian April 27

April 13, 2011

“Exploring Hispanic Traditional Medicine” is the topic of a free lecture Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 -8:30 p.m., Room 697 at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive. The lecture will be broadcast to the Pocatello campus, Room B06 in the Eli Obler Library.

Guest speaker is nationally acclaimed author and community health researcher Patrisia Gonzales, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Mexican and Raza Studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Gonzales has written and lectured extensively on the healing art of traditional folk or indigenous medicine in Hispanic and Native American communities. (read more...)

IRH’s Russ Spearman honored for traumatic brain injury work

April 7, 2011

Russ Spearman, the director of the Institute of Rural Health’s Traumatic Brain Injury Program at ISU-Meridian, has received the 2011 Most Valuable TBISERVE Contributor award from the Health Resources Services Administration.

This is the third time the HRSA’s Maternal and Children’s Health Bureau has honored Spearman for his work with traumatic brain injury. 

The organization applauded Spearman for his expertise in using an electronic mail database to help organize and publicize free TBI webinars for state, national and global audiences. (read more...)

ISU Research Day activities set for April 14-15 in Meridian and Pocatello

March 28, 2011

“Bridging Research and Practice” is the theme of the Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences 22nd Annual Research Day, Friday, April 15, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Pocatello, and 8:30 to 1 p.m., in Meridian.

New this year is an April 14 pre-conference titled “Translational Science Primer,” presented by the ISU Division of Health Sciences and the Institute of Translational Health Sciences in Seattle.  It’ll run from 1:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. on both campuses. To register for the pre-conference and review both events’ schedules, visit the Research Day website. (read more...)

Free hepatitis vaccinations, dental evaluations and mammogram referrals offered at Community Health Screening April 7

March 23, 2011

Uninsured and unable to afford medical care?

Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare have partnered to bring free Community Health Screenings to low-income and uninsured Ada County residents. 

The next screening is Thursday, April 7, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Garden City Community Clinic, 215 W. 35 St. Services include hepatitis A and B vaccinations, dental evaluations, basic physical exams, depression and hearing screenings, blood sugar and HIV testing, mammogram referrals, and health education information. (read more...)

ISU Communication Sciences and Disorders hosts 20th Anniversary conference April 7-8 in Meridian

March 22,2011

The conference is titled  “What’s Next?” and will feature lectures and panel discussions presented by  Idaho State University, regional and national experts in the fields of audiology, sign language interpreting and speech-language pathology.

Keynote speakers are Dr. Paul Deputy, the dean of the College of Education and Human Service Professions at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and Dr. Jeff Brockett, associate professor and director of the Audiology Program at Idaho State University. (read more...)

Idaho Awareness to Action Youth Suicide Prevention Project offers free trainings in Lewiston March 22

Feb. 23, 2011

Idaho State University’s Institute of Rural Health is accepting pre-registration for a free suicide prevention training in Lewiston in March.  This training is designed to provide the latest scientific information on the warning signs, risk and protective factors for suicide and mental illness, along with practical guidance on how to identify youth at risk for suicide.  Information will assist professionals, community leaders, parents, advocates and all those who care for children and youth.This training will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 22, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church, 1906 Broadview Drive. (read more...)

El Korah Shriners donate van to ISU-Meridian

Feb. 23, 2011

Idaho State University-Meridian has a new set of wheels, thanks to the El Korah Shriners in Boise.

The organization donated a 1997 Ford diesel vehicle to ISU-Meridian in early February to transport student clinicians to off-site health screenings and on field trips, according to Robin Dodson, director of pharmacy student services in ISU-Meridian’s College of Pharmacy.

“We weren’t utilizing the van to its fullest potential and wanted to strengthen our partnership with ISU,” said El Korah spokesman Ray Westmoreland as he handed the van keys to Bessie Katsilometes, ISU-Meridian academic dean. (read more...)

Free flu and hepatitis vaccinations, mammogram referrals at Community Health Screening March 3

Feb. 22, 2011

Uninsured and unable to afford medical care?
Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare have partnered to bring free Community Health Screenings to low-income and uninsured Ada County residents. 
Faculty and students from ISU-Meridian will conduct the screenings Thursday, March 3, 3:30-6:30 p.m., at Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th St., in Boise. (read more...)

Institute of Rural Health to sponsor spring Web series on traumatic brain injury

Feb. 10, 2011

Traumatic brain injury research, education and prevention will be explored in a free, six-part Web series, sponsored by Idaho State University’s Institute of Rural Health.
Sessions run Feb. 23 through April 13, 1p.m. to 2:30 p.m., MST. Family members, private providers, state agency personnel, and the general public who work with or have an interest in traumatic brain injuries can register at www.idahotbi.org . (read more...)

Idaho State University begins construction of Delta Dental Residency Clinic at Meridian Health Science Center

Jan. 28, 2011

A new dental clinic that will serve low-income patients in the Treasure Valley and provide advanced training for licensed dentists is scheduled to open in August 20ll at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, thanks to a $500,000 gift from Delta Dental Community Outreach and funding from the 2010 Idaho Legislature.

 “The opportunity to partner with ISU and its Advanced Dental Residency program is a natural fit for Delta Dental,” said Jean De Luca, president and chief executive officer of Delta Dental of Idaho. She presented ISU President Arthur C. Vailas with a $300,000 check Jan. 27—the first installment of the Delta Dental gift. (read more...)

Idaho Community Foundation donates $1,000 to ISU-Meridian’s TELL Program

Jan. 27, 2011

Treasure Valley toddlers with significant hearing loss will be better prepared for mainstream preschool, thanks to a $1,000 grant to the Toddler Early Listening and Language Program at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center. The program is offered through ISU-Meridian’s Speech and Language Clinic.

The grant is from the Walter & Leona Dufresne Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation, which assists hundreds of organizations throughout Idaho in their efforts to support families and the elderly, advance the arts, and preserve the environment. (read more...)

Free flu and hepatitis vaccinations, mammogram referrals at Community Health Screening Feb. 3

Jan. 24, 2011

Uninsured and unable to afford medical care?

Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare have partnered to bring free Community Health Screenings to low-income and uninsured Ada County residents.  

Faculty and students from ISU-Meridian will conduct the screenings Thursday, Feb. 3, 3:30-6:30 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 950 W. State St., in Boise. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian’s Dorys De La Paz takes university’s top 2010 customer service honor

Jan. 18, 2011

Dorys De La Paz greets you with a smile when you walk in the front door of ISU’s Meridian Health Science Center. She’s willing to help faculty, staff and students at a moment’s notice. Her colleagues call her “awesome and amazing.”

And for her efforts, De La Paz, an office specialist II, has been named the 2010 ISU Cares Customer Service Provider of the Year. (read more...)

Teens and parents invited to Idaho State University “Future Student Night” Jan.  26 in Boise

Jan. 14, 2011

Learn about Idaho State University’s nationally acclaimed academic programs and educational opportunities
at five  receptions hosted statewide by ISU recruiters, faculty, staff and administrators.

Future Student Night in Boise is Wednesday, Jan. 26, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd. Similar events are scheduled for Twin Falls,  Coeur d’Alene, Pocatello and Idaho Falls on other dates. (read more...)

Free Hearing Screenings at ISU-Meridian Health Science Center January through April  13

Dec. 15, 2010

Get your hearing checked for free Jan. 12 at the Speech and Language Clinic at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive, in Meridian.  Free screenings are also set for Feb. 9, March 9 and April 13 .  Hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  No appointment is necessary, and clinicians will see adults, teens and children as young as age 3. (read more...)

Idaho Awareness to Action Youth Suicide Prevention Project offers free training in Nampa Jan. 12

Dec. 14, 2010

Idaho State University’s Institute of Rural Health is accepting pre-registration for free suicide prevention training in Nampa in January.  This training is designed to provide the latest scientific information on the warning signs, risk and protective factors for suicide and mental illness, along with practical guidance on how to identify youth at risk for suicide.  Information will assist professionals, community leaders, parents, advocates and those who care for children and youth.

This training will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan.12, 2011, at the Hispanic Cultural Center, 315 Stampede Drive. (read more...)

Free flu and hepatitis vaccinations, mammogram referrals at Community Health Screening Dec. 3

Nov. 12, 2010

Uninsured and unable to afford medical care?

Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare have partnered to bring free Community Health Screenings to low-income Ada County residents.  Faculty and students from ISU-Meridian will conduct the screenings Friday, Dec. 3, 3:30-6:30 p.m., at Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th St., in Boise. (read more...)

Geosciences reseachers see world in 3D, thanks to CAVE

Nov. 5, 2010

Geosciences researchers at Idaho State University’s Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory are now able to study the Earth’s surface with greater accuracy, thanks to a sophisticated 3D imagery system called CAVE or Cave Automatic Virtual Environment.

The $25,000 system—a portable version of the world’s first CAVE invented two decades ago at University of Chicago—consists of six infrared cameras that project 3D graphics on a large television screen. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian counseling student paints winning ISU holiday greeting card

Nov. 5, 2010

A painting of a white dove symbolizing peace with the Idaho State University logo in the background is the winning entry in Idaho State University’s annual President’s Holiday Greeting Card Contest.

Nancy Byron, a graduate student in Mental Health Counseling at the Meridian campus has won a $1,000 prize for her design that will appear on the front of ISU’s official holiday card. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian Health Science Center and Ada County to provide free flu and hepatitis vaccinations at community health screening Oct. 29

Uninsured and unable to afford medical care?

The Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare have partnered to bring free community health screenings to low-income Ada County residents.

Faculty and students from the Meridian Health Science Center will conduct the screenings Friday, Oct. 29, 4-7 p.m., at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2920 Cassia St., in Boise. (read more...)

ISU’s Caroline Faure honored for educating Idahoans about concussion in young athletes

Idaho State University’s Caroline Faure has been named Idaho’s top 2010 Health Care Hero Educator by the Idaho Business Review newspaper for her statewide efforts to educate the public about concussion and the adolescent athlete. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian College of Pharmacy to provide free flu vaccines to first 40 guests at Oct. 28 open house

Need a flu shot?

The Idaho State University College of Pharmacy faculty, students and staff will provide free flu vaccinations to the first 40 guests who register for adult flu shots during an open house, Thursday, Oct. 28, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive. (read more...)

Learn about hot careers at ISU Health Science Experience Night Oct. 28

Interested in becoming a pharmacist, physician assistant or nurse? A medical lab scientist, mental health counselor or speech-language pathologist?

Jobs in the health sector will be in high demand through 2016, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.  Come learn about some of the hottest fields at the fifth annual Idaho State University Health Science Experience Night, Thursday, Oct. 28, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian’s Ruth Schneider is Idaho’s Outstanding Registered Dietitian of the Year

The Journal of the American Dietetic Association recognized Ruth Schneider, a clinical associate professor at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, in its September issue as Idaho's Outstanding Registered Dietitian of the Year. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian faculty and students to conduct free health screenings Sept. 24

Uninsured and unable to afford health care?

Faculty and students from Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center will conduct free health screenings Friday, Sept. 24 for low-income adults with no insurance or limited access to preventive health care. The time is 3-6 p.m. and location is Unity Health Center, 745 S. Progress Ave., in Meridian. (read more...)

Three ISU professors and a student are 2010 Health Care Hero honorees

Idaho State University professors, Miki Goodwin, Glenda Carr and Caroline Faure, are honorees in the 2010 Health Care Heroes program sponsored by the Idaho Business Review newspaper.

The newspaper also awarded ISU-Meridian accelerated nursing student, Makay Tyler Oakey, of Boise,  the $1,000 Health Care Heroes student scholarship. (read more...)

Idaho State University Health High School continues dual-enrollment health-related courses for 2010-11 academic year

Idaho State University Health High School will continue its dual-enrollment health-related courses in the fall 2010 and spring 2011. Qualified high school students can take several Web classes for both high school elective and academic college credit.

One of the best aspects of the program is its price per college credit: high school students participating in ISU’s Early College Program have a $65 per credit fee for taking the classes. Regular ISU part-time fees are $273 per credit.

The UHHS program provides a platform for learning more about the health professions and offers high school students access to online courses throughout the state. 
Courses include the following:  HCA 1110  – “Intro to the Allied Health Professions”; HCA 2210 – “Medical Terminology and Communication”; DENT 2201 – “Principles of Dental Hygiene”; CSED 2205 – “Introduction to Communication Differences and Disorders”; HE 2221 – “Introduction to Health Education”; PTOT 2299 – “Introduction to Occupational Therapy.”(read more...)

ISU to conduct free seminars on concussion and the adolescent athlete July 29-30 in Treasure Valley

Learn about concussion and how to assess head injuries in the adolescent athlete at two free seminars instructed by Dr. Caroline Faure, Idaho State University assistant fessor of sport science and physical education.

The first seminar is Thursday, July 29, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive, in Meridian.
The second is Friday, July 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the football conference room at Boise State’s Bronco Stadium. (read more...)

Barbara Mason and Laura Woodworth-Ney accepted to HERS Institutes for women in higher education

July 14, 2010

Idaho State University Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Laura Woodworth-Ney and pharmacy Professor Barbara Mason are honing their leadership skills through Higher Education Resource Services or HERS, a prestigious leadership and management program for women in higher education administration. (read more...)

Awareness to Action Youth Suicide Prevention Project offers free training Sept. 8

July 2, 2010

Idaho State University’s Institute of Rural Health will offer training Sept. 8 on how to advocate for suicide prevention in an "Awareness to Action Academy" for professionals, caregivers, community leaders, parents, survivors of suicide and all those who work to reduce Idaho’s high suicide rate.

The training, held in conjunction with the Idaho’s Suicide Prevention Network’s 10th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference, is at the Boise First Community Center, 3852 N. Eagle Road, Wednesday, Sept. 8, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The preconference session is free and open to the community, but the full conference seating is limited. Pre-registration is required. (read more...)

Chinese delegation tours ISU-Meridian Health Science Center

June 16, 2010

A dozen business leaders from Guangzhou, China toured research labs, classrooms and clinics at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center May 21. The delegation, hosted by Meridian city leaders, was in the Treasure Valley to explore potential business and investment opportunities. (read more...)

ISU Geosciences Professors, Students Create Virtual Tours of Eastern Idaho Water Resources and Mt. Borah Quake

May 20, 2010

Want to learn more about eastern Idaho’s majestic waterways and how they drive the Idaho economy?  Curious about the earthquake that shook Borah Peak in 1983?   Ever wonder about the ground water in your Pocatello neighborhood?

Check out a series of 3-D videos and interactive maps created by Idaho State University’s Department of Geosciences. (read more...)

High School Students Jump Start College: Enroll in Fall 2010 Idaho State University Health High School

May 12, 2010

 Idaho State University Health High School (UHHS) will continue its dual-enrollment health education courses in the summer and fall 2010. Students can take classes for both high school elective and academic college credit.

One of the best aspects of the program is its price per college credit: high school students participating in ISU’s Early College Program have a $65 per credit fee for taking the classes. Regular ISU fees are about $250 per credit.

The UHHS program offers students and schools access to online courses throughout the state. For example; students at the Renaissance Magnet High School in Meridian located adjacent to the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center and in the Pocatello-Chubbuck School District No. 25 will have an opportunity to enroll in classes via this online program. Classes to be offered this summer and fall include the "Introduction to the Allied Health Professions" (two credits), "Medical Terminology" (two credits), "Principles of Dental Hygiene" (two credits), and "Introduction to Occupational Therapy" (one credit). Other courses may be added. (read more...) 

Saving Lives: Doctors and Medical Students Train at ISU-Meridian

April 30, 2010

We get better at a task when we practice, and medical doctors are no different.

More than a dozen resident physicians and medical students from the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho or FRMI spent April 29 at ISU-Meridian, practicing lifesaving skills inside the Health Science Center’s human patient simulation laboratory.

“It’s great to be able to experience an emergency in a simulated environment before seeing it in real life,” said third-year medical student Mike Flores of Boise. “We can analyze what we need to do better and learn from our mistakes,” he added. (read more...) 

ISU-Meridian Graduates its Largest Class Ever; Laura Bainbridge Takes Top Student Excellence Honor

April 29, 2010

“I am thrilled and honored to receive this award. It is very unexpected,” said nursing graduate Laura Bainbridge after she was named Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center’s 2010 Student Excellence Award winner at graduation exercises April 26 in Boise.

Approximately 1,000 people watched from the audience as ISU graduated its largest class ever in the Treasure Valley. Commencement speaker was Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little. (read more...) 

Idaho State University Counseling Program Ranked 13th in Nation by U.S. News and World Report

April 28, 2010

POCATELLO – U.S. News and World Report has ranked the Idaho State University counseling program--with classes offered in Meridian and Pocatello--as the 13th best program of its kind in the country in the magazine’s ratings that came out earlier this month.

The Idaho State University counseling program received the ranking under the category of Best Education Schools Specialty Rankings: Student Counseling and Personnel Services.

“Our goal has been to become nationally recognized and this certainly helps our visibility,” said Stephen Feit, interim dean of the Kasiska College of Health Professions and former chair of the ISU Department of Counseling. (read more...) 

Idaho Lawmakers Appropriate $1 Million for New Dental Clinic at Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center

April 26, 2010

The Idaho Legislature has adopted legislation that will provide $1 million for an advanced dental residency clinic in Meridian.

House Bill 711, which was recently signed by Gov. Otter, contains funding for construction at Idaho State University’s new health science center in Meridian.

It will be early July before university officials know the exact amount the state will award for the project, according to Kent Kunz, ISU government relations director. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian to Graduate its Largest Class ever April 26; Lt. Gov. Brad Little is Guest Speaker

April 14, 2010

 For the second consecutive year, Idaho State University will graduate a record number of students from its Treasure Valley programs, awarding 180 graduate and undergraduate degrees in the health professions and sciences.

Commencement exercises begin at 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 26, at the Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St.  Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little will deliver the commencement address. (read more...)

ISU Institute of Rural Health Hosts Free Suicide Prevention Workshop May 18

April 12, 2010

The latest scientific information about youth suicide, warning signs, risk and prevention will be discussed in a free training session Tuesday, May 18, sponsored by the Awareness to Action Idaho Youth Suicide Prevention Project at Idaho State University-Institute of Rural Health.

It will be held at Coeur d’Alene’s Best Western Inn, 506 W. Appleway Ave., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Seating is limited so you must pre-register at http://isu.edu/irh/. You also can contact Kirsti Beck at preventsuicide@isu.edu or (208) 282-4436. (read more...)

KCHP to Hold Research Day Activities April 9 in Pocatello and Meridian

April 7, 2010

Communities and KCHP: Advancing Idaho Health Care Together is the theme of the annual Idaho State University Kasiska College of Health Professions Research Day, Friday, April 9, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Pocatello and Meridian.

Keynote speaker is Boise physician Karl Watts, the American Academy of Family Physicians’ 2010 Physician of the Year. Dr. Watts, who will speak from 9-9:50 a.m., at ISU-Meridian, is also founder of Genesis World Mission and a member of Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s 2007 Select Committee on Health Care. (read more...)

ISU Institute of Rural Health's Ann Kirkwood Named to Serve on National Substance Abuse/Mental Health Steering Committee

Mar. 5, 2010

Pocatello - Ann Kirkwood, senior research associate for Idaho State University’s Institute of Rural Health, has been named to serve on the Steering Committee for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health (ADS). (read more...)

Institute of Rural Health to Sponsor Spring Web Series on Traumatic Brain Injury

Feb. 12, 2010

Traumatic brain injury research, education and prevention will be explored in a free, five-part Web series, sponsored by Idaho State University’s Institute of Rural Health and Rocky Mountain Learning, a nonprofit online meeting and training provider.

Sessions run Feb. 26 through April 9, 1p.m. to 2:30 p.m., MST. Family members, private providers, state agency personnel, and the general public who work with or have an interest in traumatic brain injuries can register at www.rockymountainlearning.com/tbi2010. (read more...)

Special Olympics International Awards ISU Dental Hygiene Professor $100,000 Grant to Study Healthy Athletes Volunteers

Feb. 8, 2010

How does volunteering in the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program affect health professionals?  Does it change the perception and practice behaviors toward people with intellectual disabilities?

Idaho State University-Meridian dental hygiene professor Linda Boyd and Donna Bainbridge, a Special Olympics’ global advisor, will explore those questions with a $100,000 grant from Special Olympics International. (read more...)

Proposals for Kasiska College of Health Professions Research Day due Feb. 12

Jan. 14, 2010

Are you conducting exciting health-related research you’d like to share with faculty, students and community partners? Consider displaying your project at the 21st annual Kasiska College of Health Professions Research Day, Friday, April 9. (read more...)

 

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