News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

September 14, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 28

Faculty/Staff Updates

A joint publication from the Journal of Mammalogy between faculty at South Dakota State University and Biology Department chair R. Terry Bowyer was recently featured by The Boone and Crockett Club

A joint publication from the Journal of Mammalogy between faculty at South Dakota State University and Biology Department chair R. Terry Bowyer was recently featured by The Boone and Crockett Club on their website. The article was titled “Consequences of maternal effects on body and antler size of white-tailed deer.” The story is posted at http://www.boone-crockett.org/news/featured_story.asp?area=news&ID=56

Department of Geosciences professor Paul Link was recently invited to speak at a special symposium in Missoula to honor retiring University of Montana professors Gray Thompson and Don Winston. A number of well-known scientists from across the country also gave presentations.

News Bites

Friends of Oboler Library to host a dinner and presentation by Michael Halpern of the Union of Concerned Scientists

Friends of Oboler Library (FOOL), are hosting Government and Science, a dinner and presentation by Michael Halpern, Scientific Integrity Program Manager at the Union of Concerned Scientists. The event is set for Sept. 22 in the Pond Student Union ballroom.

Halpern’s expertise is in raising awareness about political interference in federal government science and its consequences for health, safety and the environment. He has worked with Congress and the media to expose several cases where scientists were censored or their work was misused for political reasons at agencies like the Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentation at 7:15 p.m. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, call Friends of Oboler Library at ext. 2997.

The ISU Women's Club will kick off another year of fun activities beginning Sept. 18

The ISU Women's Club will kick off another year of fun activities beginning with the annual Past Presidents' Fall Social on Thursday, Sept. 18, at ISU Alumni House, 544 S. 7th Ave., from 4 to 6 pm. All female faculty and staff, as well as female significant others of faculty and staff are invited.

The past presidents of ISU Women's Club sponsor this event each year. All women who are interested in learning about and joining the club are invited to drop in and enjoy friendhip and refreshments. The organization provides scholarships for ISU students and hosts a variety of interest groups, as well as sponsors the annual Holiday Fair, Spring Scholarship Luncheon and other events.

Membership forms will be available on that day, along with interest group sign up sheets.

“What’s Your Major Mojo” is the theme of the ninth annual College Majors, Minors and Graduate School Fair on Sept. 23

The fair will be held in the lower level of the Pond Student Union, including in the Ballroom, Bengal Café and the Lemhi Room adjacent to the Bengal Café. It is sponsored by the ISU Career Center, Graduate School and Advising Center.

All ISU students, area high school seniors and community members are invited to attend. There will be free food and tie-dying available to participants.

The fair is designed to assist students in making informed decisions related to their college majors and future career. Information about admission requirements, prerequisites for specific programs, course content and job opportunities related to each degree will also be available.

ISU faculty from academic departments and the College of Technology will be on hand to meet with students and answer their questions. In addition, representatives from the Admissions Office and the Career Center will be available to provide general information.

For more information please contact Troy Kase at (208) 282-2380 or kasetroy@isu.edu.

The Office of Research will sponsor a Graduate Fellowship Funding workshop Sept. 29

The Office of Research will sponsor a Graduate Fellowship Funding workshop Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. in Rendezvous Suite B.

Participants will learn about graduate research fellowships available from federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency, along with other opportunities for graduate fellowships.

If you have questions, contact Deb Easterly in the research office, ext. 2618 or by e-mail at eastdebb@isu.edu.