News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

November 2, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 35

Faculty/Staff Updates

Gregory T. Garcia has joined the faculty of the Informatics Research Institute

Gregory T. Garcia, a former assistant secretary for cyber security and communications for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has joined the faculty of Idaho State University’s Informatics Research Institute (IRI) as an affiliate research professor of information assurance policy and strategy.

Garcia will be working closely within the institute’s internationally-recognized programs in information assurance and computer security and bring new perspectives from broad experience in industry and government policy.

He is president of Garcia Strategies, LLC, a strategic business and government affairs advisory services firm founded in January 2009 and which represents large and small companies contributing to the national cyber security mission. He serves on the advisory boards of several innovative security technology companies, including San Jose, Calif. - based Finjan; Rockville, Md. - based Triumfant, and Vancouver, B.C., Canada-based Wurldtech(cq).

Garcia also serves as a managing director of Pierce Capital Partners, a privately held investment banking firm providing international services in acquisitions, joint ventures, and project financing throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Garcia served as the nation’s first presidentially - appointed assistant secretary for cyber security and communications (CS&C) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), from 2006 to 2008. He led the strategic direction of CS&C, overseeing the national cyber security division, the office of emergency communications, and the national communications system.

Prior to joining DHS, Garcia served as vice president for information security programs and policy with the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) where, among other accomplishments, he worked with the Department of Homeland Security to co-found the National Cyber Security Partnership.

Before joining ITAA in 2003, Garcia served on the staff of the House Science Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was responsible for industry outreach and information technology and cyber security policy.

Prior to his service on Capitol Hill, Garcia contributed to national policy development through several private sector organizations. He was the director of 3Com Corporation’s government relations office in Washington, D.C., where he established and managed all aspects of the company’s strategic public policy formulation and advocacy. His first career position was as a consultant with Newmyer Associates, Inc., a public policy consulting firm, where he advised Fortune 500 clients on international trade policy.

Dr. Barbara Stephenson has joined the history department as a post-doctoral researcher

Dr. Barbara Stephenson, an expert on the analysis of social networks in 16th-century France has joined the history department as the post-doctoral researcher.

Stephenson will support the work of Dr. J. B. “Jack” Owens as lead PI of the interdisciplinary project “Understanding social networks within complex, nonlinear systems: geographically-integrated history and dynamics GIS,” which is funded by the National Science Foundation.

She will also work closely with Dr. Daniel Ames, associate professor of geosciences, and Dr. Vitit Kantabutra, associate professor of computer science.

She has published a 2004 book, The Power and Patronage of Marguerite de Navarre, in which she shows how woman exercised political authority through their “weak ties” within crucial social networks.

Stephenson’s new research centers on the way that the magistrates of a major royal law court in southwestern France adjusted to the damage done to their existing social networks when the Crown began to sell judicial offices to deal with its severe budget deficits.

William James McCurdy will present the paper “Peirce’s Logic of Relations, Philosophy, and Physics: A Graph-Theoretical Toolkit” in Bogotá, Columbia

William James McCurdy, Associate Lecturer in the Department of English and Philosophy, will present the paper “Peirce’s Logic of Relations, Philosophy, and Physics: A Graph-Theoretical Toolkit” at the Primer Congreso Colombiano de Lógica, Epistemología y Filosofía de la Ciencia/First Columbian Conference in Logic, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Science in Bogotá, Columbia, on Nov. 4-6.The conference is sponsored by the University of the Andes. McCurdy will be the only scholar presenting from the Pacific Northwest.

McCurdy has recently presented a number of papers on Pierce’s “semeiotics” and logic at conferences in Helsinki, New Orleans, São Paulo, and Kyoto.

News Bites

Graduate students are invited to take part in the monthly 2nd Friday get-togethers

Graduate students are invited to take part in the monthly Graduate Student Association 2nd Friday get-togethers.

The meeting is set from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Rendezvous Building Suite A. Light refreshments are provided.

Nov. 13’s meeting is part two of the deans panel discussion. Invited deans include: Deb Hedeen (education), Marilyn Davis (technology), Paul Cady (pharmacy) and Tom Jackson (graduate school). Graduate students are invited to email advance questions to GSA President Amy Slack (slacamy@isu.edu). Questions are due be Wednesday 9 a.m. the week of the 2nd Friday event.

The WeLEAD Research Symposium, Nov. 11 showcases the work of female STEM faculty and students

The WeLEAD Research Symposium, Nov. 11 showcases the work of female STEM faculty and students. This year will also include research about gender and women's issues. Afternoon activities at the Rendezvous Building Suites A, B and C. Presentations are from 1-4 p.m.. Poster presentations are 4-5:30 p.m.

The ISU Women's Club will hold its annual Holiday Fair on Nov. 13

The Idaho State University Women's Club will hold its annual Holiday Fair on Friday Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Ballroom. Proceeds from the event go to fund three $3,000 scholarships for ISU students.

There will be more than 30 booths to browse and do your holiday shopping. Items available include handmade pottery, jewelry, woodwork, artwork, clothing, and decorations. There will also be the Upscale Resale booth featuring gently used items from dishes to books and the Gourmet Corner with fresh baked goods from the ladies of the Women's Club.

Lunch will be available at the fair. It will include the ever-popular chicken enchiladas, clam chowder, salad, sloppy joes, hot dogs, desserts and drinks.

Lastly we will once again have our raffles. The many departments of ISU generously donate filled baskets for the basket raffle. These baskets are filled with items for a romantic night with your significant other to toys for your children or things to pamper your pet. The highlight of the raffles is the handmade quilt that is put together by the Women's Club quilt group. This quilt is always a masterpiece.

For more information about the Holiday Fair please contact Natosha Holmes at 478-1230 or holmnato@idholmes.net or Barbara Cunningham at 232-4531 or cunnbarb@isu.edu.

Members of the interim evaluation team from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities will be on campus Nov. 5-6

Members of the interim evaluation team from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities will be on campus Nov. 5-6.

Faculty and staff are invited to meet the evaluators at an open forum on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 4 – 5 p.m., in the Pond Student Union Theatre. Video transmission will be available in Room 508 at ISU-Meridian and in CHE Room 314 at ISU-Idaho Falls.

The Interim Report can be found at: http://www.isu.edu/acadaff/InterimAccreditation/

The Fall 2009 MFA Thesis Exhibition “Pathways to Place and Identity: A Visual Expression of Memory and Experience” by Pocatello resident Anne Vest is the next event scheduled for the fall semester at the John B. Davis Gallery, located in the Fine Arts building at Idaho State University. The exhibition dates are Nov. 3 - 13, with an opening reception for the artist Monday, Nov. 2, from 6 – 8 p.m.

The John B. Davis Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 10 a.m. – 4p.m. The Gallery is located in the Fine Arts Building. For more information please contact Amy Jo Popa at ext. 3341 or visit us online.

Vest said the MFA Thesis Exhibition “Pathways to Place and Identity: A Visual Expression of Memory and Experience” is an art installation, meaning that the entire gallery space transforms into one work of art for the viewers to enter and to interact with using all of his/her senses. It is similar to a theatrical set where light, color, object, and sound come together to create a mood, but in the installation, you will be able to walk through the "set" becoming a part of the art. The exhibitions' surreal landscapes are influenced by her own experiences and memories in Pocatello and the surrounding area.

Everyone is welcome. Children are encouraged to attend. At the opening reception, there will be gifts for the viewers to find within the installation. Yummy food will be available, and there will be live music.

CW HOG will present the annual Warren Miller ski movie on Nov. 7

The Idaho State University Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group (CW HOG) will present the annual Warren Miller ski movie at 1, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, in the Pond Student Union Theater.

This is Miller’s 60th movie, which is titled “Dynasty.” Proceeds support the CW HOG program.

Tickets prices are $9 in advance and $11 at the door. Tickets are available at the CW HOG office, Snow Expo/Ski Swap, Scott’s Ski & Sports, Barrie’s Sports, and ROB’S Ride On Bikes & Snow in Pocatello.

For more information, call 282-3912.

More than 140 high school students, parents and college students attended Health Science Experience Night at ISU-Meridian

More than 140 Treasure Valley high school students, parents and college students attended the fourth annual Health Science Experience Night at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center on Oct. 29.

Treasure Valley students Amanda Freeland, who attends Melba High School, and Taylor Kautz, who attends Meridian’s Rocky Mountain High School, were awarded $500 scholarships donated by the ISU College of Pharmacy and the Kasiska College of Health Professions.

Attendees had the opportunity to explore more than 20 programs in the health professions and sciences, visit with faculty and get “hands-on” experience in human patient simulation, nursing and clinical laboratory sciences.

Other programs represented included physician assistant studies, sports medicine and physical education, speech pathology, geomatics, audiology, public health, counseling, geosciences, dietetics and pharmacy.

See photos of Health Science Experience Night at http://www.facebook.com/idahostateu.

State of Idaho employees can receive a free customized personal health assessment report

State of Idaho employees can receive a free customized personal health assessment report.

Personal Health Assessment (also known as the Health and Well-being Assessment) is a confidential health questionnaire you may complete online providing you with a free customized individual report. Annually, Health Matters will remind you to complete an assessment. It’s a great opportunity for you to get an overview of your health habits – what you’re doing that is health wise and what you can do differently. The areas covered in the assessment include medical, health, pain, sleep, body weight, nutrition, physical activity, stress, lifeload, risk behavior, perception of general health, perception of effectiveness, job satisfaction and mood.

This is a voluntary assessment available to all State of Idaho employees; it is accessed through the Blue Cross Website, and provided by a company called VieLife who protects and stores the data. Individual participant information is not shared with anyone, including your employer. However, Health Matters will receive general information regarding where education efforts could be focused.

To be eligible to win a free bodybugg from BodyMedia and Apex Fitness, you must be a State of Idaho employee and you must complete your survey online between Oct. 19 and Dec. 18. You will automatically be entered to win the bodybugg.

If you took the assessment last year, just use your password and user id to logon to the Blue Cross website to access the assessment. If you can’t locate your logon information, do an online inquiry on the Blue Cross Home Page. Having trouble – contact Blue Cross Customer Service at 1-866-804-2253 or 208-331-8897 and they will assist you. To get started go to the Personal Health Assessment webpage on Health Matters.

The joint 14th Intermountain Conference on the Environment and the 42nd Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering Symposium will be held at ISU Nov. 5-6

The joint 14th Intermountain Conference on the Environment and the 42nd Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering Symposium will be held at Idaho State University Nov. 5-6 in the Pond Student Union.

The theme of the conference is “Geotechnics, Environment, Energy, and Economics (GE3) – The Links for Sustainability.”

A highlight of the conference will be honoring Century High School (Pocatello) environmental and science teacher Bruce Givens who will receive the Intermountain Conference on the Environment Individual Achievement Award.

This award has been given out on a yearly/bi-yearly basis to an individual who has shown outstanding leadership qualities in identifying environmental concerns and in providing solutions to real environmental problems. Past recipients of this award include John Welhan of the Idaho State Geological Survey and Syed Hashim, environmental coordinator at Idaho State University.

Givens is the first high school teacher to receive the award. He received it for his efforts encouraging and requiring students in his environmental science class to study, report on and present findings on such environmental concerns as channel rehabilitation of the Portneuf River through downtown Pocatello and in preserving the deer habitat south of Pocatello near Portneuf gap. His efforts are extremely important in developing student awareness and in creating a strong environmental science program at Century High School.

The public is invited to attend the free opening and closing sessions at the conference.

Dr. Harold Blackman, director of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, will deliver the conference’s keynote address during the opening session from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Ballroom of the Pond Student Union.

The closing session from 3:45 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in the Wood River Room will feature three presentations on storm water management in the Pocatello area.

Another conference highlight is a panel discussion on wind energy from 9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6 in the Ballroom. This panel will feature representatives from Nordic Wind Power's Pocatello Plant; Blackhawk Wind Energy Systems, LLC of Boise; and the Power Supply Planning Group, Idaho Power Company. The panel will be moderated by Jay Kunze, ISU professor of nuclear science and engineering.

Experience the benefits of massage at the Idaho State University Massage Therapy Clinic

Experience the benefits of massage at the Idaho State University Massage Therapy Clinic. The Massage Therapy program is now accepting appointments.

Students will provide relaxation focused massage each Tuesday and Thursday evening from October through Dec. 3 while classes are in session.

Appointments are available at 5 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. The cost for a one-hour massage is $20.00 and any tips/donations received benefit the ASISU Massage Therapy Club.

To schedule an appointment visit the Massage Therapy website at www.isu.edu/ctech/massagetherapy and follow the link for massage clinic information or contact the Massage Therapy program at 282-2988.

The ISU Reading Project is hosting a series of lectures and events in November

The ISU Reading Project is hosting a series of lectures and events in November to stimulate discussion and debate about the fall 2009 book, “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time,” by Greg Mortensen.

“Three Cups of Tea” is the story of Mortenson’s journey from a failed attempt to climb K2 in Pakistan to his success in establishing schools in some of the most remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has survived armed kidnapping by the Taliban, firefights with feuding Afghan warlords and hate mail and death threats from fellow Americans. Today, he has established 64 schools, helping more than 26,000 children.

Below is a list of events:

“Three Cups of Tea” is available in local bookstores, online retailers and at the Marshall Public Library. All events are free and open to the public.

Abstract submissions will be accepted soon for “Communities and KCHP: Advancing Idaho Health Care Together”

ISU faculty, students and Idaho health care partners are invited to “Communities and KCHP: Advancing Idaho Health Care Together” scheduled for April 9. Abstract submissions will be accepted soon.