News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

December 7, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 39

Faculty/Staff Updates

Associate professor of anatomy and anthropology Jeff Meldrum was interviewed about his sasquatch research by a producer of NBC’s “Today Show”

Associate professor of anatomy and anthropology Jeff Meldrum was interviewed about his sasquatch research this fall by a producer of NBC’s “Today Show.”

Meldrum’s interview is slated to air Tuesday, Dec. 15, as part of a story on cryptozoology, the study of hidden animals, recognizing the public’s heightened interests in rare, elusive and mysterious creatures. As a prominent researcher on the question of sasquatch’s existence, Meldrum, author of “Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science,” was contacted to comment on the scientific evaluation of evidence of sasquatch, as compared with the activities of amateur “enthusiasts” interested in the subject.

The interview took place in Meldrum’s laboratory on the ISU campus, which houses one of the largest assemblage of hominid and reported sasquatch footprint casts.

News Bites

The Veterans Sanctuary, in partnership with the ISU Veterans Club, is sponsoring Operation Gift Wrap, a program to help ISU student veterans this holiday season

The Veterans Sanctuary, in partnership with the ISU Veterans Club, is sponsoring Operation Gift Wrap, a program to help ISU student veterans this holiday season.

Needs for veterans and their families are posted at www.isu.edu/veterans. The list is updated each day. Drop-off locations include the Veterans Sanctuary office, Rendezvous Complex, room 157B and other locations throughout the community and in Idaho Falls. See the website for more details. All donations must be received by Dec. 14.

The fourth annual Horizons Independent Film Series will play at ISU from Dec. 9 to Dec. 18

The fourth annual Horizons Independent Film Series will play at ISU in the Pond Student Union's Bengal Theater and Bengal Cafe from Wednesday, Dec. 9, to Friday, Dec. 18, featuring a series of films which have social, moral, political, spiritual, ethical and/or cultural themes. This year's selections include "The Good Soldier," "Julie and Julia," "Playing for Change," "American Casino," and more. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For a complete list of films and their show times, go to www.isuevents.com/horizons.

The Graduate Student Association’s next monthly second Friday event is Dec. 11, 4-5:30 p.m. in the Rendezvous Complex, Suite A

The Graduate Student Association’s next monthly second Friday event is Dec. 11, 4-5:30 p.m. in the Rendezvous Complex, Suite A.

The focus of the second Friday events is "Creating a community of connection." Light refreshments are provided.

Facilities Services has released a new Zone Maintenance Calender to inform the campus where we will be performing maintenance work

Facilities Services has released a new Zone Maintenance Calender. This purpose of this calender is to inform the campus where we will be performing maintenance work.

The time allotted for each building is short. Facilities Services will be focusing on life safety, entry and corridor aesthetics, minor electrical and plumbing repairs, and similar items with a team of maintenance craftsmen. The goal is to accomplish as much as possible as a team, and be able to return in four month intervals for further work. The calendar can be found at http://www.isu.edu/phyplant/. Click on the “zone maintenance calendar” link.

Zone maintenance work is in addition to the work order and rapid response work the department will continue to perform.

The Zone Calender is available to link to on the Facilities Services website. The url is http://www.isu.edu/phyplant/. Once on the Facilities site, click the link to Zone Maintenance.

Idaho Museum of Natural History galleries and store will be closed Dec. 18 to July 1 as new galleries are constructed

New galleries highlighting the Idaho Museum of Natural History’s increased emphasis on research will be constructed during winter and spring 2009-10. Because of this the museum’s galleries and IMNH's walk-in Museum Store will be closed from Dec. 18 to July 1.

Through Dec. 18, the Museum Store is offering a sale on its entire inventory on the following discount scale: a 10-percent discount on purchases of $1 to $24; a 15-percent discount on $25-$49; a 20-percent discount on $50-$75; and a 25-percent discount over $75. The museum’s E-store will not close and items from it can be ordered online via the link at http://imnh.isu.edu/.

"It’s not unusual to close down a museum between exhibits," said IMNH Director Ernest "Skip" Lohse. "We'll be replacing some exhibits that have been up for years and replacing them with a variety of exhibits that demonstrate our research mission."

In addition, during this temporary closure the museum will be reorganizing its collections, and completing an inventory of all its collections and a database to conform to the dictates of its accreditation review.

The closure and inventory are being timed to coincide with construction of a new ADA-approved elevator that will be constructed on the east end (closest to the Pond Student Union) of the ISU Museum Building during roughly the same time period. During the elevator construction period access to portions of the building will be limited, and the museum’s visitor parking spaces will be occupied by construction equipment.

The IMNH will begin taking down its Dinosaur Times in Idaho exhibit on Nov. 30 to begin the process.

The museum’s restructuring that was announced this summer involves creating three new divisions – anthropology, earth sciences and life sciences – each managed by a new division head. Anthropology is directed by anthropologist Herb Maschner, earth sciences by geoscientist Leif Tapanila, and life sciences by biologist Charles "Rick" Williams. The new exhibits will focus on the research efforts of these new divisions.

"Thanks to our research-driven mission, the general public should see more new exhibits, a quicker turn-around of exhibits and more programming," Lohse said. "The public will see a more active Idaho Museum of Natural History. The first fruits of our restructuring will be available to see this coming summer."

Reed Gymnasium lockers that were purchased for the fall semester will be expiring Friday, Dec.18

Reed Gymnasium lockers that were purchased for the fall semester will be expiring Friday, Dec.18. Lockers that have not been renewed will be cleared out beginning Monday, Dec. 21 and charged a $3 fee. If your locker is set to expire, please clear out your belongings and leave the lock on or renew it in the Campus Recreation office, Room 242 in Reed Gym by Friday, Dec. 18t. If you would like to purchase or renew a locker please be sure to bring your Bengal ID with you.

Contact the office of Campus Recreation at ext. 4854 with questions.

Employees who are still accessing old e-mails on the old server must move any wanted e-mail before Dec. 31

Employees who are still accessing old e-mails on the old server must move any wanted e-mail before Dec. 31. The old server will be turned off on Dec. 31.

For instructions on how to move old e-mails, visit http://google.isu.edu/getstarted/moveoldmail.shtml. For additional assistance, call ext. 4357 (HELP), or e-mail help@isu.edu.

ISU faculty, students and Idaho health care partners are invited to Research Day at the Kasiska College of Health Professions scheduled for April 9

ISU faculty, students and Idaho health care partners are invited to Research Day at the Kasiska College of Health Professions scheduled for April 9. The theme is “Communities and KCHP: Advancing Idaho Health Care Together.” Abstract submissions will be accepted soon.