News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

March 1, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 9

Faculty/Staff Updates

D. Subbaram Naidu recently returned from a trip to China and India where he gave presentations on his research

D. Subbaram Naidu, Associate Dean and Professor in Electrical Engineering, recently returned from a trip to China and India, where he gave presentations on his research and was invited to visit several institutions.

In China, Naidu was invited to visit the Center for Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, East China Normal University (ECNU), Shanghai, China and the Jiangsu College of Information Technology, Wuxi, Jiangsu, China.

He presented a paper at the combined 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) and 28th Chinese Control Conference (CCC) held Dec. 16-18 at Shanghai International Convention Center, Shanghai, China, and presented an invited lecture and a paper at the International Conference on Aerospace, Electronics, Communications and Instrumentation (ASECI) organized by the Dept. of Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering, V.R.Siddhartha Engineering College, and P.V.P.Siddhartha Institute of Technology, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India, held Jan. 6 and 7.

At East China Normal University, Naidu gave three presentations on the following research topics:

In India he gave an invited lecture on “Research Experiences from IIT…. ISU: An Overview” covering his research experiences at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), NASA Langley Research Center, US Air Force Research Laboratory, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Swiss Federal Inst. of Technology, Nantong University, Universities of Southern and Western Australia, East China Normal University and Idaho State University (ISU). He also presented a paper, “Hand gestures recognition based on sEMG signal using wavelet and pattern recognition”, co-authored with students and colleagues. He also held discussions with the college administration who agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ISU for possible recruitment of graduate and undergraduate students at the junior and senior level.

Steve L. Shropshire was recently named Member-at-Large Representing Four Year Colleges for the American Association of Physics Teachers

The American Association of Physics Teachers has announced that Idaho State University physics and astronomy Professor Steve L. Shropshire has assumed the role of Member-at-Large Representing Four Year Colleges on the AAPT Executive Board.

A longtime active member of AAPT, Shropshire earned his Bachelor of Science and Ph.D. in physics at Washington State University. His activity in AAPT has included service on the Committee on Science Education for the Public, chair member of the PTRA Advisory Committee and workshop leader, Physics on the Road.

In addition, Shropshire organized spring 1998 and 2004 meetings of the Idaho¬-Utah Section, has been on various other AAPT committees and has been responsible for organizing several AAPT events.

Shropshire was awarded the AAPT Distinguished Service Citation in 2008, Idaho Academy of Science Distin¬guished Science Communicator Award in 2007, Idaho State University Achievement Award in 2006, Idaho State University Distinguished Public Servant in 2006, Idaho State University Outstanding Public Servant four times, and Salvation Army Community Hero in 2003.

He is a member of AAPT, Idaho-Utah Section of AAPT, PIRA, Idaho Academy of Science for Zone 15, director of ISU QuarkNet Center; Higher Education Representative with service on the Board, Idaho Science Teachers Association (2003 - present); Director, ISU Physics Demo Road Show and Teacher Workshop program.

News Bites

On March 12 the Anderson Center will host a film screening of “Three Girls I Knew,” along with a guided discussion by filmmaker Paula Mozen

The Anderson Center is joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health in observing National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. On March 12, from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Salmon River Suite of the Pond Student Union Building, the Anderson Center will host a film screening of “Three Girls I Knew,” along with a guided discussion by filmmaker Paula Mozen. Women, girls and the community will be able to discuss the importance of teaching youth about HIV/AIDS and safe sexual decision making.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide initiative to raise awareness of the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. Families, health organizations, businesses, communities, and individuals come together to offer support, encourage discussion and educate women and girls about practicing safer sex methods and the importance of discussing both the issue and the decision.

Join the Anderson Center and Project WISE in this unique opportunity to learn about the effects of HIV/AIDS on women and girls from award-winning documentary filmmaker, educator, and PBS consultant Paula Mozen. As the film chronicles three girls and their experiences with relationships, sexuality, pregnancy, and HIV/AIDS, the community may come to realize the importance of learning the facts about HIV/AIDS and talking to youth about HIV/AIDS and safe sexual decision making. The goal of this event is to enable all people to educate and protect themselves and their children by learning about HIV/AIDS in our community, prevention and awareness strategies, personal risk factors, and healthy lifestyle skills.

There is no cost for admission and light refreshments will be served.

For more information about the March 12 event, please contact the Anderson Center at ext. 2805.

“A Season of Note” will present the Celtic band Solas with the Teton Chamber Orchestra on March 6

Idaho State University’s “A Season of Note” will present the Celtic band Solas with the Teton Chamber Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6, in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L. E. and Thelma E. Performing Arts Center.

Since its beginning in 1996, Solas has been loudly proclaimed as the most popular, influential and exciting Celtic band to emerge from the United States. The internationally-acclaimed group has not only captured the hearts and ears of the Irish music fans, but fans all around the globe with its blend of Celtic traditional, folk and country melodies, bluesy, sometimes jazz-inspired improvisations and global rhythms. The Philadelphia Inquirer says its “mind-blowing Irish folk music, may be the world’s best.”

For more information on Solas visit www.solasmusic.com. Ticket prices are $32 for the main level and $28 for the upper level. Tickets can be purchased at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office, open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, by phone at (208) 282-3595 or online at www.isu.edu/tickets. They can also be purchased in person at Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello or Idaho Falls.

The ISU French Club will sponsor its 10th annual Taste of France dinner and entertainment night on March 13

The Idaho State University French Club will sponsor its 10th annual Taste of France dinner and entertainment night on Saturday, March 13, in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.

The event is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dinner will start at 5 p.m.

The French Club will serve cuisine of various French cultures. Dinner will include chicken stew, vegetable stew, salad, French bread, French cheese and a chocolate dessert.

Entertainment for the evening will include live music, skits, a dance performance and a fashion show.

Tickets will be on sale, in advance, starting March 1 in the Pond Student Union main lobby 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Prices for advanced tickets are: $6 for students with a valid Bengal ID card; $8 for ISU faculty and staff; $9 for the general public. All tickets will be available at the door the night of the event for an additional dollar.

For more information contact Mary Chunu at chunmary@isu.edu or call (208) 240-5123, or Valia Tatarova at tatavali@isu.edu.

The 10th annual Women & Work Conference is scheduled for March 10

The 10th annual Women & Work Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, March 10.

In celebration of the tenth anniversary, the Center for New Directions is offering additional activities and raffle prizes including an Electronic Book Reader and a Netbook.

Yvonne Perez will kick off the conference with her keynote address at 8:45 a.m. in the ISU Theatre. She is an American Falls native and ISU graduate who earned her Master of Public Administration degree in Political Science. Yvonne works as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and established the local Kincare program, which provides support for adults raising relatives’ children. She will speak about overcoming personal challenges while accomplishing her dreams to attend college. Yvonne’s keynote session is free of charge and open to the public.

Conference registration is $20 for the public and $9.50 for students. Registration scholarships are available. Contact the Center for New Directions at ext. 2454 to register. Registration forms and scholarship applications are also available online at www.isu.edu/cnd. Registration deadline is March 5.

The Bengal Dancers recently finished third in the Open Dance and Hip Hop categories at the United Spirit Association Collegiate Championship

The Idaho State University Bengal Dancers recently returned from the United Spirit Association (USA) Collegiate Championship held in Anaheim, Calif., where they finished third in both the Open Dance and Hip Hop categories.

Out of 26 teams competing in Division I, Idaho State University was one of four schools that placed in both categories along with University of Oregon, UC Santa Barbara and Hofstra University.

The 14-member squad is under the direction of Hilary Johnson and is assisted by Lindsay Tucker.

The Bengal Dancers will be having a dance concert at 7 p.m. April 2 and 3 in the Bilyeu Theatre in Frazier Auditorium featuring choreography and performances by the Bengal Dancers.

Tryouts for the ISU Bengal Dancers will be held on May 1. For more information please contact Head Coach Hilary Johnson at 282-4547 or johnhil2@isu.edu.

The commissioners of the state arts commission are inviting nominations for the 2010 Governor’s Awards in the Arts

The commissioners of the state arts commission are inviting nominations for the 2010 Governor’s Awards in the Arts. The awards, given every two years, recognize and encourage excellence in the arts in Idaho and stimulate and support awareness of the arts throughout the state.

Award categories include excellence in the arts, excellence in the folk & traditional arts, support of the arts, support of arts education, and excellence in arts administration. Nominees must be Idaho residents, businesses based in Idaho, and organizations or communities that have, through creative accomplishments or distinguished service, made a significant contribution to the cultural life of the state.

Nomination forms are available from the Idaho Commission on the Arts at 2410 N. Old Penitentiary Rd. in Boise, or from P.O. Box 83720-0008, or on the ICA website: www.arts.idaho.gov. For more information, call 1-800-278-3863 or e-mail info@arts.idaho.gov. The award, consisting of a silver medallion, is one-in-a-lifetime. A list of former recipients is available online. Nominations must be postmarked by March 19.

Commissioners will review the nominations and make their recommendations to the Governor for his independent decision.

The award will be presented at a ceremony in the Egyptian Theatre, with a reception at the Boise Art Museum, on Thursday, Sept. 23.

The Idaho Commission on the Arts is a state agency consisting of 13 volunteer commissioners from all regions of the state appointed by the governor to four-year terms. The Commission, which offers grants, fellowships, and services to artists, schools, and arts organizations, is dedicated to making the arts available to all Idahoans.