News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

May 10, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 19

Faculty/Staff Updates

Maria Wong was selected to be on the National Advisory Committee of PRAXIS, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ

Maria Wong, associate professor at the Department of Psychology, was selected to be on the National Advisory Committee of PRAXIS, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. The Praxis assessment provides educational tests and other services that states use as part of their teacher licensure and certification process. She was one of the four university faculty members chosen nationally to serve on the committee this year.

Dr. Wong has been working with a group of university faculty members, high school teachers, and staff from the Education Testing Service on generating the licensure assessment for entry-level psychology teachers. She will be traveling to Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ in mid-May to continue the work.

For more information about the PRAXIS assessment, please visit www.ets.org.

Katherine Reedy-Maschner’s book, “Aleut Identities- Tradition and Modernity in an Indigenous Fishery,” was recently published

Anthropology assistant professor Katherine Reedy- Maschner’s book, “Aleut Identities- Tradition and Modernity in an Indigenous Fishery,” was recently published by McGill – Queen’s University Press.

The book is available in both cloth and paperback.

Sophie St-Hilaire was recently interviewed on Doctor Radio about her research on prostate cancer and pollutants

Biological sciences research associate professor Sophie St-Hilaire was interviewed about her research on prostate cancer and pollutants May 3, on Doctor Radio, a Sirius satellite radio show hosted by doctors from New York University Medical Center.

A recent study by St-Hilaire suggests that higher prostate cancer rates in cold, dry weather may be because organic pollutants, including some pesticides, precipitate out of the atmosphere at colder temperatures and thus may result in higher incidences of prostate cancer. The results of the study were published April 21 in the International Journal of Health Geographics.

St-Hilaire led a multidisciplinary team, including Drs. Sylvio Mannel, Dewayne Derryberry, and Rakesh Mandal, and ISU student Amy Commendador in the study.

Academic Affairs is sponsoring a farewell reception for Dr. Stephen Adkison and Dr. Jennifer Adkison May 20

Academic Affairs is sponsoring a farewell reception for Dr. Stephen Adkison and Dr. Jennifer Adkison May 20 from 2-4 p.m. in the Salmon River Suite in the Pond Student Union. All are invited.

Skip Lohse will speak May 12 at the College of Southern Idaho as part of the Herrett Forum Lecture series

Anthropology professor Skip Lohse will speak on “Reconstructing the Paleo-Indian Lifeway in Idaho and the Far West” May 12, 7:30-9 p.m. at the College of Southern Idaho as part of the Herrett Forum Lecture series.

The event is free and open to the public.

News Bites

News and Notes will publish every two weeks through the summer

News and Notes will publish every two weeks through the summer. The next issue will publish May 25, and items should be submitted by May 21.

Anyone with questions or concerns should call Emily Frandsen at ext. 3164, or e-mail her at franemil@isu.edu.

The ISU music department is selling pianos and digital pianos to faculty, staff and students May 13 and 14

The ISU music department is selling pianos and digital pianos to faculty, staff and students May 13 and 14.

For the past year the ISU music department has used the pianos and digital pianos at no cost through a national educational loan program. Kawai Corporation, Yamaha Corporation and The Piano Gallery have made this possible.

The Department of Music is offering the opportunity to purchase one of these pianos at a substantial discount from their retail value. The selection includes grand pianos, upright pianos and digital pianos. All pianos used in this program will be offered to ISU faculty, staff, and students before being offered to the public.

All instruments are professionally maintained and carry full factory warranties. There will also be a large selection of other new and used grand, upright, digital and player pianos all substantially discounted. There will also be a selection of restored Steinway and Bosendorfer pianos available. Special interest-free financing is available on approved credit, and delivery are available through The Piano Gallery.

This notice is going first to ISU faculty, staff and students so that you have first priority to view these pianos by private appointment. Appointments can be made for Thursday, May 13 and Friday May 14, with a public sale on Saturday, May 15. Please call 232-0299 for a private appointment to view these pianos. Appointments are highly recommended for priority status and best selection. All sales are on a first-come-first-serve basis. The sale will take place in the Stephens Performing Arts Center.