News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

July 5, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 23

Faculty/Staff Updates

The Region V Small Business Development Center announced that Mike Hope has been hired as a consultant and trainer (read more...)

Herbert Maschner will replace Ernest “Skip” Lohse as director of the Idaho Museum of Natural History (read more...)

Annette Phillipp will direct the new Simulation Center at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise (read more...)

Alex Urfer was interviewed on Doctor Radio about ISU research involving the development of an “intelligent” prosthetic hand (read more...)

Farewell party for Bonnie Knutson on July 9 (read more...)

News Bites

An advisory group has been appointed to review the university’s institutional governance system (read more...)

Central Academic Advising, TRiO, and the former Center for Teaching and Learning are now the Student Success Center (read more...)

ISU will present Rodney Carrington in concert on Nov. 20 (read more...)

ISU Rodeo Team members competed at the College National Finals Rodeo (read more...)

In this Issue

ISU Researchers Create Desktop Application

Hydrological data – information about the movement, distribution, and quality of water throughout the United States – that may have formerly taken weeks to laboriously gather, will soon be available after a few mouse “clicks,” thanks in part to a computer desktop application being created by Idaho State University researchers.

“Ten years ago it took me about a month or more to gather basic data on Washington’s Yakima River when I was preparing to do my master’s thesis,” said Daniel P. Ames, ISU geosciences professor and Idaho State University’s 2009-10 Distinguished Researcher.

“With the desktop software we’re developing at ISU, I could gather that same data in about 15 minutes. If you multiply that month saved by the hundreds of scientists using this type of data for research around the country, you’ve saved hundreds of person-years of work effort just collecting data, so researchers can get on to the real business of using that data to complete new science.” (read more...)