News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

October 18, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 35

News Bites

"America and the Challenge of Global Issues: Then (the Age of Jefferson) and Now (the Age of the Internet)" will be topic of a history department presentation Oct. 18

"America and the Challenge of Global Issues: Then (the Age of Jefferson) and Now (the Age of the Internet)" will be topic of an Idaho State University history department presentation at noon Oct. 18 in Room 324 of the Liberal Arts Building.

America's first major challenge on the global stage came in 1785 when corsairs from Algiers captured two American ships. This marked the beginning of a debate that continues today: should America pursue pragmatic diplomacy or should it refuse compromise and defend its interests with the sword?

ISU history professors Ron Hatzenbuehler, whose research has focused on Jefferson, and Allan Christelow, whose research has focused on Algeria, will offer their views on this question. They will then invite questions and observations from the audience.

History students and members of the community are invited to attend.

The annual Pocatello Ski Swap/Snow Expo is Oct. 29-31 at the Student Union Ballroom

The annual Pocatello Ski Swap/Snow Expo is Oct. 29-31 at the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Ballroom.

It is sponsored by the ISU Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group (CW HOG), Pocatello Ski Association, Pebble Creek Junior Race Team and the Pebble Creek Ski Patrol.

Event hours are from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.

The $10 entry Early Bird Special is Friday from 6 to 7 p.m., allowing early patrons to have the first look at gear. After 7 p.m. Friday, there is a $2 entry fee.

The Snow Expo supports some of Pocatello's finest ski organizations.

Curbside check-in for people interested in selling equipment is from 5 to 8 pm. Thursday, Oct. 28, and from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29. Participants must enter through the Cesar Chavez Ave. entrance.

Call 282-3912 for more information.

ISU is hosting the 2010 Idaho Science and Engineering Festival on Oct 23

Idaho State University's Pocatello campus is hosting the 2010 Idaho Science and Engineering Festival on Oct 23, featuring more than 30 organizations to host hands-on learning booths from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.

School children of all ages and their families are invited to attend this free event.

The Idaho festival is a satellite event that corresponds with the inaugural national USA Science and Engineering Festival being held in Washington, D.C., Oct. 10-24. The national festival ends with a two-day Expo on the Mall, which will feature 1,500 booths with hands-on activities from more than 500 organizations. There are also concurrent satellite science/engineering festivals taking place throughout the United States, but ISU's festival is the only one scheduled in the Intermountain West.

"This is our nation's first national science festival, and we are proud to be part of it," said Linda DeVeaux, ISU associate associate professor in the ISU Department of Biological Sciences and one of the ISU event's three organizers. "Eventually, this may be celebrated statewide, but for now we're looking for strong participation in our area. The goal of the festival locally and nationally is to present hands-on, fun science activities to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers."

Its organizers are billing the national festival as "the ultimate multi-cultural, multi-generational and multi-disciplinary celebration of science in the United States." ISU satellite festival sponsors include Micron Foundation, ON Semiconducter, Idaho National Laboratory - INL and Simplot.

Besides helping to organize the local festival, DeVeaux will be representing Idaho State University at the national festival in Washington, D.C. DeVeaux will be in a booth that demonstrates accelerator technology, a technology DeVeaux uses to carry out studies on radiation-resistant microbes.

For more information on the ISU festival, visit www.isu.edu/bios/USA_Science_Engineering.shtml or contact DeVeaux (deveaux@iac.isu.edu or 282-5661), Evilia (evilcary@isu.edu or 282-4006) or Jean Pfau (pfaujean@isu.edu or 282-3914). For more information on the national festival, visit http://www.usasciencefestival.org/.

The GSA rates for lodging were updated Oct. 1

The GSA rates for lodging were updated Oct. 1.

When planning travel, please be sure to use the current rates. Pay particular attention to the Idaho rates, as Boise and Twin Falls are no longer listed separately. Therefore, the standard rate of $77 will be used for these cities as well. The current GSA rates can be found on the Finance and Administration website. Remember that ISU employees are now able to be reimbursed the GSA rate plus 20 percent for lodging. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Leyshon, ext. 4207, or leyslisa@isu.edu.

Two NCAA Rules Education meetings are scheduled in November for faculty and staff

Two NCAA Rules Education meetings are scheduled in November for faculty and staff.

The meetings are set for Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. in Library Room B06 and Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. in Library Room B16.

The fall 2010 Idaho State University Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition is scheduled Oct. 18-29 at the John B. Davis Gallery in the ISU Fine Arts Building.

This exhibition will feature artists Mariann Bacharach, Ethan Chipman, Jordan Clinger and Chris Nelson. An opening reception for the artists will be held Monday, Oct. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

The John B. Davis Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Biographies of the artists follow:

The Davis Gallery is located in the Fine Arts Building, Building #11 on campus maps, on the Pocatello campus of Idaho State University. For more information, contact Amy Jo Popa at 282-3341 or visit the gallery website www.isu.edu/art/galleries.shtml.

ICIS/IEEE/ISA presents "Making Your Battery Step up to the Plate," as the topic of their monthly informal tech seminar Oct. 21

ICIS/IEEE/ISA "Brew with the Crew" presents "Making Your Battery Step up to the Plate," as the topic of their monthly informal tech seminar on Oct. 21 at 4:30 p.m. at Hard Hat Steakhouse and Grill, 1175 Pier View Drive (Snake River Landing), Idaho Falls.

The speaker is John Christophersen of the Idaho National Laboratory. Light hors d'oeuvres will be provided and drinks can be ordered from the menu.