News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

December 13, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 42

Faculty/Staff Updates

Dr. Julie Newsome and Richard McIssac participated in the 2010 Science and Energy Research Challenge

Julie Newsome, Associate Professor of Educational Foundations and recent ISU Idaho Falls graduate, Richard McIssac traveled to the Argonne National Laboratory in November to participate in the US Dept. of Energy 2010 Science and Energy Research Challenge (SERCh), a national undergraduate science competition in search of energy solutions.

The 2010 Science and Energy Research Challenge (SERCh) Poster Competition showcased the research projects of DOE-funded undergraduate students and interns from the national laboratories, including the Idaho National Laboratories (INL). One-hundred student researchers convened in Chicago, Illinois to present their research in poster form. During the competition weekend, students and their designated university faculty advisors, along with laboratory personnel, attended seminars and toured user facilities at Argonne National Laboratory.

McIssac was the only undergraduate researcher from Idaho/INL/ISU to participate in this year's competition that involved students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California Polytechnic State University, and Rice University. Richard's research scientist from the INL he worked with was Dr. Hope Lee. Richard is in his first semester of teaching science at Hillcrest High School in Idaho Falls.

As McIssac's ISU faculty advisor, Newsome was invited to attend as well. According to SERCh, faculty advisors such as Newsome are key to the success of the SERCh Competition. The agenda for the attending faculty members each year parallels the student agenda but offers more targeted seminars. The seminars included topics such as: Doing Business with DOE, Science and the Economy, and Opportunities at DOE.

Drs. Dan Ames and Mike McCurry made presentations to geology students and faculty at BYU-I

Drs. Dan Ames and Mike McCurry made presentations to geology students and faculty at BYU-I on Thursday, December 9 about research and academic issues in Geosciences and Geographic Information Science at Idaho State University. The presentations have been coordinated by Steve Bezdeka as part of the Graduate School's promotion and recruitment activities.

News Bites

Dr. Steve Shropshire is presenting "Lasers, Light and Illusions at Kuna High School Dec. 15

Come join us for a fun evening of illuminating science demonstrations In celebration of "LaserFest", the 50th anniversary of the invention of the laser. Dr. Steve Shropshire of Idaho State University will be presenting a science demonstration show titled "Lasers, Light, and Illusions" free of charge and open to the public on Wednesday, December 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium at Kuna High School, 637 E Deer Flat Road. The show will feature multi-colored lasers, light pipes, color mixing lights, amazing illusions with smoke, reflections, and shadows, and many other demonstrations, finishing with a laser light show set to music. All ages are welcome. There will be some loud noises, which may be startling to small children. The demonstration show is funded by the American Physical Society and Idaho State University. Please feel free to contact Dr. Steve Shropshire at shropshi@physics.isu.edu for more information on the presentation.

The Division of Health Science Research Day 2011 is set for April 15 in Pocatello and Meridian

Idaho State University's Division of Health Science Research Day 2011 is set for April 15 in Pocatello and Meridian.

Abstract submissions are being accepted at http://www.isu.edu/healthsciences/research/researchday.shtml. Submissions must be entered by 5 p.m. on Jan. 31.

The theme for Research Day is "Bridging Research and Practice." ISU faculty, students and Idaho health care partners are invited.

Nominations for the 2011 Professional Achievement Awards are now being accepted by the Office of Alumni Relations

Nominations for the 2011 Professional Achievement Awards are now being accepted by the Office of Alumni Relations. These awards are presented to alumni of Idaho State University in recognition of significant professional achievement in a specific field or endeavor.

Individuals selected for the Professional Achievement Award must be alumni who have exited with at least 24 credits or received their first degree from Idaho State University a minimum of 10 years earlier than the year of nomination.

Nomination forms and guidelines can be found at http://www.isu.edu/alumni/professionalawards.shtml and are to be submitted to the Dean of the respective college/unit of which the nominee is an alumnus.

Nomination forms can also be obtained from the Dean's office at each college/unit or from the Office of Alumni Relations.

All nomination forms, biographical and supporting documentation and letters of support must be received by the college/unit no later than Jan. 21 to be considered for selection.

Each college/unit selection process will be under the direction of the Dean. Honorees will be recognized and presented at ISU Commencement on Saturday, May 6.

Professional Achievement Awards will be presented for the following colleges/units:

For additional information contact the Office of Alumni Relations or the Dean's office in the college that the nominee is an alumnus.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 Outstanding Student Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 Outstanding Student Awards.

These awards are presented to recognize outstanding graduating seniors who have excelled in their programs and extracurricular activities and have generally epitomized ISU's outstanding student body. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to nominate senior students who meet the selection criteria and who graduated in December 2010, or who will graduate in May 2011 or August 2011. Nominations and supporting materials are reviewed by college/unit selection committees who then select each recipient.

Each college/unit selection process will be under the direction of the Dean. The Office of Alumni Relations sponsors this program and presents it in partnership with Idaho State University academic colleges and units.

Nomination forms and guidelines can be found at http://www.isu.edu/alumni/osa.shtml and can also be obtained from the Dean's office at each college/unit or from the Office of Alumni Relations. All nomination forms, biographical and supporting documentation and letters of support must be received by the college/unit no later than Jan. 21 to be considered for selection.

Outstanding Student Awards will be presented for the following colleges/units: College of Arts and Letters- Fine Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Science and Engineering- Natural and Physical Sciences, Engineering, College of Education, College of Business, College of Technology, College of Pharmacy, Division of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Graduate Studies- master's candidate and doctoral candidate.

Award recipients will be honored at the Outstanding Student Reception and recognition ceremony on April 29 in the Bistline Theater in the Stephens Performing Arts Center. Award recipients receive medallions and have the opportunity to recognize those involved in their success.

"The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge-Fifty Years Old" is the topic of the Portneuf Valley Audubon Society's presentation on Dec. 16

"The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge-Fifty Years Old" is the topic of the Portneuf Valley Audubon Society's presentation on Dec. 16 at the Idaho State University Plant Sciences Auditorium, and the PVAS Christmas Bird Count is set Dec. 18.

The Auditorium is Building 69 on ISU campus maps and is located off of Memorial Drive (15th Street) across from the Portneuf Regional Medical Center in the ISU Biological Sciences and Nursing Building parking lot.

This presentation includes a short DVD produced by National Audubon that is written and narrated by Terry Tempest Williams about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's unique place in the world.

The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

After the presentation, the PVAS will firm up the plans for the Pocatello Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 18.

Birders of all levels are welcome to participate on Dec. 18; birders who want to watch their feeders are also welcome to participate! Please make prior arrangements through PVAS President Barb North to join a team that will be scouring our circle for all species of birds present. PVAS members and friends will be counting and estimating numbers of birds throughout the day.

The count tally will be at 6:30 p.m., at the home of Priscilla Hearst, 1230 College Rd. Please attend if you have participated, or if you would like to see what PVAS birders have counted.

For more information, contact North at 406-8507 or barb.north10@gmail.com.

The PVAS will also hold the American Falls Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, Jan. 2. Groups will be assigned routes/areas in this coordinated count. This count has been run for about 34 years and covers Michaud Flats, the Fort Hall Bottoms, Springfield Ponds, and the Aberdeen area. The PVAS will need at least three teams to cover this. Please try to help by forming or joining a team.

The American Falls count tally will be held at Chuck Trost's home (225 North Lincoln) at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 2.

For more contact Barb at 406-8507 or e-mail her at barb.north10@gmail.com, or call Chuck on Jan. 1 at 233-4538 to sign up.

Progressive drawing for participants of ISU's United Way campaign Dec. 17

The progressive drawing for participants of ISU's United Way campaign Friday, Dec. 17 at 12:30 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Canoe room.

Refreshments will be served.

For the past month, we have been conducting our ISU United Way Campaign. The Bengal Derby has been a fun competition between different key administrators and their areas at Idaho State University.

Congratulations to the winning team from the Library, with Sandra Shropshire as their key administrator. Each member of the Library who donated at least $1 will be awarded an extra 15 chances in the Progressive Drawing.

Here is how entries in the drawing were awarded:

Prizes in the drawing are:

Thanks to the Idaho State University Athletic Department, L.E. & Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center, and the ISU Credit Union for their contributions for our United Way drawing.

We will contact all winners if they are not present. Thanks to everyone for this year's successful campaign. We have almost met the $50,000 mark! Donations are trickling in and we hope to meet that number.

The Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies is pleased to announce the winners of the Fall 2010 Clark S. Carlile Memorial Speaking Competition

Idaho State University's Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies is pleased to announce the winners of the Fall 2010 Clark S. Carlile Memorial Speaking Competition.

This semester, Tori Hill, a junior from Malad who's majoring in accounting, won first prize with "Allergy Asthma." Junior Accounting major Danielle Gneiting, of Idaho Falls, garnered second place with her speech about atrial fibrillation, "Electrical Storm of the Heart." Third place honors went to sophomore Finance major Stephanie Woodworth of American Falls who explained "Rainbows: The Journey of Light."

The winners, and the other three competitors, employed techniques they're learning in the classroom to bridge the gap between the lay audience and the highly technical information they were presenting.

The judges, experts in their own right, were: Jim Fullerton, assistant dean of Student Affairs and director of Leadership Development; Susan Norby, occupational health nurse for Union Pacific Railroad; and Peter Vik, professor of psychology and director of the University Honors Program.

John Gribas, University Ombudsman and communications professor, served as moderator. Professor emeritus Carlile, for whom the contest is named, taught for many years in the department and several years ago provided a generous endowment to fund the contest. Each semester six outstanding students from business and professional speaking classes compete for cash prizes.

Pruning and removing some hazardous and diseased trees on campus will take place Dec. 20 through February

The Landscape Department has contracted with an outside company for pruning trees and removing some hazardous and diseased trees over most all of the campus beginning Dec. 20, through February 2011.

There will be intermittent, loud equipment noise during this project. Please stay clear of the barricaded work areas.

Consistent with our policy, two trees for each tree removed will be planted in the vicinity of the trees removed.

Please contact Facilities Services at ext. 2784 should you have any questions.

The "Season of Note" series will present a Collin Raye Christmas Dec. 16

The Idaho State University a "Season of Note" series will present a Collin Raye Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Five times nominated as country music's Male Vocalist of the Year, Raye puts on shows that are electrifying in their intensity. He is proud of his five Platinum albums, 25 Top 10 Hits, 15 No. 1 smashes and 12 chart-topping videos.

"In the beginning, I wanted hits and all that," he reflects. "But what drives me now is what music means to people. Songs have landed on me that made me realize there's more to this that I thought. It's about entertaining people one minute and healing them the next. It's kinda like a ministry."

Raye has consistently used his stardom to advance social causes. Among the organizations he has supported are Boys Town, First Steps, Al-Anon, Special Olympics, Country Cares About AIDS, Catholic Relief Services, Parade of Pennies, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, The Tennessee Task Force Against Domestic Violence, The Emily Harrison Foundation, Childhelp USA, Silent Witness National Initiative, Easter Seals and Make a Difference Day. At the 2001 Country Radio Seminar, Clint Black presented Collin Raye with the organization's Humanitarian of the Year award in recognition of Collin's issue-oriented music and his tireless charity work. For more information on Raye visit his website www.collinraye.com.

Ticket prices are $36 main level, $32 upper level, and can be purchased at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office, open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays during the school year. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone at (208) 282-3595 or online at www.isu.edu/tickets or at Vickers Stores in Idaho Falls and Pocatello.