News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

February 7, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 6

Faculty/Staff Updates

The Society of Physics Students has received the 2010 Outstanding Chapter Award from the National Society of Physics Students and the American Physical Society

The Idaho State University Society of Physics Students has received the 2010 Outstanding Chapter Award from the National Society of Physics Students and the American Physical Society.

According to Dr. Steve Shropshire, the faculty advisor for the club, Outstanding Chapters are determined each academic year after a careful review of the information, photos and supporting material presented in annual Chapter Reports. Criteria for the award includes

ISU's club was specifically recognized for its Punkn' Chuck competition searving area schools, public demonstration shows, monthly "Something Destructive" events, outreach to public and private schools, hosting of a regional student club meeting, and demonstration postings on YouTube.

News Bites

As part of the 2011 ISU Reading Project, a panel discussion "Autism: An Applied Clinical Science Perspective" will be held Feb. 15

As part of the 2011 ISU Reading Project, a panel discussion "Autism: An Applied Clinical Science Perspective" will be held at 6 p.m. on Feb. 15 in the Salmon River Room of the Pond Student Union.

Clinical psychologist and faculty member Mark Roberts will moderate several brief presentations on the assessment, etiology and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. The panel will be equipped with distance broadcast capabilities to several satellite campuses across Idaho.

For more information contact Jim Fullerton at ext. 2794.

The Nepalese Students' Association will host the fifth annual Nepalese Night Feb. 12

The Idaho State University Nepalese Students' Association will host the fifth annual Nepalese Night at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.

The theme of the celebration is "Naturally Nepal," which matches the theme for the Nepal tourism year 2011.

Nepalese students of ISU join forces once a year to treat ISU and the Pocatello community with authentic food, traditional music, dances and several cultural presentations.

This year the program hopes to offer the audience an insightful look into the natural beauty of Nepal as well as its cultural diversity.

The dinner includes pulao, a dish of white rice with spices; kukhurako masu, a chicken curry; kerauko tarkaari, a pea curry; and Aaloo-teelko achaar, a potato pickled with sesame seeds.

Event performances include traditional lakhey dance, group dances, songs and a fashion show.

"During the two hours of the event, we will take you across the Himalayas, through the hills into the plains," said Prabesh Shrestha, event organizer. "We invite you discover how big and diverse a small country can actually be."

Ticket pricing for the event is $7 for students, $8 for faculty and staffs, and $9 for the public. Tickets are available in the ISU Rendezvous Complex and Pond Student Union weekdays. It is suggested that the audience buy tickets in advance, although they can also purchase tickets for a dollar more at the door.

For more information contact Prabesh Shrestha at 571-382-0200, Deepesh Poudel at 06-2162 or e-mail NSAofISU@gmail.com.

The abstract deadline for the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium is March 10

The abstract deadline for the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium is March 10.

Open to scholars across the disciplines, the Undergraduate Research Symposium is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their studies and be recognized for their hard work at ISU. It will take place on April 5 in the Pond Student Union Building Ballroom. Participants may opt to present an oral or poster presentation on their own original work, with oral presentations starting at 3:30 p.m. and poster presentations from 3 to 5 p.m. The deadline to submit abstracts to take part in the event is March 10.

If you are interested in taking part in the symposium, please complete the Symposium Abstract form, located at www.isu.edu/research/. This must be submitted to the Office of Research (office_of_research@isu.edu), MS 8130 or Room 205 Fine Arts Building by March 10. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Research at ext. 2714.

It is time again for Employee Recognition Week at Idaho State University

It is time again for Employee Recognition Week at Idaho State University.

Faculty and staff are welcome to submit proposals for presentations. In the past, more than 800 attendees participated, making it one of the most successful faculty/staff events here at Idaho State University.

We will be offering much of the same highly accepted trainings and ones relevant to today's needs and conditions. We would like to offer workshops centered on topics that are motivational, inspirational, dealing with healthy living, stress management, learning and perfecting computer skills, and other possible topics that might encourage, teach or perfect a skill or focus on new ideas.

Employee Recognition Week will be held March 28 through April 1. Professional Development opportunities offered on campus are a great way to enable more faculty and staff to enhance their skills and knowledge.

If you are interested and available to present a workshop or seminar this year, please complete a proposal form and send it to training@isu.edu by Feb 18. Contact Stacey Marshall at ext. 3081 for more information.

Facilities Services recently launched a completely redesigned website

Facilities Services recently launched a completely redesigned website at www.isu.edu/facilities. More information has been added to assist you in addressing your project, building, or grounds needs. Facilities Services is looking for feedback on the new website. Contact them at ext. 2784 or wagnspec@isu.edu with your suggestions.

ISU's TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus Feb. 16

Greg Finch, Idaho State University's TIAA-CREF representative, will be on campus Feb. 16 in the Human Resources conference room and Feb. 17 in the Snake River Room at the Pond Student Union.

In March, Greg will be on campus March 29 and March 31 in the Snake River Room at the Pond Student Union.

Please call (800) 732-8353, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., to schedule an appointment.