News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 25, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 17

Faculty/Staff Updates

Jessica Winston has been awarded a $50,400 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the 2011-12 year

Jessica Winston has been awarded a $50,400 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the 2011-12 year.

The fellowship will allow her to complete her book, "Lawyers at Play: Literary and Political Culture of the Inns of Court in the 1560s." In the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England, the Inns of Court were London's law schools and legal societies, where many members helped to create large literary circle and political network. Winston examines how members of the Inns used their writing to foster their political thinking and involvement, and to create a political community that had the authority to challenge (or support) the institutions of central government -- the monarch, privy council, and parliament. The book will draw attention to a hitherto neglected literary community in the Renaissance and contribute to recent studies of the early modern political discourse. While historians and literary critics have examined the political expression of individuals, and the political ideas in individual texts, little attention has been paid to the broader networks of relationships that fostered expression and participation. Winston's work on the Inns shifts our attention to one of these associational cultures, a place where men turned to poetry, drama, and classical translations to talk with each other and to those in the government about some of the most pressing political debates of the day.

The NEH received more than 1,400 fellowship applications and awarded 99 (a funding rate of 7 percent). Only five of these awards were in the area of British literature.

Jeff Meldrum was interviewed for a feature on the "Daily Planet," an award-winning science magazine show of the Discovery Channel Canada

Jeff Meldrum, associate professor of anatomy and anthropology in the ISU Department of Biological Sciences, was interviewed for a feature on the "Daily Planet," an award-winning nightly primetime science magazine show of the Discovery Channel Canada, reaching 3.9 million viewers.

The feature takes a serious look at Meldrum's evaluation of the footprint and hair evidence for a species of North American ape, commonly known as sasquatch. Meldrum recently presented the findings of his trip to China to examine footprint casts of the yeren, the Chinese equivalent of sasquatch, at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.

The remarkable resemblance between footprints from opposite sides of the Pacific suggests a common source, which some have suggested may be relict populations of the Ice-Age ape, Gigantopithecus, Meldrum said.

Hair samples are being catalogued and evaluated with ISU undergraduate student Tanner Gragg, and by Henner Fahrenbach, microscopist, recently retired from the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center. Their conclusions will be presented at the Pacific Division meetings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science held in San Diego this summer, Meldrum added.

Dr. David Kleist was recently named Associate Editor for Qualitative Research for Counseling and Values

Dr. David Kleist was recently named Associate Editor for Qualitative Research for Counseling and Values, the national journal for the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, a division of the American Counseling Association. This is a three-year appointment from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2014.

After 36 years of combined service to the State of Idaho, Cliff Merrill is retiring

After 36 years of combined service to the State of Idaho, Cliff Merrill is retiring. Merrill spent the last 26 years as an instructor of the Civil Engineering Technology program at Idaho State University's College of Technology. Prior to his service at ISU, he worked for the Idaho Transportation Department.

Merrill was born in Idaho Falls and lived there until his family moved to Salt Lake City. At the age of 6, Merrill's family returned to Pocatello. Merrill graduated from Pocatello High School in 1970. He completed one semester at ISU before serving a two-year LDS church mission to East Australia. After his mission, he returned home and enrolled in the ISU College of Technology, Civil Engineering Technology program. In May 1975, he earned a certificate in Civil Engineering Technology.

The Idaho Transportation Department, District 5, hired Merrill. He worked for the Idaho Transportation Department for 10 years in the areas of materials testing and inspections of roads and bridges, construction surveying and drafting/design of projects. While working for the ITD, Merrill completed the general education requirements for an Associate of Technology (AT). He received an AT degree from ISU in 1977.

Merrill started his career at ISU in August 1985 teaching in the Civil Engineering Technology Program, the same program he graduated from in 1975. Within the first eight years, Merrill taught materials testing and inspections courses along with general education courses of physics, math, English, speech, economics and human relations. While teaching, Merrill received a Bachelor of Science in Vocational Teacher Education and Corporate Training in 1988 and a Master of Education, Occupational Training Management degree in 1992.

Following the retirement of Victor Bielby and Frank Johnson, both in 1993, Merrill took on the responsibilities of Program Coordinator of the Civil Engineering Technology program. He taught courses in beginning and intermediate surveying and the drafting classes.

Over the past 10 years Merrill has been teaching the materials testing, drafting and math courses.

Even though classes were out for the summer, Merrill worked every summer over the past 25 years to stay current with industry practices. Companies he worked for during summer breaks include; the ITD, Harper/Leavitt Engineering, Strata, Kleinfelder, and MTI (Materials Testing and Inspection).

In 2000, Merrill, along with Maher Wissa was instrumental in developing curriculum for a new bachelor degree in surveying, which evolved into the Geomatics Technology program.

Merrill was recognized in 2005 as the College of Technology Distinguished Teacher of the Year. In 2011, Cliff was awarded the "Friend of the Society" award from the Idaho Association of Land Surveyors.

To recognize Cliff for his years of service, an open house will be held April 29 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the College of Technology conference room. All friends and colleagues are invited.

News Bites

Dietetics assistant professor Cynthia Blanton is looking for female undergraduate students to participate in her study

Idaho State University dietetics assistant professor Cynthia Blanton has been awarded a $91,000 grant from the Idaho Beef Council and is looking for female undergraduate students to participate in her study.

Volunteers received $135 for participating in the study.

Blanton is studying the effect of nutrition on cognitive performance. She will track female undergraduate students ages 19 to 30 for 16-week periods over the next 20 months, completing the study within in two years. She started the study last summer.

The ISU dietetics professor previously completed a study that demonstrated that poor nutritional status negatively affected cognition in university women.

"Now I am performing an intervention to test how to solve the problem," Blanton said.

The women study participants will be randomly assigned to one of two groups: One that eats beef and another that eats non-beef meats. At the beginning and end of the study the volunteers will complete cognitive tests and will also have their blood drawn to test their nutritional status.

In between, volunteers will receive three meals a week at the Dietetics Foods Laboratory located in Albion Hall, the north wing of the ISU College of Education. The volunteers who complete the entire 16-week study will receive $135.

For more information on the study or to volunteer, contact Blanton at blancynt@isu.edu or call (208) 282-3953. The ISU Family Medicine Clinical Research Center is also participating with the study by helping to recruit students. Prospective volunteers may also contact the clinic's Katie Gamble at katieg@fmed.isu.edu or (208) 282-2257.

The Idaho State University Wind Ensemble and Concert Band will perform its final concert of the semester Friday, April 29

The Idaho State University Wind Ensemble and Concert Band will perform its final concert of the semester Friday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the Stephens Performing Arts Center. The Wind Ensemble is directed by Dr. Patrick Brooks, ISU director of bands. The Concert Band is directed by Kevin York, associate director of bands.

The ISU Concert Band will perform four selections, two of which feature ISU music students. Trumpeter Michela Ferrin will be trumpet soloist on "Prayer of St. Gregory" by composer Alan Hovaness; and senior music student Drew Sutherland will conduct the "El Capitan March" by John Phillip Sousa and "An Irish Rhapsody" by Clare Grundman. The Concert Band will also perform selections from the American-spirited "Old Home Days" by composer Charles Ives.

The Wind Ensemble portion of the concert will center on collaborations with ISU dancers under the supervision of dance faculty Josephine Garibaldi and Paul Smolek. Dancers and musicians will combine for performances of three numbers; "Solitary Dancer" by Warren Benso; "Ogoun Badagris" by Chris Rouse; and "Short Ride in a Fast Machine," by Pulitzer-prize winning composer John Adams. The Wind Ensemble will also perform "Fanfare for the Common Man" by Aaron Copland, and "Colonial Song" by Percy Grainger.

Admission is free for ISU students, pre-college students $4, ISU faculty and staff $6 and general admission is $8. Children younger than 6 will not be admitted.

For more information on this concert or about the ISU Bands, call Idaho State University Director of Bands Dr. Patrick Brooks at 282-3147.

Local Girl Scout Troop 423 recently donated about 250 boxes of the organization's famous cookies to be included in care packages for ISU student soldiers deployed to Iraq

Local Girl Scout Troop 423 recently donated about 250 boxes of the organization's famous cookies to be included in care packages for Idaho State University student soldiers deployed to Iraq with the Idaho National Guard.

The care packages, which also included items such as Valentine cards from local school children, snacks, personal hygiene products and more, were shipped from Idaho State University on Thursday. The 25 student soldiers began receiving them Monday.

The care package program is organized by the ISU Armed Forces Veterans Club-Pocatello chapter and the Veterans' Sanctuary Program. This was the second of three rounds of care packages ISU will send to the student soldiers before their return, which is scheduled for September.

For background on the Girl Scout donation, Troop 423 raised the funds while selling cookies on weekends at Fred Meyer in Pocatello. When customers purchased cookies, the girls asked them if they would also like to purchase a box for the student soldiers. The troop's goal was 200 boxes.

In addition to the cookies, the girls also wrote the soldiers letters and messages on many of the cookie boxes.

Thanks to the girls' effort, and to the generosity of the community, by the end of the third weekend, the troop had surpassed its goal.

"The success of the care package program is a direct result of hard work by many organizations and individuals on campus and in the community. The cookie donation from Girl Scout Troop 423 is a perfect example of that support," said Casey Santee, Veterans' Sanctuary recruiter/counselor. "We would like to express our gratitude."

The General Education Department at the College of Technology received a $1.2 million dollar "Go On" grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation

The General Education Department at Idaho State University's (ISU) College of Technology received a $1.2 million dollar "Go On" grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation earlier this year.

"You have to START to FINISH" is a motto of the General Education Department. With funding from the "Go On" grant, the department has developed a Successful Transitions and Retention Track (START) project. The purpose of START is to develop and enhance access to post-secondary education by GEDŽ students and GEDŽ graduates, and increase retention in a college-level program and completion of a certificate or associates degree.

An official ribbon cutting and kickoff for the START project is scheduled for Thursday, April 28, from 4 to 6 p.m. The event will be held on the third floor of the Roy F. Christensen Building. President Arthur C. Vailas will provide remarks at 4:15 pm. Program demonstrations will follow.

This event signifies the official beginning of the START project, set for May 1. START is designed to help students transition from the GEDŽ into a program of study offered at ISU. Students who have completed the GEDŽ and those currently working on the GEDŽ are eligible to participate. Applicants must take the TABE test offered by the General Education Department and complete an application and interview process. Scholarships are available for the first two semesters of the program.

Upon acceptance, students will work with a Center for New Directions counselor to develop an educational and career plan. Counselors and faculty will serve as mentors, closely monitoring students' progress and assisting students in overcoming barriers that may have previously caused them to not complete an education. Students will improve necessary skills through Adult Basic Education, have access to applied math workshops and enroll in a one-credit college success course. Scholarships will be available for further credit courses in basic math and algebra. Various business and industry representatives will frequently talk with students about their career options and choices.

The College of Technology General Education Department's mission is to prepare under-served and at-risk populations for further education. The department includes the following programs: Adult Basic Education, which prepares people for the GEDŽ and college; Center for New Directions; which provides personal and career counseling; Resource Center, which provides tutoring for College of Technology students; and Technical General Education, which teaches college preparation courses.

The College of Business will host the Global Manufacturing Research Group (GMRG) annual meeting from May 3-5

The Idaho State University College of Business will host the Global Manufacturing Research Group (GMRG) annual meeting from May 3-5.

More than 30 operations and supply chain management scholars from 16 different countries are scheduled to attend. The GMRG, a multi-national community dedicated to the study and improvement of global manufacturing and supply chains, holds its annual meetings in different cities around the world. Last year it met in Hsinchu near Taipei Taiwan and this year selected Pocatello.

As part of the conference, participants will visit the Fort Hall Replica museum and enjoy a Dutch oven dinner. Tickets for the dinner are $20 per person and the public is welcome to attend. The Portneuf Muzzle Loaders will entertain the attendees with a demonstration of their vintage black-powder rifles and pistols.

"These events will give the attendees a sense Idaho's rich mountain man history and the cordial hospitality available in the 'Smile' city'" said ISU professor Dennis Krumwiede.

The GMRG conducts research to improve understanding of global manufacturing supply chains. In annual meetings members share ideas and research results with the purpose of improving the link between research and practice. The premier effort of the group is to conduct biannual surveys of global manufacturers. The GMRG has completed four surveys, the last of which included the participation of more than 1,500 companies from 23 countries.

GMRG surveys have provided data supporting the publication of numerous research publications in top-level journals and conferences in the field of operations management.

Conference participants will also be introduced to Southeast Idaho manufacturing. John Spicer, the local general manager for ON Semiconductor, will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon on May 4. Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is providing the group a tour to Experimental Breeder Reactor 1 (EBR-1) and Spudnik Inc.

Nine one-act plays will be presented April 27, 28 and 29 in the Bistline Theatre

Nine one-act plays will be presented April 27, 28 and April 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bistline Theatre at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. On Saturday, April 30, all nine will be performed, beginning at 3 pm.

The plays performed represent a great cross-section of American theatre. Most contain adult language and situations, and are not recommended for children. Admission is $5. No reservations are needed.

Wednesday, April 27:
"The Dumb Waiter, by Harold Pinter, directed by Marianne Durant, "Reunion," by David Mamet, directed by Keith Foster and "Suicide, Anyone," by John Patrick

Thursday, April 28:
"The Nature and Purpose of the Universe," by Christopher Durang, directed by Derek Gregerson, "No Exit," by Jean Paul Sartre, directed by Leonard Shumaker and "The Children's Hour," by Lillian Hellman, directed by Britney Chargois

Friday, April 2
"27 Wagons Full of Cotton," by Tennessee Williams, directed by Dee Smith, "F.M.," by Romulus Linney. directed by Anna Reed, "Serendipity and Serenity," by Jonathan Marc Sherman, directed by Alisha Rogers

The second annual ISU Veterans' BBQ and Family Day at the Zoo is April 30 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Upper Ross Park shelter in Pocatello

The second annual Idaho State University Veterans' BBQ and Family Day at the Zoo is April 30 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Upper Ross Park shelter in Pocatello.

The event, which is free to all veterans, military members, and their families in the greater Pocatello area, is presented by the ISU Veterans' Sanctuary Program and the Pocatello and Idaho Falls chapters of the ISU Armed Forces Veterans' Clubs. It will include food, live music by New Season Band, a raffle, zoo tickets (limited number of tickets available) and disc golf.

Sponsors include ISU, City of Pocatello, Texas Roadhouse, Signature Party Rentals, Coca-Cola, Jimmy John's, Golden Corral, Applebee's, ButterBurrs, Buddy's and Carmike Cinemas.

Also, prior to the barbecue, local veterans service organizations will perform a flag disposal ceremony at 10 a.m. at Cadet Field on the ISU Pocatello campus. The public is invited at no cost.

For more information, contact Casey Santee at the ISU Veterans' Sanctuary at 282-4298 or santcase@isu.edu.