News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

October 24, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 42

Faculty/Staff Updates

Debbie Green, new associate director of scholarships in the Office of Financial Aid And Scholarships beginning Oct. 31

Debbie Green, new associate director of scholarships in the Office of Financial Aid And Scholarships beginning Oct. 31.

Green has worked at ISU the past 16 years in the Institute of Rural Health (IRH) where she gained valuable experience directing the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Program. She also served as Director, Idaho Rural Health Association. She is currently the Senior Grant Project Coordinator for two programs under the umbrella of the Institute of Rural Health and has developed many of the IRH programs from the ground up. Debbie holds a Masters degree of Public Administration. She also has supervisory experience, along with experience in teaching First Year Seminar classes.

The ISU Chemistry Club has received a Commendable Chapter Award for its 2010-2011 activities

The ISU Chemistry Club has received a Commendable Chapter Award for its 2010-2011 activities. The chapter has also been selected to receive a Green Chemistry award for your activities conducted during the 2010-11 academic year. Green Chemistry chapters are selected by the Society Committee on Education and the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®.

Over 330 reports were submitted to the ACS out of many more such chemistry clubs. Of these 36 received outstanding awards, 86 received Commendable Awards, 107 Honorable Mention awards. You can see the entire list on C & E News. Chapters will be honored at the March national ACS meeting in San Diego.

To quote the commendation: "Few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires. Professor Pak and Professor Bennett's efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country. We extend our warmest congratulations to the students and Professors Pak and Bennett for setting such a fine example for other chapters and being exemplary chemistry ambassadors!"

News Bites

Meridian accelerated nursing students Kate Brusse and Michael Shafer have been awarded $1,000 scholarships in memory of Boise physician Brenda Williams who died of breast cancer in 2009

Meridian accelerated nursing students Kate Brusse and Michael Shafer have been awarded $1,000 scholarships in memory of Boise physician Brenda Williams who died of breast cancer in 2009.

The scholarships were granted through The John William Jackson Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation. The Fund was established in 2000 by friends and family of John Jackson to advance academic scholarship, performing arts and outdoor sporting for Idaho youth. Jackson, a scholar, accomplished soccer player and mountaineer who grew up in Meridian, died in a climbing accident in Central Asia.

ISU-Meridian's accelerated nursing program- the only one of its kind in Idaho- allows students to earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 16 months. To be accepted into the program, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in any discipline and complete program prerequisites.

The Idaho Community Foundation is a statewide nonprofit organization composed of over 400 individual funds, pooled together for efficient management. Total assets are more than $55 million. Since its inception in 1988, ICF has made charitable distributions totaling more than $41 million.

Disability Services will host the second annual Experience College Day Oct. 28

Idaho State University Disability Services will host the second annual Experience College Day from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 28 in the Salmon River Suite in the Pond Student Union.

This event exposes high school students with all forms of disabilities to college admissions and success in higher education.

Students will receive training, be fed lunch, and participate in a tour of campus. They will be able to ask questions about anything from attending college to receiving accommodations. Attendance will help minimize struggles while better insuring long-term success.

Representatives from southeast Idaho school districts, the Idaho Department of Labor and the Idaho Department of Education will also be present for this event, sponsored by the Bannock Civitans. About 100 students are expected to attend.

For more information contact Disability Services at 208-282-3599.

Treat your tricksters to a field trip to the ISU Haunted Science Laboratory Saturday, Oct. 29

Treat your tricksters to a field trip to the Idaho State University Haunted Science Laboratory from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Ballard Building on 1999 Alvin Ricken Drive in Pocatello.

There will be spooky science exhibits on light, reflection, refraction, illusions, electricity, lasers, holograms, phosphorescence and much more. The ISU Society of Physics Students, the Kiwanis Club, the ISU Health Physics Club, and the ISU Department of Physics are sponsoring the lab.

The entrance to the lab is in the center of the north side of the building.

The Haunted Laboratory will feature interactive exhibits designed to delight, fright, and educate kids of all ages. All exhibits include a short description of the science involved, and suggestions on what to do or observe.

Exhibits include the "Disembodied Head," "Pepper's Ghost," a Van deGraaf generator, lasers moving to music, and lots of cool illusions with smoke and mirrors. Several exhibits use the same principles of those of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, except that here they are explained.

The Haunted Lab was open to schools for field trips Oct. 17 - 21.

There will be an entrance fee of $3 per person, or $7 per family (limit 6). These fees can be reduced by $2 with a donation of a new toy in its original packaging for the Salvation Army Secret Santa program. All proceeds will go to charities benefiting Southeast Idaho children.

The ISU Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society and Division of Health Sciences will present the Science Café "Obesity in America: Research and Clinical Perspectives" Nov. 2

The Idaho State University Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society and Division of Health Sciences will present the Science Café "Obesity in America: Research and Clinical Perspectives" on Nov. 2 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Portneuf Valley Brewing, located at 615 S. First Ave. in Pocatello.

This event is open to the public and will feature a panel of professionals discussing obesity in America. The panel consist of Ken Rodnick, professor of biology; Andrea Grim, clinical assistant professor and director of dietetic internship; Erin Rasmussen, assistant professor of psychology; and Sherwin D'Souza, of Diabetes and Internal Medicine Associates in Pocatello.

For more information please contact Alok Bhushan at abhushan@pharmacy.isu.edu.

Abstracts for The Art of Gender in Everyday Life IX conference must be postmarked by Nov. 1

The Art of Gender in Everyday Life IX conference will take place at Idaho State University on March 7-9 and its organizers are making a formal call for papers.

Abstracts must be postmarked by Tuesday, Nov. 1.

A formal call for papers, an announcement of our student paper competition, and a registration form can be found on the website www.isu.edu/andersoncenter.

This multidisciplinary conference will explore the various ways in which gender is crafted, celebrated, endured, deciphered, expressed or, in short, the art of how it is lived on a daily basis.

The conference will include, in addition to other gender-related events and workshops, a keynote address by Stephanie Coontz, professor of history and family studies at The Evergreen State College, Olympia Wash., a lunchtime talk with an ISU faculty member and a screening of Lunafest.

For more information, contact Rebecca Morrow at (208) 282-2805.

The Anderson Gender Resource Center, through a grant from the Department of Health and Welfare, is inviting the public to a free film screening, followed by a panel discussion on the topic of sex education in high schools

The Anderson Gender Resource Center at Idaho State University, through a grant from the Department of Health and Welfare, is inviting the public to a free film screening, followed by a panel discussion on the topic of sex education in high schools.

The screening and discussion will be held Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Rendezvous Suites A,B,C on the ISU campus. The event is free and open to all.

"The Education of Shelby Knox" is a critically acclaimed documentary from 2005 about a young girl in conservative Lubbock, Texas, trying to come to terms with her southern Baptist upbringing in a town where sex education is limited to a strict abstinence only curriculum while teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection rates are among the highest in the nation.

Today, Knox is a well-known public speaker and feminist activist. The film is her coming of age story and explains her passion for issues like comprehensive sex education, women's rights and LGBT-rights. It has received a number of awards, including Sundance Film Festival (Excellence in Cinematography, Documentary Category), Sonoma Valley Film Festival (Jury Prize), Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (Jury Prize, Best Documentary) and Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival (Audience Award, Best Feature).

The panel discussing the film will also include Michelle Butterfield, a health education specialist and trainer with the Southeastern District Health Department who also teaches the reducing the risk curriculum at Blackfoot Independence High School. Rounding out the panel is Kelly Brannock, who is the head teacher at American Falls Academy. With firsthand experience from local high schools they will facilitate the discussion and share their outlooks on what sex education is, and should be, like.

For questions or more information about the event, please contact the Anderson Center at 282-2805.

For more information on the film, visit http://shelbyknox.com/the-film.

The Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group will present the annual Warren Miller ski movie Saturday, Nov.5, in the Pond Student Union Theater

The Idaho State University Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group (CW HOG) will present the annual Warren Miller ski movie at 3, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov.5, in the Pond Student Union Theater.

This Miller movie is titled "Warren Miller's Like There's No Tomorrow." Proceeds support the CW HOG program.

Tickets prices are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, except for the 1 p.m. matinee, which is $7. Tickets are available at the CW HOG office, Snow Expo/Ski Swap, Scott's Ski & Sports and Barrie's Sports.

For more information, call CW HOG at (208) 282-3912.

The John B. Davis Gallery in the Fine Arts Building will participate in the War in Society series of events Oct. 25 - Nov. 18

The John B. Davis Gallery in the Fine Arts Building at Idaho State University will participate in the War in Society series of events Oct. 25 - Nov. 18.

The exhibition, "Drawing Inward: German Surrealist Richard Oelze," will begin the series, with an opening reception on Oct. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m.

This exhibition is on loan from the University Art Museum of Colorado State University.

As a subtle and personal expression of his experience of war, the exhibition of Oelze's drawings will serve as the centerpiece for the War in Society series, offering students and the general public a unique opportunity to view works by an internationally significant artist, whose work stands as an example of surrealist art.

This exhibition highlights the contemporary appeal of his work, by featuring drawings that present his understanding of surrealist practice, the Germanic tendency towards interiority, and the artist's process of delving inward to explore the workings of the mind, all against the backdrop of postwar Germany's reaction to the atrocities of the National Socialists.

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

For more information visit www.isu.edu/art/galleries.shtml or contact Amy Jo Popa at 282-3341.

The Research Office and Academic Affairs Office are sponsoring a Research Forum on Nov 10

ISU faculty conduct a wide variety of research. The Research Office and Academic Affairs Office are sponsoring a Research Forum on Nov 10, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Rendezvous Suites ABC and in the Meridian building in the hall by the Institute of Rural Health with the goal of giving faculty a time to share their research with the ISU campus. Faculty research displayed in Meridian will also be displayed in Pocatello, and vice versa.

We hope this will be an opportunity to learn what research is going on at ISU, to find a collaborator for a project, to learn how someone solved a problem you might be experiencing.

As part of the ISU "Season of Note" series Paul Revere and the Raiders will perform Nov. 3

As part of the Idaho State University "Season of Note" series Paul Revere and the Raiders will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 3 in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall at the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Paul Revere and the Raiders were the first rock group to be signed by Columbia Records with the 1963 recording of "Louie Louie." During their career Paul Revere and the Raiders had 23 consecutive singles including "Indian Reservation," "Kicks," "Just Like Me," "Steppin' Out" and "Ups and Downs."

Tickets 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. They can also be purchased at Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello or Idaho Falls. The Box Office is open one hour prior to show times.

Cost per seat for this show is $30 for main floor seating and $26 for balcony seating. All seats are reserved. All sales are final and there are no refunds or exchanges.

For more information visit www.paulrevereraiders.com.

The Department of Electrical Engineering will present the seminar "Intelligent Control Systems in Prosthetic Hand Applications" by Cheng-Hung Chen, ISU Department of Biological Sciences Oct. 28

Idaho State University Department of Electrical Engineering will present the electrical engineering seminar "Intelligent Control Systems in Prosthetic Hand Applications" by Cheng-Hung Chen, ISU Department of Biological Sciences, from noon to 12:50 p.m. Oct. 28.

The seminar will be held in Room 7 of the Eli Oboler Library on the Pocatello campus and broadcast to Room 311 at the Center for Higher Education at Idaho State University-Idaho Falls.

The seminar will highlight the latest research in intelligent control systems for a smart prosthetic hand. The author conducted his doctoral studies in these emerging areas under the guidance of D. Subbaram Naidu, ISU electrical engineering professor and ISU School of Engineering director.

In the United States, there are approximately 1.9 million people living with limb loss, due to conflicts, wars, accidents or birth defects. By the year 2050, the projected number of Americans living with limb amputation will become 3.6 million. However, reproducing the human hand in all it various functions is still a challenging task.