News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

February 6, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 5

Faculty/Staff Updates

Geosciences researchers Nancy Glenn, Rupesh Shrestha and David Streutker received a second place 2012 John I. Davidson President's Award for Practical Papers

Geosciences researchers Nancy Glenn, Rupesh Shrestha and David Streutker received a second place 2012 John I. Davidson President's Award for Practical Papers for a peer-reviewed article titled "A slope-based method for matching elevation surfaces." The journal Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing published the article in 2011.

The award was made by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, the professional society for remote sensing scientists.

Glenn is a research professor and director of the Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory. Shrestha is a postdoctoral research associate, and Streutker, formerly with ISU, is a project scientist with the National Geospatial Laboratory.

Congratulations to the Spring 2011-2012 Staff Council Professional Development recipients

Congratulations to the Spring 2011-2012 Staff Council Professional Development recipients:

Rae Dahmer, College of Pharmacy
Amber Tews, Idaho Museum of Natural History
Lindsi Bennett, Career Center

To apply for professional development funds you must be a full time or z time classified or professional employee who has completed six months of service.

Professional Development Applications are accepted twice yearly. The Spring deadline is the first Monday in January and the Fall deadline is the first Monday in August.

News Bites

Treasure Valley toddlers with significant hearing loss will be better prepared for mainstream preschool, thanks to two grants totaling $2,500 awarded to the Toddler Early Listening and Learning Program at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center

Treasure Valley toddlers with significant hearing loss will be better prepared for mainstream preschool, thanks to two grants totaling $2,500 awarded to the Toddler Early Listening and Learning Program at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center.

The gifts are from funds administered by the Idaho Community Foundation, a tax-exempt charity devoted to improving the quality of life for Idahoans. A $1,500 grant is from The Kissler Family Foundation Philanthropic Gift Fund, and a $1,000 gift is from the Greatest Need Endowment Fund for Southwestern Idaho.

Both are to provide scholarships for Treasure Valley toddlers who are learning to use cochlear implants or hearing aids to understand auditory information in their environments before entering mainstream preschool, said Cally Stone, ISU-Meridian's Speech and Language Clinic coordinator.

"This money provides scholarships to make the summer TELL program possible. We are thrilled that the Idaho Community Foundation recognizes the value of the program and the benefit to the children we serve," said Stone.

The Toddler Early Listening and Learning Program-known as TELL-started in summer 2010 and consists of group therapy sessions for children, ages 2 to 5, who have mild to profound hearing loss. The toddlers meet with ISU student therapists and faculty clinicians twice a week in 30-minute private sessions during the semester, followed by 30 minutes of group therapy where they work on listening, speech and social skills.

TELL is enrolling students for the summer 2012 session, which lasts a month. For more information, call the ISU Speech and Language Clinic at 208-373-1725.

Idaho State University and Verizon Wireless jointly announced a three-year partnership to introduce UHopeLineŽ, an expansion of the company's HopeLineŽ wireless phone recycling program

Idaho State University and Verizon Wireless jointly announced a three-year partnership to introduce UHopeLineŽ, an expansion of the company's HopeLineŽ wireless phone recycling program. The new program will increase awareness of dating violence, provide aid to domestic violence survivors and encourage college students to help the environment by recycling their no longer used wireless devices.

The UHopeLine program features five permanent cell phone collection bins placed in high-traffic locations across the three Idaho State University campuses in Pocatello, Idaho Falls and Meridian. The bins accept no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider. Phones that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those without value are disposed of in an environmentally sound way. Proceeds from the program are used to provide wireless phones and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.

The Idaho State UHopeLine $25,000 grant will benefit the Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center by creating awareness and education for the University's student population about issues relating to domestic and dating violence.

"It is important for Idaho State University to provide a campus environment where those dealing with domestic or dating abuse have the support and resources they need to improve their situation," said Arthur C. Vailas, president of Idaho State University. "I'd like to thank Verizon for this opportunity and generous grant contribution to support our students and raise awareness of this essential issue."

"We applaud the efforts by Idaho State and are proud to introduce an expansion of our growing UHopeLine program with the university," said Melanie Braidich, regional president of Verizon Wireless. "I'm confident that the on-campus collection sites will help raise awareness of the issue of domestic and dating violence. At the same time, we're providing students a convenient way to recycle their no longer used phones instead of letting them end up in local landfills."

"We at the Anderson Center are thrilled to be a part of this opportunity to expand, among the extended campus community, our education and awareness programming about domestic and dating violence - work that the Center has engaged in since its founding in 1998," said Rebecca Morrow, director of the Anderson Center at Idaho State. "But perhaps the most exciting thing about this opportunity is the potential for growing awareness about domestic and dating violence among the extended campus community."

Verizon Wireless was the first wireless carrier in the nation to collect and recycle old cell phones and has done so since January 1999. Across the U.S., the HopeLine program has collected more than eight million wireless phones and given more than $10 million in cash grants. More than 100,000 wireless phones with airtime have been donated to domestic violence prevention organizations.

For more information about the Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center at ISU, visit: http://www.isu.edu/andersoncenter. Phones can be dropped off at the Anderson Center located in Graveley Hall on the Pocatello campus. Contact the Anderson Center at 208-282-2805 for the locations of other ISU phone drop-off bins.

For more information about the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, visit http://verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

Fulbright scholar Michael Adams will be featured in the exhibit "Skibladnir: Then installation in the Viking Ship Museum" at the Museum of Cultural History at the University of Oslo in Olso, Norway

Idaho State University Fulbright scholar Michael Adams will be featured in the exhibit "Skibladnir: Then installation in the Viking Ship Museum" at the Museum of Cultural History at the University of Oslo in Olso, Norway.

The exhibit opened Feb. 1 and runs through March 25.

During his Fulbright experience, Adams has worked with sculptor Victor Mutelekesha, a native of Zambia, now residing in Oslo, who shares Adams' passions of sculpture and the vessel form. Adams has also collaborated with Professor Jan Bill of the Viking Ship Museum, who has extensive knowledge of Viking history, their ships, and a great appreciation of the Vikings' aesthetic sensibility.

"Art is not mere decoration; it reaches down into the core of our being and puts us in touch with what is most meaningful in our lives," Adams said. "Skibladnir is not meant to be a replica of the Viking ships in the museum, although the shape was inspired by them. It is a meeting point, a place where the artist and the viewer come together to create meaningful experiences."

For more information regarding Adams' installation and the Viking Ship Museum, visit http://www.khm.uio.no/vikingskipshuset/index_eng.html.

Idaho State University has been selected as a host site for the nationally acclaimed Elect Her training

Idaho State University has once again, through a competitive application process, been selected as a host site for the nationally acclaimed Elect Her training. Elect Her - ISU Women Win, funded by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Running Start, is a half-day training that teaches college women how to run for and win student government positions.

It is a unique workshop as Elect Her is the only program in the country that encourages and trains young women to run for student government positions at their colleges. The training at ISU is scheduled from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Pond Student Union Salmon River Suite. Check-in begins at 3:30 pm, with the training beginning promptly at 4 p.m.

Elect Her - ISU Women Win is free and open to current ISU students, both men and women, as well as interested Southeast Idaho high school students. The Elect Her training will include dinner and a reception. Advance registration is required for participation. Registration is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ELECT-HER-2011.

Topics covered during the training will include:

"We are honored and excited to be hosting Elect Her again this year," said Rebecca Morrow, director of the ISU Anderson Gender Resource Center and AAUW Pocatello Branch member. "The training really helps our students prepare to run, not only for positions in ASISU, but also for local, state and federal offices. It has been great to see the program develop and improve over these two years and we expect this year's event to be even more productive and beneficial to our participants."

Currently, women hold just 17 percent of the seats in Congress and 24 percent of the seats in state legislatures. Elect Her: Campus Women Win is training a whole new generation of college women for running for office.

To learn more about Elect Her: Campus Women Win, please visit: http://www.aauw.org/learn/LeadershipPrograms/electHer.cfm

For more information about the ISU training, contact the Anderson Center at (208)-282-2805.

The 19th annual Professional Pharmacy Student Alliance (PPSA) Spaghetti Feed, Raffle and Auction will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the Pond Student Union Ballroom

The 19th annual Idaho State University Professional Pharmacy Student Alliance (PPSA) Spaghetti Feed, Raffle and Auction will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.

"The students are continuing their record success and they want you to be a part of it," said Julie Hillebrant, ISU College of Pharmacy assistant to the dean.

The PPSA Spaghetti Feed, Raffle and Auction is an annual fundraiser put on by students to help raise the necessary money to fund their rural community patient outreach projects for which they have received national recognition.

Recognizing the importance of community stewardship, the pharmacy students donate at least 25 percent of the proceeds from the Spaghetti Feed Auction to a Make-A-Wish child and have traditionally fully funded wish recipients in past years.

This year, the Make-A-Wish child is Savanah, a 7-year-old girl from Pocatello, who was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. Her wish is to experience the magic of Disney World with her family.

"Your donations will go a long way to help support pharmacy students in the local community and fulfill the wish of a local child," Hillebrant said.

The event is meant for the whole family with activities for the children and many raffle items including a stereo surround system, a Tissot Watch and an Apple iPad.

Tickets for the dinner are $5 per person or $20 per family. Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting the College of Pharmacy at 282-4597.

Nathan Barnes's Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition "Old Voices, New Ears" will open Monday, Feb. 6, in the John B. Davis Gallery of the ISU Fine Arts Building

Nathan Barnes's Idaho State University Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition "Old Voices, New Ears" will open Monday, Feb. 6, in the John B. Davis Gallery of the ISU Fine Arts Building.

The free opening reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.

Barnes's work will be on display through Friday, Feb. 17. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Barnes, who currently resides near Idaho Falls and was born in Salt Lake City, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from the University of Utah. For the past three years he has curated exhibits for the Idaho Falls Arts Council. Most of his work is oil paint on canvas panel; however he sometimes uses real objects in his pieces and forays into sculpture as well.

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

The ISU Massage Therapy Club is offering Valentine's massages in Feb. 10 for a minimum suggested donation of $20 cash per person

The ISU Massage Therapy Club is offering Valentine's massages in Feb. 10 for a minimum suggested donation of $20 cash per person. Couples massages are available. To schedule a massage, visit http://www.isu.edu/ctech/massagetherapy/schedule.shtml

Organizations are invited to participate in the second annual Celebrate Idaho State event March 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Pond Student Union

Organizations are invited to participate in the second annual Celebrate Idaho State event March 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Pond Student Union.

The event, designed to give an opportunity for the community and university to come together, is family-friendly, and includes free food, demonstrations and more. It is a great opportunity for organizations to display what they offer to the university and community.

For more information, or to register for the event, contact Val Davids at ext. 3451.

Idaho State University's International Affairs Council is proud to present the 41st Annual Frank Church Symposium, featuring the theme of "Democracy in a Changing World," Feb. 29-March 2

Idaho State University's International Affairs Council is proud to present the 41st Annual Frank Church Symposium, featuring the theme of "Democracy in a Changing World," Feb. 29-March 2.

The main panels will be held in the Salmon River Suite in the ISU Pond Student Union Building on the Pocatello campus.

"Featuring panels focusing on a variety of topics for our time, this year's symposium is shaping up to be on the cutting-edge of international relations," Alden Allen, IAC publicity chair.

This year's theme is especially relevant given the challenges to freedom and democracy around the world, from the Middle East to Asia to our own individual democracy in the United States. The symposium's panels will cover a range of topics, including women and gender; technology, media and trends; the future of democracy; economics; and countries in transition.

"With several experts attending, this year's event promises to be one of the best presented at Idaho State University," Allen said.

Admission is free to the public and the events run 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Feb. 29 and March 1, and from 9 a.m. until noon on March 2. In addition, a keynote speech will be offered in the evening on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the main floor of the Pond Student Union.

Additional details on speakers and their topics will be released.

For more information on the symposium, contact ISU International Studies Office at 208-282-3630 or visit https://sites.google.com/a/isu.edu/isuiac/.

Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for the Graduate Student Symposium for Research and Creative Excellence

Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for the Graduate Student Symposium for Research and Creative Excellence.

The deadline is March 19. The symposium is April 5 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Pond Student Union.

The Graduate Student Symposium for Research and Creative Excellence is an opportunity for graduate students to share and showcase their research and creative activities. Students will have the opportunity to present posters or displays showcasing their original work.

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), by March 19.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Research 282-2714.

Undergraduate students are invited to submit abstracts for the Undergraduate Student Symposium for Research and Creative Excellence

Undergraduate students are invited to submit abstracts for the Undergraduate Student Symposium for Research and Creative Excellence.

The deadline is March 19. The symposium is April 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Pond Student Union.

The Undergraduate Student Symposium for Research and Creative Excellence is an opportunity for graduate students to share and showcase their research and creative activities. Students will have the opportunity to present posters or displays showcasing their original work.

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), by March 19.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Research 282-2714.

The Division of Health Sciences will be hosting its Annual Research Day on Friday, March 16 in the North/Middle Fork Rooms of the Pond Student Union

The Division of Health Sciences will be hosting its Annual Research Day on Friday, March 16 in the North/Middle Fork Rooms of the Pond Student Union. A welcome by Dean Hatzenbuehler and Dean Katsilometes will begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by the keynote Address to be broadcast from Meridian.

Dr. Margaret Doucette, Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Boise VA Medical Center and Judy A. Thorne, MPA, RTC, HIV/Viral Hepatitis Education Coordinator and Affiliate Faculty with the Master of Public Health Program, Meridian will be giving the keynote address titled "Idaho to Uganda: Crossing Boundaries Toward Global Health". Doucette and Thorne are collaborators in an ongoing project in Nsumba, Uganda working with a large orphanage to improve the health and well-being of almost 500 children.

The address will be broadcast from Meridian to Pocatello via ISU's Distance Learning and will run until 10:15 am with the Poster Session beginning at 10:30 in the Ballroom. A hosted lunch will be served immediately after the poster session.

The DHS Research Day Committee welcomes proposals from faculty and graduate students across disciplines from all Colleges/Departments within the University. Please go to the DHS homepage, then Research and Research Day link for all information regarding proposal submissions or email Tara Johnson at johntara@isu.edu.