News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 16, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 14

Faculty/Staff Updates

Katherine Reedy-Maschner has received a $300,000 grant to expand her research in Alaska's Aleutian Island chain

Katherine Reedy-Maschner, associate professor of anthropology at Idaho State University, has received a $300,000 grant to expand her research in Alaska's Aleutian Island chain. The grant is funded by the Office of Subsistence Management, a branch of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

According to Reedy-Maschner, the grant will fund a three-year study of marine fish and sea mammal harvesting in four remote Aleutian Island villages. This is a continuation of her previous research studying subsistence harvests in villages of the eastern Aleutian Islands and the Alaska Peninsula. This study tracks resource harvesting and use, how much is harvested, and where it is harvested. She will also collect data on sharing wild foods, resources and labor organization in order to track the social networks that tie these distant communities to one another, mainland Alaska, and the rest of the world.

The project uses techniques and network analysis to organize the data and continues her collaboration with Corey Schou, director of the ISU Informatics Research Institute and associate dean of the ISU College of Business, who created the social network tools she uses in this research. This new information will be used to analyze how modern peoples in remote villages use their marine environments and how marine foods are integrated into social networks.

Research in the islands can be difficult due to their isolation and the expense and difficulty of travel, much of which takes place in small planes, according to Reedy-Maschner. It is no surprise that much of the research in the Aleutians focuses on the fishing industry.

"All we hear about are Bering Sea commercial fishing," Reedy-Maschner explained, "but I will focus more on local harvesting and community involvement in the commercial fishing industries."

Despite a lengthy application process for funding and difficult travel conditions, Reedy-Maschner said she finds her work extremely rewarding.

"I love getting to document life in these remote places that otherwise no one would know much about," she said. "The people are amazing. Just buying a gallon of milk [in the islands] can be challenging, and they do it with such grace."

While she is conducting this project for the Office of Subsistence Management, Reedy-Maschner will ultimately use this new information as the focus of her next major book project.

Everyone is invited to a retirement party for Kristine Rudd and Catherine Kunicki

Everyone is invited to a retirement party for Kristine Rudd and Catherine Kunicki.

The party is scheduled for Friday, April 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Rendezvous 327. There will be cake and refreshments.

To commemorate National Student Employment Week ISU recognized outstanding students by awarding the Student Employee of the Year Scholarship

To commemorate National Student Employment Week ISU recognized outstanding students who go beyond the job requirements and provide exemplary service by awarding the Student Employee of the Year Scholarship. Students were nominated by departments based on exhibited reliability, outstanding quality of work, extraordinary initiative, disposition/attitude, professionalism, and contribution that the student has had on the position or the department. The following students were selected:

Student Employee of the Year: Brittany Greenleaf (Mail Center) $2000 Scholarship

First Runner Up: Abigail Wentzel (Intermountain Center for Education Effectiveness) $377 Lupher Scholarship

Second Runner Up: Stacy Schwabedissen (Biological Sciences) $100 ISU Pond Student Union Food Court gift card donated by the Career Center

Third Runner Up: Missy Orgill (Literacy & Special Education / College of Education) $50 ISU Bookstore gift card donated by the Office of Student Affairs

News Bites

ISU's Anderson Gender Resource Center, together with the Office on Women's Health, will host the fourth annual Maternal Health Fair May 18

Idaho State University's Anderson Gender Resource Center, together with the Office on Women's Health, will host the fourth annual Maternal Health Fair Friday, May 18.

The event, which is free of charge, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Ballroom. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend.

The fair will feature booths and information from ISU resources as well as several community organizations and businesses that may be of interest to anyone with a small child in their life. This is not an event exclusive to pregnant women and mothers; everyone with an interest in children and health is encouraged to come. Refreshments will be provided.

Maeve Howett, Ph.D., is this year's featured keynote speaker, giving her presentation "Reconceptualizing Infant Feeding from a Feminist Perspective."

Howett is a pediatric nurse practitioner and lactation consultant, as well as a clinical assistant professor in family and community nursing at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University, Ga. She has 25 years of pediatric nursing experience with research interests in women's experiences of infant feeding, early childhood nutrition, toxic exposures in infants and lactating women, and vulnerable pediatric populations. She is president of the Southeastern Lactation Consultants Association (SELCA) and is involved with numerous organizations working with health in mothers and young children.

Howett's teaching interests include research, global health, migrant health, hospitalized children, lactation and vulnerable populations. At-risk mother-infant pairs that are made vulnerable by poverty or lack of resources are an area of special interest to her. For the last six years she has taken her students to south Georgia to care for the children of migrant workers and to Jamaica to care for children living in orphanages.

Businesses or organizations interested in participating and hosting a booth at the Maternal Health Fair can find the registration form at www.isu.edu/andersoncenter.

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

The Anderson Gender Resource Center will host its 13th annual Take Back the Night event May 4 at 5:30 p.m.

The Anderson Gender Resource Center at Idaho State University will host its 13th annual Take Back the Night event Friday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m.

The event, which is free and open to all, will begin in Old Town Pocatello outside Family Services Alliance, 355 S. Arthur.

Cohosts for the event include Family Services Alliance (FSA), Old Town Pocatello Art Walk, Bannock County Sexual and Domestic Violence Task Force, Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health and Family Court Services Sixth District.

Mayor Blad will speak at FSA and free T-shirts and drawstring bags will be distributed, beginning at 5:15 p.m. The march will then go along Main Street to Old Town Pavilion where there will be free food, a free raffle, speakers and live music from the band Blind Autumn. For the first time, events will be coordinated with the Old Town Art Walk. Additionally, local artist Anne Kratz (Vest) has been working together with survivors of sexual assault and allies to produce an art installation exclusively for this occasion, which will be displayed at the Pavilion and unveiled at the event. Kratz's project has been funded through a grant from the Office on Women's Health.*

Take Back the Night, which raises awareness and support to fight against violence towards women, began in Belgium in 1976. It is now a worldwide event concerning an issue which affects countless individuals. It is estimated that one in six women and one in eleven men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, meaning we all know or have met somebody affected.

Take Back the Night is a chance to take a stand, show support and help raise awareness to make Pocatello a safer place. Local entities and businesses will come together to show their support in the fight against sexual assault.

For questions and further information, please contact the Anderson Center at 208-282-2805.

ISU and the ISU Alumni Association proudly announce the 2012 Outstanding Student Award recipients who will be honored at Spring Commencement

Idaho State University and the ISU Alumni Association proudly announce the 2012 Outstanding Student Award recipients who will be honored at Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 5, in Holt Arena.

The 13 Outstanding Student Awards are presented to recognize outstanding graduating seniors who have excelled in their programs, their extracurricular activities and have epitomized ISU's outstanding student body. Students receiving these prestigious awards exhibit a readiness to graduate, high academic achievement, above-average dedication to academic and professional goals and involvement in professional societies. Work experience and community service are also considered.

The Outstanding Student Award recipients will be honored at a reception April 27 in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Outstanding Student Award recipients for 2012 are: Princess C. Young, Mountain Home, College of Business; Shalene M. Summers, Idaho Falls, College of Education; Kirstin J. Kooda, Idaho Falls, College of Pharmacy; Kelsey J. Petersen, Twin Falls, College of Arts and Letters, Fine Arts and Humanities; KC L. Harding, Boise, College of Arts and Letters, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Matthew D. Smitheram, Montpelier, College of Technology; Lacey Rahmig, Soda Springs and Shelley, Division of Health Services; Michael R. Shafer, Boise and Bakersfield, Calif., School of Nursing; Jariullah Safi, Punjab, Pakistan, College of Science and Engineering, Engineering; Jeremy A. Farrell, Salt Lake City, College of Science and Engineering, Natural and Physical Sciences; Misty M. Strain, Moscow, Graduate School, Master's Candidate; Kai-yi "Clark" Huang, Tainan City, Taiwan, Graduate School, Doctoral Candidate; and Chandrasekhar Potluri,Eluru, India, Graduate School, Doctoral Candidate.

Biographies of the 2012 Outstanding Award winners are:

ISU's Pocatello campus will host the 2012 Idaho Science and Engineering Festival on April 28

Idaho State University's Pocatello campus will host the 2012 Idaho Science and Engineering Festival on April 28, featuring more than 30 scientists and engineers who will host hands-on learning booths from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Ballroom, followed by ISU physic Professor Steve Shropshire's "Wonders of Physics" show in the ISU Physical Science Building, Room 140 at 5 p.m.

Children of all ages and their families are invited to attend this free event. Besides interactive booths and displays, science-themed songs, dances and art, the festival is sponsoring a number of contests for children of all ages. On the day of the festival, there will be an egg-drop competition for students in third and fourth grades, and students in grades fifth through eighth will have the opportunity to build a catapult for launching eggs across the Hutchinson Quadrangle.

Preregistration is highly recommended for both of these events by emailing idahosef@isu.edu. All ages are invited to participate in the sidewalk chalk-drawing contest. Several contests are in progress, including a science video competition for high school students, and a literature and art contest for grades third through eighth. Visit the website www.isu.edu/isef for details on each of these contests.

The Idaho festival is a satellite event that corresponds with the national USA Science and Engineering Festival being held in Washington, D.C., during the month of April. The national festival ends with a two-day expo in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, which will feature 1,500 booths with hands-on activities from more than 500 organizations. There are also concurrent satellite science/engineering festivals taking place throughout the United States, but ISU's festival is the only one scheduled in the Intermountain West.

"This is part of our nation's national science festival, and we are proud to be involved," said Linda DeVeaux, ISU associate professor in the ISU Department of Biological Sciences and one of the ISU event's four organizers. "Eventually, this may be celebrated statewide, but for now we're looking for strong participation in our area. The goal of the festival locally and nationally is to present hands-on, fun science activities to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers."

Its organizers are billing the national festival as "the ultimate multi-cultural, multi-generational and multi-disciplinary celebration of science in the United States." ISU satellite festival sponsors include Idaho State University, Micron Foundation, ON Semiconductor, Idaho National Laboratory - INL, Simplot, Wells Fargo and ISU Molecular Research Core Facility.

Besides helping to organize the local festival, DeVeaux will represent Idaho State University at the national festival in Washington, D.C. DeVeaux will be in a booth that demonstrates accelerator technology, a technology DeVeaux uses to carry out studies on radiation-resistant microbes.

For more information on the ISU Science and Engineering festival, visit www.isu.edu/isef, email idahosef@isu.edu or contact DeVeaux at 208-282-5661, Caryn Evilia at 208-282-4006 or Jean Pfau at 208-282-3914.

The Veterans Sanctuary and Center for Counseling and Testing will offer a stress management workshop for student and community veterans on Apr. 24

Idaho State University's Veterans' Sanctuary and Center for Counseling and Testing will offer a stress management workshop for student and community veterans Tuesday, April 24, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Veterans' Sanctuary Lounge.

The lounge is located on the third floor of the Pond Student Union.

The free workshops will offer stress-relief techniques and all-purpose mental health information, which may be especially helpful to student veterans preparing for finals. Refreshments will be served.

For those interested in attending or finding out any additional information, contact Tomarra Byington or Casey Santee at 208-282-4245 to RSVP.

The Veterans Sanctuary and ISU Armed Forces Veterans' Club will present the third annual Veterans Family BBQ and Family Day at the Zoo on Apr. 28

The Idaho State University Veterans' Sanctuary and ISU Armed Forces Veterans' Club will present the third annual Veterans Family BBQ and Family Day at the Zoo on Saturday, Apr. 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Upper Ross Park shelter.

Food, zoo tickets and disc golfing are free of charge. Supplies are limited - first come first serve. Live music will be performed by Tony Rosario and the Hillbilly Healers.

The ISU Veterans Sanctuary and the Veterans' Club are commemorating the end of another great school year and want to share this celebration with community veterans and their family members.

The sponsors for the event include the City of Pocatello, the Hillbilly Healers, Del Monte Meats, Wonderbread Thrift Store, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Marine Corps League, American Legion, ISU Veterans Sanctuary, ISU Armed Forces Veterans' Club, ISU New Student Orientation, Starbucks, New Day Products, Home Depot, Carmike Cinema, Elmers, Nitro Graphics, Johnny B. Goodes, and other community sponsors.

For more information about this event, contact Tomarra Byington or Casey Santee at (208) 282-4245.