News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

May 21, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 19

Faculty/Staff Updates

Denise Bowen, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Dental Hygiene, published an article entitled, "Flossing or Alternative Interdental Aids?" in the Spring edition of the Journal of Dental Hygiene

Denise Bowen, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Dental Hygiene, published an article entitled, "Flossing or Alternative Interdental Aids?" in the Spring edition of the Journal of Dental Hygiene.

Lidia Silva, graduate of the MSDH Program, Kathleen Hodges, Kristin Hamman Calley, and John Seikel published a research article entitled, "A Comparison of Dental Ultrasonic Technologies on Subgingival Calculus Removal: A Pilot Study" in the Spring edition of the Journal of Dental Hygiene.

News Bites

The National Park Service has awarded an $25,000 federal competitive Preservation, Technology and Training Grant to ISU's Andrew Sorensen, who will study the long-term effects of weathering on fiber reinforced masonry mortars used in preserving historical buildings

The National Park Service has awarded an $25,000 federal competitive Preservation, Technology and Training Grant to Idaho State University's Andrew Sorensen, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, who will study the long-term effects of weathering on fiber reinforced masonry mortars used in preserving historical buildings.

The grant, titled "In-Situ Durability of PVA Fiber Reinforced Mortars," will allow Sorensen to study masonry mortars that include polyvinyl-alcohol (PVA) fibers. The utilization of these fiber-reinforced mortars has become an increasingly popular method for improving the capacity of unreinforced masonry structures and is used to help preserve historic masonry structures.

Sorensen will study the long-term weathering effects that the inclusion of the PVA fibers has on the strength of the mortar, which is important to historic masonry structures because repair techniques need to be as minimally invasive as possible. The study will determine the expected life of PVA mortars and whether the PVA mortar breaks down prematurely, which would results in additional repairs to a structure.

A portion of the research funding will be used to purchase lab equipment to simulate the freeze-thaw process of natural weathering under accelerated circumstances, and will add to the ISU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering's long-term research capabilities. Additional funding support in the form of matching funds is being provided by the Idaho State University College of Science and Engineering.

The Preservation, Technology and Training grants program is administered by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, an office of the National Park Service. In addition to caring for our national parks, the National Park Service also maintains the National Register of Historic Places and is the preeminent leader in historic preservation technology, training, and education in the United States. The National Register encompasses thousands of historical buildings and sites across the country including many masonry buildings and other civil structures such as bridges.

Any questions regarding this grant can be directed to Sorensen at soreandr@isu.edu.

The Outdoor Adventure Center will offer summer orienteering, river rescue, rock climbing and kayaking workshops beginning June 1

The Idaho State University Outdoor Adventure Center will offer summer orienteering, river rescue, rock climbing and kayaking workshops beginning June 1.

Workshops offered include:

A deposit equal to 50 percent of the workshop fee must accompany applications to reserve a place in a workshop. One-half of the deposit will be refunded if a cancellation is received two weeks before the workshop begins. After two weeks, the deposit will be forfeited.

All workshops have limited enrollments; ISU students have first priority and other participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The workshops are available for ISU academic credit. Registration for classes for credit should be done with the ISU Registrar. A deposit is not required for participants who are signed up through the registrar.

For more information call the ISU Outdoor Adventure Center at (208) 282-3912 or olsodana@isu.edu.

The ISU Psychology Clinic provides public notice that the University will confidentially destroy evaluations and treatment records that are eight years old, assuming the patient is also 21 or older

The Idaho State University Psychology Clinic provides public notice that the University will confidentially destroy evaluations and treatment records that are eight years old, assuming the patient is also 21 or older.

If you would like to retain a copy of your medical records, contact the clinic at 282-2129 before May 28.

Associate Professor of biological sciences Jeffrey Meldrum will deliver the talk "Sasquatch on the Oregon Trail" June 1 and 2 in Montpelier

Idaho State University Associate Professor of biological sciences Jeffrey Meldrum will deliver the talk "Sasquatch on the Oregon Trail" at 7:30 p.m. June 1 and 2 in Montpelier.

He will give the lecture at the Allinger Community Theatre at the National Oregon/California Trail Center, located at 340 N. Fourth St.

Tickets are $10. For tickets, call (208) 847-3800 or visit www.oregontrailcenter.org.