July 2, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 23
Rex Force, Pharm.D., has been named the associate dean for clinical research in the Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences and will head ISU's new Idaho Center for Health Research.
"The faculty across the Division of Health Sciences is committed to increasing our research profile," said Linda Hatzenbuehler, associate vice president and executive dean for the ISU Division of Health Sciences. "Developing this position and staffing it with an individual of Dr. Force's background and expertise is a key element in achieving our goal."
Force, a professor of pharmacy practice and family medicine, also directs the ISU Family Medicine Clinical Research Center and has acted as interim associate dean for clinical research since last November.
"Our new office is helping to support health-related research across both campuses: in Pocatello and at ISU-Meridian," Force said. "We'll be providing a variety of different services to the ISU Division of Health Sciences, including supporting the grant funding process from beginning to end."
The center will help researchers with the "pre-award process," helping to identify grant-funding opportunities and assisting with grant writing. It will also offer budgetary assistance, project planning, project management assistance and reporting.
Force and the center are also cataloging the expertise of faculty and staff in the Division of Health Science to help with research collaboration among different parties.
Force is also charged with creating and maintaining connections with community health partners such as clinics, hospitals and other health organizations "across the state and region and even nationally."
"I think as the premier health institution in the state we need to have a presence throughout the state as it relates to research," Force said. "We all have important missions within our fields and it all requires research to move health care forward. We have a tremendous amount of research capability on our campuses and we need to maximize it to better fulfill our health mission and improve the health of Idahoans."
Force earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in pharmacy from Oregon State University and his Pharm.D. degree from the University of Texas, after which he completed a clinical research fellowship at Ohio State University.
Force has been active in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. He has authored more than 60 professional and research publications, and speaks regularly at professional meetings.
Force and his collaborators have received grants and contracts in excess of $5 million while at ISU. Presently, he is the site principal investigator of two research studies funded by the National Institutes of Health. His research interests focus on the treatment of diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol. His work has also evaluated innovative methods for health care delivery and medication safety. He has been on the faculty at Idaho State University since 1993.
We have just awarded our newest winners of the ISU Cares Awards.
$100 Spring Semester Winner
Lori Dykman, Administrative Assistant I, Mathematics
$15 May ISU Cares Spot Award Winners
Omar Raudez, Recruiter, International Programs Office
Chris Wagner, Landscape Superintendent, Facilities
Cindy Hronek-Brush, Office Services Supervisor I, Idaho Falls Academic Programs
Janie Rodriquez, Custodian, Facilities
Rebecca Morrow, Director, Janet C. Anderson Gender Center
Amy Anderson, Customer Service Representative I, Idaho Falls Student Services
Congratulations to all of our recent ISU Cares award recipients. We appreciate the excellent customer service they deliver to those they are in contact with while working for Idaho State University. To learn more about each of the winners, or to see a list of past winners, visit ISU Cares. To submit a survey for an ISU employee who has excellent customer service skills, or to let us know where we need improvement, click ISU Cares Survey.
Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas has announced ISU has formed the ISU Charlotte Fire Task Force to continue offering support to members of the ISU community and greater Pocatello community affected by the Charlotte Fire.
"I am proud of the way ISU stepped up to help the community initially deal with this catastrophe," Vailas said. "We will continue to support the greater Pocatello community in any way we can to help heal from these tragic fires."
A particular focus of the task force will be helping those of the ISU community -- faculty, staff, students, emeritus faculty and retirees - who have been affected.
"A continuing priority is to members of the ISU family, making sure we do a thorough and efficient job of taking care of them," Vailas said. "The University needs to first accurately assess their needs, and then take steps to care for them."
According to a preliminary report being prepared by the ISU Office of Human Resources, of the 66 homes that reported burned, more than 20 belonged to members of the extended ISU community. Many others were affected less severely.
"We're in the process of confirming who was affected and how severely they were affected," said James Fletcher, ISU Vice President of Finance. "We appreciate the response we've had from people updating us on who all was affected. Now we need to better determine how we can best help them."
A website, phone line and email address are available to ISU faculty, staff, students and retirees to find out what services are available and to report what needs there are to be addressed. The designated phone number is (208) 282-4400; the website is www.isu.edu/firesupport; and the email address is email@example.com.
As community members cope with the loss and trauma in response to the Charlotte fire, the ISU Department of Counseling and the ISU Counseling and Testing Center will offer free counseling. The ISU Department of Counseling's Pocatello Counseling Center is located on the seventh floor of Garrison Hall and its phone number is 240-1609. The ISU Counseling and Testing Center is located in Room 351 of Graveley Hall and its phone number is 282-2130.
The task force is discussing how to offer other means of emotional support for fire victims and counseling may become available from other campus entities.
It is also collecting information on short-term housing options available at the University and offering assistance in finding long-term, temporary housing.
The task force is also forming a pool of University volunteers to assist evacuees and fire victims in a wide assortment of projects. ISU will continue to work with other public, volunteer and private entities such as the American Red Cross, United Way and city, state and county governments committed to helping the community recover from the fire. Links and information on these agencies will be available on the website.
"Our thoughts and prayers are still with those who have lost their homes," Vailas said. "Although the Charlotte fire was officially declared contained yesterday (July 2) the recovery work is just starting. The entire community has united to assist those affected, and we're happy to be part of that team."
ISU has already helped out in various ways. By 5 p.m. Thursday, June 28, the day the fires erupted, the American Red Cross had begun setting up an emergency shelter for evacuees in ISU's Holt Arena. That shelter remained open until 4 p.m. Saturday, June 30, when it was moved to the Clarion Inn.
"ISU's response was absolutely phenomenal," said Sue Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of Greater Idaho, who oversaw emergency operations for the fire. "All the way around, from public safety to facilities services, every department we interacted with was very helpful and supportive. The space was great, the staff was great, and overall we couldn't have been more pleased with the response. We look forward to continuing partnership with ISU."
The emergency shelter provided a variety of services to evacuees, from providing a place to sleep or to get a meal, to providing crisis counseling. ISU facilities, public safety, housing and event personnel, as well as student and staff volunteers, assisted around-the-clock, pitching in to help.
ISU Public Safety provided 24-hour security, and its personnel also helped set up cots, distribute food and offer any other assistance it could.
"A lot of my people came in from their vacations or outside of their normal shifts and helped out in any way they could," said Stephen Chatterton, director of ISU Public Safety. "A group of 13 or 14 students just spontaneously came up there and were a great help, too."
Holt Arena staff worked from beginning to end at the emergency shelter, too.
"We basically turned Holt Arena into a shelter area first thing on Thursday night," said George Casper, ISU events director. "We helped them set up cots, tables, chairs and cooler space. As the day went on we assisted them with anything they needed."
Holt Arena's Bennion Room, with its TV, functioned as a place evacuees could keep up on the latest news. Casper's office was turned into a space for evacuees to receive emergency counseling. Showers were available, janitorial services were provided and toiletry kits were distributed. These services were used by people who spent the night in the shelter, parked their recreational vehicles in the Holt Arena parking lot, or stopped by for various lengths of time.
"The main thing I'd like to stress is that we all worked together as a team," said Loretta Taylor, ISU custodial services manager, who also became a Red Cross volunteer last weekend. "ISU worked with the Red Cross, who worked with the city and the county. All the different departments and agencies came together and unified for a common purpose. It was awe-inspiring and I can't say enough. I have a great newfound respect for this community and for what it can do."
ISU's contribution to that greater community will continue.
Judy Thorne, Idaho State University-Meridian's HIV and viral hepatitis educator, will leave Boise July 7 to begin two weeks of medical service at the Nsumba orphanage near Entebbe, Uganda on Lake Victoria.
She is one of five core members of a medical team, led by Boise physician Margaret Doucette. The team is documenting the medical history and health care of approximately 500 children served by the orphanage. Thorne's task is to develop the HIV testing and referral portion of the medical record.
Also making the trip for the first time are Meridian audiology professor Gabriel Bargen and audiology doctoral student Nicole Butler who'll conduct hearing screenings, and ISU-Meridian Academic Dean Bessie Katsilometes.
The Nsumba orphanage is located in the village of Nsumba about 37 miles from Kampala, the capital of Uganda. More than 500 children live at the orphanage or attend school there, walking many miles to do so, said Thorne.
This is Thorne's third trip to the orphanage in the past year. Last summer, the medical team evaluated close to 400 children and began developing medical profiles for each one, including exposure to malaria, HIV, viral hepatitis, general growth and development, vision, hearing and oral health.
You can follow team members in July or read about previous trips at http://nsumba.wordpress.com.
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, St. Luke's/Elks Rehab, and the Idaho Assistive Technology Project co-sponsored the 7th annual Advancing Adventures in Augmentative Communication (AAC) Camp June 11-15 on the campus of Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa.
Twenty graduate students in the ISU Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Master's program worked alongside professional SLPs as camp counselors for 24 campers, all of whom have speech-generating devices to augment their verbal communication. Major gains were observed in device usage and quality of communication during the week of all-day sessions. To highlight this year's theme of music, the Idaho Junior Jammers Fiddlers, the Failla Drums, and Boise Marimba groups performed. In addition, Campers experienced a performance of the Jungle book by the Nampa Civic Center Summer Musical Theater Camp participants.
On July 1, faculty and staff permits will be available for purchase through Bengal Web as well as in-person on the Pocatello, Idaho Falls, and Meridian campuses. As always, your vehicle's license plate number and description are required to purchase a permit. Also, please note that all outstanding parking citations must be paid prior to purchasing any permits.
Online purchases can be made by accessing the Employees tab in Bengal Web and then going to the Parking Services channel. Benefited employees are eligible to use payroll deduction for purchasing permits. Payroll deduction is only available online until Aug. 17. After August 17, payroll deduction will only be offered in-office.
For Pocatello Permits
Permits may be purchased online or in person in the Parking Office located inside the Public Safety Building (#27). For the Pocatello campus, all vehicle decals must be purchased in the office. This year we will be able to offer decals for reserved lots as well as general lots. Permits that are purchased online between July 1 and Aug.17 will be mailed to your campus stop number. Any permits purchased online after Aug. 17 must be picked up in the office. Photo ID or receipt is required for permit pick-up.
For Idaho Falls Permits:
Permits may be purchased online or in person at the Parking Office located in the Student Services Office in the Bennion SUB. For the Idaho Falls campus, vehicle decals are available online or in the office. Permits that are purchased online must be picked up in the office. Photo ID or receipt is required for permit pick-up.
For Meridian Permits:
Permits may be purchased online or in person in the Front Office located in the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center. The only permits that are available are hang tags (no decals are available for the Meridian Campus). Permits that are purchased online must be picked up in the front office. Photo ID or receipt is required for permit pick-up.
For more information, please contact your Parking Office.
Idaho State University is featured in the June edition of Education Executive magazine. The internationally circulated magazine, which is read by more than 30,000 education professionals, profiles the transformational growth of the University and its commitment to provide flexible access to education. The article appears on the ISU Facebook page.