News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

October 1, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 34

Faculty/Staff Updates

Congratulations to the winners of the ISU Cares Spot Awards for August

Congratulations to the winners of the ISU Cares Spot Awards for August. They were commended for delivering excellent customer service. The winners are:

Rick Pongratz, Counseling and Testing Services
Cindy Senicka, IT Service Desk
Michael Nestler, Facilities
Virginia Taylor, Facilities
Trisha Ytuarte, Bengal Athletic Boosters
Becky Clover, Anthropology

They were given a $15 Visa card, courtesy of ISU Credit Union. To learn more about each of our current and past winners visit ISU Cares. To nominate an Idaho State University employee for their excellent service click ISU Cares Survey.

History research professor, Dr. Jack Owens, based at ISU-Meridian, recently hosted the annual meeting of his national research team in downtown Boise

History research professor, Dr. Jack Owens, based at ISU-Meridian, recently hosted the annual meeting of his national research team in downtown Boise.

Tammi Perdew, administrative assistant at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, assisted Owens with local arrangements.

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), through the Office of Cyberinfrastructure, funds Owens' project, "Understanding social networks within complex, nonlinear systems: geographically-integrated history and dynamics GIS" (acronym: SOCNET).

The project develops and integrates dynamic forms of geographic information systems (GIS) and social network analysis (SNA). The goal is to provide a software environment for the development of spatial narratives, which will permit researchers to move from data to knowledge. In particular, the project increases understanding, through narrative knowledge, of complex human systems and their coupling with nonhuman systems, according to Owens.

Other principal investigators attending were ISU's Dr. Vitit Kantabutra, whose Intentionally-Linked Entities (ILE) database management system is central to the project, and Dr. May Yuan of the University of Oklahoma's geography department, one of the world's major experts on the development to spatiotemporal GIS.

Because the project will soon begin its final year of funding, the meeting placed emphasis on writing abstracts for funding proposals, which Owens will use for discussions with NSF project officers about future support for the team's research and for increasing the involvement of foreign researchers.

News Bites

James Aho, Idaho State University professor emeritus of sociology, will preside over the discussion "Humanistic Sociology" at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Portneuf Valley Brewery in Pocatello

James Aho, Idaho State University professor emeritus of sociology, will preside over the discussion "Humanistic Sociology" at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Portneuf Valley Brewery in Pocatello.

His talk is the inaugural Humanities Cafe monthly presentation by the ISU Committee for the Study of Violence, Conflict, and War in Society.

The Committee will begin a community-wide conversation on the role of the humanities disciplines - such as English, history, art, foreign languages, philosophy and anthropology - in American society.

During this inaugural Humanities Cafe participants will debate questions including "how have the humanities disciplines addressed the problem of violence in human society?" and "have societies become more or less violent over time?"

Hors d'oeuvres will be provided. The discussion is open to the public and will be held in the upper loft of the Portneuf Valley Brewery.

The event is supported by a donation from Roger Howard, a member of the ISU Dean's Advisory Board for the College of Arts and Letters.

This year's Health Science Experience Night and Pharmacy Open House is Oct. 11, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center

When Emily Holcomb attended ISU-Meridian's Health Science Experience Night and Pharmacy Open House last fall, she didn't expect to win an iPad.

"I was hoping for a T-shirt," laughed Holcomb, a freshman studying pre-nursing in Pocatello.

But when her name was drawn for the top prize-an Apple iPad computer tablet-she was thrilled. At the touch of a finger, she can access study exams, check email and connect with the campus community without lugging around her laptop. She says there's more room in her backpack for chemistry and biology books.

This year's Health Science Experience Night and Pharmacy Open House is Oct. 11, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive. Attendees are eligible to enter a drawing for a free iPad. Winning is contingent upon attending Idaho State University.

Holcomb, a graduate of the Idaho Virtual Academy, encourages Treasure Valley students to attend the event.

"ISU has so many different health programs available. This event helps narrow it down," she said. "You can talk to experts who'll tell you what you need to know about the programs, including prerequisites."

Health Science Experience Night started seven years ago to give Treasure Valley high school students and college transfer students the opportunity to explore health careers and visit with ISU faculty. Attendees can also participate in medical demonstrations and experience human patient simulation-the use of computerized mannequins to simulate medical scenarios in the real world.

"Health Science Experience Night is a wonderful opportunity for students from the Treasure Valley to delve into the health professions. They experience hands-on what professionals do in the field each day. We invite students and parents to participate in this annual event," said ISU-Meridian Enrollment Services Director Ali Crane.

For the third year, ISU-Meridian pharmacy students, in observance of American Pharmacists Month, will hold their annual community Pharmacy Open House and chili cook-off in the L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Complex. The meal is $5 and proceeds support pharmacy outreach projects.

Pharmacy students will conduct free blood pressure checks; provide education about diabetes, heart health, prescription drug abuse and poison prevention; and administer flu shots. The first 25 shots are free. After that, the cost is $27.99.

For information about Health Science Experience Night, call 208-373-1702. For information about the Pharmacy Open House, call 208-373-1821.

The musical comedy "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" will be presented by the Idaho State University School of Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13

The musical comedy "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" will be presented by the Idaho State University School of Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13.

The show will be presented in the Beverly B. Bistline Theatre in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

The musical comedy is billed "as a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime." The show's Tony Award-winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time, according to Michael Helman, business and production manager for the ISU School of Performing Arts.

The comedy is directed by Sherri Dienstfrey. The musical was conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn and is based on the book by Rachel Sheinkin. This production is rated PG-13 and contains adult subject material and language.

Tickets are available at the Stephens Center Box Office in person or by phone at 208-282-3595, Vickers Western stores in Pocatello and Idaho Falls, Pond Student Union Information Desk or online at www.isu.edu/tickets. For additional information, visit www.isu.edu/sopa.

The Idaho Museum of Natural History will offer fun, educational opportunities for children in kindergarten through eighth grade in its Not-So-Spooky Science Classes scheduled in October

The Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University will offer fun, educational opportunities for children in kindergarten through eighth grade in its Not-So-Spooky Science Classes scheduled in October.

All classes will go from 4 to 5 p.m. and will be held at the Idaho Museum of Natural History in Classroom 204, located at Dillon Street and South Fifth Avenue on the campus of Idaho State University in Pocatello. The cost for each class is $10. Register today by contacting the Educational Resources Center at 208-282-2195 or pokokell@isu.edu.

Not-So-Spooky Science classes scheduled are:

Idaho State University will host 150 TRiO students from throughout Idaho Oct. 5-6 for an annual Student Leadership Conference

Idaho State University will host 150 TRiO students from throughout Idaho Oct. 5-6 for an annual Student Leadership Conference.

Currently there are 24 TRiO programs in the state of Idaho serving 6,600 students. TRiO is a set of federally-funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students in their pursuit of a college degree.

The leadership conference's theme is "Envisioning your future through the lens of a TRiO Leader." Idaho Sen. Edgar Malepeai will open up the conference speaking to student about importance of getting involved in the political process.

Henry Evans, management analyst in the ISU Office of Affirmative Action, will challenge and engage the students in a workshop promoting diverse thinking and innovation. The core of the conference will have the students create a mock congress with the purpose of researching and taking information back to their community to ignite change.

Nationally more than 840,000 low-income, first-generation (meaning neither parent has a four-year degree) students and students with disabilities are served by 2,900 programs through TRiO. TRIO programs provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access and retention.

The Idaho State University Idaho Museum of Natural History will present National Fossil Day Oct. 17 from 2 to 7 p.m.

The Idaho State University Idaho Museum of Natural History will present National Fossil Day Oct. 17 from 2 to 7 p.m.

Activities will be located in the Discovery Science Center and will introduce fossils, the fossilization process and fossil identification. These free activities are appropriate for children and families through sixth grade.

Other activities include a special behind-the-scenes peek at the IMNH's paleontological artifacts. This collection includes the largest assemblage in the world of the ancient shark, Helicoprion, as well as the Bison latifrons. Two half-hour tours are available at no cost.

Contact the museum at 208-282-2195 or pokekell@isu.edu to sign up for Group A at 6 p.m. or Group B at 6:30 p.m. and for additional information.

Professor Russell Wahl is presenting a colloquium titled: Russellian Analysis and Epistemology Friday, Oct. 5, 3:30-5 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, Room 256

Professor Russell Wahl is presenting a colloquium titled: Russellian Analysis and Epistemology Friday, Oct. 5, 3:30-5 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, Room 256.

Bertrand Russell is famous for advocating analysis as the key method of philosophy. Two principles in Russell's philosophy are usually connected with the traditional epistemological project of grounding scientific knowledge on foundations which are certain. However, there are good reasons to think that this whole way of looking at the relation of Russell's analysis to epistemology is a mistake. While many philosophers of the early twentieth century were working in this direction, Russell realized early on that such a project was ill conceived. This paper brings to light why it was ill conceived and points the way to a better understanding of the relation of analysis to epistemology.

The Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University will present "Muggle Magic: Real Science From the Wizarding World of Harry Potter" on Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University will present "Muggle Magic: Real Science From the Wizarding World of Harry Potter" on Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The activities include a Halloween trip to Hogwarts to explore the science behind Harry Potter, explore herbology, mix potions, meet mythical creatures and hunt for the golden snitch.

All activities are free and for more information contact the museum at 208-282-2195 or facebook.com/imnhedcenter.

Call for Distinguished Researcher Nomination

Each year an Idaho State University faculty member is selected for the ISU Distinguished Researcher award for faculty members who have made significant contributions in research to the University and society. Full-time ISU faculty are invited to nominate a member of the faculty who exemplifies excellence in research. Please consider research attributes only. Elements such as service and teaching are not to be considered for this award.

Nominees should meet the following eligibility standards:

  1. Any member of the university faculty currently in his/her fifth or subsequent year of full-time service at Idaho State University, and
  2. She/he must be continuing as a member of the University faculty for 2013-2014

Nomination ballots are available on the Office of Research website. Please send your nomination to the Office of Research, Stop 8130, Pocatello, Idaho, 83209-8130, or email to officeofresearch@isu.edu, Fine Arts Building Room 205. Deadline is Monday, Nov. 26.

Immediate openings are available for low-cost psychological and behavioral health services at the Idaho State University Psychology Clinic, located on the fifth floor of Garrison Hall on the ISU Pocatello campus

Immediate openings are available for low-cost psychological and behavioral health services at the Idaho State University Psychology Clinic, located on the fifth floor of Garrison Hall on the ISU Pocatello campus.

The following services are currently available:

There is no charge for the Clinic's initial intake session. The ISU Psychology Clinic is a university training clinic.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (208) 282-2129.