News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

December 3, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 43

Faculty/Staff Updates

The Office of Student Affairs has an immediate opening for an Administrative Assistant 2

The Office of Student Affairs has an immediate opening for an Administrative Assistant 2. This opening is limited to classified employees of Idaho State University. This is a 12 month, full-time position. For a complete job description, requirements, and application instructions visit us at http://www.isu.edu/humanr/classified.shtml; applications must be submitted by Dec. 12.

It has been a busy year of travel for Idaho State University School of Engineering Director D. Subbaram Naidu who in the last academic year has visited Turkey, Russia, China and Greece to deliver academic and research presentations and to explore research collaborations

It has been a busy year of travel for Idaho State University School of Engineering Director D. Subbaram Naidu who in the last academic year has visited Turkey, Russia, China and Greece to deliver academic and research presentations and to explore research collaborations.

Most recently, he visited Istanbul, Turkey, to present an invited plenary lecture, "Singular Perturbations and Time Scales (SPaTS) in Control Theory and Applications," at the 12th World Scientific and Engineering Academy and SocietyInternational Conference on Systems Theory and Scientific Computation.

At the conference, Naidu also presented the following two papers:

In Turkey, Naidu visited Control Engineering Department, Istanbul Technical University (ITU) and made an invited presentation titled, "Smart Prosthetic Hand Technology at Idaho State University." ITU is one of the top technical universities in the world and was established in 1773.

Naidu visited Russia first to attend the ninth International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Symposium on Advances in Control Education (ACE) held at Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, to commemorate 125 years of the celebrated Lyapunov Stability Theory and then to visit Moscow State University and Institute of Control Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.

At the IFAC Symposium, Naidu presented two papers - one titled, "My Journey of Education in Control Systems from IIT to ISU," authored by Naidu, and another paper titled "Educational Issues of PI-PID Controllers," jointly authored by Naidu and Valery D. Yurkevich, Novosibirsk State Technical University, Novosibirsk, Russia.

In addition, Dr. Naidu was an invited panelist on the topic ofsession on "Rethinking Control Education in the Modern World."

In Moscow, Naidu visited the mathematics department at Moscow State University and made a presentation on "Singular Perturbations and Time Scales (SPaTS) in Control Theory and Applications." In particular, Naidu met Adelaide Vasileva, who is retired and 76 years old and whose pioneering work on nonlinear differential equations with small parameters multiplying the highest derivatives was the inspiration for Naidu's doctoral thesis on "Application of Singular Perturbation Technique to Control Problems" and to many other researchers throughout the world. While in Moscow, Naidu also visited the Institute of Control Sciences at the Russian Academy of Sciences. He held discussions with Sergey Ryskin for possible research collaboration with Institute of Control Sciences.

On a different trip, Naidu delivered the plenary lecture on smart prosthetic hand technology at ISU at the 6th International Conference on Circuits, Systems and Signals at Athens, Greece.

He also presented three other papers at the conference in Greece:

Perhaps Naidu's most impressive travel was to China, his third visit to the country, last December where he visited three cities and four organizations. Naidu visited East China Normal University, Shanghai, Shanghai Jiao-Tong University, Shanghai, Nantong University, Nantong and Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.

Naidu visited the Center for Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics (CAIM) of the East China Normal University (ECNU), Shanghai, where Naidu gave a short graduate level course for three weeks on optimal control based on his own book, "Optimal Control Systems." The course was attended by a mixture of doctoral, master, and senior undergraduate students in the mathematics department.

Naidu was invited by Guoping Lu, President of Jiangsu College of Information Technology, to visit the College of Electrical Engineering, Nantong University, Nantong, hosted by Dean Juping Gu. Naidu gave the presentation "Smart Prosthetic Hand Technology@ Idaho State University" and visited the Robotics Laboratory. He also expressed interest in collaborating with the College of Electrical Engineering of Nantong University.

Naidu also visited Shanghai Jiao-Tong University, Shanghai, and gave a presentation on "Research Experiences in Singular Perturbations and Time Scales (SPaTS)- An overview to the group Singular Perturbations Society of China."

His final stop in China was to the Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, where Naidu was invited by its deputy director, Ji-Feng Zhang. Naidu gave a presentation on "Smart Prosthetic Hand Technology@ Idaho State University" and visited various laboratories at the academy and discussed possible collaboration in intelligent controls.

The whole visit to China was funded by East China Normal University, National Science Foundation of China, and Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Another notable item is the acceptance of a book chapter H.M. Nguyen and Naidu, "Evolution of Wind Turbine Control Systems," a book chapter submitted by invitation from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization-Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems Joint Committee Secretariat, Paris, France.

Dr. Neill, Professor and Associate Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Nursing has been named Associate Editor for the Journal of Forensic Nursing

Dr. Neill, Professor and Associate Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Nursing has been named Associate Editor for the Journal of Forensic Nursing. JFN is the official journal of the International Association of Forensic Nurses, a quarterly peer reviewed publication.

The journal's objective is to publish scholarly manuscripts and to expand empirical evidence important to the practice of forensic nursing worldwide.

Kathleen Hodges published an article in Dimensions of Dental Hygiene

Kathleen Hodges just published "Maximize the Benefits of Mouthrinse" in the November issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene.

News Bites

The Idaho State University Annual Art Faculty Exhibition will be held at the John B. Davis Gallery in the Fine Arts Building from Dec. 4-Jan. 18 and will have receptions Dec. 3 and Jan. 18

The Idaho State University Annual Art Faculty Exhibition will be held at the John B. Davis Gallery in the Fine Arts Building from Dec. 4-Jan. 18 and will have receptions Dec. 3 and Jan. 18.

ISU art faculty exhibiting works includes Naomi Adams, Scott Evans, Andrea Jensen, Linda Leeuwrik, Anthony Martin, Amy Jo Popa and Doug Warnock. Adjunct faculty exhibiting work includes Ryan Babcock, Joanna Cleveland, Juliet Feige, Lynne Parker and Lou Pirro.

The first opening reception is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 3 and features new reception hours from 5 to 7 p.m. The second reception will be Friday, Jan. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. during the first week of spring semester.

The gallery will be closed for winter break Dec. 15 - Jan. 13. This event is free and open to the public.

The John B. Davis Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information regarding the gallery call Amy Jo Popa, John B. Davis Gallery director, 282-3341.

Idaho State University's "A Season of Note" will present "A Kurt Bestor Christmas" Tuesday, Dec. 18

Idaho State University's "A Season of Note" will present "A Kurt Bestor Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the Stephens Performing Art Center's Jensen Grand Concert Hall.

From the magical, starry stage to the featured musicians, from invited guests and Bestor's own playing, conducting and emceeing the show, to the arrangements that add such texture and layers to Christmas songs, there is nothing like a Kurt Bestor Christmas.

Bestor has performed sold-out Christmas shows for 24 years, as he is best known for his innovative interpretation of season carols found in his popular five-CD boxed set "The Complete Kurt Bestor Christmas."

For more on Bestor and his music visit www.kurtbestor.com.

Ticket prices for the Bestor concert are $38 for lower level and $34 for upper level seating. Tickets can be purchased at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office, open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the school year.

Tickets can also be purchased over the phone at (208) 282-3595 or online at www.isu.edu/tickets. They can also be purchased at Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello or Idaho Falls. The Box Office is open one hour prior to show times.

Nominations are being sought for alumni Professional Achievement Awards

Professional Achievement Awards are presented to alumni of Idaho State University in recognition of significant professional achievement in a specific field or endeavor each year at Commencement. Awards are given in the College of Arts and Letters - Fine Arts & Humanities and Social & Behavioral Sciences; College of Science & Engineering - Natural & Physical Sciences and Engineering; College of Business; Division of Health Sciences; School of Nursing; College of Pharmacy; College of Education and College of Technology. Individuals selected for the Professional Achievement Award must have been out of school at least 10 years and have excelled in their chosen field attaining significant success and accomplishments.

Recipients of this prestigious award are alumni who have made important contributions to their careers or profession, to the social, political or economic well-being of the world around them and have shown continued community and civic involvement in addition to their association with and contributions to Idaho State University.

Nominations are to be sent directly to the dean/director of each college or unit. Each college/unit selection process will be under the direction of the Dean. The Office of Alumni Relations sponsors this program and presents it in partnership with Idaho State University academic colleges and units.

Nomination forms and guidelines can be found at http://www.isu.edu/alumni/professionalawards.shtml and can also be obtained from the Dean's office at each college/unit or from the Office of Alumni Relations. All nomination forms, biographical and supporting documentation and letters of support must be received by the college/unit no later than Jan. 18 to be considered for selection.

College of Arts & Letters- (2) honorees:
(1) Fine Arts & Humanities
(2) Social & Behavioral Sciences

College of Science & Engineering- (2) honorees:
(1) Natural & Physical Sciences
(2) Engineering

Division of Health Sciences- (2) honorees:
(1) Health Sciences
(2) School of Nursing

College of Pharmacy - 1 honoree

College of Business-1 honoree

College of Education-1 honoree

College of Technology-1 honoree

Each award recipient will be honored by their college/unit and will lead the processional of graduates for their college/unit at Commencement. For the first time, Alumni Relations will host a breakfast for all Professional Achievement Award recipients on Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Magnuson Alumni House. Each honoree and a guest, deans, development officers and administrators will be invited.

Idaho State Softball and The Clarion Inn present the 2nd annual Trivia Night fundraiser Feb. 2

Idaho State Softball and The Clarion Inn present the 2nd annual Trivia Night fundraiser Feb. 2, 6 p.m. at the Clarion Inn.

Food and drink will be provided, and cost is $150 per table, with no more than six people per table. Emcee is Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad.

For more information, contact head coach Julie Wright at wrigjul3@isu.edu or ext. 5269.

Important Information on Reconciling and Approving Wells Fargo and Bank of America P-card Transactions

Please remember that you may have P-card charges to reconcile/approve in both the Wells Fargo CCER and Bank of America Works systems through the middle of February 2013. Even if you have already started using your new Bank of America P-card it is important that you continue to reconcile and approve the purchases that you processed using your old Wells Fargo P-card.

The two systems are completely separated so reconciling/approving in both systems will be necessary until you are sure that all purchases/credits have charged through the Wells Fargo banking system. The Wells Fargo system will stay active until the middle of February 2013 so please check to ensure that you do not have transactions, such as credits for returns, in that system through the middle of February 2013.

The new Bank of America P-card system is designed so that you should be reconciling/approving the purchases you have made using your Bank of America P-card on a weekly basis. For your convenience, when monitoring these charges in your account indexes, ISU has assigned a new document code to the Bank of America P-card transactions. The new document code will begin with BA. The first week's transaction document code is BA000001. The Wells Fargo document code will continue to be WF; October's document number was WF000048.

The reconciling deadlines on the Wells Fargo system are listed below. Please contact Diane MacLerran at ext 3931 or macldian@isu.edu or Ann Merkley at ext 3112 or merkmarg@isu.edu if you have any questions.

November 2012 charges brought into Banner Finance in December:
Reconciliation in CCER by 12/07/2012
Approval Period in CCER by 12/10/2012
Process in CCER closed and unavailable for input 12/11/2012

December 2012 charges brought into Banner Finance in January:
Reconciliation in CCER by 1/09/2013
Approval Period in CCER by 1/12/2013
Process in CCER closed and unavailable for input 1/13/2013

January 2013 charges brought into Banner Finance in February:
Reconciliation in CCER by 2/08/2013
Approval Period in CCER by 2/12/2013
Process in CCER closed and unavailable for input 2/12/2013

There will be a free screening for alcohol and depression Dec. 6th

There will be a free screening for alcohol and depression Thursday, Dec. 6th from 4- 7 p.m. in Garrison room 726. This is being sponsored by the ISU Department of Counseling.

The Idaho State University School of Performing Arts will present the play "Miss Julie" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 8 and 10 in the Beverly B. Bistline Theatre in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center

The Idaho State University School of Performing Arts will present the play "Miss Julie" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 8 and 10 in the Beverly B. Bistline Theatre in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Seating is limited to 40 people a night for " Miss Julie," which was written by August Strindberg. Tickets should be bought in advance to guarantee admission.

The play illustrates that it only takes a few moments of weakness to change the course of someone's life. An elaborate game of cat and mouse unfolds in a single evening as young aristocratic Julie entangles herself with her handsome footman Jean. When dealing with to the complications of love, lust and power, which party is entitled to the upper hand? It's a matter of life and death.

Because of themes within the play, the recommended is age 15 and older.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults; $14 for ISU faculty and staff and seniors; $10 for children under 18; $7 for ISU students with valid Bengal card; and $10 group rate for groups of 10 or more. The prices listed include all fees.

Tickets are available at the Performing Arts Center Box Office in person or by phone at (208) 282-3595, Vickers Western Wear Stores in Pocatello and Idaho Falls, the Pond Student Union Information Desk or online at www.isu.edu/tickets.

"Do you hear? Does anyone / hear the man?" Mike White's poem "Angel" asks, begging us to pay attention

"Do you hear? Does anyone / hear the man?" Mike White's poem "Angel" asks, begging us to pay attention. White's poetry is deceptively simple, lyric in a way that is both visually and aurally striking. On Friday, December 7, you have the opportunity to hear the man himself. White will be doing a poetry reading in the North Fork Room of the ISU Student Union Building. White grew up in Canada, received his doctorate in creative writing and literature at the University of Utah, and currently teaches at the University of Utah. He has been widely published in literary journals, including Poetry, The New Republic, The Threepenny Review, The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, and FIELD. At the poetry reading, White will be reading from his book How to Make a Bird with Two Hands, which was awarded the 2011 Washington Prize. A preception, including light snacks and a sales table, will start at 6:30 p.m., and the reading will begin about 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to come listen to this poignant and lyrical poetry.