News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

February 23, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 7

Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas is shown addressing those gathered at the dedication ceremony for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies in Idaho Falls on Friday, Feb. 20. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, the entire Idaho congressional delegation, acting Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Shane Johnson, CAES director Harold Blackman, INL director John Grossenbacher, the interim president of the University of Idaho Steven Daley-Laursen and the research vice president of Boise State University all spoke at the event. Vailas emphasized ISU's role in CAES and the potential southeast Idaho has for becoming an energy research corridor. For more on the CAES dedication, see the story below

In this Issue

New CAES energy research lab dedicated Feb. 20

On Feb. 20, Idaho National Laboratory and the state of Idaho – through its three public research universities that are partners in the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) – dedicated a new 55,000-square-foot, $17 million energy research laboratory on the banks of the Snake River in Idaho Falls. Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch" Otter and (read more...)

National Girls and Women in Sports Day Celebration at ISU Feb. 28

There are still slots open for this year’s celebration in recognition of National Girls and Women in Sports Day that is scheduled Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Idaho State University Reed Gymnasium. ISU’s celebration will include sport and activity clinics for girls grades K-6. Advance registration is $10 per girl on a first-come, first-served basis. There (read more...)

Second annual Disabilities Awareness Week set Feb. 23-27 at Idaho State

Idaho State University’s ADA and Disability Resource Center will present its second annual Disabilities Awareness Week on the theme “Growing Awareness” Feb. 23-27. The events are designed to help build awareness of the contributions people with disabilities bring to the university, the workplace and the community. Events for Disability Awareness Week are as follows:     • Tuesday, Feb. (read more...)

ISU Health Fair 2009 will run March 19-20 in Pond Student Union

The Idaho State University Health Fair 2009 will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 19 and 20. The annual Health Fair is sponsored by the Kasiska College of Health Professions and will be in the ISU Pond Student Union Ballroom. The Health Fair is a vital community event and there (read more...)

Nomination period open for Student Employee of the Year

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2008-2009 Student Employee of the Year Award. This award will recognize and honor student employees for their contribution to the university community during National Student Employment Week, April 12-18. Students are nominated by faculty and staff. Eligible students must:    • be enrolled full-time in a degree program as an undergraduate student;     (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Sylvio Mannel, assistant professor of GIS training and research, has been selected to receive the M.F. Burrill award from the American Association of Geographers for 2009.
The Burrill Award recognizes "work of exceptional merit and quality that lies at or near the intersection of basic research in geography on the one hand, and practical applications or policy implications on the other." For Sylvio, the award "is bestowed in recognition of your work using geography, geoscience, and geographic technologies in your research and educational collaborations with the Lakota Native American community."
More information on the award is available online.

NewsBites

The Idaho State University Wind Ensemble and Concert Band will perform their final program of the semester Friday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.
The Wind Ensemble is directed by Patrick Brooks, Idaho State University director of bands, and Monte Grise, associate director of bands, directs the Concert Band.
For complete details, visit ISU Headlines.

Idaho State University's Idaho Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Virtual Program Center housed within the Institute of Rural Health has been cited for excellence in developing and maintaining resources to meet the needs of Idahoans with brain injuries.
The Idaho program is featured in an article on the Web site of the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators and is available to members.
The state of Idaho was singled out as an exemplary example of developing and maintaining an ongoing needs and resources assessment process that includes war veterans with a traumatic brain injury, private individuals, their families and state agencies.
More information on the Idaho Traumatic Brain Injury Virtual Program Center is available online.
Created in 1990, NASHIA assists state governments in promoting partnerships and developing resources to meet the needs of individuals with brain injuries and their families. More than 1.4 million traumatic brain injuries occur each year in the United States, according to NASHIA.

Physical therapy doctoral students are providing free ergonomic assessments to ISU faculty and staff. PT students go to an employee's office and evaluate their office set-up and their typical work responsibilities. They make recommendations regarding the physical configuration of the work area. They also suggest helpful exercises to prevent injuries.
The assessments are available during the school year on Wednesday mornings and Fridays. This service has been available for the past two years and each assessment takes about an hour.
Ergonomic assessments can make employees more productive and reduce repetitive strain injuries. The most common problems that are seen on campus are a result of back, neck and wrist strain. The location of the computer is the most common contributing factor. For more information or to schedule an appointment contact Cindy Seiger, assistant clinical professor and PT clinic director, at x4416.

For a listing of Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center events relating to National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Feb. 23-27, see the center's online calendar.

For 20 years, the Idaho Museum of Natural History and Idaho Public Television have been getting kids excited about science through an overnight adventure called Science Trek.
Every April, 150 children in third through fifth grades are invited to spend the night learning about science before settling down to try to get some sleep among the dinosaurs, fossils, and other exhibits. Shortly after arrival, the children trek across campus for a wonderful physics demonstration by physics Professor Steve Shropshire. Fire and explosions are involved in the demonstration
Next the children break into groups for more one-on-one hands-on learning in their specific areas of interest such as archaeology, nursing, geology, etc. The night wouldn't be complete without movies, midnight snacks, and many new friendships.
The registration fee for Science Trek is only $37, and IMNH and IPTV are seeking individuals and businesses who are interested in helping to provide this exciting once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity for Idaho's youth. Additionally, sponsors of $250 or more receive logo placement on the official Science Trek souvenir T-shirt worn by all staff and children.
Contributions can be mailed to Science Trek, c/o Idaho Public Television, ISU Stop 8111, Pocatello, ID 83209. For more information about Science Trek, please contact Deidra Goshert at x2471 or visit the IMNH Web site.