News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

February 18, 2013 — Vol. 29 No. 6

Faculty/Staff Updates

Idaho State University's Department of Geosciences Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory and the Idaho National Laboratory recently published a paper on unmanned aircraft systems

Idaho State University's Department of Geosciences Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory (BCAL, http://bcal.geology.isu.edu/) and the Idaho National Laboratory recently published a paper on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The paper, "Radiometric and Geometric Analysis of Hyperspectral Imagery Acquired from an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle" was published in the journal Remote Sensing (http://bcal.geology.isu.edu/manuscripts/Hruska_2012.pdf). The research utilizes a new light-weight (2.8 pounds) state-of-the-art hyperspectral sensor from Resonon in Bozeman, Mont.

The hyperspectral sensor is unique in that it provides spectroscopy information about biophysical features that no other UAS sensors have demonstrated. ISU's Jessica Mitchell is currently working with INL, BLM, and Orchard Training Area/Idaho Military Division to map native shrubs and invasive grasses with the UAS sensor. Her work was presented in China in summer 2012 at an IEEE conference.

More details are here: http://bcal.geology.isu.edu/news/uav-airframe-with-hyperspectral-sensor-in-southern-idaho/

Several Idaho State University employees and one department was recognized for exceptional customer service in an awards ceremony on Friday, Feb.15

Several Idaho State University employees and one department was recognized for exceptional customer service in an awards ceremony on Friday, Feb.15. A total of $3,000 in cash money and a pizza and pop party was awarded in this exciting event. Congratulations to the following:

2012 ISU Cares Customer Service Provider of the Year Awards
$1,000 Joey Gifford, Marketing and Communications

New Runner-up Awards (Brand New Award)
$250 Omar Raudez, International Programs
$250 Min McInelly, Facilities Services
$250 Shawn Sheriff, ITS-Idaho Falls
$250 Debbie Bloxham, Payroll

2012 Manager of the Year Award (Brand New Award)
$500 Lisa Lewis-Mangum, ITS
$500 Verla Negus, College of Education

2012 Department of the Year Award (Brand New Award)
Facilites Services

A big thank you to President Vailas and Vice President Fletcher for their continued support of the ISU Cares Program. We would also like to thank the ISU Credit Union for their generous support of this program by providing the $15 Visa card for our monthly spot awards and for sponsoring the new Department of the Year award with a pizza and pop party. Idaho State University employees continue to excel at providing great customer service and the winners for 2012 exemplify this effort. Thanks to all of our winners of the 2012 ISU Cares Customer Service Awards!

News Bites

Country music legend Don Williams, joined by Colm Kirwan, will perform a concert April 18

Country music legend Don Williams, joined by Colm Kirwan, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at Stephens Performing Arts Center in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall.

The tickets go on sale Feb. 15 at 10 a.m.

Williams, a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, was a dominating country-hit maker because of his unique blend of commanding presence and a laidback, easy style that has appealed to adult men and women alike, while cutting across national and genre boundaries.

Born in Florida in 1939 and growing up near Corpus Christi, Texas, Williams was playing guitar by age 12, taught by his mother, and performed in folk, country and rock bands as a teenager. He first gained musical attention as a member of the pop folk trio The Pozo Seco Singers, which had six pop-chart hits in 1966-67.

Between 1974 and 1991, Williams had at least one major hit every year, including such country standards to be as "Good Ole Boys Like Me," "Till the Rivers All Run Dry," "It Must Be Love," "I'm Just a Country Boy," "Amanda" and "I Believe in You."

He also had a hit duet with Emmylou Harris on Townes Van Zandt's "If I Needed You." Don was the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year in 1978; his "Tulsa Time" was the ACM Record of the Year for 1979.

More information on Williams is available at http://www.don-williams.com/.

Kirawan has moved to Nashville, Tenn., from Northern Ireland in 2009. He is one of Ireland's newest and most exciting country stars. After he moved to Nashville, Kirwan has been co-writing songs with a number of Nashville's well-established and successful songwriters.

Ticket prices are $40 for the lower level and $30 for the upper level and are available at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office in person or by phone at 208-282-3595 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during school weeks, Vickers Western Wear stores in Pocatello and Idaho Falls, or they can be ordered online at http://www.isu.edu/stephens/tickets.shtml.

Learn how to talk about science with your neighbors or the news media at a free workshop, Wednesday, May 29, at Boise State University

Learn how to talk about science with your neighbors or the news media at a free workshop, Wednesday, May 29, at Boise State University.

Faculty, staff and students on all ISU campuses are invited to attend. A limited number of travel scholarships are available to attendees outside the Boise area. Click here to apply for a scholarship and to view the program flyer.

The purpose of the workshop - titled Science: Becoming the Messenger - is to help the higher education community improve skills for communicating science to a public audience. It's intended for principal investigators, early-career scientists and engineers, students, postdoctoral scholars, deans, vice presidents, and public information officers, according to organizers. Presenters include bestselling science journalist Chris Mooney and Emmy-award winning producer Joe Schreiber.

The National Science Foundation and Idaho NSF EPSCoR are sponsoring the event. You don't have to be a member of the NSF or EPSCoR to attend.

More than 70 people gathered on the Meridian campus to enjoy ISU Sign Language Club's Story Night Feb. 7

More than 70 people gathered on the Meridian campus to enjoy ISU Sign Language Club's Story Night Feb. 7.

BSU and CWI students, professors, interpreters, regional representatives from Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind and families from as far away as Gooding came to the event.

Organizational details were handled by Jami Nilson, Ivy Albert, Holly Shroll and club members, with very limited support from Julie Melton, Meridian Site Club Advisor.

The Idaho State University Hispanic Awareness Leadership Organization (H.A.L.O.) will host "A Night in Mexico" at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Pond Student Union Ballroom

The Idaho State University Hispanic Awareness Leadership Organization (H.A.L.O.) will host "A Night in Mexico" at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.

Come enjoy a night of authentic Mexican food and live entertainment.

The dinner menu includes carnitas, tamales, rice, beans, other entrees and dessert. Entertainment includes a machete dance, singing and a raffle.

Ticket pricing for the event is $7 for ISU students with a Bengal I.D., $8 for faculty and staff, and $9 for the public. Ticket sales are taking place in the Pond Student Union and Rendezvous Complex from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Tickets purchased at the door will cost an additional $1.

For more information contact Maria Luna, lunamari@isu.edu.

The third annual Celebrate Idaho State, a CommUniversity event, will feature more than 100 groups providing a variety of free food, entertainment, art, culture, information, and scientific displays and demonstrations from 4 to 7 p.m. March 19 at the ISU Pond Student Union

The third annual Celebrate Idaho State, a CommUniversity event, will feature more than 100 groups providing a variety of free food, entertainment, art, culture, information, and scientific displays and demonstrations from 4 to 7 p.m. March 19 at the ISU Pond Student Union.

This year's event incorporates the Idaho Science and Engineering Festival and the Idaho State University College of Technology's Tech Expo evening program.

"Idaho State University and the communities of Southeast Idaho are closely linked and we again want to celebrate that relationship," said Valorie Watkins, Celebrate Idaho State co-chair. "This year's expanded event invites the community to come to Idaho State University to learn more about this great educational institution and cultural center, and to enjoy free food and entertainment."

ISU is inviting adults, children, families, businesses, organizations and everyone in surrounding communities to come to campus. CommUniversity is a joint effort by volunteers from local communities and Idaho State University to connect, support, and foster a strong spirit of mutual support, according to organizers. Parking for the event is free at the Pond Student Union and Frazier Hall parking lots.

Events planned are too many and too varied to list here, but highlights include:

Besides interactive booths and displays, science-themed songs, dances and art, the Idaho Science and Engineering Festival is sponsoring a number of contests for children of all ages, including an Egg-Drop Contest and a Catapult Building Contest.

The Idaho festival is a satellite event of the national USA Science and Engineering Festival held in Washington, D.C., in even numbered years in April. There are also concurrent satellite science and engineering festivals taking place throughout the United States, but ISU's festival is the only one scheduled in the Intermountain West. For more information on the ISU Science and Engineering festival, visit www.isu.edu/ISEF, email idahosef@isu.edu or contact Jean Pfau at 208-282-3914.

The Tech Expo highlights business, industry and educational opportunities in the region while promoting professional technical education. There will be dozens of interactive displays demonstrating ISU College of Technology programs, and related educational, business and industry opportunities in the area. For more information on the Tech Expo contact Stuart Summers, 282-3216 or summstua@isu.edu.

For more information on Celebrate Idaho State, contact Valorie Watkins, 238-1278, or the ISU Office of Marketing and Communications, 208-282-3620 or taylandy@isu.edu.

The Idaho State University Wind Ensemble will perform its first concert of the semester Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the Stephens Performing Arts Center

The Idaho State University Wind Ensemble will perform its first concert of the semester Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

The Wind Ensemble is directed by Patrick Brooks, ISU director of bands.

This concert will feature the world premiere performance of "Five Metric Dances" by Randy Earles, composer and associate dean in the ISU College of Arts and Letters. Composed in 2012, this work presents a series of dance movements, each based on a different musical meter. Earles has been at ISU since 1992, and is past chair of the music department.

"I was inspired to write this work when listening to a concert at the ISU Baroque Festival about three years ago," Earles said. "I did not want to write actual Baroque dances, so I focused on the meters and tempi that could be reinterpreted for dances in modern times."

The suite of dances follows a progression of meters that begins with a prelude that is played in one beat per measure. The second dance is in duple meter (two beats per measure), followed by three more dances in triple, quadruple, and quintuple meters respectively.

Featured soloist with the Wind Ensemble will be pianist Heloise Clifford. She will be soloist on "Introduction and Capriccio for Piano and 24 Winds" by American composer John Barnes Chance. Generally light and energetic in character, this work features a series of lively interplays between the piano and winds.

The Wind Ensemble will also perform Chance's heartfelt "Elegy, Spring Festival" by Chinese American composer Chen Yi, and "SLAVA!" by Leonard Bernstein.

Admission for the concert is free for ISU students with valid Bengal cards, $4 for pre-college students, $6 for ISU faculty and staff, and $8 for the general public. Children under 6 will not be admitted.

For more information on this concert or about the ISU Bands, call Idaho State University Director of Bands Dr. Patrick Brooks at 282-3147.

Alyson Hagy, award-winning author, will visit ISU and read from her novel Boleto at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26

Alyson Hagy, award-winning author, will visit ISU and read from her novel Boleto at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The publisher describes the book as "an unforgettable story of men and horses, the American West, and the dream of a ticket out."

Hagy has previously published short story collections such as Ghosts of Wyoming and novels such a Snow, Ashes. Her work has been featured on NPR and her stories have been awarded a Nelson Algren Prize, a Syndicated Fiction Prize, a Pushcart Prize. Hagy lives in Laramie, Wyo.and teaches at the University of Wyoming.

The reading will be held in the Bengal Café, inside of ISU's Pond Student Union Building, and will be followed by a Q & A session. A reception at 6:30 p.m. will be sponsored by Black Rock & Sage, ISU's journal of creative arts. Books will be available for sale and for signing both before and after the event.

The reading is free and open to the public, thanks to generous support from ISU's Cultural Events Committee and the Department of English and Philosophy.

The Idaho State University Anderson Gender Resource Center will screen LUNAFEST 2013, a festival of nine short films by, for and about women, on March 7 in Pocatello and March 13 in Idaho Falls

The Idaho State University Anderson Gender Resource Center will screen LUNAFEST 2013, a festival of nine short films by, for and about women, on March 7 in Pocatello and March 13 in Idaho Falls.

The Pocatello screening will be held at 7 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Salmon River Suites. For additional information on the Pocatello screening, call 208-282-2805.

The Idaho Falls screening will be held at noon in the Multipurpose Room of the Bennion Student Union at University Place. For more information on the Idaho Falls screening contact Ches Barnes at 208 -282-7866.

Both screenings are free and open to the public. Donations are encouraged.

Each year, LUNAFEST and its board of advisors receive an astonishing amount of film submissions, which totals more than 600 films by women around the world. The nine short films that explore a number of different issues are as follows:

LUNAFEST was established in 2000 by LUNA, the makers of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, to promote women filmmakers, while raising awareness and support of women's issues. LUNAFEST attempts to provide support for women's nonprofit organizations throughout the United States and Canada. Proceeds will benefit The Breast Cancer Fund. Additional information about LUNAFEST is available at www.lunafest.org.

The Anderson Center at Idaho State University serves as the focal point on campus for the consideration of gender issues.

ISU-Meridian assistant audiology professor, Gabriel Bargen, Ph.D., is recruiting Treasure Valley children for a study that could lead to better hearing tests for kids

ISU-Meridian assistant audiology professor, Gabriel Bargen, Ph.D., is recruiting Treasure Valley children for a study that could lead to better hearing tests for kids.

She and her research team want to evaluate children from birth to 8-years-old who have normal hearing or a hearing loss. Examinations will be conducted at the ISU-Meridian Audiology Lab, 1311 E. Central Drive, in Meridian.

The study will compare the current gold-standard method of recording auditory brainstem responses to a new method using a recently defined "chirp stimulus," said Bargen.

Researchers want to know if the "chirp stimulus" is a faster and more efficient way to evaluate hearing in young children.

The evaluation is painless. Children will sit comfortably or sleep while sounds are transmitted to their ears through a soft foam or rubber ear tip, said Bargen.

If you'd like to enroll your child in the study or learn more about the research, contact Bargen at barggabr@isu.edu or 373-1722. Parents will receive a summary of the test results at no cost.

Greg Finch, our TIAA-CREF Representative, will be on campus Feb. 26 - 28 in the Selway Room at the Student Union Building

Greg Finch, our TIAA-CREF Representative, will be on campus Feb. 26 - 28 in the Selway Room at the Student Union Building.

Please call 800-732-8353, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., to schedule an appointment.

"Intellectual Property, Tech Transfer in University" is the topic of the noon-1:30 p.m. Feb. 22 Idaho State University Faculty Development Seminar by Darlene Gerry, director of the intellectual property management and university partnerships in the ISU Office of Research

"Intellectual Property, Tech Transfer in University" is the topic of the noon-1:30 p.m. Feb. 22 Idaho State University Faculty Development Seminar by Darlene Gerry, director of the intellectual property management and university partnerships in the ISU Office of Research.

The seminar will be held in Room B-06 of the ISU Eli Oboler Library and will be broadcast to Room 160 at the Tingey Administration Building at the Center for Higher Education at University Place in Idaho Falls, Room 508 at ISU-Meridian and Room C-89 at ISU-Twin Falls at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls.

According to organizers, university faculty, staff, and students need to know about issues related to technology transfer, intellectual property rights, project management and copyright laws. Gerry has experience both in industry as well as university and will share her thoughts about these important items that the university community needs to be aware of.

This academic forum is sponsored by the ISU Office of Academic Affairs, the ISU College of Science and Engineering, the ISU Department of Electrical Engineering and the Bannock Development Corporation.

For more information, contact ISU Department of Electrical Engineering Professor and Chair S. Hossein Mousavinezhad, 208-282-3292.