March 25, 2013 — Vol. 29 No. 11
Three scientists- Kathleen Lohse, Sarah Godsey and Donna Delparte- recently joined departments within Idaho State University's College of Science and Engineering in Pocatello.
She earned a Ph.D. in soil science from University of California, Berkeley. Before joining ISU, Lohse was an assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at University of Arizona. At ISU, she runs the Lohse Biogeochemistry Laboratory, focusing on biological, chemical and geological processes that shape and transform ecosystems.
Delparte, an assistant professor of geosciences who holds a Ph.D. in geography from University of Canada, Calgary, has an extensive background in geographic information systems and remote sensing. Her research couples hydrology and biogeochemistry to understand how ecosystems work and respond to human-derived changes.
Prior to joining ISU in the fall of 2012, she worked at the University of Hawaii, Hilo and played a lead role in developing a data repository for use by researchers and the general public.
Godsey, an assistant geosciences professor, earned a Ph.D. in earth and planetary science at University of California, Berkeley.
A former postdoctoral scholar at Pennsylvania State University's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Godsey's research interests include how changes in land use and climate affect water resources in mountainous and polar regions. She has also published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and lectured at UC Berkeley and Penn State.
The women were hired through two grants from the National Science Foundation, including a $15 million National Science Foundation EPSCoR project titled Water Resources in a Changing Climate and a $2 million award Cyberinfrastructure Development for the Western Consortium of Idaho, Nevada, and New Mexico.
Their hires are among 11 new faculty hires statewide at Idaho State University, Boise State University and University of Idaho. The intent of the grants is to develop research infrastructure by investing in personnel who contribute to Idaho's leadership in teaching and research.
ISU's new faculty additions strengthen the university's research and teaching in key areas, including hydrology, watershed ecology and geotechnology.
"These new faculty members expand our expertise considerably in the areas of Earth surface processes, biology-geology interactions, hydrology, and cyberinfrastructure," said Glenn Thackray, geosciences department chairman.
"These areas of the geosciences are growing rapidly, and provide excellent opportunities for our students and faculty. They will help us develop our new Ph.D. program in geosciences as well as existing undergraduate and graduate programs which together provide a variety of strong training for a new generation of geoscientists," he said.
For more information, contact the ISU Department of Geosciences at (208) 282-3235.
The world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, has honored Idaho State University-Meridian associate professor and clinical coordinator, Ruth Schneider, for outstanding leadership, mentoring and teaching in ISU's dietetic internship program.
March 17, the Academy presented Schneider with its Dietetic Internship Educator Award for Area 1 at a regional meeting in Asilomar, Calif. Area 1 includes Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.
Schneider will be recognized in the September issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Schneider joined ISU in 2001, teaching at campuses in Boise and Meridian. In 2010, the Idaho Dietetic Association named Schneider its Outstanding Dietitian of the Year for her efforts in fighting hunger in Idaho. In 2011, the Idaho Business Review newspaper honored her as a Health Care Hero Educator for her commitment to dietetics education and community service.
Idaho State University's Richard Brey, chair of the ISU Department of Nuclear Engineering and Health Physics, has this month been elected to the National Council of Radiation Protection and Measurements.
This council has a great deal of responsibility for establishing U.S. standards of best practice in radiation.
"I am honored to have been nominated and now elected to this organization, one of the most prestigious of its type in the United States," Brey said. "This also speaks well of the quality of the health physics program at Idaho State University, which is well regarded both nationally and internationally as a leader in the discipline."
Besides being the chair of his department, Brey has been the ISU health physics program director for many years.
The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) seeks to formulate and widely disseminate information, guidance and recommendations on radiation protection and measurements, which represent the consensus of leading scientific thinking.
The Council is on the alert for areas in which the development and publication of NCRP materials can make an important contribution to the public interest. The Council's mission also encompasses the responsibility to facilitate and stimulate cooperation among organizations concerned with the scientific and related aspects of radiation protection and measurements.
NCRP has been active in the areas of radiation protection and measurements since its inception as "The Advisory Committee on X-Ray and Radium Protection" in 1929. It was originally established to represent all of the national radiological organizations in the United States on a collective, scientific basis.
The NCRP is made up of the Council members, Distinguished Emeritus members, consociate members, and adjunct members. There are 100 council members selected on the basis of their scientific expertise to six-year terms, with the terms of approximately 14 members expiring each year.
The NCRP was chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1964 as the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. For more information on the council, visit www.ncrponline.org.
Faculty and graduate program students and alumni from the Department of Dental Hygiene conducted presentations at the American Dental Education Association Meeting held in Seattle.
Dr. Ellen Rogo and Leciel Bono (graduate student) presented a workshop entitled "A Panoramic View of Professional Development from Student to Educator" on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
Lisa Welch (alumnus), Dr. Rogo, Kathleen Hodges, and Dr. Beverly Hewett presented a poster entitled "The Transmission of Sexually Transmitted Infections via Oral Sexual Contact" on Monday, March 18, 2013.
Dr. Rogo and Karen Portillo, RDH, MS, presented their poster, "Stages of Online Learning Communities" on Monday, March 18, 2013.
Ann Wetmore (alumnus) co-presented a workshop (with Jana Mannen) on "Mapping the Terrain of Effective Clinical Management" on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Dr. JoAnn Gurenlian presented "Thesis Process and Considerations" as part of the workshop on Thesis vs. Non-Thesis Scholarly Activity: Moving the Profession Forward on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Dr. Angela Petit, Assistant Professor of English, has just returned from the Conference on College Composition and Communication, where she presented the paper "No Writing Program Is an Island"and chaired two sessions.
"Mnemonic Devices: Brother/Sister Art," a multimedia show by Anne Merkley and Aaron Hamilton, will be exhibited in the Idaho State University Transition Gallery April 1-May 10.
The Transition Gallery is located on the lower level of the ISU Pond Student Union.
From preschool years through high school in Blackfoot, Merkley and Hamilton became known as the "artistic team," not only for their visual art but also for writing in student publications and performing in plays. Ultimately they produced soundtracks together on a Webcor reel-to-reel tape recorder, and, along with getting Bachelor of Art and Master of Fine Art degrees in art at ISU, made 8mm experimental movies.
This retrospective show compiles a lifetime of artwork, much of it derived from sources of ancestral, childhood and family memories. Merkley views painting from life also as a means of archiving an earth that is vanishing before our very eyes.
The creative process, she says, is a form of triumph over death in our yearning for immortality. It allows us to record what we have experienced, and has been for millennia a way of stopping time, slowing change, making something permanent as we move closer to our own demise.
Merkley said she believes that art connects us to the cosmic source of all being through the symbolic gesture of co-creating with God. With fresh, unique, and original inventions, she says that we balance our inevitable return to the elements with the opposing energy of life force. Ironically, through this process, she says that we also seek order out of chaos and that has lasting spiritual value.
Finally, Merkley says that art stands sentinel in the quest to find our way through the void, back to the heart of the universe from which we came. The energy of memory creates thought forms and archetypes, allowing us to take our brief existence on this planet with us when we go.
"Mnemonic Devices" is an installation of drawings, paintings, sculpture, photographs, found objects and relics of human and natural worlds in a blend that is both terrible and beautiful.
The Transition Gallery is open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call Student Involvement at (208) 282-3451. Merkley can be reached at (208) 251-6715 or email@example.com.
It is election time for Staff Council. Nominations are being sought for new council members. The deadline to Nominate is April 3 at 5 p.m. Please submit all nominations to Ali Crane, Past President and Election Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can either nominate a colleague or yourself. For information about Staff Council, please visit our website at http://www.isu.edu/staffcouncil/.
We need to elect new council members for the following areas:
One opening for Secretarial/Clerical employees
One opening for Technical/Paraprofessional employees
One opening for Skilled Crafts employees
Non Classified Employees:
One opening for Instruction - Academic Support
One opening for Student Services
One opening for Auxiliary Enterprises and Institutional Support
The departments that are included for the Non-Classified Groups are the following:
Group I - Instruction - Academic Support
Graduate School, Office of Research, Sponsored Programs, University Library, Idaho Museum of Natural History, Experiential Learning Assessment, Continuing Education and Conferences, Institutional Research, Registration and Records, ISU-Idaho Falls, ISU-Twin Falls, ISU-Meridian, Academic Support and University Summer Programs, Academic Advising, Native American Academic Services, Enrollment Planning, Admissions, Recruitment, Information Technology Services, Information Security and Operating Systems, Enterprise Applications, Networking and Telecommunications, Educational Technology Services, Center for Teaching and Learning, College of Technology.
Group II - Student Services
Campus Recreation, Career Services, ADA & Disability Resource Center, Early Learning Center, Counseling and Testing Center, International Student Services, Student Health Center, Student Unions and Involvement, TRiO Student Services, University Housing, Public Safety, Maintenance and Operations, Shops, Transportation Services, Facilities Services, Campus Planning, Energy Conservation, Anderson Gender Resource Center.
Group IV - Auxiliary Enterprises and Institutional Support
University Relations, Development/ISU Foundation, Alumni Relations, Government Relations, Event Services, Athletics, Holt Arena, General Counsel, Risk Management, Affirmative Action, Records Management.
The April edition of FIRST MONDAY FORUM will be devoted to a special 1-hour broadcast: The ISU Student Experience... A Unique Perspective. The program, which airs April 1 at 7 pm on KISU-FM 91.1, will explore ISU from several different perspectives. Guests include:
Discussing the ISU Experience from the student perspective:
All are invited to the Idaho State University Undergraduate Student Research Symposium Wednesday, April 3. Poster presentations are from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Wood River Room at the Pond Student Union. Light refreshments will be served.
Dr. Matthew VanWinkle, Assistant Professor of English, will present a colloquium on Friday, April 12, 3:30-5 p.m., in LA256: "'Yea, if I love I will not grudge you this': Exhumation, Dialogue, and Crossed Affections in Christina Rossetti's 'By Way of Remembrance.'" Students, faculty, staff, and the public are welcome.