News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 8, 2013 — Vol. 29 No. 13

Faculty/Staff Updates

Idaho State University-Meridian's Russell Spearman has received a 2013 Federal Traumatic Brain Injury Program Award for his work with TBI survivors and their families

Idaho State University-Meridian's Russell Spearman has received a 2013 Federal Traumatic Brain Injury Program Award for his work with TBI survivors and their families.

Spearman is a senior research associate in the Institute of Rural Health at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center.

The award from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration honors Spearman for exemplary participation in the federal TBI program through mentorship, technical expertise and representation.

"Russ has consistently supported and participated in the various aspects of the Federal TBI Program with great competency and boundless enthusiasm," wrote HRSA.

The federal agency also applauded Spearman for his development and implementation of Idaho's TBI Virtual Program Center and Grand Rounds approach to public education and brain injury training, serving all areas of Idaho.

Idaho State University-Meridian video instruction manager Jerry Jones has achieved the credential of Certified Technology Specialist awarded byInfoComm International, the professional association representing the world's audiovisual industry

Idaho State University-Meridian video instruction manager Jerry Jones has achieved the credential of Certified Technology Specialist awarded by InfoComm International, the professional association representing the world's audiovisual industry.

Jones, who joined ISU in 2006, operates and maintains the distance learning technology for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center.

The credential recognizes audiovisual professionals who have demonstrated extensive knowledge of the technology used in audio, video and display systems, and a competence, dedication and commitment to their profession.

Jones is among 12 Idahoans to earn the CTS certification, which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute, the International Organization of Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission. Jones completed the certification process Feb. 23.

InfoComm is the only organization within the audiovisual industry to earn ANSI accreditation for its personnel certification program, setting the industry standard for competency and quality in the audiovisual industry.

For more information, contact Jones at 373-1749.

History professor, Jack Owens, Ph.D., who is based at ISU-Meridian, recently published five book chapters in four foreign countries

History professor, Jack Owens, Ph.D., who is based at ISU-Meridian, recently published five book chapters in four foreign countries.

Two of the chapters, published in Germany and Romania, were written with Monica Wachowicz of the University of New Brunswick, Canada. She is an internationally noted expert in geographic information science. The chapters are entitled "The Role of Knowledge Spaces in Geographically-Integrated History" (in History and GIS: Epistemologies, Considerations and Reflections) and "The Dynamics of Trade Networks: The main research issues on space-time representations" (in Self-organizing Networks and GIS Tools: Cases of Use for the Study of Trading Cooperation (1400-1800)).

In the latter book, Owens also published a chapter entitled "Dynamic Complexity of Cooperation-Based Self-Organizing Commercial Networks in the First Global Age (DynCoopNet): What's in a name?" The chapter explains the interdisciplinary, multinational project that he created and co-coordinated for the European Science Foundation's EUROCORES (European Cooperative Research) Scheme program "The Evolution of Cooperation and Trade". His participation was funded by the National Science Foundation, Award Number SES-0740345 ($394,000; 2007-2010).

In the Routledge International Handbook of World-Systems Analysis: Theory and Research (printed in the UK), Owens published "Narrating Stories about the World System of the First Global Age, 1400-1800", and in India, he just published "Narrating Little Stories about the Portuguese in the Making of World History" (in Oceans Connect: Reflections on Water Worlds across Time and Space).

These two chapters discuss how to investigate and present the impact of the nonlinear dynamics of a world system and of its coupled natural systems on human social networks. This work clarifies the emergence of innovation and new forms and explains the transition in world history from one historic period to another.

Currently, Owens is the lead principal investigator for a collaborative research project entitled "Understanding social networks within complex, nonlinear systems: geographically-integrated history and dynamics GIS", which is administered by the NSF Office of Cyberinfrastructure. In support of the project for four years, NSF provides $1,761,897, of which Idaho State University's portion is $1,290,704 (OCI-0941371) and that of May Yuan, noted geographic information scientist of the University of Oklahoma, is $471,193.

Owens is now completing a book on nonlinear dynamics and the emergence of cooperation in a social environment characterized by seemingly endemic violence and other conflict. Although this situation appears common in the contemporary world, the book deals with southeastern Spain from the late 15th to the mid-17th century.

Thomas Klein, associate professor of English, has just returned from an HSSRC-sponsored research trip to the United Kingdom

Thomas Klein, associate professor of English, has just returned from an HSSRC-sponsored research trip to the United Kingdom, where he visited museums and archives in London, Oxford, and York, investigating significant Anglo-Saxon artifacts, including the Beowulf manuscript, the Franks Casket, and the Alfred jewel.

Susan Goslee, Bethany Schultz Hurst, and Jen Hawkins read creative works at the May Swenson Centennial Celebration

Susan Goslee, Assistant Professor of English; Bethany Schultz Hurst, Assistant Professor of English, and recent graduate Jen Hawkins, read creative works at the May Swenson Centennial Celebration at Utah State University, Logan, on April 9.

News Bites

Idaho State University and the ISU Alumni Association proudly announce the 2013 Outstanding Student Award recipients who will be honored at Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 11, in Holt Arena

Idaho State University and the ISU Alumni Association proudly announce the 2013 Outstanding Student Award recipients who will be honored at Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 11, in Holt Arena.

The 12 Outstanding Student Awards are presented to recognize outstanding graduating seniors who have excelled in their programs, their extracurricular activities and have epitomized ISU's outstanding student body. Students receiving these prestigious awards exhibit a readiness to graduate, high academic achievement, above-average dedication to academic and professional goals and involvement in professional societies. Work experience and community service are also considered.

The Outstanding Student Award recipients will be honored at a reception April 19 in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the presentation of awards at 7 p.m. To RSVP, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 208-282-3730 or e-mail thomcas2@isu.edu.

Outstanding Student Award recipients for 2013 are: Ariel J. McKay, from Kimberly, Division of Health Sciences; Kinta M. Serve, Fort Worth, Texas, Graduate School - Doctoral Recipient; Nancy L. Sherrill, Boulder, Colo., Graduate School - Masters Recipient; Alexa B. Goff, Soda Springs, College of Arts and Letters-Fine Arts and Humanities; Steven R. Boomhower, Twin Falls, College of Arts and Letters-Social and Behavioral Sciences; Cassidy J. Fernandez, Idaho Falls-College of Business;Danielle Rae Ahlstrom, Boise, College of Pharmacy; Kole H. Spaulding,Mountain Home, College of Education; Kourtney D. Wright, Pocatello,College of Science and Engineering-Natural and Physical Sciences; Bric Davis Balmforth, Pocatello, College of Science and Engineering-Engineering; Brandalin Barnes, Chubbuck, College of Technology; andGregory A. Fenchel, Albuquerque, N. M., School of Nursing.

Biographies of the 2013 Outstanding Award winners are:

The Idaho State University Department of Art will present a papermaking open house from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 13, in ISU Fine Arts Building Room 407

The Idaho State University Department of Art will present a papermaking open house from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 13, in ISU Fine Arts Building Room 407.

This event is free and open to the public.

Open house participants can learn how to make handmade paper and can check out the facilities.

For more information about the event contact Naomi S. Adams at adamnaom@isu.edu.

The 13th annual Idaho State University Undergraduate Art Exhibition and Scholarship Competition will have its opening reception April 8 and the exhibit will run through May 3

The 13th annual Idaho State University Undergraduate Art Exhibition and Scholarship Competition will have its opening reception April 8 and the exhibit will run through May 3.

The opening reception will run from 5 to 7 p.m. April 8, with an awards ceremony beginning at 6 p.m., in the ISU John B. Davis Gallery located in the ISU Fine Arts Building.

The jurors for this year's competition are Margo and Dennis Proksa, who are from Chicago and are now ?rmly rooted in Southeast Idaho, creating artwork independently. They met as art students at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale.

Thanks to employment as a welder at Bucyrus-Erie, they moved to Pocatello in 1975. After working at Bucyrus-Erie for two years, Dennis started Blackrock Forge. He studied blacksmithing on his own and furthered his studies at a National Endowment of the Arts workshop that put up-and-coming blacksmiths together with old timers like Francis Whitaker. Dennis studied in Prague with Vaclav Yaros, worked at Liberty Forge in Crested Butte, Colo., and Ironage Artworks in Queensland, Australia.

Margo was previously employed as the ISU Student Union Craft Shop director. She received an Artist-in-Residence for the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and restored the murals at the Chief Theater in Pocatello. Their collaborative work at Blackrock Forge is primarily architectural ironwork for the Sun Valley market. There were many years of contemporary furniture making for DeSousa-Hughes in San Francisco. Their artwork can be seen around Pocatello and includes the Hobo sculpture for the Portneuf Greenway, the Crane Gate at Edson Fichter Park, the Fish at Simplot Square, and the Bison at the Museum of Natural History. They also currently have a sculpture commissioned for the city of Boise underway.

Dozens of students are expected to enter this year's competition and around 30 will be accepted into the show, displaying around 50 pieces of art. Last year, 15 students received awards and/or scholarships, and similar number is expected to receive awards this year.

Davis Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Its website address is www.isu.edu/art/galleries.shtml.

This event is supported in part by the Idaho State University Cultural Events Committee and the ISU department of Art.

"Higher Education: Idaho's Competitive Edge" is the topic of the noon-1:30 p.m. April 12 Mike Rush Idaho State University Faculty Development Seminar by Mike Rush, executive director of the Idaho State Board of Education

"Higher Education: Idaho's Competitive Edge" is the topic of the noon-1:30 p.m. April 12 Mike Rush Idaho State University Faculty Development Seminar by Mike Rush, executive director of the Idaho State Board of Education.

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, the State of Idaho is facing a pivotal time in history. The state's residents face a highly competitive and rapidly changing worldwide economy that no longer has to play by the traditional rules. Education is a key component to successfully navigat­ing this economic environment. Higher education is a proven driver of individual and corporate wealth. It also has significant benefits for health and well-being.

In this presentation, discussion will focus on the role higher education plays in the economy of Idaho and the steps the system of higher education needs to take to create a successful Idaho future.

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.

Come join the Idaho State University Women's Club as they celebrate their 90th anniversary in conjunction with the Jayne Schubert Scholarship Luncheon

Come join the Idaho State University Women's Club as they celebrate their 90th anniversary in conjunction with the Jayne Schubert Scholarship Luncheon.

The celebration is Saturday, April 20, noon -2 pm in the ISU Stephens' Performing Arts Center rotunda s. Cost for the event is $16 a person. Entertainment will be a 1920's Fashion Presentation by the ISU Costume Department, narrated by Tara Young, Director of ISU Theater, Professor and costume designer.

RSVP by April 13 to Joan McCune, 233-8467 or Susan Burstedt, 237-5667. Pay $16 at the door; make checks payable to: ISU Women's Club.

There will be a raffle and silent auction. Items include: two days in a Sun Valley Condo, $100 toward the Black Swan Inn, $100 towards the Gray Stone Manor in Lava, 1 season Symphony Concert ticket and large theme baskets, just to name a few. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Some items for this auction are: gift certificates from Geraldine's, ISU Follett Bookstore, beauty services, home garden centers and gift baskets. Please contact Kris Kunze, 238-9385 for more information and for raffle tickets or purchase at the luncheon.

Cyber crime in all its many forms can put ISU data and systems at risk, but it can also wreak havoc in your personal life

When dealing with cyber crime, an ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure. Cybercrime in all its many forms (e.g., online identity theft, financial fraud, stalking, bullying, hacking, e-mail spoofing, information piracy and forgery, intellectual property crime, and more) can put ISU data and systems at risk, but it can also wreak havoc in your personal life, at best through major inconvenience and annoyance, and at worst, cybercrime can lead to financial ruin and potentially threaten a victim's reputation and personal safety.

It's always wise to do as much as possible to prevent cybercrime. But, despite our best efforts, our increasingly digital lives may put ISU and/or us in harm's way. The fact remains that the bad guys continue to find new uses for ever-expanding-but easily accessible-online technologies to steal, harass, and commit all sorts of crime. If cybercrime happens to you at work or at home, you need to know what to do and how to respond quickly.

To help you in this endeavor, ISU will be offering mandatory online security awareness training that will cover a variety of topics that apply not to just work but also home, including how to secure your family. The program consists of several short videos (averaging about 3 minutes each). You do not have to finish the videos in one sitting; you can stop and continue later as needed.

In addition we will be providing materials throughout the year to keep you updated on these key lessons and latest trends.

We will be officially launching this program in April. Expect an email in early April providing you with instructions on how to access the training. Several of the videos cover topics that may or may not apply to your specific circumstances, and as such these will be optional. However, there is a core set of videos that contain vital information. Viewing these and taking a short quiz, is mandatory. As these materials take about 1 hour to review in their entirety, I am asking that you complete them by September 30, 2013. Please take this seriously. Learn and apply what you learn to protect ISU and yourself.

Please join us for Professor Matthew VanWinkle's colloquium on Christina Rossetti's sonnet group "By Way of Remembrance"

Please join us for Professor Matthew VanWinkle's colloquium on Christina Rossetti's sonnet group "By Way of Remembrance." Professor VanWinkle's talk is titled "'Yea, if I love I will not grudge you this': Exhumation, Dialogue, and Crossed Affections in Christina Rossetti's 'By Way of Remembrance'" and will take place in L.A. 256 on Friday, 12 April, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. An abstract of the talk appears below.

"By Way of Remembrance," a quartet of sonnets unpublished in Rossetti's lifetime, ostensibly draws together two strands of her career often considered discretely: a searching theological intelligence, and a testing romantic diffidence. The result is poignant but perplexing. A slighted speaker expresses recrimination and the hope of reconciliation, a hope set against, or alongside, eerie speculations on how Christian souls come to their posthumous reward. In an effort to shed light on this perplexity, this project considers "By Way of Remembrance" within both more immediately biographical and more publicly literary contexts. The overlapping of these contexts, it will be suggested, drives Rossetti's confrontation with urgent emotional and spiritual aspirations that may ultimately lie beyond the reach of a mutual embrace.

The Idaho State University Department of History will host a Days of Remembrance ceremony at 6 p.m. April 11 commemorating victims of the Holocaust

The Idaho State University Department of History will host a Days of Remembrance ceremony at 6 p.m. April 11 commemorating victims of the Holocaust.

The inaugural Holocaust memorial lecture and survivor testimony will take place in the ISU Rendezvous Complex, Planetarium Room 203. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

This public gathering will coincide with the National Days of Remembrance, coordinated by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and is the first of what organizers hope to be an annual event.

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has designated "Never Again: Heeding the Warning Signs" as the theme for this year.

"The 2013 Days of Remembrance is an opportunity to look back 75 years, when momentous changes were occurring in Europe, and to examine the responses of citizens and countries to the signs of impending war and the Holocaust," says United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Director Sara J. Bloomfield. "The dangers of indifference remain with us, and understanding and acting on the lessons of what happened then are vitally important."

Justin Dolan Stover, a lecturer in the department of history, and Tyffnee Stewart, an undergraduate student majoring in history, are organizing Idaho State University's event.

"This gathering will not only complement the broader national observance," Stover said, "but will help expose our community to living history."

With the help of the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center, Stover and Stewart have invited two Holocaust survivors to address the commemoration. Stover's long-term goal in establishing a Holocaust memorial event is, as he explains, "to provide an interactive public platform upon which Second World War veterans and Holocaust survivors can share their experiences, and to digitally preserve testimony from these individuals for future generations of students and scholars."

The Idaho Humanities Council and the ISU Office of Sponsored Programs have provided generous supported for this event, and the organizers wish to acknowledge their support.

During the week of April 15-19, Idaho State University's Student Activities Board will host a wide variety of events for ISU Springfest

During the week of April 15-19, Idaho State University's Student Activities Board will host a wide variety of events for ISU Springfest.

This years theme is Mobile Madness, filled with app-inspired games, prizes, and more.

Activities planned include:

For more information about Mobile Madness, or for other SAB events, please visit www.isu.edu/sab, call the Involvement Center at 208-282-3451, or email questions to sab@isu.edu.

Idaho State University is continuing its "Be Advised" campaign to encourage students to reap the benefits of good advising prior to registering for fall classes in April

Idaho State University is continuing its "Be Advised" campaign to encourage students to reap the benefits of good advising prior to registering for fall classes in April.

"Advising is the cornerstone of a successful experience at Idaho State University," said JoAnn Hertz, director of ISU Central Academic Advising. "Interaction with departmental faculty who are experts in their field provides an advantage to any student who seeks it."

The campaign led by Central Academic Advising, a unit of the Student Success Center, directs students to pursue the information they need to progress towards attaining their chosen degree program.

The benefits of advising are many and include:

"With regular advising, students will benefit by developing a professional relationship with a professor who can write recommendation letters for research or internship opportunities or serve as a scholarship reference," Hertz said. "Faculty advisors can also help with career questions and graduate school applications."

Advisors and advisees have a shared responsibility when it comes to the advising relationship. Students can expect advisors to provide information, be accessible, encourage educational engagement and assist with attaining educational goals.

Advisors can expect students to meet with them each semester, read the catalog or Web site information, be prepared for the advising session, bring questions to the advising session, and to assume final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning and the successful completion of graduation requirements.

Registration assistance is available during regular business hours in the Office of the Registrar and Central Academic Advising centers in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Meridian, and Twin Falls.

The registration schedule for fall semester 2013 is as follows: Online registration begins at 12:01 a.m. for each Class Level:

For more information, contact ISU Central Academic Advising at (208) 282-3277 or advinfo@isu.edu.

The 2013 Montana/Idaho Clarinet Festival will run April 13-14 at the Idaho State University Stephens Performing Arts Center

The 2013 Montana/Idaho Clarinet Festival will run April 13-14 at the Idaho State University Stephens Performing Arts Center.The event is free and all clarinetists are invited.

On-site registration begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 13.

This year's featured guest artists include clarinetist Lisa Oberlander and pianist Yien Wang, Columbus State University; clarinetist Wesley Ferreira, Colorado State University; and pianist Mark Neiwirth, ISU. The Ironwood Trio is also among the list of distinguished artists, which consists of clarinetists Leslie Moreau, Jana Starling and Anne Watson.

Mike Sausedo from Bert Murdock Music in Orem, Utah, will be in attendance all weekend with a display of instruments, mouthpieces, accessories and sheet music for trial and/or purchase. Dave Hall, woodwind specialist and repairman from Salt Lake City, will host a feature presentation on clarinet repair and maintenance on Sunday afternoon.

For a full listing of all recital and master class events visit www.isu.edu/sopa.

For more information about the event contact Shandra Helman, ISU School of Performing Art assistant professor of music and woodwind area coordinator, at 208-282-3024 or helmsha2@isu.edu.

The American Heart Association says cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women and a leading cause of death in men so it's important to maintain a healthy lifestyle

The American Heart Association says cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women and a leading cause of death in men so it's important to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

You can learn more about heart disease and your risk factors at a free Community Health Screening for uninsured adults Thursday, April 11, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Boys & Girls Club of Ada County, 610 E. 42nd St., in Garden City.

It will be the 20th community health screening conducted by the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare since March 2010. Services are provided by ISU-Meridian student clinicians and faculty.

In addition to cholesterol, HIV and hepatitis C screenings, other services include:

"Because cardiovascular disease is one of the top killers of men and women in the United States, it's important to get your cholesterol checked to reduce your risk," said Dr. Glenda Carr, an Idaho State University-Meridian assistant clinical pharmacy professor and co-director of the health screening program.

More than 600 adults have participated in the screenings since March 2010 with many being referred to low-cost clinics and doctors for further treatment.

The full screening process takes approximately 90 minutes. No appointment is necessary. Valley Ride bus stops are nearby. For more information, call 373-1700 or email healthyU@isu.edu.

The Idaho State University Japanese Club will present its annual Japan Night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 13 in the ISU Pond Student Union Ballroom

The Idaho State University Japanese Club will present its annual Japan Night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 13 in the ISU Pond Student Union Ballroom.

This cultural event is the annual celebration of Cherry Blossom season with the sounds, sights and food of Japan. This year's Japan night will observe the second anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan in March 2011. Although two years have past, much work remains.

In 2011 the ISU Japanese Club, with the generous help of ISU students and staff as well as Pocatello residents, raised more than $15,000 that was sent to the Japanese Red Cross to help victims of the devastation. In 2012, the Japanese club sent $3,500 to the summer camp that the Japanese universities held for victims' children.

This year's event features fabulous authentic food cooked by the ISU Japanese faculty and students and will include: makizushi, inarizushi, miso soup, teriyaki chicken, potato salad, cake, fruits and drink.

Entertainment to follow will feature an opening Mikoshi parade and Japanese song, yosakoi sooran dance, demonstrations of martial arts, origami with audience participation, magic show and Taiko (Japanese drum) performance.

During the event, Japanese goods will be available at a club shop and a silent auction of goods and services donated by local businesses will be available.

Tickets for Japan Night are available in the ISU Pond Student Union Lobby and Rendezvous Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They may also be purchased directly from Japanese Club students. Tickets can be purchased the night of the event, April 13, beginning at 5:30 p.m., but they will cost one dollar more at the door.

The event is open to everyone. Ticket prices are $9 for general public, and ISU faculty and staff; $7 for students; and children under 5 free.

The country music band Emerson Drive will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, April 19, in Idaho State University Pond Student Union Ballroom

The country music band Emerson Drive will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, April 19, in Idaho State University Pond Student Union Ballroom.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

For more than a decade, Emerson Drive has been a staple in the country music community. The Canadian band is known for cranking out the hits, delivering electrifying stage shows and impressing audiences across North America.

During their evolving career, Emerson Drive has scored numerous hits such as "I Should Be Sleeping," "Fall Into Me," "Last One Standing" and their emotional, chart-topping ballad, "Moments."

Emerson Drive has received many award nominations in both the U.S. country market at the American Country Music Awards and Country Music Awards, as well as in Canada where they have picked up multiple trophies for group or duo of the year from Canadian Country Music Association.

For more information about Emerson Drive visit www.emersondrive.com.

Ticket prices for show are $5 for ISU students, $7 for faculty and staff, and $10 for the public. ISU students must present Bengal ID to purchase ticket.

Tickets can be purchased in the ISU Student Union Involvement Center on the lower level of the Pond Student Union.

For more information contact Valerie Davids, Student Activities Coordinator, at 208-282-3451 or davivale@isu.edu.

Teams from Pocatello's Hawthorne Middle School won first and second and a team from Pocatello's Franklin Middle School finished third at the Idaho State University Department of Physics Eastern Idaho Science Olympiad

Teams from Pocatello's Hawthorne Middle School won first and second and a team from Pocatello's Franklin Middle School finished third at the Idaho State University Department of Physics Eastern Idaho Science Olympiad.

Ten teams of seventh through ninth grade students from Eagle Rock Junior High in Idaho Falls, Sugar Salem Junior High School, White Pine Charter School in Ammon, Franklin and Hawthorne participated.

The first-place team from Hawthorne Middle School consisted of Tanner Adams, David Baker, Tristan Gray, Andrew Hall, Brooke Johnson, Kaden Nelson, Mitchel Park, Christian Shaffer and Maren Sterling. The second-place Hawthorne team was comprised of Ryan Abram, Meg Austin, Daniel Butterfield, Austin Forl, Kalee Hillier, Matt Mansfield, Tyler Northrup, Brittany Rushing, Joshua Saville and Mikayla Sherer. Gail Dutton coached both Hawthorne teams.

Third place went to a team from Franklin Middle School in Pocatello comprised of Aubrey Bushman, Caroline Calderone, Jane Morrissey, Emma Thissen and Katie Wolfley, and coaches Josh Nielsen and Deanna Long.

Attendees competed with homemade helicopters, mousetrap-powered buggies, Rube-Goldberg machines and boomilevers. Students also competed in a forensics challenge, and tested their knowledge and experimental skills in five other fun science events.

One to three students from each team could compete in each event. Students earning first, second and third place in each event were presented with gold, silver and bronze medals, and gift certificates donated by The Pushy Peddler book, game, and art store of Pocatello. The teams with the highest composite ranking over all events were presented with trophies and a $50, $30 or $20 cash award to support science education courtesy of the Pocatello Kiwanis club.

All teams are encouraged to compete in the state competition in Nampa on April 6. The Idaho champion team will be invited to compete in the National Science Olympiad at Indiana University in May.

The Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers.

The Olympiad was made possible by faculty and student volunteers from the ISU departments of physics, biology, and chemistry, and volunteer scientists and engineers from the Idaho National Laboratory.

More information on the Science Olympiad program is available at www.soinc.org. For more information on the Eastern Idaho Science Olympiad, contact Steve Shropshire at shropshi@physics.isu.edu, or 282-2212.

The Idaho State University School of Performing Arts will present the Neil Simon play "The Odd Couple" at 7:30 p.m. April 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 at the Rogers Black Box Theatre in the ISU Stephens Performing Arts Center

The Idaho State University School of Performing Arts will present the Neil Simon play "The Odd Couple" at 7:30 p.m. April 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 at the Rogers Black Box Theatre in the ISU Stephens Performing Arts Center.

The play features the character Felix Ungar, a neurotic, neat-freak news writer who is thrown out by his wife, and moves in with his friend Oscar Madison, a messy sportswriter.

Despite Madison's problems - careless spending, excessive gambling, a poorly kept house filled with spoiled food - he seems to enjoy life.

Ungar, however, seems utterly incapable of enjoying anything and only finds purpose in pointing out his own and other people's mistakes. Even when he tries to do so in a gentle and constructive way, his corrections and suggestions prove extremely annoying to those around him. Madison, his closest friend, feels compelled to throw him out after only a brief time together, though he quickly realizes that Ungar has had a positive effect on him.

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 per person for a group rate of 10 or more people.

Tickets are available at the Performing Arts Center Box Office in person or by phone at (208) 282-3595, Vickers Western Wear in Pocatello and Idaho Falls, PSUB Campus Connection Desk (Information Desk) or can be ordered online at www.isu.edu/tickets.