News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

May 20, 2013 — Vol. 29 No. 19

Faculty/Staff Updates

Dr. Brian Attebery's collection of scholarly articles Parabolas of Science Fiction, co-edited with Veronica Hollinger of Trent University, has just been released by Wesleyan University Press

Dr. Brian Attebery's collection of scholarly articles Parabolas of Science Fiction, co-edited with Veronica Hollinger of Trent University, has just been released by Wesleyan University Press. Attebery is also a contributor to the Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature (ed. by Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn), which is shortlisted for the Locus Awards and Hugo Awards. Attebery is Professor of English at Idaho State University.

Dr. Tom Klein just returned from the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies where he presented a paper

Dr. Tom Klein, Professor of English, just returned from the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, where he presented a paper, "Riddles and Competing Writing Systems in the Rune Poem."

Jim Wolper attended the Western Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society where he delivered a paper

Mathematics Professor Jim Wolper attended the Western Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society in Boulder, Colo., last month, where he delivered a paper "The Hows and Whys of Partial Period Matrices."

News Bites

The Office of Human Resources is pleased to announce that a reduced tuition benefit for eligible dependents of faculty and staff has been approved for fall semester, 2013

The Office of Human Resources is pleased to announce that a reduced tuition benefit for eligible dependents of faculty and staff has been approved for fall semester, 2013. Tuition reduction for dependents of benefit eligible faculty and staff has been a desired program for many years; the HR office is excited to announce such a positive enhancement to our fringe benefits package.

The ISU employee dependent tuition reduction benefit provides for a 50 percent reduction of resident (in state) student tuition and general fees at ISU for dependents of eligible employees. The reduction applies for either a part-time or full-time course load. Benefit eligible faculty and staff can continue to utilize the employee/spouse fee waiver benefit for themselves and their spouses, even if the family is utilizing the dependent reduction during the same semester or session. The dependent reduction benefit is applicable for eligible dependents of Idaho State University employees enrolled at Idaho State University; the reduction does not apply to courses taken at other Idaho public universities. This benefit is a year-to-year program that will be reevaluated each spring and is subject to revision or termination by the University.

Faculty and staff members who are interested in utilizing the Employee Dependent Tuition Reduction Benefit can review the full benefit program description and complete the accompanying authorization form at http://www.isu.edu/humanr/Forms/Dependent%20Tuition%20Form.pdf. The second page of the authorization form describes all eligibility criteria and procedures for employees and dependents.

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 282-2517 if you have any questions regarding this benefit.

As many as 35,000 Idahoans are living with a severe traumatic brain injury, or TBI, and medical professionals and health educators want to do something about it

As many as 35,000 Idahoans are living with a severe traumatic brain injury, or TBI, and medical professionals and health educators want to do something about it.

They're holding an Idaho Traumatic Brain Injury Summit on Tuesday, May 28, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Idaho State University Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1002 Sam Nixon Ave., in Pocatello. The Summit, which is free and open to the public, will focus on assistance for Idaho residents who have experienced a TBI and their families in addition to health education and prevention policies.

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo will present opening remarks and participate in a roundtable discussion, presented by TBI experts. An answer session for audience members and a press conference will follow.

The event is co-sponsored by the ISU Division of Health Sciences and ISU's Institute of Rural Health, the Healing Center at Idaho Doctors Hospital, and the Aegis Research Institute at Bingham Memorial Hospital.

A TBI is defined as one or more concussions caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 3.5 million people experience a TBI every year-some so serious they lead to death or permanent disability.

Those at high risk for TBI include soldiers injured by roadside bombs, athletes and people injured in car crashes.

"We already provide the best available care for TBI. But we believe we can achieve better outcomes by employing cutting-edge research to identify even better treatments that have long-lasting positive effects without the risks associated with the medications currently used," said Louis Kraml, chief executive officer of Idaho Doctors Hospital and Bingham Memorial Hospital.

"A comprehensive strategy for TBI is needed because it is a complex problem that not only impacts the health and functioning of the injured individual, but also their family members and employers," said Russell Spearman, TBI program director for the state of Idaho and a senior research associate at the ISU Institute of Health.

TBI has reached epidemic proportions. The Congressional Brain Injury Task Force reports that the national cost of TBI is estimated to be $60 billion annually.

Idaho's strategy for addressing the TBI epidemic must include education, prevention, early detection and intervention, provision of the most effective therapies and rehabilitation, as well as community health strategies, according to event organizers.

For more information contact Neill Piland, director of ISU Institute of Rural Health, 208-282-4436, or Bernadette Howlett at the Aegis Research Institute at Bingham Memorial Hospital, 208-782-2953.

Information Technology Services is performing important maintenance to ISU's computing systems from 6 p.m. Thursday, May 23 through 7 a.m. Friday, May 24

Information Technology Services (ITS) is performing important maintenance to ISU's computing systems from 6 p.m. Thursday, May 23 through 7 a.m. Friday, May 24.

BengalWeb and Banner systems, including Banner auxiliary systems and Argos reports will not be available during that time.

While BengalWeb will not be available, the following can be accessed through direct links:

Moodle - http://elearning.isu.edu

Google Apps - http://google.isu.edu

Questions? Contact the IT Service Desk at help@isu.edu or (208) 282-HELP (4357)