News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

January 20, 2014 — Vol. 30 No. 2

Faculty/Staff Updates

Associate Professor Philip Homan, Instruction Librarian at the Oboler Library, will be interviewed this month about his research on Kittie Wilkins, the Horse Queen of Idaho, by the Wyeth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for Pocatello Channel 12's program Patriot Roots

Associate Professor Philip Homan, Instruction Librarian at the Oboler Library, will be interviewed this month about his research on Kittie Wilkins, the Horse Queen of Idaho, by the Wyeth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for Pocatello Channel 12's program Patriot Roots. The 30-minute program will air in February each Sunday at 8 p.m. and Thursday at 1 p.m.

The boss of the Wilkins Horse Company and owner of 10,000 range-bred horses, all branded with her famous Diamond brand, one of the largest herds in the American West, Wilkins was the only woman at the turn of the 20th century whose sole occupation was horse dealing. Her sale of 8,000 horses for South Africa's Second Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902, was said to be the largest horse sale in the West.

More horses and mules were sent to South Africa from America than from England, Ireland, and the British colonies combined. According to statistics from the British Remount Department, Wilkins supplied over 10% of the American horses for the war-likely more than did any other rancher, female or male.

Almost 70 percent of the horses used in the war-the last solely horse-powered war in history-perished in what was called "a holocaust."

Homan is currently studying Wilkins's unprecedented sale as a case study in an episode in the history of the Atlantic world that has been overlooked-the transport of horses from the American West to South Africa for the war-one of the largest transports of animals in history-and Wilkins's unique role in the equine Middle Passage of the trans-Atlantic horse trade.

ISU Meridian's Leadership Development group from Fall 2013 just delivered the first aid kits they put together to the Boise Rescue Mission

ISU Meridian's Leadership Development group from Fall 2013 just delivered the first aid kits they put together to the Boise Rescue Mission. This service is a requirement for ISU Leadership Development graduation. Since it's beginning the service project requirement for ISU Leadership Development has served a lot of individuals in a lot of different ways. They have also donated canned food to the Idaho Food Bank over the last two years, helped out with Toys for Tots, participated in Green Dot Training on the ISU Campus, (an interactive workshop designed to equip participants with the necessary connection, knowledge and skill to increase their proactive and reactive bystander behaviors), donated items to the Pocatello Animal Shelter, and helped out a family for Christmas in the Idaho Falls area. Thanks to all of our graduates of the ISU Leadership Development Program for providing service in a variety of ways in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, and Boise Valley!

Congratulations to Dr. Nies, PI, and her research team, Drs. Force, Holmes, Peterson, Weber and Ms. Serr on Pilot Grant funding of $54,190

Congratulations to Dr. Nies, PI, and her research team, Drs. Force, Holmes, Peterson, Weber and Ms. Serr on Pilot Grant funding of $54,190.

Their Pilot Grant, "Spatial and Census Data to Evaluate Obese Persons and their Environment (SCOPE)", was selected for funding by the Mountain West Clinical Translation Research - Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN). The parent CTR-IN award is from NIH, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). Mountain West consists of Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming.

News Bites

The Idaho State University annual Art Faculty Exhibition will be held at the John B. Davis Gallery in the Fine Arts Building from Jan. 14 to Jan 31.

Art faculty will be exhibiting their works. This year's activities will include the gallery opening of the new Compartment Gallery. This exhibit will show papermaking and fiber media. This exhibition will also run from Jan. 14 to Jan. 31 with a reception on Jan. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Room 408 in the Fine Arts Building.

The John B. Davis Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information regarding the gallery call Amy Jo Popa, John B. Davis Gallery director, 282-3341.

Idaho State University student pharmacists joined the Idaho State Pharmacy Association to present Idaho Pharmacy Day and Health Fair Monday, Jan. 20

Idaho State University student pharmacists joined the Idaho State Pharmacy Association (ISPA) to present Idaho Pharmacy Day and Health Fair Monday, Jan. 20.

A wide range of health services was offered to the public for free from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the State Capitol.

ISU's student chapter of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and local Idaho pharmacists will be on the first floor of the Idaho State Capitol Building in downtown Boise. Students will provide free screenings for blood glucose, blood pressure, flu shots and cholesterol, as well as inform the attendees about smoking cessation, immunization, poison prevention, the dangers of prescription drug abuse, and over-the-counter medications and natural products. There will also be pharmacists available to discuss their expanding roles within a variety of practice settings.

The event is part of a continuous outreach effort by ISU-College of Pharmacy to raise health awareness throughout Idaho. Student pharmacists from ISU have received national recognition for their innovative and expansive patient care projects through the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). They received the 2011 National Award for their diabetes outreach projects. The accolades received are even more impressive because ISU is among the AAA Division in terms of size, so ISU grabbed this award using a much smaller number of students than the AA and A schools. The following year they were awarded a Chapter Achievement Award based on all of their projects and programs which placed them third of all 37 AAA Chapters.

ISU student pharmacists continue to dominate their region including top pharmacy schools like Oregon State, Washington State, University of Washington and University of Utah. There are five standard patient care projects that receive regional and national awards within APhA. In 2013, ISU received the regional award for three of those five projects: Diabetes, Immunization and Generation Rx. Generation Rx provides Jr. High and High School students information about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. These awards represent the dedication of students, faculty, and pharmacists from the community who oversee students.

The criteria for these awards include the number of community members that are served by each outreach event. For example, 5,363 people in Idaho have been immunized by the Operation Immunization initiative this past year with more immunization events scheduled for the spring.

Student pharmacists and ISPA are inviting all community members and pharmacists to celebrate and learn about the profession of pharmacy by attending Idaho Pharmacy Day and Health Fair.

The Idaho State University Society of Physics Students has received the 2013 Outstanding Chapter Award from the National Society of Physics Students and the American Physical Society

The Idaho State University Society of Physics Students (SPS) has received the 2013 Outstanding Chapter Award from the National Society of Physics Students and the American Physical Society.

According to ISU physics Professor Steve Shropshire, the faculty advisor for the club, SPS Outstanding Chapters are determined each academic year after a careful review of the information, photos and supporting material presented in annual Chapter Reports.

ISU's club was specifically recognized for its Haunted Science Lab, where SPS members, with the help of the Pocatello Kiwanis Club, maintained a set of interactive spooky science exhibits for school field trips for two weeks in October 2012 and for the public on the Saturday before Halloween.

Also mentioned in the award was the Eastern Idaho Science Olympiad they organized, events at the 2013 Idaho Science and Engineering Festival, public demonstration shows, outreach to public and private schools, and demonstration postings on YouTube.

Criteria for the award includes: 1) Involvement in local, regional, and national SPS meetings, as well as other professional meetings, 2) Participation in SPS programs. 3) Outreach efforts to the grades K-12 or the general public, 4) Participation in community service, 5) Contributions to student recruitment and retention, 6) Participation in social events, and 7) Interactions with the department's alumni.

This year keep a New Year's Resolution of better health by participating in thriveidaho

This year keep a New Year's Resolution of better health by participating in thriveidaho.

thriveidaho is an employee health promotion program designed to promote healthy lifestyles through a variety of support programs and resources for State of Idaho employees.

Improve your health in 2014 by completing these four steps for prizes!

Step 1: Complete a Health Qualification Form with your primary care provider.
Step 2: Complete an online Personal Health Assessment.
Step 3: Watch the 'Know Your Numbers and Benefits 101 Tutorials' and take the short quiz after each.
Step 4: Complete one Support Program.

Better health is the ultimate reward, in addition to thefollowing prizes:

Learn more about thriveidaho and get started at www.thrive.idaho.gov.

Nominations are being sought for the 2014 Distinguished Faculty awards

Nominations are being sought for the 2014 Distinguished Faculty awards. They will be honored during a reception in April and recognized during the 2014 Commencement exercises.

Nominations for the Distinguished Teacher and Distinguished Service are due January 24, 2014. The Distinguished Researcher call for nominations will be announced by the Office of Research and Economic Development (see http://www.isu.edu/research/distinguished/). Nominations for Distinguished Research were due Jan. 6.

Distinguished Teacher Award - A faculty member is selected from the ISU faculty who exemplifies excellence in teaching and has made significant contributions in teaching. You are invited to nominate a member of the faculty who, in your judgment, meets these standards. Nominees should be any member of the University faculty currently in his/her third or subsequent year of full-time service at ISU and will continue as a faculty member for 2014-2015. Nominations are being sought from ISU's faculty, staff, the student body, and alumni.

Nomination Form Distinguished Teacher

Distinguished Service Award - A faculty member is selected from the ISU faculty who has made significant contributions in service to the University and society. Please consider service attributes only. Elements such as research and teaching are not to be considered for this award. Nominees should be any member of the University faculty currently in his/her third or subsequent year of full-time service at ISU and will continue as a faculty member for 2014-2015. Nominations are being sought from ISU's faculty, administration, and the public.

Nomination Form for Distinguished Service

Return completed nomination forms to the Office of Academic Affairs at Stop 8063. Nomination forms can be downloaded from http://www.isu.edu/acadaff/awards.shtml.