News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

February 10, 2014 — Vol. 30 No. 5

Faculty/Staff Updates

Karen Portillo, RDH, MD was a recipient of the Olav Alvares Award for Best Article Published in the Journal of Dental Education in 2013

Karen Portillo, RDH, MD was a recipient of the Olav Alvares Award for Best Article Published in the Journal of Dental Education in 2013. Portillo was lead author of the paper published in the Journal of Dental Education entitled "A Survey of Degree Completion Programs in Dental Hygiene Education" Co-authors for this paper included Dr. Rogo and Dr. Cellucci.

Dr. Karima Benyahia, an international researcher from Sidi Bel Abbes, Algeria, has wrapped up a month-long visit to the College of Pharmacy at Idaho State University-Meridian

Dr. Karima Benyahia, an international researcher from Sidi Bel Abbes, Algeria, has wrapped up a month-long visit to the College of Pharmacy at Idaho State University-Meridian.

She spent Jan. 7 through Feb. 4 collaborating with Dr. Dong "Danny" Xu, a computational chemist and assistant professor in the biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences department.

Xu conducts research in advanced molecular simulation and protein engineering that could lead to the discovery of new drugs to treat chemical addictions and mental illness.

Benyahia, a faculty member in the Sciences and Technology Institute at the University of Ain Temouchent, Algeria, was searching for advanced study in computational chemistry and learned of Xu's research on the Internet. She was accepted to her university's international scholars program, which helped fund her trip to Idaho.

Benyahia says she'll apply the knowledge gleaned from her collaboration with Xu to her own biomedical research and share new insights with her colleagues at home.

Xu says it was a pleasure to host Benyahia for the month and looks forward to continuing the collaboration. He said ISU is already known for its caliber of research in Idaho and the United States. Hosting an international researcher can strengthen the university's prestige on a global level, he added.

Xu holds a Ph.D. in computational science from San Diego State University. After three years of postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Diego, Xu joined ISU in 2012.

English Ph.D. alumna Dr. Naveed Rehan, has published a book chapter entitled "Creative Nonfiction--New Trends in the Teaching of English" in the book New Research into Applied Linguistics and Language Learning edited by Engin Arik and published by MacroWorld, Istanbul (2013)

English Ph.D. alumna Dr. Naveed Rehan, has published a book chapter entitled "Creative Nonfiction--New Trends in the Teaching of English" in the book New Research into Applied Linguistics and Language Learning edited by Engin Arik and published by MacroWorld, Istanbul (2013). The article was first presented at the First International Symposium on Language and Communication (ISLC) conference held in Izmir, Turkey, in 2012. Dr. Rehan's article is one of fourteen selected for publication in this volume out of hundreds of international entries.

News Bites

The Idaho State University School of Performing Arts Theatre will present "The Gondoliers" in the Bilyeau Theater in Frazier Hall on Feb. 21, 22, 24, 28 and March 1 at 7:30 p.m., with music by Arthur Sullivan Libretto and W.S. Gilbert

The Idaho State University School of Performing Arts Theatre will present "The Gondoliers" in the Bilyeau Theater in Frazier Hall on Feb. 21, 22, 24, 28 and March 1 at 7:30 p.m., with music by Arthur Sullivan Libretto and W.S. Gilbert.

Who is the King of Barataria? A young bride, destined to marry the heir of Barataria, arrives in Venice to join her future husband.

However, he cannot be identified because he was entrusted to a drunken gondolier who mixed the prince up with his own son. When the King of Barataria dies, the two young gondoliers must jointly rule the kingdom until the nurse of the prince can be brought in to determine the rightful king.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for children (under 18), $7 for ISU students with valid ID, $14 for faculty/staff/senior, and $10 group rate (groups of 10 or more). Tickets are available at the Performing Arts Center Box Office in person or call (208) 282-3595, Vickers Western Wear, PSUB Campus Connection Desk or online at www.isu.edu/tickets.

For more information contact Michael Helman, Business and Production Manager ISU School of Performing Arts, email at helmmic2@isu.edu or call (208) 282-6452.

A free screening of Tokyo Waka, followed by a discussion of the documentary, is set for Thursday, Feb. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Salmon River room at the Pond Student Union

A free screening of Tokyo Waka, followed by a discussion of the documentary, is set for Thursday, Feb. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Salmon River room at the Pond Student Union.

As our planet rapidly urbanizes, some species have flourished even as countless others have become extinct. Such is the case with crows, a bird that proliferates here in Pocatello and in many other urban areas around the world. The beautifully shot new documentary Tokyo Waka considers interaction between humans and crows in the largest urban area in the world, the Tokyo-Yokohama region, home to approximately 37 million people.

Following the hour-long screening of Tokyo Waka, the following panelists will discuss the scientific, social, and artistic issues raised by the film:

Steven Hall, Ph.D. Candidate in English at ISU
Sanae Johnsen, Instructor of Japanese Language and Literature at ISU
Linda Leeuwrik, Assistant Professor of Art at ISU
Chuck Trost, Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at ISU and Founder of Portneuf Valley Audubon Society

The discussion will be moderated by Curt Whitaker, Associate Professor of English at ISU and Portneuf Valley Audubon Society board member. This event is co-sponsored by ISU's Department of English and Philosophy, the English Graduate Student Association, and Portneuf Valley Audubon.

A contractor will be performing electrical work in most Pocatello campus buildings over the next few weeks

A contractor will be performing electrical work in most Pocatello campus buildings over the next few weeks. They will be accessing mechanical/electrical rooms in various buildings as work progresses.

Campus-Wide
Tuesday, Feb. 4 through Friday, Feb. 28

While we do not anticipate other areas being impacted, there is always a possibility of a broader impact. Please plan accordingly.

The College of Science and Engineering at Idaho State University is hosting its annual National Engineers Week Student Competitions on Thursday, Feb. 20, with competitions beginning at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Ballroom

The College of Science and Engineering at Idaho State University is hosting its annual National Engineers Week Student Competitions on Thursday, Feb. 20, with competitions beginning at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

Students from area high schools will be competing with their own designs in four different competitions: an accuracy competition for a catapult golf machine, a strength test for a spaghetti bridge design, an endurance test for a perpetual motion machine, and a Rube Goldberg machine contest that will require students to design a three-phase machine to lift a 20-ounce water bottle. The events allow for friendly competition among the students while affording an opportunity to learn more about engineering designs and applications.

Prior to the student competitions there will be an open house in the Lillibridge Engineering Building from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Those attending the open house will have an opportunity to see a few of the engineering labs and learn about what engineering students study while attending Idaho State University. Anyone who would like to learn more about engineering is invited to attend the open house.

For more information about this event please contact Miriam Dance at 282-4361 or dancmiri@isu.edu or visit engr.isu.edu/new.

A visit by Julie Paschkis, author, painter and illustrator for more than 30 books for children, will highlight the 28th annual Idaho State University Bellon Visiting Author Series scheduled March 17-19

A visit by Julie Paschkis, author, painter and illustrator for more than 30 books for children, will highlight the 28th annual Idaho State University Bellon Visiting Author Series scheduled March 17-19.

Her performances and public appearances for people of all ages will include:

Paschkis will also make appearances at several area schools.

"Ms. Paschkis' work is distinctive and reveals her love of pattern and folk art. She is passionate about making things: books, paintings, designs and even baking cookies," said Becca Hyde, member of the ISU Bellon Visiting Author Committee.

Paschkis was born in 1957 and grew up in Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. Her parents encouraged their family to read, to draw and to play outside. She still likes to do those things. Paschkis attended Germantown Friends School, Ringerike Folkehogskole in Norway, Cornell University, and the School for American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology where she got a Bachelor of Fine Art degree. Currently, she lives with her husband, Joe Max Emminger, in Seattle.

Paschkis has received many awards for her illustrations including: 2007, A New York Times Notable Book Award for "Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal" by Paul Fleischman, Henry Holt; A Sydney Taylor Book Award 2007 Notable Book for "I Have A Little Dreidel" by Maxie Baum, Scholastic; and in 2005, Platinum Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, for "Here Comes Grandma" by Janet Lord, Henry Holt.

For more information on the Bellon Visiting Author Series, contact Becca Hyde, (208) 232-6452 or joehydes@aol.com.

For more information on Paschkis, visit www.juliepaschkis.com or visit her blog, "Books Around The Table," at booksaroundthetable.wordpress.com.

The Idaho State Board of Education on Monday voted unanimously in opposition to Senate Bill 1254, which was introduced last week to the Idaho Legislature

The Idaho State Board of Education on Monday voted unanimously in opposition to Senate Bill 1254, which was introduced last week to the Idaho Legislature. This affirms previous actions of the Board with respect to regulation of firearms on public higher education campuses.

SB 1254 would mandate that the public higher education institutions allow concealed carry license holders with an "enhanced" license to carry concealed weapons within most of the educational venues on campuses, allowing prevention only within institution dormitories or residence halls or in public entertainment facilities with a seating capacity of 1,000 or more.

The eight presidents of colleges and universities in Idaho, including ISU President Arthur C. Vailas, were present and supported the SBOE at the press conference announcing the Board's opposition to the bill.

State Board of Education President Don Soltman said that the Board is concerned about losing the ability to effectively govern campuses, including listening to law enforcement professionals about the best strategies to protect students.

"Campuses are currently among the safest places in our society and they host day care centers and elementary and high school students by the thousands who engage in a variety of educational activities," Soltman. "The Board remains committed to continually refining policies and procedures that ensure the safety of students as well as the safety of our universities' staff and faculty."

Visit http://legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2014/S1254.pdf for more information on the bill.

The bill will soon be considered by the Senate State Affairs Committee. If that committee approves of the bill it will then be voted on by the Senate.

All staff members are encouraged to vote on the new staff council bylaws

Please log into BengalWeb and view full details of the proposed changes under the Staff Council Channel.

The January Benefits Focus Newsletter includes information and a quick survey in regards to a possible change to our Flexible Spending Accounts

The January Benefits Focus Newsletter includes information and a quick survey in regards to a possible change to our Flexible Spending Accounts. The Newsletter and survey can be found on The Office of Group Insurance website.