July 29, 2010
Dear Friend of Idaho State University,
Summer might seem like a quiet time at Idaho State University, but our researchers are still working hard in their laboratories and in the field, making discoveries that will affect the lives of many.
In June, a multi-disciplinary team of ISU researchers, including faculty from the School of Engineering, Kasiska School of Health Professions and the College of Pharmacy received an additional $1.4 million grant from the Department of Defense to continue their research on a new, "smart" prosthetic hand that could change the lives of those who have lost limbs.
The group has completed Phase I of their research during the last two years and is moving on to Phase II of the collaborative project. The hand uses nerve signals measured at the surface of the skin to simulate natural grasping, lifting and twisting motions. ISU researchers are also exploring how to create artificial hands and implants that can be made of materials that will cause fewer inflammatory reactions that are common among those with artificial limbs.
The study is designed to aid military personnel, but researchers say everyone with a prosthetic limb could benefit from the new technology. It's just one of many projects happening 12 months a year at Idaho State University that will impact not only our community, but our world.
Summer at Idaho State University is also a time when we welcome hundreds of visitors, from young children coming to attend camps or classes to researchers from around the world gathering to discuss new discoveries.
In late June, more than 70 scientists from across the globe came to Idaho State University for the 2010 Health Physics Society Professional Development School to learn more about the latest in their field.
We also recently welcomed more than 300 educators from across Idaho who to came to ISU's campus to learn a comprehensive teaching model that uses software and technology to help teachers meet education standards.
Last week, we welcomed nuclear engineers and college students from around the world to the Modeling, Experimentation and Validation (MeV) Summer School in Idaho Falls. The school is made possible through a cooperative effort from Idaho State University, the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, Idaho National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It's another example of how our partnerships can benefit all by bringing great minds together to train the next generation of scientists.
Summer is a great time to visit ISU and see what we have to offer. If you know a promising student, encourage them to visit us at www.isu.edu, schedule a tour and see what we have to offer.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University