Letter from the President

May 4, 2011

Dear Friend of Idaho State University,

A team of Idaho State University researchers is studying a new compound that could potentially benefit those suffering from pancreatic cancer. Survival rates for this type of cancer are poor — only between 4 and 5 percent after five years. There is still much work to be done, but it's easy to see how projects such as these can make a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Whether they are working in laboratories in Pocatello, or are traveling to far-away places, our students and faculty are making a name for Idaho State University.

Next fall, Idaho State University student Mike Adams will be in Norway on a Fulbright grant. A former boat-maker, Mike will be studying Viking ships and artwork, and making sculptures with renowned artist Victor Mutelekesha. Fine arts grants such as his are rare and competitive, and I am proud of Mike and how he is representing Idaho State University and contributing to his field on a global scale.

Professor Chikashi Sato will go to Nepal in January, with a Fulbright scholarship to teach and conduct research in Nepal for seven months. While there, he will teach the importance of water quality and how to treat water in a cost-effective manner.

In Alaska, Professor Katherine Reedy-Maschner is using her expertise, research and experience as a member of the Scientific and Statistical Committee for the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. The committee reviews scientific research on fisheries and fisheries management and suggests improvements to policies.

To help those with traumatic brain injury both in Idaho and across the nation, the Institute of Rural Health has secured $2,134,100 in funding for traumatic brain injury research from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Children's Health Bureau since 2000. As a result, the HRSA has named ISU the lead state agency for traumatic brain injury in Idaho. The focus is to expand Idaho's existing system of support for individuals with a TBI and their families. On May 18, the Institute of Rural Health's Meridian-based team will host a town hall meeting for parents, coaches and community members to increase awareness of brain injury in children and teens and discuss ways to prevent it.

Around the world and at home, our researchers, faculty members and students are making a difference and sharing what Idaho State University has to offer.

Go Bengals!

Letter from the President

Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University
president@isu.edu