April 25, 2013
Dear Friend of Idaho State University,
Research universities are agents for new discoveries as they nurture the creation of new knowledge and reform outmoded frames of understanding.
At Idaho State University, we are proud of our distinction as a Carnegie-classified Research University-High institution, a title enjoyed by few institutions in the nation. Our faculty, students and staff earned the designation through commitment to research and a dedication to new ideas.
A spirit of inquiry drives new research, spurs contemplation that rejects and modifies accepted notions, and develops critical approaches that lead to new interpretation and creation in the arts. This spirit of inquiry defines the relationship of a research university with its students and community. Research universities understand that knowledge changes over time and adhere less to the idea that final answers are known. Students are educated in these values because they will be better citizens as a result. They become better leaders and understand how to create new and novel approaches within their work environments. Research universities are economic engines because they drive intellectual advancement above the simple creation of new technologies and applications.
Recently, Idaho State University welcomed Howard Grimes a well-established academic and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as vice president for research and economic development. Grimes, a former Washington State University, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School, catalyzed significant expansion of the research enterprise at WSU by fostering interdisciplinary approaches and partnerships with government, other universities, and the private sector.
His focus at Idaho State University is to support researchers and their work, and especially to collaborate with other institutions and businesses to bring research to the forefront, where it can help improve economic development in our communities, state and nation. He and I both believe that ISU researchers are poised at the cusp of great advancement in nanotechnology, nuclear science, health science, alternative and clean energies, the environment, natural and life sciences and more.
One of our goals is to assist researchers throughout their work, and, increasingly, to bring their advancements to the market, where they can benefit everyone. Keeping that in mind, our Office for Research and Economic Development was restructured to enhance research at Idaho State University.
There are three focus areas - research development, research integrity and research innovation. The research development division is focused on helping our researchers become more competitive at securing extramural funding. The research integrity division will raise the bar significantly for safety issues and ethics in our research and scholarship activities.
The research innovation division will focus on commercializing research so that all can benefit, and on building private and public partnerships to continue our work.
There is great work happening at Idaho State University and we must bridge that work to the public. Innovation, discoveries, and contributions to material progress is critical. But a great research university, like Idaho State University, contributes to intellectual progress in far more substantive ways. We face great challenges and great opportunities. We are ready for both.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University