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May 27, 2016

Idaho State University’s RECOVER wildfire-fighting tool continues to be improved: featured in NASA’s 2016 “Spinoff” annual report

POCATELLO – As wildfire season approaches in Idaho and the Intermountain West, Idaho State University and NASA researchers continue to work on and improve a geographic information system (GIS)-based wildfire recovery and decision-support program.

June 8, 2016

Idaho State University switches to RAVE Guardian System for campus safety

POCATELLO – To better serve its campus community in today’s digital world, Idaho State University has removed its blue light phones and implemented the use of a smart phone app that serves as a mobile duress button and virtual safety escort.

June 6, 2016

Idaho State University names Lyle Castle Interim Dean of College of Science and Engineering

POCATELLO – Lyle Castle, who most recently has served as Idaho State University vice provost, has been appointed the interim dean for the ISU College of Science and Engineering by Laura Woodworth-Ney, vice president and provost for the ISU Office for Academic Affairs.

News Bites

June 6, 2016

Joanna Wildeman selected as Idaho State University’s Career Path Intern of the Month

POCATELLO—Joanna Wildeman has been nominated and awarded as the Career Path Intern of the month at Idaho State University.

May 31, 2016

Idaho State University physics to host particle physics workshop June 6-10 to train secondary education teachers

POCATELLO – Secondary educations teachers from throughout the western United States are gathering at Idaho State University June 6-10 to learn about particle physics so they can better teach the fundamentals science to their students.

United Way of Southeastern Idaho Collecting Suitcases for Foster Children

Join the Portneuf Rotary Club and United Way of Southeastern Idaho to give kids in foster care a bag they can call their own to help make the move easier. For every bag donated, the United Way and Portneuf Rotary Club will donate a book for children to take with them. Gently used or new suitcases, duffel bags and diaper bags can be dropped off at the following locations: 
Allstate Insurance Call Center: 4200 Hawthorne Rd., Chubbuck;
Kim Carlino: 339-5275 or
Medical Specialties of Idaho: 2240 E. Center St., Pocatello
Matt Bloxham: 233-8344
Hirning Buick GMC: 509 Yellowstone, Pocatello
Maddie Exeter: 232-8900
Pocatello Children & Adolescent Clinic: 1151 Hospital Way, Bldg. F, Pocatello
Karianne Ramirez: 236-9609
Southeastern Idaho Public Health: 1901 Alvin ricken Dr., Pocatello
Meghann Atwood: 239-5248
United Way of Southeastern Idaho: 275 S. 5th Ave., Ste. 250
Kim Hirning: 232-1389 or

ISU Purchases University Qualtrics License

Institutional Effectiveness and Institutional Research are excited to announce that Idaho State University’s (ISU) faculty, staff, and students will soon have access to a university Qualtrics license.  Qualtrics is an online application that increases researcher’s capabilities when creating and administering custom surveys.  Additionally, colleges and individuals who have independently purchased Qualtrics licenses in the past will have the opportunity to utilize ISU’s user license and still have access to their survey instruments and previously collected data.  Available for use around July 1, 2016, Institutional Research is working with Information Technology to create a webpage that will support the generation of user IDs for logging into the website.   Users must follow ISU’s Institutional Review Board’s guidelines and other applicable policies as outlined in the User ID agreement webpage.


Information about sign-in and the Qualtrics Website access will follow in coming weeks.  For more information contact Vince Miller, Institutional Research, (208) 282-1045 or

FY16 Fiscal Year-End Reminders

June 3, 2016

Idaho State University’s College of Arts and Letters to hold several summer camps for students in Pocatello

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s College of Arts and Letters will hold summer camps for middle and high school students in Pocatello this summer for a variety of interests.

June 7, 2016

ISU and St. Luke’s Health Systems partner to foster research

Idaho State University’s Lynn Bohecker is passionate about research. She relishes the thrill of being on the ground floor of a breakthrough or on the front lines of scientific literature that can help the medical community improve patient care.

June 6, 2016

Idaho Museum of Natural History is 'exposing' its collections

POCATELLO – Did you know the Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) at Idaho State University has more than 700,000 objects in its collection?


June 6, 2016

Come tour NASA Mission Control: Community Day on June 16 to Highlight NASA/Idaho State University research at Craters of the Moon, features family activities

Staff from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Park Service and Idaho State University will host a community day for the public and media on June 16 in Arco and at Craters of the Moon National Monument to highlight research taking place at the park.

June 3, 2016

Director’s Challenge offers families free Saturday entertainment at the Idaho Museum of Natural History

POCATELLO — Leif Tapanila, director of the Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University, has created a summer programming series beginning June 11 aimed to give families a creative avenue to learn about science and solve problems.

June 1, 2016

ISU’s Summer Concert Series and BBQ held Thursdays on the Quad

POCATELLO - Idaho State University’s Summer Activities is sponsoring concerts and barbeques throughout the summer at 6 p.m. Thursdays on the Hutchinson Quadrangle

Faculty/Staff Updates

Charles Speer's Article Accepted in Journal of Archaeological Science Reports

Dr. Charles A. Speer (Assistant Professor of Anthropology) has had an article accepted for publication in Journal of Archaeological Science Reports. The article is titled: "A comparison of instrumental techniques at differentiating outcrops of Edwards Plateau chert at the local scale." This study compares two widely accepted analytical techniques, Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) and Instrument Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) to determine the geochemical composition of intra-formation Edwards Plateau chert. The article can be found at,5MKX819b.

In Memoriam: H.Thomas Ore

H. Thomas Ore, emeritus Professor of Geology, passed away May 26, 2016 in Waldport, Oregon.  A faculty member from 1963-1997, Tom impressed countless students with his breadth of knowledge, scientific illustrations, and real-world stories. He initiated the department's field camp, started its graduate program, advised more than 50 MS students, and received the ISU Master Teacher award (twice).  A great colleague and friend, Ore enjoyed life to the fullest in everything he did.


Elizabeth Cartwright Publishes Chapter "A Companion to the Anthropology of Environmental Health"

Naomi S. Adams Given Award of Excellence in Memory of Textile Artist Alma Lesch

Naomi S. Adams, Idaho State University Assistant Professor of Art, has been awarded the Award of Excellence in Memory of Textile Artist Alma Lesch
Presented by DELvelopment Foundation for her artwork, Harmony, in the 2016 Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie exhibition. The Carnegie Center for Art and History exhibition was juried this year by Betty Busby, Heather Jones, and Arturo Alonzo Sandoval. This year, 20 quilts were selected out of the 281 submitted for consideration from 128 individual artists.

On display May 13 through July 9, 2016, Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie explores the world of contemporary art quilts. This annual, juried exhibit draws works of art by artists across the United States and celebrates innovation and creative thought in the increasingly popular medium of art quilts. Over the past thirteen years, Form, Not Function has gained recognition for this evolving art form, and the Carnegie Center is proud to continue serving as a known venue for the exhibition of contemporary art quilts. You can view Adams' artwork at the Carnegie Center for Art & History, 201 East Spring Street  New Albany, IN 47150, 812.944.7336,

DJ Williams and Jeremy Thomas Publish Study