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Office for Research

The Office for Research at Idaho State University fosters and maintains mutually beneficial relationships with federal, state and corporate sponsors.  We provide high quality and timely service to our faculty and staff while maintaining balance between the interests of ISU, the State of Idaho, and the interests of industry for the public good.

Our scope encompasses several functional areas that handle different parts of the research process. We provide guidance, service and support for a variety of research areas including- energy and environmental applications, healthcare, biomedical, geosciences, data assurance.  We also provide access to research facilities through our Research Centers and Institutes.

Research Support, Business & Industry Partnerships

Research Funding - the Sponsored Programs and Support team assists faculty and staff as they develop proposals for external funding for sponsored research, scholarly and community service projects and post-award assistance.

Research Outreach and Compliance - We are Animal Use and IACUC, Human Subjects and IRB; Biosafety, Responsible Conduct of Research; Financial Conflict of Interest in Sponsored Projects; Export Control - from vendor clearance to travel "out of country".  We also coordinate STEM Diversity and Outreach, the CITI training program, the use of controlled substances in research and Undergraduate Research.  The review for use of Unmanned Aircraft System for research projects procedure is handled here.  The Research Outreach and Compliance team is available for assistance.

Innovation & Collaboration - ISU's talented researchers and students push the boundaries of innovation independently and collaboratively with private-sector partners.  To promote scientific developments and develop partnerships the Technology Commercialization office is available to support these endeavors.


One Minute With a Researcher

The Office for Research is proud to present our YouTube series  "One Minute with a Researcher" where researchers across campus provide insight into their areas of study.


Research in the News:

Idaho State University Ph.D. Student Chris Tennant's Research on Snowpack Measurement Recognized

POCATELLO – A research paper that uses data collected by lidar imaging to better measure snowpacks in Western U.S. mountains by former Idaho State University geosciences graduate student Chris Tennant has received a 2017 Editor’s Choice Award by the journal Water Resources Research.

Only about 1 percent of articles published annually in the journal receive this recognition.

The selection by the editors of the journal is “based on technical significance, novelty, originality, presentation, and broader implications of the publication.” The work will be highlighted at American Geophysical Union Hydrology Section business meeting in December.

The title of Tennant’s paper was “Regional sensitivities of seasonal snowpack to elevation, aspect, and vegetation cover in western North America” and it included three ISU geosciences faculty as co-authors, Kathleen Lohse, Sarah Godsey and Ben Crosby. It included data collected at the Reynolds Creek Critical Zone Observatory in Southwest Idaho.

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ISU/CAES Professor Leslie Kerby Team’s Wins IEEE Big Data, IEEE Brain Hackathon at International Conference in Tokyo

IDAHO FALLS – Idaho State University and Center for Advanced Energy Studies Assistant Professor Leslie Kerby was on the winning team of the IEEE Big Data, IEEE Brain Hackathon at COMPSAC 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

“It was fun to apply my data science skills to a real-world problem, in real-time, and be recognized as doing an excellent job at it,” Kerby said. 

IEEE is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and COMPSAC stands for Computer Society Signature Conference on Computers, Software and Applications. The theme for COMPSAC 2018, held this summer in July, was “Staying Smarter in a Smartening World.”

Kerby lived true to the theme, competing on a team that included Frederic Andres, with the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo, and Joey Costoya, senior researcher at Trend Micro Incorporated at National Capital Region, Philippines.

The objective of the Hackathon was to address the “Big Data" variety challenges in a smartening world. Big Data is a collection of data that is incredibly large, complex, distributed, and fast-growing. It has been known for unlocking new sources of economic values, providing fresh insights into sciences, and assisting on policy making. However, Big Data is not practically consumable until it can be aggregated and integrated into a manner that a computer system can process, according to the IEEE.

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ISU Museum of  Natural History Researchers Receive Grant to Digitally Collect 50 of the World’s Largest Animals

 POCATELLO  – Whales, elephants and bears, oh my! – A team of scientific Noahs at the Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University has been tasked to digitally collect the skeletons of 50 of the largest animals in the world.

The arc, in this analogy, is the National Science Foundation’s efforts to make 3D scans of all the major vertebrates, animals that have skeletons, available online to researchers and educators.

Technicians from the museum’s Idaho Virtualization Laboratory, which received a $175,000 grant from the NSF, will travel to the University of California, Berkeley, California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology in Boston over two years to make 3D scans of whales, hippos, elephants, rhinos and other large animals.

            “We are excited about getting out there and scanning these animals, a lot of which no one else in the world has ever scanned,” said Leif Tapanila, director of the Idaho Museum of Natural History. “It is totally fresh, brand-new stuff. Once you’ve created those digital files, the sky is the limit on how they are used for educators, researchers and others.”

The Idaho Museum of Natural History’s efforts will be led by Jesse Pruitt, Idaho Virtualization Laboratory manager and tech specialist, who will oversee teams of ISU students who will use laser scanners to make 3D digital models of all the bones of 50 different large animals. The ISU students working on this project in the field and in the Idaho Virtualization Laboratory include graduate students and undergraduate Career Path Interns.

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