Idaho State University to hold 12th annual Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life Conference

POCATELLO – Over 40 presenters from across the country will travel to Pocatello to present at the 12th annual Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life Conference at Idaho State University on March 10 and 11.

Presentations will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Salmon River Suites in the Pond Student Union.

The conference focuses on how ideas and stereotypes concerning gender and sexuality shape and influence many aspects of our daily lives. This year, the conference will feature ISU faculty and student presenters, as well as guests from around the country and world.

“Each year we provide a conference space not only to discuss research, but also to bring the community and the university together to think about how issues of gender and sexuality are impacting life right here in Pocatello and across the southeast Idaho region,” said Jeremy Thomas, director of ISU Gender and Sexuality Studies and chair of the conference organizing committee. “We strive to bring together a variety of academic disciplines and practical concerns in order to address a range of real-world issues, for example, topics of local importance such as community health and economic development.”
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‘Fish in the Museum’ exhibit to open at Idaho Museum of Natural History

Speckled Dace by Faith Tan, IMNH graphic design.

POCATELLO – The Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) at Idaho State University will open “Fish in the Museum” with fish art created by artists from Idaho youth and local Idaho artists on Feb. 26.

Each artist produced a representation of an Idaho native fish species. Idaho fish species can be up to 6-feet long or as small as 6 inches. The fish art includes paintings, sculptures, graphic art, and drawings. The art is as diverse as the fish species of Idaho. [Read more…]

16th Annual Women and Work Conference set March 9 at ISU Pond Student Union

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s Center for New Directions will hold its 16th annual Women and Work Conference on March 9 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Pond Student Union.

Each year, more than 225 girls in grades nine through 12 from regional high schools, ISU students, and community members attend the conference where they learn about occupations in science, technology, engineering and math. These careers can provide a livable income, employment benefits and a career ladder that can move women from a minimum wage job into a successful career they can enjoy. [Read more…]

Idaho State University’s Alan Johnson awarded second Fulbright to India

Alan Johnson

POCATELLO – Alan Johnson, professor of English at Idaho State University, first went to Mumbai, India, six years ago on a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and research literature and globalization for six months.

Johnson has recently been awarded his second Fulbright Scholar grant to Chennai, in southern India, and will be there for nine months to research images of the environment and forest in Indian literature.

He will complete the Fulbright award from August to May 2017. [Read more…]

Idaho State University’s Rob Rieske receives training grant to benefit students and community

Rob Rieske

POCATELLO – Idaho State University psychology professor Rob Rieske and the Department of Psychology were recently awarded a training grant from the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health entitled “Improving Training of Future Clinical Psychologists in the Area of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.” [Read more…]

Idaho Museum of Natural History uses 3-D technology to bring Titanoboa monster snake to life

A Boa constrictor skull is scaled up to the same size as Titanoboa and compared to a human skeleton using 3-D tech in the IVL.  Render courtesy of Jesse Pruitt.

POCATELLO – The Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) at Idaho State University is adding its own special touches to the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibition Service’s exhibit “Titanoboa: Monster Snake,” which opens at the museum on March 19.

The exhibition is a collaboration between the Florida Museum of Natural History, the University of Nebraska, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

“When travelling exhibits are designed and built, they are optimized for shipping and cost. So, we like to add elements to these exhibits that would otherwise be too impractical to ship to multiple museums,” said Becky Hansis-O’Neill, museum education specialist. [Read more…]

ISU welding scholarship given in name of former department head Daniel Barclay

Daniel Barclay, center, touring ISU's welding facility.

POCATELLO — Idaho State University received a new endowment scholarship for its welding program this month, donated by Barclay Mechanical of Manti, Utah, to honor ISU’s 1962-1970 department head, Daniel Paskins Barclay.

“Over my decades of involvement with ISU (1978-2016) as a student and employee, I have listened to many stories about the welding program and the legacy of Dan P. Barclay,” said Dave Treasure, chair of the Trade and Industrial Department. “Indeed, I was fortunate enough to meet the legend. Even at age 85, Daniel’s passion for the welding profession, dedication to education, and love for his family of welders is very evident. Truly, Dan has touched the lives of thousands of young men and women in the welding profession who owe their livelihoods to one of the finest educators to ever teach at this institution.” [Read more…]

ISU Adam Merrill’s heartfelt journey to finding passion for piano leads him to be one of the best piano players in the state

Adam Merrill

POCATELLO – As a child, Idaho State University music student was very active and into sports. At the age of 9, everything changed – Merrill’s family discovered he had numerous birth defects in his heart. Merrill had to have six heart surgeries, and was crushed when he found out he couldn’t follow his dreams of playing sports.

“I was very lost for the majority of the following decade,” Merrill said. “I felt that classical music was really the only music that had the capacity to express all of the hardships that weighed on my soul, and I loved listening to it.”

One day, at age 12, Merrill had the urge to sit down at the piano and teach himself how to play. After three years, he decided to get more serious and sought out lessons at the university level and found ISU’s own piano professor Kori Bond. [Read more…]

Benedicte Wrensted Photograph Collection of Fort Hall Indian Reservation available online

POCATELLO — The Benedicte Wrensted Photograph Collection of Fort Hall Indian Reservation photographs owned by the Idaho Museum of Natural History has been digitized and is now accessible online.

This project was completed by Matthew Bingman, an intern from the Idaho State University Department of History, who is working in Special Collections and Archives, Eli M. Oboler Library at Idaho State University this semester.

To view the collection and for more information visit [Read more…]