Amending the Tree of Life: Article in prestigious journal by ISU Professor Kelchner advocates for shift in evolutionary and genomic research

Scot Kelchner

Charles Darwin famously included only one illustration in his book "On the Origin of Species" published in 1859. It was a diagram of how species originate through time in a manner that, on paper, resembles a family tree. Since then, geneticists have been piecing together relationships among life's many creatures by DNA comparison to produce what is called the Tree of Life:  a tree-shaped diagram of how everything on Earth is related. This type of diagram has dominated the perspective of evolutionary biologists for more than 150 years. [Read more…]

Welcome Back Orange and Black set 4-7 p.m. Aug. 26 for Idaho State University students in Old Town Poky

The Pocatello community is welcoming students, faculty and staff back to campus at the annual Welcome Back Orange and Black event Monday, Aug. 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. in Old Town Pocatello.

The community will welcome ISU students back to town with great food, entertainment, fun-filled games, giveaways, and terrific prize drawings in Old Town Pocatello. Free transportation between campus and the event will be available. For more information email


Idaho State University’s 32nd annual CW HOG Pig Out Fundraiser set Sept. 14

The 32nd annual Idaho State University Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group (CW HOG) Pig Out, a dinner and fundraiser for CW HOG, will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, in Lower Ross Park Pavilion in Pocatello.

The dinner includes grilled pork chops, Idaho baked potatoes, corn-on-the-cob, cold beverages, and the HOGs' specialty, a vegetarian Dutch-oven dish. Dinner is from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Musical entertainment, featuring D&G Railroad will be from 5 to 10:30 p.m. The Pig Out is a family-oriented activity. Children’s games, arts and crafts, and face painting will be provided from 3 to 5 p.m. by the ISU Council for Exceptional Children. [Read more…]

Idaho State University Clint Stennett Scholarship luncheon set for Sept. 4 in Ketchum

A luncheon to complete the Idaho State University scholarship endowment for the late state Sen. Clint Stennett is Wednesday, Sept. 4, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Ketchum.

Stennett, who died of brain cancer in 2010, represented Blaine County in the Idaho Legislature for approximately 20 years. He was the longest-serving minority leader in the Idaho Senate. After his death, Stennett's wife, Michelle, was elected to his seat and now represents District 26. [Read more…]

Idaho State University to host art exhibits from Ahola-Young and Sarabia starting Aug. 26

The first exhibition this fall at the John B. Davis Gallery at Idaho State University is "PRODROMES" by Laura Ahola-Young. 

The compARTment Gallery exhibition will be "TAKE" by Omar Sarabia. Opening receptions will be held Monday, Aug. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m.  The exhibition dates are from Aug. 27 through Sept. 13. [Read more…]

Idaho State University Alumni 2013 Homecoming week events planned Oct. 3-5

Idaho State University's Homecoming 2013 with the theme "50 Years of Celebrating U" will highlight the 50-year anniversary of Idaho State University becoming a four-year university.

A variety of alumni events will be held culminating Oct. 5 with the Homecoming Parade at 9:30 a.m. and football game at 2:05 p.m. in Holt Arena. [Read more…]

World War II vet flies in airplane rebuilt by Idaho State University College of Technology programs

World War II veteran James Wallace had a good time visiting the ISU College of Technology Aircraft Maintenance Technology program, where he was flown in his rebuilt 1948 Cessna C-170 plane and was given a tour of other aircraft at the facility.

Written by Kim Khan

World War II vet James "Jim" Wallace, 93, got to fly in his rebuilt 1948 Cessna C-170 airplane at Pocatello Airport earlier this month.

The aircraft was received by the Idaho State University College of Technology Aircraft Maintenance Technology program almost a decade ago from Wallace in a crate. [Read more…]