Music chair Earles receives ASCAP award

Dr. Randy Earles

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers has awarded Idaho State University music department chair Dr. Randy Earles the ASCAPLUS award this fall.

Dr. Randy EarlesThis is Earles’ 10th award. The ASCAP standard awards are cash awards given in recognition of a catalog of works by a composer of concert music, Earles said.

“The ASCAP gives out these cash awards because they recognize that composers of serious concert music do not receive the same kind of performance royalties from recording, radio and television as do composers of commercial popular music,” Earles said.

Earles is the chair of the music department at ISU and has won several awards for his compositions. He has performed on trumpet with the Portneuf Brass, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Pops Orchestra, the Houston Ballet Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Community Orchestra, the Idaho State Civic Symphony, the Idaho Falls Symphony, the Magic Valley Symphony, the Snake River Chamber Orchestra and he has toured the United States with show bands. He currently serves as principal trumpet with the Idaho Falls Symphony.

For more information, contact the ISU music department at 282-3636.    

ISU music professor earns recognition

Dr. Thom Hasenpflug

Dr. Thom Hasenpflug, Idaho State University assistant professor of music and director of percussion studies, is continuing to position himself at the national forefront of percussion performance, composition and education.

Dr. Thom HasenpflugHe has recently completed a commission for a major new marimba work, “All Times Identical to Recent Years.”  It was premiered over the summer by internationally recognized marimbist Thomas A. Burritt at the Leigh Howard Stevens Seminar, and recorded by Burritt this summer. The CD will be released in November on the “Go Fish” label.  “All Times Identical to Recent Years” also will be featured in performance at the 2006 Percussive Arts Society International Convention with Burritt as soloist.

Hasenpflug has in addition completed work on a major commission by the University of Texas for large percussion ensemble (16 players) titled “Euonymus Alatus.”  This aggressive work also will receive its world premier in November at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, Texas. Hasenpflug has just completed a three-day residency at the University of Texas in order to prepare for this event, in addition to providing a master class and clinic.

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‘The Mathematics of Origami’ topic of colloquium

The Idaho State University Mathematics Department will host a colloquium given by San Jose State Professor Dr. Roger Alperin on “The Mathematics of Origami” at 4 p.m. Nov. 16 in the ISU Physical Science Building Room 108.

Alperin will discuss how the combinatorics of origami alignments lead to rules for allowable folds. These rules can be interpreted as axioms for geometrical constructions in the plane. The geometry constructions are more powerful than Euclidean constructions by ruler and compass. This leads to questions about what is possible to construct with origami folds. Sidelights include aspects of numbers and curves, trisection of an angle, pentagons without a compass and solving cubic polynomial by geometry.

Alperin received his doctorate degree from Rice University. He has been a professor at San Jose State since 1987 and was previously a professor at the University of Oklahoma.

For more information, contact Cathy Kriloff at 282-3093 or

Idaho Conference on Health Care runs Oct. 25-28

Book cover

The Idaho State University Kasiska College of Health Professions will present the 19th annual Idaho Conference on Health Care Oct. 25-28 at the ISU Pond Student Union Building.

Book coverOn the theme “Quality Health Care: Sifting through the Evidence,” this year’s conference will delve into a variety of topics presented by nationally recognized health-care authorities. The event will feature speakers on everything from “Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works,” to “Coal Gasification: Uncovering the Pros, Cons, and Impact on Community.”

For a complete list of conference events and in-depth information on all speakers and presentations, visit the ISU Office of Continuing Education and Conferences Web site Online registration is available on the Web site. Information is also available by calling (208) 282-3155 or 800-753-4781.Dugoni

The Health Conference and the ISU Reading Project are sponsoring the 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, keynote presentation by Joseph Hilldorfer and Robert Dugoni, co-authors of the book “The Cyanide Canary,” who will present the discussion “Idaho Justice: The Cyanide Canary.” Their presentation will take place in the ISU Pond Student Union Building Ballroom. “The Cyanide Canary” (Simon & Schuster 2004) was honored as a Washington Post 2004 Best Book of the Year, and the Idaho Book of the Year. The book details an incident that occurred on Aug. 26, 1996, at a fertilizer plant in Soda Springs, Idaho, when a 20-year-old worker cleaned a storage tank containing cyanide, which he and other workers believed contained only dirt and water. The worker, according to the authors, was told he needed no safety equipment for the job.

John AbramsonThe conference features a second keynote address at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, by Dr. John Abramson, an award-winning family doctor, on the clinical faculty at Harvard Medical School, and author of the book “Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine.” His keynote address is titled “The Trouble with Vioxx,” which will focus on his review of studies of the blockbuster anti-arthritis drugs Vioxx and Celebrex conducted years before the recent announcement of Vioxx’s dangers. He will comment on how the two medications, although marketed as safer than an earlier and cheaper generation of products, can actually cause more severe side effects. [Read more…]

Software enhances College of Technology learning opportunities

New Elluminate software in use at the Idaho State University College of Technology is enhancing the education of students like Guy Smith who is legally blind.

Smith is a student in the massage therapy program and is benefiting by the use of this software in his anatomy and physiology course.Smith began his education at ISU as a German/Spanish education major.

“I loved the language but after getting started, I found out that I just was not good at it,” Smith said. He explored other degree options at the University and chose massage therapy. “I have always been interested in massage and like working with my hands,” Smith said, “I was excited to learn ISU had an accredited program at the University level with high standards.” [Read more…]

ISU to present Majors, Graduate School Fair on Nov. 1

Do you know what you want to be? Idaho State University can help. Visit the sixth annual Majors and Graduate School Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Pond Student Union Building Ballroom, to learn about the variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered on the ISU campus.

The Office of Enrollment Planning, ISU Career Center and ISU Ambassadors invite all ISU students, area high school seniors and community members to attend.

The fair is designed to assist students in making informed decisions related to their college majors and future careers. Information about admission requirements, prerequisites for specific programs, course content and job opportunities related to each degree will also be available.

ISU faculty from academic departments and the College of Technology will be on hand to meet with students and answer their questions. In addition, representatives from the Admissions Office and the Career Center will be available to provide general information.

For more information, contact JoAnn Hertz at 282-3277.

ISU scientist’s book, “Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science,” is published

Meldrum's new book

Dr. Jeff Meldrum, associate professor of anatomy and anthropology in the Idaho State University department of biological sciences, is the author of the newly- released book, “Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science,” published by Forge/Tom Doherty Associates.

ISU associate professor Dr. Jeff MeldrumThe book, available since Sept. 19, is an expanded companion volume to the Discovery Channel documentary by the same name.

“The book presents the findings of a number of respected scientists who objectively engaged the varied evidences for the possible existence of a relict ape,” Meldrum says, “and it further incorporates new perspectives and developments in my own 10-year investigation of this most intriguing natural-history question.”

In his forward, renowned naturalist George Schaller wrote in part, “Jeff Meldrum is a scientist, an expert in human locomotor adaptations. In ‘Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science,’ he examines all evidence critically, not to force a conclusion, but to establish a baseline of facts upon which further research can depend. His science is not submerged by opinion and dogmatic assumption. With objectivity and insight he analyzes evidence from tracks, skin ridges on the soles of feet, film footage, and DNA, and he compares it to that on primates and various other species.” [Read more…]

‘The Cyanide Canary’ is ISU Reading Project book; focuses on Soda Springs environmental crime

The Cyanide CanaryThe 2006-07 Idaho State University Reading Project focuses on the book "The Cyanide Canary," which was written about an industrial accident that occurred in Soda Springs.

Events will culminate when the book's authors, Robert Dugoni and Joseph Hilldorfer, present the discussion "Idaho Justice: The Cyanide Canary" at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 as a keynote presentation for the ISU Reading Project and the Idaho Conference on Health Care.The ISU Reading Project consists of a series of events beginning on Oct. 12 that encourage reading a common book to stimulate discussions among members of the ISU and southeast Idaho general communities.
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