Idaho State University affiliates with new Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine

The Idaho Office of the Governor issued this press release and fact sheet on Feb. 25
Media contact: Jon Hanian, Press Secretary, Executive Office of the Governor, NEWS RELEASE, (208) 334-2100


(BOISE) – With approval from the State Board of Education, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced a new public-private partnership today to create Idaho’s first four-year medical school at Idaho State University’s Meridian Health Science Center.

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) will be led by Dr. Robert Hasty, founding dean and chief academic officer. John Goodnow will support the new school’s direction as its president and executive board member. The privately funded school will be governed by a board of trustees consisting of local and regional physicians and healthcare executives. The ICOM will undergo an accreditation process through the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, and classes are expected to begin in August 2018.

“I’m confident that this groundbreaking partnership will benefit the health and wellbeing of citizens throughout Idaho and the region by helping to address our shortage of primary care physicians – especially in Idaho’s underserved rural communities,” the Governor said, citing the potential educational and economic benefits. “This is a golden opportunity for us to train more healthcare professionals to meet our statewide needs while also attracting more Idaho students into the growing healthcare field. It’s a once-in-a-generation chance for Idaho to address both our desire for better career opportunities for Idaho students and our need for more physicians.” [Read more…]

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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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…]

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…]

Idaho State University Rupp Debate Society to host public debate about immigration reform

POCATELLO — The Idaho State University James M. and Sharon E. Rupp Debate Society will host a public debate on Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. about immigration reform. The audience will be given time to question the debaters as part of the debate and asked to vote for the winner.

The debate will be in the North Fork of the Salmon River Suites on the third floor of the Pond Student Union on the ISU campus. Members of the ISU debate team will engage the topic: “The United States should deport nearly all illegal immigrants.” [Read more…]

Idaho State University International Affairs Council to welcome Ambassador Arun K. Singh and other delegates to annual Frank Church Symposium

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s International Affairs Council will welcome Ambassador Arun K. Singh as the keynote speaker for the 45th annual Frank Church Symposium on March 3 and 4. The Ambassador will join several other delegates to present topics related to this year’s theme “Sustainable Development: Security, Health, Technology, and Environment in a Globalized World.” [Read more…]

Idaho State University to hold annual Idaho Music Educators Association Conference Feb. 11-13

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s Music Department will hold the annual Idaho Music Educators Association Conference Feb. 11-13 on ISU’s Campus. The conference will feature presentations, rehearsals, exhibits and performances featuring ISU’s music department and students attending the conference. [Read more…]

ISU College of Arts and Letters to start Liberal Arts High program for professors to visit high schools

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s College of Arts and Letters will start a new program titled “Liberal Arts High” where professors across the humanities and social sciences will travel to area high schools and give presentations on their areas of expertise.

The program, spearheaded by Dean Kandi Turley-Ames, was first conceived by English and philosophy chair Jennifer Attebery, who had an experience in high school where a professor came to her school and impacted her future. She wanted to create this experience for students in Idaho. English Ph.D. student Diantha Smith travelled to schools in Pocatello, Rexburg, Aberdeen and Arimo to see if teachers would be interested in the program, and what they would be interested having presentations about. Turley-Ames met with superintendents, principals and other educational leaders in the area, and all received the program very well. [Read more…]

Idaho State University Professor Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu honored as Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science

Idaho State University Assistant Experimental Psychology Professor Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu

POCATELLO – The Association for Psychological Science has honored Idaho State University Assistant Experimental Psychology Professor Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu as a 2015 Rising Star.

“It’s a huge honor and I am happy to represent ISU with this APS recognition,” Xu said. “I look forward to a long, productive, and exciting future of working alongside my students and colleagues here at ISU.” [Read more…]