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…]

ISU Professor Howard Gauthier pens sports career book used at prestigious schools around the country

Howard Gauthier

When Howard Gauthier penned “Getting Hired in College Sports” in 2009, he had no idea it would become a must-read in sports management classes at colleges and universities around the country.

“I never thought in a million years that I’d be selling books to Harvard, Stanford, Florida State, Nebraska or University of Oklahoma,” said Gauthier, an associate professor in Idaho State University’s sports science and physical education department. He’s taught at ISU-Meridian the past eight years. [Read more…]

Idaho Museum of Natural History joins Project Feederwatch citizen science program

POCATELLO – The Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University has joined the Project Feederwatch citizen science project and invites the Pocatello community to participate.

Project Feederwatch, managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, aims to help scientists track population and abundance trends in birds during winter. Every year from November to April, bird watchers of all skill levels are invited to sign up and monitor their bird feeders as part of the program. These citizen scientists record information about the kinds of birds visit their feeders and submit it to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. [Read more…]

National Science Foundation program awards up to $10,000 scholarships to Idaho State University STEM students

All incoming and current biochemistry and chemistry majors at Idaho State University are encouraged to apply for National Science Foundation (NSF) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, S-Stem, scholarships. Applicants are awarded up to $10,000 annually up to four years.

The ISU Department of Chemistry made a conscientious effort to apply for the grant because its personnel felt it was the kind of grant that could help ISU students. There is one grant awarded at a time for a period of five years. [Read more…]

Idaho State University and South Dakota State University agreement will expedite degree programs

A new agreement between Idaho State University and South Dakota State University will help students earn a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in nuclear engineering in five years instead of six.

Students would spend their first three years in South Dakota, followed by another two years at ISU to receive a master’s degree in nuclear engineering, according to Laura Woodworth-Ney, provost and vice president of ISU. [Read more…]

ISU sports science department purchases equipment for Human Performance Lab

Idaho State University Department of Sport Science and Physical Education Human Performance Lab Technician Joshua Holland (left) demonstrates activity on one of the Human Performance Lab's new CosMed machines, the HP Cosmos, as Lab Technicians Andrew Polenske (center) and Lindsey Schroeder (right) analyze and monitor data.

POCATELLO — Idaho State University’s Department of Sports Science and Physical Education recently purchased new CosMed equipment for its Human Performance Laboratory after receiving award funds from the ISU Graduate School.

The equipment will be used for student teaching and student research projects in the department, as well as student and professional research. [Read more…]

I Chose ISU: Boise’s Ben Satterwhite continues his family’s Bengal tradition

Ben Satterwhite in the Idaho Accelerator Center.

Benjamin Satterwhite grew up in Boise, but he is no stranger to Idaho State University. He continues the Bengal tradition of attending ISU as his father and uncles did before him.

Satterwhite moved to Washington to complete his undergraduate degree in physics at Western Washington University. He then traveled briefly and worked in Antarctica before returning to Idaho to complete his master’s in applied physics at Idaho State University. He graduated in December 2014 with his master’s degree. [Read more…]

Idaho State University’s Oboler Library receives Preservation Assistance Grant from National Endowment for the Humanities

POCATELLO — Special Collections and Archives in the Eli M. Oboler Library at Idaho State University has recently been awarded a Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

“With these grants, the National Endowment for the Humanities continues its 50-year tradition of supporting excellence in the humanities,” said NEH Chair William D. Adams. “From scholarly books and humanities programs on college campuses to new digital humanities resources and preservation efforts at local museums, the projects receiving funding today will reach deeply into communities and expand access to our shared cultural heritage.”

The NEH granted $21.8 million in awards and offers for 295 humanities projects. Oboler Library is one of three institutions in the state of Idaho to receive funds during this grant cycle. [Read more…]

ISU faculty publish research advising business professionals on public relations crises

POCATELLO — Faculty from Idaho State University’s Department of Communication, Media and Persuasion published the article “Exploring the Alignment of Image Repair to Audience Type” in the edited volume “Putting Image Repair to the Test.”

The study is the first of a series of quantitative tests designed to provide proscriptive advice to organizational public relations professionals when dealing with organizational crises.

The study found that when organizations face a crisis, the most effective image repair tactics include apologies, promises of corrective action that will fix or prevent the recurrence of the crisis and compensation to the victims. The least effective tactics include attempts to shift the blame for the crisis, attacking the accuser such as the press or activist groups, or simply denying the crisis exists. [Read more…]