Largest snake in history to open at Idaho Museum of Natural History

Fossil plants and animals found at the site reveal the earliest known rainforest, teeming with life and dating to the Paleocene, the lost world that followed the demise of the dinosaurs, 60 million years ago. Illustration by Jason Bourque, Florida Museum of Natural History

POCATELLO — Slithering in at 48 feet long and weighing an estimated 1.5 tons, a realistic replica of Titanoboa, the world’s largest snake, will open at the Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) at Idaho State University March 19.

On March 19, the IMNH will host family friendly activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to coincide with the opening of the new exhibit “Titanoboa: Monster Snake,” a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service exhibit. Activities will include bubble snakes, snake mobiles, sleeping bag snake races and cold blooded activities. Activities are free in the museum’s Discovery Room, while Titanoboa can be seen in the gallery with payment of admission. [Read more…]

Chrome in the Dome celebrates 10-year anniversary in style; features world-renowned automotive painter Charley Hutton, drag racer Ed Jones

A scene from a previous Chrome in the Dome.

POCATELLO—This year marks the 10-year anniversary for the Chrome in the Dome car show put on by the Idaho State University College of Technology March 18 from 2 to 9 p.m. and March 19 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Holt Arena.

The family-friendly event features more than 135 car and trucks on display and about 25 motorcycles. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. [Read more…]

Idaho Academy of Science and Engineering annual meeting, Intermountain Conference on the Environment set March 31-April 2 at ISU

POCATELLO- The 58th Idaho Academy of Science and Engineering Annual Meeting and Symposium will meet jointly with the 16th Intermountain Conference on the Environment March 31-April 2 at the Idaho State University Pond Student Union.

The theme is “Pursuing New Knowledge Frontiers.”

Every year, the academy provides a multi-day symposium hosted by one of the member institutions. Speakers address issues of current interest. Researchers and students present papers and posters on a wide variety of scientific and technological topics. [Read more…]

Alumnus Rick Carron contributes to Idaho Virtualization Lab at the Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University

Rick Carron

POCATELLO — Idaho State University alumnus Rick Carron is helping to make it possible for today’s ISU students to gain experience in a unique and specific field at the Idaho Virtualization Laboratory at the Idaho Museum of Natural History.

“Rick’s contributions are allowing our students to do an incredibly cool, unique and useful project,” said Frank Stewart, senior development officer for the College of Science and Engineering at ISU. “That project is virtualization.”

Carron, who now lives in Altadena, California, grew up in Pocatello and graduated from ISU with a bachelor’s degree in biology. His interest in the museum began at a young age after he found an amphibian and took it to the museum to find out more about it. [Read more…]

Idaho State University Pinyon Jay Press to host visiting artist Kerri Cushman

Event flyer

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s new Pinyon Jay Press will host visiting artist Kerri Cushman on March 2 and 3.

Cushman is a sculptural book artist and avid papermaker with an affinity for letterpress, and a professor at Longwood University in Virginia.

The Pinyon Jay Press is a collaborative venture between ISU’s Department of Communication, Media and Persuasion, the Department of English and Philosophy and the Department of Art. The press is housed in the VisComm Experimental Lab in the Liberal Arts Building. It provides faculty and students the opportunity to learn the art of fine letterpress printing and to explore various forms of expression that involve image, text or a combination of the two. [Read more…]

‘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…]

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…]

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 http://cdm16942.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16942coll5. [Read more…]

‘Hairstory – Herstory’ an art show by Jill Annie Margaret to be presented at ISU

POCATELLO—The Idaho State University Gender Resource Center and College of Fine Arts will host “Hairstory – Herstory,” an art show by Jill Annie Margaret.

The exhibit will be in the Transition Gallery on the lower floor of the Pond Student Union from Feb.16 through March 18.

An exhibit opening is set Feb. 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., where the artist will give a presentation of her work starting at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. [Read more…]

Idaho State University art department to host third annual Art a la Carte event on Feb. 18

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s Department of Art will hold its third annual Art a la Carte event on Feb. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. to help raise money for scholarships and visiting artists. The event includes a chili feed and silent art auction.

The main event’s silent auction will allow participants to bid on art made by students, professors and alumni. Items being auctioned off include jewelry, prints, sculptures, paintings and embroidery. Examples include art professors Scott Evans’ print collages, Naomi Adams’ natural silk dye silk scarves and Laura Ahola-Young’s paintings. [Read more…]