Intrepid Idaho State University doctoral student Ariana Tart-Zelvin aims to change a state of mind

POCATELLO—Idaho State University psychology doctoral student Ariana Tart-Zelvin has completed a dissertation study to better understand what brain areas are active when healthy adults use a cognitive strategy on a working memory task.

“Working memory is a personal research interest of mine and numerous clinical populations suffer from working memory impairments,” Tart-Zelvin said. “You see impairment in working memory across different diagnosis. For example epilepsy patients, Parkinson’s patients, MS (multiple sclerosis), OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) patients all have trouble with their working memory.” [Read more…]

Idaho State University MILES researchers play key role in City of Pocatello River Vision Study

Raymond Park concept image for the Portneuf River Vision Study. ( Army Corps of Engineers concept for Pocatello)

POCATELLO – By providing input and informational tools Idaho State University researchers are assisting the citizens of Pocatello to create a new vision and plans for the Portneuf River running through the city.

Now confined largely to a concrete channel as it flows through town, the Portneuf River may one day be freer flowing, bordered by walkways, parks or other improvements envisioned by planners.

ISU researchers active in the National Science Foundation’s Managing Idaho’s Landscapes for Ecosystem Services (MILES) project have lent their expertise and knowledge to the City of Pocatello’s Portneuf River Vision Study, a research project funded by U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

The goal of the river vision project is to create a comprehensive plan for the Portneuf River from the Portneuf ‘Gap’ on the south edge of the city, downstream to the Fort Hall Indian Reservation boundary at Siphon Road.

“The City of Pocatello wants to restore the river and improve the quality of life for Pocatello and still meet flood control needs,” said Hannah Sanger, City of Pocatello science and environment division manager and lead on the city’s Portneuf River Vision Study. [Read more…]

Families with fighting siblings age 4-11 sought for Idaho State University Psychology Clinic study

POCATELLO – Families with two or more children ages 4-11 who physically fight on a regular basis are sought for the Sibling Aggression Project clinical study being conducted by the Idaho State University Psychology Clinic.

“This research focuses on sibling fighting and exploring ways to help those kids and families manage routine conflicts,” said Stephanie Babbitt M.S., an ISU clinical psychology doctoral student, supervised by Mark Roberts Ph.D., ISU professor of clinical psychology.

“We’re trying to give children strategies other than being physically aggressive to solve their problems,” Babbitt said.

The Sibling Aggression Project will focus on two “evidence-based treatment” strategies for decreasing sibling aggression to try to determine which strategy is more effective. Participants will randomly be assigned one of the two strategies. [Read more…]

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…]

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…]

Idaho State University Carnegie research classification changes

POCATELLO – The Carnegie Foundation has announced its new research classifications of colleges and universities. Idaho State University retains its classification as a doctoral research university, but its status has changed.

In 2010, ISU was classified as Research University-High Research Activity. In 2015, this designation changed to Doctoral Research University – Moderate Research Activity. The 2010 classification was based on data collected up to and including fiscal year 2008, and the 2015 classification was based on data collected up to fiscal year 2014. [Read more…]

ISU researchers seek children and adults for hearing study

Idaho State University researchers in Meridian and Pocatello are continuing their efforts aimed at recruiting infants, children and adults to participate in a study to develop new ways to assess middle-ear function in people of all ages.

Researchers are seeking additional participants in the following age groups: 6 months to 5 years, 10 to 15 years, 20 to 30 years, 45 to 55 years and 65 to 75 years. Participants should be in good health without a history of middle-ear surgery or chronic middle-ear disease and will receive $10 cash. [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…]