ISU Professor Meldrum to head to international conference to consider existence of relict wildmen

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s Jeff Meldrum, professor of anatomy and anthropology, will chair the program of the first World Conference on Relict Hominoids, held in South Africa May 4-10.

The event will be hosted by New World Expeditions and Zulu Nyala, a world–class wildlife photo safari resort. The conference program will feature nine international scholars, investigators and celebrities, assembled to discuss the possibilities and scientific evidence for the survival of unrecognized man-like species. Registrants will experience daily conference gatherings, as well as first-class dining and wildlife experiences in this exotic setting. [Read more…]

I Love ISU Scholarship campaign raises $212,520

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POCATELLO — The 2015 annual I Love ISU campaign concluded Thursday, Sept. 17, raising $212,520 in pledges for scholarships for Idaho students.

This year’s total exceeded the goal of $205,000 set for the campaign.

Led this year by chair David G. Gates, Fire Chief of the Pocatello Fire Department, and co-chair Mary Vagner, retired School District No. 25 superintendent, more than 150 volunteers gathered pledges through weeks of peer-to-peer contacts and other activities. [Read more…]

ISU professors research how Idaho’s high schools are complying with youth sports concussion law

Caroline Faure

POCATELLO – Idaho State University Associate Professor Caroline Faure and Assistant Professor Dani Moffit recently completed a study on the way Idaho’s high schools were complying with the youth sports concussion law that was passed in 2012.

The study investigated how the schools were complying in terms of administrative policy, coaches, parent and athlete education, and concussion identification and management, including deciding when athletes can return to play. Faure and Moffit are both in the ISU Department of Sport Science and Physical Education.

“This study’s results really provides our school and sports leaders with an indication of what we are doing well in regards to concussion identification and management, and what areas we need to improve upon,” Faure said. [Read more…]

Idaho State University opens Treasure Valley Anatomy and Physiology Laboratories in Meridian

Idaho State University President Arthur Vailas speaks at the grand opening of the L.S. and Aline W. Skaggs Treasure Valley Anatomy and Physiology Laboratories September 24, in Meridian.

MERIDIAN – Students at the Idaho State University Meridian Health Science Center are studying anatomy this fall and exploring the function of the human body in a state-of-the art laboratory complex never before seen in Idaho.

The L.S. and Aline W. Skaggs Treasure Valley Anatomy and Physiology Laboratories celebrated its grand opening Sept. 24. [Read more…]

Major grant and ISU Bengal Pharmacy boost health services in Challis

ISU President Arthur Vailas (center in orange shirt) and Bengal Pharmacy team at grand opening in Challis. From left: Gene Hoge, Arlo Luke, ISU Foundation; Rex Force, Bengal Pharmacy;  Kent Tingey, Advancement; Paul Cady, Emily Edwards, Carla Green, Chris Owens, College of Pharmacy.

CHALLIS – Residents of this remote central Idaho community will have improved access to primary health care services, thanks to a $1.19 million grant awarded to the North Custer Hospital District and the opening of Bengal Pharmacy, a full-service telepharmacy that will serve Challis and the surrounding region.

“The grant and Bengal Pharmacy are a big win for rural health care and the people of our community,” said Sharlene Miller, hospital district administrator.

Challis celebrated the boost in health services during a community event Sept. 22, highlighted with remarks by federal, local, state and university leaders. [Read more…]

ISU Professor Finney co-authors study documenting earliest use of salmon in North America 11,500 years ago; Study picks up widespread publicity

Bruce Finney

POCATELLO – The earliest North American inhabitants were probably more diverse in their food selection than previously thought – think of them as salmon fishermen as well as game hunters – according to a new study published Monday in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”

A team of scientists, including Idaho State University’s Bruce Finney, have documented the oldest use of salmon as a food source in North America, which occurred about 11,500 years ago in Alaska at the Upward Sun Site, the oldest dated site with human remains in Alaska.

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Idaho State University Professor Emerita Beverly Klug co-writes “Advances in Research on Teaching” with more than 20 scholars world wide

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POCATELLO—Beverly Klug recently retired from Idaho State University, but she has been devoting her spare time to educating others about the importance of equity in education for all students. She recently published a chapter titled “Pedagogy for Aboriginal Students in the U.S.: Shattering Walls of Distorted Glass” in the award-winning research series by Emerald Publishing, “Advances in Research on Teaching” edited by Dr. Stefinee Pinnegar in the UK.

This particular edition, International Teacher Education: Promising Pedagogies Part B (Vol 22), focuses on teacher education around the world. [Read more…]

Idaho State University’s Maria Wong to participate in Rally for Medical Research on Capitol Hill on Sept. 17 in Washington, D.C.

Maria Wong

POCATELLO – Idaho State University Professor and Director of experimental psychology Maria Wong will participate in the Rally for Medical Research on Capitol Hill on Sept. 17 in Washington, D.C.

Held every September since 2013, this event attracts nearly 300 national organizations coming together to call on the U.S. government’s policymakers to make funding for National Institutes of Health (NIH) a national priority and raise awareness about the importance of continued investment in medical research.

Wong and other rally participants will visit congressional offices to promote health research. She is the only psychologist selected by the American Psychological Association to represent Idaho. She will visit the offices of Idaho senators and congressmen to talk about the importance of federal research funding. [Read more…]

ISU, NuMat, Inc., EJ Proprietary Property Company receive $700K IGEM grant for the development of specialized crystal materials

Eric Burgett with the type of crystal being studied at the RISE Complex.

POCATELLO – Idaho State University and partners NuMat, Inc. and EJ Proprietary Property Company have received a $700,000 grant from the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM).

The grant was awarded through the Idaho State Board of Education’s Higher Education Research Council to purchase specialized equipment to use in the development, characterization and fabrication of crystal materials for use in academic, industrial and government settings.

IGEM’s mission is to create new enterprises and high-paying, knowledge-based economy jobs by increasing strategic areas of research and development through targeted partnerships among industry, higher education and government that leverage new and existing resources. [Read more…]