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

Beverly Klug

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…]

Idaho State University Professor Karen Hartman publishes Title IX research in first academic book on ESPN

Karen L. Hartman

POCATELLO – Professor Karen L. Hartman of Idaho State University’s Department of Communication, Media and Persuasion published her article “ESPN’s Mythological Rhetoric of Title IX” in the edited volume The ESPN Effect: Exploring the Worldwide Leader in Sports.

The volume serves as the first academic text written on ESPN. [Read more…]

Idaho State University/NASA have successful field season at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve to study planetary exploration, volcanic analogues

ISU and NASA researchers in the field this summer at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. (Photo Courtesy of
Shannon Kobs Nawotniak)

POCATELLO – Idaho State University researchers working with NASA on two projects – one looking at space exploration and the other focused on studying living organisms in volcanic environments – completed a successful field season this year at the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve and other volcanic areas in eastern Idaho.

The projects that ISU is working on with NASA and other partners are: [Read more…]

ISU Institute of Rural Health awarded $40,000 contract to study needs of elderly

Russ Spearman

The Idaho Commission on Aging has awarded Idaho State University’s Institute of Rural Health a six-month, $40,000 contract to study the current and future needs of Idaho’s aging population.

Researchers will explore the needs of older Idahoans, if citizens are aware of the senior services available in their communities and if those services are meeting their needs. [Read more…]

I Chose ISU: Kyra Stull – forensic anthropologist finds she can make a difference

Kyra Stull, ISU associate professor of anthropology

Written by Scarlett Osborn, CPI intern, ISU Office of Marketing and Communications

POCATELLO – World-renowned forensic anthropologist Kyra Stull, a new assistant professor at Idaho State University, is already making a powerful impact in the Department of Anthropology.

Prior to Stull’s arrival during the 2014-15 academic year, she said there was a lack of biological anthropology in the department.

“This gave me the opportunity to make a difference and build a curriculum, that doesn’t happen to much first-year faculty members,” Stull said. “The decision to come here was actually a bit of a surprise to me, but the department was in a perfect situation for me to come.” [Read more…]

Community members have opportunity to help ISU researchers determine how sleep problems in youth affect health and social behavior

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s Maria Wong, working with the Portneuf Medical Center Sleep Clinic in Pocatello, is trying to get a more objective measure of the quality of sleep of 8- to 12-year olds to try to quantify the effects of good and poor sleep on health.

“Researchers believe that sleep problems can affect the executive functions of adolescents, which affects their problem-solving and planning abilities that may influence mood and their decisions on what activities to engage in,” said Wong, professor and director of experimental training in the ISU Department of Psychology, who is in the second year of a five-year, $1.6 million study funded by the National Institutes of Health. [Read more…]