ICEE receives $140,000 grant to benefit ‘high-need’ school districts

The Idaho State University College of Education has received an additional $140,000 from the Idaho State Board of Education – bringing awards to nearly a million dollars – to continue implementation of a program that trains teachers in “high-need” school districts to teach students with poor English skills how to better master their language skills and other subjects. [Read more…]

Global warming’s effect on western treelines focus of ISU research


Idaho State University assistant professor Matt Germino, PhD, will be trying to determine how global warming is influencing the lower and upper boundaries of forests across a broad swath of the western United States.Germino studying global-warming impacts

“Our climate is warming; that is no longer ambiguous,” Germino says. “Now we have to determine how we’re going to deal with it and try to predict how natural resources will change. ISU is leading an effort to understand how the changing climate will influence the distribution of forest at lower and higher elevations. This can have large implications.”

Germino has received a three-year, $335,000 research grant from the Department of Energy’s National Institute for Climate Change Research Competitive Grant Program. His study is titled “Climatic and biotic co-limitation of conifer establishment at treelines: addressing uncertainty in bio-climatic mode forecasts of forest change.” [Read more…]

ISU researchers seek volunteers for cholesterol-lowering study

Researchers at the Idaho State University Family Medicine Clinical Research Center are seeking volunteers to participate in a new long-term cholesterol-lowering study in patients with heart disease.

This research project is called AIM-HIGH and is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a part of the National Institutes of Health, and receives additional support from Kos Pharmaceuticals. ISU is one of about 70 research centers across the United States and Canada participating in AIM-HIGH. The multi-year study brings about $510,000 to ISU Family Medicine Clinical Research Center, which is involved in other clinical studies, including another major clinical trial on diabetes, that presently generate more than $2 million in research funding.

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NSF grant helps ISU bring science, engineering to public schools


From grade-schoolers feeling cool because they get to hang out with the high school kids to breaking down stereotypes of what a scientist is and does, a $1.8 million National Science Foundation grant to Idaho State University is bringing a unique perspective on science and engineering to southeast Idaho schools.

“It’s incredible for the University, and incredible for ISU and K through 12 students,” is how ISU biological sciences associate professor Dr. Rosemary Smith sums up the NSF Graduate Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) project that has been funded for another three years. This is a continuation of a  $1.9 million NSF grant received in 2004 to augment science and mathematics education of southeast Idaho students in grades kindergarten through 12.

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Rep. Simpson, INL officials hail future Idaho State University energy center

Today, the vision and plans, along with the partners involved in the development of the Energy Systems Technology and Education Center on the Idaho State University Campus were unveiled at a press conference. Rep. Mike Simpson, the Governor’s Educational Liaison Karen McGee, and Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas, in conjunction with other state, business and government leaders, elaborated on the impact to economic development, education, and employment and the national need to repopulate a shrinking energy sector workforce.

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Spanish professor’s Feb. 7 talk to kick off research colloquia

Idaho State University assistant professor of Spanish Dr. Cathleen Tarp will present the research colloquium “From 1495 – 1556: Flores Times Five” at noon Feb. 7 in the Clearwater Room of the Pond Student Union Building. Tarp’s presentation is part of an ISU Retrospective of Research Colloquia series that will showcase the work done by ISU faculty using internal research grants from the ISU Office of Research.

Each year the Office of Research awards more than $200,000 Faculty Research Committee, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Committee, and University Research Committee awards to faculty for research projects.

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