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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National Science Foundation grant to help share research with high schools

Dr. Marjorie Matocq has received a nearly $510,000 grant

A new National Science Foundation award to Idaho State University will give ISU doctoral and undergraduate students the opportunity to share cutting-edge genetic and evolutionary research with high school teachers and, ultimately, high school students.

Dr. Marjorie Matocq has received a nearly $510,000 grantISU assistant professor of biological sciences Dr. Marjorie Matocq has received a $509,896 NSF award for the project titled “CAREER: The roles of ecology, behavior, and morphology in maintaining species boundaries – demonstrating evolutionary processes to high school students in Idaho.”

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ISU receives nearly $2 million grant from U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced Idaho State University’s College of Technology as one of 72 recipients receiving a President’s Community Based Job Training Grant. The University will receive $1,996,958 to be used in the development of an Energy Systems Technology and Education Center on the ISU Campus. Idaho State University, the Idaho National Laboratory, and Partners for Prosperity are working collaboratively in this effort.

ISU President Arthur C. Vailas comments, “This award is a reflection of a rapidly developing partnership of Idaho State University with the INL and others in making Idaho a national resource in building America’s energy infrastructure.” [Read more…]

ISU/IDFG study Tex Creek elk-deer interactions

Tex Creek deer

Tex Creek deerIdaho State University and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are joining forces on a research project at the Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area east of Idaho Falls to try to better understand how deer and elk populations affect one another.

Mule deer and elk populations in the Tex Creek WMA are mirroring what is happening to the populations of these species on a larger scale in many areas of the Rocky Mountain Region: Mule deer numbers are declining dramatically, while elk numbers are increasing.

While plenty of studies have documented that mule deer tend to avoid high densities of elk, the ISU/IDFG study is unique because it is attempting to answer the “so what?” questions, such as does this avoidance by the mule deer affect their overall productivity or survival. The answers will help biologists understand how to better manage big-game herds. The ISU researchers are biological sciences research professor Dr. John G. Kie and his biological sciences master’s student Paul Atwood. [Read more…]

ISU professor studies relationship between Pacific salmon, Nez Perce culture

Dr. Benedict Colombi

Dr. Benedict ColombiPacific salmon and steelhead are “keystone” ecological wildlife species to the Pacific Northwest, where, according to the Washington Department of Natural Resources, more than 130 wildlife species depend on Pacific salmon for part of their diet. And that doesn’t count all the plants and microorganisms that depend on nutrients the return of salmon to waterways provides.

Pacific salmon can be considered a keystone species in other ways, such as how vital they are to the regional economy of Northwest commercial salmon fishing or to the local economy of a town like Riggins, Idaho, where sportfishing brings in tourists’ dollars.

Idaho State University assistant professor of anthropology Dr. Benedict Colombi studies a third facet of how the salmon are a keystone species, in terms of the cultural impact the salmon have on various groups. His studies thus far have primarily focused on Idaho’s Nez Perce Tribe and other indigenous groups in the Northwest, but he plans to expand his studies on much wider global scale to the world’s polar regions. [Read more…]

Construction of Center for Advanced Energy Studies approved

The Idaho State Board of Education has approved construction of the $17 million Center for Advanced Energy Studies facility in Idaho Falls.

Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas applauded the decision.

“CAES provides the opportunity to establish a core scientific capability that can be applied toward the world’s energy challenges,” said Vailas.

“We’re very excited about the new facility,” said Dr. John Knox, Idaho State University associate director for CAES and dean of academic programs at ISU–Idaho Falls. “It will provide space for more faculty and graduate students from all three of Idaho’s universities, and they’ll be working side-by-side with the Idaho National Laboratory.” [Read more…]