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…]

ISU IRI director Schou to speak at three Pacific Rim countries

Dr. Corey Schou

While most of his colleagues and students at Idaho State University will be relaxing during the Thanksgiving break, ISU Informatics Research Institute director Dr. Corey Schou will be on a whirlwind speaking tour giving lectures in three different Pacific Rim/Asian countries in four days.

Schou has been invited to discuss worldwide workforce issues in information assurance and computer security with several universities, professional societies and governments. Information assurance is “the technical and managerial measures designed to ensure the confidentiality, possession or control, integrity, authenticity, availability and utility of information and information systems.” [Read more…]

Arrowheads and artificial intelligence: ISU, University of Texas collaborate

From left, ISU student Keith Lohse, ISU psychology professor Dr. Kandi Turley-Ames and the University of Texas's Dr. Michael Collins meet to discuss options.

Idaho State University is collaborating in a research venture with the University of Texas that combines cognitive psychology, archaeology, informatics, education and information systems, which will allow archaeologists to use computers to identify artifacts that could formerly only be identified by a few people in the world.From left, ISU student Keith Lohse, ISU psychology professor Dr. Kandi Turley-Ames and the University of Texas's Dr. Michael Collins meet to discuss options.

The UT Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory (TARL) contacted the ISU Informatics Research Institute (IRI) to develop a computerized expert-classification system for its collection of thousands of Clovis artifacts. Clovis is the name given to an ancient group of people, whose relics are found throughout North and into South America dating to about 12,000 years ago, said Dr. Skip Lohse, ISU anthropology chair and professor, and a member of the IRI. [Read more…]

ISU history professor’s book on Jefferson available

Dr. Ronald Hatzenbuehler

Dr. Ronald HatzenbuehlerThe book “’I Tremble for My Country’: Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia Gentry” by Idaho State University history professor Dr. Ron Hatzenbuehler has been published by the University Press of Florida.

In the book, Hatzenbuehler argues that Jefferson, though celebrated as a nationalist, is best understood as a member of the Virginia gentry, who viewed the nation through the lens of his native “country,” the Commonwealth of Virginia.

“In distinguishing Jefferson's universal appeal from his provincial identity, this thought-provoking book makes an important contribution to the study of the founding era,” said Andrew Burstein, University of Tulsa historian. [Read more…]

ISU Psychology Clinic admitting new patients

The Idaho State University Psychology Clinic, located on the fifth floor of Garrison Hall on the ISU Pocatello campus, is a university training clinic that provides psychological and behavior health services at very low cost.

The following services are available: 1) therapy for panic/anxiety, depression or other emotional disorders, 2) parent-child interactional treatment for child behavior problems, 3) family therapy and relationship treatment, and 4) treatment for substance abuse. There is no charge for an initial consultation.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 282-2129.