ISU scientist’s book, “Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science,” is published

Meldrum's new book

Dr. Jeff Meldrum, associate professor of anatomy and anthropology in the Idaho State University department of biological sciences, is the author of the newly- released book, “Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science,” published by Forge/Tom Doherty Associates.

ISU associate professor Dr. Jeff MeldrumThe book, available since Sept. 19, is an expanded companion volume to the Discovery Channel documentary by the same name.

“The book presents the findings of a number of respected scientists who objectively engaged the varied evidences for the possible existence of a relict ape,” Meldrum says, “and it further incorporates new perspectives and developments in my own 10-year investigation of this most intriguing natural-history question.”

In his forward, renowned naturalist George Schaller wrote in part, “Jeff Meldrum is a scientist, an expert in human locomotor adaptations. In ‘Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science,’ he examines all evidence critically, not to force a conclusion, but to establish a baseline of facts upon which further research can depend. His science is not submerged by opinion and dogmatic assumption. With objectivity and insight he analyzes evidence from tracks, skin ridges on the soles of feet, film footage, and DNA, and he compares it to that on primates and various other species.” [Read more…]

Arts and Sciences Research Day set Oct. 20

The Idaho State University College of Arts and Sciences will hold its second annual Arts and Sciences Research Day from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 in Goranson Hall located on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building on the ISU Pocatello campus.

The event has been designed to provide faculty of the other ISU colleges, as well as the public, a better idea of the variety of research and creative activity being undertaken by faculty within the College of Arts and Science. That college has teamed with the Office of Research to create an interesting and informative free event featuring six brief faculty presentations. [Read more…]

Severe child behavior is focus of $515,000 grant

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PetersonIdaho State University special education professor Dr. Stephanie M. Peterson will explore new tactics for teachers to employ to work more effectively with children with disabilities who engage in severe problem behaviors and who avoid completing school tasks.

The U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences has awarded a $515,384 grant to Peterson to explore this problem, and perhaps come up with new solutions for teachers.

Peterson and her four graduate assistants will work with children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The ISU researchers will work with teachers and administrators in the Pocatello, Blackfoot and Minidoka school districts. [Read more…]

ISU Office of Research seeking 2007 ‘Distinguished Researcher’ nominations

The Idaho State University Office of Research is announcing a call for nominations for the ISU Distinguished Researcher Award of 2007.

This award will honor a faculty member who has contributed significantly to the University's research effort. The award recipient is honored at spring Commencement exercises as the Distinguished Researcher and will be given a cash award of $2,500. [Read more…]