Idaho State University MILES researchers play key role in City of Pocatello River Vision Study

Raymond Park concept image for the Portneuf River Vision Study. ( Army Corps of Engineers concept for Pocatello)

POCATELLO – By providing input and informational tools Idaho State University researchers are assisting the citizens of Pocatello to create a new vision and plans for the Portneuf River running through the city.

Now confined largely to a concrete channel as it flows through town, the Portneuf River may one day be freer flowing, bordered by walkways, parks or other improvements envisioned by planners.

ISU researchers active in the National Science Foundation’s Managing Idaho’s Landscapes for Ecosystem Services (MILES) project have lent their expertise and knowledge to the City of Pocatello’s Portneuf River Vision Study, a research project funded by U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

The goal of the river vision project is to create a comprehensive plan for the Portneuf River from the Portneuf ‘Gap’ on the south edge of the city, downstream to the Fort Hall Indian Reservation boundary at Siphon Road.

“The City of Pocatello wants to restore the river and improve the quality of life for Pocatello and still meet flood control needs,” said Hannah Sanger, City of Pocatello science and environment division manager and lead on the city’s Portneuf River Vision Study. [Read more…]

Alumnus Rick Carron contributes to Idaho Virtualization Lab at the Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University

Rick Carron

POCATELLO — Idaho State University alumnus Rick Carron is helping to make it possible for today’s ISU students to gain experience in a unique and specific field at the Idaho Virtualization Laboratory at the Idaho Museum of Natural History.

“Rick’s contributions are allowing our students to do an incredibly cool, unique and useful project,” said Frank Stewart, senior development officer for the College of Science and Engineering at ISU. “That project is virtualization.”

Carron, who now lives in Altadena, California, grew up in Pocatello and graduated from ISU with a bachelor’s degree in biology. His interest in the museum began at a young age after he found an amphibian and took it to the museum to find out more about it. [Read more…]

Idaho State University mission statement and core themes receive State Board approval

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s revised mission statement and core themes received approval by Idaho’s State Board of Education (SBOE) at the Feb. 18 board meeting held in Boise.

The mission and core theme approval are the first steps for the University in updating its strategic plan that will take place beginning July. The University sought a transparent and inclusive process that included opportunities for students, faculty and staff to provide feedback on drafts of the document. The Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment Council considered all of the feedback when completing the draft. [Read more…]

Idaho State University affiliates with new Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine

The Idaho Office of the Governor issued this press release and fact sheet on Feb. 25
Media contact: Jon Hanian, Press Secretary, Executive Office of the Governor, NEWS RELEASE, (208) 334-2100

IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY AFFILIATES WITH NEW IDAHO COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

(BOISE) – With approval from the State Board of Education, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced a new public-private partnership today to create Idaho’s first four-year medical school at Idaho State University’s Meridian Health Science Center.

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) will be led by Dr. Robert Hasty, founding dean and chief academic officer. John Goodnow will support the new school’s direction as its president and executive board member. The privately funded school will be governed by a board of trustees consisting of local and regional physicians and healthcare executives. The ICOM will undergo an accreditation process through the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, and classes are expected to begin in August 2018.

“I’m confident that this groundbreaking partnership will benefit the health and wellbeing of citizens throughout Idaho and the region by helping to address our shortage of primary care physicians – especially in Idaho’s underserved rural communities,” the Governor said, citing the potential educational and economic benefits. “This is a golden opportunity for us to train more healthcare professionals to meet our statewide needs while also attracting more Idaho students into the growing healthcare field. It’s a once-in-a-generation chance for Idaho to address both our desire for better career opportunities for Idaho students and our need for more physicians.” [Read more…]

Idaho State University’s Alan Johnson awarded second Fulbright to India

Alan Johnson

POCATELLO – Alan Johnson, professor of English at Idaho State University, first went to Mumbai, India, six years ago on a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and research literature and globalization for six months.

Johnson has recently been awarded his second Fulbright Scholar grant to Chennai, in southern India, and will be there for nine months to research images of the environment and forest in Indian literature.

He will complete the Fulbright award from August to May 2017. [Read more…]

Idaho Museum of Natural History uses 3-D technology to bring Titanoboa monster snake to life

A Boa constrictor skull is scaled up to the same size as Titanoboa and compared to a human skeleton using 3-D tech in the IVL.  Render courtesy of Jesse Pruitt.

POCATELLO – The Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) at Idaho State University is adding its own special touches to the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibition Service’s exhibit “Titanoboa: Monster Snake,” which opens at the museum on March 19.

The exhibition is a collaboration between the Florida Museum of Natural History, the University of Nebraska, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

“When travelling exhibits are designed and built, they are optimized for shipping and cost. So, we like to add elements to these exhibits that would otherwise be too impractical to ship to multiple museums,” said Becky Hansis-O’Neill, museum education specialist. [Read more…]

Idaho State University School of Performing Arts to perform classic play “Guys and Dolls”

Student actors getting ready for "Guys and Dolls" performance. Photomontage by Julie Hillebrant

POCATELLO – Students at Idaho State University will combine their talents in both music and theatre for the production of “Guys and Dolls” beginning Feb. 26 in the Beverly B. Bistline Theatre in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

“Guys & Dolls” will only have five performances on Feb. 26 and 27, March 3, 4 and 5.

The musical is based on Damon Runyon’s stories, and features close to 30 students from ISU’s School of Performing Arts. The play is directed by Vanessa Ballam, assistant professor of theatre and head of acting at ISU, with the musical direction of Kathleen Lane, professor of music. [Read more…]

Idaho Museum of Natural History to host Masquerade Ball benefit Feb. 20; includes raffle

POCATELLO – The Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University is hosting a Masquerade Ball benefit Feb.20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Juniper Hills Country Club.

The masquerade ball is a fundraising event to benefit the museum’s exhibits and programming. The evening will include dining, dancing, live and silent auctions and raffle prizes. Music will be provided by Steel Productions and Entertainment. Individual and group tickets are available for purchase at imnh.isu.edu. [Read more…]

Idaho State University National Girls and Women in Sports Day events set Feb. 19-20

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Reed Gymnasium.

This is the 17th year ISU has hosted this event.

ISU’s celebration will include free admission to the ISU Women’s Basketball game versus Southern Utah University for the first 300 kindergarten through fifth-grade girls and boys. Reduced admission of $3 is available for accompanying adults. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 300 kids, compliments of Portneuf Medical Center.

At the game’s halftime, the 2016 Trailblazer Award will be presented to Pauline Thiros, ISU associate vice president of development who has served in the Foundation Office since 1997. [Read more…]