President Vailas Inaugural Celebration scheduled Sept. 13-14

The Inaugural Celebration of Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas will be held on Sept. 13 and 14 in Pocatello.

The Investiture Ceremony for Vailas will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 14 in Holt Arena on the ISU Pocatello campus. An all-community barbeque featuring entertainment, academic information and various demonstrations by ISU departments and student groups will be held on the ISU Hutchinson Quadrangle immediately following the Investiture Ceremony. [Read more…]

Noted author, conservationist Maughan to retire from ISU after 36 years

Ralph Maughan

He has hiked thousands of miles in Idaho and western United States wilderness areas, among the books he’s co-written is one of the most-used Idaho hiking guides, and his blog on conservation issues,, gets some 2,000 hits a day. He’s also one of the original founders and a former president of the now 13,000-member Greater Yellowstone Coalition.

And now, Ralph Maughan, PhD, who describes himself as a political scientist with an interest in conservation politics, is retiring from Idaho State University after a 36-year career. [Read more…]

Celebration of book on Swedish immigrants set July 16 in Pocatello

On Monday, July 16, the Pocatello community will gather to celebrate the launch of the latest scholarly book “Up in the Rocky Mountains: Writing the Swedish Immigrant Experience” by Idaho State University folklorist Jennifer Eastman Attebery, PhD.

The free reception, open to the public, will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Piccolo Gallery in Old Town Pocatello. There will be a toast and a few words about the book at 6 p.m. [Read more…]

From ‘trout bum’ to PhD; ISU prof solves resource managers’ quandaries

Rob Van Kirk

Idaho State University mathematics associate professor Robert Van Kirk, PhD, used to fly-fish as much as 150 days a year or so when he worked seasonally from 1981 to 1987 at Henry’s Fork Anglers in Last Chance, Idaho. He extensively fished Idaho’s famous Henry’s and South Forks of the Snake River and surrounding waters.

Now Van Kirk, 44, is lucky to fish 150 hours a year, but that hasn’t diminished his devotion to these fisheries. His work as a mathematician potentially affects every angler who wets a line in the South Fork of the Snake River below Palisades Reservoir and could continue to do so for years to come. Additionally, his work analyzing the effect of selenium on the trout populations of the Blackfoot and Salt Rivers, which are part of the Snake River drainage, drew widespread national and international publicity earlier this year. He also has completed numerous studies on the Henry’s Fork. [Read more…]

IRH director ably assisted by service dog

Sophie, a 3-1/2-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, has flown more than 275,000 miles. She also has been a co-leader, in a specific sense, of the Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health, a powerhouse research center under the ISU Kasiska College of Health Professions.

The IRH is led by its director, Dr. Beth Hudnall Stamm, who in turn, is led by the aforementioned Sophie. Without the help from her assistance animal, Stamm could, quite literally, be lost. [Read more…]