ISU-Meridian offers online HIV/AIDS course for students and health professionals

The Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center is offering an online course for students, medical providers and case managers who want to learn more about HIV and AIDS in Idaho. The class starts Aug. 24.

“We’ve designed the course for students and health professionals who are new to HIV and AIDs or who want to update their current level of knowledge,” said Judy Thorne, HIV education coordinator at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center. [Read more…]

27th annual ‘I Love ISU’ campaign features events in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Blackfoot, Boise

College of Technology volunteers from last year included, from left, Debbie Thompson, Angela Askey and Ruth Ruska.

The 27th annual “I Love ISU” campaign for Idaho State University academic scholarships is off and running and will feature callers in Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, Pocatello and for the first time in Boise.

The Blackfoot volunteer calling campaign will be held Aug. 26; the Idaho Falls volunteer calling campaign will run Sept. 14-15; the Pocatello and American Falls volunteer calling campaign will run Sept. 21-24; and the Boise calling campaign will be held in October. [Read more…]

ISU-Boise moves to ISU-Meridian Health Science Center July 31; offices reopen Aug. 5

ISU-Boise will become ISU-Meridian Health Science Center this weekend as faculty and staff begin the move to the new facility Friday, July 31.

The Center anticipates reopening to the public Wednesday, Aug. 5.

In the meantime, on Monday and Tuesday, Aug 3-4, ISU employees in the Treasure Valley will set up their offices, IT systems will be relocated, and local authorities will inspect and approve the facility for occupancy.

Business hours at ISU-Boise will be limited to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 30. The ISU-Boise building will be closed for business Friday, July 31.  On Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 3-4, there will be no public access.

Normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the ISU-Meridan Health Science Center should resume Wednesday, Aug. 5.

If you have questions please feel free to contact Bessie Katsilometes at 867-1529 or Patty Tryon at 860-1295.

Nuclear science students, researchers learn essential computer coding skills at Idaho Falls summer school

Students participate in a MeV lecture.

Aspiring nuclear science researchers, students and technicians from around the world, including 35 students from six foreign countries, are taking classes and meeting with senior mentors in Idaho Falls to learn how to write computer code that could potentially prevent nuclear reactor disasters in the future.

Fifty-three students are attending the two-week “Modeling, Experimentation, Validation (MeV) Summer School” at University Place running through July 31. The school is sponsored by the Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho State University and Argonne National Laboratory. Students have come from Argentina, Sweden, Germany, India, Japan, China and from throughout the United States to attend this school. [Read more…]

Clinical laboratory science student Katharine Eby wins national scholarship

Idaho State University clinical laboratory science student, Katharine Eby, has been awarded a $1,500 undergraduate scholarship from the Alpha Mu Tau Fraternity, the national honorary fraternity of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

“This scholarship means a great deal to me. I am humbled and grateful to receive an award on the national level,” said Eby, who will graduate from the Pocatello campus in May 2010. She intends to enroll in graduate school after she receives her bachelor’s degree.

Eby, who chose to study clinical lab science because of her interests in biology and the health professions, is a 2006 graduate of Bonners Ferry High School in Bonners Ferry.

She will receive the scholarship at the 77th annual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, July 21-25, in Chicago.

Gov. Otter, City of Meridian and Idaho State University launch THE CORE business enterprise zone for economic development

ISU President Arthur Vailas speaking at THE CORE launch.

MERIDIAN, Idaho – Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter today helped launch THE CORE (, a health care, education and technology enterprise zone that will add new emphasis to Idaho’s Project 60 economic development initiative.

The Governor was joined by Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd, Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas and dozens of private businesses that operate within an approximately three-mile-long corridor straddling Interstate 84, just minutes from Boise Airport.  

“The powerful spirit of partnership is what brings us here today, and it’s what will ensure Meridian and all of Idaho grows and prospers in the future,” Governor Otter said. [Read more…]

Idaho State University receives $1 million traumatic brain injury grant

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates as many as 35,000 Idahoans may be living with a severe traumatic brain injury, yet Idaho has few community resources to assist TBI patients after they leave acute-care facilities and return home to live.

Many patients—with health insurance benefits exhausted and unable to work full time—are left with limited funds to cover immediate needs, such as housing or transportation costs, said Russell Spearman, M.Ed., a senior research associate in the Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University-Boise.

Under the direction of Spearman, Idaho State University and the IRH have been awarded a $1 million grant [Read more…]