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Fall 2012 Newsletter


Message from the Dean

Dr. PembertonWe live in an increasingly complex, highly integrated, interconnected world. We are challenged by the ongoing need to adapt to globalization, adjust to ever-evolving information technology, cope with budget deficits along with escalating services demands, and manage increasing energy needs against a world wherein climate change is altering not only the places we live but the ways we live in them (Friedman & Mandelbaum, 2011). Responding to these challenges requires a highly educated, engaged, responsible citizenry, championed by globally cognizant scholars, practitioners and leaders.

Education generally and higher education in particular empower and embolden individuals to engage responsible citizenship. These are good and vitally important aims. Graduate education goes a step farther. Graduate education provides options and opportunities for you to develop the knowledge, skills, and life-long learning dispositions to not only participate, but to create, innovate, collaborate, communicate, and shape how we, as a global citizenry, move forward in our changing world. This is what distinguishes and elevates graduate education.

Through graduate education students enhance and grow their personal and professional potential. Graduate Education at Idaho State University truly can be and is, your next opportunity!

Cynthia Lee A. Pemberton, Ed.D.
Interim Dean, Graduate School
Professor Educational Leadership
Idaho State University


A Fond Farewell

As many know, I’ve accepted a position at Dickinson State University (Dickinson, ND) as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  While of course I am sad about inherent goodbyes, I’m also thrilled about new possibilities.  My 14+ years at ISU have been both meaningful and memorable. I've been especially honored to have served the interests of Graduate Education these past 7 years, and wish ISU and the Graduate School all good things. 

Many Thanks. Best Wishes,



Congratulations to Our New 2012-2013
GATE Scholars

Corinna BarrettCorinna Barrett, originally from Red Bluff, California, received her Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University-Idaho in English and a Master of Professional Studies in Publishing from George Washington University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in English. After spending two years in Korea teaching English to middle school students, she is honored to be chosen as a GATE scholar and excited to teach at the college level.

Misty CloverOriginally from Pocatello, Misty Clover received an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a minor in French at Idaho State University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Anthropology and aims to enhance her anthropological research possibilities by simultaneously pursuing a certificate in GIS (geographic information systems). She's absolutely thrilled to participate as a GATE scholar and thankful for this opportunity.

Amanda Collingwood has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Secondary Education from Boise State University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Microbiology in the Biological Sciences department.

Adam KosterAdam Koster is a graduate student from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has a Bachelors of Science degree in Geology from Calvin College, also in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is currently enrolled in the ISU Geosciences Master’s program. His thesis project is concerned with understanding the evolution of magma and predicting possible eruption locations within the Los Tuxtlas Volcanic Field in Veracruz, Mexico.

Elise C. KrauelElise C. Krauel grew up in West Valley City, Utah. The experience with her honors thesis for Brigham Young University, while receiving a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology, left her eager for more knowledge on the analysis and processes behind the artifacts found in archaeology. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Anthropology and is thrilled to be part of the GATE program and honored for the opportunities it will give her to share her love of learning and of history.

Lori McPhersonLori McPherson, originally from Connecticut, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Denver in 2000, then earning a Master of Arts from West Virginia University in Art Education. She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in studio art.  Lori stated that she is extremely honored to be part of the GATE program. “I’m exciting to expand my knowledge of teaching and engage in an enriching experience.”


Travel Award Recipients: Congratulations to our ISU 2011-2012 Awardees!
Tiffany Allison, Project Title: Sensitivity and Specificity Determinations with Blastomyces Dermatitidis Yeast Lysate antigens: Induction and Detection of Antibodies in Immunized Rabbits
Anthony Andrews, Project Title: First Development of an EPICS Control System for IAC Accelerators
David Assan, Project Title: Surfactant Effect on Intercellular Transport of DNA, Proteins, and Electrolytes
Suman Barua, Project Title: Evaluation of Test-Retest Reliability of High-Frequency Evoked Otoacoustic Emissions in Children
Ryan Blackadar, Project Title: The Price of Ice: Ecological Consequences of Changing Ice Regimes for Linked Aquaticterrestrial Food Webs
Alina Bonci, Project Title: Parenthood and Help-Seeking for Substance Use Problems in Incarcerated Women
Shannon Brady, Project Title: Sedimentologic and Isotopic Records of Late Quaternary Lake Level Change: Implications for Climate Variability in Interior Alaska
Yang Cao, Project Title: Development of an Extensible Geospacial Analysis Toolbox
Emily Charaska, Project Title: Nitrogen Cycling in the Soils of a Burned Landscape
Scott Collins, Project Title: Heterogeneity of Riparian Habitats Mediate Responses of Terrestrial Arthropods to Subsidies of Pacific Salmon Carcasses
Zachary Dilbeck, Project. Title: Going Medieval: Fantasy, World View and Setting
David Dixon, Project Title: "No Man Will Be Suffered to Cut His Lot": The Changing Landscape of Downtown Salt Lake City, 1847-1877
Paul Dodez, Project Title: Idaho's National Traveling Exhibit of Ceramics
Rachel Dyson, Project Title: The Relationship Between Impersonal Orientation, Effortful Control, and Substance Use
Hilary Eldredge, Project Title: Instructional Technology Design Course
Xiang Gao, Project Title: Comparison of Anchoring Materials for High Performance Sensors Modified with Nanoparticles and Enzymes
Noelle Guernsey, Project Title: Sexual Segregation of Shiras Moose in Wyoming: Habitat Selection and Ecosystem Dynamics in an Area Slated for Natural-Gas Development
Hannah Harris, Project Title: Understanding the Effects of Wildfire and Debris Flows on Downstream and Lateral Fluxes and Consequences for Recipient Predators in the South Fork Salmon River Basin
Kaleb Heinrich, Project Title: Exploring the 'Invasional Meltdown' Hypothesis: Direct Interactions Between Multiple Invasive, Non-Native Species and Direct and Indirect Consequences for Communities and Ecosystem Processes
Kelsie Hendrickson, Project Title: Impulsivity Mediated the Longitudinal Relationship Between Insomnia and Drug Use
David Huber, Project Title: Effects of Climate Shifts and Plant-Community Transformations on Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling in Semi-Arid Shrublands
Vinay Kumar Idikuda, Project Title: Magnesium Oxide Nanoparticles Induce Cytotoxic and Proinflammatory Effects in Schwann Cells and DRG Neurons
Charles Jenks, Project Title: Effects of Laboratory Induced Anxiety on Impulsive Choice in Socially Anxious and Non-Anxious Adults
Kristine Johnson, Project Title: Traumatic Life Events, Posttraumatic Cognitions
Beena Kuruvilla, Project Title:Traumatic Life Events, Posttraumatic Cognitions, and Psychological Distress
Haitham Abdel Majid, Project Title:The Performance of Thick Gaseous Electron Multiplier (THGEM) Preamplifiers as a Neutron Sensitive Detector
Cristen Mcclure, Project Title: The Transformational Process of International Sojourn through the Eyes of Students and Faculty: Implications for Counseling
Clayton Meredith, Project Title: Analysis of Diagenesis in Dental Materials Using FTIR as an Indicator for Potential Further Biomolecular Analysis: A Case Study in the Pacific
Sarah Rowland
, Project Title: Social Support Among Substance Dependent Women with and without a History of Childhood Trauma
Satya Murthy Tadinada, Project Title: Effects of Combination of Biochanin A (Soy Isoflavones) and Atorvastatin on Pancreatic Cancer Cell Line
Masaru Takahashi, Project Title: Changing Climate Affects Sagebrush-Arthropod interactions in Sagebrush Steppe: Long-Term Evaluation of the Effects of insects Herbivory on Big Sagebrush
Janet Towner, Project Title: Nutritional Elemental Intake
Monica Tromp, Project Title: Bon Char as a Proxy for Archaeological Bone? An Assessment of Diagenic Uptake in Biological Material
Sarah Weber, Project Title: Evaluation of Test-Retest Reliability of High-Frequency Evoked Otoacoustic Emissions in Children

Graduate School Leadership Moving Forward

Welcome Back! I’m pleased to share that Dr. Nicole Hill will serve as half-time interim dean and Dr. Alan Egger will serve as half-time interim associate dean, while the national search process proceeds (Fall 2012).  The Graduate School is in good hands.


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September 11, Tuesday, 3:30-5pm: Orientation & Student Panel @ PSUB, Snake River Room

October 10, Wednesday, 3:30-5pm: Dean's Panel @ PSUB, Snake River Room

Novebmer 8, Thursday, 3:30-5pm: Research and Posters @ PSUB, Clearwater Room

December 11, Tuesday, 3:30-5pm: Fulbright Panel @ PSUB, Clearwater Room

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Dates & Deadlines

August 27th: Fall Classes Begin

September 7th: Last Day to Apply for December Graduation

Apply for Graduation HERE!

November 15th: Spring Application Priority Deadline

December 1st: Spring Deadline for Non-Resident Tuition Waiver

December 7th: Last Day for Fall Oral Examinations


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Ms. Anna Siddoway &
Ms. Rhonda Woodruff