Uranium crystals produced at Idaho State University RISE facility could reveal future of nuclear fuel
Written by Kortny Rolston, INL Communications & Governmental Affairs
POCATELLO – Mention the word "crystals" and few people think of nuclear fuel.
Unless you are Eric Burgett.
The Idaho State University professor is on a quest to create pure, single crystals of uranium and uranium oxide so researchers at Idaho National Laboratory and elsewhere can better understand the material and design higher performance fuels to power nuclear reactors.
Burgett and his team of graduate students have successfully manufactured cerium oxide crystals as a practice run (cerium can be a nonradioactive surrogate for uranium or plutonium). The team produced its first uranium oxide crystal in June at ISU's Research in Science and Engineering (RISE) facility in Pocatello. (more…)
Shark week is every week in Idaho this Year! Idaho Museum of Natural History opens whorl tooth sharks exhibit June 22
The Idaho Museum of Natural History on the ISU campus in Pocatello is opening a major new exhibit based on a giant prehistoric shark found in the phosphate mines of Idaho. "The Whorl Tooth Sharks of Idaho" opens on June 22 and runs through the end of the year.
The exhibit features a wide array of fossils of the 270-million-year-old shark called Helicoprion, along with original artworks by Alaskan artist Ray Troll, life-sized sculptures of the shark bursting through the museum walls by sculptor Gary Staab, original music, a short documentary and much more. There are children's activities too, so it promises to be fun for the whole family. (more…)
Symposium, fundraiser for sasquatch Falcon Project with Idaho State University’s Jeff Meldrum set June 22 in Portland, Ore.
An all-day symposium event to kick-off fundraising for the Falcon Project, billed by organizers as "the most penetrating search for the legendary sasquatch ever undertaken," will be held June 22 in Portland, Ore. (more…)
MOSCOW, Idaho – Idaho researchers will study the ways that society and landscapes are interconnected thanks to a new $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation, or NSF.
Over the course of five years, the grant will fund a project that aims to help Idahoans make science-based decisions about natural resources and provide them with a better understanding of the complex relationship between people and the environment. (more…)
Idaho State University geosciences Professor Benjamin Crosby lands Fulbright Scholar Award to work in Concepcion, Chile
Idaho State University geosciences Associate Professor Benjamin Crosby is heading about 6,000 miles south to Concepción, Chile, where he will serve as a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad de Concepción and do research to assess the impact of hydroelectric dams in Chile. (more…)
Two Idaho State University anthropology students land internships with Smithsonian museums this summer
"I would live in a cardboard box if I could work at the Smithsonian (museums in Washington, D.C.)," said Jennifer Hernandez, an Idaho State University senior anthropology major with an emphasis in archeology, who graduated from Idaho Falls High School. "I still can't believe that I'm getting an internship with a stipend to go work there this summer." (more…)
Idaho State University-Meridian graduate assistant, Nicole Frank, is conducting research to understand the relationship between chemotherapy drugs and the toxicity they cause.
Frank, a microbiologist working on her Ph.D. in pharmacology, is helping Gem Pharmaceuticals of Birmingham, Ala., determine why a potential cancer drug currently in clinical trials appears to be less toxic than the chemotherapy drug doxorubicin, which is widely used to treat a variety of cancers but can lead to heart failure after long-term use. (more…)
Three Idaho State University faculty members were honored as Distinguished Faculty at an awards ceremony in April and will be honored at ISU commencement May 11.
They are Donna Lybecker, associate professor political science, Distinguished Teacher; Scott Anderson, professor of music, Distinguished Service Award; and Bruce Finney, professor of biological sciences, Distinguished Researcher. (more…)
Idaho State University well represented at American Nuclear Society Student Conference; grad student Scott McBeath delivers winning paper
Idaho State University nuclear engineering master's student Scott McBeath earned a best graduate student paper award at the American Nuclear Society 2013 Student Conference in Boston this month, and overall ISU was well represented at the conference. (more…)
Idaho State University senior Kevin Higgins one of 60 nationally selected to present undergraduate research on Capitol Hill
Idaho State University chemistry senior Kevin Higgins, who worked in ISU chemistry Professor John Kalivas's chemistry laboratory, is one of 60 undergraduates nationwide to be selected to present a research poster at the national Council on Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill event April 23-24. (more…)