Sports Related Concussions

As many as 3.8 million sports-related or recreation-related concussions occur in the U.S. every year. On this episode we explore the seriousness of concussions among athletes. This is an issue for athletes in junior high-all the way up to the pros. We talk to the professionals about why it s so vital for everyone, from athletes to coaches to parents, to have the facts on this topic.
We also introduce you to the ISU Radio talk shows around campus. They offer something a little different; that you just can't get anywhere else.

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Additional Information and Links:

Concussion Symptoms

  • Dizziness
  • Getting Sick
  • Headaches
  • Ringing
  • Slurred speech
  • Fatigue

ISU Center for Sports Concussions Info

  • Mandatory education for coaches, parents, and athletes.
  • Immediate removal from play" and written clearance from a health provider.
  • Acknowledgment forms for parents prior to play

Idaho Traumatic Brain Injury Center
KISU Radio - Listen Live!
Blood Donation Facts
SPAN (Suicide Prevention Action Network) of Idaho Idaho Suicide Prevention Plan 2011

Hands on learning

You can't learn everything from a book. This episode investigates ways students at ISU are getting their noses out of their books and putting their hands to work in the learning process. From archeological digs in Texas to creating delectable delights in the kitchen, these students are getting real-world experience before they have to step into the real world. Also, ever wonder how much exercise it takes to burn a single M&M? Maybe you'd rather eat in ignorance-but we'll tell you anyway.

Causes of osteoporosis

When you hear of an elderly person falling and breaking their hip, you naturally assume the hip broke due to the fall. But often, they fell because the hip bone suddenly broke. On this episode we look at the causes of osteoporosis and what you can do to prevent bone loss. Also, a new program at ISU giving GED students the tools they need to be successful in college.

Climate change in Idaho

What effect is climate change having on Idaho's environment? This episode explores multiple research projects being conducted in the Gem State with the goal of answering that question. This show takes a look at how climate change is affecting everything from fire to ice in Idaho's environment Also, suicide is the second leading cause of death for Idaho's youth. Signs, symptoms and prevention of suicide are discussed.

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Additional Information and Links:
Climate Change Research in Idaho
Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

Job Skills

A sagging economy means thousands of Idahoans are out of work. This episode gives viewers tips on how to make themselves more marketable. Whether you are looking to choose a new career, update your skill set, obtain employment or are just looking to become more self sufficient, a Center for New Directions in your area may be able to help.

Also, when should your child start talking? We talk to the professionals about how to make sure your child isn’t lagging behind in speech development.

We’ll also help you find ways to venture into the great outdoors using ISU’s Outdoor Adventure Center.

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Additional Information and Links:
Center for New Directions ISU

Six Idaho Centers for New Directions

The Centers for New Directions are Idaho's specific effort to meet the employment readiness needs of single parents and displaced homemakers. Centers are situated on the campuses of the Idaho technical colleges that are located regionally to best serve the majority of Idaho residents.

  • Idaho State University
  • Eastern Idaho Technical College
  • College of Southern Idaho
  • College of Western Idaho
  • North Idaho College
  • Lewis Clark State College

Centers for New Directions across the state

Backwards Career Decision-Making

  • Imagine your ideal future
  • Find careers matching that future
  • Find a degree matching that future

ISU Speech and Language Clinic: Pocatello - Meridian
Outdoor Adventure Center

Early College

This episode explores how students can graduate from high school with an associate degree. Dual Enrollment for high school students across the state of Idaho allows a jump-start on their college education. From high school teachers certified to teach college courses to students stepping on to college campuses, there is more than one way to get ahead.

The show also looks at the number one worldwide killer —heart disease. See how to keep your old "ticker" in tip-top shape.

Dr. Staci Jensen-Hart talks to us about changes in how Idaho welfare workers are being trained.

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Additional Information and Links:
Tech Prep Program
Early College Program
Dual Credit Web Brochure
Idaho Museum of Natural History - Phone (208) 282-3168
Female Moose Moans Study
Outdoor Adventure Center, ISU

Heart Health Facts

  • The Heart pumps vital blood to every organ. It beats 100-thousand times a day. That's 35-Million times a year, and 2.5 Billion times in an average lifetime.
  • Everyday, your heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles. Over a lifetime that's enough energy to drive to the moon and back.

FIT Principle of Exercise

  • F – Frequency, the amount of times that you would exercise in a week.
  • I – Intensity, how hard you will work out and how much effort you will put into the workout.
  • T – Type, the type of workout you will be doing to raise your heart rate

Maximum Heart Rate:

To find your maximum heart rate, subtract your age from two hundred. For best results, exercise a minimum of two to three times a week.

ISU's Economic Impact

What do Idaho’s universities contribute to the state’s economy? This episode delves into an economic impact study conducted by ISU. The study reveals that a university not only contributes to the dollars and cents of the economy but provides many social benefits as well. This show also features a 23-year-old ISU junior elected to the School Board for Pocatello School District 25.

Idaho's Education Concerns ("Go On")

Idaho ranks dead last in the U.S. for the number of students who choose to pursue a higher education. Idaho State of Mind delves into the Albertson Foundation's $20 million "Go On" Campaign. What contributes to Idaho students' low participation in higher education and what can be done about it? Idaho State of Mind talks to guidance counselors, school superintendants, and high school students to help shed light on the issues. We also find out what prospective students need to know if they do decide to "Go On" after high school.

ISU is Reaching Out

In a world that, no doubt, has its problems and strife, the Idaho State University community is reaching out to help in a multitude of ways. In this episode, Idaho State of Mind explores how people at ISU are making a difference. We take a look at how serving the community is being integrated into classrooms at ISU. And we meet Dr. Richard Hansen, ISU's own swashbuckling archeologist. From uncovering ancient Mayan temples to helping save the rainforest, Dr. Hansen is working to transform the landscape of Guatemala in every way possible.

The Arts on Campus

A college campus is a treasure trove for lovers of the arts. From music to dance to fine art, in this episode of Idaho State of Mind we delve into the vast opportunities available at Idaho State University. We'll take a tour of the Stephens Performing Art Center on ISU's Pocatello campus. The conductor of the Idaho State Civic Symphony, Dr. Chung Park, joins us in the studio to discuss the art of music.

Also, a multi-disciplinary project at ISU is working to create a smarter prosthetic hand.

CAES Building

The Future of Energy

The modern day world is completely dependant on the production of energy. We will discuss energy research at ISU in all of its various forms.

Idaho State of Mind also looks at driving safety and your elderly loved ones. We discuss how you can bring up the sensitive topic of putting the car keys away, signs that it is time and how to make the changes bearable. We also look at the shortage of doctors in Idaho and how physician assistants can help fill the gap.

Links Mentioned in Show:

Campus Diversity

Life at a university is all about gaining knowledge and seeing the world from a new perspective. Universities are a melting pot of new ideas and cultures. In this episode of Idaho State of Mind, we explore the cultural diversity university life brings to the communities of Idaho. We also look at the services ISU provides to international students to ensure their academic success so far away from home.

Links Mentioned in Show:
The Daily Beast
Title IX Web Address
International Programs Office at ISU
Study Abroad Information at ISU
Delta Dental of Idaho

Veteran's Sanctuary

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have had a major impact on higher education as thousands of veterans choose to pursue education after their tours of duty. This episode explores Idaho State University's Veteran's Sanctuary, a service provided to help student veterans with everything from academics to personal counseling. The show also discusses Idaho State University's rise in the Carnegie Classification to Research High status.

Links Mentioned in Show:
The Carnegie Foundation
Virtual Zooarchaeology of the Arctic Project( VZAP)
Veteran's Sanctuary
Idaho Traumatic Brain Injury Virtual Program Center


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