ISU Meridian Health Science Center

News Archive 2007

Sixth Idaho WWAMI Mini Medical School to Begin Jan. 10
Idaho State University Offers Credit

Dec. 12, 2007

Boise – Learn about diabetes, thyroid disease and strategies for preventing and treating obesity at the sixth annual Idaho WWAMI Mini Medical School, which begins Jan. 10 in Boise.

The five-week series, presented by physicians from the University of Washington School of Medicine, researchers and health-care professionals, is designed to teach the general public about the functions of the endocrine system.

Presentations are from 7 to 9 p.m., Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31 and Feb. 7, at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center’s Anderson Center, 100 E. Idaho, in Boise. Sessions will be videocast to Idaho State University-Boise, 12301 W. Explorer Drive, and to sites in McCall, Twin Falls, Pocatello, and Idaho Falls.  (read more...)

ISU Institute of Rural Health Works to Deflate
the Stigma Attached to Child Mental-Health Disorders

Dec 10, 2007

Boise – Ann Kirkwood, senior research associate at Idaho State University-Boise’s Institute of Rural Health, says she is concerned about the stigma that is sometimes placed on children with mental-health disorders. Because of this stigma, says Kirkwood, children in Idaho and throughout the country often fall through the cracks when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of mental-health issues.

For the past ten years, Kirkwood has been the project director of Better Todays. Better Tomorrows. (B2T2), a program funded by the State of Idaho that is designed to educate school employees and the larger community on the signs and symptoms of trauma and mental illnesses in youth, and to identify barriers to treatment. (read more...)

ISU Graduate Students Take Top Honors in Research Poster Contest

Dec 7, 2007

Boise - Idaho State University geosciences graduate students, Jacob Tibbitts and Jessica Mitchell, took top honors in a research poster contest at the 2007 Environmental Sensing Symposium, co-sponsored by Boise State University and the Inland Northwest Research Alliance.

First place and a cash award of $1,000 went to Tibbitts, who created a poster focusing on remote sensing of bare ground to monitor rangeland health. Second-place winner Mitchell won $500 for designing a poster focusing on remote sensing for invasive weeds. (read more...)

ISU-Boise's Galen Louis Awarded Contract
to Improve HIV Services in Idaho

Dec 7, 2007

Boise - The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has awarded Idaho State University professor Galen Louis a $109,164 contract to help improve HIV services in Idaho's seven health districts.

"Our goal is to provide a model for creating locally based community plans for HIV prevention and care -- a core function of public health," says Louis, PhD, director of ISU-Boise's Master of Public Health Program. (read more...)

Judy Thorne Tapped to Sit on Local Advisory Council
to Assist Female Prisoners

Nov 9, 2007

Boise - Idaho State University - Boise HIV Education Coordinator Judy Thorne, M.P.A., R.T.C., will serve on a newly created local advisory council to prepare female prisoners aged 18 to 35 for a successful return to society.

The national pilot project - called Women's Re-Entry Initiative - is a program of Easter Seals - Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain and is funded by Public/Private Ventures, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the effectiveness of social policies, programs and community initiatives. (read more...)

Veterans With Traumatic Brain Injuries
the Subject of Telecast Series

Oct 29, 2007

Boise- The Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health will present free public presentations statewide on traumatic brain injury (TBI) in response to high numbers of military personnel coming home suffering such disabilities.

The six-week series -- "Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury" will be telecast throughout Idaho at selected sites from Nov. 1 through Dec. 13, including ISU-Boise, 12301 W. Explorer Drive, Room 156. (read more...)

Walgreens company gives $50,000 to ISU College of Pharmacy

Oct 8, 2007

Boise - The Idaho State University College of Pharmacy has received a $50,000 gift from the Walgreens Company for use at the university's new health-professions building in Meridian.

The building - undergoing renovation and scheduled to open in 2009 - will be the new home of ISU's Treasure Valley-based programs in the health professions, including the university's nationally acclaimed pharmacy program. (read more...)

ISU-Boise's Pam Powell named a Health Care Hero finalist;
Nursing student Robert Warrick awarded $1,000 scholarship

Sept 21, 2007

Boise-Pam Powell, DMD, site director of Idaho State University Family Dentistry in Boise, has been named a 2007 Health Care Hero Educator honoree in the Idaho Business Review newspaper’s annual competition.

In addition, ISU-Boise fast-track nursing student Robert Warrick is the first recipient of the Health Care Heroes Scholarship, a $1,000 award made to a health sciences student who demonstrates need and academic excellence.   (read more...)

ISU-Boise to host "Health Professions Experience Night"   Oct. 9

Two $500 scholarships to be awarded

Sept 5, 2007

Boise- Interested in becoming a pharmacist, paramedic or physician assistant? A clinical lab scientist, nurse or mental health counselor?

Find out about these programs and more than a dozen others at the second annual “Health Professions Experience Night” hosted by Idaho State University, Oct. 9, 5:30-8 p.m. The event will be at the site of ISU’s new health sciences education building in Meridian, 1303 E. Central Drive (on the north side of I-84 between Meridian and Locust Grove roads). (read more...)

ISU researchers to study wind erosion

Findings may improve Idaho's air quality, control dust storms in Middle East

July 17, 2007

Boise- Drive along I-84 in southern Idaho on a windy day, when fields are bare, and you can get smacked head on – by a cloud of dust so dense you can’t see through it.  Dust storms caused by wind erosion are part of the high-desert landscape of Idaho. They’ve led to deadly car crashes on the freeway, damage to rangeland, and deterioration of air quality.  So what if we could find a way to predict wind erosion and ultimately limit the severity of dust storms?  (read more...)

Children find voice at ISU-Boise's AAC Camp

July 2, 2007

Boise- Wearing a cowboy hat and blue bandanna, 11-year-old Austin Freckleton delivered a line from a play he’d been working on all week. “I grabbed the snake and threw it far away, and I’m still here today,” he said. The audience laughed. Austin smiled. And his mother, peering through the lens of a video camera, beamed.  (read more...)

ISU-Boise professor selected as one of Idaho’s
most “Accomplished Under 40

June 23, 2007

Boise- Idaho State University-Boise research associate professor Nancy Glenn, Phd, is one of the Idaho Business Review’s most accomplished Idahoans under age 40 for 2007. Glenn and 39 other recipients were honored at a luncheon June 22 at the Boise Centre on the Grove. She also was profiled in a special IBR magazine titled “Idaho Accomplished Under Forty” published June 25.  (read more...)

The AISU-Boise speech-language pathology students provide free screenings for Hewlett-Packard employees

May 25, 2007

Boise— Eleven students in Idaho State University-Boise’s speech-language pathology master’s program recently provided free speech, voice and hearing screenings for more than 100 Hewlett-Packard employees and their families.“The opportunity was invaluable,” said Kristin Negilski, director of ISU-Boise’s Speech and Language Clinic.  “To be able to explain and discuss results with the HP employees immediately following the screening gave our students a wonderful learning experience and opportunity for continued growth as future professionals.” (read more...)

ISU-Boise awards more than 100 degrees at May 4 graduation

Nampa woman receives Student Excellence Award

May 5, 2007

Boise- When Idaho State University-Boise student Irina Zahradnicek graduated May 4, the Nampa woman expected to receive a bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory science. Much to her surprise, she also received ISU-Boise’s 2007 Student Excellence Award. “I am delighted to present this award to Irina, a gifted scientist and wonderful student,” said ISU-Boise’s Academic Dean Bessie Katsilometes as Zahradnicek made her way to the stage at The Grove Hotel Ballroom in downtown Boise. (read more...)

The ALSAM Foundation announces $5.25 million gift
to Idaho State University’s College of Pharmacy

Money slated for Treasure Valley teaching site and minority scholarships

April 20, 2007

Boise—Idaho State University’s College of Pharmacy has received a $5 million gift from The ALSAM Foundation to acquire more teaching and research space in the Treasure Valley and an additional $250,000 in pharmacy scholarships for minority students, ISU and ALSAM officials announced April 20, 2007.“With tremendous pride, I accept these gifts on behalf of Idaho State University and the College of Pharmacy,” said ISU President Arthur C. Vailas, PhD. “These generous donations from The ALSAM Foundation will serve as a catalyst in our efforts to provide quality education and fulfill our commitment to expand health-care education programs in the Treasure Valley.” (read more...)


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