ISU Meridian Health Science Center

News Archive 2009

Idaho State University to Offer Online Health Courses to Gem State Prep Students

Dec. 18, 2009

Idaho State University will begin offering university-level online health education classes at a reduced fee to Gem State high schools students beginning Jan. 11 through ISU's new University Health High School (UHHS) website. (read more...)

ISU professors land NOAA funding to develop tools for watershed management

Dec. 17, 2009

Two Idaho State University geosciences professors—Nancy Glenn and Daniel Ames—are developing high-tech tools to help local communities, agencies, and governments analyze and manage watersheds—vast areas of land that drain into lakes and rivers. (read more...)

“Going green” pays off for new ISU-Meridian Health Science Center

Dec. 14, 2009

Idaho Power Company has awarded Idaho State University a check for $21,858 for using energy-efficient features in the design and construction of the ISU-Meridian Health Science Cente, which opened in August. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian’s Howard Gauthier writes book on how to get hired in college sports

Dec. 8, 2009

Are you trying to land your first job in college sports management or work your way up to university athletic director? Need some help navigating your career path? Idaho State University-Meridian athletic administration assistant professor Howard Gauthier, Ph.D., has written a book designed to do just that. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian’s Ali Crane honored for exemplary service by national organizaton

Nov. 9, 2009

Ali Crane, enrollment and student services director at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, has been honored for exemplary service by the Pacific American Association of College Registrars and Admission Officers or PACRAO. (read more...)

Scholarships awarded at Meridian Health Science Experience Night

Oct. 30, 2009

More than 140 Treasure Valley high school students, parents and college students attended the fourth annual Health Science Experience Night at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center on Oct. 29. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian to host "Health Science Experience Night" Oct. 29

Oct. 16, 2009

Interested in becoming a pharmacist, physician assistant or nurse? A clinical lab scientist, mental health counselor or speech-language pathologist?
Find out about these programs and many more at the fourth annual “Health Science Experience Night” hosted by Idaho State University, Thursday, Oct. 29, 5:30-8 p.m. (read more...)

Idaho State University Idaho Oral Health Institute Receives $329,670 Grant

Released by Idaho State University

Oct. 12, 2009

POCATELLO – Idaho State University has received a $329,670 federal grant to help create the ISU Idaho Oral Health Institute (IOHI). The vision of the Institute is to provide a center for oral health education, research and clinical practice in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest, as well as nationally and internationally. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian’s Judy Thorne awarded grant for HIV training and education

Oct. 9, 2009

Idaho State University-Meridian HIV/AIDS education coordinator, Judy Thorne, has been awarded $126,000 in federal grant money to aid Idaho health professionals and practitioners in the detection and prevention of HIV and AIDS in Idaho. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian’s Linda Boyd is Idaho’s top Heath Care Hero Educator

Oct. 1, 2009

Idaho State University-Meridian dental hygiene professor Linda Boyd, Ed.D., has been selected Idaho’s top Health Care Hero Educator in the 2009 Health Care Heroes program presented by the Idaho Business Review newspaper. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian researcher honored nationally for her work on mental health issues

Sept. 24, 2009

Idaho State University’s Institute of Rural Health Senior Research Associate Ann Kirkwood has been named a winner of the prestigious Voice Award, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s Center for Mental Health Services announced today. Kirkwood is base at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center. (read more...)

ISU Department of Counseling to Host Seminar On Psychopharmacology and Neurobiology in Meridian

Released by Idaho State University

Sept. 16, 2009

The Idaho State University Department of Counseling will host a seminar on psychopharmacology and neurobiology this fall at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center. The seminar will occur on Oct. 1 and 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (read more...)

Two ISU-Meridian professors, a researcher and a student are 2009 Health Care Hero honorees

August 31, 2009

Idaho State University-Meridian professors Linda Boyd, Ed.D., Galen Louis, Ph.D., and senior research associate Russell Spearman, M.Ed., are honorees in the 2009 Health Care Heroes program sponsored by the Idaho Business Review newspaper. (read more...)

Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health’s Kirkwood Nominated for Voice Award for Service in Mental Health Field

August 14, 2009

The Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health’s Ann D. Kirkwood has been nominated for a Voice Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for exemplary service in the mental health field. (read more...)

The new Idaho State University Health Science Center expects to serve more than 700 students this fall

Released by University Relations

August 20, 2009

The new Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center expects to serve a record number of students this fall with some 500 students enrolled in graduate and undergraduate health science programs. (read more...)

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

August 12, 2009

Idaho State University-Meridian 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. (read more...)

ISU-Meridian Opens to Public August 5

July 29, 2009

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

The Center anticipates reopening to the public Wednesday, Aug. 5. (read more...)

Boiseans Named to Idaho State University Alumni Association Board

July 29, 2009

The Idaho State University Alumni Association has announced the election of eight new board members who will begin their terms this fall.

The new board members are Larry W. Satterwhite,  Rick Semba and Anntara Smith, all of Boise; Ronald R. Bolinger, American Falls; N. JoAn Falter Kisling Dilweg, Pocatello; Lynn John Romrell, Alachua, Fla.; B. Lynn Winmill, Pocatello; and Lincoln Charles Yamashita, Waimanalo, Hawaii. (read more...)

ISU Offers Online Emergency Management Degree in Virtual Classroom
U.S. Labor Department says Jobs in High Demand

July 20, 2009

If you’re considering a career in emergency management or enhancing your knowledge, enroll in Idaho State University’s new online Associate of Science degree in emergency management.

Idaho State University’s College of Technology is offering the two-year degree this fall. Classes begin Tuesday, Aug. 25. (read more...)

Nominations are Open for 2009 Health Care Heroes

July 8, 2009

Do you know of a colleague who's made an important contribution to the health care profession? Or an ISU program that provides vital community outreach? They'd be perfect candidates for the honor of Health Care Hero, a statewide awards program developed by the Idaho Business Review newspaper.

The nomination deadline is July 31. Nomination forms are available at

(read more...)

Robin Dodson Tapped for Pharmacy Post at ISU-Meridian

July 7, 2009

During Robin Dodson’s tenure with Idaho State University, he has served in numerous capacities—including College of Pharmacy faculty member, advisor to ISU President Arthur C. Vailas, ISU-Boise’s chief academic officer and special assistant to Boise’s academic dean.

Come fall, he'll become student services director at the L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Complex, located at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, which will open Aug. 1, north of Interstate-84 between Meridian and Locust Grove roads.
(read more...)

Gov. Otter, City of Meridian and Idaho State University Launch
THE CORE Business Enterprise Zone for Economic Development

June 24, 2009

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. (read more...)

Children and Young Adults Find Voice at ISU-Boise's AAC Camp

June 19, 2009

Boise-Strapped into a safety harness with his face beaming, 13 year old Kyle Johnson climbed a rope ladder at Boise's West Family YMCA and Aquatics Center.

His mother, friends and a couple of camp counselors stood 20 feet below on the gym floor, cheering him on.

"He's pretty brave," said Barbara Johnson, Kyle's mom. "It's great to see him interact with his peers."

Kyle, who has cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that affects body movement and coordination, was one of 22 children and young adults who attended the fourth annual Advancing Adventures in Communicating Camp at Idaho State University-Boise, June 8-12. (read more...)

ISU Provost Announces Interim Administrative Changes
Increasing Focus on Institution's Health Sciences Education Mission

June 9, 2009

Pocatello-Idaho State University officials announced on Tuesday a number of administrative changes intended to solidify ISU’s position as the state’s premier institution of health sciences and professions. Four interim positions, including the deanships of the University’s two primary colleges for health care, are a part of the new structure. (read more...)

Think Energy! Idaho State University Offers Workship Training
For Teachers June 18 - 19 in Meridian

May 30, 2009

Summer camp doesn’t have to be just for kids. The Energy Systems Technology and Education Center at Idaho State University is presenting professional development teacher training workshops this summer in Meridian.

June 18-19, workshops will be held at the Meridian Technical Charter High School, 3800 N. Locust Grove. (read more...)

Kasiska College of Health Professions Honors ISU-Boise's
Karen Monaghan with Distinguished Graduate Award

May 18, 2009

Idaho State University-Boise’s Karen Monaghan has received a 2009 Distinguished Graduate Award from the ISU Kasiska College of Health Professions.

Monaghan, who will complete her master’s degree in speech-language pathology this summer, is one of three health professions students to receive the award. (read more...)

ISU's Philip Homan is Guest on New Horizons Radio Show May 15

May 12, 2009

Philip A. Homan, associate professor at Idaho State University’s Eli M. Oboler Library and an Idaho Humanities Council 2008 Research Fellow, will discuss his research on Kittie Wilkins, the Horse Queen of Idaho, on Friday, May 15, on the Boise State Radio program New Horizons with Bob Kustra.

The show will air on NPR News 91, 91.5 FM, in Boise, at 5:30 p.m., and will be rebroadcast Sunday, May 17, at 11 a.m. (read more...)

Idaho State University Bengals in Boise Golf Scramble
Set for May 30 at Banbury Golf Course

May 11, 2009

The 18th annual Bengals in Boise Golf Scramble benefitting ISU student athlete scholarships is Saturday, May 30 at Banbury Golf Club, 2626 MaryPost Place in Eagle. Registration is at 8 a.m., and a shotgun start is at 8:30 a.m. (read more...)

ISU-Boise Graduates Largest Class Ever May 2
Sarah Hollingsworth Takes Top Student Excellence Honor

May 4, 2009

Boise - “I was shocked, but flattered,” said an elated Sarah Hollingsworth, minutes after she was named Idaho State University-Boise’s 2009 Student Excellence Award winner at graduation exercises May 2 at The Grove Hotel in downtown Boise. (read more...)

Boise to Graduate its Largest Class Ever May 2

April 21, 2009

Idaho State University-Boise will graduate its largest class ever during commencement exercises at 2 p.m., May 2, at The Grove Hotel in downtown Boise.

The University will award 155 graduate and undergraduate degrees in the health sciences—that’s 36 more than last year. (read more...)

ISU Institute of Rural Health Awarded $1 Million Grant
to Assist Idahoans Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries

April 17, 2009

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 by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration to develop a support network for TBI patients and their families. A key component is creation of a trust fund to help ease the transition from acute care to independent living. (read more...)

Treasure Valley Inventor is One of Nine Idaho State University Alumni Honored for Professional Achievement

April 15, 2009

Nine Idaho State University alumni—including a Treasure Valley woman who invented a dental device to enter patient information—will be honored with Professional Achievement Awards at ISU commencement exercises May 9 at Holt Arena in Pocatello.

Rebecca Logue is a 1987 graduate of ISU’s bachelor’s program in dental hygiene, offered through the Kasiska College of Health Professions. Logue is president and founder of Beckmer Products, Inc., based in Meridian, which produces the Dental Remote Access Terminal, a foot-operated computer mouse that dental professionals use to enter patient data and findings into computer software. (read more...)

Olson Begins Service as Idaho State University Provost
and Vice President For Academic Affairs

April 4, 2009

Pocatello - Idaho State University's new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Gary A. Olson, began his duties at ISU on April 1.

Olson, a noted scholar of rhetoric and cultural studies and and experienced academic leader, was selected for his post in January, following an extensive national search.

"ISU is a quality institution with a rich history," said Provost Olson. "I am delighted to be a part of its dynamic leadership team." (read more...)

ISU-Boise Pharmacy Professor Named a
2009 Outstanding Researcher

March 30, 2009

Five Idaho State University faculty, including ISU-Boise’s Karl Madaras-Kelly, have been named as 2009 Outstanding Researchers and will be honored at a reception in early April. One will receive the 2009 Distinguished Researcher Award at Commencement in Pocatello on May 9.

Madaras-Kelly, a professor of pharmacy, is joined by Jennifer Eastman Attebery, professor and director of the folklore and American studies programs; Terry Bowyer, professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences; Russell Wahl, professor and director of the philosophy program; and Maria Wong, associate professor of psychology.

“Idaho State University is extremely fortunate to have faculty with such dedication to world-class research. Our students, faculty, staff, and community benefit from their professional expertise and national recognition,” said Pamela Crowell, ISU vice president for research. (read more...)

Idaho State University Launches "Be Advised" Campaign
To Encourage Students to Get Advice

March 30, 2009

Pocatello – Idaho State University has launched its “Be Advised” campaign to encourage students to reap the benefits of good advising prior to registering for fall classes in April.

“Advising is the cornerstone of a successful experience at Idaho State University,” said JoAnn Hertz, director of ISU academic advising. “Interaction with departmental faculty who are experts in their field provides an advantage to any student who seeks it.”

The campaign by the ISU Division of Enrollment Management directs students on how to best pursue the information they need to progress towards attaining their chosen degree program.  (read more...) 

ISU Institute of Rural Health Hosts
Youth Suicide Prevention Videoconference Series

March 12, 2009

Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health will host a free Youth Suicide Prevention videoconference series in April focusing on the coroner’s role in working with families of people who commit suicide, coping with the aftermath of suicide, engaging communities and safe messaging in suicide prevention.

The four-week series will be video-cast throughout Idaho starting at 11 a.m. MDT or 10 a.m. PDT. Sites for the videoconferences are located in northern, southern and eastern Idaho. The series is funded with a grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  (read more...)


Delta Dental Community Outreach Announces
$500,000 gift to Idaho State University

Money slated to relocate dental residency clinic to Meridian

Feb. 28, 2009

Meridian - Delta Dental Community Outreach, a philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Idaho, has donated a $500,000 gift to Idaho State University to help fund an advanced dental residency clinic at ISU’s new health sciences center in Meridian, 1311 E. Central Drive.

“On behalf of Idaho State University and the Idaho Advanced General Dentistry Program, I am honored to accept this generous gift from Delta Dental Community Outreach,” said ISU President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.  “This donation will help further our commitment to providing an outstanding education and advanced training for our dental residents. Without the dental residency, many Treasure Valley patients would be unable to afford quality dental care.”

The gift was presented to Vailas by Delta Dental of Idaho Board Chairman Steven Bruce, D.M.D., during a news conference Feb. 27 at the clinic site, which is currently under construction. (read more...)

ISU Kasiska College of Health Professions to Hold
Research Day Activities March 13 in Boise and Pocatello

Feb. 19, 2009

The Idaho State University Kasiska College of Health Professions Research Day 2009 will be held March 13 in Boise and Pocatello and features keynote speaker Anna Schwartz, Ph.D., author of the book “Cancer Fitness, Exercise Programs for Patients and Survivors.”

The event’s theme is “Data Under Our Noses: Finding, Organizing, and Interpreting.” It runs from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Preregistration is required and can be done at

Health care providers, ISU faculty, students and the public are invited to the event that features work accomplished by health researchers across the state. It will be held in the Pond Student Union and the Oboler Library in Pocatello, and at ISU-Boise, 12301 W. Explorer Drive. (read more...) 

ISU Faculty, Staff and Students Volunteer for
2009 Special Olympic World Winter Games

Feb. 14, 2009

Boise - More than 100 Idaho State University faculty, staff and students in Boise and Pocatello were part of the massive volunteer effort ensuring the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Idaho were a success.

Before the Games concluded Feb. 13, ISU health professionals and graduate students had conducted free dental exams, hearing screenings and health assessments on hundreds of athletes through the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program, created in 1996 to focus attention on health issues facing Special Olympics athletes.

ISU-Boise assistant professor and audiologist, Mel Miller, Ph.D., who was in charge of the Healthy Hearing program for the Games, has been involved with Special Olympics for four years.

“It is a privilege to work with the athletes,” he says, “They teach you so much about courage, joy for life and not letting others define your limitations. They just lift you up.”

An estimated 2,500 athletes from 100 countries participated in the Games.

ISU-Boise Dean Katsilometes Selected as a 2009 Woman of the Year

Feb. 10, 2009

Boise - Idaho State University-Boise academic dean, Bessie Katsilometes, has been selected an honoree in the Idaho Business Review’s 2009 Idaho Women of the Year program.

She is one of 50 Idaho women who will be featured in the IBR’s annual Women of the Year magazine published March 23 and honored at an awards dinner March 26 at Boise Centre on the Grove. (read more...) 

Idaho State University Researchers Attempt to Use Accelerators
To Produce Isotopes for Medical Imaging

Feb. 10, 2009

Pocatello - Researchers at the Idaho State University Idaho Accelerator Center are experimenting using nuclear accelerators, as opposed to nuclear reactors, to produce medical isotopes used annually for about 20 million medical imaging and treatment procedures in the United States.

If the Idaho State University researchers are successful, southeast Idaho could potentially become an area that could produce medical isotopes commercially to supplement other medical-isotope sources.

“We are pursuing a new way of producing these isotopes that could have implications for the entire nation,” said Doug Wells, director of the ISU Idaho Accelerator Center. “If this works, we’re hoping to grow a local isotope production business that could make southeast Idaho a hub for medical isotope production.”    (read more...) 

ISU-Boise Family Dentistry Provides Free Dental Care
on "Give Kids a Smile Day"

Feb. 9, 2009

Boise - Nine-year-old Ethan Larson wore bright green sunglasses with heart-shaped lenses as dentist Tracy Toft, D.D.S., applied a sealant his teeth. Toft wore a purple hat that looked like part of a Renaissance costume.

And who says a trip to the dentist can’t be fun?

Ethan was one of 25 Treasure Valley youngsters who received free dental care Feb. 6  during Give Kids a Smile Day at the ISU Family Dentistry clinic, 2033 E. Summersweet Drive, in Boise.

This is the fourth year the Boise clinic has participated in Give Kids a Smile Day, a national event sponsored by the American Dental Association. The purpose is to educate children and their parents about the importance of good dental care, and to provide dental services for youngsters who have no insurance.  (read more...)

Idaho State University Names Olson
New Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs

Jan. 13, 2009

Idaho State University has selected Gary A. Olson, a noted scholar of rhetoric and cultural studies and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Illinois State University, as the University’s new provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Olson will begin his duties this spring. His appointment follows an extensive national search.  (read more...) 


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