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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.
Karl Madaras-Kelly
Karl Madaras-Kelly

Madaras-Kelly earned a doctorate in pharmacy and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in infectious diseases/pharmacokinetics from the University of Minnesota. He has been a professor in the ISU Department of Pharmacy Practice since 1994, working off-campus at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Boise. To broaden his research skills, he earned a master’s degree in public health from ISU in 2006. Madaras-Kelly’s three major areas of research are in the areas of infectious diseases, epidemiology and pharmacy. His work has significantly contributed to new knowledge on antibiotic resistance, the effects of antibiotics on the body and “health outcomes” research. Overall, his “scholarly output” while at ISU has resulted in around $500,000 in competitive grants, clinical and research contracts; 22 peer-reviewed manuscripts, six book chapters and 32 abstracts. His research has been cited more than 235 times by other authors in infectious diseases, epidemiology, pharmacy and medicine journals.

Attebery earned her Ph.D. in folklore and American studies at Indiana University in 1985. She directs the American studies and folklore programs at Idaho State University, where she is a professor of English. Her research focuses on folk culture and history of the Rocky Mountain West in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Her main contribution to these fields has been an expanded understanding of the multicultural West, in both material and verbal folklore genres. Attebery’s refereed publications include three books. Among them is Up in the Rocky Mountains: Writing the Swedish Immigrant Experience, published in July 2007. Her articles also have been published by the refereed journals Scandinavian Studies, American Studies in Scandinavia, Journal of the Folklore Institute and Pioneer America. Her book Building Idaho (University of Idaho Press, 1991) won the Idaho Book Award. She was a 2008 ISU Outstanding Researcher.

Bowyer earned his Ph.D. in natural resources from the University of Michigan in 1985. He joined the faculty at ISU in 2004 following 18 years at the Institute of Arctic Biology, and Department of Biology and Wildlife at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The Arctic Institute of North America and The Wildlife Society. He has received the Arthur S. Einarsen Award from the Northwest Section of The Wildlife Society, The Distinguished Moose Biologists Award and the C. Hart Merriam Award from the American Society of Mammalogists. His research also earned three Outstanding Publication Awards from The Wildlife Society, two for monographs and one for an article. His research interests include the ecology and behavior of large mammals, and he has published extensively on sexual segregation and birth-site selection in ungulates. 
Wahl earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Indiana University in 1982. He joined the ISU faculty in 1985, and has spent five summers as a professor at Harvard University. He was an Outstanding Researcher in 1994. He also was awarded for Outstanding Public Service in 1997. He served as referee for the journals Philosophical Quarterly, Nous, Synthese, Journal of Philosophical Research, and Russell: the Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies. He has also served as referee for the publishers Oxford University Press, McGraw-Hill, Paragon Press, West, Hackett and Harcourt Brace. He served as an Evaluator for the NEH Younger Scholars Awards from 1991 to 1993. His area of research specializes in early modern philosophy, especially Descartes, Arnauld and Malebranche, as well as the history of analytic philosophy.

Wong earned a Ph.D. in psychology and human development from the University of Chicago, and was a research fellow at the University of Michigan’s Addiction Research Center and its Institute for Social Research. She has been at ISU since 2004. She is a developmental psychologist with expertise in quantitative psychology. Her overarching research objective is “to understand the factors that promote psychological well-being, resilience, and adaptive functioning in both high risk and normal populations.” Most of her 14 publications have appeared in journals that rank in the top 10 in their field. Her research – particularly that on “Sleep problems in early childhood and early onset of substance use” and “Behavioral control and resiliency in childhood and the onset of alcohol and illicit drug use in adolescence” ­– has received national and international recognition and wide media coverage. As a principal investigator she has been awarded about $285,000 in research funds.

Contact: Pamela Crowell, Vice President for Research (208) 282-3134

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