News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

September 20, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 31

Faculty/Staff Updates

Cynthia Blanton has been awarded a grant and is looking for 75 female undergraduate students to participate in her study

Idaho State University dietetics assistant professor Cynthia Blanton has been awarded a $91,000 grant from the Idaho Beef Council and is looking for 75 female undergraduate students to participate in her study.

Blanton is studying the effect of nutrition on cognitive performance. She will track female undergraduate students ages 19 to 30 for 16-week periods over the next 20 months, completing the study within in two years.

The ISU dietetics professor previously completed a study that demonstrated that poor nutritional status negatively affected cognition in university women.

"Now I am performing an intervention to test how to solve the problem," Blanton said.

The women study participants will be randomly assigned to one of two groups: One that eats beef and another that eats non-beef meats. At the beginning and end of the study the volunteers will complete cognitive tests and will also have their blood drawn to test their nutritional status.

In between, volunteers will receive three meals a week at the Dietetics Foods Laboratory located in Albion Hall, the north wing of the ISU College of Education. The volunteers who complete the entire 16-week study will receive $135.

For more information on the study or to volunteer, contact Blanton at or call (208) 282-3953. The ISU Family Medicine Clinical Research Center is also participating with the study by helping to recruit students. Prospective volunteers may also contact the clinic's Katie Gamble at or (208) 282-2257.

News Bites

ISU has announced new commitments to increase economic development and to partner with business and other government agencies

Idaho State University has announced new commitments to increase economic development and to partner with business and other government agencies. The University has created new technology transfer services and the College of Business has unveiled Bengal Solutions, which can provide a variety of services, including market research, to Idaho businesses.

"We have new initiatives in place for technological and commercial transfer of patents, business startups and intellectual property," said Pamela Crowell, ISU Vice President for Research and Economic Development. "We're going to work closely with faculty to provide the tools and resources they need to get their ideas to the marketplace."

ISU technology transfer operations include partnering with industry, government entities and other education institutions to increase economic and intellectual cooperation. This partnership will help develop new products and services. The office will help with licensing of University-developed technologies to existing companies, and with forming start-up companies based upon the work of students and faculty as new businesses, contributing to the economic development of the region.

ISU engineering Professor Richard Jacobsen has been selected to lead ISU technology transfer operations. Jacobsen also serves as the associate director for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies in Idaho Falls, and was the dean of the ISU College of Engineering from 2006-10. He is also the former dean and associate dean of the University of Idaho College of Engineering. He was also been on the Board of Directors for the Idaho Research Foundation, was the director for the UI Center for Applied Thermodynamic Studies and was the chief scientist at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (now INL).

"There is a tremendous amount of potential for technical transfer from Idaho State University's medical and pharmacy programs and there are opportunities for engineers and scientists in many other programs and disciplines, from biological sciences to computer science, to get their ideas into the market place"" Jacobsen said.

"The relationship," he continued, "between research and technology transfer is real. It is a matter of helping people know what their options are and recognizing, crediting and protecting the entrepreneurial efforts of our faculty and students."

To help with technology transfer and other areas, the University has hired Darlene Gerry in ISU's Office of General Counsel. Gerry, ISU associate general counsel, has an extensive background intellectual property creation and licensing transactions. She spent 13 years working as an in-house counsel for IBM and is a former Senior Vice President and General Counsel of AMI Semiconductor.

The creation of Bengal Solutions complements Idaho State University's new efforts to bolster the economic success of the region. Bengal Solutions provides additional business services to ISU researchers interested in commercializing technologies and intellectual property, utilizing the talent of MBA students and faculty in the ISU College of Business. It also completes market, technology and competitor assessments for regional businesses.

"We see Bengal Solutions as a very important direction for what ISU is doing and what we're doing for our students in the College of Business and for regional businesses," said Kregg Aytes, associate dean of the College of Business. "It is important for our students to work in a real-world situation and it is important the College of Business shows we are relevant to the business community."

Bengal Solutions ensures the quality of its products through faculty, mentors and client feedback.

Bengal Solutions partners with the Eastern Idaho Entrepreneurial Center, commonly referred to as the E-Center. The E-Center is a nonprofit organization founded in 2006, and collaborates with both ISU and Brigham Young University - Idaho in economic development efforts. The center connects students and faculty with regional business and provides short-term, low-cost professional consulting services.

For more information on the ISU Office of Technology Transfer, contact Jacobsen at (208) 282-4191 or

For more information on Bengal Solutions, contact Sam Peterson at (208) 282-2966 or, or contact Aytes at (208) 282-3357 or

Homecoming 2010 will feature a variety of events Sept. 20-25

Homecoming 2010 will feature a variety of events Sept. 20-25

Idaho State University's Homecoming 2010 with the theme "The Year of the Tiger" will feature a variety of ISU Alumni events culminating Sept. 25 with the Homecoming Parade at 10 a.m. and football game at 3:35 p.m in Holt Arena.

"Homecoming this year promises to be one to remember," said K.C. Felt, director of Alumni Relations. "Our award recipients are an extraordinary group of individuals whose support and commitment to Idaho State is remarkable. We have a full slate of enjoyable events planned for alumni and friends and are anxious to welcome all back to campus and especially our 1963 championship football team reunion group."

For more information on Alumni Relations events, call (208) 282-3755, visit or e-mail Below is a listing of ISU Homecoming events sponsored by the ISU Office of Alumni Relations and the ISU Alumni Association.

Mark Neiwirth and Kori Bond will perform the complete works by Chopin Sept. 25 in Pocatello and Oct. 18 in Blackfoot

The Idaho State University Department of Music's Mark Neiwirth and Kori Bond will perform the complete works by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) in celebration of the bicentennial year of his birth on Sept. 25 in Pocatello and Oct. 18 in Blackfoot.

The Pocatello concert will be in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.

The same concert will be performed at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18.

This will be the final concert of three this year in which Neiwirth and Bond have performed works to celebrate major birthdays. The others featured works by Robert Schumann and Samuel Barber. Most pianists consider Chopin to be among the very greatest of composers for the piano, and audiences around the world have been thrilled by performances of his works for nearly 200 years.

The first half of the concert will feature Bond performing the complete 24 Preludes, Op. 28. These are short character pieces in each of the 24 keys, which cover the gamut in human emotions and contrasting characteristics. Many of the pieces are virtuosic etudes, inspired by the capabilities of the piano and the preludes of J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. Others are slow, poetic and intimate. They are all masterfully written and highly popular in performance.

Neiwirth with perform the four Scherzi for the second half of the concert. These are larger scale concert pieces that feature many contrasts within each piece. Like the Preludes, they require a vast array of pianistic techniques and incredible endurance to perform as a whole set. The greatest concert pianists typically have one or two of these pieces in their repertoire because audiences love to listen to scherzi, and they are a great tour-de-force for the pianist.

Bond and Neiwirth are piano faculty in the Idaho State University Department of Music. They both perform nationally as soloists, chamber musicians, and concerto performers. Their biographies can be viewed at the ISU music department website at

Tickets for the ISU concert on Sept. 25 are $10 for the general public, $7 for faculty and staff, $5 for pre-college students, and free for ISU students with a valid Bengal ID card. Tickets are be available at the Stephens Center Box Office and can be purchased directly before the concert, by calling (208) 282-3959 or online at

Ticket information for the Blackfoot concert is available at

Students can enter a contest to create the design for this year's ISU holiday card

Idaho State University undergraduate and graduate students can enter a contest to create the design for this year's ISU holiday card. The contest winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship, the runner up a $500 scholarship.

The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Oct. 11 and the winning selection will be announced by Oct. 15. Entrants should try to capture the spirit and beauty of the holiday season, while thematically incorporating ISU. The winning entry will appear on the University holiday card, which is sent to thousands of University family members and supporters.

Contest rules are:

All entries must be turned in to the President's Office by 5 p.m. on Oct. 11. No entries will be accepted after that time. All entries, except the winning entry, can be picked up in the President's Office between Oct. 15 and Oct. 29. All entries not picked up by Oct. 29 become the property of Idaho State University.

For more information, contact the ISU President's Office at (208) 282-4798, or e-mail

Theatre ISU's 80th Year Celebration Season begins with "You Can't Take It With You" Oct. 1

The L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center will host Theatre ISU's 80th Year Celebration Season beginning with the Viewer's Choice winner, "You Can't Take It With You" opening Friday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Beverly B. Bistline Theatre.

Theatre has a long and rich tradition at Idaho State University and this year marks their 80th year on campus. To celebrate and kick things off, Theatre ISU will revive the 1930s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, "You Can't Take It With You." ISU Theatre first performed this show on Frazier Hall's stage in 1939.

A cast of wonderful eccentrics offers a recipe for true happiness in life - all framed in the context of the Great Depression. "You Can't Take It With You" is a great reminder that life should be lived to the fullest, and that happiness will always prevail in the end.

"You Can't Take It With You" runs Oct. 1-2, 7-9, at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available now at the Stephens Center Box Office, or by phone at ext. 3595. You can even order online at or at Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello and Idaho Falls. Adults $15; Children ages 6-12 $9; and ISU Students with a Bengal card are $7.

Sara Bareilles will perform Sept. 23

Sara Bareilles will perform Sept. 23 at the Pond Student Union ballroom.

Maggie McClure will open for Sara Bareilles at 8 p.m. The main show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 for students, $22 for faculty and staff and $27 for the general public.

Tickets are available at Holt Arena, Stephens Performing Arts Center ticket office, Vickers in Idaho Falls and Pocatello, and

The Culinary Arts Program is celebrating Homecoming with a barbecue Sept. 23

The Culinary Arts Program is celebrating Homecoming with a barbecue Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the RFC Quad.

Culinary students will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, chili, potato salad, pasta salad, apple crisp and a beverage.

Cost is $6 per person.

ISU is hosting the 2010 Idaho Science and Engineering Festival on Oct 23 and is looking for scientific demonstration booths

Idaho State University's Pocatello campus is hosting the 2010 Idaho Science and Engineering Festival on Oct 23 and is looking for additional groups to host scientific demonstration booths. The deadline for booth applications is Oct. 1.

The Idaho festival is a satellite event that corresponds with the inaugural national USA Science and Engineering Festival being held in Washington, D.C., Oct. 10-24. The national festival ends with a two-day Expo on the Mall, which will feature 1,500 booths with hands-on activities from more than 500 organizations. There are also concurrent satellite science/engineering festivals taking place throughout the United States, but ISU's festival is the only one scheduled in the Intermountain West.

"This is our nation's first national science festival, and we are proud to be part of it," said Linda DeVeaux, ISU associate biology professor and one of the ISU event's three organizers. "Eventually, this may be celebrated statewide, but for now we're looking for strong participation in our area. The goal of the festival locally and nationally is to present hands-on, fun science activities to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers."

Its organizers are billing the national festival as "the ultimate multi-cultural, multi-generational and multi-disciplinary celebration of science in the United States." ISU satellite festival sponsors include Micron Foundation, ON Semiconducter, Idaho National Laboratory - INL and Simplot.

The Pocatello event has about 20 organizations that have signed up to host booths from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Ballroom. There is space to accommodate about a dozen more booths. School children of all ages and their families are invited to attend this free event. Area school groups are also invited to attend.

"We are looking for interested individuals and departments to put up booths about their brand of science or engineering," said Caryn Evilia, ISU assistant professor of biology and chemistry. "One requirement for the booth is that it has hands-on activities for kids. These activities should assume up to a 10th grade understanding of science concepts. We also invite local government agencies to participate in this event by setting up demonstrations."

Besides helping to organize the local festival, DeVeaux will be representing Idaho State University at the national festival in Washington, D.C. DeVeaux will be in a booth that demonstrates accelerator technology, a technology DeVeaux uses to carry out studies on radiation-resistant microbes.

For more information on the national festival, visit; for more information on the ISU festival, visit or contact DeVeaux ( or 282-5661), Evilia ( or 282-5661) or Jean Pfau ( or 282-3914).

For information on what makes a good booth, visit

Phi Kappa Phi invites the campus community and the public to their Fall Scholarly Lecture Oct. 7

The Idaho State University Chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi invites the campus community and the public to their Fall Scholarly Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in the North and Middle Fork Rooms of the Pond Student Union.

This year's honored presenter is Assistant Professor of Art History Dr. Linda Leeuwrik.

Dr. Leeuwrik's presentation., German Expressionist Artists in World War I and the influence of Nietzsche, will examine the written and visual work produced by Franz Marc and Otto Dix during World War I. Her work considers how German Expressionist artists in the early twentieth century can be seen as embodying a distinctive Weltanschauung--one she proposes is informed by the artists' direct experience of war, an apocalyptic mind-set, and the thought of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all disciplines. ISU's Chapter 110 was established in 1969. Its mission is to celebrate the love of learning and to fund graduate and undergraduate education.

This is a free presentation and Chapter officers encourage the campus and local community to attend. Light refreshments will be served.