News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

March 5, 2007 — Vol. 23 No. 9

The first installment of KISU-FM's new program "ISU in Motion," hosted by Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas, airs March 5 from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 91.1 FM on the dial. In the prerecorded program, Vailas will interview a range of individuals with ISU connections who are making a difference for Idaho, the nation and the world. Programs will air the first Monday of each month.

In this Issue

President Vailas’ ‘ISU in Motion’ radio program to debut on KISU-FM March 5

The first installment of the new “ISU in Motion” radio program featuring Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas as host and moderator will be broadcast from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, on the University’s public radio station KISU 91.1 FM.The program will be a regular feature broadcasting the first Monday of the (read more...)

NSF grant helps ISU bring science, engineering to public schools

From grade-schoolers feeling cool because they get to hang out with the high school kids to breaking down stereotypes of what a scientist is and does, a $1.8 million National Science Foundation grant to Idaho State University is bringing a unique perspective on science and engineering to southeast Idaho schools. “It’s incredible for the University, and (read more...)

ISU Women and Work Conference March 7 to spotlight trades, technology careers

The seventh annual Idaho State University Women and Work “Opportunities in Trade and Technology Careers” Conference is scheduled March 7 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Ballroom on the ISU campus in Pocatello.     The Women and Work Conference, sponsored by the ISU College of Technology Center for New Directions, is (read more...)

Idaho Falls groundbreaking celebration Feb. 20 touted as start of new era in nation’s energy future

Local, state and national government officials and representatives from the Idaho National Laboratory and Idaho’s universities gathered Feb. 20 to celebrate the groundbreaking of the $17 million Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) facility adjacent to University Place in Idaho Falls. Government officials attending and who addressed the crowd included Gov. Butch Otter, Sens. Larry Craig (read more...)

Bengal Dancers win national hip-hop title in dance competition

The Idaho State University Bengal Dancers took home a National Championship in the hip hop division at the United Spirit Association (USA) College Dance Nationals held in Las Vegas on Feb. 11 and 12. Finishing in second was Washington State University and in third was the University of Oregon. The Bengal Dancers finished in (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Dr. Terry Bowyer has been selected by Texas A&M University-Kingsville for the 2007 Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute Endowed Lectureship in White-tailed Deer Ecology and Management. He will travel to Texas in early May to give two presentations and to interact with faculty and graduate students.

Dr. Jeff Meldrum has received matching awards totaling $10,000 from Thomas and Susan Stepp and John Green funding the project, 3D Virtualization and Archiving of Footprints.

Janice Matteson-Howell, an ISU alumna (’64, ’89) and current College of Technology Technical Department Chair, was recently presented the “Friend of the Society Award” by the Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors. She was presented a plaque during a special luncheon hosted in her honor to recognize the leadership she has provided to advance the development and direction of the Geomatics and Civil Engineering Technology programs. Her supervision led to the attainment of certification by the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET) in 2006 for both programs.

Dr. Mark Neill, assistant professor and assistant chair in the department of educational leadership, and Dr. Karen Hayward, professor and interim director of research in the School of Nursing, have been selected to present a podium session on Leadership for Interprofessional Learning in Community Based Settings. They will present at the 20th annual Pacific Research Conference March 22-24, in Honolulu.

Dr. Benedict J. Colombi, assistant professor in the department of anthropology, has organized a panel for the 60th annual meeting for the Northwest Anthropological Conference, titled “The Social and Ecological Conditions of Global Scale Capitalism and Indigenous Peoples in Northwest North America,” scheduled March 14-17 at Washington State University in Pullman. Dr. Colombi’s panel will illuminate how socioeconomic growth is an elite-directed process that concentrates social power and socializes the costs. Case studies of global scale corporate development are drawn from the early fur trade, water and energy development, fisheries, and indigenous self-governance. These cases highlight the contrast between global and local models of development intended to improve human well being. Crystal Callahan and Julie Kramer, both M.A. students in the department of anthropology, will present their papers “Subsistence in the Modern Political Climate: Native Fishing Rights and Alaskan Legal Structures” and “Early Relations on the Northwest Coast: A History of the Fur Trade to A.D. 1850,” respectively. Dr. Colombi will present a paper, co-authored with Dr. Katherine Reedy-Maschner and Dr. Herbert D. G. Maschner, titled “Local Producers, Global Consumers: Salmon and the Organization of High Latitude Communities.” Dr. John H. Bodley, professor of anthropology at Washington State University, will serve as the panel discussant.


The Classified Employees Council is looking for a few good people to fill council seats for the next three-year term. The term will start in May 2007 and go through May 2010. Classified employees can nominate themselves. If an employee nominates someone else, it is necessary first to get the prospective nominee’s permission to do so. Also, before accepting a nomination, the nominee should have the support of his or her immediate supervisor. All full-time classified employees, including academic-year employees, who have been employed in a permanent position at Idaho State University for one year or longer are eligible for membership on the Council. The council has the following openings: service maintenance (1), administrative professional/nonfaculty (1), technical/paraprofessional (2), and secretarial/clerical (2). Send nominations to Donna Richardson, Stop 8037, by Thursday, March 8.

The first WeLEAD Research Symposium, scheduled at noon March 8 in the PSUB Wood River Room, will feature Dr. Sue Shafer as the keynote speaker. The title of her presentation is “Enhancing Careers in Academia; What Works for You.” Shafer is a consultant for Women’s Careers in Science. Call WeLEAD at x3311 for details. The free event is open to public.