News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

March 19, 2007 — Vol. 23 No. 11

The ISU women's basketball team, the current Big Sky conference champions, traveled to Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., last week for the NCAA tournament. Team members in the photo, taken in California, are from left to right: (front row) Lisa Fors, Michelle Grohs, Kaylynn Fager, Jenna Brown, Oana Iacovita and Devin Diehl; back row, Lindsay Gensler, Andrea Lightfoot, Natalie Doma and Jeni Boesel. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

ISU-Idaho Falls’ Majors Fair April 4 to provide information for students, prospective students

The Idaho State University-Idaho Falls campus is helping its current and prospective students achieve their academic dreams by providing them with a majors fair on April 4 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bennion Student Union Building on 1784 Science Center Drive. Information about the many degree options available to them will be provided. (read more...)

Renovated ISU Family Dentistry clinic christened in Boise

Some 60 state lawmakers, university officials and community leaders toured the recently renovated Idaho State University Family Dentistry clinic during an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony recently in Boise. “You’ve heard it said that ‘it takes a village to raise a child,’ ” said Dr. Linda Hatzenbuehler, dean of the Kasiska College of Health Professions. (read more...)

College of Pharmacy’s Drug Information Service providing answers to drug-related queries

The Idaho Drug Information Service at Idaho State University’s College of Pharmacy is working tirelessly to answer drug-related questions for health-care professionals and the general public of Idaho, the nation and world. This unique service, which is funded completely by the College of Pharmacy, is designed to ensure proper drug information is available free of charge (read more...)

ISU, school districts sign pact to expand students’ opportunities

Officials with Idaho State University and the League of Schools, a consortium of 15 southeast Idaho school districts, on March 2 signed a Concurrent Enrollment Partnership Memorandum of Understanding. The MOU acknowledges, sets the terms, facilitates and expands opportunities for high school students to earn credit toward high school graduation and college degree completion at a (read more...)

President Vailas’ monthly ‘ISU in Motion’ radio program debuts

The first installment of the new “ISU in Motion” radio program featuring Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas as host and moderator was 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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

After more than 28 years at ISU, Barbara Hanson will be retiring from the University Counseling and Testing Service. During her tenure she administered the GED to approximately 8,400 community members and watched the GED test evolve from hand scoring to electronic record-keeping. There will be a reception at the Counseling and Testing Center on March 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. Her last day will be Friday, March 30.

Jennifer Eastman Attebery, PhD, professor of English, is scheduled to present the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society's Spring Scholarly Lecture on Thursday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. The free, public lecture will be in the Pond Student Union Building Salmon River Suite, on the main campus. Attebery's lecture is titled "Writing from the Rockies: A Folklorist's View of Swedish Immigrant Letters."

Robin Wilson, ISU records manager since May 2000, is ending her ISU service March 23. She accepted the position in Washington, D.C., as assistant records manager for the Federal Trade Commission. When Wilson was hired, ISU had virtually no overall plan for record-keeping or a clear and complete set of guidelines. After visiting most of the departments and offices on campus, she initiated the structure of the University Records Program. She organized the Records Management Advisory Committee, trained many department records coordinators, created the Records Center in the Continuing Education Building, and compiled the Records Retention Schedule. A farewell social is scheduled Friday, March 23, from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room 268 of Eli M. Oboler Library.

The new book "Drawing Lines in the Forest: Creating Wilderness Areas in the Pacific Northwest," by history assistant professor Kevin Marsh, PhD, was released in March by University of Washington Press. It appears in the series "Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books," edited by William Cronon. Through a series of case studies, it documents the changing patterns of participation in the process of where to designate federal wilderness areas on public forest lands in Oregon and Washington from the 1950s through the 1980s.

Drew Meyer, EdD, assistant professor in the department of educational leadership, and Mark Neill, EdD, assistant professor and assistant chair in the department of educational leadership, presented a podium session titled "Enhancing the Power of Educational Leaders to Create Positive Realities in their Learning Communities" at the Phi Delta Kappa Regions B & C Leadership Conference in Denver, Colo., on March 3.

The ISU Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering in Idaho Falls has recently hired three new faculty members: Patricia Paviet-Hartmann, PhD, assistant research professor, most recently worked for AREVA NP in Aiken, S.C., in the MOX fuel project. This project turns weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for nuclear reactors as part of the U.S. and Russian disarmament process. She received her doctorate from the University of Paris-IX in radiochemistry. Her particular field of interest is actinide and radionuclide chemistry. In addition to teaching duties, she will be working closely with scientists from the Idaho National Laboratory in separation technology, extraction of radionuclides, and laser spectroscopic investigation of actinides. Jianwei Chen, PhD, assistant professor of nuclear engineering, engaged in postdoctoral work at the Idaho Accelerator Center after he completed his doctorate in nuclear engineering at the University of Cincinnati. Before returning to ISU, Chen worked at the University of California-San Francisco applying Monte Carlo computer analysis methods to cancer treatment research and implementation. In addition to teaching the Monte Carlo method and other courses at ISU, Chen will be working with the Idaho National Laboratory on the next generation nuclear reactor, nondestructive testing of spent nuclear fuel, and Monte Carlo simulation in radiation. Thomas Hartmann, PhD, assistant research professor, moved to ISU from Las Vegas, Nev., where he was directing the Structure and Solid Phase Analysis group within the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Science and Technology Program. His research there focused on the development of inert matrix nuclear fuels. He received his doctorate from the University of Heidelberg in Mineralogy. His specialty is materials research, especially solid phase analysis and X-ray diffraction. He is currently teaching a class in nuclear fuels at ISU as well as conducting research at the Idaho National Laboratory in nuclear fuels and nuclear waste.


Eli M. Oboler Library wants to know how the ISU community perceives its services, so that it can continue to improve those services. In an effort to address this issue, the library will be conducting an online library user-satisfaction survey, LibQUAL+™, starting March 19 and running through the week of April 9. A random sample of ISU students, faculty and staff will receive e-mail messages alerting them to the survey and providing more information and a link to the online survey. If you receive the e-mail notifications, please take a few minutes to complete the survey. Your responses will be separated from any personal information, ensuring your privacy. Prizes will be awarded to a selection of those responding to the survey. For more information, contact Beth Downing at x2940.

The Office of Research and the WeLEAD program are sponsoring a discussion of the National Institutes of Health grant-application process. Leslie Devaud, PhD, will talk about her experiences applying for awards and working with NIH. She will answer questions about the process. The discussion is scheduled March 22 at 1:30 p.m. in the College of Technology’s Vocational Arts Building, No. 46, Room 117.

Requisitions to encumber FY 2007 funds are to be received by Purchasing Services no later than April 2 if the value of the purchase is greater than $50,000, or May 1 if the value of the purchase is less than $50,000. Departments with "Summer Project" purchases requiring delivery by June 1 must have their requisitions to Purchasing by April 2. Call x3111 for more information.

The Idaho State University Health Fair 2007, celebrating its 27th year, is set from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 22 and 23, in the Pond Student Union Building Ballroom and Wood River rooms. More than 60 groups will have free learning centers at the fair. A variety of drawings for scores of door prizes will be held. For the second year, Laboratory Corporation of America (208-232-6740) will offer blood draws prior to the Health Fair, for the entire month of March, at their office in Suite 401 at 444 Hospital Way in Pocatello. Blood draws will be available on a walk-in basis from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. New this year, the blood draws will also be available during the same dates listed above to ISU faculty, students and staff in Idaho Falls at Lab Corp’s Idaho Falls Office at 290 E. 25th St. The purpose of the fair is to increase participants’ knowledge about health and to encourage participants to take responsibility for their own health care. Free health screenings will be available for height and weight, blood pressure, hearing, nutrition, breast cancer, and muscle strength. Parking is available adjacent to the PSUB or participants can park at the Holt Arena and take a shuttle bus down to the PSUB. For more information or to volunteer, contact the ISU School of Nursing, x2325.