News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 2, 2007 — Vol. 23 No. 13

The National Science Foundation has not only granted Idaho State University's GK-12 program a second three-year $1.8 million award, but also has awarded ISU with the 2007 GK-12 Media Award. ISU's current GK-12 Program partners ISU undergraduate and graduate students in science and engineering with a local K-12 teacher for one year to help K-12 students do more 'real world' science and engineering. This award recognizes ISU’s success in getting the word out about the ISU GK-12 program through the local TV stations, radio stations, newspapers, and other media. Pictured are Hannah Sanger, KK-12 coordinator, left, and ISU professor Dr. Rosemary Smith, program director, with the award.

In this Issue

ICEE receives $140,000 grant to benefit ‘high-need’ school districts

The Idaho State University College of Education has received an additional $140,000 from the Idaho State Board of Education – bringing awards to nearly a million dollars – to continue implementation of a program that trains teachers in “high-need” school districts to teach students with poor English skills how to better master their language skills (read more...)

Winners of ISU National Women’s Art Exhibit announced

Winners at the National Women’s Art Exhibit at Idaho State University have been announced. The exhibit themed “Celebrating Women: Their Strength and Vision” ran through March 31 and was held in the Transition Gallery and Mind’s Eye galleries in the Pond Student Union Building, and the Seasonal Gallery in the Idaho Museum of Natural History. (read more...)

Global warming’s effect on western treelines focus of ISU research

Idaho State University assistant professor Matt Germino, PhD, will be trying to determine how global warming is influencing the lower and upper boundaries of forests across a broad swath of the western United States. “Our climate is warming; that is no longer ambiguous,” Germino says. “Now we have to determine how we’re going to deal (read more...)

Grammy-winning Blues Traveler to perform at Davis Field April 12

The “jam-band sensation” Blues Traveler, a Grammy-winning band, will perform an outdoor concert at Idaho State University’s Davis Field at 7:30 p.m. April 12. The concert is sponsored by Associated Students of ISU Program Board and is kicking off ISU Spring Fest 2007. The concert’s alternate performance site, in case of inclement weather, is Holt (read more...)

Tickets for piano concert by Roger Williams, ISU alumnus, on sale now

Tickets for the April 28 concert at Idaho State University by Roger Williams – according to Billboard magazine, the top-selling pianist ever – will go on sale Monday, March 19, at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office. Ticket prices are $28 and $24, and can be purchased at the Stephens Center (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

An Outstanding Researchers Colloquium will be held at 4 p.m. April 17 in Goranson Hall on the lower level of the ISU Fine Arts Building. The four ISU 2006-07 distinguished researchers will give a short presentation with a reception immediately following. The researchers are: Dr. David Adler, political science; Dr. Nancy Huntly, biological sciences; Dr. Paul Link, geosciences; and Dr. Susan Swetnam, English. For more information, contact Dr. Deb Easterly at 282-2618.

Corey Schou, PhD, Idaho State University director of the Informatics Research Institute and the ISU National Information Assurance Training and Education Center (NIATEC), has been unanimously elected the vice chairman of the all-volunteer board of directors for the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., [(ISC) 2®]. (ISC)2 is the 50,000-member, non-profit global leader in educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their careers. More information on (ISC) 2 is available at

The Idaho State University College of Education has received an additional $140,000 from the Idaho State Board of Education – bringing awards to nearly a million dollars – to continue implementation of a program that trains teachers in “high-need” school districts to teach students with poor English skills how to better master their language skills and other subjects. The College of Education’s Intermountain Center for Effective Education (ICEE) had previously been awarded $790,000 during a three-year Eligibility Partnership Grant to implement the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol, which assisted close to 15,000 Idaho students statewide, said Charles Zimmerly, EdD, ICEE’s coordinator for research services and the grant’s principal investigator. The original grant was a joint venture between Idaho’s universities that was coordinated by ISU.


The second installment of the new “ISU in Motion” radio program featuring Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas, PhD, as host and moderator will be broadcast from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 2, on the University’s public radio station KISU 91.1 FM. The program is a regular feature broadcasting the first Monday of the month. Guests for the second program are Sherri Dienstfrey, PhD, chair of the ISU theatre and dance department, and ISU theatre undergraduate student Camille Carter. They will discuss the upcoming Theatre/Dance ISU production of “Forever Plaid." In addition, they will discuss the theatre and dance programs at ISU, the quality of talent at ISU, other upcoming Theatre/Dance ISU productions and the value of the Stephens Performing Arts Center, both as a cultural venue and an educational facility for Idaho, the nation and the world.

The current double issue of the Rendezvous Journal of Arts & Letters, an independent journal produced by the Idaho State University Department of English and Philosophy, uses an artistic approach in chronicling Paper and Book Intensive (PBI). PBI is a series of artist's book and handmade-paper workshops that have been held annually in various locations throughout the United States and in Japan since 1982. The boxed, two-volume set titled “Rendezvous, PBI – A Retrospective” becomes, in part, the book-art medium to deliver its message. The journal’s co-editors this issue are Roger Schmidt, PhD, ISU professor of English and philosophy, and Paula Jull, co-chair of the ISU Department of Mass Communication and herself a book artist who teaches the class “Art of the Book” at ISU. The journal includes articles written by various prominent book and paper artists who have participated in PBI. Copies of this issue of Rendezvous are still available for $25. To purchase a copy, contact Schmidt at (208) 282-2374 or Jull at (208) 282-4260.

Idaho State University’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi named George F. Canney, PhD, professor of reading at University of Idaho, the Outstanding Educator of the Year. He was honored at a banquet March 30 in Pocatello. Canney has been educating for 40 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree from University of California-Berkeley and a Master of Arts degree in psychology from San Jose State University. He participated in Teacher Corps IV in St. Paul, Minn., while earning elementary teaching credentials. Canney also received a master’s in education and a doctorate in reading from the University of Minnesota. Canney began his career at the University of Idaho in 1978. He was active in the International Reading Association at the state and local level; he held various offices in the Idaho Council of the International Reading Association, including state president, director of membership, and state coordinator. For 10 years Canney has been involved in the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment.

The Idaho State University Cultural Affairs Council spring lecture will be given by Louis S. Warren on his book “Buffalo Bill’s America: The Wild West Show in the Gilded Age” at 8 p.m. April 11 in the ISU Fine Arts Building Goranson Hall. Warren’s book details William Cody’s rise from buffalo hunter and cavalry scout to what was claimed to be the world’s most famous showman. Warren will answer what inspired the Nebraska native to create the Wild West show – a traveling community that consisted of hundreds of Indians, cowboys and vaqueros; and what accounted for the show’s success on either side of the Atlantic. Warren uncovers insights not only into the intersection of western history and western myth, but into the making of modern America. Warren is the W. Terrentine Jackson Professor of Western U.S. History at the University of California, Davis. For more information, contact Dr. Laura Woodworth-Ney at 282-2606 or

ISU Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held April 12 in the Physical Science Complex Lecture Hall and Lobby. Oral presentation will run from 3 to 5 p.m. and poster presentations will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The symposium is a forum that allows undergraduates to showcase original, outstanding work in any field of scholarly activity. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best poster and oral presentations in several categories. For more information, contact the Office of Research, (208) 282-2714.