News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

September 24, 2007 — Vol. 23 No. 26

Dozens of new ISU banners now adorn light poles around the Pocatello campus, an initiative launched this summer under the direction of ASISU President Jennifer Brown and a committee that included various individuals from the University community. Brown and ASISU President Emeritus Ryan Sargent had visited a number of campuses and noted that similar banners seemed to brighten things up. After several drafts and input from students and other university entities, the committee settled on the two designs. There eventually will be 66 banners. The committee currently is working on an official policy to regulate banner use. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

ISU receives $842,000 from DOD to develop ’smart’ prosthetic hand

Engineers, a biomedical researcher and a physical and occupational therapist at Idaho State University are collaborating to develop a “smart” prosthetic hand that will use nerve signals to fully simulate natural grasping, lifting and twisting hand motions. They hope the artificial hand will also respond to sensory and visual feedback. The United States Army Medical Research (read more...)

ISU Fall 2007 enrollment up 532 students to 13,208

Idaho State University officials have announced enrollment figures as of the 10th day of enrollment for fall 2007. Overall enrollment includes 13,208 students, an increase of 532 students or 4.2 percent increase from fall 2006. In addition to the overall enrollment increase, there is an increase of more than 10 percent in admission applications with more (read more...)

ISU Reading Project ‘Affluenza’ events scheduled Sept. 18-21

Idaho State University’s Book Reading Project 2007, which is focusing on the book “Affluenza,” will offer various presentations Sept. 18 to 21 concluding with the showing of the “Affluenza” documentary followed by a keynote presentation and book-signing reception. The authors John de Graaf, David Wann and Thomas H. Naylor define “affluenza” as “a painful, contagious, socially (read more...)

Formal Academic Investiture Ceremony set Sept. 14; all-community celebration follows

The formal Investiture Ceremony open to all for Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in Holt Arena. An all-community barbecue featuring entertainment, academic information and various demonstrations by ISU departments and student groups will be held on the ISU Hutchinson Quadrangle immediately following the Investiture (read more...)

Gala Performance Sept. 13 kicks off Inaugural Celebration for ISU President Vailas

The Inaugural Gala Performance – featuring performances by ISU musical, theatrical and dance groups – beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, will kick off the campus and community Inauguration Celebration for Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D. The Inaugural Gala Performance will be in the 1,200-seat Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

From President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.: “I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Associate Provost Dr. Barbara Adamcik to my Cabinet beginning this fall. Dr. Adamcik, as Liaison for ISU Women, will provide a voice in discussions of issues that are of interest to or affect women within the ISU community. Dr. Adamcik brings to this position nearly 45 years’ experience working in higher education at all levels – staff, faculty and administration. She joined the faculty at ISU in 1985, and is a tenured professor in the College of Pharmacy. She served as Faculty Senate chair in 2001-2002. In 2003, Dr. Adamcik was appointed assistant vice president for academic affairs and director of the Office of Institutional Research, as well as accreditation coordinator. In 2006, with the reorganization of the Office of Academic Affairs, her position title was changed to associate provost for institutional planning and effectiveness. Dr. Adamcik brings to the Cabinet a wealth of experience and knowledge about issues relevant to women faculty and staff.”

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), an organization of US and US Territory Boards of Nursing, has chosen the College of Technology’s Linda S. Smith, MS, DSN, RN, CLNC, as a member of a panel of expert nurses who will write secure examination questions for the registered nurse licensure examination (called NCLEX-RN). The all-expenses-paid examination item writing session will take place in Chicago from Oct. 24 to Oct. 27. Involvement in the NCSBN Item Development Program is a source of pride for nurses and is indicative of Dr. Smith’s commitment to the nursing profession. Both the NCSBN Examination Committee and the Idaho State Board of Nursing approved Smith’s participation in this panel.

Psychology department faculty members Kandi Turley-Ames, Ph.D., and Tony Cellucci, Ph.D., recently attended the National Educational Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference was organized by the American Psychological Association. Participation is by invitation. Turley-Ames was nominated to attend by the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychologists representing psychology department chairs. Cellucci represented the Association of Directors of Psychology Training Clinics. The theme for the conference was “Sharing Psychology: Its Role in Education for Other Professions.”

The work of noted Maya researcher Richard Hansen, Ph.D., affiliate faculty in the anthropology department and director of the Mirador Basin Project in Guatemala as well as the Foundation for Anthropological Research and Environmental Studies (FARES), is the focus of a feature article the fall edition of “American Archaeology” magazine. In addition to his pioneering work on the Maya, he is working to preserve Guatemala’s Mirador Basin.

John Johnston, maintenance craftsman, senior, in Facilities Services, will retire Sept. 28. A farewell reception is Wednesday, Sep. 26, at 11:30 a.m. at the Facilities Services Maintenance Department Building 26. He began his employment with the University in 1974 as a heat-plant operator. He was promoted to maintenance craftsman, senior, in 1976, and is currently responsible for the maintenance of the Life Sciences Complex, Reed Gym and Recreation facilities. He is a certified pool technician operator for the gym swimming pool, and is certified on forklifts and manlifts as well as the operation of other large equipment. Over his 33 years of service, he has worked in all campus buildings. For many years he was assigned to read the electric and water meters on campus every month. For more information call x2694.

Pam Powell, D.M.D., site director of ISU Family Dentistry in Boise, has been named a 2007 Health Care Hero in the education category of the Idaho Business Review’s annual awards program. Powell was honored at a dinner Sept. 20 and featured in a special supplement published Sept. 24. ISU is a presenting sponsor of the program, which honors Idaho health-care practitioners, providers, educators and volunteers who’ve demonstrated extraordinary commitment and dedication to their communities. Candidates are nominated by their peers and judged by an independent panel. Powell was one of 24 finalists honored at the dinner.

Idaho State University-Boise Academic Dean Bessie Katsilometes stressed the importance of using patient simulation training in health-sciences education during opening remarks at the Idaho Simulation Summit on Sept. 12 in Boise. Katsilometes spoke to more than 200 doctors, educators, health-care practitioners and hospital executives who gathered to discuss creation of a statewide simulation network and demonstrate the latest in simulation technology. Simulation training uses high-tech mannequins to duplicate medical emergencies and procedures. ISU and community partners – Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, University of Washington, and the VA Medical Center – conducted various scenarios using ISU’s state-of-the art simulation equipment.

New hires at ISU include: Casey Lynn Quiroz, interpreter, ADA/Disabilities; Katherine L. Reedy-Maschner, assistant professor, Anthropology; Angela M. Zielinski, assistant professor, Art; Ken A. Aho, Janet Waite Bala and Rhesa N. Ledbetter, assistant lecturers, and Chris J. Cretekos, assistant professor, Biological Sciences; Henrike Swantje Quarder, visiting faculty, Chemistry; George R. Imel, chair/professor, Engineering; Marie Kay Dye and Rebecca F. Green, instructors, Education; Laura K. Harrawood, assistant professor, Counseling; Peter J. Flipsen Jr., assistant professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders/Education of the Deaf; Sunne D. Shaw, office specialist 2, Center for Disability Evaluation; Kendall Neal Gunter, Ryan Dennis Hodges and Kady Virginia Remer, custodians, Custodial; Jeong-il Cho, Shelly L. Counsell and Sara R. Helfrich, assistant professors, Education.


Human Subjects Committee Chair Ralph Baergen, Ph.D., will present noon discussions in the Pond Student Union Heritage Room as follows: Sept. 26, vulnerable populations; Oct. 10., adverse events; Oct. 31, consent process; Nov. 7, research that needs HSC review; Dec. 12, paying subjects for participating. The presentations are being sponsored by the Human Subjects Committee.

Portneuf Medical Center will present the second annual conference “A Woman’s A’Fair 2007” Oct. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Pocatello on Bench Road. PMC invites women of all ages to improve their health and lifestyle with what they learn at the conference. Admission will be free. However, lunch and the keynote speech will be $10, and dinner and the keynote speech will be $15. Conference keynote speaker will be Mary LoVerde, a frequent guest on the television programs “Oprah” and “20/20.” She is a nationally recognized expert in life-balance strategies. Her presentation, “I Used to Have a Handle on Life but it Broke,” is sure to delight as she presents strategies for rebalancing busy lives. The conference features additional speakers addressing such topics as 30-minute workouts, natural facelifts and stress management. The opening session will feature a “What Not to Wear” seminar based on the hit TV series, and there will be great vendors with lots of giveaways. The event will be sponsored by NewsChannel 6, the Pocatello Children’s Clinic and the Pocatello Women’s Clinic. For more information call (208) 239-2438. Also visit the event's Web site.

The Idaho Museum of Natural History will host Trish Nixon with The Peregrine Fund/World Center for Birds of Prey Sept. 25-27. During her visit, Nixon will bring several raptors to local schools, including Marsh Valley Middle School, Roosevelt Academy, Pocatello Charter School, and the ISU Department of Biological Sciences. Nixon also will present a free public lecture, “Back By Popular Demand; California Condors and Aplomado Falcons in the American West,” on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the PSUB Wood River Dining Room. The visit is being sponsored by the Best Western CottonTree Inn with additional support from the ISU Cultural Affairs Committee and Marsh Valley Middle School. Nixon will present information on The Peregrine Fund’s captive breeding and release of these two endangered birds of prey. She will give the audience an opportunity for close-up views of these birds of prey. There also will be photo opportunities and a Q&A session. For more information contact the Idaho Museum of Natural History at x2262 or e-mail < href="">

ISU-Boise’s HIV Education Program and its community partners have started a mobile testing service for Treasure Valley residents who are at risk of contracting HIV or AIDS. Since August, a van provided by El Ada Community Action Partnership has traveled to parks, shelters and locations where at-risk populations tend to gather. HIV educators and counselors are providing free and confidential rapid HIV testing, says Judy Thorne, ISU-Boise’s HIV education program coordinator. The test, which screens for the presence of HIV antibodies, is 99.3 percent accurate and provides results in 20 minutes. Counselors also dispense HIV/AIDS-prevention literature and provide referrals for clients who need additional screening. Other community partners include ALPHA Idaho, which stands for Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS. To learn more about the mobile service and its schedule, or to suggest a Treasure Valley testing site, call (208) 373-1710.