News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

October 1, 2007 — Vol. 23 No. 26

A new Idaho State University flag now flies along with the U.S. and Idaho flags on Hutchinson Quadrangle just outside the administration building. The ISU flag is a new identifier for the university. ISU also will be able to unilaterally raise and lower its own flag in response to events that are particularly pertinent to the university and the local community. The U.S. and Idaho flags had previously flown on poles that stood amid tall conifers adjacent to the administration building, but the flags would often flap into the trees' branches on windy days. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

Birthday celebration for Babe’s 90th birthday set Oct. 3

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, Pocatello residents are invited to help Idaho State University icon Babe Caccia celebrate his 90th birthday. The public is invited to attend a celebration ISU will host to honor its former athletic star, coach and athletic director. Festivities will be from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Sports & Orthopaedic Center at (read more...)

Renowned watershed ecologist Grimm to deliver Minshall series lectures Oct. 3-4

Noted watershed ecologist Nancy Grimm, Ph.D., will deliver the public presentation “Urbanization of the desert: patterns and processes of a socioecosytem” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3. Grimm’s lecture will be in the James E. and Beverly Rogers Black Box Theatre in the Idaho State University L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. It is (read more...)

TeleHealth Idaho to present youth suicide prevention VGR series

A four-week youth suicide prevention series sponsored by the Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health and TeleHealth Idaho will be videocast throughout Idaho during October. Topics will include substance abuse and mental illness, trauma, community collaboration and evidence-based approaches to youth suicide prevention. All sessions will be televised on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon (read more...)

ISU, UMBI researchers find most radiation-resistant microbe

Baltimore, Md. – Investigators at Idaho State University and at UMBI, the biotechnology institution of the University System of Maryland, have isolated the most radiation-resistant organisms known to science. The latest contenders are members of a remarkable kingdom of microorganisms known as Archaea. Archaea, first discovered 30 years ago, like bacteria, have no cell nucleus, but (read more...)

ISU Homecoming Parade set Oct. 6; entry deadline is Oct. 4

The Idaho State University Homecoming 2007 Parade on Oct. 6 in Pocatello will start for the second consecutive year at the corner of First Avenue South and East Center Street, just east of the Center Street Underpass. From the starting point, the parade will proceed up Center Street to 15th Avenue South, where entries will turn (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

The ISU Informatics Research Institute (IRI) has been awarded a $500,000 National Science Foundation grant in a joint project with Hampton University, a historically Black university, in Virginia. Each institution will receive $250,000. The principal investigator for the grant is Al Strickland, Ph.D., and the co-PI is James Frost, Ph.D. Corey Schou, Ph.D., director of the IRI and an internationally recognized authority in information assurance, will be integrally involved with this research and training project. The National Science Foundation grant will fund the design of instructional systems to train the computer-science faculty at Hampton University in Information Assurance. ISU will conduct research and evaluation to determine the most effective instructional systems to translate information assurance within course offerings leading to certification in computer security. This work is vital to the continued protection of ever-increasing security issues in our technology infrastructures.

ISU locksmith Ron Gortcinsky is retiring Oct. 15. A farewell get-together is scheduled Oct. 10 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the ISU Facilities Services Building 18. He began his employment as ISU locksmith in 1985. He had always been curious about how locks worked, so in 1964 he took a correspondence course from the Locksmithing Institute of Little Falls, N.J. The course was accredited through the New Jersey education system. In 1965 he joined the Idaho State Police in the Pocatello area. He worked at the Port of Entry at Inkom, then was assigned to patrol duty. He was with the ISP for 12 years. For more information call x2209.

Lawrence C. Ford, Ph.D., interim vice president for research, has announced a call for nominations for the Distinguished Researcher Award of 2008. This award will honor a faculty member who has contributed significantly to the research effort at Idaho State University. This person is honored at commencement exercises as the Distinguished Researcher and will be given a cash award of $2,500. The Faculty Research Committee will select a maximum of five Outstanding Researchers from the nominees. The Distinguished Researcher will be selected from that group. To implement the selection process, the Faculty Research Committee invites anyone who is familiar with a faculty member’s research efforts to nominate that person for this award. Any full-time faculty member (tenured or not) who has made a significant, original or creative contribution to advancing the frontiers of knowledge in his or her field may be nominated. Send a detailed letter of nomination that addresses the selection criteria that follows to: Vice President for Research, Stop 8130, Idaho State University. Deadline is Friday, Nov. 16. Selection criteria are: 1. significance of the research in relation to the frontiers of knowledge in that field; 2. publication of research findings in peer-reviewed national or international journals or juried/invitational show, exhibits or performances; 3. papers, showings, or related public presentations of research findings and their application and use by the discipline involved; 4. evidence of extended, intentional development of the topic of research that resulted in a significant contribution; 5. any other evidence of the outstanding nature of the research activity that may be relevant; 6. only one nomination letter per person is necessary to provide the detail required in the selection process. General letters of support from others are not used in the selection process. ISU wishes to encourage the development of excellence in research at ISU and honor those who have accomplished it. ISU also uses this to publicize the fact that a significant amount of research is being done at ISU.

New hires at ISU include: Rachel D. Gutierrez and Wenda Dawn Kaler, child care providers, Early Learning Center; Cornelius A. Hofman, visiting faculty, Economics; Colby J. Averett, instructor, Electricity; Susan M. Goslee, assistant professor, English and Philosophy; Steven R. Neiheisel, Ph.D., associate provost, Enrollment Planning; Jerrold F. Jones Jr., media equipment specialist, Family Medicine; Jeffrey T. Brookman, assistant professor, Finance; Melvin J. Ballard and Jonathan A. Yonk, assistant lecturers, Foreign Languages; Sarah E. Hinman, assistant professor, and Claudia Jeanne McCoy, assistant director, History; Cynthia A. Blanton and Janette Olsen, assistant professors, and Rhonda Davis and Andrea L. Grim, instructors, Health and Nutrition Sciences; Timothy J. Webb, postdoctoral fellow, Idaho Accelerator Center; Brandon L. Cole, senior database administrator, Information Technology Services; Dianna Lynne Gleed, administrative assistant 1, Law Enforcement; Camille Clark, custodian, Maintenance and Repair; Neil M. Tocher, assistant professor, Management; David R. Schreindl, visiting faculty, Mass Communication; Laurie E. Battle, visiting faculty, Mathematics; Quinn Verl Dance, architect drafter, and Daniel C. Welker, mechanical systems operator, Mechanical Systems; Michael A. Brown, assistant basketball coach, Men’s Athletics; Aric Lewis Schneller, visiting faculty, Music; Robin Elizabeth Pattillo, associate professor, Nursing; Linda E. Jordan, office specialist 2, Pharmacy Practice; Caroline E. Faure, assistant professor, Physical Education and Dance; Aaron M. Eakman, director, and Trent D. Jackman, clinical assistant professor, Physical Therapy; Brian S. Redfield, media equipment specialist, Physician Assistant Program; Allison Kaye Cleaver, administrative assistant 1, and Valeriia N. Starovoitova, visiting faculty, Physics; Donna L. Lybecker, assistant professor, Political Science; John M. Moss, instructor, Practical Nursing; Michele R. Brumley and Nicole R. Prause, assistant professors, Psychology; Heather D. Hodges, office specialist 2, Purchasing Services; Laura S. McKenzie, registrar, and Sarah G. Mead, technical records specialist 1, Registration and Records; Shaleen Heidi-Marie Rantala, administrative assistant 1, and Betty Lynn Roberts, senior accountant, Stadium; Corinne F. McCullough, administrative assistant 1, and Jonathan Eli Paris and Jason R. Smith, custodians, Pond Student Union; Jacob Herman Haeberle, instructor, Technical General Education; Ben A. Mayfield, instructional technology information systems technician, Telecommunications; Molly Suzanne Jorgensen, assistant lecturer, and Rosa Vissers, visiting faculty, Theatre and Dance.


The Holt Arena football field will be named for Babe Caccia as part of Idaho State University’s celebration of the athletics icon’s 90th birthday. On Wednesday, Oct. 3, all are invited to the birthday celebration, scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Sports & Orthopaedic Center adjacent to Holt Arena at 560 Memorial Drive in Pocatello. Cake and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Caccia is a former ISU athletic star, coach and athletic director. The birthday party will be one of several ways in which ISU will honor him during Homecoming week. Ceremonies prior to ISU’s Oct. 6 Homecoming game with Northern Colorado will be held to name the Holt Arena football field Caccia Field. “This is a great tribute to Babe, another ISU icon, for his extraordinary achievements that have brought the University national recognition,” says ISU President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D. “This is a great opportunity to honor Babe in Holt Arena, a place of Idaho’s true champions.”

The Alumni Association’s “Uniquely Idaho Grapes and Growls 2007” event is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 4, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Pinehurst Nursery, 4101 Poleline Road in Pocatello. It will include a tasting of Idaho wines and beers; potato “martinis”; special hors d’ oeuvres and other food; non-alcoholic beverages; live music; raffles; and souvenir wine and beer glasses.

Noted watershed ecologist Nancy Grimm, Ph.D., will deliver the public presentation “Urbanization of the desert: patterns and processes of a socioecosytem” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3. Her lecture will be in the James E. and Beverly Rogers Black Box Theatre in the Idaho State University L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. It is the first lecture sponsored by the G.W. Minshall Lectureship in Ecology that will become an annual ISU event. She also will give a professional research seminar titled “A long-term perspective on biogeochemistry of desert streams” at 4 p.m. Oct. 4 in Room 10 of the ISU Lecture Center. Grimm, a professor of life sciences at Arizona State University, is one of the world’s leading ecologists and has recently served as the president of the Ecological Society of America. Her research concerns the structure and function of ecosystems in arid lands and the ecology of urban watersheds. “Her public lecture is a great opportunity for University and community members to learn about the ecological effects urbanization is having on the West, including processes that are happening in our own Portneuf Watershed,” said Colden Baxter, Ph.D., ISU assistant professor of biological sciences. Grimm has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and 20 book and symposia chapters. She has served on numerous advisory panels and review teams for the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies. For more information call x3765 or visit the biological sciences Web site.