News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

October 15, 2007 — Vol. 23 No. 28

Sarah Carson scores on a kill to celebrate ISU volleyball’s return to the friendly confines of Reed Gym. After playing 10 of 13 matches on the road, ISU is in the midst of a home stand that includes 7 p.m. matches Monday with Boise State, Thursday vs. Eastern Washington and Saturday vs. Portland State. The Eastern Washington contest is “Dig for the Cure Night,” a fund-raiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, as October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

Governor’s Select Committee on Health Care announces first regional meeting is in Pocatello Oct. 24

The Office of Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter issued the following press release on Oct. 11: (BOISE) – The newly created Governor’s Select Committee on Health Care will be in Pocatello on October 24th for the first of several regional meetings to gather public comments on health-care issues. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, (read more...)

‘Global Warming and Health’ topic of Health Conference keynote presentation

Global warming is responsible for the rise in asthma, West Nile virus and infectious disease, according to Harvard’s Paul Epstein, M.D., M.P.H., who will deliver the keynote speech “Global Warming and Health” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Idaho State University. His free, public presentation in the Salmon River Suite of the Pond Student Union (read more...)

‘I Love ISU’ Campaign raises record $390,907

Southeast Idaho continues to enthusiastically support “I Love ISU.” The 2007 campaign resulted in a record $390,907 raised for scholarships at Idaho State University. That’s the highest-pledged total in the event’s 25-year history of funding scholarships for students from Bannock, Bingham, Bonneville and Power counties, according to K. C. Felt, ISU Foundation director of annual giving. “Response (read more...)

Theatre/Dance ISU to present ‘The Country Wife’ in October

The Idaho State University Department of Theatre and Dance opens up its 2007-08 production season with the restoration comedy, “The Country Wife.” Performances run on Oct. 12-13 and Oct. 18-20. All presentations are at 7:30 p.m. in the L. E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center Beverly B. Bistline Thrust Theatre. “The Country Wife” takes theatre-goers (read more...)

Musical ‘Pride and Prejudice’ slated for Oct. 13, 15 at ISU

The portrayal of genteel rural society is the theme of a musical scheduled to be performed by Idaho State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance. Jane Austin’s most popular novel, “Pride and Prejudice,” will be presented Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. and Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the James E. and Beverly Rogers Black (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Philip A. Homan, M.L.S., reference and cataloging librarian and assistant professor at Eli M. Oboler Library, has been awarded a 2007 research grant for $1,000 from the nonprofit organization Nevada Humanities to support his research on a biography of Kitty Wilkins, known as the “Horse Queen of Idaho.” Owner of the Wilkins Horse Company at the Diamond Ranch in Bruneau, Katherine Caroline Wilkins’ sole occupation was selling horses. Little known today outside Owyhee County, however, Wilkins—who made Idaho one of the horse capitals of the United States—was among the most famous Western women of her generation. Newspapers from San Francisco to New York City announced the arrival at the stockyards and hotels of the “Queen of Diamonds” with headlines such as “The Idaho Horse Queen,” “Ways of the Lady Horse Dealer,” and “The Only One of Her Kind.” The Wilkins family ran Wilkins House hotel in Tuscarora, Nev., in the late 1870s before settling in the Bruneau Valley of Owyhee County. Homan is writing an article on Wilkins House, adding to the few sources about hotels in the Old West and to the small body of literature on Tuscarora. Nevada Humanities has also asked him for refereed articles on Kitty Wilkins and on Wilkins House for the Online Nevada Encyclopedia (

Jeff Meldrum, Ph.D., was a featured guest speaker Oct. 6 at the launch of the Washington State Historical Society’s yearlong Sasquatch exhibit at Washington’s State Capital Museum and Outreach Center in Olympia. The exhibit explores the search for and legend of Sasquatch and includes supposed hoaxes and popular cultural interpretations. Meldrum, associate professor of anatomy and anthropology in the department of biological sciences, authored “Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science,” and his presentation has the same title. He has contributed foot and hand casts he made recently in eastern Washington to the exhibit.


The ISU Student Health Center is offering flu shots to students, faculty, staff and spouses. Flu-shot clinic hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost is $22, payable by cash or check at the time of service. A valid Bengal ID card is required. For more information call x2330.

Author and naturalist Peter Matthiessen will give a public presentation titled “A Naturalist’s Impressions of the Wildman” Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Goranson Hall, in the Fine Arts Building. Matthiessen has published more than 30 books of fiction and nonfiction. He writes about vanishing cultures, oppressed peoples, exotic wildlife and landscapes. Admission is free to students with a valid Bengal ID; faculty $2; general public $3. For more information call Jeff Meldrum, Ph.D., at x4379.

The Idaho State University College of Pharmacy has received a $50,000 gift from Walgreens Company for use at ISU’s new health-sciences complex in Meridian. The University is expanding its Treasure Valley presence to accommodate the growing need for health-professions education in the state. It has purchased approximately 102,000 square feet of a building that includes the offices of the Meridian School District.

The ISU community is invited to participate in the next installment of the English and philosophy department’s works-in-progress series Oct. 26 at 3:30 p.m. in Room LA 152. The session will focus on an early draft of an article by Jennifer Eastman Attebery, Ph.D., titled “Narratives as Embedded Genres in Immigrant Letters.” Copies of the draft article will be available one week in advance in the English main office (LA 262). Attebery is a professor of English who has published widely in the fields of folklore and American studies. Her most recent book is “Up in the Rocky Mountains: Writing the Swedish Immigrant Experience” (University of Minnesota Press, 2007). The works-in-progress series is a tradition in the English and philosophy department.

Tieqiao Zhang, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics at Boise State University, will present an interdisciplinary talk titled “The Endocytosis and Intercellular Trafficking of Multifunctional Lipid Nanoparticles in Live Cells” on Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. in Room 108 of the Physical Sciences Building. His presentation will be part of the ISU Department of Physics Colloquium. According to Dr. Zhang, the cellular uptake and the following intracellular trafficking are important factors affecting the efficiency of artificial nanocapsule systems as drug delivery systems. Understanding the mechanism of the processes therefore is important for improving the design of such systems. Zhang has investigated the endocytosis and intracellular trafficking processes of lipid nanoparticles by live M21 cells using SEM, AFM and fluorescence microscopy, and studied the movements of nanoparticles with digital filtering and fitting methods. He has observed two diffusion modes for the intracellular trafficking process: fast movement with large steps attributed to active transportation by microtubule, and slow movement in limited space attributed to free diffusion.

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