News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

November 21, 2007 — Vol. 23 No. 32

Autumn's many transitory moods have been creating unsettled skies lately over the Portneuf River Valley, including Idaho State University. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

EPSCoR grants fund work on developing new energy sources

“From cradle to grave, from the molecule all the way to the device,” scientists at Idaho’s three largest public universities are working with itsy-bitsy pieces of matter – one-billionth-of-a-meter particles – in attempt to develop new materials for use in energy applications or in the semiconductor industry. At Idaho State University, chemistry professors René Rodriguez, Ph.D., (read more...)

‘Into Africa’ World AIDS Day Dec. 1 event features poetry reading, music

Many good things come out of Africa. Like the students who arrive from many of its 54 nations to study at Idaho State University…. great creators who remind the world where we all came from…. the irresistible music that inspired jazz, soul and rock, and still inspires musicians today…. the news of communities working to (read more...)

ISU Distinguished Faculty nominations sought for 2008

Nominations are being sought for two Idaho State University faculty members to be honored at May 2008 Commencement exercises. To be selected are the recipients of the Distinguished Teacher and the Distinguished Public Service Awards. A third faculty member will be chosen as Distinguished Researcher by a different process. The three winners will receive certificates and (read more...)

‘Rendezvous’ journal launch party set Nov. 30

There will be a launch party celebrating the publication of two new issues of the “Rendezvous Journal of Arts & Letters,” on Friday Nov. 30, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Idaho State University Magnuson Alumni House. “Rendezvous” is an independent journal produced by the ISU College of Arts and Sciences. All members of the (read more...)

2007 GIS Day to be celebrated Nov. 14

Idaho State University will celebrate GIS Day somewhat differently than in the past with an open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the Pond Student Union Building Wood River and Little Wood River Rooms. GIS Day is a global event aimed at teaching millions of people how they can use geography (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

The exhibit “All the Print that Fits: Reinterpretations of the Idaho State Journal,” by artist/writer Penelope Reedy, an English and philosophy assistant lecturer, is on display at Walrus & Carpenter Books Gallery through November. Reedy is a weaver and a former reporter for the Idaho State Journal. Her exhibit reinterprets The New York Times’ motto, “All the News That’s Fit to Print.” The exhibit features weavings and collages using Pocatello’s local newspaper, the Idaho State Journal.

In an earlier issue of News & Notes, it was reported that John Gribas, Ph.D., professor in the department of communication and rhetorical studies, coauthored a chapter that is part of a scholarly book titled “Facilitating Group Communication in Context: Innovations and Applications with Natural Groups” that received the 2007 Distinguished Book Award from the Applied Communication Division of the National Communication Association. The book was also recently honored in Chicago at the annual meeting of the 2007 National Communication Association with the Group Communication Division’s 2007 Ernest Bormann Research Award.

Glenn Alford, a staff fixture at Idaho State University since 1967, has retired for a third time, but this time he says he means it. Alford was ISU sports information director from 1967 to 1998 before retiring from that position. He was then an information specialist with University Relations until 2002 before retiring from full-time work. He has since worked as a part-time writer in University Relations.


Think of the Idaho Museum of Natural History for your holiday shopping. Starting the Friday after Thanksgiving through Dec. 22, IMNH will offer all ISU faculty, staff and students a 10 percent discount on all merchandise in its gift shop (excluding consignment items). The Museum Gift Shop offers unique gift items for those hard-to-shop-for people. It is the exclusive carrier of “Rite in the Rain,” all-weather writing paper made specifically to shed water. It also carries Himalayan natural salt candles and lamps, Estwing geologic tools, Idaho opals and jewelry, Edson Fichter prints, and many other interesting and educational gifts. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Bill Angle, store manager, at x3317, for more information.

A launch party celebrating the publication of two new issues of the journal “Rendezvous” is scheduled Friday, Nov. 30, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Magnuson Alumni House, 554 South 7th Ave. All members of the university and community are welcome. The event recognizes the publication of the new issues “Water and Mountain: Two Tales”; and the double-volume “PBI: A Retrospective.” The issue “Water and Mountain” presents two stories by Japanese short-story author Koda Rohan, translated into English for the first time by Tsutomu Nagata. The issue “PBI: A Retrospective” focuses on an annual series of book and paper-making workshops. This issue’s co-editor is Paula Jull, co-chair of the ISU Department of Mass Communication and a book artist who teaches the class “Art of the Book.”

Purchasing Services will provide departmental training Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Portneuf Room of the Pond Student Union Building. Topics to be discussed include: Bid Thresholds, Delegated Authority, Processing Time, Using the Purchasing Card, Reimbursements, Emergency Orders, Special Handling Procedures, Managing Forms, State Contracts, and Purchasing Home Page Resources. The training will consist of a slide presentation, discussion, examples, and Q & A. All departments are encouraged to participate. Attendance is by reservation. Reserve a place by calling Becky Robinson, x3923.

The ISU Wellness Center, in cooperation with Portneuf Medical Center Laboratory, is offering reduced-fee cholesterol screenings Nov. 28 and 29. The fee is $12 cash, or by check payable to Portneuf Medical Center. Appointments are required. Call x2117. Additional tests are available for additional fees. Fasting for 10 to 12 hours is required. Water consumption and prescription medications are permitted, but not caffeine. For more information, call x2117 or visit the Wellness Center online. The Council of Professional Employees will pay the first $12 of fees for COPE members.