News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

December 3, 2007 — Vol. 23 No. 33

The Idaho State University Symphonic Band will perform this Friday evening, Dec. 7, at 7:30 in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall, in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. The band is conducted by Patrick Brooks, Ph.D., professor of music and director of bands. Admission will be $5 adults, $3 for faculty/staff, $2 for precollege students, free to ISU students with valid Bengal IDs.

In this Issue

ISU geologist studies Mars in his ‘own backyard’

Those who want to study the surface of Mars can send a rocket ship to the Red Planet. Or they can do what Scott Hughes does. Hughes, Ph.D., chair of the Idaho State University geosciences department, travels a few miles to the Eastern Snake River Plain (ESRP), whose geology, he says, in many ways resembles that (read more...)

Eaton, Sanders and friends to perfrom Dec. 21 concert at Stephens Center

Musicians Steve Eaton and Mike Sanders and friends, with special guest Rocky Watson, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 in the Idaho State University Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall. The Jensen Hall is located in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center on the ISU Pocatello campus. (read more...)

New Early College Program scholarships available to prep students

More than 100 community, industry and education representatives – including Tom Luna, Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction – came together at a recent Pocatello Chamber of Commerce luncheon to support a new scholarship program for high school students enrolled in the Idaho State University Early College Program. Luna, who has requested $3.5 million in the upcoming (read more...)

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...)

ISU Informatics Research Institute trains archaeology experts in AI interaction

Archaeological experts from the United States and Canada recently were on the Idaho State University campus to learn how artificial intelligence could aid in artifact identification. Experts in the nationally recognized ISU National Information Assurance Training and Education Center (NIATEC) enabled researchers from different academic disciplines to design and implement applications for an artificial intelligence classification (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Monique Manopoulos, Ph.D., asssistant professor of French, is the author of a new book titled, “Tonneaux à fonds perdus: Carnavalesque et tiers-espace chez Rabelais et Queneau,” (“Everflowing barrels: Carnivalesque and Third-Space in Rabelais and Queneau”). It is published by Peter Lang Publishing, New York, (ISBN 978-0-8204-9743-3). The book is a comparative study of language in the 16th-century creative works by François Rabelais, and the 20th-century creative works by Raymond Queneau. It is based on the concept of third-space in order to prove that the two authors offer an open-ended discourse that deconstructs what we have come to accept as conventional narrative.

The ISU community is invited to a research colloquium scheduled Thursday, Dec. 6, presented by Alan Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor of English. He will talk about his sabbatical experience in India during spring 2007 and his research there on representations of Anglo-Indians and Anglo-Indian culture over the past century. Focusing about the demands of globalization, Johnson will discuss the predicaments of culture and identity that Anglo-Indians have had to face over the past several centuries, which he suggests offer examples of how to negotiate the perplexities of globalization today. Johnson will examine works by Rudyard Kipling and Ruskin Bond, show a few slides from his experience while doing archival research in India, and take time for questions. Johnson has published in the fields of postcolonial literature, principally on the literature of colonial and postcolonial India. His work has appeared in such journals as “Nineteenth-Century Contexts,” “Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies,” and “Yale Journal of Criticism,” as well as ISU’s own “Rendezvous.” The colloquium series is a tradition in the department of English and philosophy in which participants learn about ISU research.


Idaho State University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert A. Wharton, Ph.D., provides this reminder of the University’s policy regarding closed and finals week. ISU’s Faculty/Staff Handbook (Part 6, Section IV, G.) outlines ISU policy as follows: “Any final examination must be conducted during the officially scheduled time slot except in laboratory classes or laboratory sections where the final examination may be conducted during the last regularly scheduled class session. Any exception to this policy may be allowed only on an individual student basis, to be arranged between the professor and the student. Other required tests or quizzes on which the professor bases any part of the course grade are prohibited during the seven calendar days immediately preceding the first day of final examination week except in performance sections, night classes, eight-week courses and summer session. Graduate-level courses and activities are exempt from this closed week and final exam policy.”

With the approach of winter, Public Safety has issued a reminder about the University’s snow-closure policy. Public Safety maintains a school closure information line, x3936. When a decision is made to close the university, a message will be placed on the snow-closure line for both the Pocatello and Idaho Falls campuses. Local radio and television stations also will be notified. An additional notice will be posted on the ISU homepage and on the ISU Public Safety Web page. For information specific to the Idaho Falls campus, call x7825. For more information about the policy, call x2515.

The Idaho Museum of Natural History will offer a free tour of its newest exhibit, “A Century of Fish Hatcheries,” on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 2 p.m. with curators Mick Hoover and Sharon Clark from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Tour participants will learn about the 1968 Salem Works drift boat on display. The exhibit includes vintage embossed Fish and Game milk cans used for fish transportation and historic photos. Share your own family stories about the early days of fishing in Idaho. For more information call x2262 or send an e-mail to

It’s time to take another vicarious vacation with a local adventurer as part of the Idaho Museum of Natural History’s Armchair Traveler lecture series. Join Carole McWilliam, Ph.D., for the third presentation as she recounts her life-changing expedition to Bhutan, a seldom-visited country nestled in the eastern Himalayas. McWilliam graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia before moving to Idaho where she earned an M.S. degree in education administration at ISU. She later completed a doctorate in education administration at the University of Utah. McWilliam was vice-principal and principal for a number of Pocatello schools before moving to the district office. She served first as the director of secondary education and then became the assistant superintendent. In addition, she served on the State Board of Education for five years. A well-seasoned traveler, McWilliam will share her unique insights on this seldom-visited corner of the world. For more information on the presentation, contact Kristin Fletcher at the Idaho Museum of Natural History at x2262 or