News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

December 17, 2007 — Vol. 23 No. 35

ISU sophomore Amanda Finkes, a nuclear engineering major in the College of Engineering, and other students take advantage of "Study for Finals @ the Pond" last week in preparation for final exams this week. The ASISU Student Activities Board offered free hot cider, coffee and massages to help students prepare for the grueling week ahead. (ISU Photographic Services/Julie Hillebrant)

In this Issue

Art student wins ISU Holiday Greeting Card Contest

Idaho State University Master of Fine Art’s student Tim Goodworth’s artistic prowess has struck again: the Blackfoot native has won the ISU Holiday Greeting Card Contest for the second straight year. “I really wanted to try to win this one a second time, so I put a lot of effort into it and also entered two (read more...)

ISU program works to deflate stigma attached to mental-health disorders

Ann Kirkwood, senior research associate at Idaho State University’s Institute of Rural Health in Boise, says she is concerned about the stigma that is sometimes placed on children with mental-health disorders. Because of this stigma, says Kirkwood, children in Idaho and throughout the country often fall through the cracks when it comes to the diagnosis (read more...)

ISU-Boise’s Galen Louis awarded contract to improve HIV services in Idaho

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has awarded Idaho State University professor Galen Louis a $109,164 contract to help improve HIV services in Idaho’s seven health districts. “Our goal is to provide a model for creating locally based community plans for HIV prevention and care — a core function of public health,” says Louis, (read more...)

Eaton, Sanders and friends to perform 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...)

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

The story of Suzanne Shemwell, who was stranded for six days in snow-covered mountains near Boise in 2003, is being recounted in an original Lifetime television movie titled “Lost Holiday.” The movie aired on the Lifetime television network Dec. 8. It is scheduled to be rebroadcast Monday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m., and Dec. 23 at 3 p.m. Shemwell is the learning management system administrator for the Institute of Emergency Management at ISU-Boise. Shemwell and her husband, Jim, were snowmobiling near Idaho City in March 2003 when they became stranded in deep snow. They survived five nights in frigid weather by building a snow cave and making a fire out of pine boughs. On the sixth day, they walked to safety. Jami Gertz, who stars in CBS television’s “Still Standing,” plays Shemwell. Dylan Walsh, who stars in FX’s “Nip/Tuck,” plays Jim Shemwell.

Larry Murdock, associate university librarian for public services at Eli M. Oboler Library, will retire in January. He was hired as the library’s government documents librarian in 1993. Among his many accomplishments, Murdock administered two extensive rearrangements of the third-floor collections and staff areas, participated in the automation of the U.S. government documents records, organized the move of Arthur P. Oliver Law Library from the county to Oboler Library, and supervised the growth of the library’s support of distance education in Idaho Falls, Twin Falls and Boise. He previously worked in the libraries at Purdue University, Sam Houston State University, Johns Hopkins University, Brigham Young University and the University of Washington. Oboler Library will host a reception for Murdock on Jan. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Room 268 of Oboler Library.

New hire at ISU: Gina M. Davis, clinical pharmacist, Student Health Services.


The 2008 Winter Seminar Series at ISU’s Geographic Information System (GIS) Center, on the Pocatello campus, is scheduled Jan. 7-11. It includes ArcGIS 9.2: Getting started, ArcGIS Model Builder, Geodatabases (beginning), Geodatabases (advanced), and a brand-new workshop about the free, open-source software MapWindow GIS. Attendees of the MapWindow workshop get a free copy of the software as part of the registration packet. Details and a registration form can be found online. .

Idaho State University will host free individual counseling sessions with TIAA-CREF financial consultant David Penrose Nov. 14-15 and Dec. 19-20 in the Pond Student Union Building. Employees can schedule a counseling session and receive answers to questions on investment-planning issues. Topics include long-term investment strategies, tax-deferred investing opportunities, mutual funds and IRAs. Appointments can be scheduled online. Or call TIAA-CREF toll-free at (866) 842-2907. For more information, call Human Resources at x3830.ISU Professional Women would like nursing mothers to be aware of the “mother’s lounge” in the Rendezvous Complex. The lounge is on the second floor of the complex. A Medela Symphony hospital-grade breast pump, with attachments, has been donated through the Best Start Council of Southeast Idaho. The key to the lounge is available at the front desk of the computer lab in the Rendezvous Complex. For more information, call x3933.

An important part of the research process is the dissemination of research findings. Research and scholarly activities take place across campus, as does dissemination. To assist the ISU community in this process, the Office of Research has developed a Web page with links to Web sites that describe upcoming symposia, colloquia, and workshops in departments and centers across campus.

Those who would like to have an event featured on the Office of Research Web site or linked to their department, can send an e-mail to the Office of Research or call x2714.

The Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center is seeking submissions for the 2008 Women’s History Month Calendar. Organizations, clubs or departments that would like an event or display included on the calendar should e-mail details. Information should include the date, time, place, a brief description, admission fees and contact information. The deadline for all calendar submissions is Wednesday, Dec. 19. The theme for 2008 is “Women’s Art: Women’s Vision,” celebrating women’s contribution to art. WHM has been an annual event in the ISU and Pocatello communities since 1986. It provides an opportunity to celebrate the lives of women throughout history. For more information, call x2805 or the ISU Women’s Studies Program at x5002.

The Portneuf Greenway Foundation has completed grading a new segment of the Red Hill trail. The trail serves as a recreational link between ISU and the Indian Hills area. The foundation will whether the trail should be paved. Since ISU will be a significant user of the system, the foundation is requesting input on the matter with a three-question survey.