News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

February 1, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 4

Pocatello resident and Idaho State University alumna Sylvia Papenberg ’64 recalls at a news conference Jan. 30 how she and her late husband, alumnus Don Papenberg '63, decided to make a gift to ISU Athletics of 40 acres of valuable land in eastern Idaho's Teton County. ISU will sell the land to help finance development of the Bengal Village athletics complex. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

IAC continues work to neutralize nuclear, chemical, biological weapons

The Idaho State University Idaho Accelerator Center (IAC) has received an additional $1.8 million to continue to develop technology using small accelerator detection systems for the detection and neutralization of chemical, biological and fissionable (nuclear) weapons or weapons materials. This new funding adds to the $4 million already received from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) (read more...)

ISU alumna makes lead gift to Bengal Village

Pocatello resident and Idaho State University alumna Sylvia Papenberg ’64 has made the lead donation to ISU’s proposed Bengal Village athletics complex, ISU Athletics officials announced Wednesday, Jan. 30. Papenberg’s gift of 40 acres of land in eastern Idaho’s rapidly growing Teton Valley is the largest single gift in ISU Athletics’ history, university officials said. (read more...)

I.F. Orchestra, ISU choir to present ‘Messiah’ on Feb. 7

The 48-voice Idaho State University Concert Choir will combine with the Idaho Falls Chamber Orchestra for a performance of the complete “Messiah” by G. F. Handel at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, at ISU. The performance will take place in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma (read more...)

ISU researchers document South Fork rainbow trout numbers

Idaho State University and Clemson University researchers say they were surprised to find that only 7 percent of trout sampled in Idaho’s South Fork of the Snake River drainage were introduced rainbow or rainbow-cutthroat hybrid trout that can threaten native cutthroat trout populations. “We expected to find more rainbow trout and rainbow-cutthroat hybrids,” said Ernest Keeley, (read more...)

Chinese New Year Festival scheduled Feb. 2

The Idaho State University Chinese Students Association (CSA) will present the Year of the Rat 2008 Chinese New Year Festival starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in the ISU Pond Student Union Building Ballroom. The festival features an eight-course Chinese meal and a variety of traditional and contemporary cultural demonstrations. Entertainment includes a Lion Dance, (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Karen Helland, career counselor with the Idaho State University Center for New Directions, is retiring after 17 years. Helland started her ISU career in the Early Learning Center and transferred to the Center for New Directions at the College of Technology. She previously taught photography at various universities and at an alternative high school in Salt Lake City, Utah.

At the Center for New Directions, she coordinated a conference for single parents and assisted with single-parent lunches, served on the Women and Work Conference planning committee, worked in Blackfoot at the ISU Outreach Center and at Fort Hall. A reception was held Jan. 31.


The congressional papers of former Rep. Richard H. Stallings, D–Idaho, are now available to researchers at the special collections department in the Eli M. Oboler Library.

Stallings, currently an adjunct professor of political science at ISU, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District in 1984. He was re-elected in 1986, 1988 and 1990. During that time, he served on the House Agriculture Committee; the Science, Space and Technology Committee; and the Select Committee on Aging.

His congressional papers were donated to Idaho State University in 1992 with the understanding that the collection would remain closed until 2008. The material includes legislative files, correspondence and constituent casework from his Washington, D.C., office as well as his regional offices in Idaho.

In 2006, Stallings donated additional material to the collection, including publications, memorabilia and papers from his service as United States Nuclear Waste Negotiator.

“The collection is a true asset to ISU and to researchers, and we are honored that Rep. Stallings decided to place it in our care,” said Karen Kearns, head of special collections and archives.
A searchable database of the contents of a substantial portion of the 167-box collection is available.

The Idaho Museum of Natural History, in conjunction with Idaho Rivers United, will host a presentation titled “Idaho Salmon in Hot Water: Salmon Recovery in an Era of Climate Change.” The program is scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. in the museum's room 204.

Kyle Dittmer, a hydrologist-meteorologist for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, will explore such topics as: how climate change may impact Idaho’s endangered salmon; which salmon populations stand the best chance of surviving climate change; and whether or not changes in water supply and rainfall hurt salmon and steelhead. For more information, call x2262 or send an e-mail to the museum.

The Office of Research will sponsor a discussion on the theme “Become a Proposal Reviewer – Why and How,” at noon Tuesday, Feb. 5. Interested faculty can participate in Oboler Library Room B06 on the main campus; CHE Room 314 at ISU-Idaho Falls; and Room 138 in the library at ISU-Boise. A panel of faculty will discuss why they serve as proposal reviewers, how they benefit and how they got involved.

The second annual WeLEAD Research Symposium is scheduled Feb. 12 in the PSUB Salmon River Room. Penny Kukuk, Ph.D., will deliver the keynote address, titled “Recruiting and Retaining Women Science Faculty at a Rural Research University.” The symposium is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. The keynote speech and lunch will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Research presentations are scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. The event will be open to the public and admission will be free. For details, call x3311.

This spring and summer, the ISU Sawtooth Science Institute will offer 26 two-day workshops and one new natural-history course online. Starting with a Craters of the Moon Winter Ecology course Jan. 12-13, all 2008 courses are listed on the SSI Web site. Workshops topics will include: ice age lakes and floods; wildflower identification and illustration; forests and fire; birding; Lewis and Clark; renewable energy; Rocky Mountain adventures; Massacre Rocks; and Snake River ecology. In 2006, ISU established an outreach center to serve the residents of Blaine County. For more information, call (208) 788-9686; or visit the SSI online.

Curious about how Alaska Natives bring their traditions back to life? If so, join the Idaho Museum of Natural History as it concludes its popular Armchair Traveler lecture series with a presentation by master kayak builder Michael Livingston. Livingston’s free public talk, titled “The Far Flung Aleutian Islands,” is scheduled Friday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in the museum’s classroom. Livingston is an Aleut raised in Cold Bay on the Alaska Peninsula.

As a young man, Livingston studied traditional skills from Aleut elders, including basket weaving and sea kayak building.

Currently, Livingston is working on a master's degree in anthropology along with a doctoral degree in instructional design, both at Idaho State University. He has a previous master's degree in psychology from the University of La Verne in California. During the presentation, he also plans to share tips on traveling to the Aleutians on a budget. For more information, call x2262 or send an e-mail to the museum.