News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

February 11, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 5

The congressional papers of former Rep. Richard H. Stallings, D–Idaho, are now available to researchers at the special collections department in Eli M. Oboler Library. Stallings, formerly an adjunct professor of political science at Idaho State University, 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. His congressional papers were donated to ISU in 1992 with the understanding that the collection would remain closed until 2008. In 2006, Stallings donated additional material to the collection, including publications, memorabilia and papers from his service as United States Nuclear Waste Negotiator. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

ISU to host National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Feb. 9

Idaho State University will host a celebration in recognition of National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. in ISU’s Reed Gymnasium. “All In,” this year’s theme for National Girls and Women in Sports Day, acknowledges the benefits and importance that participation in sports and fitness activities can (read more...)

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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

A retirement celebration for Jeanie Potter, an ISU employee for 22 years, is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Wood River Room. The celebration will be hosted by Enrollment Management. Those who attend are asked to bring a story to share, and a printed copy of the story for a scrapbook.

Recent new hires at Idaho State University include: Peter H. Stewart, instruction assistant, aircraft mechanics; John V. Dudgeon, assistant lecturer, anthropology; Tina M. Cole, instructor, College of Education; Shanna A. Kopetzky, office specialist 2, Family Medicine; Shancy Lusk, clinical assistant, Family Medicine; Kristen M. Jones, customer service representative, Financial Services; Suzanne C. Discenza, associate professor, Health Care Administration; Steven L. Anderson, director, Housing; Sylvia P. Boyce, custodian, Housing; Stacey D. Haase, administrative assistant 2, Institutional Research; Kalee L. Kopp, director, Intercollegiate Athletics Administration; Cooper P. Bybee, senior maintenance craftsman, Maintenance and Repair; Bryon C. Waite, carpenter, Maintenance and Repair; Robert R. Macomber, mechanical systems operator, Mechanical Systems; Richard Lee Keilholtz, instructor, Office Technology; Jason T. Harris, assistant professor, Physics; Tausha Lorene Mcgahey, technical records specialist 1, Registration and Records; Robert M. Wood, coordinator, Student Services.


Bernard Kelly, Ph.D., of Great Britain’s University of Manchester, is scheduled to speak at Idaho State University – Idaho Falls Feb. 20 on the topic, “The Challenges Posed by the United Kingdom’s Decommissioning Programme.” The seminar will be free and open to all. Focusing on decommissioning nuclear facilities, it is scheduled to run from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. in Center for Higher Education (CHE) Room 314 at University Place.
Kelly is professor of nuclear decommissioning engineering in the Dalton Nuclear Institute at the University of Manchester. He also is an advisor to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), Great Britain’s equivalent of the U.S. Department of Energy. The NDA has strategic responsibility for the United Kingdom’s nuclear legacy. The agency is decommissioning 20 civil public sector nuclear sites at a cost of more than $142 billion.
Kelly will discuss the University of Manchester; definitions of decommissioning; the scope and costs of the British program; typical challenges in a beta-gamma-contaminated cell; and the pros and cons of delaying decommissioning. He also will discuss decommissioning the Windscale Pile 1 core and how knowledge management can help current and future generations of decommissioners. Windscale was the site of the first large-scale nuclear accident.
Kelly’s presentation will be transmitted via video to Idaho State University in Pocatello for viewing in Eli M. Oboler Library Room B32. For more information call x3732.

Students at the Idaho State University Family Dentistry Clinic in Boise provided free dental care to more than 30 Treasure Valley youngsters Jan. 30 during Give Kids a Smile Day.
This is the third year the clinic has participated in the national event, sponsored by the American Dental Association. The purpose is to educate children and their parents about the importance of good dental care, and to provide dental services to youngsters who have no insurance.
Since 2005, the ISU-Boise clinic has provided more than $26,000 worth of free dental care to underserved youngsters in the Treasure Valley during Give Kids a Smile Day.

The ISU Office of Sponsored Programs has scheduled a Drop-In Meeting on Friday, Feb. 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. Drop-In Meetings are informal opportunities to discuss issues related to obtaining funding for research and scholarly activities. It will be in geosciences computer classroom 232.
Sponsored Programs has designed its Drop-In Meetings to create greater access to information about proposal submission. Drop-In Meetings are not formal presentations; instead, they are devoted to answering questions specific to individual faculty members, staff and departments.