News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

February 25, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 7

The 37th annual Frank Church Symposium, scheduled Feb. 27–29 at Idaho State University, will include international-affairs experts who will discuss the topic “Cooperation, Conflict, and Change: Prospects for China in the 21st Century.” The student-led International Affairs Council at ISU will host the free public event in the Pond Student Union Building.

In this Issue

Church Symposium Feb. 27-29 to focus on ‘Prospects for China…’

Idaho State University’s 37th annual Frank Church Symposium – featuring international affairs experts from around the globe – scheduled Feb. 27-29 will explore the theme “Cooperation, Conflict, and Change: Prospects for China in the 21st Century.” The International Affairs Council, an ISU student organization, will host the symposium, which is free and open to the public. (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...)

ISU events, Jan. 22-27

ISU Coming Events: The Idaho State University Office of University Relations distributes this events calendar to let the media and public know about upcoming non-athletic events at the University. This information is intended to be released in print and broadcast events calendars. Various events calendars with more complete information are available online at the Web site (read more...)

Idaho Youth Suicide Prevention training scheduled Feb. 27-28 in Twin Falls

Better Todays, Better Tomorrows and the Idaho Youth Suicide Prevention and Intervention Project will offer trainings to help identify at-risk youth on Feb. 27-28 at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls. The one and one-half-day trainings sponsored by the Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Jim Schmidt, Ph.D., who teaches in the graduate counseling program at ISU-Boise, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to the Boise School District. He was honored at a breakfast Feb. 15 celebrating National Career and Technical Education Week. Schmidt was supervisor of the Boise School District’s professional-technical education program for more than a decade. Before that, he supervised the district’s guidance counselors, nurses and health workers. He received his doctorate in counselor education from Idaho State University in 1986.

D. J. Williams, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology, social work and criminal justice, is scheduled to present at the National Organization of Forensic Social Work Conference May 28-30 in Hartford, Conn. His presentation is titled, “Deconstructing darkness: A post-structural perspective on understanding subcultures and deviant practices.” He will discuss dominant social discourses (i.e., religion, psychiatry) that shape how deviant leisure practices are understood or misunderstood. He will draw primarily from his research in the worlds of vampire subculture, consensual sadomasochism (BDSM), and polyamory to help forensics professionals understand the jargon, ethics and meanings of practices in these social spaces, and to better distinguish between the appearance of dangerousness from actual dangerousness.


The Idaho State University Psychology Department Research Forum is scheduled Friday, Feb. 29, in the Rendezvous Complex. The Research Forum is open to all university students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public. Admission is free. Oral presentations are scheduled from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Planetarium, Room 203. Poster presentations are scheduled from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Rendezvous Suite, Room 130. The presentations will cover a variety of topics, including: self-harm among incarcerated women; sibling interaction and conflict resolution skills in young children; children’s theory of mind; risk-taking behavior in college students; and effects of prenatal food restriction on impulsivity and obesity.

The monthly ISU Gallery Walk is scheduled Monday, Feb. 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. All are invited to an entertaining evening of art and culture at five campus galleries. Admission is free and refreshments will be served at the Transition Gallery, in the lower level of the Pond Student Union Building. As part of Women’s History Month in March the Transition Gallery and the Mind’s Eye Gallery in the Rendezvous Complex will feature the National Women’s Art Exhibit titled “Celebrating Women, Their Strength and Vision.” Also, the Eli M. Oboler Library will have a display focusing on women’s history images. Gallery Walk visitors also will get a look at the newest exhibit, “The Art of Paleontology,” currently being installed in the Idaho Museum of Natural History at ISU. The exhibit features more than 20 illustrations by world-renowned paleoartist Mark Hallett. It will be accompanied by bronzed skeletons of a giant prehistoric bison being attacked by four saber-toothed cats. There will be a special exhibition at the John B. Davis Art Gallery featuring handmade jewelry. For more information, send an e-mail to or call x2262.

Idaho State University’s ADA and Disability Resource Center has organized a week of events to build awareness and create a better understanding of people with disabilities on campus and in the community. The events begin Monday, Feb. 25, and run through Friday, Feb. 29. The events are designed to help build awareness of the contributions people with disabilities bring to the university, the workplace and the community. For details, call x3599.