News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

March 3, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 8

Idaho State University and University of Idaho on Thursday, March 6, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the agreement under which they collaborate in providing higher education services at University Place in Idaho Falls. A reception with ISU Presiden Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., and UI President Timothy P. White, Ph.D., is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Samuel H. Bennion Student Union Building's multipurpose room. ISU faculty and staff, alumni and friends are invited. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

ISU names Crowell new Vice President for Research

Idaho State University has named Pamela Crowell, Ph.D. – current associate dean for research and graduate education at the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis School of Science – the new vice president for research. Crowell will begin her duties at ISU at the start of the 2008-09 fiscal year on July 1. She has been the (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...)

Singer, pianist Brickman to present Feb. 13 concert at ISU

Pianist, singer and songwriter Jim Brickman – whose songs include the chart-topping “Valentine,” “The Gift,” “Love of My Life” and “Simple Things” – will perform a concert at Idaho State University on Feb. 13. Brickman’s concert is part of the ISU 2007-08 “A Season of Note” series and will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the (read more...)

ISU drafting program receives software totaling $690,000

The Idaho State University Computer Aided Design Drafting Technology program recently received 23 licenses/seats from Design Data for SDS/2 (Steel Design and Detail Software) to be used in training future graduates. With each seat retailing at $30,000 the total value of this donation to the program is $690,000. The computer aided design drafting program trains students (read more...)

ISU signs agreement with Indian engineering university

Idaho State University and its College of Engineering have signed an educational collaboration agreement with SR Engineering College in Warangal, India, that will allow Indian students who have completed two years of study at SREC to transfer to ISU to finish their engineering degrees. “We’re very excited about this opportunity to serve these students, and for (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Idaho State University has named Pamela Crowell, Ph.D., the new vice president for research. Crowell currently is associate dean for research and graduate education at the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis School of Science, and a tenured professor of biology there. She will begin her duties at ISU on July 1. She has been the associate dean at IUPUI since 1995. She has led IUPUI development and administration of science research centers and facilities, research collaborations, grants and contracts, and graduate programs. “Professor Crowell is an accomplished researcher with an excellent pedigree,” said ISU President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D. “She is experienced in research management in a university environment that has a strong health and medical mission.” He said Crowell’s success in receiving funding from federal grants and commercialization of biotechnology will be valuable to Idaho State University.

Robert A. Wharton, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs, has accepted the position of president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City. He will be the school’s 18th president. Wharton came to ISU in fall 2004 as chief research officer. In April 2005 he was named interim academic vice president, and shortly afterwards was named permanent academic vice president. He subsequently assumed the title of provost as well. He assumes his South Dakota position on July 1. He will be going to South Dakota with his wife, Carolyn Fassi, Ph.D. “Both Carolyn and I are excited and happy with this wonderful opportunity in Rapid City and the surrounding Black Hills,” Wharton said. “I deeply appreciate the work we have accomplished together at ISU these past several years and look forward to continuing our important efforts over the next few months.”

Gesine Hearn, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology, is scheduled to give a presentation at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association on April 10-14 in Portland, Ore. The title of her presentation is “Injury Matters: The experience of injury among college football players.” Drawing on her research with student-athletes, she will discuss the experience, interpretation and impact of injury and the role of expectations and norms in the experience and management of injuries.

The department of mass communication has named Thomas Terry, Ph.D., its new chair after a yearlong search. Terry will begin his duties in July. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Iowa in Iowa City in 1975. He received both his master's and doctoral degrees in mass communication from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 2003 and 2007, respectively. He is coming to ISU following postdoctoral work at Chapel Hill. He worked in newspapers most of his adult life, and is a former president of the Illinois Press Association. He has owned and managed a variety of newspapers, most recently selling five newspapers in 2000, when he began pursuing his advanced academic degrees. Terry takes over as department chair from professors Tim Frazier and Paula Jull, who were serving as interim co-chairs after the departure of former chair Bill Loving in 2006.


The next edition of “ISU In Motion” will air on KISU-FM 91.1 Monday, March 3, at 6 p.m. Hosted monthly by Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas, this month's program features Al Strickland, Ph.D., associate director of the Informatics Research Institute. He will discuss a "virtual museum" being planned for the Idaho Museum of Natural History. Jennifer Fisher, interim director of the IMNH, also will be interviewed during the half-hour program.

The occupational therapy program in the physical and occupational therapy department recently received a $4,300 product grant from Advanced Brain Technologies (ABT) of Ogden, Utah. The equipment will initially be used for research conducted by Bryan Gee, O.T.D., M.S., O.T.R./L., and Kelly Thompson, Ed.D., O.T.R./L Their research focuses on how filtered sound can improve the outcomes of occupational therapy intervention.

Faculty, staff and students at Idaho State University-Boise are part of the volunteer effort to prepare Idaho for the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in February 2009. They spent this past Feb. 25-28 conducting free dental and hearing screenings on hundreds of athletes, who had gathered in Boise to compete in the 2008 Special Olympics Invitational Winter Games, a test run for next year’s larger event. ISU is volunteering through the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program, created in 1996 to focus attention on health issues facing Special Olympics athletes.