News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

March 14, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 10

The artwork of abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) serves as the inspiration for the creation of “An Ode to Lee Krasner,” a collaborative painting by participants in the second annual National Women’s Art Exhibit silent auction. Proceeds from the auction, scheduled Saturday, March 29 in the ISU Rendezvous Complex, will benefit the Idaho State University Women's Studies Scholarship Fund. Approximately 40 original pieces reflecting the full range of media—from paintings, pottery and jewelry to ceramics and textiles—will be up for bid. Most are works by Idaho State University faculty and staff. The works will soon be available for viewing online at (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

Kenneth A. Smith, Ph.D., named dean of College of Business

Kenneth A. Smith, Ph.D., CPA, associate dean of the Idaho State University College of Business since 1996, has been named dean by ISU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert A. Wharton, Ph.D. Smith’s appointment is effective immediately. He came to ISU in 1970 as assistant professor of accounting and head of the accounting program. (read more...)

‘Art of Paleontology’ exhibit opens March 13 at Idaho Museum of Natural History

The Idaho Museum of Natural History will open its newest exhibit “The Art of Paleontology” with a ribbon cutting with the Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, March 13 at 11 a.m. In conjunction with its newest exhibit, Bill Akersten, Ph.D., IMNH curator and paleontologist, will present a free public talk in the Museum classroom at 7 (read more...)

ISU-Boise professor awarded grant for Hispanic teen anti-tobacco campaign

Idaho State University-Boise professor Galen Louis has received a $240,000 grant from the American Legacy Foundation to help create an anti-smoking campaign targeting Hispanic teenagers in Canyon County. But there’s a twist. Louis’ research associates won’t be public health experts. They’ll be teenagers from the Nampa-Caldwell area, who’ll decide the most effective way to get their (read more...)

ISU, Hospital Cooperative expand telehealth to rural communities

Idaho State University and The Hospital Cooperative are collaborating to improve the delivery of health education and health care in southeastern Idaho. With $98,000 that Idaho State University received from the Rural Utilities Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ISU Educational Technology Services and The Hospital Cooperative will be able to expand the Cooperative (read more...)

Pocatello Family Medicine receives quality award from Qualis Health

Is the health care you receive high quality? Is it safe and effective?  How do you know?  If your doctor makes a mistake does that just mean they are a “bad” doctor?  If they simply got rid of all the “bad” doctors would your care improve, or is there more to it than that?  In (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Corey Schou, Ph.D., associate dean and professor of informatics at the College of Business, joined other information-security authorities March 7 at “America on the Cyber Edge: A National Symposium for Pulling Together Slices of Excellence in Information Assurance,” at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Schou is director of the National Information Assurance Training and Education Center (NIATEC) at Idaho State University. He also is chair of the National Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (NCISSE). The half-day program addressed the question, “Can government agencies, Congress, academia and the information-security industry come together and begin to discuss/share best practices, policies and thoughts to safeguard the security of the U.S. information infrastructure?”

Allen Tedrow, fossil preparator at the Idaho Museum of Natural History, recently presented a talk at the Western Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists annual meeting in Flagstaff, Ariz. The meeting focused on fossil trackways that were discovered recently in southeastern Idaho. The site documents a wide diversity of organisms, including the earliest occurrence of dinosaurs in the northern Intermountain region.


The time of commencement ceremonies this spring has been changed. Commencement is now scheduled May 10 beginning at 10 a.m.

The Idaho State University Women’s Club has scheduled its annual Jane Schubert Scholarship Luncheon at noon Saturday, April 12, in the Pond Student Union Wood River Room. In addition to the Holiday Fair in the fall, this is the group’s major fundraiser for the three scholarships that it awards to ISU students each year. A member of the Audubon Society will speak about the native birds of southeastern Idaho. Numerous items from campus and community supporters will be available in a raffle as well. Luncheon tickets are $13. Reservations can be made through Monday, April 7, by contacting Linda Hill or x2663; Joan McCune or (208) 233-8467; or Susan Ross or x3345. Raffle tickets can be obtained from any club member.

“Historically Based Songs of Southern Idaho” will be the topic of a presentation by Nampa singer/songwriter Gary Eller. He is scheduled to appear at Idaho State University on Wednesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in the Salmon River Room of the Pond Student Union Building. The free public presentation will include examples of the folk songs that Eller has collected. Playing with Eller will be fellow musician Marv Quinton, an elementary school principal and teacher in Idaho Falls for 30 years. Quinton is a sixth-generation southeastern Idahoan who has played American-roots music in many southern Idaho bands. Eller and Quinton will invite members of the audience to share songs that they know, so attendees are encouraged to bring songs and instruments.
Funded by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, Eller has collected about 1,000 songs related to Idaho. About 200 are historically based, and about 100 predate 1910. The historically based songs often provide insight into local culture at the time they were written. More information about Eller’s song collecting can be found online. Eller’s ISU appearance is sponsored by the Idaho Humanities Council and the ISU American Studies Program, the history department and the department of English and philosophy. While at ISU, Eller will speak with students in folklore and Idaho history courses. For more information contact Jennifer Attebery, Ph.D., at x2531, or Kevin Marsh, Ph.D., at x2877.