News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

August 4, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 27

Sam Hoagland, J.D., R.Ph., adjunct assistant professor of pharmacy law in the College of Pharmacy, teaches a pharmacy-law class titled “Duty to Warn vs. Duty to Counsel: What’s the Difference?” Aug. 1. The continuing education lecture took place during the college’s two-day 90th Anniversary All-Class Reunion. (ISU Photographic Services/Susan Duncan)

In this Issue

ISU professor attempts to create drought-resistant potato

Idaho State University biological sciences professor Dring Crowell is attempting to create, through genetic engineering, drought-resistant potato and soybean plants that require less water to grow. He has already genetically engineered a relatively simple plant, Arabidopsis, to make it more drought resistant. A Canadian researcher, Dr. Peter McCourt, has also been successful creating drought-resistant canola, another (read more...)

New ISU computer learning management system goes online this year

Idaho State University will begin the 2008-2009 academic year with a new learning management system – or LMS – after 10 years with WebCT/Blackboard. Moodle –Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment– is the new LMS that has been selected by students and faculty for electronic assessment, content and communication activities with popular tools for employing profiling, wikis, (read more...)

ISU researchers use spy cams to gather critical info about sage grouse

Maxwell Smart, James Bond or Ethan Hunt and other tinsel-town spymasters have nothing in the way of tricky gadgets over Idaho State University researchers who are trying to determine which predators are eating the eggs of sage grouse. The researchers employed miniature, camouflaged infrared cameras to gather irrefutable evidence of what predators were eating sage grouse (read more...)

Idaho State University to expand Idaho Falls engineering programs

Undergraduate engineering students in the Idaho Falls area will have access to three additional programs at Idaho State University – Idaho Falls beginning in fall 2008, the College of Engineering has announced. The College of Engineering will extend its electrical, civil and mechanical engineering Bachelor of Science programs to University Place. The programs will continue to (read more...)

Qwest gift benefits ISU adaptive horse riding program

A $7,471 donation by the Qwest Family & Work Development Fund will benefit the Idaho State University adaptive horse-riding program. “Without this kind of support we couldn’t function,” said JoLynn Angle, director of the Idaho State University Riding Instruction Development and Education (RIDE) program. “We’ll use this donation to purchase an adaptive saddle and other adaptive (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Jeannie Vahsholtz, civil engineering technology instructor at the College of Technology, recently passed the Professional Land Surveyors exam, making her a licensed Professional Land Surveyor (PLS). Vahsholtz teaches the Utility Design and Construction and RTE survey and State Coordinates classes for the program. She is also a senior in the Geomatics Technology program, working towards her Bachelors in Geomatics Technology.

Denise M. Bowen, RDH, MS, professor of dental hygiene, recently returned from giving an invited presentation to the Western Conference of Dental School Deans and Dental Examiners in Big Sky, Mont. Her presentation was titled, “A Collaborative Model for Dentists and Dental Hygienists.” It addressed intra-professional curriculum innovations and future expansion of licensure examination content for dentists and dental hygienists in response to health care delivery system changes.


Free individual counseling sessions with TIAA-CREF financial consultant Greg Finch will be available Aug. 5-6 in the Pond Student Union Building. Employees can schedule a counseling session and receive answers to questions on such investment-planning issues as long-term investment strategies, tax-deferred investing opportunities, mutual funds and IRAs. Schedule an appointment online or call TIAA-CREF at (866) 842-2907. For more information, call x3106.