News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

September 16, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 31

On the theme “Connecting Our Past and Preparing for Our Future,” the College of Education, rooted in the old Albion State Normal School, is celebrating a 115-year tradition of preparing professional educators as it marks 50 years as a college at Idaho State University. The College held a celebration on Sept. 10 and 11, the latter date being the anniversary of Albion's opening in 1894.

In this Issue

Idaho’s three largest public universities receive $15 million NSF Grant to study climate change

It’s the kind of news that reaffirms how scientific research benefits Idahoans. Today, Sept. 12, Lt. Gov. Jim Risch announced the largest grant ever awarded to the state of Idaho by the National Science Foundation. The five-year, $15 million award will support new faculty and facilities at the University of Idaho, Boise State University and (read more...)

ISU plays key role in Idaho EPSCoR climate change grant

Idaho State University played a role in landing, and will play key role in carrying out the $15 million National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) grant to study climate change in Idaho announced by Lt. Gov. Jim Risch on Friday, Sept. 12. The title of the grant is “Idaho Research Infrastructure Improvement: (read more...)

ISU earns four ‘exemplary’ listings from National Wildlife Federation

Idaho State University earned four exemplary listings from the National Wildlife Federation for its environmental and ecological programs. Idaho State University was listed in the “National Wildlife Federation Campus Environment 2008, A National Report Card on Sustainability in Higher Education” report that was issued in August. Nationwide, 1,068 universities and colleges in all 50 states responded to (read more...)

ISU College of Education to celebrate its 50th year Sept. 10-11

On the theme “Connecting Our Past and Preparing for Our Future” the College of Education at Idaho State University is celebrating a 115-year tradition of preparing professional educators as it marks 50 years as an established college. The College of Education’s 50th Celebration will be on Sept. 10 and 11. Albion State Normal School officially opened (read more...)

Faster than a speeding toad’s tongue? ISU researcher studies super-quick appendage

Hitting a baseball in the big leagues is among the most difficult feats in professional sports, some like to say, and that includes Idaho State University biological sciences professor Curt Anderson. A hitter only has about 4/10ths of a second to react to a pitch coming at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour, and then to (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Cynthia Pemberton, Ed.D., was accepted to the HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration, held at the University of Denver. The leadership institute offers 40 women faculty and administrators, selected on a competitive basis, the opportunity to participate in an intensive leadership- and management-development program. It prepares them for institutional leadership roles in higher education administration. The institute began with a six-day immersion program the week of Aug. 3-8. It continues with two-day seminars in September, October and November.

Corey Schou, Ph.D., associate dean of information systems at the College of Business, professor of informatics and director of the ISU Informatics Research Institute, has been named a fellow of the International Information Systems Security Certifications Consortium.
The consortium consists of nearly 70,000 certified information-security professionals around the world. Schou is the third information assurance professional to be named a fellow.
In presenting the award, the consortium’s board of directors noted Schou’s lifelong commitment to the rigors, discipline and leadership of an information security professional.

ISU’s Cleft Palate Team, headed by Dave Sorensen, Ph.D., was one of five in the country selected by the American Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Association for participation in a pilot accreditation process. The Commission on the Approval of Cleft and Craniofacial Teams (CAT) was developed by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and the Cleft Palate Foundation. The goal of the CAT is to develop a process that will encourage the evaluation and improvement of the care provided to individuals affected by cleft and craniofacial anomalies. By participating in this pilot program, ISU’s team “is making a significant contribution to this process,” CAT stated in its announcement. Sorensen is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Education of the Deaf. He also is an assistant dean in the Kasiska College of Health Professions.

Mel Miller, Ph.D., CCC-A, ISU-Boise assistant professor of audiology, has been elected to a three-year term on the Audiology Advisory Council of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He will begin serving Jan. 1, 2009. The ASHA is the professional, scientific and credentialing association for more than 130,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language and hearing scientists.

ISU’s Beta Rho Chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron was recently awarded third place for the chapter’s professional project "Inspiring You to Believe in Your Future." The award will be presented at the national Phi Upsilon Omicron conclave in Minneapolis later this month.
Phi Upsilon Omicron is a national honor society for students majoring in family and consumer sciences and dietetics. The group is co-advised on campus by Laura McKnight, clinical associate professor and program director of dietetics, and Jenniene Kauer, assistant lecturer in family and consumer sciences.
The professional project took place last spring with club members working with students at New Horizons school in Pocatello. Phi Upsilon Omicron members conducted three workshops for teenage women enrolled in a teen parent program at New Horizons. The workshops focused on how to apply for college admission and financial aid, building a resume, interviewing for a job, stress-management techniques, and managing emotional eating.

Idaho State University-Boise’s Speech and Language Clinic, HIV education coordinator Judy Thorne, and clinical assistant pharmacy professor Elaine Ladd, Pharm.D., are recipients of 2008 Idaho Health Care Hero awards sponsored by the Idaho Business Review newspaper. The Idaho Business Review also awarded ISU-Boise speech-language pathology master’s student Meredith Ann Alder the $1,000 Health Care Heroes student scholarship. Thorne is honored in the educator category; Ladd in the volunteer category; and the Speech and Language Clinic in the rehabilitation category. The clinic is staffed by director Kristin Negilski and clinical faculty Sarah Connolly, Beth Guryan and Martha Malkasian. The finalists are among 30 honorees from hospitals, medical clinics, universities and other health-care organizations and institutions statewide. Award recipients will be profiled in the Review’s annual Idaho Health Care Heroes magazine Oct. 13. An awards dinner is scheduled Oct. 8 at the Boise Centre on the Grove. A “Top Honor” in each category will be announced at the awards dinner.


The College of Technology will host a site review for initial accreditation of the associate degree registered nurse program. ISU faculty and staff are invited to meet the site-review team and comment on the program at a meeting scheduled Oct. 22 at 2:45 p.m. in Room 203 on the second floor of the Continuing Education Building, 1001 N. 7th Ave., Pocatello.
Written comments may be submitted by postal mail to: Dr. Sharon Tanner, executive director, The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10006. Comments can be sent by e-mail as well.

ISU-Boise’s third annual “Health Science Experience Night” is scheduled Oct. 9 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The event will be at ISU’s current Boise location, 12438 W. Bridger St., southwest of Cloverdale Road and Chinden Boulevard.
Students interested in becoming pharmacists, paramedics, physician assistants, clinical lab scientists, nurses, mental-health counselors or other health-care professionals will find information about these programs at the event. Students will have the opportunity to explore more than two dozen careers in the health professions and sciences. Students also will be able to visit with professors and clinical faculty, and enter to win one of two $500 scholarships that will be awarded that night.
The event will include demonstrations in human-patient simulation with mannequins from ISU-Boise’s state-of-the-art patient-simulator laboratory. For more information, call 373-1706.

In response to an urgent need for information technology specialists in the health care industry, the College of Business is now offering a four-year academic program leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration in health care information systems management. It is the only Idaho program offered by an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)-accredited business school and is delivered in cooperation with the Department of Health Care Administration in the Kasiska College of Health Professions at ISU.
The degree is designed to enable graduates to enter careers in information systems support in health care organizations. Upon graduation, students will receive a minor in computer information systems in addition to the health care information systems management major. Information systems are playing an increasingly important role in the burgeoning healthcare field. The program will develop skills necessary to manage information systems in health care environments by combining courses in health care administration, general business and computer information systems. Graduates will be prepared to work in hospitals, health clinics, physician offices and other health-related organizations of all sizes in communities throughout the state and nation.
A recent study by the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) found that a 40 percent hike in the national information technology workforce will be needed to move U.S. health care to a paperless system. That translates to 40,000 additional health care IT professionals, nearly 40 percent more than U.S. hospitals are now estimated to employ.
“We are very pleased to offer this timely degree program,” said Dean Kenneth A. Smith, Ph.D., PA. “Graduates can immediately assume general and information systems management roles at health care facilities of all sizes and provide immediate leadership in electronic medical record keeping and paperless prescribing.”
Complete information on the program, including entrance requirements and the course of study, is available
online. Or call the College of Business advising office at (208) 282-3448; or contact the college by e-mail.

The physics department is requesting nominations for the 2008 Micron Outstanding Idaho Science Teacher Awards. “These awards are a wonderful opportunity to give exceptional science teachers much-deserved recognition,” says physics professor Steve Shropshire, Ph.D.
The nomination deadline is Sept. 23. Award categories are Micron Outstanding Physics Teacher, and Micron Outstanding Science Teacher.
Thanks to a grant from Micron Technology, each teacher selected will receive a cash award of $250 and a plaque recognizing their commitment to science education.
The awards will be presented at the 2008 Idaho Science Teachers Association annual meeting at Bonneville High School in Idaho Falls Oct. 2-3. Award nomination forms are available online.
Completed nomination forms can be mailed to Shropshire via USPS at Idaho State University, Department of Physics, Stop 8106, Pocatello, ID 83209; faxed to (208) 282-4649, or e-mailed. Micron Technology Foundation, Inc., funds educational efforts and charitable activities.

The Idaho Museum of Natural History will bring its popular RiverWalk series to Idaho Falls.
RiverWalks are family-oriented field excursions, each focusing on a different natural-history topic. This series gives people of all ages the opportunity to learn about the natural world around them while enjoying hiking the trails. The first Idaho Falls RiverWalk is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 20, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Janet Bala, Idaho State University botany instructor and former president of the Idaho Native Plant Society, will lead the walk. Participants will learn about the native plants they encounter walking along the beautiful Idaho Falls Greenbelt. Participants also will learn how the plants have been used in the past, and how they adapt and thrive in their ever-changing environment.
“Autumn is a great time to explore native and other plants along the river,” Bala says. “We can learn a lot about them as their colors change.” A second RiverWalk focusing on river geology is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 25, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Glenn Thackray, Ph.D., of the geological sciences department, will help participants discover fascinating geological formations as they walk along the Idaho Falls Greenbelt.
“Unlike most rivers, the Snake River has been a slave to the geological processes of eastern Idaho,” Thackray says. “Because of volcanism, glaciation and tectonic activity, the Snake has had to ‘figure it out,’ and we can read this fascinating story in the rocks along the river.”
Individuals who wish to participate in the Idaho Falls RiverWalks will meet at University Place, 1785 Science Center Drive in Idaho Falls, by 8:30 a.m. on each designated Saturday. The trails are suitable for all ages and abilities. For more information, contact Kristin Fletcher, museum program manager, at x2262.

Business Process Analysis (BPA) continues to play an integral role in the TIGERi project’s implementation. Members of the student information team gathered for the final week of current state BPA sessions, which are designed to assist in the evaluation of current business processes with an eye toward streamlining day-to-day business operations when the Banner student information module is implemented.
The second week of student information BPAs focused on: advising students, managing faculty workload, auditing and awarding degrees, processing grades, transcripting credit, billing students and processing payments.
The student information module BPAs focused on gathering information to model and analyze current business processes. State BPAs next year will concentrate on how processes can be changed to work more efficiently and effectively within the new Banner environment.
“The BPA process provides an opportunity, maybe for the first time, to look at how business is conducted today and identify those areas where strategic changes could dramatically improve the process,” says Juli Hafen, student information team lead. “A stakeholder wish list was created documenting what an ideal process would provide for all involved. This is the first step in defining whether there is a better or more efficient way to conduct business and, more importantly, helps us understand how Banner can assist in improving services for students, faculty, and staff."
Idaho State University must remain competitive in order to attract prospective students. Members of the TIGERi student information team will be part of the quest to find more effective methods to improve university operations for our most important customers, students.
BPA analysis is an essential part of ensuring ISU stays at the forefront of excellence and will be completed for all TIGERi modules as the implementation progresses during the next three years.
The student information module will be placed into operation in phases, beginning with admissions in September 2009 and registration in March 2010 for the Fall 2010 semester. The degree audit implementation will follow. To learn more about the TIGERi project, contact Cali Bell, communications coordinator, at x4446.