News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

September 19, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 32

An archeological collection of Arctic animal bones that is being developed at Idaho State University will be an important tool for researchers anywhere in the world. Herbert Maschner, Ph.D., anthropology research professor, and Corey Schou, Ph.D., professor and director of the ISU Informatics Research Institute and associate dean of the College of Business, are working with Matthew Betts, Ph.D., curator of Atlantic Provinces Archaeology at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and a former postdoctoral researcher at ISU. The trio, with funding from the National Science Foundation, are working on “The Virtual Zooarchaeology of the Arctic Project.” The goal of the project—dubbed VZAP--is to develop the world’s first online, interactive, 3-D virtual vertebrate reference collection. As in the photo above, in which a squirrel skull is being compared to its scanned online image, it will be possible to compare a real bone to a 3-D image of a known similar bone from any computer with Internet access. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

ISU researchers developing 3-D virtual archeological Web site

An online, three-dimensional archeological collection of Arctic animal bones being created at Idaho State University will be an important tool for researchers worldwide from a variety of academic backgrounds. Furthermore, this effort helps “democratize” science for Arctic research and it showcases an unusual, if not unique, interdisciplinary research collaboration, namely between the ISU Department of Anthropology (read more...)

Idaho State University receives suicide prevention hotline grant

Idaho State University’s Institute of Rural Health and Counseling Department have received a state grant to start a Suicide Prevention Hotline for Idaho, which has one of the highest suicide rates in the country. The first year of the project will involve recruiting and training operators to staff the hotline as well as obtaining accreditation through (read more...)

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. On 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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

James H. “Byrd” Yizar has been named associate dean of students. He served as interim associate dean of students for the preceding two-and- half years. He has worked at ISU since 1984, beginning as a counselor/learning specialist for Student Support Services, one of three federal programs along with Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound that are under the umbrella of the TRiO program. He was then appointed assistant TRiO director and then assumed the role of TRiO director. He subsequently became assistant dean of students.
Yizar’s duties as associate dean of student affairs include serving on a variety of special student-affairs committees. They also include providing leadership and oversight to a variety of programs, such as the ADA and Disability Center, the Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center, International Programs Office, TRiO and Campus Recreation. He will be the director of the ISU Diversity Resource Center, and will be the liaison between student affairs and the Faculty/Staff Diversity Center and the athletics department.


From the Office of the President: The Idaho State University Flag was lowered to half-staff on Saturday, Sept. 20, in honor of William Gibbs Jr., instructor in ISU’s Computerized Machining program in the College of Technology. Gibbs died Wednesday, Sept. 17. A celebration of his life was held Saturday as well.

The President’s Fall General Assembly for all faculty and staff is scheduled Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Building’s Bengal Theatre, on the Pocatello campus.
Video transmission will be available in Room 139 at ISU-Boise, in CHE Room 208 at ISU-Idaho Falls, and in Room C89 at ISU-Twin Falls.
The format for the assembly will be: Welcome and Overview of ISU, by President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.; ISU Financial Status, by Vice President Jim Fletcher; and ISU Research, with Vice President Pamela Crowell, Ph.D. Following these presentations, President Vailas and members of the Cabinet will entertain questions from the assembly.

The Student Health Center, on the main campus in Building 31 across Cesar Chavez Avenue from Graveley Hall, now offers a faculty and staff walk-in clinic.
Affordable, quality medical care for minor illnesses and injuries is available to benefited ISU faculty and staff. Pharmacy, laboratory and X-ray services are available.
Appointments are not required. A valid Bengal faculty/staff ID card is required at the time of the visit. Medicare and Medicaid are not accepted. For more information, call (208) 282-2330. The Student Health Center is a Blue Cross/Blue Shield health-care provider.

The 2008 Sports Hall of Fame inductions and related activities are scheduled Oct 3-4. Inductees are: Alice LaTourrette Heberlein, volleyball, 1980–84; Jim Lane, football, 1980–82; Holly Togiai, basketball, 1994–98; Jason Whitmer, football, 1986–90, track, 1990. Sports Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are: Su Fox and Jim Fox (posthumous) 2007; and Dave Kragthorpe, 2008. On Friday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. will be the Sports Hall of Fame Reception ($12) at the Idaho Sports and Orthopedic Center. On Saturday, Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. will be the Sports Hall of Fame Induction Buffet Brunch ($15), at the Red Lion Hotel in Pocatello.
At 1:37 p.m. begins the ISU vs. Montana State football game. Honorees will be guests in the President’s Box at the game, and will be recognized at halftime. For more information, contact Alumni Director Bill Kobus at x4735.

The Center for Higher Education in Idaho Falls and Idaho State University/University of Idaho Student Services on Saturday, Sept. 27, will host the fourth annual University Place 5K fun run/walk. The theme will be “Setting the pace for Higher Ed in Idaho Falls.” The event is open to all. Each registrant receives a long-sleeve shirt.
The UP5K route takes runners and walkers along the scenic Idaho Falls Greenbelt. Following the race, runners will be treated to a hot breakfast and awards ceremony with prize drawings for all participants.
The event spotlights the outstanding educational opportunities provided by the two universities at University Place in Idaho Falls.
Proceeds will go toward scholarships for students attending classes at the Idaho Falls campus. Last year’s event generated $3,000 in scholarships.
The event is sponsored by: Idaho State University-Idaho Falls; University of Idaho-Idaho Falls; Idaho State University Federal Credit Union; Robert D. Hardy CPA, PC; Idaho National Laboratory; Bennion Student Union; Chartwells; and many other local businesses. Register online today.

All power to the College of Business building will be shut off from 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, through 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. Crews will perform electrical work required to install a generator for the Information Technology Services (ITS) data centers.
The College of Business building houses the core of the University’s IT systems.
The following services will be unavailable: All IT services (such as e-mail; MyISU; Faculty/Staff Tools; MoodleISU; Y Drive; ISU Web site; My Calendar; Banner; MS Exchange; HP1; network, wireless, and Internet connectivity from most offices and locations on the Pocatello campus.
Due to the complexity of this maintenance, additional time may be required to bring up some IT services, which may not be fully operational until after 10 a.m.

From the TIGERi project: Anyone on campus who needs information about the University will be interested in the data warehouse implementation currently in progress. Members of the Data Warehouse/Reporting Team recently gathered for an overview of reporting goals and developed plans to best deliver operational reporting to the University.
A data warehouse captures detailed data about day-to-day business events from different systems, and then stores them in a central location. This data is used to support operational reporting needs.
When the data warehouse is in full operation, end users will be able to run reports on demand to examine University operations such as: enrollment, expenditures, financial aid awarded, etc. Access to information in reports will be managed securely based upon one’s job function.
Departments across campus have various reporting requirements mandated by state and federal regulations. With a data warehouse, these reports will be much easier to complete. In the future, ISU will have a complete view of its operational transactions, helping end users better understand the customer and make well-informed decisions.
There is an increasing demand for key decision makers and campus departments to produce quality reports using consistent and accurate information. A data warehouse allows constituents to access data and create the reports they need, and to do it quickly and easily on their own. Users can then take this accurate information and make informed decisions.
Currently, decisions are being made about reporting requirements and functional area needs. The data warehouse will be placed into production early next year.
To learn more about the Tiger project, contact Cali Bell, communications coordinator, at x4446.