News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

September 29, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 33

Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., will speak Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the annual Fall General Assembly for all faculty and staff. The assembly is scheduled from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Building’s Bengal Theatre, on the Pocatello campus. See the story under “NewsBites” for more information. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

ISU’s Hansen named ‘Environmentalist of the Year for Latin America’

“Latin Trade,” a leading international business magazine focusing on Latin America and the Caribbean, has named Idaho State University’s Richard Hansen, Ph.D., “Environmentalist of the Year for Latin America.” Hansen is the director of the Mirador Basin Project in Guatemala and is the chief senior scientist for the Idaho State University Institute of Mesoamerican Research, in (read more...)

Institute of Rural Health lands $800,000 grant to help chronically ill patients find after-care

What happens to Idaho’s Medicaid and Medicare patients once they leave the hospital?Are nursing homes and assisted-living centers the only options for people living with a chronic illness or a physical disability?           Those questions are about to be explored by Idaho State University-Boise senior research associate Russell Spearman who was recently awarded an $800,000 (read more...)

ISU part of collaborative effort to establish new Idaho mountain quail population

Idaho researchers are helping to try to re-establish a mountain quail population in southern Idaho “that is clinging by its toenails” to survive. Mountain Quail once thrived in Idaho, but are now nearly extinct in the Gem State. There is a small population reported in the Riggins area as well as sporadic reports of a few (read more...)

ISU researchers developing 3-D virtual archaeological Web site

An online, three-dimensional archaeological 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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Alok Bhushan, Ph.D., assistant chair and professor, department of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences in the College of Pharmacy, is scheduled to present on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Nanotechnology in Medicine and Biotechnology conference in London, U.K. He will present on the paper titled “Differential Effects of Nanomaterials on Cancer Cells: Relevance to Chemotherapy.”
Bhushan coauthored the paper with his department colleague James Lai, Ph.D. Bhushan is on the conference’s organizing committee as well. Conference sponsors include The Royal Society of Medicine, Institute of NanoTechnology, and the European Society of Biomechanics.
The team of Idaho State University researchers who worked on the nano findings include Lai and Bhushan; Solomon Leung, Ph.D., department of civil and environmental engineering, College of Engineering; and Chris Daniels, director of the Idaho Biomedical Research Institute and director of graduate and undergraduate students in the department of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences. Bhushan and Lai also have received notice that their paper, “Obesity and Cancer: How Understanding the Connection Early Can Have an Impact on Prevention,” is accepted for publication in the journal “Forum on Public Policy.”

Four ISU faculty members from the physician assistant studies program are scheduled to present at the Physician Assistant Education Association annual meeting in Savannah, Ga. The meeting is scheduled from Oct. 29 through Nov. 2. Cynthia Bunde, M.P.A.S., P.A.-C., clinical instructor and service learning coordinator, and Bernadette Howlett, M.S., research assistant professor and instructional designer, will give a presentation titled “Effectiveness of Service Learning in Physician Assistant Students.” The service learning component of the physician assistant program emphasizes community partnerships in which students volunteer in health-related activities, aimed especially at underserved populations. Bunde and Howlett’s research examines changes in student attitudes related to their service learning experiences.
David Talford, M.P.A.S., P.A.-C., clinical instructor, and John Schroeder, J.D., P.A.-C., department chair and program director, will be presenting a workshop titled “Easing the Burden of Test Writing: A Collaborative Faculty Approach to Excellent Exams.”
This workshop will describe the P.A. program’s Test Writing Committee and the process by which they collaboratively develop test questions that are clear, unambiguous, based on acquired knowledge, at the appropriate level of difficulty, and adequately relate to the specific learning objectives.


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 Pres. 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, Pres. Vailas and members of the President’s Cabinet will respond to questions from the assembly.

Would you like to receive Pres. Vailas’ “Letter from the President”? The letter is sent out regularly via e-mail to inform friends of the University about research projects, new academic programs, faculty accolades and other ISU-related news. An of letters and other important information from the Office of the President is available online. You can subscribe to “Letter from the President” online. Or e-mail your request to be added to the list.

Vice President for Research Pamela Crowell, Ph.D., will conduct a workshop on Monday, Oct. 6, on writing and submitting National Institute of Health (NIH) grant proposals. Workshop topics will include:
• grant-writing tips;
• submission of grants;
• revision and resubmission;
• reviewer perspectives;
• working with the NIH;
Panelists will be:
Simon Rhodes, Indiana University School of Medicine at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis;
Jean Pfau McClellan, ISU Department of Biological Sciences;
Laura Tivis, ISU Institute of Rural Health; and • Vice Pres. Crowell. The workshop is scheduled from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the following locations:
• On the main campus, Vocational Arts Building, Room 117;
• ISU-Idaho Falls, CHE Building, Room 303; and
• ISU-Boise, Room 138.

From 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, through 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, all power to the Information Technology Services data centers will be shut off to perform electrical work required to install a generator.
Due to the complexity of this maintenance, additional time may be required to bring up all IT services. Some services may not be fully operational until after 10 a.m. on Sept. 28.
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 and HP1.); the network; and Internet connectivity from most offices and locations on the Pocatello campus.

The ISU Alumni Association invites ISU alumni, friends, and community members to attend its annual "Grapes & Growls" wine tasting. It is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Pinehurst Nursery, 4101 Poleline Road. A Mexican buffet is provided and beer is also available. Cost is $20 per person; cash or checks will be accepted at the door. RSVP to Alumni Relations at x3755 or by e-mail.

From the TIGERi project: Over the last few weeks, TIGERi team members have been presenting information to various constituents across campus about the many new and exciting improvements that TIGERi will bring to campus.
On Monday, Dec. 1, all employees will be able to begin using the new Web portal, BengalWeb. Its customizable, user-friendly interface will provide a single point of access for electronic services and information.
Portals present information from diverse sources in a unified way.
In January 2009, Human Resources/Payroll will go live in Banner. Online lookup of payroll information will replace printed direct deposit slips. The Banner system will make it much easier to track and manage employee information and activities. On Dec. 1, most ISU employees will begin entering their time online. More information will be coming soon.
To learn more about the information that was shared with each group, visit the TIGERi online. Or contact Cali Bell, communications coordinator, at x4446.

The Student Health Center is offering flu shots to ISU students, faculty, staff and spouses. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments are not required. Cost is $20, payable with cash, check, debit or credit card at the time of service. The shot cannot give you the flu.
The Student Health Center sees a majority of flu cases before and during finals. Symptoms include fever, cough, body aches and headache. For additional information, call x2330. It takes two weeks to build protective antibodies, so it is recommended that individuals receive shots as soon as possible.

From Pamela L. Crowell, Ph.D., vice president for research: Nominations are being accepted for the 2009 Distinguished Researcher Award. This award honors a faculty member who has contributed significantly to the research effort at Idaho State University. The recipient is honored at the commencement exercises as Distinguished Researcher, and will be given a cash award of $2,500. The Faculty Research Committee will select a maximum of five Outstanding Researchers from the nominees. The Distinguished Researcher will be selected from that group.
The Faculty Research Committee invites anyone who is familiar with a faculty member's research efforts to nominate that person for this award. Any full-time faculty member (tenured or not) who has made a significant, original/creative contribution to advancing the frontiers of knowledge in his or her field may be nominated. Please e-mail a detailed letter of nomination that addresses the selection criteria state below to the vice president for research. Or send it to Mail Stop 8130 by Friday, Nov. 21.
Selection criteria are:
1. Significance of the research in relation to the frontiers of knowledge in that field.
2. Publication of research findings in peer reviewed national or international journals or juried/invitational show, exhibits, or performances.
3. Papers, showings or related public presentations of research findings and their application and use by the discipline involved.
4. Evidence of extended, intentional development of the topic of research that resulted in a significant contribution.
5. Any other evidence of the outstanding nature of the research activity that may be relevant.
Only one nomination letter per person is necessary to provide the detail required in the selection process. General letters of support from others are not used in the selection process.
The award is intended to encourage the development of excellence in research at the University, and to honor those who have achieved excellence. The award also helps publicize the fact that a significant amount of research is occurring at Idaho State University.