News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

October 13, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 35

Idaho State University Pres. Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., right, joined Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter on a tour Oct. 6 of the new building at University Place in Idaho Falls that will house the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. Idaho National Laboratory Director John Grossenbacher, University of Idaho interim President Steven B. Daley-Laursen, Ph.D., and ISU Vice President for Research Pamela L. Crowell, Ph.D., also were on the tour. CAES is a partnership that includes the U.S. Department of Energy, INL manager Battelle Energy Alliance, and Idaho's three state universities. (ISU Photographic Services/Julie Hillebrant)

In this Issue

ISU Homecoming award recipients announced

Idaho State University will honor current and retired faculty and staff, alumni and supporters with awards during 2008 Homecoming. Recipients will be honored at the President’s Alumni Recognition Dinner at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the Red Lion Hotel in Pocatello, 1555 Pocatello Creek Road. A reception at 6 p.m. will precede the dinner. Those (read more...)

Physics professor Shropshire earns national teaching award

Steve Shropshire, Ph.D., of the Department of Physics at Idaho State University has been awarded the American Association of Physics Teachers Distinguished Service Citation for exemplary efforts in physics education. Shropshire is known locally for giving hundreds of educational science demonstration shows at Idaho schools to more than 115,000 students, as well as hundreds of workshops (read more...)

ISU professor studies how oil development may affect Alaska’s native communities

How gas and oil exploration off of the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands could affect the subsistence activities of Alaska Native communities is the topic of a $339,793 contract awarded to Idaho State University Department of Anthropology faculty member Kate Reedy-Maschner. The U.S. Department of Interior Minerals Management Service awarded the three-year study contract. “The study (read more...)

ISU’s powerful Internet2, NLR network connections provide numerous benefits

Idaho State University is well connected to the Internet, Internet2 and other information networks, and through partnerships with educational organizations is able to transfer mass quantities of information fast at low cost, benefiting the University immeasurably. Partnering with the Utah Education Network and Front Range GigaPop enables Idaho State University to enjoy reduced costs, shared expertise, (read more...)

Emergency response drill scheduled at ISU on Oct. 9

An emergency response exercise involving city, county, and state agencies will be held Thursday, Oct. 9, on the Idaho State University campus in Pocatello. Beginning at approximately 9 a.m. there will be an unusually large number of emergency personnel and vehicles in the vicinity of and on the ISU Pocatello campus, but the public should not (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Steve Shropshire, Ph.D., professor of physics, has received the American Association of Physics Teachers Distinguished Service Citation for exemplary efforts in physics education.
Shropshire is known locally for giving hundreds of educational science demonstration shows at Idaho schools to more than 115,000 students, as well as hundreds of workshops and classes for Idaho teachers on science teaching methods.
He has also presented numerous demonstration shows in Utah, Nevada, Oregon, Montana, New Mexico, and at national meetings of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and the National Science Teachers Association. He has taken leadership roles in the AAPT, the Idaho Science Teachers Association, and in the National Society of Physics Students.
Shropshire has organized numerous workshops through the AAPT Physics Teaching Resource Agents (PTRA) program, Fermi National Laboratory, and the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership, serving teachers from all across the U.S.
The PTRA Center that Shropshire developed at ISU is the largest of 54 such centers nationwide. He has chaired several national committees on science education, and is known nationally for his expertise in science demonstrations. His award was announced in the October issue of the Physics Teacher magazine.


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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.