News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

March 9, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 9

Pi-Day celebration! The ISU Department of Physics and the ISU Society of Physics Students invite everyone to join them at the Pine Ridge Mall in Pocatello on Pi-Day, Saturday, March 14 (Pi = 3.14, March 14 is 3/14, ... Get it?), to celebrate Einstein’s birthday from 2 to 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. There will be physics demonstrations and hands-on science exhibits featuring a Van DeGraff electrostatic generator (pictured above), an electromagnetic rail gun and liquid nitrogen. There will be free Hostess Pies for kids, and real ice cream made in minutes with the help of liquid nitrogen. Come and enjoy science fun for the whole family.

In this Issue

ISU Health Fair set March 19-20, draws available now

The Idaho State University Health Fair 2009, set from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 19 and 20, will feature more than 50 learning centers on a variety of health issues. Examples of services offered at the fair include everything from body-fat screenings and tests of grip strength, to nervous system evaluations and home health and (read more...)

Idaho State University to host CEDA Nationals, largest collegiate championship debate tournament

Idaho State University will host the 2009 Cross Examination Debate Association Nationals, the largest collegiate championship debate tournament in the country, March 19-24 on the ISU Pocatello campus. This event is expected to attract as many as 500 debaters from colleges and universities from throughout the United States. Adding to the prestige of the event is (read more...)

Forensic scientist to keynote Women and Work Conference

The ninth annual Idaho State University Women and Work Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pond Student Union on the ISU Pocatello campus. The purpose of the conference is to introduce women to opportunities in trades and technology careers, especially those in nontraditional occupations. This year’s keynote (read more...)

Kasiska College of Health Professions to hold Research Day March 13 in Pocatello, Boise

The Idaho State University Kasiska College of Health Professions Research Day 2009 will be held March 13 in Pocatello and Boise, and features keynote speaker Anna L. Schwartz, author of the book “Cancer Fitness, Exercise Programs for Patients and Survivors.” The event’s theme is “Data Under Our Noses: Finding, Organizing, and Interpreting.” It runs from 8 (read more...)

Church Symposium set March 4-6 focuses on energy; INL’s Blackman to keynote

Idaho State University’s 38th annual Frank Church Symposium March 4-6 will be on the theme “Energy to Overcome” and will feature keynote speaker Harold Blackman, from the Idaho National Laboratory. Blackman will deliver the keynote address “Energy and Water: Global and Local” at 7:30 p.m. March 4 in the Pond Student Union Wood River Room. (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

ISU-Boise research assistant professor, Annette Philipp, is the lead author of an article titled "Are Medical Offices Prepared for the Next Disaster?" It’ll be published in the September/October 2009 issue of Journal of Medical Practice Management.
Philipp, who works in the Institute of Rural Health, says the article reports the results from an online poll conducted in July 2008 querying medical practices about their emergency preparedness activities. The poll indicated that most medical practices in the United States, even though they believe they will be impacted by a disaster within the next five years, report themselves to be inadequately prepared.


Vice President for Research Pam Crowell invites ISU faculty and staff to attend the second annual Research and Creative Activities Day at ISU on Tuesday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.
ISU faculty will display posters on their work during this time. Starting at 11:30 a.m., the ISU 2008 Outstanding and Distinguished Researchers will give short presentations on their research in the Ballroom.
Please come celebrate research and creative activities at ISU!
For more information contact the Research Office, x2714.

The ISU Counseling and Testing Center is offering certified suicide prevention training (Question, Persuade, Refer [QPR]), to all students, faculty and staff.
This 90-minute training is designed to help provide the critical skills necessary for non-mental health professionals when faced with a possible person/student of concern.
QPR training is free to all faculty, staff and students and includes information on:

  • The problem of suicide nationally and locally
  • Common myths and facts associated with suicide
  • Warning signs of suicide
  • Tips for asking the suicide question
  • Methods for persuading suicidal individuals to get help
  • Ways of referring at risk people to local resources
  • AND time for questions and answers.

"We hope that you take advantage of this important and crucial training," said Hillary Locke, licensed psychologist at the ISU Counseling and Testing Center. "In doing so you will learn that individuals who are at risk for suicide are not that different from someone in physical pain; emotional pain can be harder to see if you’re not looking."
For more information about QPR or the ISU Counseling and Testing Center in general, contact Hillary Locke at ISU Counseling and Testing Service, visit online or call x2130.
In addition, Locke has written "Suicide Prevention and Awareness: Your Role in the Prevention of Suicides at ISU" that she has addressed to all ISU faculty and staff. That piece can be viewed at ISU Headlines.

The ISU Counseling and Testing Center in conjunction with ISU Housing is sponsoring a number of events March 9-13 during the second annual ISU Suicide Prevention and Awareness Week.
Events include a campfire and music vigil at 9 p.m. March 9 at Bartz Field; suicide awareness and prevention displays at Turner House, the Rendezvous Complex and Pond Student Union March 10; a showing of the film "Wristcutters: A Love Story" at 5 p.m. March 11 in Pond Student Union Bengal Theater; and the showing and discussion of the film "The Bridge" at 6:30 p.m. March 13 in the Bengal Theater. For more information on these and other events, visit ISU Headlines.

The Idaho State University Department of Art and Architecture spring Senior Exhibition featuring the work of five artists is scheduled March 10-20 in the John B. Davis Gallery in the ISU Fine Arts Building.
This exhibition will feature artists Rhonda Johnson, Chelsy Havlicak, Rachel Frances Anderson, Kristina Boswell and Chelsey Keim.
An opening reception for the artists will be held Monday, March 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. The John B. Davis gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information contact Amy Jo Popa at x3341.

Community Cinema, a free monthly nationwide film and discussion series, will present an exclusive Pocatello preview screening of "Taking Root," the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, at 5:15 and 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in the Pond Student Union Bengal Theater.
The screening is free and open to the public.
This free film and speaker will follow the amazing accomplishments of Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights and defend democracy in Kenya.
Following the film, Susanne Forrest, ISU international exchange and study abroad coordinator and advisor to the African Student Association will speak on human rights, democracy, the environment and the power of one person. She will then respond to questions and lead an audience discussion.
This series is presented by Idaho State University, Idaho Public Television and the Independent Television Service.
"Taking Root" will air on Idaho Public Television April 14 at 10 p.m. For more information, call x3451 or visit the Community Cinema Web site.

Rick Williams, curator of botany at the Idaho Museum of Natural History and assistant professor in the ISU Department of Biological Sciences, will give a public lecture titled "Darwin’s Green Side: Discoveries in Evolutionary Botany" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in the IMNH Classroom.
Standard museum admission fees apply. As always, Museum Members are free. Museum admissions desk and gallery will be open at 6:30 p.m.
The lecture will expand on information provided in the new exhibit installed at IMNH last month to celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin.
Charles Darwin (1809-1882) is best known for his theory of evolution by natural selection, published in "On the Origin of Species" in 1859. Darwin published 19 other books, many devoted to plant adaptation as evidence for his theories. The lecture will highlight Darwin’s groundbreaking work on carnivorous plants, plant movement and pollination.
For more information, contact Teresa Nelson at x2603. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The ISU Women Studies Program is pleased to announce a free lecture "Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History" by Pulitzer-prize winning author and former Idahoan Laurel Thatcher Ulrich at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in Goranson Hall in the Fine Arts Building.
A book signing will follow. This event is sponsored by the Idaho Humanities Council, the ISU American Studies Program, Phi Alpha Theta history student honors' society and ISU's Cultural Affairs Council.

Requisitions to encumber FY 2009 funds are to be received by Purchasing Services no later than March 20 if the total value of the purchase is greater than $50,000 or April 17 if the value of the purchase is less than $50,000 and requires competitive solicitation. These deadlines are necessary to ensure that competitive solicitation procedures can be followed and funds encumbered prior to June 30.
Please be advised that the Purchasing staff will be heavily involved with Banner training during the months of April, May and June to help prepare departments for Banner Finance "go live" on July 1.
Because of the training involvement of the Purchasing staff, it is very likely that our ability to respond promptly to requisitions will be diminished. Please review your needs and submit requisitions as soon as possible, but no later that the dates indicated.
For more information contact Purchasing at x3111.

The Idaho State University Financial Wellness Center has launched a Web site,, to offer resources for students seeking financial advice and assistance to combat the "financial education crisis in our country."
Universities have reported "higher dropout rates due to debt burdens, than from academic failure," according to a study done by Suzanne Hayes at the University of Nebraska.
Closer to home, according to an attrition study conducted in 2005 by Idaho State University, lack of financial management was identified as a key reason students do not complete a degree. The creation of the Financial Wellness Center and its Web site are part of the efforts the University is undertaking to help retain students, and help them after they graduate.
For ISU’s full story on the Financial Wellness Web site visit ISU Headlines.

For 20 years, the Idaho Museum of Natural History and Idaho Public Television have been getting kids excited about science through an overnight adventure called Science Trek. IMNH is now accepting registrations for Science Trek, which will be held April 17-18.
Every April, 150 children in third through fifth grades are invited to spend the night learning about science before settling down to try to get some sleep among the dinosaurs, fossils and other exhibits. Shortly after arrival, the children trek across campus for a wonderful physics demonstration by physics professor Steve Shropshire—fire and explosions are involved! Next the children break into groups for more one-on-one hands-on learning in their specific areas of interest such as archaeology, nursing, geology, etc. The night wouldn’t be complete without movies, midnight snacks and many new friendships.
The registration fee for Science Trek is only $37 person. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Registration forms are available on the IMNH Web site or by calling Rebecca Thorne-Ferrel, IMNH education resources manager, at x2195.