News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

March 16, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 10

This year's Chrome in the Dome Car and Bike Show is scheduled from 3 to 9 p.m. March 20 and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 21. It is organized entirely by more than 60 students and their advisers from three College of Technology programs: Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing, Automotive Technology, and Marketing and Management Occupations. The show, which is again expected to attract nearly 10,000 guests, is a rich learning experience for the students who organize it and put it on. Visit online for more information on the show.

In this Issue

ISU Department of Physics receives NSF award for undergraduate research

The National Science Foundation has awarded Idaho State University Department of Physics $274,244 through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program to support undergraduate research. Six to 10 undergraduate students from across the United States will participate each year in a 10-week nuclear physics, radiobiology and nuclear engineering research and educational experience at ISU. Brigham Young University-Idaho, (read more...)

Idaho State researchers help make major Mayan archaeological discoveries

Guatemala City, Guatemala – The government of Guatemala has announced the recent discovery of a series of major archaeological discoveries – including ancient detailed panels – in an area known as the Mirador Basin of northern Guatemala and part of southern Campeche, Mexico. The area has been under extensive exploration and investigation for more than two (read more...)

ISU Health Fair set March 19-20

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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

A retirement reception for Nancy (Higgins) Huls will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. March 19 in the Bengal Café. Huls is retiring after 38 years. A presentation to Huls will be made at 3 p.m.

The Staff Council representatives would like to remind Classified and Non-Classified Staff members to access the Staff Council Web site to view President's Cabinet Notes, videos of President Vailas' Open Forum meetings and Staff Council minutes.
Additionally, contact information for Classified Staff representatives is on the CEC Web site. Contact information for Non-Classified Staff representatives is on the COPE Web site.
The Staff Council Executive Committee consists of its president, past president, president elect, CEC chair and vice chair, COPE chair and vice chair, and Staff Council secretary. Contact information for the current members filling these positions can be found online.


The Idaho State University Middle East Studies Club and the ISU history department will host a discussion of the current circumstances in the Middle East, focusing on relations between Israel and its Arab neighbors, Tuesday, March 17, from noon to 1 p.m.
The discussion will examine how present day conflicts may be resolved. A major focus will be on the recent crisis in the Gaza Strip, and prospects for negotiations, both between rival Palestinian parties, as well as between the Palestinians and Israelis. Consideration will be given to the complex political realities in Israel following recent elections, and to developments in Syria and Egypt.
A second topic will be the role of Iran, and particularly the controversy over its intentions and abilities in the area of nuclear weapons. This topic will be discussed in light of nuclear weapons programs in other Middle East countries, and particularly Libya, where an end to such a program was negotiated in 2003.
A brief overview of the situation will be presented by Allan Christelow, Ph.D., ISU history professor. There also will be comments presented by Mohanad Elabed, a Palestinian American student. The discussion will then be opened up to questions and comments from the audience.
It is recognized that conflicts in the Middle East are intense and often lend themselves to strident polemics. The organizers of this discussion welcome comments from a wide range of points of view. The event will also call attention to opportunities for the study of Middle East cultures and politics, and of Middle East languages that are available to ISU students.
For more information, contact Christelow at 232-2542.

More than 40 majors will be represented at the Idaho State University-Idaho Falls Majors and Graduate Fair scheduled 3-6 p.m. March 18 in the Multipurpose Room of the Bennion Student Union at University Place.
“The primary purpose of the fair is to provide the opportunity for prospective and current students to receive first-hand knowledge of the undergraduate and graduate programs, and the majors and minors available to them,” said Susan MaComb, event organizer and academic advisor.
She said direct contact with departmental faculty provides students with the most relevant information needed to make an informed choice of major, minor or program. Last year approximately 150 students attended the event. Those who completed evaluations were overwhelmingly positive and reported the fair was helpful in their decision-making.
“We're expecting to have an even larger turnout this year as more people are looking to education to increase their career options in the future,” MaComb said.
“Community members are beginning to realize the full range of educational opportunities available at ISU-Idaho Falls, and this fair is a great place to learn the specifics about them.”
For more information on the fair contact MaComb at x7802.

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Harvard historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author, will give a free lecture on Mar. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Goranson Hall located in the Idaho State University Fine Arts Building.
Ulrich's book “A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812,” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1991. Ulrich, a native of Southeast Idaho, will speak from her recent book “Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History.” There will be a book signing following the presentation.
This event is co-sponsored by ISU women's studies and history departments, the Idaho Humanities Council, the ISU Cultural Affairs Council and the Phi Alpha Theta student history honor society.
For more information, contact Erika Kuhlman at x5675.

Are you curious about the “rights and responsibilities" of tenure track faculty? Would you like advice about your role as a faculty member? Who better to give you this advice than Ms. Mentor!
Ms. Mentor (Dr. Emily Toth), a regular columnist with the Chronicle of Higher Education is visiting ISU on April 3 to meet with faculty and discuss the rights and responsibilities of tenure track faculty.
You are invited to attend this event, sponsored by WeLEAD, on April 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Little Wood River Room. Light lunch will be provided before the formal discussion to provide an opportunity to network with other ISU faculty.
Registration is required by March 27. To register, contact Shelley Lish at x3311.

Song will fill the Idaho State University Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall when ISU presents its fifth Women's Choir Festival on Friday, March 20.
The daylong festival culminates in a 7 p.m. public performance by some 225 choristers in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. General admission is $6, $3 for ISU faculty and staff, and free to ISU students with a valid Bengal card.
The Department of Music will present guest conductor Susan Mann leading choirs from Midvale, Hillcrest, Idaho Falls,Vallivue, Jerome and Madison high schools. Mann will share the baton with festival director Kathleen A. Lane, founder and conductor of the ISU Women's Choir.
For more information on the Women's Choir Festival concert visit ISU Headlines.