News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

June 1, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 19

ISU students enjoy a 2008 summer concert on the Quad. The 2009 concerts began May 28, and will continue on Thursday evenings throughout the summer. All are welcome. For more information, call Summer Programs at 282-3451.

In this Issue

Idaho State University neuroscientist Groome receives NIH grant to study human electrical channels to fight disease

Our bodies, in some senses, are one big electrical grid, and Idaho State University molecular neuroscientist James Groome is studying electrical pathways in genetically altered cells he has produced to help understand and fight diseases such epilepsy and other genetic disorders. Groome, an associate professor in biological sciences, recently received a $213,417 grant titled “Channelopathy Based (read more...)

Professor Charles Peterson earns 2009 Jerome Bigelow award

Idaho State University biological sciences Professor Charles R. Peterson has been honored with the Jerome Bigelow Award for outstanding service to scientific research by the ISU chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Each year at its annual spring banquet Sigma Xi presents the Bigelow Award to a scientist or engineer who embodies Sigma Xi’s (read more...)

KISU celebrates 10th birthday

KISU-FM radio, located on the campus of Idaho State University in Pocatello, will celebrate its 10th birthday on June 4. The station first signed on the air in June of 1999, broadcasting from its current location on the bottom floor of the Pond Student Union Building at ISU. KISU general manager Jerry Miller will celebrate his (read more...)

Idaho State University reports record enrollment for total headcount for spring 2009

Idaho State University enrolled a record headcount of 14,209 students during spring semester 2009. Enrollment was up by 871 students compared to spring semester 2008, a 6.5 percent increase. The only other time ISU spring enrollment surpassed 14,000 was at the end of spring semester 2003 when enrollment was 14,067, reported Larry Ford, associate vice (read more...)

Idaho State University honored as a founder of world’s premier computer security association

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., (ISC)2, the globally recognized “gold standard” for certifying information security professionals, recognized Idaho State University as a founding organization at the (ISC)2 20th anniversary founders celebration this spring, held in conjunction with the largest security conference in the world in San Francisco. Corey Schou, associate dean of information (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

The Idaho State University College of Technology recently recognized staff, faculty and community honorees during a recognition reception. Bobbi Fitch and Jeri Spinner were given Outstanding Faculty Achievement Awards, and Angela Askey and Dale Talbot were given Staff Excellence Awards. Others were awarded for their many years of service. Check out the whole story here.

Assistant Anthropology Professor David Peterson was awarded a $20,000 fellowship by the National Endowment for the Humanities to study the relationship between mining and the development of civilization in Eurasia on the Armenian Plateau. Read more about Peterson here.


KISU is celebrating its 10th anniversary on the air June 4. In its first decade, the station has added local programming and expanded its audience and scope. Read more about what they are celebrating.

Rocky Mountain Learning Center is sponsoring The Developing Capable People Series, an eight-part webinar series adapted from the research by H. Stephen Glenn's Developing Capable People Program. This series is appropriate for court workers, law enforcement workers, educators, clergy, social workers, youth service workers, counselors, substance abuse professionals, psychologists, family therapists and any professional who is in a position to influence youth and adults. For more information on the series and to see the goals and objectives of each session, please go to the Rocky Mountain Learning website.

The Idaho Museum of Natural History is once again offering their summer lineup of camps for children, from preschoolers through high school students. New this year is a special camp for first through third graders for whom English is a second language. Registration materials and the complete schedule of classes, dates, times and fees are available on the Museum's website. For more information, contact Rebecca Thorne-Ferrel, IMNH Education Manager, at x2195.

A foosball tournament to benefit the Stephens Scholarship fund is set for June 14 at Hooligans Pub, 122 North Third Ave in Pocatello. The tournament and scholarship fund is in memory of Army Sgt. Blake Stephens, who was killed in Iraq in 2007. Entry fees are $30 per team and the first 14 teams will receive T-shirts. There is also a non-competitive division. For more information about the tournament, call (208) 234-0213.

The CW HOG annual Kids Camps are scheduled July 6-11 and July 20-25. Space is limited to 30 children ages 7-14, all ability levels welcome. The cost is $250 per week per child. Camp activities include team building and challenge course activities, kayaking, rock climbing, arts and crafts activities, horseback riding at Harriman State Park, a half-day scuba dive, an overnight camping trip, and whitewater rafting. For additional camp information, call CW HOG at x3912.

The Idaho Museum of Natural History will host the premier showing of the film, "Storytelling and How Wild Plants Were Used by the Bannock People." Following the 30-minute film, Bannock Elder Ramona B. Walema, ethno botanist, will conduct a public discussion focusing on Native American stories and traditional and medicinal uses of wild plants. The presentation is free and open to the public and will be held Tuesday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Museum Classroom.

TIAA-CREF will be offering Individual Counseling Sessions, where you can discuss your personal financial situation with a TIAA-CREF consultant on a confidential basis. They will be available to discuss how to help you achieve your financial goals by investing in financial solutions such as mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities. Sessions will be held June 9-10 in the Snake River Room at the Pond Student Union. To register, visit online or call (866)842-2907.

Idaho State University Intermountain Center for Education Effectiveness and ISU Addictive Behavior Counseling are presenting three summer courses: "Drug Trends," "Bullying and Aggressive Behavior in Children," and "Gangs in Rural America." Instructors are retired school administrator and Safe and Drug Free School Coordinator John Raukar and retired law enforcement detective Howard Manwaring. ISU credit is available, and all three courses are certified by the Idaho Post Academy for law enforcement and authorized for CEUs through ISU and the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses. To register, or for more information concerning class dates and times, contact John Raukar at 241-1471.

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