December 2, 2013 — Vol. 29 No. 39
Paul Zmolek, Adjunct faculty in Theatre and Dance, has been selected by the Idaho Commission on the Arts as the Idaho Artist in Focus featured at their website. http://www.arts.idaho.gov/focus/zmolek/paulzmolek.aspx.
Dr. Justin Dolan Stover has received a research fellowship from the Idaho Humanities Council. This award will facilitate travel to Ireland in 2014 to complete research and writing for a book on the history of loyalty and treason in modern Ireland. Dr. Stover's research highlights the multiple social and cultural factors that contribute to the formation and reinterpretation of allegiance in revolutionary societies. His book will examine Ireland against the dual upheavals of the Irish Revolution (1913-1923) and Great War (1914-1918), focusing on themes of social conflict, culture, para-militarism and communal violence as contributing to evolving concepts of loyalty and group formation.
James Frost, PhD of the Informatics Research Institute received the Best Paper Award in Pedagogy at the 55th annual National Mountain Plains Management Conference. His paper entitled, "A Model for Motivating Students in a Flipped Instruction CIS Class" was presented in October of this year at that conference.
This research compared classes of Information Literacy students working in a flipped instruction (or blended) model where they conduct independent research that is submitted for evaluation every other week. This model was modified for the spring semester with an additional stimulus of an online weekly quiz to encourage students to review their notes for this quiz. The hypothesis was that this stimulus would increase their lecture exam scores as they were required to review their notes to address the questions on the quiz. Statistical analysis comparing the exam scores from both semesters showed a significant difference at the 95% confidence interval on all three major exams during the semester. The stimulus of a weekly quiz was important to motivate the students to study and learn.
Dr. Paul Sivitz, lecturer in the Department of History, gave papers at two conferences the week of Nov. 4:
The first, "'The appeal of the 1797 deaths is that we can track to mortality day by day': Mapping Richard Folwell's Short History of Yellow Fever," was presented at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies conference in Philadelphia. The paper examines the text of Folwell's Short History and maps elements of the 1797 epidemic as he described it.
The second paper, "Appropriating America: Pehr Kalm, Publishing, and Perceptions," was presented at the "375th Anniversary of New Sweden Conference" at the University of Delaware. Kalm, a naturalist and student of Linnaeus, came to America in the mid-eighteenth century and completed the first natural history survey of the British colonies, as well as parts of French Canada. The paper explores the steady stream of communication among scientific practitioners that kept information flowing, and Kalm's failure to participate in this exchange. Thus, Kalm alienated himself from the scientific community, including his former mentor, Linnaeus.
Idaho State University's "A Season of Note" will present An Olde English Christmas with Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Stephens Performing Art Center's Jensen Grand Concert Hall.
Universally regarded as one of Rock and Roll's finest and most versatile entertainers, Peter Noone is second to none. Star of stage, screen and record, Noone's performances are the stuff of legends that deftly deliver a broad palette of music through his voice which defined a generation. Peter Noone is the real deal with more than 60 million records sold. He has 20 top 40 hits including "I'm Henry VIII, I Am," "Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter," "I'm Into Something Good" and "Wonderful World."
For more information on this group visit www.peternoone.com.
Ticket prices for An Olde English Christmas with Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone are $36 for lower level and $32 for upper level seating. Tickets can be purchased at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office, open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the school year.
Tickets can also be purchased over the phone at (208) 282-3595 or online at www.isu.edu/tickets. They can also be purchased at Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello or Idaho Falls and at the Pond Student Union Building. The Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office is open one hour prior to show times.
The third in a series of six health screenings is Thursday, Dec. 5, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive.
Free services will include:
The free Community Health Screening Program began in March 2010, thanks to a partnership with the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
Approximately 700 adults have been screened to date, with many referred to low-cost clinics and doctors for further treatment. Screening services are provided by ISU-Meridian health professions students and clinical faculty.
The screenings are a tool to identify people at risk of preventable disease and illness, according to Dr. Glenda Carr, an ISU-Meridian assistant clinical pharmacy professor and co-director of the Health Screening Program.
The full screening process takes about an hour. No appointment is necessary. Valley Ride bus stops are nearby. The remaining screenings are Feb. 6, March 6 and April 10 at various locations in the Treasure Valley. For more information, call 373-1700 or email healthyU@isu.edu.
The Office for Research and Economic Development (ORED) is pleased to announce three distinct internal funding opportunities for ISU scholars, creators, and researchers. These three opportunities are 1) travel grants to enhance scholarship and research opportunities, 2) "seed" grants to fund faculty to become competitive in receiving extramural support, scholarship projects, or creative opportunities, and 3) developing collaborative projects. The latter opportunity is innovative and designed to inspire multi-college, multi-disciplinary approaches to developing solution-oriented projects to large scale problems that our nation or globe face. These collaborative projects must identify a distinct extramural funding source that will be sought. Furthermore, they must focus on research/scholarship/creativity and not on academic program development.
These opportunities are largely enabled by careful management of the Office for Research & Economic Development budget and by strategic investment of the Indirect Cost Recovery funds. The office seeks to provide sufficient investment in these activities to continue to grow the research, scholarship, and creative enterprises of ISU as we transform our institution to one that is driven by creativity and inquiry.
Please refer to the links provided on the new Office for Research & Economic Development web site, http://www.isu.edu/research, for additional detail and review criteria. Also, please contact the Vice President for Research & Economic Development directly (firstname.lastname@example.org / 509.432.4652) for additional information or Dave Harris; Executive Director for Research Development; Office for Research & Economic Development (email@example.com / 208.282.2592).
Is the practice of deep reading worth saving? Professor Roger Schmidt of ISU's Department of English and Philosophy will address this question Dec. 6 at 3:30 p.m. in a colloquium that draws upon his research on Jane Austen conducted at Chawton House, Hampshire, in the spring of 2013. Funded by a research fellowship from the University of Southampton, UK, and by an Idaho Humanities Council Grant, the talk will focus on Austen's writing as well as the value of unorthodox approaches to the teaching of writing. The discussion will be held in LA. 256.
For several years I have been teaching students to write by hand in a more or less eighteenth-century script. I have been teaching them to write with a quill. I hope to slow their minds down and force them to encounter the English language in a physical, painstaking, and ultimately beautiful way. I wish for this especially in their study of Austen, one of the great prose stylists of the English language, and one whose achievements as a writer have been trivialized and obscured in many ways, not least by the shift of emphasis from written language to visual images, in the culture at large and in the discipline of English specifically. Staring at words on a page no longer enchants us. We would like something more glamorous than small black symbols on a piece of paper. At times it seems we have lost the capacity to be astonished by our own written language. This is my concern, and this is why I am interested in the art of forgery.
Nominations for the Distinguished Teacher and Distinguished Service Award are due Jan. 24. The Distinguished Researcher call for nominations will be announced by the Office of Research and Economic Development.
Distinguished Teacher Award - A faculty member is selected from the ISU faculty who exemplifies excellence in teaching and has made significant contributions in teaching. You are invited to nominate a member of the faculty who, in your judgment, meets these standards. Nominees should be any member of the University faculty currently in his/her third or subsequent year of full-time service at ISU and will continue as a faculty member for 2014-2015. Nominations are being sought from ISU's faculty, staff, the student body, and alumni.
Distinguished Service Award - A faculty member is selected from the ISU faculty who has made significant contributions in service to the University and society. Please consider service attributes only. Elements such as research and teaching are not to be considered for this award. Nominees should be any member of the University faculty currently in his/her third or subsequent year of full-time service at ISU and will continue as a faculty member for 2014-2015. Nominations are being sought from ISU's faculty, administration, and the public.
Return completed nomination forms to the Office of Academic Affairs at Stop 8063. Additional information/nomination forms can be found at http://www.isu.edu/acadaff/awards.shtml.
The Scholarship for Service students of the National Information and Assurance Training and Education Center (NIATEC) took time out of their Thanksgiving holiday break to make a contribution of over $250 worth of groceries and turkeys to the Idaho Food Bank. The food drive was sponsored by local radio stations at Albertsons in Pocatello. The students continued their outreach efforts by making this contribution for the needy. The SFS students are looking forward to completing their fall semester information assurance studies in conjunction with the MBA program and attending the SFS job fair in Washington, DC before the spring semester begins in January.
Nominations are being requested for the 2013-2014 Outstanding Student Awards. These awards are presented to recognize outstanding graduating seniors who have excelled in their programs, their extracurricular activities and have generally epitomized ISU's outstanding student body. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to nominate senior students who meet the selection criteria and who will graduate in December 2013, or will graduate in May 2014 or August 2014.
Nominations and supporting materials must be submitted directly to the Dean or Director for each college/unit. The Office of Alumni Relations sponsors this program and presents it in partnership with Idaho State University academic colleges and units.
Nomination forms and guidelines can be found at http://www.isu.edu/alumni/outstanding-student.shtml.
Nomination forms can also be obtained from the Dean's office at each college/unit or from the Office of Alumni Relations. All nomination forms, biographical and supporting documentation and letters of support must be received by the college/unit no later than January 17, 2014 to be considered for selection.
Outstanding Student Awards will be presented for the following colleges/units:
OSA recipients will be honored at the Outstanding Student Reception and recognition ceremony on April 18, 2014. The reception will be in the Marshall Rotunda at 6:00pm and the ceremony will be held in the Bistline Thrust Theater at 7:00pm, both in the Stephens Performing Arts Center. Award recipients receive medallions and have the opportunity to recognize those involved in their success at this event. Deans, faculty, staff, fellow students, family and friends are invited to attend. There is no charge for attending.
Final grading for Fall 2013 Full Term and Late 8 week courses will open on Monday, 12/9 at 8 am and close on Thursday, 12/26 at 5 pm.
Any final grades not entered into BengalWeb will require a completed Grade Change form and could negatively impact students. Please utilize the X grade if it is appropriate! All courses, including zero credit courses, must be given a final grade.
Students will see their grades on BengalWeb after the Fall 2013 term is processed. Processing should be complete by Friday, 12/27.
The X grade is available for any course that is graded with a letter grade and should be used for any student who has either not attended a course or has stopped attending. If an X grade is given, a last date of attendance is required. If a student has never attended, please use the first day of class as the last date attended. If a student has never attended or has stopped attending a course that is graded S/U, please give the student a U and enter a last date of attendance. ISU will be able to make better decisions regarding financial aid if we are aware of students who are not attending their classes.
Help with grading - There are instructions for grading available at: http://www.isu.edu/tigeri/bengalweb/grading.shtml
There is also a printable quick guide to using BengalWeb for grading available at: http://www.isu.edu/tigeri/bengalweb/docs/Grading%20Quickguide%200511.pdf
Divisions for Research Development (formerly OSP) and Research Integrity have moved to the Business and Technology Center at 1651 Alvin Ricken Drive.
For directions, call the office at ext. 2592.