December 16, 2013 — Vol. 29 No. 40
Idaho State University-Meridian senior research associate, Russell Spearman, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance at Manhattan College in Bronx, N.Y.
Spearman graduated from Manhattan College in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in physical education. The college will honor him during an induction ceremony Feb. 21 in New York.
Nominated by his peers, Spearman was selected for serving his "profession in an exemplary way," according to committee chairwoman, Lisa Toscano.
Spearman, who joined ISU in 2000, is based in the Institute of Rural Health. Over the past decade, he and the IRH have secured $2.1 million in federal grants to assist survivors of traumatic brain injuries, including Iraq war veterans, and their families.
Last spring, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration honored Spearman with a 2013 Federal Traumatic Brain Injury Program Award.
The federal agency applauded Spearman for developing Idaho's TBI Virtual Program Center and Grand Rounds approach to public education and brain injury training, which serves all areas of Idaho.
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners has selected Idaho State University's Dr. Kelly Pesnell as the state's 2014 nurse practitioner of the year.
Pesnell, a clinical assistant professor at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center since 2007, will be honored in June at the AANP national conference in Nashville, Tenn. She was selected for clinical excellence, leadership, scholarship and helping to develop Idaho's only Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, which began this fall at ISU.
"I was truly surprised," Pesnell said when she was notified of the state honor. "I felt humbled someone thought my work worthy enough to be nominated."
A family nurse practitioner for 11 ½ years, Pesnell practices at West Valley Rural Clinics in Parma. As the clinic's only bilingual nurse practitioner, she is able to serve the region's large Spanish-speaking population.
"I like the patient- provider interaction and applying the art of nursing to the health care needs of a rural community," said Pesnell.
Pesnell, D.N.P., holds a master's degree in family nurse practice from ISU and a doctorate in nurse practice from University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.
Nurse practitioners provide primary, acute and specialty health care to patients of all ages. They conduct patient assessments, make diagnoses, order and interpret tests, prescribe medications and manage treatment plans.
When Jack Owens, history professor at ISU Meridian, arrived at the renowned East Asia Institute in Lyon, France, over Thanksgiving break, he got a big surprise. His fellow Spanish historian, Jean-Pierre Dedieu, announced, "Here, you are famous!"
Owens had come to one of France's leading research and graduate studies centers, the École Normale Supérieur (ENS) de Lyon, to work with Dedieu's large database on the geographically huge Hispanic monarchy of the 18thcentury, which stretched from Europe, through the Americas, and across the Pacific Ocean to the Philippines. Owens will include this database in the content part of a new funding proposal and as a test bed for the further implementation of the revolutionary database management system of Vitit Kantabutra, ISU associate professor of computer science and electrical engineering.
When Dedieu mentioned to his ENS colleagues the name of the U.S. researcher who would visit him, he discovered that they already knew about Owens and his work. Indeed, the day after Owens's arrival, the assigned reading for a graduate course on new ways of doing history was one of Owens's articles. They were waiting in the hallway to meet Owens when he showed up. He had no idea that a group of experts on East Asia would find things he had written so interesting.
Before traveling to Lyon, Owens conducted a seminar, entitled "Transforming Cooperation: the phase transition of a geographically large, complex, nonlinear human system," for the Representation of Knowledge and Natural Language Team of the computer science laboratory of the University of Paris 13. Researchers there will also be part of the grant proposal Owens is creating.
Owens traveled to France from Chicago, where he participated in the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association. He had created a paper session, "Geographically-Integrated History and Narrative Geographic Information Systems (GIS)," to showcase the results of his current project, funded by the National Science Foundation. Owens was chair and discussant for the session.
In this session, Owens presented a paper, "The Spatialization of Historical Sources," which was written with co-PI Monica Wachowicz, associate professor of geographical information science and Cisco research professor of the University of New Brunswick, Canada.
For another session, entitled "Social Networks in Space and Time," Owens presented a second paper at the meeting, "The emergence of cooperation for power in Spain, 1500-1650: Nonlinear dynamics, social network reciprocity, and group/multilevel selection," which was drawn from a book manuscript he is completing.
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Each of our spot award winners were recognized with a $15 Visa card courtesy of the ISU Credit Union, thank you card and a poster. Since its inception we have awarded 315 ISU Cares Spot Awards to the faculty and staff of Idaho State University!
We have updated our ISU Cares website to showcase all of our recent winners with a personal mini-bio and pictures. We want everyone at Idaho State University to know more about each winner and why they were selected. When choosing the monthly winners, we look at all nominations sent in throughout the month, and choose those who exemplify excellent customer service. We also look at whether they have received an award before, how long ago if they have, and the quality of the nomination. We have had very few multiple recipients. We try to choose departments and individuals who have not been recognized in the past, so that we can commend our many ISU employees who are committed to giving that exceptional service which inspired an individual to send in the ISU Cares nomination commending them.
To commend an ISU employee for their customer service, or to let us know where we need improvement, click ISU Cares Survey. Please contact HR Training for questions or comments. Thanks!
***The 2013 ISU Cares Customer Service Awards Assembly will be held on January 31, 2014, at 1:00 pm in the PSUB Ballroom. We will be having the ISU Cares Customer Service Provider of the Year (and runner-ups), ISU Cares Division Award, ISU Cares Manager Award, and a brand new award, the ISU Cares Divisionawards at that time. The new Division award is courtesy of ISU Credit Union and they have contributed $1800, plus trophies, for Athletic, Academic Affairs, Finance and Administration, Research, Student Affairs, and University Advancement to recognize their top employees. Each division will award $100 to the recepients of the STAR Employee, Customer Service, and Innovation awards.
Dr. Shannon Kobs Nawotniak (Assistant professor, Geosciences) and Dr. Steve Chiu (Associate professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences) recently represented ISU at SC13, the national supercomputing conference held in Denver. Their winning proposal qualified ISU to participate in the 2013 LittleFe cluster computer buildout, building and taking home a small supercomputer for teaching and research. The supercomputer, currently housed in the Department of Geosciences, will be used to teach students across STEM about computer hardware and architecture, memory management, Big Data problem solving, and spatial analyses.
Bill Drake was the latest speaker in the College of Business's Wells Fargo Speaker Series.
The series brings successful business leaders to the College of Business to engage students, faculty, alumni and community. Speakers share what helped them build a successful career and how ISU has influenced their professional lives.
After receiving an undergraduate degree from ISU in the sixties, Drake began a successful career in public relations and advertising. In 1978 he opened what is now Drake Cooper Advertising in Boise and currently serves as its chairman Outside Magazine recently listed Drake Cooper as one of its 2013 best places to work in the nation.
Drake's visit to the College of Business included meeting with students in small groups and sharing his thoughts with a large audience about directing a career and competing in a global job market. He suggested students answer the following questions to help them clarify their career choices. 1) Choose an activity for which they have passion, 2) decide where they want to live, and 3) decide how important money is going to be. "There are no wrong answers," said Drake, "but these questions can help guide the decisions you make."
As many jobs are now competitive at a global level, Drake spoke about the importance of differentiating oneself. "First, be on time," Drake simply stated. "I have ended interviews before they begin because a candidate isn't on time." He went on emphasize the value of a strong vocabulary, quantitative skills, and foreign language fluency.
The COB students, staff and faculty appreciated Drake's openness and willingness to spend extra time with individual students and faculty to discuss marketing projects.
Idaho Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is calling for nominations for the third Jean'ne M. Shreeve Research Excellence Award from now through Feb. 7.
Nominees must be tenured associate or full professors at Idaho State University, University of Idaho, Boise State University, or other eligible institutions at the time the award is made. Their research careers must have been clearly advanced by the National Science Foundation EPSCoR program, but they cannot be recipients of NSF EPSCoR funding at the time of the award.
In addition, nominees must have an outstanding publication record as author or coauthor in refereed international journals and be engaged in ongoing externally supported competitive research programs that involve students and/or postdoctoral coworkers.
To submit a nomination or for more information, visit www.idahoepscor.org/DrawOnePage.aspx?PageID=216.
EPSCoR also is accepting applications for the MILES Undergraduate Research and Internships (MURI) program. Opportunities available for undergraduates, faculty mentors, and MILES project partner researchers or stakeholders. Priority application consideration deadlines: January 15, 2014 for Spring 2014 and March 30, 2014 for Summer 2014.
The MURI Program is designed to engage undergraduates in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields in hands-on, paid summer and academic year research experiences to study within a wide range of topics broadly related to Management of Idaho's Landscapes for Ecosystem Services (MILES) project. Idaho EPSCoR will provide up to $4,000 per student participant in the MURI Program.
Up to 60 MURI Scholars positions will be offered each year across Idaho, with a goal of recruiting a large number of students traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields (e.g., women, ethnic minorities, and students with disabilities). MURI students will primarily work within MILES Study Areas located in Boise/Treasure Valley; Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls/Moscow; and Pocatello/Idaho Falls. However, specific work location is dependent on scope of work identified and will be determined by participating faculty, MILES partner researchers, or stakeholders.
For more information and online application visit: www.idahoepscor.org.
Idaho State University officials announced that a berm will be built below the "I" on Red Hill beginning in the New Year.
After contracted studies were completed the University determined it will be safer and less expensive to build a berm rather than a fence as a safety barrier below the "I" and the eroded hillside of Red Hill.
"Earlier we discussed building a fence below the 'I,' but after further study it was recommended to build a berm because it is more cost-effective, provides a higher degree of safety and will blend in better with the hillside," said Phil Moessner, associate vice president for ISU Facilities.
The study also determined there is great deal of instability below the "I." A committee comprised of ISU employees, alumni and student leaders, and community members is continuing to work on determining how to resolve the instability and how the "I" might be replaced.
A final design for the berm will be approved in mid-December and then construction of the berm will go out to bid. Once the contract is awarded, likely in January, the start of the construction will be dependent on the weather, which may begin later in the winter or spring.
All trails will remain closed below the "I" until construction of the berm is complete.
A series of studies completed earlier this year concluded the "I" is a safety risk because it is cracked, unstable and there is extensive erosion below and around it. Because of that and other erosion issues on the hill, the trails were closed.
"The University's first priority is to ensure the safety of ISU students, employees and visitors, and we are working to reopen the trails as soon as possible," Moessner said.
It's time again to "Celebrate Idaho State!" The 4th Annual CommUniversity Event hosted by ISU is scheduled for Tuesday, March 18 from 4 to 7 pm in the Pond Student Union Building.
The CommUniversity Event Committee was established four years ago to help create a stronger bond and improve relationships between "town and gown." Two events were planned: "Welcome Back Orange and Black," which is held in Old Town Pocatello at the start of school to welcome ISU and show what the local area has to offer; and the second event is "Celebrate Idaho State," which is hosted by ISU to welcome the community to campus and to showcase the University.
With the ongoing planning and support of the CommUniversity Committee, we are asking ISU's Colleges, Departments, Units, and Organizations to participate by showcasing your outstanding programs, faculty, and students. We encourage you to plan interactive or hands-on exhibits or demonstrations. This is also a great opportunity to promote upcoming programs or activities you may have scheduled as the College of Technology will be doing for their Tech Expo and "Chrome in the Dome," which occur later in that week.
Once again we are planning an exciting evening with entertainment and free food. We'll advertise and promote it to attract businesses, organizations, families, and especially high school students - with the support and involvement of the Mayors' Youth Council. This will be a great recruiting opportunity. We want the community to feel welcome and comfortable on campus and to create an atmosphere of unity and pride with CommUniversity!
We hope you'll begin now to plan how your organization can participate. If you have any questions contact Val Davids at email@example.com or 282-3451.
Idaho State University will collaborate with the Idaho National Laboratory to host the National Wireless Research Collaboration Symposium (NWRCS) in 2014.
Held in Idaho Falls on May 15 and 16, the symposium will give attendees the chance to discuss research in the field. During the two-day event, researchers will use the 890-square-mile National Wireless User Facility at the Idaho National Laboratory to collaborate and discuss their work.
The symposium chairs are Rangam Subramanian of the Idaho National Laboratory and Hossein Mousavinezhad from Idaho State University.
The symposium will have six single-track research sessions and technical panels.
Those wishing to submit paper or panel proposals must do so in advance. Paper abstracts, of no longer than two pages, are due by Dec. 20. Panel abstracts, of two pages at maximum, are due Jan. 15.
Registration for NWRCS 2014 is $299 per person. Sponsored support may be available for a few selected researchers. March 15, 2014, is the registration deadline. The event is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Idaho National Laboratory and Idaho State University. Industry participants can also sponsor the event.
To register or for more information, visit https://secureweb.inl.gov/nwrcs2014/default.aspx.
The ISU chapter of Psi Chi (the International Honor Society in Psychology) was awarded a $1,000 grant to fund its annual research conference. The Southeastern Idaho Psi Chi Research Conference will allow students from Idaho and northern Utah to present psychology-related research and learn about research that is taking place within our region. The conference will be ISU Psi Chi's third annual conference. It will be held on the ISU campus in April 2014.
Dr. Michele Brumley, Associate Professor of Psychology, recently organized and chaired a symposium at the annual meeting for the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology. The title of the symposium was "Developmental plasticity in the control and functional recovery of motor behavior", and included presentations by researchers from University of Michigan, University of Alberta, Southern Illinois University, and Idaho State University (Brumley). The symposium bridged research across multiple species (chicken, rat, human), multiple developmental time points (embryo, newborn, infant, adult), multiple research techniques and levels of analysis (e.g., optogenetics at the neural level, EMG at the muscle level, pharmacology at the systems level, sensorimotor training at the behavioral level), and across different developmental systems (comparing typical development vs. development in spina bifida and Down's syndrome). Brumley was asked to prepare an upcoming special issue of the journal Developmental Psychobiology based on the symposium, and to include papers by each of the symposium participants.
The Office of Academic Affairs is proposing revisions to the existing ISUPP Faculty Procedures for Suspension/Dismissal/Termination for Cause. The revised policy is titled 4000- Policy and Procedures for Faculty Suspension/Dismissal/Termination for Cause and will replace Part 4., Section V.C.
Pursuant to ISUPP 1010, members of the University community may comment on the attached policy proposal through Jan. 5. All comments must include the individual's name, organization, and department. Comments which do not provide the required information will not be considered. All properly submitted comments will receive consideration, but the commenter will not necessarily receive a response. Thank you for your participation in this process. Please send comments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other ISUPP information:
With the 2013 holiday season fast approaching, it is time to remind the University community of the previously announced holiday schedule and University closure plans.
ISU will be closed from December 24, 2013, through January 1, 2014, to allow staff to enjoy the holiday week. Those employees not required to work during the closed week are encouraged to use vacation leave or accrued compensatory time, (if applicable) for December 26, 27 and 30. As an allowable exception to normal procedure, employees may elect to use leave without pay in lieu of vacation for any/all of these three days. Official Compensatory Days have been identified as December 24 and 31. All staff and 12 month Faculty are expected to submit comp-time that was accrued while working on Columbus Day and Veterans Day or use Vacation hours for those who did not work on those prior state holidays. Those without available vacation or comp-time will be on leave without pay for December 24 and 31.
Closure is mandatory except in special situations which require the appropriate Vice President's approval.
Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 282-2517 if you have questions that are not addressed by your immediate supervisor, director, or dean.
Idaho State University-Meridian employees have taken second place in their division in Boise's Walk 150 Business Challenge to commemorate Boise's 150th anniversary and encourage a healthy lifestyle.
From June through November, the Meridian team logged 3,357 miles by foot-14 times the distance from ISU-Meridian to the main campus in Pocatello.
Organizers say 21 of ISU-Meridian's 96 employees participated in the challenge, mapping out mile and half-mile routes around campus. They walked on lunch hours, after work and on weekends, many bringing their families to participate.
The Meridian team placed second in the level 3 division which includes businesses with 51 to 150 employees. Boise Mayor Dave Bieter presented ISU-Meridian with a framed certificate at an awards ceremony Dec. 9 at the Boise Depot.
The Office of Human Resource Training Department is offering two certificate programs again this spring. ISU Leadership Development is a leadership program designed to provide professional development to emerging and experienced leaders at Idaho State University. First Time Leadership is a program designed for those who are new to leadership, supervise workstudy students or are in administrative positions. We are also offering professional/personal development sessions to the campus throughout the spring semester.
ISU Leadership Development Certificate Program
The ISU Leadership Development Program has graduated 223 ISU employees who were identified by their supervisor as a current or future leader at Idaho State University. ISU just graduated its largest group ever with 60 ISU faculty and staff being recognized in an award and luncheon event. This program is intended for higher level individuals with current leadership responsibilities or employees who have been identified with future leadership responsibilities in their departments. There is a service component to the Leadership Program. The program contains 15 modules that are introduced during a weekly 2 hour workshop beginning on January 14. Participants need to complete all 15 modules to graduate and earn their certificate in ISU Leadership Development. We have attached the program outline and schedule for Spring 2014 session. Each session is offered twice per year to accommodate schedules. All participants are nominated through their respective Vice President. They have the responsibility of selecting the candidates for the program. If you are interested in this program, contact your Vice President to apply, or contact Stacey at 282-3081 for questions about the program. This program is offered in Pocatello only this semester and will be offered via distance learning to Meridian in the fall.
First Time Leadership Program
We are continuing our First Time Leadership program designed for those individuals who are managing work study students, a few employees, or are in a leadership role for the first time. Administrative Assistants and Lead positions are perfect candidates. Attached is the outline for the First Time Leadership program. There are 7 required courses that must be taken, with 11 electives offered, of which 8 must be completed in order to earn the certificate for First Time Leadership. We are offering most sessions multiple times throughout the year. The schedule is located on our training website. There will be room for 35 participants in each session. If you are interested in this program please contact Laura at 282-3724 or email@example.com.
Professional and Personal Development Workshops
Professional and personal development workshops will also be offered this spring. Many of the workshops are also offered in our First Time Leadership Program. To see a schedule of workshops that are available, visit ISU Training. All sessions are open for the general ISU population, except for Leadership Development, which is by appointment only. Sign up early as spaces are limited.
Distance Learning Opportunities
ISU Training will offer some Professional Development and First Time Leadership sessions as distance learning sessions for Idaho Falls, Twin Falls and Meridian, after the semester starts.
A notification will go out as soon as they are scheduled.