January 6, 2014 — Vol. 30 No. 1
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.
Susan Tavernier, Assistant Professor School of Nursing's abstract titled, "Contextual Factors Influencing Nurse-Led Quality Improvement in U.S. Hospitals" has been accepted for podium presentation at the Western Institute of Nursing's Nursing Research Conference to be held in Seattle.
Rebekkah Hulen, a Ph.D. student in the School of Nursing's abstract titled "Findings From Culturally Congruent Home Visits of Senior Refugees" has been accepted for poster presentation.
ISU-Meridian professors, Todd Talley and Danny Xu, biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences intern Janet Bobango, and pharmacy student Dan Hendrickson traveled to California in November to present research at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.
The conference was Nov. 9-13 at the San Diego Convention Center.
The team presented a poster titled "Development of heteromeric human nicotinic receptor/AChBP chimeras," a summary of research conducted last summer which examines the mutation of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in snails. Research of this nature may lead to the discovery of new drugs to battle nicotine addiction, the authors say.
Talley also presented a poster titled "Structure-activity relationships of selected natural products and template designed ligands for acetylcholine binding proteins (AChBP), nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) and related ligand-gated ion channels."
Talley and Xu are assistant professors of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences in the College of Pharmacy.
Routledge has just released a textbook co-authored by Dr. Margaret Johnson, Professor of English and Associate Vice-President, Academic Affairs, and Tison Pugh. Titled Literary Studies: A Practical Guide, the book was released on December 19. Dr. Johnson has also just had her article "'Never the Same One Twice': Melodrama and Repetition in Queer as Folk" published in the journal Genre 46.3 (2013): 419-42. For more information about Literary Studies go to http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415536929/
Dr. Amanda Zink, Assistant Professor of English, has had her article "Maternal Economies in the Estranged Sisterhood of Edith Summers Kelley and Charlotte Perkins Gilman" accepted for publication in the Spring 2015 issue of Studies in American Fiction.
Dr. Tracy Montgomery is retiring at the end of fall semester 2013, after 23 years of dedicated teaching and service to Idaho State University. Dr. Montgomery earned her M.A. and D.A. in English at Idaho State University after completing her B.A. in English at Georgia State University. Before returning to ISU as an Assistant Professor in 1990, she taught at Washington State University and was an engineering writer and manager of publications at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Carlsbad, New Mexico. At ISU Dr. Montgomery has served as Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and Assistant Chair of the Department of English and Philosophy as well as Assistant and Associate Professor of English. With Daniel L. Plung, she is the author of Professional Communication: The Corporate Insider's Approach to Business Communication (Mason, OH: Thomson/Southwestern, 2004), and with George E. Kennedy, Solving Problems through Technical and Professional Writing (NY: McGraw-Hill, 1993).
Dr. Jennifer Eastman Attebery's book manuscript interpreting Swedish-American Midsummer practices has been accepted for fall 2014 publication in Utah State University Press's "Ritual, Festival, and Celebration" series edited by Jack Santino.
Oxford University Press has just released Stories About Stories: Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth, a new scholarly book by Dr. Brian Attebery, Professor of English and Editor of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. The new study is described by writer Peter Straub as "a brilliant book by one of the fantastic's most informed, most penetrating, and wisest critics." For more about the book, go to http://global.oup.com/academic/product/stories-about-stories-9780199316076?cc=us&lang=en&q=Attebery,%20Brian&tab=overview
Years ago, Dr. Julie Newsome started a tradition for Idaho State University's College of Education Idaho Falls campus students. As a way of thanking Idaho Falls School District #91 for their support and allowing college students to be placed in their classrooms, the college students adopt a needy family during the holiday season each year.
This year the family includes four siblings, ages 18, 14, 10 and 9. Their mother passed away unexpectedly last spring, and with no father in the home, the 18-year-old is now responsible for the family. Their simple requests were very modest and included items such as a shower curtain, towels and a soccer ball.
Though completely voluntary, the ISU students along with some members of the community came together to create a memorable celebration for the family.
Need some extra assistance to attend a work-related workshop, conference or seminar? The deadline for applications for Staff Council's Professional Development Awards is Jan. 21.
Awards range from $150 to $500. For more information, or to apply, visit http://isu.edu/staffcouncil/.
Complete College America (CCA) has named Idaho as one of five states to receive a Guided Pathways to Success (GPS) in STEM Careers Initiative technical assistance grant.
During the two-year grant period, State Board of Education staff, policy makers, and campus teams will work with national experts and practitioners to develop STEM completion goals, analyze local STEM labor markets, and implement Complete College America's GPS best practices. In addition, Idaho will participate in a national network of state and postsecondary leaders dedicated to increasing STEM degrees and will have access to state convenings that showcase proven models of implementation.
The University of Idaho, Idaho State University, Boise State University and College of Southern Idaho will each participate as part of the grant. They were chosen based on current enrollment in areas of interest and workforce needs, strength of the programs that exist, working relationships between campuses that position them well to develop expanded 2+2 degree programs, and existing programs that can be leveraged to implement the GPS programs.
"The recipients of this grant have shown visionary leadership and an unwavering commitment to college completion," said Stan Jones, President of Complete College America. "These ambitious plans, which utilize our GPS strategies, will lead to more high-skilled, high-wage jobs for their states by dramatically increasing the number of students with valuable STEM degrees. I'm confident that these efforts ? and the results they will produce ? will serve as a blueprint for the rest of the country."
"This grant will provide invaluable support for efforts to implement the Board's newly adopted STEM Strategic Plan," said Board President Don Soltman. "We appreciate our ongoing partnership with Complete College America and look forward to working with them on this effort to enhance STEM education in Idaho."
Other awardees of the GPS in STEM grants are The District of Columbia, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Ohio.
To learn more about Complete College America and Guided Pathways to Success, visit www.completecollege.org/.
To learn more about the Idaho State Board of Education, visit www.boardofed.idaho.gov.
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 Idaho State University Society of Physics Students (SPS) has received the 2013 Outstanding Chapter Award from the National Society of Physics Students and the American Physical Society.
According to ISU physics Professor Steve Shropshire, the faculty advisor for the club, SPS Outstanding Chapters are determined each academic year after a careful review of the information, photos and supporting material presented in annual Chapter Reports.
ISU's club was specifically recognized for its Haunted Science Lab, where SPS members, with the help of the Pocatello Kiwanis Club, maintained a set of interactive spooky science exhibits for school field trips for two weeks in October 2012 and for the public on the Saturday before Halloween.
Also mentioned in the award was the Eastern Idaho Science Olympiad they organized, events at the 2013 Idaho Science and Engineering Festival, public demonstration shows, outreach to public and private schools, and demonstration postings on YouTube.
Criteria for the award includes: 1) Involvement in local, regional, and national SPS meetings, as well as other professional meetings, 2) Participation in SPS programs. 3) Outreach efforts to the grades K-12 or the general public, 4) Participation in community service, 5) Contributions to student recruitment and retention, 6) Participation in social events, and 7) Interactions with the department's alumni.
Finance and Administration is proposing two new ISUPPs: 2330 - PCI Compliance Policy and 2340 - Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Policy.
Pursuant to ISUPP 1010, members of the University community may comment on the attached policy proposals during the next 30 days, through Jan. 18. 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:
The expiration of the 30-day comment period for Academic Affairs - 4000 Policy and Procedures for Faculty Suspension/Dismissal/Termination for Cause has been extended from January 5, 2014 to include comments received through January 15, 2014.