News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

October 24, 2014 — Vol. 30 No. 38

In this Issue

Researcher to Send Mice to Space

Idaho State University's Dr. Shawn Bearden has been awarded a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to fly mice on the International Space Station in 2015 and 2016 to study how to protect astronauts from visual and possible cognitive impairment during long-term space missions (read more...)

Six new members will be inducted into the Idaho State University Sports Hall of Fame Saturday

Basketball player Mandi Carver, Senior Women's Administrator and Associate Athletic Director Nancy Graziano, swimmer Michael Harada, wrestler David Pacheco, football player DeLane "De" Pankratz and track athlete Becky Sondag are the newest inductees into the Hall of Fame. Graziano received the Lifetime Achievement Award (read more...)


The annual Pocatello Ski Swap will be held Oct. 24-26 at Idaho State University in the Pond Student Union Ballroom (read more...)

All are invited to a colloquim by Dr. Ralph Baergen, titled "Can We Reasonably Hope to Transform Unreasonable Hopes?" Friday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. in LA 256 (read more...)

Idaho State University's Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group (CW HOG) will host the annual Warren Miller Ski Movie, "No Turning Back" in Pocatello on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 3, 7 and 9:30 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Building, and in Idaho Falls Nov. 8 at 3, 7 and 9:30 p.m. in the Tingey Administration Building at University Place (read more...)

The Idaho State Civic Symphony's annual Spooktacular Family Matinee will be held Oct. 25 (read more...)

The Idaho State University Society of Physics Students, the Kiwanis Club of Pocatello and the ISU Department of Physics will host a Haunted Science Laboratory exhibit open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 25 (read more...)

Idaho State University's President Arthur C. Vailas will deliver his annual State of the University Address on Wednesday, Oct. 29 (read more...)

The 27th Annual Idaho Conference on Health Care and the 7th Annual Thomas Geriatric Health Symposium is Friday, Oct. 31 at Idaho State University in Pocatello (read more...)

The Idaho State University International Student Association invites all of Pocatello and the surrounding communities to experience and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of ISU at International Night 2014 on Saturday, Nov. 1 (read more...)

Idaho State University's English and Philosophy Department will hold the Humanities Café "Cultural Revolution: Arts and Literature in Mid-Century America" on Nov. 6 at the Portneuf Valley Brewery (read more...)

Lee Marek, a University of Illinois chemistry professor featured regularly on the "Late Show with David Letterman" and other television programs, will demonstrate the power of chemistry during a presentation Nov. 7 at Idaho State University-Idaho Falls (read more...)

The Sport Science & Physical Education department in the College of Education is hosting a Sport Science & Physical Education Fair on Friday Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Reed Gym (read more...)

The 44th annual ISU Women's Club Holiday Fair Scholarship Fundraiser is Friday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Ballroom (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Updates

All are invited to celebrate the retirement of Terry French, Transportation Services Supervisor at a reception Oct. 31 (read more...)

Dr. Donna Lybecker is the new Department of Political Science chair (read more...)

Dr. Jack Owens, a history research professor based at ISU-Meridian, recently gave presentations about results from his National Science Foundation project "Understanding social networks within complex, nonlinear systems: geographically-integrated history and dynamics GIS" during large, international meetings in Modena, Italy, and Paris, France (read more...)

Idaho State University physician assistant studies assistant professor, Talia Sierra, has received a coveted Faculty Loan Repayment Award from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to help defray the cost of her graduate education at ISU (read more...)

The Department of Counseling is pleased to announce three new faculty members who joined the department in the fall of 2014 (read more...)

News Bites

The Idaho State University Central Academic Advising Office is continuing its "Be Advised" campaign and also recommending that students pick their major with the "Declare Your Major" campaign, before students register for classes in November (read more...)

Idaho State University's "Black Rock & Sage" is now open for submissions for its 2014 issue (read more...)

Helicoprion, the ancient "buzz-saw shark" that was featured in an exhibit at Idaho State University's Idaho Museum of Natural History last year and is now a travelling exhibit currently at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington, has also been the subject of an article in the journal Nature (read more...)

Our ISU United Way Campaign will be held Nov. 1 - 30 (read more...)

The College of Arts and Letters at Idaho State University announces the theme for their 2014 New Year's Eve Gala: Masquerade Ball (read more...)

Employment Opportunities

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