Actions Taken Pursuant to COVID-19 Emergency Response
On March 20, 2020, President Scott Green adopted temporary emergency policy FSH 6990 COVID-19 Emergency Response. President Green adopted the policy to allow the university to modify its operations in response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 crisis. The policy is effective immediately and will remain in effect for 180 days unless withdrawn by the president prior to the end of the term. Actions taken pursuant to the policy will be published on the COVID-19 website and notice of the actions will be published in the Register. Read about actions approved under FSH 6990.
Presidential Initiative on Water and Sustainability
U of I is in the early stages of establishing a university-wide Sustainability Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to foster new research and collaborative activity in sustainability, broadly defined, and to begin the process of defining the portfolio of sustainability research occurring within the University of Idaho. This initial effort will begin to define the portfolio related to research on water, water resources and sustainability. Proposals are invited to further the development of research, scholarly and creative activities across all disciplines that pertain to this focus area. Learn more.
Campus Mail Resumes Daily Departmental Deliveries Today
Beginning today, June 1, Campus Mail, upon request, will offer daily mail delivery to campus departments. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208-885-7011 to request daily delivery.
Campus Surplus Reopens on a Limited Basis
Campus Surplus has received permission to reopen on a limited basis beginning today, June 1. Learn more.
Idaho Matters to Interview Project ECHO Today
Project ECHO’s Director, Lachelle Smith, will be interviewed alongside ECHO-attendee Dr. Ann Lima (Orofino) on Boise State Public Radio’s news show, Idaho Matters, at 11:15 a.m. today, June 1. Project ECHO is part of Idaho’s WWAMI Medical Education Program and uses video conferencing to connect community providers across the state with specialists in regular, real-time collaborative sessions. Host and U of I alumna Gemma Gaudette will talk with Smith and Dr. Lima about health disparities in rural Idaho communities and the success of ECHO’s COVID-19 program. Tune in live or, if you’re outside of the listening area, download the podcast.
NSF Implements New Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide
Beginning today, June 1, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will implement the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) for proposals submitted or due on or after this date. NSF has delayed the requirement to use NSF-approved formats for the biographical sketch and current and pending support sections of NSF proposals until Oct. 5. Proposers must continue to format these documents in accordance with PAPPG requirements — see PAPPG sections II.C.2.f and II.C.2.h. Read more.
Vandal Giving Day 2020 Starts Tomorrow
Starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow, June 2, the Vandal Family will celebrate our hardworking students by raising funds for scholarships and other resources to aid them in returning to U of I this fall. There's still time to sign up to be an ambassador. Follow along at vandalsgive.uidaho.edu and on social media using #VandalsGive.
‘ASCEND’ Hub Short Course Helps Bridge Gaps in Commercialization for Biomedical Researchers; Register by Tomorrow
Join the Accelerating Solutions for Commercialization and Entrepreneurial Development (ASCEND) hub 2-4 p.m. Mountain time on June 3, 10, 17 and 24. These online discussions will give biomedical researchers the opportunities to learn, practice and apply various key skills in the commercialization process, such as raising capital, best networking and marketing practices and more. The discussions are part of a series of webinars from ASCEND, a regional technology transfer accelerator hub that increases the entrepreneurship and commercialization of basic medical science in the Mountain West states including Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming. Learn more and register by tomorrow, June 2. Contact U of I’s Office of Technology Transfer Director Jeremy Tamsen for more information.
Virtual Q&A with Torrey Lawrence is June 3
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President Torrey Lawrence will host bi-weekly Q&A conversations with faculty and staff from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, July 29 and Aug. 12, via Zoom. Participants are invited to ask questions in advance, during the event, or just listen to the discussion. Questions submitted in advance will help shape the conversation and should be submitted at least 24 hours prior to the event. Learn more.
FY21 Automated Salary Agreements and Letters are Available in VandalWeb; Accept by June 5
Automated annual contract renewal, salary agreements and letters for all permanent employees continuing into FY21 at the University of Idaho are available via VandalWeb and must be acknowledged/accepted in the system no later than Friday, June 5. This process applies to all U of I employees except temporary help employees, temporary faculty, graduate assistants and other student-affiliated employees. Within at least 36 hours of acknowledging/accepting their document, employees will receive a PDF copy by email. Questions about the electronic system can be directed to email@example.com for staff and firstname.lastname@example.org for faculty. The automated salary agreements and letters are located in VandalWeb > Employees > Employee Information > Salary Agreements.
Student Recreation Center to Reopen June 8
The Student Recreation Center will plan to open Monday, June 8, with restrictions, to a limited number of patrons and with limited hours. Protocols are subject to change based on the availability of supplies and if there are no significant increases in COVID-19 cases in the region. Learn more about SRC safety protocols, hours and memberships. Email email@example.com with questions about membership. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about protocols.
Remote Summer Boot Camp Registration is Open; Camp Dates are June 8-12
Participate in the Remote Summer Boot Camp – Computing, Data and Visualization – June 8-12. Workshops in software carpentry and introductions to computational modeling and data science tools will include hands-on programming using R, Python, bash and git, as well as a seminar series and discussion panel. No prior knowledge of the tools to be presented is needed. The boot camp is hosted by the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) and Collaborative Computing Center in collaboration with the CAES universities: Boise State University, Idaho State University, University of Idaho and University of Wyoming. Learn more and register.
Register for the Focusing on Your Well-Being During Uncertainty Workshop Scheduled for June 11
Attend a virtual workshop about focusing on well-being during uncertainty and transition 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 11. Participants will define well-being, learn tips to enhance their mental, physical and social well-being and brainstorm ways to prioritize well-being as we transition into a new normal. Register online.
Deadline for Taking FY20 Voluntary Furlough
Saturday, June 13, is the last day for 12-month employees to take voluntary furlough hours for FY20. The last day for nine-month employees to take voluntary furlough hours was May 16. Learn more.
Faculty Asked to RSVP for Aug. 1 Commencement by June 15
Faculty members are invited to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2020 during a special Summer Commencement ceremony 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center. Due to the timing of the ceremony, as well as logistics surrounding COVID-19, faculty members who plan on attending are asked to RSVP on Eventbrite by Monday, June 15.
Apply to the NSF INCLUDES Funding Opportunity by June 15
The Research and Faculty Development team in the Office of Research and Economic Development is requesting notice of intent to apply to the National Science Foundation Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) limited submission funding opportunity with a notice of intent deadline of Monday, June 15. For more information and to submit a notice of intent to apply to this limited submission funding opportunity, select the program from the table on the U of I InfoReady Review homepage. Contact the Research and Faculty Development Limited Submissions team at email@example.com with questions.
U of I Offers Support to Apply for Fulbright U.S. Faculty Scholar Awards
The University of Idaho offers support to faculty members interested in applying for Fulbright U.S. Faculty Scholar awards supporting research and teaching opportunities worldwide. To learn more, listen to the archived webinar “The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program: What's New for 2021-2022.” This webinar is designed to highlight new Fulbright U.S. Scholar opportunities for the 2021-22 academic year. View the newly released 2021-22 Fulbright Faculty Scholar Catalog and read the Blog, “5 Tips to Jumpstart Your Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Application.” Carly Cummings and Scott Slovic serve as Fulbright U.S. Faculty Scholar liaisons for the university. They will host the following events on Friday, June 19: Overview of the Fulbright U.S. Faculty Scholar Program, 10:30-11 a.m. via Zoom; and 20-minute individual virtual sessions, 11 a.m. to noon. The deadline for Fulbright awards beginning in the fall of 2021 is Tuesday, Sept. 15. To RSVP for a 20-minute meeting on June 19, email Carly Cummings and Scott Slovic with your preferred times. If this day or time does not work for you, send an email with your preferred time and they will try to accommodate a Zoom meeting.
Shape Your Future by Responding to the Census; Latah County Outpacing State and Nation with Responses
There is still time to shape your future by responding to the Census count on population at 2020census.gov. As of May 27, Latah County’s self-response rate was 63.6%, outpacing Idaho's rate of 62.5% and the nation’s number of 60.2%. The 2010 Census final self-response rate in Latah County was 65.8%, so Census staff is hopeful and confident that the current response will surpass that of a decade ago despite the coronavirus pandemic. See response rates and encourage family and friends to participate. The Census determines how much federal funding flows into local communities for roads, schools and other critical needs along with government representation. The Census can also be filled out by mail or by calling 844-330-2020. Residents should mark themselves as living in the community where they have been residing the most this year, not where they were physically located on April 1, Census Day. In mid-March, most households received an invitation in the mail to respond to the Census, followed by reminders and a paper questionnaire. Census takers are scheduled to visit households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census beginning in August. The last day to respond to the Census is Saturday, Oct. 31.
Beware of COVID-19 Cyber Attacks
Cyber criminals continue to exploit the coronavirus pandemic and current events for malicious purposes. The FBI has reported a significant increase in attacks and warned that nation states and criminals are targeting organizations conducting medical research related to the virus. Phishing messages with links to fake video conference meetings have also been seen in higher numbers. Report malicious emails using the “Report Phish” button in Outlook. Send other presumed scams to firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more.
Faculty Success Seminars Conclude – Resources Now Available
The Office of Research and Faculty Development has completed the 2019-20 academic year of Faculty Success Seminars. See the schedule. Recordings and presentations for each seminar are now available online. Use your U of I credentials to log in to view the resources.