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Congratulations to the Faculty/Staff International Development Awards Recipients

Posted 1/14/2020 11:29:00 PM

The International Programs Office announced the following faculty and staff who have been selected to receive Faculty/Staff International Development Awards: Brian Dulin (director, Student Support Services-TRIO): Spanish Language, Latin American, Anthropological and International Studies (Santiago, Chile); Megan Fuhlman (academic advisor, Academic Advising Department): Jewish/Holocaust Studies, Central European Studies, Politics and International Business (Krakow, Poland); Shawn O’Neal … Read more

Assistant Professor Soumya Srivastava’s Research Featured in Applied Physics Reviews

Posted 1/13/2020 11:32:00 PM

A research article written by University of Idaho Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering assistant professor Soumya Srivastava was recently selected for publication in Applied Physics Reviews. The annual peer-reviewed scientific journal selects articles important to current topics in science and engineering. Read more

Students Earn American Nuclear Society's 2019 Best Paper Award

Posted 1/2/2020 7:47:00 PM

University of Idaho chemical engineering graduate student Aman Gupta earned the American Nuclear Society's (ANS) Operations and Power Division's "2019 Best Paper Award." The paper was presented during the ANS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis in June 2019. The certificate was presented at the winter meeting in November 2019. Read more

Faculty International Seed Grant Recipients

Posted 12/13/2019 10:54:00 PM

The following faculty received seed grants under the Blazing Trails Abroad program to design a new faculty-led program featuring a general education course abroad in 2021 and 2022: Sarah Campbell, Theatre Arts, "Arts and Culture in Mexico," summer 2021; Russell Jackson, Psychology and Communication Studies, "Origin of the Mind in England," summer 2022; and Glen Stevens, Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology, "Rainforest to Reef in Belize," summer 2022. Read more

Thank You to the VandalStar Committee

Posted 12/13/2019 12:40:00 AM

The VandalStar Implementation Committee helped university partners build a new online culture of community connectedness for student success. In the fall 2019 semester, nearly 7,500 student appointments were made by faculty, staff and students using VandalStar. Read more

Four Engineering Students Earn IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarships

Posted 12/10/2019 11:27:00 PM

Four University of Idaho College of Engineering students, Lance Carr, Christine Page, Kenny Sheffler and Nikki Tran, are Power & Energy Society (PES) Scholarship Plus Initiative recipients. Established by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the initiative recognizes electrical engineering students who exhibit high academic standards and extracurricular commitments who are committed to exploring the power and energy field. Read more

Alumni Awards for Excellence Celebrates 40 Years

Posted 12/9/2019 11:35:00 PM

The Office of Alumni Relations celebrated the 40th anniversary of its Awards for Excellence program on Dec. 5. They recognized 42 outstanding graduating seniors and the students’ mentors during the annual dinner. A full list of winners is available online. The Office of Alumni Relations would like to thank the campus community for nominating and supporting the program. Read more

Interdisciplinary Art and Field Research Receive CLASS Summer Grants

Posted 12/6/2019 11:18:00 PM

The College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) has named the awardees of its 2020 CLASS Summer Research Grants. These grants support tenure-track and tenured faculty in the creation of a sustainable research or creative project. This year's recipients are Ruby Fulton, assistant professor in the Lionel Hampton School of Music, Tobias Wray, director of the Creative Writing Programs, and Kate Kolpan, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Read more

U of I Professor Emeritus Dean Edwards Receives Highest Distinction as Academic Inventor

Posted 12/6/2019 11:14:00 PM

University of Idaho College of Engineering Professor Emeritus Dean Edwards has been named a 2019 National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellow. The NAI Fellows Program highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Election to the program is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors. Read more

U of I Researchers Named as Some of the Most Influential of the Past Decade

Posted 12/6/2019 12:00:00 AM

Four researchers from the University of Idaho, Jeffrey Hicke, John Abatzoglou, Luke Harmon and Paul Hohenlohe, have been recognized as being among the world’s most influential researchers of the past decade. The list, compiled by Web of Science Group, recognizes the work of influential researchers around the globe who have produced multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year. Read more

Dynamic Virtual Protein Project Wins International Award

Posted 12/5/2019 10:20:00 PM

A University of Idaho team recently presented at the 25th VRST Symposium in Sydney, Australia, and won the Best Demo Award for their project "Dynamic Virtual Proteins: Visualization, Interaction and Collaboration in Virtual Reality." In the world of virtual reality, the Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST) is among the top 10 conferences in the world. Read more

Partnership Leads to Discovery which Could Potentially Inhibit the Spread of West Nile, Zika and Dengue Viruses

Posted 12/4/2019 10:49:00 PM

A discovery by a Washington State University-led research team, which includes researchers from University of Idaho and University of Utah, has the potential to inhibit the spread of West Nile virus as well as Zika and dengue viruses. In a study recently published in the journal Cell Reports, researchers demonstrated that mammalian insulin activated an antiviral immunity pathway in mosquitoes, increasing the insects’ ability to suppress the viruses. Read more

CLASS Awards FY21 Key Grant Supporting Undergraduate Collaborative Research

Posted 12/3/2019 12:45:00 AM

The College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) has named the FY21 awardee of the CLASS Undergraduate Collaborative Research Key Grant. This award is designed to encourage collaboration between CLASS faculty and undergraduate students on scholarly or creative projects. The FY21 grant will continue the work of Porsche Burns, a senior majoring in psychology, and Traci Craig, professor in the Department of Psychology and Communication Studies. Read more

Grad Student Develops Program to Increase Accuracy of Community Formation Processes

Posted 11/27/2019 9:29:00 PM

Doctoral candidates Megan Ruffley, Katie Peterson and Bob Week recently published a paper in Ecology and Evolution titled "Identifying Models of Trait-Mediated Community Assembly Using Random Forests and Approximate Bayesian Computation." This publication is the second chapter of Ruffley's dissertation and the culmination of her lab rotation in Luke Harmon's lab. Ruffley designed a program called Community Assembly Model Inference, or CAMI. Read more

Getting the Timing Right

Posted 11/23/2019 12:00:00 AM

Undergraduate researcher Courtney Schreiner, from Scott Nuismer's lab, recently had her first paper published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology. Schreiner's paper highlights her research on the timing of vaccinations for wildlife populations. Read more

U of I Idaho Falls First in CyberForce Competition

Posted 11/21/2019 11:13:00 PM

University of Idaho, Idaho Falls computer science graduate students took first place locally in the 2019 U.S. Department of Energy CyberForce Competition and ranked 25 out of 105 collegiate teams competing nationally. Team members Jason Allen, Joe Leister, Ray Hardy, Michael Madsen, Michael McCarty and Michael McGregor were one of nine teams to participate in the regional competition giving students hands-on cybersecurity education within a real-world scenario. Read more

CDIL Librarians Release 1.0 Version of Grant-Funded Digital Scholarship Tool

Posted 11/21/2019 7:44:00 PM

CollectionBuilder, a tool which is being funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, helps users generate digital collections and online exhibits from a spreadsheet of metadata. Developers Evan Williamson, Olivia Wikle and Devin Becker recently taught a workshop and presented on the tool at the Digital Library Federation Forum in Tampa. Read more

College of Science Faculty Publish Ground-Breaking Study on Darwinian Genetic Evolution

Posted 11/21/2019 7:37:00 PM

College of Science faculty Jessica Lee, Siavash Riazi, Shahla Nemati, Jannell Bazurto, Andreas Vasdekis, Benjamin Ridenhour, Christopher Remien and Christopher Marx had a paper published in PLOS Genetics. In their research, they uncovered that genetically identical cells can be phenomenally different in their ability to survive stress, and thus selection acts upon the distributions of phenotypes without leading to genetic changes. Read more

New U of I Research Published on Idahoans’ Climate Change Attitudes

Posted 11/20/2019 12:00:00 AM

Dilshani Sarathchandra and Kristin Haltinner, faculty in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, have published a new article titled "Trust/Distrust Judgments and Perceptions of Climate Science: A Research Note on Skeptics' Rationalizations," in the journal Public Understanding of Science. The study uses interviews with residents of Idaho who identify as skeptical of climate change to examine how they rationalize their doubts about climate science and scientists. Read more

Mitch Gibbs Awarded First Berry International Jazz Collections Fellowship

Posted 11/15/2019 11:06:00 PM

The University of Idaho Library has awarded Mitch Gibbs, a senior majoring in music education from Snohomish, Washington, the Berry International Jazz Collections Fellowship. This student fellowship consists of a $4,000 stipend and an additional $500 in research funds. Read more

Sharma to Study Chinese Language in Nepal

Posted 11/13/2019 12:52:00 AM

Assistant Professor of English Bal Krishna Sharma has been awarded a $5,000 University of Idaho Confucius Institute Faculty Fellows Small Grant to conduct research in language ecology in Nepal. Sharma will travel to Kathmandu over winter break to study the cultural and linguistic effects of China's Belt and Road Initiative in Nepal. This project is an extension of Sharma's continuing research on the spread and use of global languages and their impacts on the local linguistic ecology in Nepal. Read more

Dakota Roberson Named White House Fellow

Posted 11/4/2019 2:00:00 PM

University of Idaho, Idaho Falls faculty member Dakota Roberson has earned a 2019-20 White House Fellowship and will spend a year working for the U.S. Department of Defense. Roberson is an assistant professor in the U of I College of Engineering's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Idaho Falls. Read more

Interdisciplinary Team Takes Second in Montana Mathematical Modeling Challenge

Posted 11/4/2019 2:00:00 PM

University of Idaho seniors Annika Esau, computer science, Teja Sunku, statistics, and Tony Clay, civil engineering, took second place for their written paper during the 2019 Montana Mathematical Modeling Challenge. Undergraduate teams work for 24 hours straight to solve an open ended, real world problem using only "non-sentient" resources such as online and other published resources and write and present a one-page summary of results. Read more

Students Earn $15K at Grand Challenge Scholars Program Pitch Event

Posted 10/31/2019 9:33:00 PM

Ten engineering students earned a total of $15,000 during the fourth annual Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP) Pitch Event hosted by the University of Idaho College of Engineering. The GCSP is the only undergraduate program of its kind in Idaho, preparing students to solve the 14 Grand Challenges of Engineering in the 21st century as established by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Read more

Engineering Alumnus Earns White House Presidential Teaching Award

Posted 10/31/2019 9:14:00 PM

University of Idaho College of Engineering alumnus Sean Boston was recently awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the highest award given by the U.S. government to K-12 teachers of mathematics and science, including computer science. Boston, who graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2002, teaches physics and advanced placement physics at Timberline High School in Boise. Read more

U of I Student Debate Club Members Place at First Tournament of the Season

Posted 10/30/2019 9:15:00 PM

University of Idaho Student Debate Club members made a strong showing, earning a total of four awards for speech and debate events last weekend at their first tournament of the year. Seven student debate club members traveled to Spokane, Washington, to compete in the Jim McPherson Classic tournament at Whitworth University on Oct. 25-26. Ten teams traveled from as far away as Southern California to participate in the event. Read more

U of I Sees Reduction in Electrical Usage in FY2019, Saving Campus Over $2M in Electrical Costs

Posted 10/29/2019 8:28:00 PM

Because of your diligence in turning off lights and the investment in technologies, the total campus electrical usage for FY2019 was significantly down in both demand and cost to the university. FY2019 witnessed a 13% ($2,602,644) reduction in total cost for electricity from FY2009, and a decrease in consumption of 19%. Read more

Jill Johnson, Biological Sciences, Receives NIH Grant

Posted 10/29/2019 8:28:00 PM

Professor Jill Johnson, in the Department of Biological Sciences and the College of Science, has been awarded a four-year, $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. These funds will be used to better understand the basic mechanism of how the molecular chaperone Hsp90 interacts with other proteins, called clients, in order to regulate their function. Read more

UAS Associate Directors Receive New Outstanding Advisor Awards

Posted 10/28/2019 8:20:00 PM

Shawna Bertlin and Laura Robison were named 2019 outstanding advisors from NACADA, the global community for academic advising. Bertlin received the Outstanding New Advisor Award, which was given in recognition of her demonstrated outstanding performance as an academic advisor in an international competition. Read more

Study Provides First Step Toward Developing Inexpensive Diagnostic Tests to Assess Risk for Preterm Birth

Posted 10/25/2019 11:00:00 PM

Department of Biological Sciences Distinguished Professor Larry Forney, in collaboration with researchers from Cornell University, the University of Sao Paulo, and other Brazilian universities, recently published a paper in the journal mBio which found that measuring levels of D-lactic acid and a protein called TIMP-1 may be a non-invasive, cost-effective way to assess the risk for preterm birth due to a short cervix. Read more

Civil Engineering Student Wins Pitch Competition During Boise Startup Week

Posted 10/24/2019 9:37:00 PM

Civil engineering junior Devin Richards tied for third place in the Boise Startup Week Pitch Competition, earning $500 for his engineering research team's business plan to bring sustainability and energy education to sixth- through 12th-grade students on the Palouse. Boise Startup Week is Idaho's largest event focused on giving students an opportunity to connect with employers in the Boise area and learn from professionals in technology and startup sectors. Read more

U of I Academy of Engineers Welcomes 2019 Inductees

Posted 10/22/2019 9:14:00 PM

The University of Idaho College of Engineering will induct five members into its Academy of Engineers, U of I alumni and others recognized for their personal contributions to engineering achievement, leadership, education, service to the profession and advancement of society. Inductees will be celebrated during a ceremony 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in the Silver Room of the Best Western Plus University Inn in Moscow. Read more

“The Vandal Theory” Podcast Enters a Second Season

Posted 10/21/2019 11:46:00 PM

“The Vandal Theory” podcast has entered a second season, with episodes now becoming available. This season begins with a discussion with Jason Barnes about the journey to Titan, Saturn's largest moon. Titan has a solid surface, water and an atmosphere — like Earth. Could Titan sustain life? Barnes plans to find out. Listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Google Play. Read more

Becky Tallent Honored by the Society of Professional Journalists

Posted 10/17/2019 9:39:00 PM

Emeritus associate professor Becky Tallent received the Wells Memorial Key from the Society of Professional Journalists, the highest honor the organization awards. Tallent, who retired from the University of Idaho in 2019, has been an active member with the Society of Professional Journalists for more than 40 years and led its "Press 4 Education" program that places journalists in K-12 classrooms. Read more

Exhibit Receives Honorable Mention in Publications Design Competition

Posted 10/16/2019 10:59:00 PM

“Whipping It Up: A Collaborative Alchemy,” the catalog designed by Delphine Kiem and Roger Rowley for last year’s exhibit by Garth Amundson and Pierre Gour, received Honorable Mention in the 2019 American Alliance of Museums Publications Design Competition. The exhibit was on display at the Prichard Art Gallery. The competition included catalog submissions from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. Read more

Post-Haste Reed Duo Album Featured in Fanfare Magazine

Posted 10/9/2019 8:50:00 PM

The Post-Haste Reed Duo, co-founded by University of Idaho Assistant Professor of Bassoon Javier Rodriguez, will be featured in the November/December 2019 issue of "Fanfare Magazine" for the release of their latest album, “Donut Robot!” The album, partially funded by a 2018 CLASS Summer Research Grant, includes all-newly commissioned music for bassoon and saxophone. Read more

U of I Coeur d'Alene Receives UEDA Award of Excellence

Posted 10/7/2019 8:19:00 PM

The University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene was recognized with the Award of Excellence from the University Economic Development Association (UEDA). Center Executive Officer Charles Buck presented the Inspire Idaho initiative at the UEDA summit Oct. 1 in Reno, Nevada. Inspire Idaho is a free app development program with 300 active participants statewide. U of I Coeur d'Alene launched the program in 2018 in an effort to reduce barriers to education. Read more

U of I Student a Finalist out of 13,000 in U.S. Cyber FastTrack Competition

Posted 10/4/2019 9:54:00 PM

University of Idaho College of Engineering senior Taegan Williams is a finalist in the U.S. Cyber FastTrack competition, earning $22,000 toward an undergraduate certificate in applied cybersecurity from the SANS Technology Institute, the world's largest information security training and certification company. Williams, a computer science major, was one of three finalists in the state of Idaho out of more than 13,000 initial competitors. Read more

Alexandra Teague's New Collection Featured in The New York Times

Posted 10/3/2019 9:21:00 PM

"Or What We'll Call Desire" – the newest published work by Associate Professor of English Alexandra Teague – is currently featured on this week's The New York Times' "The Shortlist." The review raves about Teague, who "makes her long sentences into exuberant pageants, part sex appeal, part enduring outrage, and by no means devoid of comedy." Read more

Polymorphic Games Receives Grant for Evolutionary Mobile Game

Posted 10/3/2019 9:21:00 PM

Professor Barrie Robison recently received a $74,700 IGEM grant from the Idaho State Board of Education. He and co-PI Terence Soule will use the grant to create a mobile version of the first game produced by the Polymorphic Games Studio, entitled "Darwin's Demons." The new version of Darwin's Demons will bring evolutionary procedural content generation into the world of mobile gaming. Read more

Two CLASS Faculty Earn Inaugural Idaho GEM Innovative Educator Awards

Posted 9/30/2019 9:55:00 PM

Diane Carter and Barbara Kirchmeier — both faculty in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences — were recognized for their outstanding teaching as recipients of the inaugural Idaho GEM Innovative Educator Awards, presented by the Idaho State Board of Education's General Education Committee and Capital Educators Credit Union. The pair were announced as the top statewide educators in a specific category at the annual Idaho State Board of Education General Education Summit on Sept. 19. Read more

Engineering Students Place Top Four in Global Grand Challenges Summit Competition

Posted 9/26/2019 9:35:00 PM

University of Idaho College of Engineering students traveled to London and earned top placement in the Global Grand Challenges Summit student competition, jointly organized by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Featuring 900 engineering students, entrepreneurs and industry leaders from across the globe, the Global Grand Challenges Summit is hosted by the NAE, Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Royal Academy of Engineering. Read more

Caisley Plays Produced Internationally This Fall

Posted 9/25/2019 9:59:00 PM

Two plays written by Robert Caisley, chair of the Department of Theatre Arts, will be produced internationally this fall. "Happy," which played to sold-out audiences last year in its Spanish-language premiere, has been revived for a limited engagement run at Teatro Milan in Mexico City. His play "Lucky Me" opens in October at Theater Ungelt in Prague in a new Czech translation. Read more

New Idaho Museum Features Library's Digital Collection of Historic Wallace

Posted 9/23/2019 9:34:00 PM

The Barnard-Stockbridge Museum in Wallace was created in partnership with the U of I Library's Special Collections and Digital Initiatives. The museum features historical photographs taken by Nellie Stockbridge and T.N. Barnard between 1886 and 1964 depicting North Idaho mines, towns and scenery. The photographs are part of the library's Barnard-Stockbridge Collection, and have been digitized and made available on the U of I Digital Collections website. Read more

Retirement Party Honoring Camille Hattrup Set for Sept. 27

Posted 9/20/2019 10:11:00 PM

Camille Hattrup is retiring from Facilities and a reception in her honor will take place noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, in the facilities Jacks Creek Room. Cake and drinks will be provided. Hattrup has been employed with the university since 1986. Read more

Engineering Doctoral Student Earns ASME Graduate Teaching Fellowship

Posted 9/20/2019 10:08:00 PM

Paulo Yu, a second-year doctoral student studying mechanical engineering, has been awarded an American Society of Mechanical Engineers Graduate Teaching Fellowship. The fellowship awards $5,000 for a maximum of two years and covers the cost of books, supplies and equipment for Yu's doctoral program. Read more

Lilian Alessa and Andy Kliskey awarded grant that extend the CRC’s mission

Posted 9/17/2019 10:35:00 PM

Center for Resilient Communities (CRC) Directors Lilian “Lil” Alessa and Andy Kliskey were each recently awarded National Science Foundation grants that extend the center’s mission to advance the co-production of knowledge and to pursue strategic directions in support of national resilience. Read more

New U of I Study: Wolf-relatives spend more time with pups

Posted 9/13/2019 10:11:00 PM

A study on how wolves use the space around sites where they rear pups by David Ausband from the College of Natural Resources and the Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit was recently published in the journal Animal Behavior. Read more

Virtual Technology and Design Professor Involved in Amazon-Funded Project to Design Visual World, Increase Number of Women in Engineering

Posted 9/13/2019 10:11:00 PM

Jean-Marc Gauthier, associate professor in the College of Art and Architecture's Virtual Technology and Design Program, is part of a team recently awarded a grant from multinational tech giant Amazon to develop a virtual world that encourages women to pursue traditionally male-dominated engineering fields. Read more

Scott Oplinger Retirement Recognition Sept. 20

Posted 9/13/2019 10:11:00 PM

After more than seven years of serving students and this university, Scott Oplinger will be transitioning to a full and well-earned retirement. Join in recognizing Oplinger for all of his efforts and dedication 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, ISUB Whitewater Room. Read more

College of Engineering Proposal Selected for NASA Astronaut Eye Health Study

Posted 9/12/2019 9:12:00 PM

University of Idaho College of Engineering Associate Professor Bryn Martin's research proposal to evaluate countermeasures that prevent or mitigate the signs and symptoms associated with Spaceflight Associated Neuro-ocular Syndrome (SANS) has been selected for funding through NASA's Human Research Program (HRP). Read more

Innovative Satellite Image Data Analysis System to Improve Snowmelt Runoff Modeling Across Idaho

Posted 9/12/2019 9:12:00 PM

U of I Department of Biological Engineering doctoral student Craig Woodruff and College of Engineering associate professor and Idaho State Climatologist Russell Qualls have developed a mathematical model that processes thousands of remotely sensed images to synthesize the annually recurrent pattern of snowmelt from mountainous watersheds and have applied this process to images of the Upper Snake River basin. Read more

U of I Participated in Paint the Palouse for the 30th Year

Posted 9/12/2019 1:00:00 PM

Last weekend marked the 30th year the U of I has participated in Paint the Palouse, a nonprofit event sponsored by Housing and Residence Life (led by Dee Dee Kanikkeberg, executive director) in which low-income homes in the Moscow community are selected for painting. This year, three homes were identified for participation in the event. Read more

University of Idaho Receives Idaho Hispanic Chamber Excellence Award

Posted 9/10/2019 9:06:00 PM

The University of Idaho received the Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Advocate of the Year award on Saturday, Sept. 7. The award was presented to U of I for its continued mission to increase diversity and to create a more inclusive environment for learning. U of I Boise Executive Officer Mike Satz received the award on behalf of the university. Read more

U of I Students Earn Innovations in Nuclear Technology R and D Awards

Posted 9/9/2019 10:58:00 PM

University of Idaho College of Engineering graduate student John Peterson and materials science and engineering senior James Zillinger were awarded Innovations in Nuclear Technology Research and Development Awards sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Technology Research and Development. The program recognized 25 students in 2019 for publications relevant to innovative nuclear technology. Read more

Integrated Design Lab Receives Grant to Assist Idaho's Fast-Growing Construction Industry through 3D Printing of Building Panels

Posted 9/5/2019 10:50:00 PM

Ken Baker, the director of the university's Integrated Design Lab, a research, education and outreach lab in Boise housed under the College of Art and Architecture, received a nearly $1 million grant that will positively impact Idaho's fast-growing construction industry. The grant will allow Baker and his team to develop a 3D printing process for the sustainable manufacturing of wall, floor and roof panels, made from locally sourced Idaho wood, for modular buildings. Read more

Voces del CAMPo Earns National Recognition

Posted 9/4/2019 9:48:00 PM

Voces del CAMPo, a student-led performance event conceived and hosted on the University of Idaho-Moscow campus by the Women's Center and the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), has been recognized as the 2019 Outstanding Women's and Gender Equity Centers Program by the National Women's Studies Association. Read more

Ants keep a clean house, U of I Study Finds

Posted 8/29/2019 9:44:00 PM

U of I's Jane Lucas from the Department of Soil and Water Systems published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B about Azteca alfari ant nests in trumpet trees. The study indicates that the microbial community inside ant nests differs from the community outside the nest, and nursery chambers have a lower number of bacteria species than the rest of the nest. Read more

Psychology Doctoral Student Receives National Fellowship from SOPHE/CDC

Posted 8/29/2019 9:36:00 PM

Brian Pugliese, a Ph.D. candidate in experimental psychology in the Department of Psychology and Communication Studies, was selected to be a 2019-20 student fellow by the Society for Public Health Education and the Center for Disease Control's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Read more

U of I Partners with Air Force on New Biofuel Research

Posted 8/27/2019 8:55:00 PM

The University of Idaho Advanced Biofuels Lab is partnering with the U.S. Air Force on a student-led research project to commercialize a biofuel that doesn't freeze at high altitudes and has the potential to be carbon negative. U of I recently received a U.S. Air Force Small Business Technology Transfer (AFWERX) grant of $25,000 to engage entrepreneurs in Air Force operations. The lab was one of 33 nonprofit awardees among thousands of applicants. Read more

U of I's Student Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists Receives Regional Honors

Posted 8/27/2019 8:55:00 PM

The University of Idaho's student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, a student organization in the School of Journalism and Mass Media, has been recognized as a regional leader in the organization. U of I's chapter was named the "Outstanding Campus Chapter" and the "Campus Program of the Year" for Region 10, which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Read more

Idaho Falls Professor Collaborates on Patent for Large Geographical Power Systems Stability

Posted 8/26/2019 9:40:00 PM

Dakota Roberson, assistant professor in the College of Engineering at University of Idaho, Idaho Falls, was recognized as co-inventor on a recent patent issued to the University of Wyoming. The patent gives both universities a new real-time reconfiguration method for use in large power systems, improving the ability to compensate against large electric power flow changes brought on by intermittent disturbances or even cyberattacks. Read more

Christensen Receives Grant for Nuclear Plant Control Room Simulator

Posted 8/26/2019 9:40:00 PM

Richard Christensen, director of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Idaho, Idaho Falls College of Engineering, in collaboration with professors Robert Borrelli, Michael Haney and Michael McKellar, was recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to support the installation of a NuScale reactor plant simulator. Read more

McKellar Elected Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors

Posted 8/22/2019 9:52:00 PM

College of Engineering Research Professor and Industrial Technology Program Director Michael McKellar was one of 54 academic inventors named senior member by the National Academy of Inventors this summer. NAI senior members are active faculty, scientists and administrators from member institutions who have demonstrated innovation-producing technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society. Read more

Jamie Waters Receives Fulbright Award to Cambodia

Posted 8/20/2019 9:51:00 PM

Jamie Waters, a marketing and marketing analytics student in the College of Business and Economics, has been selected for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) award to Cambodia. The ETA program places Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to local English teachers. ETAs help teach English while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. Waters is one of two ETAs selected to Cambodia this award cycle. Prior to this award, Waters also received a Benjamin A. Read more

Provide A Lab Tour to DARPA Program Officers Wednesday, Oct. 9

Posted 8/20/2019 9:49:00 PM

The Office of Research and Faculty Development is looking for individuals interested in providing lab tours during an all-day visit with officials from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program Wednesday, Oct. 9. Program directors from the Biological Technologies Office, Defense Sciences Office and Information Innovation Office will provide information on research they are interested in funding. Read more

Pi Kappa Phi Spends Summer Benefiting People With Disabilities

Posted 8/19/2019 11:44:00 PM

Ramiro Vargas, a senior film and television studies student, and several of his fraternity brothers were among hundreds of bicyclists to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities this summer. Through The Ability Experience, the philanthropic initiative of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, hundreds of bicyclists nationwide rode 12,700 miles in 33 states to contribute to the effort. Read more

Staff Recognized For Filling Role as Academic Advisors

Posted 8/16/2019 11:09:00 PM

Thanks to Melissa Adams, recruitment coordinator for the College of Art and Architecture, and Kristen McMullin, student success coordinator in University Advising Services, for handling their job duties while serving as academic advisors for the College of Art and Architecture. Adams and McMullin did an excellent job working with a new class of freshmen students at a time when the college's academic advisor position was vacant. Their extra efforts and support of the college are appreciated. Read more

Thank You Brian Borchers For Application Assistance

Posted 8/16/2019 11:04:00 PM

The Idaho IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence program extends a huge “thank you” to Brian Borchers, director of Enterprise Applications. Without his diligent and proactive work, attendees at the 2019 Idaho INBRE Statewide Research Conference would not have been able to use the event application. Thanks, Brian, for your help! Read more

U of I Boise Executive Officer Mike Satz Receives 2019 ICON Award

Posted 8/16/2019 11:04:00 PM

University of Idaho Boise Executive Officer Mike Satz was one of the Idaho Business Review’s 2019 ICON Awards recipients. The award was presented Aug. 15 to 15 Idahoans who have demonstrated a track record of leadership, professional accomplishments, community service and vision. A complete list of awardees and more information about the award is available online. Read more

Henrich Named Associate Dean of Libraries

Posted 8/9/2019 9:34:00 PM

Kristin Henrich has been appointed as the associate dean of libraries, effective July 15, 2019. Within the libraries, Henrich has most recently served as interim associate dean and will continue in her current roles as head of user and research services and liaison to the College of Art and Architecture. Read more

Desmond Banks Joins Athletics Fundraising Team in Southern Idaho

Posted 8/2/2019 8:44:00 PM

Desmond Banks '16 is the new associate director for development in southern Idaho for Vandal Athletics, effective Monday, Aug. 12. Banks will secure annual gifts for Athletics and oversee development activities, including volunteer management in southern Idaho. Read more

Caisley Named Chair of Department of Theatre Arts

Posted 7/26/2019 10:20:00 PM

Robert Caisley will serve as chair of the Department of Theatre Arts, effective Monday, Aug. 19. Caisley came to U of I in August 2001. He was promoted to associate professor and head of the Dramatic Writing Program in 2006 and then to professor of theatre in 2013. Read more

Irina Kappler-Crookston Awarded USAC Emeritus Faculty

Posted 7/26/2019 10:17:00 PM

The University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) board of directors has awarded Irina Kappler-Crookston USAC Emeritus Faculty status. The honor is granted to exceptional individuals who have contributed to USAC's evolution as a premier study abroad organization. USAC cited Kappler-Crookston's commitment to promoting international education and cross-cultural understanding. Read more

Barton Named Chair of Department of Psychology and Communication Studies

Posted 7/19/2019 9:58:00 PM

Long-term faculty member Benjamin Barton will serve as the next chair of the Department of Psychology and Communication Studies, beginning Monday, Aug. 19. Barton has been with the U of I since 2008, earning the rank of associate professor in 2014. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology from the University of Memphis and his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Read more

Prestigious Fellowship Will Support Doctoral Student’s Research in the Arctic

Posted 7/19/2019 9:56:00 PM

Andrew Maguire, a doctoral student in the College of Natural Resources, was recently awarded the Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology fellowship. Maguire, who is based at the McCall Field Campus, was one of 120 students across the nation selected for the honor. The fellowship provides $90,000 over two years. Read more

Brolley to Join International Programs Office, Open House Scheduled Thursday at LLC No. 3

Posted 7/12/2019 8:39:00 PM

Dana Brolley is the new director of International Student, Scholar and Faculty Services for the International Programs Office, effective today, July 15. Brolley brings more than 18 years of experience in higher education and worked in multiple capacities within international education, including immigration advising, enrollment management, marketing and recruitment. Read more

Grad Receives Fulbright Distinguished Teaching Award

Posted 7/12/2019 8:38:00 PM

Gerald Dalebout, an alumnus of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, is one of 25 U.S. citizens tapped to receive a prestigious Fulbright Distinguished Teaching Award. Dalebout, who earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from U of I, has taught social studies at Moscow High School since 2011. The award will allow him to live in the Netherlands and study the Dutch educational approach from January through June 2020. Read more

Dessert Reception July 15 to Say Goodbye to Jeff Dodge and Mark McLaughlin

Posted 7/5/2019 3:42:00 PM

Join the College of Law at 2 p.m. Pacific time Monday, July 15, in the foyer of the Menard Law Building to say goodbye to our colleagues. Jeff Dodge has served as an associate dean at the college since 2012. He and his husband, Mark McLaughlin in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, are leaving U of I for the Penn State University Dickinson School of Law where Dodge will begin an associate dean role. Help us thank them for their contributions to our community! Read more

Advancement's Jen Root Receives National Recognition for Career Achievement

Posted 6/28/2019 10:31:00 PM

Congratulations to Jen Root, senior director of development for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Root received the Ray A. Miller Professional Achievement Award from the National Agricultural Alumni Development Association. The award recognizes individuals for their significant career activities and accomplishments, and leadership activities in professional and community organizations. Read more

CLASS Student Receives Cultural Vistas Fellowship

Posted 6/28/2019 10:31:00 PM

Nicolas Schofield, a history and international studies student from Boise, was among 15 students in the United States named to the 2019 Class of the Cultural Vistas Fellowship. The program offers students fully funded, eight-week internships in Argentina, Germany and Hong Kong. It also includes a pre-departure virtual learning seminar, re-entry seminar and a service project to share learning with their campus and local communities. Read more

Honors Program Student Receives National Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society Scholarship

Posted 6/21/2019 10:38:00 PM

University Honors Program student Abigail Childress received a $5,000 undergraduate scholarship from the national Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society for the 2019-20 school year. The mission of Phi Eta Sigma is to encourage and reward academic excellence among freshmen in institutions of higher learning and to assist students in their future goals. Childress, who came to the University of Idaho in fall of 2017 from Dalton Gardens, embodies the society's mission. Read more

Faculty Receive ORED Funding for Early-stage Collaborative Proposal Development

Posted 6/21/2019 10:38:00 PM

The Office of Research and Economic Development congratulates the first awardees of ORED's Advancing Collaborative Efforts (ACE) program, which supports the acquisition of data, discussions about collaborative proposal ideas, and other activities that will result in the development of large, collaborative grant proposals. Nearly $98,000 in ACE funding was distributed. Read more

U of I College of Engineering Diversity Initiative Recognized by American Society for Engineering Education

Posted 6/21/2019 10:38:00 PM

The U of I College of Engineering has been recognized as a Bronze Level institution in the American Society for Engineering Education’s (ASEE) national Diversity Recognition Program. The recognition is given to universities across the U.S. that are committed to establishing support for underrepresented groups in engineering; assessing institutional policies, culture and climate; and implementing programs to strengthen K-12 and community college outreach for long-term growth. Read more

U of I Idaho Falls Professors Lend Expertise to 2019 PROSE Awards Subject Category Winner

Posted 6/21/2019 10:38:00 PM

A reference guide that includes contributions from two University of Idaho, Idaho Falls professors, "Space Safety and Human Performance," is a subject category winner in the 2019 PROSE Awards. Awarded through the Association of American Publishers, winners were selected from more than 500 entries and 165 finalists that have made significant contributions to their field of study. Read more

New ORED RISE Program Supports Four Arts and Humanities Projects in 2019

Posted 6/21/2019 10:38:00 PM

Congratulations to the recipients of the ORED RISE Arts and Humanities Project Support program, which provided more than $9,000 in ORED funding for scholarly and creative efforts in the arts and humanities that either increase the competitiveness of an external grant or support scholarship and creative work. Read more

U of I Landscape Architecture Expert Publishes Book on Singapore as Model for Green Space Design

Posted 6/21/2019 10:38:00 PM

Raffaella Sini, assistant professor in the College of Art and Architecture's Landscape Architecture Program, is publishing a book that highlights how the small island nation of Singapore, with its rapid urbanization and exponential growth since achieving sovereignty in 1965, is a “relevant case study for the planning and design of public parks and open green spaces." Read more

Help Celebrate Teresa Dillon's Retirement from U of I

Posted 6/21/2019 10:38:00 PM

Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) staff are hosting a retirement party for longtime U of I employee Teresa Dillon at 2:30 p.m. today, June 24, in the IRIC Atrium, Moscow. Dillon is retiring at the end of this month after working for the Office of the President and ORED for a combined 11 years. Dillon is well-known across the Moscow campus for her keen ability to anticipate leadership needs and ensure time is managed effectively. Read more

Bioregional Planning Expert Working with Governor to Increase Idaho’s Broadband Internet Access

Posted 6/14/2019 10:28:00 PM

Jaap Vos, head of the College of Art and Architecture's Bioregional Planning and Community Design Program, accepted an invitation this month to join Idaho's Broadband Task Force under the direction of Gov. Brad Little and the Idaho Department of Commerce. The task force will focus on defining, incentivizing and improving broadband services in Idaho to meet Little's goal of ensuring "rural and urban Idaho are connected and well-positioned to attract and create maximum success." Read more

Mellisa Clemons Receives NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowship

Posted 6/14/2019 10:26:00 PM

Congratulations to Mellisa Clemons of the Fuerst lab in the Department of Biological Sciences, who received a $25,000 NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowship for “Genetic Characterizations of Retinal Cell Signaling Proteins.” Read more

Shaping Saturn’s Rings Subject of Study

Posted 6/14/2019 10:24:00 PM

Matthew Hedman from the Department of Physics and colleagues published in Science. His study presents remote-sensing observations of the main rings of Saturn taken during the final year of the Cassini spacecraft mission. These observations revealed a wide range of structures in the rings created by massive objects like moons and interactions among the ring particles themselves. They also found variations in the ring's colors that likely reflect differences in the surfaces of the ring particles. Read more

Retirement Reception Wednesday for Myung Chun

Posted 6/14/2019 10:23:00 PM

Human Resources and the Division of Finance and Administration will host a reception in honor of Myung Chun, employment services specialist, who retires after 35-plus years of service to the University of Idaho. A reception is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, in the Bruce M. Pitman Center Vandal Ballroom. Read more

Architecture Professors Honored by Preservation Idaho for Positive Contributions to State Landmarks

Posted 6/7/2019 10:49:00 PM

In Preservation Idaho's annual awards ceremony over the weekend, University of Idaho professors from the College of Art and Architecture were honored for their positive impacts on historic preservation throughout the state. Professor Anne Marshall, Professor Emeritus Wendy McClure, Associate Professor Phillip Mead and Associate Professor Emeritus D. Read more

Which Bacteria are Spreading Antibiotic Resistance in Wastewater?

Posted 6/7/2019 10:45:00 PM

Eva Top and Thibault Stalder from the Department of Biological Sciences and the Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies published in The ISME Journal, the Multidisciplinary Journal of Microbial Ecology. The study identified bacteria that can carry antibiotic resistance genes through a wastewater treatment plant. Read more

Jeff A. Johnson Award for Excellence Awarded to U of I Director

Posted 6/7/2019 10:45:00 PM

Congratulations to Ken Baker, interim director of the University of Idaho Integrated Design Lab at the College of Art and Architecture in Boise, who received the 2019 Jeff A. Johnson Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Building Energy Codes from the U.S Department of Energy. The award recognizes Baker's outstanding accomplishments surrounding building energy codes and his impact, innovation, collaboration and passion. Read more

U of I Student Receives Prestigious Critical Language Scholarship

Posted 5/31/2019 10:13:00 PM

The University of Idaho Distinguished Scholarships Program, along with the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, is pleased to announce that Mikayla Sievers, an English graduate student, has been selected to receive a 2019 U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Panjabi in India. Read more

Carr-Chellman Wins Outstanding Assistant Professor Award

Posted 5/31/2019 10:10:00 PM

The University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education has named Davin Carr-Chellman, a faculty member in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, as the council's 2019 recipient of the Outstanding Assistant Professor Award. He was nominated by colleagues for his outstanding teaching, scholarship, outreach and service. Read more

CEHHS's Julie Amador Featured in NSF's STEM Video Showcase

Posted 5/13/2019 11:02:00 PM

Julie Amador, associate professor of mathematics education at U of I, will be featured in the 2019 STEM for All Video Showcase funded by the National Science Foundation. The event is being held online May 13-20. The presentation, "SyncOn," looks at a synchronous online model to support middle grade mathematics teachers. The project was funded by the National Science Foundation. Read more

Dr. Grace Goc Karp Retirement Announcement

Posted 5/9/2019 10:41:00 PM

Dr. Grace Goc Karp will be retiring from the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences this spring. Dr. Goc Karp joined our faculty in 1993, achieving tenure in 1995. She leaves us as a Professor of Physical Education and program coordinator for Exercise, Sport and Health Science. She was no stranger to the Vandal Family as she received two degrees from University of Idaho–an MS in Physical Education in 1981 and a doctorate in Sports Pedagogy in 1985. During her distinguished career, Dr. Read more

University of Idaho Research Hits Science Magazine

Posted 5/9/2019 10:41:00 PM

The cover of Science Magazine currently features an important discovery made by an international research team: deep-sea fish can see more than just one color. When a Switzerland- and Australia-based research team recently needed to validate their findings regarding what colors of light a deep-sea fish species could see at up to 1500 meters below the surface, they turned to scientists at the University of Idaho. Read more


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