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Zebrafish May Hold Clues for Retinal Regeneration in Humans

Posted 11/19/2020 10:17:00 PM

What can zebrafish do that humans can’t? They can regenerate damaged neurons in their retina for starters. Assistant Professor Diana Mitchell in the Department of Biological Sciences recently received $1.25 million of direct funding from the National Institutes of Health to study specialized immune cells called microglia and macrophages to determine if the function of these cells could help explain why zebrafish have this ability and humans don’t. Read more

S.J. Jung Named Editor-in-Chief of IJMME

Posted 11/13/2020 10:35:00 PM

University of Idaho Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor S.J. Jung has been appointed editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Mining and Mineral Engineering (IJMME). IJMME is the top-ranked interdisciplinary and refereed international journal that fosters innovative solutions to the safe, efficient and environmentally responsible exploration and extraction of mineral resources. Read more

U of I Boise River Research Helps State Agencies Prepare Flood Risk Reduction and Emergency Preparedness Tool

Posted 11/12/2020 9:29:00 PM

The University of Idaho College of Engineering’s Center for Ecohydraulics Research (CER) recently partnered with Boise River Flood Control District 10 and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to study streambank erosion and identify areas extreme changes could lead to weaknesses and potential flooding. Read more

Thank You to College of Science Fiscal and Administrative Staff

Posted 11/11/2020 9:59:00 PM

The College of Science thanks its fiscal and administrative team — Terry Evans, Lorrie Williams, Cindy Ball, Deb Cissell, Jana Joyce, Jaclyn Gotch, Melissa Gottschalk, Jessica DeWitt, Renee Jensen-Hasfurther, Gina Tingley, Kristi Accola, Hayley Grove and Clint McGregor — for their positive attitudes and hard work to keep the departments and college running. Read more

Thank You to Stacey Anderson

Posted 11/10/2020 12:09:00 AM

The College of Law Library would like to thank Stacey Anderson for being the “rock” of their department. She is always willing and able to help anyone with problems no matter how big or small, and her work ethic is an inspiration. Read more

WWAMI Faculty Awarded $99,000 NIH Grant to Research Underlying Causes of Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 11/5/2020 11:00:00 PM

Onesmo Balemba (PI, Department of Biological Sciences and dual appointment with WWAMI), Chantal Vella (Co-PI, Department of Movement Sciences and dual appointment with WWAMI) and Rayme Geidl (Co-PI, WWAMI, associate director of Clinical Education) were awarded a one-year, $99,000 National Institute of Health (NIH) grant through the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Diabetes Complications Consortium to explore novel causes of diabetes neuropathy (nerve … Read more

The Argonaut, Blot Earn Honors at National College Media Convention

Posted 11/3/2020 12:18:00 AM

The Associated Collegiate Press named The Argonaut, the University of Idaho’s student newspaper, a finalist in its 2020 Pacemaker awards, which are considered one of the most prestigious student media awards in the nation. The Argonaut was one of 37 finalists from four-year colleges across the country, though it was not among the 15 Pacemaker winners announced at the 2020 Fall National College Media Convention. Read more

Barb Kirchmeier Recognized as Innovative Educator for Written Communication for Second Year

Posted 10/29/2020 9:57:00 PM

University of Idaho alumna and writing instructor Barb Kirchmeier was recognized by the Idaho State Board of Education’s General Education Committee and Capital Educators Credit Union as this year’s Innovative Educator for Written Communication. It is the second consecutive year that Barb, who earned her bachelor’s degree, Master of Education and Master of Arts in English from U of I, was recognized for exceptional ability as a teacher. Read more

Congratulations to Recent U of I Distinguished Scholarship Applicants

Posted 10/21/2020 9:10:00 PM

Congratulations to 10 University of Idaho students and alumni who successfully submitted Fulbright, Marshall, Mitchell and Schwarzman Scholarship national applications in recent days. They have been working with the Distinguished Scholarships Program since Summer 2020. Read more

Book by Priscilla Wegars Is Now Available for Purchase

Posted 10/15/2020 9:21:00 PM

Priscilla Wegars, affiliate assistant professor and volunteer curator, Asian American Comparative Collection (AACC), has published “Polly Bemis: The Life and Times of a Chinese American Pioneer,” which is available for purchase online. Polly Bemis, the mistakenly named “Lalu Nathoy” of books and film, was forcibly brought to the United States and Idaho Territory in 1872 when she was 18. Read more

Yager Earns $540K in DOE Funding Toward Preserving Idaho River Systems

Posted 10/8/2020 9:07:00 PM

Elowyn Yager, University of Idaho Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering professor and Center for Ecohydraulics Research (CER) director, is part of a team working to better understand variations in riverbed nutrients and predict problems in Idaho river systems. Yager and researchers including Andy Tranmer from CER, Janice Brahney from Utah State University and Joel Rowland of Los Alamos National Laboratory were awarded $600,000 from the U.S. Read more

Thank You to PTS

Posted 9/30/2020 9:21:00 PM

The staff at the Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) office has been a great source of support for programs focusing on food security. They are a key player in the U of I Mobile Food Pantry and run a food drive annually that supports the Vandal Food Pantry. Thank you for the ongoing support and hard work. Read more

U of I Professor, Alumnus, Publish Paper in Wildlife Journal

Posted 9/25/2020 9:37:00 PM

Professor Lisette Waits and former Ph.D. student Robert Lonsinger along with researchers from Utah, California and federal agencies including the Department of the Army published a review of kit foxes, a species of concern in the Great Basin Desert, in The Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management. Read more

Kevin Chang Featured Expert on WalletHub’s 2020 Best and Worst Cities to Drive In

Posted 9/22/2020 9:35:00 PM

University of Idaho College of Engineering Associate Professor Kevin Chang is a featured expert on WalletHub’s 2020 Best and Worst Cities to Drive In. With focus on cost, safety and environmental impact, Chang shared his expertise on money-saving tips for drivers, the future of self-driving cars and changes to traffic levels amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Diana Mitchell to Present at NIH Virtual IDeA PI Meeting

Posted 9/16/2020 10:10:00 PM

Diana Mitchell, assistant professor, Biological Sciences, was selected to present her abstract entitled “Retinal Development and Regeneration from a Microglial Perspective” at the NIH virtual IDeA PI meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22. She was one of the few selected from 175 submissions to present. Read more

Janine Darragh Selected for English Language Specialist Assignment

Posted 9/11/2020 9:39:00 PM

Janine Darragh, associate professor in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, was selected by the U.S. Department of State for a three-week English Language Specialist project. The project is for Teach for Lebanon Fellows and focuses on teacher training in Lebanon. Darragh will facilitate professional development courses for graduates who will serve two years as English teachers in Lebanon schools. Read more

Thank You to Enrollment Marketing, UCM, Campus Visits, Admission Processing and Recruitment

Posted 9/10/2020 10:17:00 PM

Enrollment Marketing and University Communications and Marketing (UCM) were quick to produce multiple videos for in-person UIdaho Bound events which turned virtual. Within a week, these teams – along with colleges and college partners – produced engaging videos that guided students through the fall registration process step-by-step. The Campus Visits team hosted students and their families on campus who were interested in attending U of I as well as two large admitted student events. Read more

Engineering Senior Named TMS Structural Materials Division Scholar for Second Year

Posted 9/10/2020 10:04:00 PM

University of Idaho College of Engineering senior Jadzia Graves has been named The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society Structural Materials Division Scholar for 2021, the second year in a row. Graves received a $2,500 scholarship that also includes the Battelle Materials Graduate Student Award, for use if she chooses to participate in graduate school and continue studies in a materials-related field. Read more

Diana Mitchell Receives NIH Grant

Posted 9/9/2020 11:04:00 PM

Diana Mitchell, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was awarded a $1.25 million R01 grant award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The research will span five years and seeks to determine the function of immune cell populations in the regeneration of the zebrafish retina. Read more

Diana Mitchell Receives NIH Grant

Posted 9/9/2020 9:59:00 PM

Diana Mitchell, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was awarded a $1.25 million R01 grant award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The research will span five years and seeks to determine the function of immune cell populations in the regeneration of the zebrafish retina. Read more

Engineering Students Earn More than $160K in DOE Awards to Pursue Nuclear Programs

Posted 9/9/2020 9:56:00 PM

University of Idaho College of Engineering graduate student Kristen Geddes and undergraduate Tyler Sand received fellowship and scholarship awards through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Geddes will receive a total of $156,000 over her three-year graduate fellowship. Read more

Vandals Honored During Idaho Business Review’s Accomplished Under 40 Event

Posted 9/8/2020 10:51:00 PM

Ten Vandals were honored for making a difference in their Idaho communities during Idaho Business Review's Accomplished Under 40 award event last week. Read more

Thank You to Brandon Gardner and Sumit Shahi

Posted 9/8/2020 10:51:00 PM

Thank you to TSP Team 2 — especially Brandon Gardner and Sumit Shahi — who always make sure TRIO INSPIRE’s needs are taken care of with a friendly attitude and in a timely manner. Even more impressive is how well they are taking care of business during COVID-19. Read more

Associate Professor John Cannon Is the Idaho Teacher Educator of the Year Award Recipient

Posted 9/8/2020 10:51:00 PM

Congratulations to John Cannon, curriculum and instruction associate professor and Career and Technical Education (CTE) program coordinator, for receiving the Idaho Teacher Educator of the Year award from Career Technical Educators of Idaho. Cannon facilitates the Idaho Division of CTE’s InSpIRE to Educate program at the University of Idaho for new CTE teachers. Read more

Thanks to Kris Baird-Anderson

Posted 9/2/2020 11:04:00 PM

Thank you to Kris Baird-Anderson for all the work she has been doing for the Registrar's Office and Graduation Services. Kris has had to take on the work of several employees since the recent departure of the other employees in her department. She has always been willing to work with the College of Graduate Studies and to reach out and help students. Read more

CNR Student Investigates Impact of Native Lamprey Migration on Inland Streams

Posted 8/24/2020 10:46:00 PM

A paper co-authored by University of Idaho researcher Matthew R. Dunkle that explores how lamprey spawning migrations affect nutrients in some freshwater streams was recently published in Freshwater Biology. Dunkle, a Ph.D. Read more

Frank Wilhelm Published in North American Lake Management Society’s Lakeline Magazine

Posted 8/24/2020 10:43:00 PM

A limnology primer that distills volumes of textbooks into one article was published by University of Idaho’s Frank Wilhelm, professor of limnology and associate director, Center for Research on Invasive Species in the College of Natural Resources. The article, titled “Limnology – The Basics,” appears in the summer edition of the North American Lake Management Society’s Lakeline magazine. Read more

U of I Researchers Publish Paper on Genetic Diversity in Wolves

Posted 8/20/2020 9:32:00 PM

A study by University of Idaho researchers David E. Ausband and Lisette P. Waits that examines the effect of hunting on the genetic diversity of wolf populations was recently published in Molecular Ecology. The paper – titled “Does harvest affect genetic diversity in grey wolves?” – showed that hunting – because it creates opportunities for wolves to immigrate into nearby groups and breed – could make groups in subpopulations more related over time. Read more

U of I COVID-19 Testing Lab Up and Running

Posted 8/20/2020 9:32:00 PM

Swabbing at the Student Recreation Center continues through Tuesday, Aug. 25. Each student must be tested and cleared before participating in in-class delivery. Faculty and staff can also be tested and should schedule an appointment. Our new lab, opened in partnership with Gritman Medical Center, is now testing samples as they arrive from the swabbing site. We are one of just a few universities in the country to set up a lab and provide free testing. Read more

U of I Sociology Professor Dilshani Sarathchandra Earns Teaching Award

Posted 7/10/2020 9:57:00 PM

Dilshani Sarathchandra, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Idaho, was recognized for her innovative and creative approaches to teaching and her commitment to mentoring students. Sarathchandra received the Early Career Award for Innovation in Teaching Sociology from the Pacific Sociological Association. The award honors and encourages the work of junior faculty who typically have fewer than seven years of teaching experience. Read more

Professor Gabriel P. Potirniche Named New Chair of Department of Mechanical Engineering

Posted 6/12/2020 10:32:00 PM

Mechanical Engineering Professor Gabriel P. Potirniche will begin his position as chair of the University of Idaho College of Engineering Department of Mechanical Engineering on Sunday, June 28. Potirniche was recently promoted to full professor in mechanical engineering at U of I. He received his doctorate from Mississippi State University and joined U of I in 2007 as an assistant professor. He teaches and performed research in computational solid mechanics. Read more

Virtual Engineering Design EXPO Welcomes K-12 Across Three Countries

Posted 6/12/2020 10:30:00 PM

This year’s virtual Engineering Design EXPO had more than 14,000 unique visitors log on to explore capstone projects, and judges scored 41 virtual capstone presentations during 20 hours of simultaneous Zoom sessions. This year’s virtual K-12 program, the EXPO Extended Experience, welcomed fifth through 12th graders to participate in hands-on activities and submit completed projects to win prizes and a $4,000 U of I scholarship. Read more

Western U.S. Will Face Farming Challenges as Snow Falls as Rain

Posted 5/21/2020 9:45:00 PM

In some regions, warming from climate change is causing precipitation to fall as rain instead of snow. It is also altering the timing of snowmelt to shift and become out of synch with irrigation demands for agriculture. John Abatzoglou — from the Department of Geography — and his colleagues looked at how snowmelt affects food production and how changes in snowmelt may threaten food production in irrigated regions globally. Read more

Faculty Senate Announces New Leadership, Thanks Members

Posted 5/14/2020 10:53:00 PM

Congratulations to new Faculty Senate leadership for 2020-21, Barbara Kirchmeier, senate chair, and Russell Meeuf, senate vice chair. New senate members are Amin Ahmadzadeh, Teresa Cohn, Dan Hickman, Deb McIntosh, Kelly Quinnett, Bob Rinker and Elizbeth Wargo. A special thanks to Terry Greib for his leadership over the past year as senate chair and Kirchmeier for her work as vice chair. Read more

CLASS Awards Four Olsson Early Career Fellowships for FY21

Posted 5/14/2020 10:49:00 PM

Four faculty members from the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences have been awarded Olsson Early Career Fellowships. This program aims to help recently hired faculty develop scholarly/creative programs that promote research and creative activities in the humanities, arts and social sciences that will attract outside funding and/or that will result in publications, patents or exhibitions/performances. Read more

NEH Grant Provides Nelson Chance to Raise Visibility of Women in the 17th Century

Posted 5/12/2020 10:32:00 PM

University of Idaho Associate Professor of French Sarah Nelson has been awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend for her literary research project. The $6,000 grant allows Nelson and a student to continue research on Italian-French noblewoman Marie Mancini, including publishing a website containing transcriptions, translations and annotations of letters by Mancini. Read more

Third U of I Student Receives Fulbright Award

Posted 5/8/2020 10:04:00 PM

Olivia Comstock (Philosophy, 2019 CLASS graduate, 2019 University Honors Program graduate) has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year. During her Open Study/Research award to Germany, Comstock will use her wide-ranging education in philosophy, art and gender theory to examine practical approaches to engage the public with art museums. Comstock joins two U of I Fulbright students announced earlier this semester: Michael Bishop (M.F.A. Read more

Record Number of Honors Program Students Complete Honors Theses, Present Research at Bi-Annual Honors Forum

Posted 5/8/2020 10:00:00 PM

A record number of nine students are completing an honors thesis this year as part of the University Honors Program’s curriculum. Seven students presented their faculty-led, original research at the bi-annual University Honors Program Research and Creative Scholarship Forum on May 6, in partial fulfillment of their honors thesis requirements. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, last week’s forum was conducted virtually for the first time. Read more

Key Grant Supports Research on Rhetoric and Hate Crimes in Trump Era

Posted 5/4/2020 11:54:00 PM

A college-wide grant will continue the work of Kelley Massingale, a junior from Imbler, Oregon, majoring in sociology with a criminology emphasis, and Omi Hodwitz, assistant professor of criminology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The pair are recipients of the Undergraduate Collaborative Research Key Grant from the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. Read more

Farjahan Shawon Receives Athena Student Excellence Award

Posted 5/4/2020 11:52:00 PM

Farjahan Shawon, a Ph.D. candidate in the Curriculum and Instruction Department, has been awarded the Athena Student Excellence Award for her commitment to educational access and equality for all. Shawon's dissertation research is motivated by a personal passion to enable quality education for communities across the globe, using online education tools to overcome geographic boundaries. Read more

Drought in Southwestern North America is Second Worst in Last 1,200 Years

Posted 4/22/2020 11:00:00 PM

John Abatzoglou — from the Department of Geography — and his colleagues used modeling and tree ring data to analyze the drought in southwestern North America that has lasted through the 21st century. They found that the 2000-18 drought was the second driest 19-year period in the region in the last 1,200 years. Read more

Celebrate Greek Life Work and Achievements

Posted 4/22/2020 11:00:00 PM

Greek Life has created a video to recognize the outstanding work of the Greek community this year. Typically, a banquet recognizing the work and achievement of students and advisors is held. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event took place remotely. See the video. Read more

Adam Sowards’s New Book on Environmental Activism is Now Available

Posted 4/16/2020 11:00:00 PM

In 1966, tension mounted in Washington state between local and national conservationists and Kennecott Copper Corporation, which planned to mine Miners Ridge for its vast quantities of copper. Read more

U of I Faculty Members Investigate the Future of Educational Spaces in the Era of COVID-19

Posted 4/16/2020 11:00:00 PM

Elizabeth Wargo in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences recently published a conceptual article titled, “Intertwined Higher Education Places and Spaces,” in Journal for the Study of Postsecondary Education. Drawing on U.S. higher education's rapid transition to online education in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, dichotomous thinking about education space is investigated by examining how the physical is intertwined with the digital. Read more

Faculty Named Best Educators in General Education Areas

Posted 4/10/2020 11:58:00 PM

Last May, the university was asked to name faculty to represent the best educators in the six general education areas referred to as “The Ways of Knowing” for the Idaho State Board of Education General Education Teaching Awards. Read more

Rural Studies Program and Extension Develop Infographics for COVID-19 in Idaho

Posted 4/10/2020 11:55:00 PM

The Rural Studies Program and U of I Extension have developed infographics for every county in Idaho and the state to manage the unknown around the threat of coronavirus (COVID-19). The infographics show an interactive map and the confirmed cases of COVID-19. It also exhibits the number of hospital beds and a variety of socio-demographic data to aid in response and mitigation. Read more

Ashley Kerr Publishes Book on Gender and Race in Argentina

Posted 4/6/2020 10:29:00 PM

“Sex, Skulls, and Citizens: Gender and Racial Science in Argentina (1860-1910)” by Ashley Kerr, assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, has been published by Vanderbilt University Press. Kerr’s work argues that indigenous and creole women played a fundamental role in the development of Argentine racial science and its application to efforts to control indigenous populations as the nation modernized and expanded. Read more

Architectural Design Competition Sees Highest Participation; Three Winners Named

Posted 4/1/2020 10:24:00 PM

Mariah Soriano, Kevin Brzezicki and Claire Trout earned top honors for designs they submitted to the 50th Edition of the Idaho Concrete Masonry Association-sponsored Architectural Design Competition last month. Students were tasked with conceptualizing the design of a new Airport Terminal for the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport. The competition required the use of concrete masonry in the building. Read more

Two CLASS Students Receive Fulbright Awards for 2020-21

Posted 4/1/2020 10:20:00 PM

Two students from the University of Idaho’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for the 2020-21 academic year. Michael Bishop, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative writing from Waianae, Hawaii, received a Fulbright Open Study/Research Award to New Zealand. Read more

Cieslik-Miskimen Honored for Paper on 20th Century Small-Town Papers

Posted 3/31/2020 11:09:00 PM

Caitlin Cieslik-Miskimen, an assistant professor of journalism and mass media in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, was recognized for her scholarship by the International Communication Association (ICA), an international organization advancing the scholarly study of human communication. Her paper, “Navigating the Urban-Rural Divide: The Small-City Newspaper in the American Historical Narrative,” was named a top paper in the communication history division. Read more

INBRE Faculty Donate Medical Supplies to Gritman in COVID-19 Support

Posted 3/31/2020 11:07:00 PM

Idaho INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research) administrators donated about 33 boxes of personal protective equipment from a previous National Institutes of Health (NIH) research project to Gritman Medical Center as the hospital prepares for COVID-19. Retired laboratory technician Claudia Deobald alerted INBRE Associate Director Scott Minnich that Gritman needed the equipment. Read more

Model EU Student Awarded ‘Outstanding Delegate’

Posted 3/30/2020 10:53:00 PM

Emma Williams, a junior majoring in history, won Outstanding Delegate honors for her strong performance at the West Coast Model EU Conference March 6-7 in Seattle, Washington. Williams was part of a team of six College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences students representing the University of Idaho at the event. Read more

Idaho Clean Snowmobile Team Placed Fourth in National SAE Challenge

Posted 3/25/2020 10:35:00 PM

The University of Idaho College of Engineering's Idaho Clean Snowmobile Team earned fourth place overall in the gasoline spark-ignited class at the 2020 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Clean Snowmobile Challenge held March 9-14. The U of I team competed against 23 teams across the U.S. and Canada in a weeklong challenge to produce innovative solutions to make cleaner, quieter and more efficient snowmobiles that are practical for manufacturers and enthusiasts alike. Read more

Women's Center Announces Recipients of the 2020 Virginia Wolf Distinguished Service Awards

Posted 3/24/2020 10:25:00 PM

The Women’s Center announced the recipients of the 2020 Virginia Wolf Distinguished Service Awards. This year’s honorees are: Samragyee Gautam (Student Award), Leontina Hormel (Faculty/Staff Award) and Maureen Taylor Regan (Community Member Award). Virginia (Ginny) Wolf was a professor of physical education at U of I from 1964-82. Read more

COVID-19 Virtual Forum Organized by Medical Education Program Hits Maximum Attendees

Posted 3/24/2020 10:21:00 PM

A virtual forum on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic organized on Tuesday by the University of Idaho’s medical education program Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) reached the 500 maximum number of visitors within the first five minutes of the session. The number was expanded from 200 to 500 due to the extreme interest from health care providers throughout the state. Read more

Biological Diversity Treaty Needs to Protect Diversity of Wild Species

Posted 3/12/2020 10:32:00 PM

The proposed post-2020 goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity — a treaty signed by 195 countries — do not sufficiently consider genetic diversity, writes evolutionary biologist Paul Hohenlohe and his colleagues in a letter published in Science. Read more

Doctoral Student Earns Women in Transportation SW Idaho Leadership Scholarship

Posted 3/12/2020 10:29:00 PM

Engineering doctoral student Nuzhat Yamin is the winner of the $1,500 Women in Transportation (WTS) SW Idaho Leadership Scholarship. Yamin will advance to the national scholarship competition for a chance to earn $5,000. WTS awards scholarships to women pursuing careers in transportation through an undergraduate or graduate program. Awards are based on transportation goals, academic standing and demonstration of skills and abilities in leadership. Read more

CALS/ARI Students Win Travel Awards for Aquaculture Conference in Hawaii

Posted 3/11/2020 9:26:00 PM

Kimia Kajbaf and Amit Yadav, two CALS Ph.D. candidates conducting research at U of I’s Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI) under Assistant Professor Vikas Kumar, received student travel awards for last month’s Aquaculture 2020 conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. The awards, distributed through the U.S. Aquaculture Society (USAS) Student Travel Program, included free registration to the Aquaculture 2020 conference, as well as monetary awards to cover their travel costs. Read more

U of I Student Debate Club Members Earn Second-Place Honors

Posted 3/11/2020 9:22:00 PM

Members of the University of Idaho Student Debate Club earned second-place honors in their first two International Public Debate Association (IPDA) spring competitions. Read more

Engineering and Business Students Win $10,000 at the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge

Posted 3/10/2020 10:40:00 PM

Student entrepreneurs won second place and $10,000 after pitching CatheterX, a multi-channeled, spiral-designed urinary catheter. Their unique design decreases the number of catheter-related infections, saving thousands of lives while reducing costs for hospitals. CatheterX started as a senior project with Edward Hall, Elena Tipton and Amy Macias in the College of Engineering. Read more

VandalStar Progress Survey Numbers Hold Steady for Spring

Posted 3/10/2020 10:38:00 PM

In mid-February, course instructors reviewed students’ academic performance by submitting Early Warning Grade Progress Surveys in VandalStar. More than 7,700 VandalStar flags and kudos were added to students’ accounts in a 10-day period. Student outreach and follow-up appointments with advisors and academic support staff continue as a result. Of the total 1,019 course sections instructors were asked to assess, the completion rate was 53%. Read more

Blevins Explores Misogyny in Media in Latest Publication

Posted 3/9/2020 11:52:00 PM

Social media activity and conversations around #takeaknee is at the center of a new publication by Katie Blevins, an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Media. Read more

Casey Johnson Named IJPS Competition Finalist

Posted 3/9/2020 11:05:00 PM

Casey Johnson, assistant professor of philosophy in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, was named a finalist in the International Journal of Philosophical Studies (IJPS)’s 2019 Robert Papazian Essay Competition. Submissions are judged on their originality, engagement with topic, contribution to the field and quality of argument. Read more

Tree Ring Grant Will Allow Look at Past Temperatures in Eastern U.S.

Posted 3/9/2020 11:05:00 PM

U of I geographer Grant Harley and colleagues will be using tree rings to reconstruct summer air temperature in the Eastern United States, from North Carolina to maritime Eastern Canada. Past research has documented temperatures over the last roughly 120 years, and with the help of a $360,000 National Science Foundation grant, this new work will look back over the past 300-500 years of temperatures. Read more

Dainoff Explores Intellectual Property Laws in “Democracy and Security”

Posted 3/6/2020 12:13:00 AM

Clinical Assistant Professor Charles Dainoff explores the relationship between intellectual property and the transfer of military technology in the February 2020 edition of “Democracy and Security.” His article, “Arms Transfers, Intellectual Property, and the Diffusion of Military Technology,” uses international arms transfer data to analyze the robustness of a country’s intellectual property protection and its relationship to international arms sales. Read more

Vandal Swim and Dive Named to Scholar All-American Team

Posted 3/3/2020 12:15:00 AM

Congratulations to the entire Vandals Swimming and Diving roster for being named to the Scholar All-American Team by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America. Read more

Katherine Himes Invited to National Science Diplomacy Roundtable

Posted 3/3/2020 12:15:00 AM

Katherine Himes, director of the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research, is invited to participate in the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Roundtable on Global Science Diplomacy Monday, March 23, in Washington D.C. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the G-Science meeting, representing academies of the G7 countries and seven additional academies. Read more

Climate Skepticism and Pro-Environmentalism Often Coincide

Posted 2/27/2020 12:19:00 AM

Many climate change skeptics hold pro-environmental views, according to a U of I study by researchers Kristin Haltinner and Dilshani Sarathchandra. The researchers interviewed 33 Idahoan climate skeptics and found that many had concerns about pollution and deforestation and supported policies for clean air and water and alternative energy sources. Read more

“Exposing Slavery” Named Finalist for 2020 AAP PROSE Awards

Posted 2/21/2020 12:43:00 AM

Matthew Fox-Amato, assistant professor of history, has received additional accolades for his book “Exposing Slavery: Photography, Human Bondage, and the Birth of Modern Visual Politics in America.” The book was named a finalist for the Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) 2020 Professional and Scholarship Excellence (PROSE) Awards, honoring scholarly works published in 2019 that make a significant contribution to a field of study. Read more

U of I Grad Student Earns 3MT State Title

Posted 2/20/2020 3:00:00 PM

University of Idaho graduate student Maribel Alfaro’s presentation on “Microbial Metabolomics: From Manure to Bioplastics” earned her the state title in the 2020 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition in Boise. The competition challenges graduate students to present their research in three minutes or less using only one slide. Alfaro competed against 11 other graduate students from U of I, Boise State University and Idaho State University to earn the title and a $500 grand prize. Read more

Matthew Fox-Amato’s Book a Finalist for the Lincoln Prize

Posted 2/11/2020 12:49:00 AM

“Exposing Slavery: Photography, Human Bondage and the Birth of Modern Visual Politics in America” by Matthew Fox-Amato, assistant professor of history, continues to garner accolades. The book is a finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, awarded to the best scholarly work that enhances the public’s understanding of the Civil War era. More than 100 submissions were received for this year’s prize, awarded by Gettysburg College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Read more

Tech Savvy Teachers

Posted 1/30/2020 10:20:00 PM

U of I’s Tonia Dousay and Cassidy Hall, from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, are partnering with Google to produce future Idaho teachers ready to effectively use technology in the classroom. Read more

Multiple U of I Research and Outreach Projects Receive IHC Grant

Posted 1/30/2020 9:52:00 PM

Five different University of Idaho projects received grants last month from the Idaho Humanities Council (IHC). The university’s Common Read program received financial support for Tommy Orange’s keynote address, and the Department of English received funds for the inaugural Palouse Literary Festival, held in October, which brought three authors from different genres to Moscow. Read more

Michael Haney Named One of Idaho’s Brightest Stars

Posted 1/28/2020 9:42:00 PM

University of Idaho, Idaho Falls assistant professor Michael Haney was named one of Idaho’s Brightest Stars of 2020. He will be recognized during a ceremony at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Center for Higher Education Building, Room 104, in Idaho Falls. Established in 2001, the Brightest Stars Awards recognize individuals, businesses, nonprofits and civic organizations, teachers, veterans and students for their commitment to volunteerism. Read more

U of I Recognized for Best Online Social Science Programs by Intelligent

Posted 1/25/2020 12:41:00 AM

The University of Idaho was recognized as one of the Best Online Colleges by Intelligent, noting U of I as having the Best Social Science Programs among its 60 top picks. U of I ranked No. 20 overall. The university’s online undergraduate degrees — offered by the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences — include degrees in communication, criminology, general studies, history, organizational sciences and psychology. Read more

Rangeland Center Members Contribute to Translational Animal Science

Posted 1/21/2020 10:08:00 PM

Six Rangeland Center members recently published papers in a journal dedicated to animal science. The Translational Animal Science’s December 2019 issue featured University of Idaho faculty and graduate students from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the College of Natural Resources and U of I Extension. Read more

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

"Exposing Slavery" Named Must-Read Book

Posted 1/10/2020 12:43:00 AM

"Exposing Slavery: Photography, Human Bondage, and the Birth of Modern Visual Politics in America" by Matthew Fox-Amato, assistant professor of history, was recently named a "must-read book on race and hate" by "The Advocate," the largest LGBT magazine in the United States. The article noted, "From current and ex-slaves to free Americans and abolitionists, 'Exposing Slavery' brings much needed awareness to one of the ugliest periods in this country's history." 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


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