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Honors Program Student Receives National Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society Scholarship

Posted Fri, 21 Jun 2019 15:38:00 -0700

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. Childress is pursuing three majors at the University of Idaho: biochemistry, microbiology and Spanish. She is also a member of the pre-health professional program, actively involved in the U of I chapter of Phi Eta Sigma and the University Honors Program. Read more

Faculty Receive ORED Funding for Early-stage Collaborative Proposal Development

Posted Fri, 21 Jun 2019 15:38:00 -0700

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 Fri, 21 Jun 2019 15:38:00 -0700

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 Fri, 21 Jun 2019 15:38:00 -0700

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. The book includes contributions from Lee Ostrom, University of Idaho associate dean in the College of Engineering and center executive officer in Idaho Falls; and Cheryl Wilhelmsen, Idaho Falls technology management and industrial technology program director. Read more

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

Posted Fri, 21 Jun 2019 15:38:00 -0700

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 Fri, 21 Jun 2019 15:38:00 -0700

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 Fri, 21 Jun 2019 15:38:00 -0700

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. She is also known for her polite demeanor and cheerful conversations with fellow staff members. This is the best opportunity to drop in and say good-byes before she leaves Idaho. Read more

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

Posted Fri, 14 Jun 2019 15:28:00 -0700

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 Fri, 14 Jun 2019 15:26:00 -0700

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 Fri, 14 Jun 2019 15:24:00 -0700

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 Fri, 14 Jun 2019 15:23:00 -0700

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 Fri, 07 Jun 2019 15:49:00 -0700

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. Nels Reese were recognized for their contributions to the peer-reviewed online encyclopedia, Archipedia, which features the country's most architecturally significant structures, published by the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH). Read more

Which Bacteria are Spreading Antibiotic Resistance in Wastewater?

Posted Fri, 07 Jun 2019 15:45:00 -0700

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. These findings may help scientists determine how resistance emerges and disseminates, limit the spread of antibiotic resistance and predict which antibiotic resistance genes will show up in future infectious disease outbreaks. Read more

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

Posted Fri, 07 Jun 2019 15:45:00 -0700

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 Fri, 31 May 2019 15:13:00 -0700

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 Fri, 31 May 2019 15:10:00 -0700

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. The University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education is an organization composed of 20 major universities that provide research, service, teacher education and advance graduate studies in career and technical education and human resource development. The council's activities are accomplished through the cooperative efforts of the member universities by contributing human and material resources to inter-institutional projects that exceed the scope and capabilities of any one university. Read more

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

Posted Mon, 13 May 2019 16:02:00 -0700

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 Thu, 09 May 2019 15:41:00 -0700

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. Goc Karp has served as Assistant Chair and taught across the curriculum in Exercise, Sport and Health Science. She has consulted with the states of Idaho and Washington on standards, assessments and after-school programs. Dr. Goc Karp has been an invaluable mentor and part of our team for more than two decades. Read more

University of Idaho Research Hits Science Magazine

Posted Thu, 09 May 2019 15:41:00 -0700

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. Biological Sciences Research Assistant Professor and CMCI Modeling Fellow Jagdish Patel and Biological Sciences Professors Deborah Stenkamp and Celeste Brown used Patel's newly developed computational molecular simulation based approach to generate a mathematical model to predict color sensitivity. Read more

University of Idaho earns STARS Silver rating for Sustainability Achievements

Posted Tue, 07 May 2019 15:29:00 -0700

The University of Idaho has earned a Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) Silver rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS measures and encourages sustainability in all sectors of higher education. Read more

Virtual Technology and Design Students Win Several Awards for Visualization Therapy and Garment Design App

Posted Mon, 06 May 2019 15:58:00 -0700

Students in the College of Art and Architecture's Virtual Technology and Design Program have received several awards this semester at business competitions across the country. Read more

Leontina Hormel Wins Environmental Sociology Award

Posted Mon, 06 May 2019 15:01:00 -0700

Leontina Hormel, professor of sociology in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, was recently named the winner of the 2019 Environmental Sociology Practice and Outreach Award. Read more

Engineering Teams Pitch Business Plans to Save Lives and the Planet

Posted Fri, 03 May 2019 15:42:00 -0700

University of Idaho College of Engineering students earned second and third place plus additional funding for two business plan pitches during the College of Business and Economics' Idaho Pitch Competition last Friday. Read more

Engineering Team Earns Honorable Mention in 2019 TMS Bladesmithing Competition

Posted Fri, 03 May 2019 15:38:00 -0700

An interdisciplinary University of Idaho College of Engineering team won honorable mention in the 2019 Bladesmithing Competition hosted by The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. Read more

Two CLASS Employees Earn NACADA Recognition

Posted Thu, 02 May 2019 08:09:00 -0700

One staff member and one faculty member in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences received honors from NACADA – an international organization supporting quality academic advising in higher education institutions. Leonard Garrison, a professor in the Lionel Hampton School of Music, received the Faculty Excellence in Advising Award at the NACADA Region 8 Conference. In addition, Kristi Overfelt, director of student services for CLASS, was selected as one of only ten internationally to serve as a mentor for the 2019-2021 Class of Emerging Leaders for NACADA. The purpose of the Emerging Leader Program is to provide an intentional and focused mentoring experience to those who are interested in becoming more involved in the association. Congratulations to both Leonard and Kristi for these well-deserved honors. Read more

Daniel Campbell Wins Award for Productivity Reporting Tool

Posted Tue, 30 Apr 2019 14:13:00 -0700

Congratulations to Daniel Campbell, director of assessment and accreditation with the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences who accepted the Western Academic Leadership Forum's (WALF) Colleague's Choice Award for a faculty productivity reporting tool developed at the University of Idaho. The honor was presented on April 25 at the group's annual meeting in Boulder, Colorado. Read more

Fox-Amato's New Book "Exposing Slavery" Receives Acclaim

Posted Tue, 30 Apr 2019 14:13:00 -0700

Matthew Fox-Amato, assistant professor of history, has published a new book titled, "Exposing Slavery: Photography, Human Bondage and the Birth of Modern Visual Politics in America." The book explores how photography altered the history of American slavery by examining how the medium enabled slaveholders to defend slavery, enslaved people to resist bondage, abolitionists to mobilize opposition and Civil War soldiers to envision racial hierarchy. It draws on an original source base that includes hundreds of unpublished and little-studied photographs of enslaved people, free African Americans and abolitionists. Since publishing in April, "Exposing Slavery" was positively reviewed in The Wall Street Journal and featured on the New Books Network podcast. Read more

University Communications and Marketing Earn Idaho Press Club Awards

Posted Tue, 30 Apr 2019 04:00:00 -0700

Congratulations to University Communications and Marketing for winning a number of awards from the Idaho Press Club. Our 2018 winners are: Brian Keenan — First in public affairs annual report for "Idaho Impact" and public affairs editorial writing for editorial guest columns; Leigh Cooper and Kate Keenan — Second and third in public relations feature writing for "Wildfires in the West" and "First-Gen Architecture Student Sets Sights on Affordable Housing"; Leigh Cooper, Brad Gary and Sara Zaske — First in public relations media campaign for "Climate Change"; and Leigh Cooper — First in audio public affairs program for "The Vandal Theory: Episode 1". Read more

Student Receives Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Posted Mon, 29 Apr 2019 14:09:00 -0700

The University of Idaho Distinguished Scholarships Program, along with the University Honors Program and the College of Science is pleased to announce that Samuel Myers, a Mathematics and Physics undergraduate student, has been selected to receive the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship through the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Read more

Retirement Celebration in Honor of Jay Pengilly

Posted Thu, 25 Apr 2019 14:25:00 -0700

The College of Art and Architecture is hosting a retirement celebration in honor of Jay Pengilly, technical shop director, who has been a valued part of the college for nearly 24 years. The reception will take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, at the Prichard Art Gallery, Moscow. Read more

Golf Course Director Doug Tyler to Retire

Posted Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:13:00 -0700

Doug Tyler is retiring this month from the University of Idaho after many years of being the face of the golf course. Stop by the golf course from 2-4 p.m. Monday, April 29, to wish Doug farewell. Read more

Two U of I Students Earn Udall Honorable Mentions

Posted Thu, 18 Apr 2019 14:07:00 -0700

The University of Idaho Distinguished Scholarships Program, along with the University Honors Program and the College of Natural Resources, is pleased to announce that two U of I students, Kassandra Townsend and Madi Thurston, have earned Honorable Mentions in the Udall Scholarship 2019 competition. Udall Scholarships and Honorable Mentions are awarded to students based on their commitment to careers in the environment, Native health care or tribal public policy; leadership potential; record of public service; and academic achievement. Read more

Researchers Identify Seasonal Lakes at Titan's North Pole

Posted Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:07:00 -0700

U of I doctoral graduate Shannon MacKenzie, Associate Professor Jason Barnes and Assistant Professor Matthew Hedman from the Department of Physics published in Nature Astronomy. Using Cassini spacecraft observations, the team identified three north pole lakes that seem to disappear between winter and summer on Titan, Saturn's largest moon. Their findings likely provide regional evidence for seasonal changes in evaporation and precipitation and may have implications for sediment processing and habitability. Read more

Margaret Vaughn Wins Exemplary Paper Award

Posted Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:02:00 -0700

Congratulations to the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences’ Margaret Vaughn for her paper, "Documenting Adaptive Instruction: The Adaptive Teaching Observation Protocol." The paper earned her the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) Classroom Observation Special Interest Groups’ 2018 Exemplary Paper Award. Vaughn received her award at the AERA's conference in Toronto, Ontario. Read more

Damon Burton Wins Outstanding Individual Award

Posted Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:00:00 -0700

Damon Burton of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences was selected to receive the Idaho Recreation and Park Association's Outstanding Individual Award for 2019. His selection was based on his 30 years as a member of the City of Moscow Parks and Recreation Commission. During his tenure on the Commission, Burton served as chair and helped usher in the Hamilton-Lowe Aquatics Center, Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center, Moscow School District Community Play Fields and Paradise Path and the associated pathways. He also influenced the construction of a number of new parks. Burton served on the Pathways Commission (formerly known as the Linear Park Task Force) for five years and has been a key player in the development of three Parks and Recreation master plans. Read more

Idaho Universities Join Forces to Launch Policy Fellowship Program

Posted Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:09:00 -0700

MOSCOW, Idaho — April 17, 2019 — Idaho’s three universities are teaming up to provide Idaho scientists and engineers the opportunity to learn firsthand about policymaking through a yearlong fellowship. The Idaho Science and Technology Policy Fellowship (ISTPF) is a nonpartisan professional development program led by the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research at the University of Idaho. The ISTPF is committed to connecting doctoral-level scientists and engineers to the development and implementation of relevant state policies. Graduate and professional students, postdoctoral fellows and assistant professors at U of I, Boise State University and Idaho State University will be invited to participate in various aspects of the fellowship. Including future leaders will help Idaho develop a trained workforce in science and technology policy. Read more

Center for Digital Inquiry and Learning Selects 2019 Fellows

Posted Tue, 16 Apr 2019 14:05:00 -0700

As part of the third cohort of Digital Scholarship Fellows, four faculty members and two students will pursue digital humanities research with support from the Center for Digital Inquiry and Learning (CDIL). The Digital Scholarship Fellowship programs are supported by the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) and the University of Idaho Library, as well as the Office of Research and Economic Development, College of Graduate Studies and the Office of Undergraduate Research. Read more

U of I Researcher Jill Johnson Publishes Paper on Heat Shock Proteins in Nature Communications

Posted Mon, 15 Apr 2019 14:29:00 -0700

Professor Jill Johnson, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Alberta and the University of Würzburg, recently published a paper in Nature Communications titled, "The Conserved NxNNWHW Motif in Aha1-Type Co-Chaperones Modulates the Kinetics of Hsp90 ATPase Stimulation and is Essential for In Vivo Function." This research seeks to understand how Hsp90 partners with interacting cochaperones to help 10-15 percent of cellular proteins fold properly. Read more

Clint Elg to Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Posted Fri, 12 Apr 2019 14:49:00 -0700

Clint Elg is one of only 2,050 students nationwide who is receiving the prestigious and very competitive National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship this year. Elg is a doctoral student in the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program and is in the lab of Biological Sciences Professor Eva Top. Read more

Rangeland Center Members Contribute to Western Economics Forum

Posted Mon, 08 Apr 2019 14:30:00 -0700

Four Rangeland Center members recently published papers in a journal issue dedicated to rangeland economics. The Western Economics Forum's Spring 2019 issue featured University of Idaho faculty from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), the College of Natural Resources (CNR), and Extension. Authors included Assistant Professor of Ag Economics and Rural Sociology Katherine Lee (CALS); Assistant Professor of Ag Economics and Rural Sociology and Director of the Rural Studies Program Paul Lewin (CALS); Professor of Agricultural Economics and Director of the Environmental Science Program J.D. Wulfhorst (CNR); Extension Educator and County Chair for Owyhee County Scott Jensen (Extension); and Emeritus Professor of Ag Economics and Rural Sociology Neil Rimbey (CALS). Read more

Larry Forney to Present Lecture at Indiana University School of Medicine and the Division of Infectious Diseases

Posted Fri, 05 Apr 2019 16:20:00 -0700

Larry Forney, university distinguished professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was invited to present the 33rd annual Sexually Transmitted Diseases Lecture by the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Division of Infectious Diseases. This lecture is sponsored by an endowment from the class of 1947, spearheaded by a gift by Dorothy Lansing and her spouse, Robert Penman. Read more

Congratulations to Promotion and Tenure Recipients

Posted Fri, 05 Apr 2019 16:18:00 -0700

The University of Idaho extends warm congratulations to the faculty members who have recently been awarded promotion and/or tenure (effective with their appointment in fiscal year 2019). For a complete list of awardees, visit the Excellence Awards webpage. Read more

Polymorphic Games Interns Win Big at the North Idaho Science and Engineering Fair

Posted Thu, 04 Apr 2019 13:50:00 -0700

Emily Ball and Ari Carter, high school interns in University of Idaho's Polymorphic Games studio, had a resoundingly successful day at the North Idaho Science and Engineering Fair in early March, leaving the event with three major awards and two special ones. Read more

Biological Sciences Researcher Diana Mitchell Published in Scientific Reports - Nature

Posted Mon, 01 Apr 2019 16:37:00 -0700

Assistant Professor Diana Mitchell, in collaboration with Deb Stenkamp of the Department of Biological Sciences and the IBEST GRC, recently published a paper in the Scientific Reports - Nature Journal titled "Regeneration Associated Transcriptional Signature of Retinal Microglia and Macrophages." Funding for this work was provided by Idaho INBRE through a technology access grant awarded to Mitchell and an National Institutes of Health R21 grant awarded to Stenkamp. Their research seeks to understand the remarkable capacity in which zebrafish can regenerate retinal neurons, in this case with a focus on immune cell populations present during retinal repair. Read more

College of Science Staff, Faculty and Graduate Student Awards for 2019

Posted Fri, 29 Mar 2019 14:41:00 -0700

The College of Science held its annual staff, faculty and graduate student awards ceremony on Monday, March 25. The students who received the Dean's Graduate Award were Andrew Canada (Geology), Rosebella Capio (Statistical Science), Rajani Dhingra (Physics), Sarah Hendricks (BCB), Laura Jenkins (Biological Sciences) , Dan Reiss (Mathematics), David Russell (Geography). Sarah Hendricks also received the Diane Haynes Memorial Award as the college's outstanding graduating graduate student. Read more

Center for Digital Inquiry and Learning Showcase a Success Thanks to Evan Williamson

Posted Fri, 29 Mar 2019 14:35:00 -0700

The Center for Digital Inquiry and Learning (CDIL) Showcase that was rescheduled because of weather, was finally held on Wednesday, Feb. 27. In spite of the fact that the weather was still bad, the event was a big success thanks to Evan Williamson, the digital infrastructure librarian. He works with Data and Digital Services and succeeds in bringing cool projects and innovative services to life. For the CDIL showcase, he put together an event and corresponding presentation that had everyone intrigued, excited and laughing — truly experiencing the joy of the amazing work of the fellows and projects that were highlighted by the showcase. Read more

College of Natural Resources Alum Receives Fulbright to Brazil

Posted Wed, 27 Mar 2019 14:01:00 -0700

Jens Hegg has been selected for a Fulbright Study/Research Award to Brazil. He will be studying migratory megafish in the Amazon and along the Amazonian coast, including sawfish and Atlantic tarpon. He will be based in Belém, Brazil and São Luis, Maranhão hosted by Tommaso Giarrizzo and Jorge Nunes at the Federal Universities of Pará state and Maranhão state respectively. Hegg graduated with his doctorate from the College of Natural Resources in 2017 and currently works as an analytical lab manager for the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences. Read more

Student Wins Manuscript Competition

Posted Wed, 27 Mar 2019 14:01:00 -0700

Congratulations to Russell Thacker who won first place in the International Journal of Leadership in Education's Emerging Scholar Manuscript Competition. Thacker is pursuing a doctorate in Education with an emphasis in adult organizational learning and leadership in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. Read more

Min Xian is Making Breast Cancer Detection Affordable and Accessible for All

Posted Tue, 26 Mar 2019 11:17:00 -0700

In Min Xian's perfect world, the equipment needed for breast cancer detection will cost the medical community no more than what the average consumer pays for the latest and greatest iPhone. The University of Idaho College of Engineering assistant professor has been studying digital applications being developed to make breast cancer detection affordable and accessible. The latest technology uses a small scanning device that connects to your smart phone and uses algorithms and artificial intelligence to determine whether or not the scanned image is cancerous. Read more

Celebrate Don Morishita’s 33 Years at U of I

Posted Tue, 19 Mar 2019 14:45:00 -0700

Don Morishita, a weed science professor, will retire after 33 years at U of I. We want to show our thanks to him for his years of dedication to research and teaching in the College of Agricultural Life Sciences. All are invited to a retirement celebration featuring dinner, program and no-host bar at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Turf Club, 734 Falls Ave., Twin Falls. RSVP to Theresa Albright at or 208-423-6611. Read more

Landscape Architecture Professor Honored for Books on Sustainable Urban Development

Posted Tue, 19 Mar 2019 14:22:00 -0700

Gary Austin, professor of landscape architecture in the College of Art and Architecture, was honored this month by the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) — an organization composed of nearly all the post-secondary programs in landscape architecture in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Read more

U of I Student Selected for a Fulbright Award to Denmark

Posted Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:02:00 -0700

Taylor Azizeh, a Senior majoring in environmental science and wildlife resources, has been selected for a Fulbright Study/Research Award to Denmark. During the grant period, Azizeh will take master’s courses at the Arctic Research Center in Denmark and conduct Arctic research and fieldwork at the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources in Nuuk, Greenland. Read more

USAC Visiting Professorship Awards Announced

Posted Mon, 11 Mar 2019 14:28:00 -0700

The International Programs Office is pleased to announce the U of I faculty who have been selected as visiting professors to teach on University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) 2020-2021 programs. Read more

For Elephants, is Brown the New Green?

Posted Tue, 05 Mar 2019 13:30:00 -0800

Paola Branco and Assistant Professor Ryan Long from the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences published in the Journal of Animal Ecology. They found that elephants in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, sought the greenest plants available when foraging inside the Park, but selected plants that were "browning down" when raiding nearby crops at night. Results of their study may help wildlife managers reduce human-elephant conflict by forecasting hotspots of elephant crop raiding, enabling targeted mitigation efforts. Read more

Open Access Publishing Fund Supports 51 Researchers Across Four Colleges in Pilot Year

Posted Mon, 04 Mar 2019 12:54:00 -0800

The Open Access Publishing Fund (OAPF) disbursed its entire allocation of funds for this fiscal year, FY19. Created by a partnership with the University of Idaho Library, Office of the Provost and Office of Research and Economic Development, $30,000 was allocated to pay for article processing charges to support U of I authors in their efforts to publish in open access journals during the pilot year. Read more

History Assistant Professor Receives $50,000 to Expand the Gay Rodeo Oral History Project

Posted Fri, 01 Mar 2019 16:47:00 -0800

History Assistant Professor Rebecca Scofield received a Whiting Foundation $50,000 fellowship to expand the Gay Rodeo Oral History Project. In 2016, Scofield partnered with the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) to document queer western culture by collecting and sharing narratives from IGRA founding members, who started the group in 1985 and are now beginning to pass away. The Whiting Foundation fellowships provide support to early career scholars who highlight untold stories and provide context and insights to complex issues in the humanities. Read more

CNR Student Selected for International Program in Sweden

Posted Mon, 25 Feb 2019 16:21:00 -0800

College of Natural Resources doctoral candidate Sarah Burnet is one of 27 graduate students selected nationally for the first cohort of the Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange (LOREX) program run by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography. Read more

U of I Artist Invited to Exhibit Artwork among Nationally Acclaimed Printmakers

Posted Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:21:00 -0800

Our inability to clearly see the world around us — either due to an incapacity for observation or a disregard of fact — is a theme running through Mike Sonnichsen's recent artwork on display at the National Print Invitational, curated by the Raleigh, North Carolina-based gallery Artspace. Sonnichsen, an assistant professor of art and design, was one of 26 artists nationwide invited to exhibit his work in a celebration of printmaking as one of the most relevant visual art forms practiced today. Read more

U of I Researchers Win at Three-Minute Thesis Event

Posted Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:05:00 -0800

The first-ever statewide Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) event occurred Feb. 12 in Boise. The 3MT challenges graduate students to describe their thesis in three minutes or less. Read more

Where does a cell put its resources? Let's sneak a peak.

Posted Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:07:00 -0800

Department of Physics' Andreas Vasdekis, Hamdah Alanazi and Amrah Canul and Department of Statistical Science's Christopher Williams published a study in the journal Nature Communications. They introduce a new imaging technique to record how a single cell allocates its resources between the production of chemicals and cell growth. Read more

Genetics Behind Fruit Fly Courtship

Posted Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:11:00 -0800

College of Science Dean Ginger E. Carney and colleagues published a study in the journal Genetics on microRNAs, which are small molecules that can inhibit the conversion of genetic information into proteins. The team wanted to know how microRNAs affect sex-specific behaviors in male courtship rituals. Read more

CNR Doctoral Student Wins National Award from Ecological Society of America

Posted Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:10:00 -0800

College of Natural Resources doctoral candidate Kristina Bartowitz is one of 10 students nationwide selected to receive the Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award by the Ecological Society of America. This award provides graduate students the opportunity to receive policy and communication training in Washington, D.C., and meet lawmakers. Working with her faculty advisor, Tara Hudiburg, Bartowitz studies the interaction between climate, wildfires and ecosystems. Using ecosystem models, she is studying how repeated disturbance and climate change will impact forest composition and structure as well as ecosystem resilience. Bartowitz will travel to the nation’s capital in March to learn about the legislative process and federal science funding, hear from ecologists working in federal agencies and meet with Idaho members of Congress on Capitol Hill< Read more

Architecture Professors Contribute Expertise to Publication on Idaho’s Most Significant Structures

Posted Tue, 12 Feb 2019 13:34:00 -0800

Several College of Art and Architecture professors — both past and present — contributed their expertise to the recent publication of SAH Archipedia, an online encyclopedia that highlights the most significant buildings, landscapes, infrastructure and monuments across the country, including the top 100-plus in the state of Idaho. Read more

Landscape Architecture and Bioregional Planning Professors Help Bring Edible Forest Park to Moscow

Posted Mon, 11 Feb 2019 14:45:00 -0800

Two faculty members in the College of Art and Architecture are playing a crucial role in bringing the state of Idaho's first edible forest park — complete with fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, herbs and other edible plants available to the public for harvest — to the city of Moscow. Read more

College of Art and Architecture Recognized for Commitment to Sustainable, Inclusive Design

Posted Fri, 01 Feb 2019 15:00:00 -0800

Due to its longstanding design-related commitments to sustainability, inclusivity and collaboration with rural and regional communities, the College of Art and Architecture was recently invited to join a major United Nations initiative, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, that strives to achieve innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing issues by the year 2030 — including clean water and sanitation, quality education and inequality. Read more

U of I Civil & Environmental Engineering Faculty Earn a $600K Grant to Improve Bridge Safety and Development

Posted Thu, 31 Jan 2019 14:35:00 -0800

Daniele Tonina and Elowyn Yager to conduct three-year study on bridge pier water erosion. Read more

Safe Routes to School Celebrates 10 Years at U of I

Posted Wed, 30 Jan 2019 16:14:00 -0800

The Safe Routes to School program at the University of Idaho, which helps encourage walking, biking and other physical activity, is marking 10 years in 2019. The group’s next event is the Polar Walk on Wednesday, Feb. 6, which includes hot chocolate for elementary and middle school participants. Elementary and middle school students, with the help of 50-80 U of I students, staff and other volunteers, will walk to school and participate in morning activities designed to help the young students get to their classes safely. Read more

Head of Architecture Program Receives Ph.D., Publishes Doctoral Dissertation

Posted Tue, 22 Jan 2019 15:50:00 -0800

Randy Teal, associate professor and head of U of I's Architecture Program, recently received his doctorate in Architecture from Tampere University in Finland. Teal's doctoral dissertation, published in December, focuses on the ways people structure and engage knowledge to more effectively design, create and experience architecture. Teal has an undergraduate degree in psychology and has long been fascinated by the creative mind and emotion, and how that relates to architecture and design. His dissertation is titled, “THINKINGdesign: Towards an Architecture of Critical Indeterminacy and Temporal Affectivity.” Read more

Monica Ontiveros and Ken Faunce Receive 2019 Rosa Parks Human Rights Achievement Awards

Posted Tue, 22 Jan 2019 15:49:00 -0800

Congratulations to Monica Ontiveros and Ken Faunce who received 2019 Rosa Parks Human Rights Achievement Awards during the 26th annual Martin Luther King Human Rights Community Breakfast Saturday in Moscow. Monica Ontiveros, a third-year law student, was given the award in part for her “relentless commitment to the rights of Latino immigrants and migrant farmworkers.” She has worked with immigration litigation and the Appellate Clinic, where she volunteered as an interpreter. Ken Faunce, a faculty member, has led the move to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day in Moscow. He works with high school and university students through the Human Rights Commission, and he’s a member of the Northwest Coalition of Human Rights. Thank you for your visionary work, Monica and Ken! Read more

Dilshani Sarathchandra to Lead Distinguished Scholarships

Posted Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:13:00 -0800

Dilshani Sarathchandra, assistant professor in the department of sociology and anthropology, is the new campus representative leading the Distinguished Scholarships Program at the U of I. Read more

Congratulations to the Faculty/Staff International Development Award Recipients

Posted Thu, 17 Jan 2019 15:32:00 -0800

The International Programs Office is pleased to announce the U of I faculty and staff who have been selected to receive Faculty/Staff International Development Awards (FIDA). Recipients of FIDAs participate in a three- to five-week summer language and culture program at one of the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) sites around the world. Program and tuition costs are included in the award. In addition, recipients receive an award of $2,750 that can used toward airfare and living expenses. Read more

Brian and Kate Keenan Win Communications Awards

Posted Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:06:00 -0800

Congratulations to Brian and Kate Keenan for winning 2019 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VIII Communications Awards! Brian, who is the executive communications manager for University Communications and Marketing, won a Silver Award for his Northwest Coalition of Professional Staff speech that was delivered by President Chuck Staben. Kate, marketing and communications manager for the College of Art and Architecture, won a Bronze Award for her story, “Reverse Engineering of the Brain.” Read more

U of I Law Faculty Present and Take on Leadership Roles at Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting

Posted Mon, 14 Jan 2019 14:12:00 -0800

In early January 2019, College of Law faculty descended on New Orleans to attend the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting. At the meeting, faculty from around the world presented on issues of legal and academic interest. Faculty also engaged in leadership opportunities that further the mission of the organization and its sections. Read more

Two U of I Undergraduates Awarded U.S. Department of State's Gilman Scholarship to Study Abroad

Posted Fri, 11 Jan 2019 15:22:00 -0800

Congratulations to two U of I undergraduate students selected to receive the U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad during spring 2019. Abigail Euhus, originally from Moscow, is a sophomore majoring in microbiology and a member of the U of I Honors Program. She will spend her semester taking literature courses at Massey University through the Universities Study Abroad Consortium (USAC) program site in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Denessy Rodriguez, originally from St. Anthony, is a senior majoring in sociology. She will spend her semester at the Universities Study Abroad Consortium (USAC) program site in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Read more

Civil Engineering Junior Brings Water Bottle Refill Station to Janssen through U of I Sustainability Grant

Posted Fri, 11 Jan 2019 14:35:00 -0800

U of I College of Engineering students will use less plastic in 2019. Students can now refill their own water bottles in the Janssen Engineering Building, thanks to civil engineering junior Andrea Boyd. Boyd used funding from the U of I Sustainability Center to install an Elkay EZH20 Bottle Refill Station on the main floor of the Janssen Engineering Building in Moscow in order to promote water conservation and a reduction of single-use plastic water bottles. Read more

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust awards University of Idaho $60,000 to develop machine that purifies wastewater

Posted Thu, 10 Jan 2019 13:59:00 -0800

Moscow, Idaho — The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has awarded $60,000 to the University of Idaho to support a team of researchers developing a new technology that purifies wastewater and helps stop toxic algae blooms. Read more

Broadcasting and Digital Media Student Receives Research Grant for Film Project

Posted Wed, 09 Jan 2019 14:27:00 -0800

Junior Bailey O'Bryant was awarded a $1,000 grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research for his film project, "Triggered." The film features an all-female cast and focuses on a young woman in college who experiences an intensely traumatic experience that causes her sanity and morals to break and chip away. Read more

Congratulations to Tammy Bowen

Posted Thu, 20 Dec 2018 16:41:00 -0800

The College of Natural Resources would like to congratulate Director of Student Services Tammy Bowen on winning the National Academic Advising Association Region 8 Excellence in Advising - Advising Administrator Award. Congratulations, Tammy! This is such an honor, and she is so very deserving. Tammy's name will be put forward for nomination to the global awards, which will be announced next summer. Read more

Chloe Wardropper Publishes Climate Adaptation Study

Posted Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:13:00 -0800

College of Natural Resources' Chloe Wardropper and her colleague Adena Rissman from the University of Wisconsin recently published a study, "Adaptations to Extreme Storm Events by Conservation Organizations" in the journal Climatic Change. The researchers found that most conservation districts in the U.S. Upper Midwest have adapted to current and expected increases in large storm events in some way. Read more

Three CLASS Summer Research Grants Awarded

Posted Tue, 11 Dec 2018 14:33:00 -0800

The College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences has named the awardees of its 2019 CLASS Summer Research Grants. These grants support tenure-track and tenured faculty in the creation of a sustainable research or creative project. Read more

Retirement Celebration for Steve Hall is Dec. 19

Posted Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:38:00 -0800

After 41 years of invaluable service to Engineering Outreach, Steve Hall, Manager of Production and Technology Services, is retiring. Join us to celebrate Steve's many years of service to the University of Idaho and the College of Engineering 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 in the ThinkTank (JEB 128). Read more

CLASS Awards FY20 Key Grants Supporting Undergraduate Collaborative Research

Posted Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:25:00 -0800

The College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences has named the awardees of its FY20 CLASS Undergraduate Collaborative Research Key Grants. These grants are designed to encourage collaboration between CLASS faculty and undergraduate students on scholarly or creative projects. Read more

Dilshani Sarathchandra Presents on the Effects of Scientific Retractions at National Conference

Posted Wed, 05 Dec 2018 14:10:00 -0800

Dilshani Sarathchandra, assistant professor of sociology in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, presented her research on the impact of scientific retractions in the media on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the 2018 Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sarathchandra and her co-author Aaron McCreight of Michigan State University discussed their study, "The Effects of Media Coverage of Scientific Retractions on Trust in Science," which examined how trust in scientists was shaped by exposure to news coverage of the retraction of a stem cell study. Read more

Vandal Health Education receives Idaho State Liquor Division Grant

Posted Tue, 27 Nov 2018 14:21:00 -0800

Vandal Health Education was awarded $2,500 from the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA) Board of Directors and the Idaho State Liquor Division (ISLD) to raise alcohol awareness and help change the environment in our community regarding underage and dangerous drinking. The award will be used to fund the eCHECK UP TO GO evidence-based, online tool to reduce high-risk drinking behavior. This initiative is a part of broader alcohol and other drug prevention and intervention strategies implemented on campus aimed at promoting a safe and healthy campus community. Read more

Welcome to New Associate Director of CAES

Posted Mon, 19 Nov 2018 14:33:00 -0800

John Russell is the new associate director at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), a research, education and innovation consortium working to solve regional and national energy challenges. Russell, a joint-faculty appointment with the U of I and Idaho National Laboratory, will connect U of I's network of faculty, students, facilities and capabilities with the CAES consortium, which also includes INL, Boise State University, Idaho State University, the University of Wyoming and other affiliates. Russell takes the position effective Nov. 19. Read more

University Honors Program

Posted Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:02:00 -0800

On Nov. 13, the University Honors Program held its second annual "Student Achievement Celebration" on campus to recognize the academic, experiential and leadership accomplishments of 77 honors students. Students were recognized for their 2018 accomplishments in five different categories. Read more

Researchers Publish Findings About Retirement Investment Decisions

Posted Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:42:00 -0800

Who can make an informed retirement investment decision? Research by U of I associate professor of management and human resources Yun Chung and associate professor of finance Young Park explores this question. The Journal of Consumer Affairs recently published their study, "What I Know, What I Think I Know and Whom I Know: Influence on Retirement Investment Decisions." Read more

Undergrads Win Mathematical Modeling Competition

Posted Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:41:00 -0800

Congratulations to students Beau Horenberger, Danny Bugingo and Ned Caisley for taking first place in the 2018 Montana Mathematical Modeling Challenge (MMMC). This year's competition took place Oct. 20-21, at Carroll College in Helena, Montana. The U of I team finished first for both the oral presentation and the written paper. Read more

Researchers Publish Nature Comment on Using Biomimicry to Coexist with Fire

Posted Fri, 09 Nov 2018 15:44:00 -0800

College of Natural Resources' Alistair Smith and Crystal Kolden with colleague David Bowman from the University of Tasmania outline new strategies to live with fire in a recent comment published in Nature Ecology and Evolution. Read more

Peter Isaacson Appointed Interim Director of the Idaho Geological Survey

Posted Mon, 05 Nov 2018 15:10:00 -0800

Peter Isaacson, Ph.D., has become the interim director of the Idaho Geological Survey while a search for a permanent director is underway. Isaacson has served the U of I as a professor of geological sciences from 1978 to 2017 and is now an emeritus professor. Read more

Marvel Harper Delivers Exceptional Customer Service

Posted Wed, 31 Oct 2018 14:26:00 -0700

Customer service involves much more than just taking your card for payment at The Hub. Sodexo has great people serving students, faculty and staff. One such person is Marvel Harper. Read more

Project ECHO Honored with Idaho Rural Health Hero Award

Posted Tue, 30 Oct 2018 14:08:00 -0700

Project ECHO, part of the University of Idaho WWAMI Medical Education Program, has been nominated to receive an Idaho Rural Health Hero award from the Idaho Rural Health Association for its work on behalf of rural Idahoans through opioid addiction treatment and behavioral health education efforts. ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a program designed to help primary care providers in rural and underserved communities treat complex chronic diseases with specialist-level expertise through bi-weekly seminars and other resources. Read more

Aleksandar Vakanski and Lee Ostrom Awarded ASNT Faculty Grant

Posted Fri, 26 Oct 2018 15:16:00 -0700

Aleksandar Vakanski, Ph.D., assistant professor in Industrial Technology, and Lee Ostrom, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Engineering at U of I Idaho Falls, were awarded a faculty grant from the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT). Read more

University of Idaho’s MOSS Program Wins National Award of Excellence for Introducing STEM Education to Young Idahoans

Posted Fri, 26 Oct 2018 13:43:00 -0700

The University of Idaho’s McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) won a University Economic Development Association (UEDA) Award of Excellence Oct. 22 for serving up innovative educational programming in ways that sustain regional economic development. Read more

U of I College of Law a Leader in Idaho’s Pro Bono Service

Posted Thu, 25 Oct 2018 15:52:00 -0700

Students at the University of Idaho College of Law have provided at least $25 million in free legal services in the 10 years since pro bono service became a graduation requirement. This week, Oct. 21-27, marks the 10th anniversary of the National Celebration of Pro Bono by the American Bar Association and has been designated as Pro Bono Week by the Idaho Supreme Court. The College of Law’s third-year law students are also the 10th class required to complete first 40 hours, now 50 hours, of pro bono legal services in order to graduate. Read more

Solutions to World's Migration Challenges the Focus of Virtual Technology and Design Professor's United Nations Address

Posted Mon, 22 Oct 2018 15:13:00 -0700

In an effort to address the world's growing migration challenges — spawned in some cases by climate change and environmental degradation, John Anderson, program head and associate professor of Virtual Technology and Design in the College of Art and Architecture, is speaking on Oct. 23 at the United Nations 2018 World Data Forum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Read more

ORED Welcomes U of I's New Attending Veterinarian

Posted Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:49:00 -0700

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) welcomes Dr. Steven Russell as U of I's new attending veterinarian. He has recently served in a similar capacity at Washington State University. Dr. Russell is responsible for oversight of veterinary care for all animals used in research, testing, teaching and outreach across all locations at the University of Idaho. Read more

Geological Sciences Emeritus Professor Named President of Mineralogical Society of America

Posted Thu, 18 Oct 2018 15:37:00 -0700

Mickey Gunter, a university distinguished professor emeritus and previous Department of Geological Sciences chair, will become the president of the Mineralogical Society of America in November. The society strives to advance the study of minerals, crystals, rocks and the chemistry of the Earth. Read more

Society of Professional Journalists Honors Rebecca Tallent

Posted Fri, 12 Oct 2018 15:56:00 -0700

Rebecca Tallent, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Media, received the Society of Professional Journalists' (SPJ) President's Award at the society's annual Excellence in Journalism Conference, held Sept. 26-29, in Baltimore. The President's Award is given to SPJ members who excel in a specific area during the past year. Read more

Grant Funds Project ECHO Behavioral Health Program for Three Years

Posted Thu, 11 Oct 2018 15:42:00 -0700

The University of Idaho has been awarded funding by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration competitive grant competition for $374,919 over a three-year period to offer behavioral health trainings for healthcare professionals in Idaho through its ECHO Idaho program. Read more


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