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Shelley McGuire Co-Edits New Book on Human Milk

Posted 2/26/2021 10:59:00 PM

A new book, “Human Milk: Sampling and Measurement of Energy-Yielding Nutrients and Other Macromolecules,” presents comprehensive and rigorous information on the origins, analysis, concentrations and variation in energy-yielding nutrients and other macromolecules present in human milk. The book was co-edited by Shelley McGuire, a professor in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and director of the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences. Read more

Forney Awarded Visiting Endowed Chair at University of Puerto Rico

Posted 2/22/2021 10:56:00 PM

University Distinguished Professor Larry J. Forney has been awarded the Hispanics in Research Capability Visiting Endowed Chair in Health Disparities Research from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus. Read more

Paper Explores Use of Shell Material to Gather DNA From Mollusks

Posted 2/19/2021 7:34:00 PM

Kelly Martin, a biology doctorate student, and two faculty members, including Christine Parent, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and Lisette Waits, distinguished professor in the College of Natural Resources, jointly produced a paper on mollusk shells that appeared in BioScience, a peer-reviewed science journal published by Oxford University. Read more

Thank You to Polly Tohaneanu

Posted 2/19/2021 12:01:00 AM

Kudos to Polly Tohaneanu in the College of Graduate Studies. She has made the admissions process much easier to navigate and provides excellent customer service. She is timely in her responses, thorough in her communication and is dedicated and available — seemingly all hours of the day or night. She is friendly and easy to work with, respectful and patient, knowledgeable and helpful. Read more

GeoWeaver: Improving Workflows for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Posted 2/18/2021 11:57:00 PM

When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, researchers are often stuck managing workflows on their own. The variety and complexity of machine learning models and the tremendous number of disparate tools and platforms make solo management a challenge – especially when big Earth data is involved. GeoWeaver is the open-source workflow management solution that many AI practitioners urgently need. Read more

Biology Professor Recognized by Alma Mater for Success, Service and Leadership

Posted 2/17/2021 10:48:00 PM

College of Science Professor Jim Bull has been recognized as the 2021 Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumnus by Texas Tech University College of Arts and Sciences, where he earned an undergraduate degree before earning his doctorate from the University of Utah. Read more

Johnson, Roberson Part of Team Named 2020 Top Innovators for Cybersecurity Research

Posted 2/17/2021 10:40:00 PM

College of Engineering Distinguished Professor Brian Johnson and Assistant Professor Dakota Roberson are part of a research and design team named by national magazine Public Utilities Fortnightly as one of the Top Innovators 2020 in the category of Transmission. Read more

Thank You to Josh Bowman-Collins

Posted 2/11/2021 11:12:00 PM

Thank you to Josh Bowman-Collins of Facilities for always working hard to keep buildings well-maintained. His diligence and quick problem-solving is appreciated. Read more

Karee Head Elected to AACRAO Board of Directors

Posted 2/9/2021 11:00:00 PM

University of Idaho International Admissions Specialist Karee Head was recently elected to the 2021-22 American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Board of Directors as their vice president of international education. AACRAO is a non-profit, voluntary, professional association of more than 11,000 higher education professionals who represent approximately 2,600 institutions in more than 40 countries. Read more

Distinguished Professor Celebrates 60 Years of Chemistry Research at U of I

Posted 2/1/2021 10:58:00 PM

University Distinguished Professor Jean’ne Shreeve celebrated 60 years with the University of Idaho chemistry department on Monday, a milestone that — along with Shreeve’s accomplishments — is a tough act to follow. Read more

Kerr Book Is Among Finalists for Annual Prose Award

Posted 1/28/2021 9:38:00 PM

A book published last year by Ashley Kerr, assistant professor of Spanish, was selected as one of three finalists for the 2021 PROSE Award from the Association of American Publishers (AAP). “Sex, Skulls and Citizens: Gender and Racial Science in Argentina (1860-1910)” 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

Latest Book by Ron McFarland Focuses on Fishing

Posted 1/26/2021 7:20:00 PM

The latest book by retired English professor Ron McFarland is a collection of poems, essays and stories about McFarland’s fishing experiences from Idaho’s lakes and streams to the Florida coast. “Professor McFarland in Reel Time” was published by A Word with You Press and is available at BookPeople of Moscow and online. McFarland, a professor emeritus, began teaching at U of I in 1970. Read more

Wu Receives USDA Grant for Green Nitrogen Fertilizer Manufacturing

Posted 1/26/2021 7:18:00 PM

Chemical and Biological Engineering Assistant Professor Sarah (Xiao) Wu received a grant for nearly $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to further her research using liquid-phase plasma to produce green nitrogen fertilizer. The most common nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing process is the Haber-Bosch process. This energy-intensive process involves taking hydrogen from natural gas and nitrogen from the air. Read more

Researchers Publish Findings on Consequences of Ventenata to Native Bunchgrasses

Posted 1/25/2021 11:38:00 PM

A research article by U of I Research Specialist Lisa Jones, Professor Tim Prather and alumnus Cleve Davis was recently published in the Invasive Plant Science and Management journal. The article describes the patterns of the annual grass ventenata and its infestation of Palouse prairie and canyon grasslands of North Idaho over the past 30 years. Read more

Kudos to the CLASS Dean’s Office

Posted 1/21/2021 10:41:00 PM

Thank you to those working in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences dean’s office: Alisa Goolsby, Kenwyn Richards, Julie Albrecht, Shawna Bertlin, Charles Tibbals, Sophie Becker, Kacey Parks, Suzi Ball, Mia Goodwin, Bob Hoffmann, Drew Moreno, Scott Brown, Traci Craig and Mark Warner. Thank you for your incredible work and for supporting students and colleagues. You’ve helped everyone get through this challenging year. Read more

Computer Science Doctoral Student Publishes in Patterns Journal

Posted 1/21/2021 9:59:00 PM

College of Engineering doctoral student Rayan Alshamrani has published an article titled “Model-Driven Decision-Making in Multiple Sclerosis Research: Existing Works and Latest Trends” in Patterns, one of Cell Press’ more than 50 scientific journals. Alshamrani’s article focuses on multiple sclerosis (MS), a disorder that strikes the body’s central nervous system. Read more

Assistant Professor Casey Johnson Discusses Mansplaining in Feminist Philosophy Quarterly

Posted 1/20/2021 10:25:00 PM

Several types of mansplaining — the explanation of something by a man, usually to a woman in a condescending or patronizing manner — exist, according to University of Idaho Assistant Professor of Philosophy Casey Johnson, but one in particular undercuts women’s discourse to make it appear less relevant. Read more

JAMM’s Dane Claussen Is Nominated for VP of International Scholars Organization

Posted 1/13/2021 10:44:00 PM

Dane S. Claussen, lecturer of strategic communications in the School of Journalism and Mass Media, is one of two official nominees for vice president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). AEJMC, with 4,000 members in 80 countries, is the primary U.S.-based professional organization for faculty and graduate students in journalism (on all platforms), mass communication, media studies, public relations, advertising and photojournalism. Read more

U of I Professor’s Paper on Research Tools Selected as Best of 2020 by Geoscience Group

Posted 1/12/2021 10:10:00 PM

Jason W. Karl, a professor in the College of Natural Resources, was awarded the 2020 Best Paper Award for a paper published in the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. Read more

Kudos to Max Stillwell

Posted 1/11/2021 11:02:00 PM

Max Stillwell has been a valuable help to the Counseling and Testing Center (CTC) team — and the entire Vandal Family. He goes above and beyond and has been instrumental in helping keep the CTC up and running. He is quick to respond to requests for help and easily navigates complex problems and issues. Max has been a hero in every sense of the word — responsive, kind, resourceful and knowledgeable. Read more

Leda Kobziar Publishes on Wildland Fire Smoke

Posted 1/11/2021 11:00:00 PM

An article on wildland fire smoke research by Leda Kobziar, a University of Idaho associate professor of wildland fire science in the College of Natural Resources, was recently published in Science, a peer-reviewed publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The article recommends that fire, infectious disease, epidemiology and air quality scientists should unite to determine the infectious potential of wildfire smoke. Read more

Thank You to Lydia Stucki

Posted 1/11/2021 10:55:00 PM

Thank you to Lydia Stucki, communications and events coordinator with the Institute for Modeling Collaboration and Innovation. Lydia is an invaluable member of the team and keeps everyone moving in the right direction to achieve their goals. Lydia is always thinking outside the box to solve problems and will step in to help in any way she can. She is always welcoming and friendly no matter the situation. She is a wonderful colleague and friend. Read more

Kudos to Jessica Fleener

Posted 12/17/2020 11:03:00 PM

The Student Recreation Center has been unable to purchase more OEM refill containers for their automatic sanitizer dispensers. Jessica Fleener, team cleaning lead, took it upon herself to see if it was possible to refill the empty containers with a gel sanitizer product which is readily available. It took a couple weeks and multiple tries, but she finally figured out how to dismantle the container, clean it, refill it with the new product and make it work in the auto dispensing units. Read more

Thank You to Mark Brooker and Aaron Rice

Posted 12/17/2020 11:02:00 PM

Thank you to Electricians Mark Brooker and Aaron Rice, who helped the U of I Pitkin Forest Nursery with electrical issues. The electrical work in the greenhouse and the seedling quality lab was excellent. The nursery director was pleased to have the work completed in such a timely manner. Read more

Thank You to Jana Joyce

Posted 12/17/2020 11:00:00 PM

Jana Joyce, math program manager, has helped in so many ways this fiscal year. She is always willing to go the extra mile to get the job done. Her willingness to help has impacted the Moscow community as well. She has made difficult projects easier for everyone while adhering to her own daily tasks. She has an amazing heart, is a great colleague and a great friend. Read more

Kudos to Mareesa Wimbish

Posted 12/17/2020 11:00:00 PM

It has been a challenging time in the Student Accounts Office and Mareesa Wimbish, technical records specialist, has helped the team in numerous ways. She has given up her lunches and stayed after work to help with any tasks needing completion. She has helped with training new hires and has been willing to take on any task that is given to her. She comes to work and gets the job done with an exceptional attitude and wonderful customer service. Read more

Kudos to Julia McIlroy and Team

Posted 12/17/2020 10:59:00 PM

Julia McIlroy, director of Purchasing Services, and her team, worked tirelessly last summer to provide PPE for the Moscow campus. Your efforts to keep the Vandal Family safe are appreciated. Read more

Thank You for Making a Difference for Students

Posted 12/17/2020 10:58:00 PM

Thank you to the faculty and staff who use VandalStar. During these challenging times when our interactions cannot always be in person, staying connected is more important than ever. During the fall term, VandalStar connected and helped approximately 3,600 unique students during 5,800 meetings. They had a 94% student attendance rate for these meetings. Thank you for staying committed and engaged with students through VandalStar. Read more

OAPF Supports 52 Researchers in Third Year

Posted 12/16/2020 10:24:00 PM

The Open Access Publishing Fund (OAPF) has disbursed its entire allocation of funds for FY21. Created by a partnership with the University of Idaho Library, Office of the Provost and Office of Research and Economic Development, the OAPF allocated $30,000 to support U of I authors in their efforts to publish in open access journals by paying article processing charges. Read more

Kudos to the CEHHS Dean’s Suite

Posted 12/16/2020 6:09:00 PM

Kudos to Twila Brown, Nancy Morrison, Tiffany Rittenhouse, Melanie Leija and Ramon Tafoya in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Dean’s office for working tirelessly this semester. Each one of them is unofficially covering for staff positions lost in the college and having to juggle multiple roles and endless tasks. Each of them is greatly appreciated. Read more

Kudos to CETL

Posted 12/16/2020 6:03:00 PM

CETL (Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning) has worked so hard over the summer to prepare faculty for teaching this semester. Their posted materials and webinars have been incredibly useful as we try to find ways to teach in a very difficult environment. Read more

Thank You to John Grimes

Posted 12/16/2020 6:03:00 PM

John Grimes, Engineering, needed to quickly learn about the TechHelp grant to complete the proposal process. He was extremely thorough, paying close attention to all the numbers, rules, etc. He has been so kind and patient. His help and attention to detail are appreciated. Read more

Thank You to Kathy Duke

Posted 12/16/2020 6:03:00 PM

Even though Kathy Duke, assistant to the dean, Engineering, got a new position at U of I, she was still willing and happy to help with questions pertaining to her previous position. Her help was appreciated. Read more

Thank You to Dan Noble

Posted 12/15/2020 10:16:00 PM

Dan Noble, employment services specialist, is very patient and helpful. His expertise and quick response to questions is much appreciated. Read more

Kudos to Sumit Shahi

Posted 12/15/2020 10:16:00 PM

Sumit Shahi, technology solutions partner Region 2, has answered many computer usage questions, gotten customers up to speed on syncing with OneDrive, Sharepoint and how to make sure they have all the software updates, which has become critical in the COVID-19 online work environment. Sumit is always super cheerful, friendly and competent. Read more

Raffaella Sini Discusses Temporary Gardens as Design Enquiry

Posted 12/15/2020 10:15:00 PM

Raffaella Sini, assistant professor of landscape architecture in the College of Art and Architecture, recently published “The ‘Here and Now Time:’ Temporary Gardens as Design Enquiry” in Landscape Research Record, a publication of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. The paper proposes a key to reading temporary gardens — by understanding them as artworks and looking at design process by hypothesizing different dimensions of time in space that are neither linear nor cyclical. Read more

Jamaica Ritcher Named Inaugural Honors Program Faculty Fellow

Posted 12/15/2020 10:12:00 PM

Jamaica Ritcher, instructor in the Department of English and director of the Writing Center, has been named the inaugural Honors Program faculty fellow for Spring and Fall semesters 2021. Read more

Thank You to Brandon Gardner

Posted 12/15/2020 10:11:00 PM

Brandon Gardner, technology solutions partner Region 2, has offered excellent, friendly and professional technology support, enabling faculty to quickly gain skills needed for the hyper-flex teaching mode. His skills and his kind, patient and caring manner are appreciated. Read more

Lilian Alessa Appointed to NASEM Committee

Posted 12/15/2020 9:08:00 PM

Lilian Alessa, professor of landscape architecture in the College of Art and Architecture and director of the Center for Resilient Communities, has been appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Committee entitled Leveraging the Future Research and Development Ecosystem for the Intelligence Community. Read more

Thank You to Elise Kokenge

Posted 12/11/2020 10:52:00 PM

Elise Kokenge, administrative specialist, Natural Resources and Society, always has a positive attitude, no matter what else is happening at the university. She displays empathy for other people’s circumstances and places a high priority on accuracy and thoroughness, which shows clearly in the quality of her work. Read more

Kudos to Kris Baird-Anderson

Posted 12/11/2020 10:50:00 PM

Thank you to Kris Baird-Anderson, graduation specialist, who is doing the work of three people and still manages to respond to all requests and inquiries in a timely manner. She is a dedicated employee who really knows how to put students first. The College of Graduate Studies appreciates her dedication to making the graduation experience a positive one for students. Read more

Thank You to Jennifer Burdin

Posted 12/11/2020 10:47:00 PM

Upon the retirement of the Facilities and Operations manager, Jennifer Burdin took on the duties related to facilities and operations. Jenny was a key facilitator to the build out of the expansion of the Law program at the Water Center. She was the point person in purchasing furniture, coordinating moves with Law, creating VandalCards for building access for approximately 150 staff, faculty and students and a host of other duties outside her normal role. Read more

Alumni Awards for Excellence Winners Are Announced

Posted 12/11/2020 10:46:00 PM

The Office of Alumni Relations, in partnership with college deans, has created videos honoring 51 incredible students and their staff or faculty mentors. The Alumni Award for Excellence recognizes distinguished U of I scholars for their academic and co-curricular pursuits. Take a moment to celebrate these students and those who made an impact on their educational journey. Read more

Kudos to April Shuck and Jacob Milleson

Posted 12/10/2020 11:59:00 PM

April Shuck and Jacob Milleson have managed and distributed Alumni Awards for Excellence and Student Alumni Relations “Hugs from Home” packages to students all while doing their regular work. Many events have shifted to virtual formats, which has meant relying on April and Jake to help execute the wrap up and delivery, which they have done wonderfully. Read more

Geologist Erika Rader and an International Team Prep for the Search for Life on Mars

Posted 12/10/2020 11:57:00 PM

To search more efficiently for a record of past life on Mars, it is critical to know where to look. Working on the Icelandic Askja volcano, geologist Erika Rader and colleagues used analytical instrumentation similar to those available on Mars rovers to characterize the geological features of microbial deposits and link the geology to microbial abundance and diversity. Read more

Thank You to Payroll Services

Posted 12/10/2020 11:56:00 PM

Thank you to the Payroll Services team for all of your hard work, patience and dedication to the university. You are all incredible and your hard work never goes unnoticed. Read more

Students Take Top Precautions to Participate in NASA, NSF Weather Study in Chile

Posted 12/10/2020 10:59:00 PM

A University of Idaho College of Engineering student research team is getting COVID-19 tested and will self-quarantine before embarking on a project to help NASA and the National Science Foundation in decades-long research to better detect eclipse-induced atmospheric gravity waves. These large-scale disturbances help predict the weather. Read more

Kudos to Travis Akin

Posted 12/9/2020 9:19:00 PM

Travis Akin, Technology Solutions Partner Region 8, always comes running anytime his IT expertise and assistance is needed. Travis has the best attitude and will always make sure his customers are taken care of. Read more

New Microscope Is Developed to Study Single Living Cells

Posted 12/9/2020 9:18:00 PM

Physicists Nava Subedi, Shahla Nemati, Andreas Vasdekis and a group of international colleagues and systems biologists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory combined two imaging techniques, quasi-lattice light-sheet and interferometric imaging, onto a standard inverted microscope. The new imaging system will help scientists quantify gene expression, metabolism and the location of organelles of single, living cells with ultralow phototoxicity and 3-D resolution. Read more

Thank You to Sean Sullivan

Posted 12/9/2020 9:16:00 PM

Sean Sullivan, Technology Solutions Partner Region 1, has a good rapport with customers, employees and visitors and can smooth the waters with even the most frustrated person. Sean has a can-do attitude, which helps put people at ease as he works on your issue. Sean’s experience and knowledge of campus and of his services helps get answers quickly and efficiently. Sean is a great asset, and it is a joy to work with him. Read more

Presidential Research Fund on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Proposals Are Funded

Posted 12/9/2020 8:10:00 PM

Proposals were selected for funding through a collaboration between the President’s Office, Provost’s Office and the Office of Research and Economic Development. The program was intended to seed new research and creative activity in issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion, especially in relation to the University of Idaho, its community and its history. In this competition, a total of $20,485 in funding was awarded. Recipients were selected from a competitive field of submissions. Read more

Thank You to Thad Gilkey

Posted 12/8/2020 11:16:00 PM

The Hardscape Department was paving a project at the corner of Sweet and Blake. Due to a couple of recent resignations, they were extremely short handed. Thad Gilkey, Electric Shop lead, stopped by to check on an electrical box that was installed in that area to be paved. When Thad arrived, he started leveling the asphalt with the rest of the crew. No questions asked; he just jumped right in. He stayed until it was complete. His help was much appreciated by the team. Read more

Kudos to Amanda Ferstead

Posted 12/8/2020 11:09:00 PM

Amanda Ferstead, Mental Health Program coordinator, has worked hard this semester to get several new initiatives off the ground in support of student wellbeing on campus. Both virtual Mental Health First Aid and Sources of Strength are evidence-based prevention programs that take quite a bit of coordination and time to implement with fidelity. Read more

U of I Researchers Find Protein Elimination by HCMV May Aid in Viral Spread Through Body

Posted 12/8/2020 11:09:00 PM

Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a herpes virus that can have negative consequences in immunocompromised individuals, including babies infected during pregnancy. U of I researchers Lee Fortunato, Man I Kuan, Hannah Jaeger, Onesmo Balemba, John O’Dowd, Deborah Duricka, Emmerentia Marx and colleagues found that HCMV infection promotes the elimination of a developmentally important protein, nidogen 1. Read more

Thank You to Dusty Fleener

Posted 12/8/2020 11:05:00 PM

Dusty Fleener, training coordinator, Employee Development and Learning, went out of his way to provide personalized training sessions on Go Sign Me Up. He did an outstanding job and filled participants in on everything they requested as well as several other items they were not aware of. In addition, he provided further training materials and links in several emails that will be useful for the crew in expanding their knowledge of the program as well as Excel. Read more

Kudos to Eric LaBombarda

Posted 12/7/2020 10:57:00 PM

Since the start of COVID-19, Eric LaBombarda, IT analyst, has been supporting the end user community in Boise while doing all the on-site preparations and coordination for the expansion of the Law program into the Idaho Water Center. This was all done to have additional learning and teaching spaces for the large number of students who transferred from Concordia Law upon their close. Read more

Freeman Publishes on Being Black in Academia and the Stresses of University Presidents

Posted 12/7/2020 10:54:00 PM

Sydney Freeman Jr. with the Department of Leadership and Counseling has published papers examining aspects of being Black in academia including how Black academics navigate using academic titles and personas, and whether young, gifted and Black faculty face challenges earning their professorships due to age. He also published on the sources and impacts of stress on university presidents. Read more

Thank You to Madie Brown

Posted 12/7/2020 10:53:00 PM

Madie Brown, assistant director for Alcohol and Other Drug Initiatives, has attended multiple trainings and webinars, collaborated with numerous campus stakeholders, is leading the advisory group through a SWOT analysis and is collaborating statewide with other institutions of higher education to ensure our campus is in compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act. Read more

Vandals Dining Partners with Swipe Out Hunger

Posted 12/7/2020 10:42:00 PM

Vandals Dining at the University of Idaho is in partnership with Swipe Out Hunger, a national nonprofit committed to ending college student hunger. For each student meal plan sold per semester, Vandals Dining will contribute one additional meal to be gifted to impoverished members of the Vandal community. Meal allotment is based on an individual basis and will be reassessed. Read more

Student-Led Sustainability Projects Were Supported by Sustainability Center

Posted 12/4/2020 10:14:00 PM

Four student-led projects focusing on improving campus sustainability received funding from the University of Idaho Sustainability Center. The program, in its 14th year, gave $6,695 to help students engage in strengthening campus sustainability and support a shift to carbon neutrality on campus. Students in the program also develop grant writing, project management and leadership skills. Read more

University of Idaho Researchers Tackle Stream Flow Permanence Classification

Posted 12/4/2020 10:13:00 PM

The classification of stream permanence — whether a stream flows permanently, intermittently or ephemerally in response to rainfall — dictates what organisms a stream supports and how the stream is managed. Konrad Hafen, Paul Gessler and U.S. Geological Survey colleagues found variation in annual climate conditions was a large factor in discrepancies in classification of stream permanence. Read more

Thank You to Monette Glenn

Posted 12/4/2020 10:10:00 PM

Monette Glenn, program assistant, Eat Smart Idaho District 2, goes above and beyond to help every employee at Eat Smart Idaho. She is the most kind and caring individual. She juggles not only her own responsibilities but is always willing to help others when needed. She is the backbone to Eat Smart Idaho District 2. Read more

Indrajit Charit Is Named Department of Nuclear Engineering and Industrial Management Chair

Posted 12/4/2020 10:07:00 PM

University of Idaho College of Engineering professor Indrajit Charit has been appointed chair of the new Department of Nuclear Engineering and Industrial Management. The department, which was launched during the Fall 2020 semester, offers degrees in nuclear engineering, industrial technology, engineering management, technology management and certificate programs. Read more

Kudos to Ryan Watson and Team

Posted 12/3/2020 10:40:00 PM

Ryan Watson and his admin operations team did an incredible job planning and executing the facilities logistics for the Fall Career Fair on Oct. 7. Ryan was responsive to numerous conversations leading up to the event to accommodate necessary changes to the fair due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. He did an outstanding job meeting needs while valuing the health and safety of fair participants. Read more

Thank You to Andrea Ingram

Posted 12/3/2020 10:37:00 PM

Andrea Ingram, case manager, has been on the front line of calling students with COVID-19 and following up to make sure they have the care and support they need. The work, dedication and care she has put into this task is amazing. Read more

Hohenlohe Uses Stickleback Fish to Investigate Evolution of Similar Genetic Patterns

Posted 12/3/2020 10:37:00 PM

Evolutionary biologist Paul Hohenlohe and international colleagues estimated genomic parallelism — the evolution of similar genetic patterns by separate populations — in four groups of three-spined stickleback fish in Alaska, British Columbia, Iceland and Scotland. The study used genomic sequencing to reveal how genetic variation and environmental differences drive adaptation of this species around the globe. Read more

Kudos to Kalli Sorber

Posted 12/2/2020 10:36:00 PM

Kalli Sorber, IdahoSTARS, is always determined to help her colleagues within the IdahoSTARS Project and will find time to assist anyone in need. Her time management and knowledge is admirable. Her customer service skills are always exceptionally pleasant, and the training videos and presentations she creates for new employees is well thought out and extremely helpful. Read more

U of I Water Scientists Analyze Columbia River Basin Climate Change Research

Posted 12/2/2020 10:35:00 PM

A team of interdisciplinary water researchers at U of I mapped and analyzed climate change research in the Columbia River Basin headwaters. They found past research has focused on impacts more than adaptation or mitigation, with greater concentrations of research in the United States than Canada. They suggest future international collaborations should focus on adaptation and mitigation to co-produce actionable science and effective responses to climate change. Read more

Thank You to Kacey Parks

Posted 12/2/2020 10:33:00 PM

Kacey Parks, academic advisor, has done a great job making sure each student gets assigned the appropriate advisor. She is always friendly and expedient in her responses. It makes a big difference for students to have someone making sure they get assigned an advisor. Read more

Thank You to TRIO INSPIRE

Posted 12/1/2020 10:36:00 PM

During COVID-19, TRIO INSPIRE had to reorganize and recreate to continue to serve their participants and their needs and the needs of the grant. They did so without complaints, excuses or missing a beat. Go team! Read more

Thank You to Sumit Shahi

Posted 12/1/2020 10:35:00 PM

Sumit Shahi, technology solutions partner, is always ready to assist with a friendly smile and is very knowledgeable. Read more

Understanding Genetic Differences Will Help Manage an Idaho Pest

Posted 12/1/2020 10:34:00 PM

A wireworm is the small grub-like larva of a click beetle. It’s a major pest to Idaho farmers and poses a continually growing economic threat. Researchers at the University of Idaho and the Idaho Wheat Commission have found that two species of wireworms are actually comprised of multiple genetically distinct groups that are divergent enough to be considered unique species. They found a total of five potential species, which means that managing these pests could be even more difficult. Read more

Thank You to Michael Bishop

Posted 12/1/2020 10:31:00 PM

Michael Bishop, English department, engages with students in a caring and compassionate way. He shows concern by submitting Care Reports and by following up with each student with a heartfelt email or outreach. Mike is empathetic and sensitive to the students and lets them know they are not alone. He is a perfect example of Vandals taking care of Vandals. Read more

Thank You to Allie Schumacker

Posted 12/1/2020 10:30:00 PM

Allie Schumacker, Human Resources management assistant, is a positive force on the HR team. She comes to work each day with a cheerful attitude. Allie goes above and beyond to seek out work, provide support to the entire HR team and keeps the office running smoothly. Read more

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 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

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