Research and Scholarship in the News, October 2016
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College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Biotech tools can help control an old disease, The Packer
Emeritus professor Joe Guenthner (Agricultural Economics) discusses potato blight resistance in this column.
Farm commodity price drop impacts Idaho GDP, Capital Press
Garth Taylor (Agricultural Economics) discusses how commodity prices affect the ag economy.
Field day focuses on forest diseases, pests, Capital Press
Chris Schnepf (Extension) discussed bark beetles and other threats to trees with family forest owners at the Forest Insect and Disease Field Day.
Get alfalfa fields ready for spring, Twin Falls Times-News
Glenn Shewmaker (Extension) discusses potential pest problems, such as pocket gophers, in alfalfa fields.
How good is your hay?, Progressive Forage
Glenn Shewmaker (Extension) wrote this column about quality tests for hay for forage.
Is Glyphosate Carcinogenic, AgInfo.net
Don Morishita (Kimberly and Twin Falls Research and Extension Centers) discusses glyphosate safety.
Idaho study seeks optimum harvest, storage dates for peaches, nectarines, Capital Press
A new grant will support UI researchers as they study ways to make Idaho peach and nectarine production more competitive.
Idaho water settlement fuels growth of new irrigation method, Capital Press
An irrigation method developed by UI and WSU researchers is growing in popularity because it allows farmers to stretch their water supply without damaging their crops.
No small potatoes: Lamb Weston will be an instant Idaho giant, Twin Falls Times-News
Garth Taylor (Agricultural Economics) discusses changing employment in Idaho’s food manufacturing industries.
Meet the giant Palouse earthworm, a rare American original, Boston Globe
Sy Montgomery—who visited UI as this year’s Common Read author—writes about the mysterious giant Palouse earthworm and the researchers who study it, including Jodi Johnson-Maynard and Chris Baugher (Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences).
Potato crop looking good, Twin Falls Times-News
Steve Harrison (Extension) discusses how rain and weather affected potato harvest this year.
Quality of forage in high elevation meadows is desirable, Western Livestock Journal
Glenn Shewmaker (Extension) explains how a mix of grasses and legumes provides good pasture for livestock.
College of Art and Architecture
New snowmobile hut near Sandpoint designed by UI students, Spokesman-Review
Art and Architecture students worked with the U.S. Forest Service and other partners to design a warming hut for snowmobilers north of Sandpoint.
College of Engineering
The Biobased Economy: A Look Into The (Bio) Plastics Sector, Farming Magazine
The overview of bioplastic mentions work by Erik Coats (Civil Engineering) to make PHA, a biodegradable plastic polymer, from fermented manure.
College of Law
WSU leads Columbia basin study, Capital Press
Barb Cosens (Law) and graduate students with expertise in water law will participate in a WSU project to examine the food, water and energy needs of the Columbia River Basin.
College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
Archaeologists Uncover Historic Art Supplies in Boise's James Castle House, Boise Weekly
A team of UI students and researchers led by Mark Warner (Anthropology) uncovered art supplies and other items at an archaeological excavation at the historic home of Boise artist James Castle. Stories about this research also ran on KTVB TV, KIVI TV, the Spokesman-Review and the Idaho Statesman, and an Associated Press article about the project ran across the West.
Experts conduct review of police oversight committees, Daily Lobo
Joseph De Angelis (Criminology and Sociology) was part of a panel of experts who presented about the effectiveness of law enforcement civilian oversight at a national conference.
College of Natural Resources
Partnership with Africa wildlife park provides new avenues for research, Idaho Statesman
In his monthly column, Boise State VP of Research Mark Rudin writes about wildlife research in Africa, including work by Ryan Long (Wildlife Sciences) to understand the role in termite mounds in supporting large herbivore populations and mitigate the behavior of crop-raiding elephants.
Researchers hope to use ear bones, other data to study Amazon catfish, Lewiston Tribune
Jens Hegg, a doctoral student in Water Resources, will travel to the Amazon to study the migratory habits of massive Amazonian catfish using otoliths, or “ear stones” that grow in the catfish’s ears and reveal information about the fish.
Rock Creek plan gets partial funding, Idaho Mountain Express
Blaine County Commissioners awarded money to a restoration project at Rock Creek Ranch, where UI is part of a rangeland research partnership.
UI student tackling plastic bag issue, Moscow-Pullman Daily News
Danielle Gentry, a master’s student in environmental science, is surveying Moscow residents to see if they would want to ban single-use plastic bags.
College of Science
Climate change has been making western forest fires worse for decades, study says, Washington Post
A study by John Abatzoglou (Geography) asserts that human-caused climate change has nearly doubled the amount of land burned in western U.S. forest fires over the past three decades. Stories about this research ran in hundreds of media outlets worldwide, including the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, PBS NewsHour, FiveThirtyEight, Forbes, The Globe and Mail, International Business Times, The Independent, Science and the New York Times.
Uranus might have two dark moons we’ve never seen before, New Scientist
Physics doctoral student Rob Chancia and assistant professor Matthew Hedman have used 30-year-old Voyager 2 data to identify patterns in Uranus’ rings that indicate the presence of previously unknown moonlets. Stories about this research ran in media outlets worldwide, including the Daily Mail, the Independent, USA Today, the Huffington Post, MSN and Smithsonian.
This in-depth exploration of the vaginal microbiome features Larry Forney (biological sciences), an evolutionary ecologist and expert on how bacteria is related to vaginal health. This story was republished in multiple outlets including The Atlantic. Forney also wrote a guest article for the American Society for Microbiology Cultures magazine, “The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Their Bacteria.”
Superfast spinning stars cause strangest weather in the universe, New Scientist
John Ahlers, a graduate student in physics, studies how hot, massive stars that bulge in the middle might affect the seasons on a planet orbiting such a star.
University of Idaho researchers study military surplus trends, KREM TV
Geography researchers Steve Radil, Ray Dezzani and Lanny McAden study the federal 1033 program, which transfers surplus military equipment to local police departments. A story about this research also aired on Boise State Public Radio, and Radil wrote a guest column about the program in The Hill.
Yeast gene rapidly evolves to attack viruses, researchers find, Phys.org
Paul Rowley (Biological Sciences) and his colleague at the University of Colorado Boulder have discovered how yeasts used in breadmaking and brewing evolve rapidly to fight viruses. A story about this research also ran in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News.
A blogger goes behind the scenes at UI’s video game studio to find out how evolution is integrated into their first release, Darwin’s Demons.
Growing Risk of Wildfire Triggers New Wildland-Urban Interface Guide, Boise Weekly
Stephen Miller (Law), Jaap Vos (Bioregional Planning) and colleagues at Boise State University and the Idaho Department of Lands released a guide to planning for wildfire in the Wildland-Urban Interface. KIVI TV also covered this project, and Miller wrote a guest column on it in the Idaho Statesman.
Lab offers balance between Idaho environment, economy, Coeur d’Alene Press
Idaho National Laboratory director Mark Peters includes UI and INL’s research partnership in this column about INL’s scientific leadership in the state and nation.
Nelson takes on new challenge – UI hires new VP of Research and Economic Development, The Argonaut
New Vice President for Research and Economic Development explains her role at UI and plans for the future.
Test reactor treated Idaho potatoes with radiation, Idaho Falls Post-Register
This piece about unusual past projects at the Idaho National Lab mentions UI research in the 1950s and 1960s studying the effects of radiation on potatoes.
University of Idaho ‘lake lab’ to study ecology, economy of local lakes, Spokesman-Review
The new Lake Social-Ecological Systems lab at UI Coeur d’Alene will study the ecology of local lakes and their importance to the region’s lifestyle and economy. A story about LaSES also ran in the Coeur d’Alene Press.
UI researchers examine waste reclamation and reuse in Idaho, Rexberg Standard Journal
Researchers in UI’s Center for Resilient Communities and their partners received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to map Idaho’s opportunities for improved resilience in food, energy and water systems.