Research and Scholarship in the News, August 2016
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
5 signs you need to rotate your alfalfa, Progressive Forage
Glenn Shewmaker (Extension) offers advice about knowing when to rotate crops.
A heaping harvest: Grain storage space is getting cramped, Lewiston Tribune
Doug Finkelnburg (Extension) discusses higher crop yields and low falling numbers during Idaho’s grain harvest.
Idaho farmers hopeful for moisture sometime soon, The Prairie Star
Sarah Baker (Extension) says harvest in Custer County is looking good, despite dry conditions.
Idaho growers pleased with spud yields, quality, Capital Press
Erik Wenninger (Extension) alerts potato farmers that the first harvest fields in western Idaho had symptoms of zebra chip disease.
Idaho leads the West in per capita farm income, Capital Press
Ben Eborn (Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology) discusses Idaho’s No. 1 rank among Western states in farm cash receipts and net farm income, despite dropping beef and dairy prices. The data emphasize Idaho’s dependence on agriculture, Eborn says. The Associated Press version of this story ran state- and nationwide.
Land-Grant Universities Bolster the US Potato Genebank's Impact, Yahoo Finance
UI is among a group of land-grant universities cooperating with the U.S. Potato Genebank. This story ran in outlets around the world through PR Newswire.
Researchers test tillage systems in dry beans, Capital Press
Researchers at Kimberly Research and Extension Center are testing weed control approaches in fields that have undergone different tillage methods.
Specialty fruit and research tour to be held in Parma, Idaho Press-Tribune
The public flocks to the Parma Research and Extension Center Pomology Orchard and Vineyard site for its annual fruit and research tour.
Study: More data needed on climate change perceptions, Capital Press
Sanford Eigenbrode (Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences) discusses surveys conducted as part of the REACCH project, in light of a national study regarding climate change perceptions.
College of Business and Economics
Are refugees stealing jobs? Twin Falls Times-News
Eric Stuen (Economics) discusses how immigration can affect temporarily drive down wages for competing workers, but doesn’t hurt wages in the long run.
UI economist: Airport realignment makes the financial difference, Moscow-Pullman Daily News
Steven Peterson (Economics) presented his economic impact study regarding changes to the Pullman-Moscow Airport.
College of Education
UI to use grant to study online courses for rural teachers, Spokesman-Review
Julie Amador (Curriculum and Instruction) will lead a project studying how teachers in rural areas can advance their math education through online courses and video coaching. A story about this project also appeared in the Coeur d’Alene Press.
College of Engineering
Get a free energy audit — and help Idaho students, Idaho Statesman
Dev Shrestha (Biological Engineering) wrks with Boise State’s John Gardener and students from both universities to provide energy audits to small- and medium-sized businesses.
College of Law
Should adultery be a crime? It’s a felony in Idaho, Christian Science Monitor
Elizabeth Brant (Law) discusses Idaho’s rarely used law making adultery a felony. This article by the Associated Press ran in news outlets around the nation.
College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
The seeds of a relationship – UI graduate student conducts research with Nez Perce tribe, UI Argonaut
Wendy Wegner, a master’s student in anthropology, studies the tule plant and its relationship to Nez Perce culture.
College of Natural Resources
BLM experiments with targeted grazing, using cattle to 'mow' fire breaks in the Owyhee Front, Twin Falls Times-News
Karen Launchbaugh (Rangeland Center) explains the potential of using cattle for targeted grazing to create fire breaks.
Fires will regularly rage in subarctic forest and tundra, Cosmos
Adam Young, a CNR graduate student, discusses his research projecting increasing fire risk for some areas of Alaska’s boreal forest and tundra, which in turn would lead to increased carbon emissions.
There's a new fish endocrinologist in town, Twin Falls Times-News
New Aquaculture Research Institute researcher Brian Small (Fish and Wildlife Sciences) will study how bacterial populations in the fish gut impact fish nutrition and performance.
UI Researchers Pinpoint Climate Factors in Beetle Outbreaks in Whitebark Pines, Idaho Public Radio
Jeff Hicke and Polly Buotte (Geography) study how climate influences mountain pine beetle attacks on whitebark pines. A story about this project also ran in Yellowstone Insider.
College of Science
Using island biogeography to investigate a weird and scenic landscape in southern Idaho, iDigBio
Katie Peterson, a doctoral student in biological sciences, wrote this blog post about her research in Craters of the Moon National Monument.
Tasmanian devil DNA shows signs of cancer fightback, BBC News
Paul Hohenlohe (Biological Sciences) is part of an international team that identified parts of the Tasmanian devil genome that appear to be rapidly evolving in the face of a contagious cancer. Stories about this research also appeared in Discover Magazine Blogs, the Seattle Times, the Daily Mail, Business Insider, The Scientist and The Verge, and in news outlets world wide through UPI.
Play, teach, learn - in the sandbox, Coeur d’Alene Press
The Augmented Reality Sandbox at UI Coeur d’Alene is a tool for local K-12 students studying watersheds.
Evolution in your computer, UI Argonaut
The story presents Polymorphic Games, and interdisciplinary video game design studio at UI.
UI makes big push in cybersecurity, Moscow-Pullman Daily News
UI opened a new cybersecurity center in Post Falls that will focus on the needs of large companies like Idaho Power.
WSU Press wins Idaho Book of the Year honor, WSU News
Dennis Baird, a professor emeritus of the UI Library, is among the authors of “Encounters with the People: Written and Oral Accounts of Nez Perce Life to 1858,” which won an Idaho Book of the Year award.