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Science News Releases

National Academy of Sciences Member Jim Bull to Join U of I Faculty

Posted Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:01:00 -0800

MOSCOW, Idaho — Feb. 13, 2019 — National Academy of Sciences (NAS) member Jim Bull will join the University of Idaho faculty in fall 2019. He will be the first NAS member affiliated with an educational institution in Idaho, according to NAS. The academy is a nonprofit and private society of scholars charged by Congress to provide the nation objective and independent council on scientific and technological matters; Bull was elected to NAS in 2016. Read more

Idaho WWAMI Students Encourage Aspiring Physicians at Health Expo

Posted Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:06:00 -0800

BOISE, Idaho — Jan. 17, 2019 — Four Idaho WWAMI medical students from the University of Idaho will help aspiring physicians learn more about the process of applying to, and the experience of, medical school as part of the 2019 Boise School District Health Professions Expo from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Denis Technical Education Center Annex, 3324 S. Pro Tech Drive, Boise. Read more

U of I-Led Study Finds Evidence of Changing Seasons, Rain on Titan’s North Pole

Posted Wed, 16 Jan 2019 08:41:00 -0800

MOSCOW, Idaho — Jan. 16, 2019 — An image from the international Cassini spacecraft provides evidence of rainfall on the north pole of Titan, the largest of Saturn’s moons. The rainfall would be the first indication of the start of a summer season in the moon’s northern hemisphere. Read more

U of I Study Predicts Increase in Global List of Threatened Plant Species

Posted Mon, 03 Dec 2018 14:39:00 -0800

MOSCOW, Idaho — Dec. 3, 2018 — More than 15,000 plant species have a high probability of being considered threatened or near-threatened under a new model used to predict conservation status. The model, which shows the predicted levels of risk to plants worldwide, was published as part of a study to help governments and resource managers evaluate where conservation resources are most needed. 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

Speaker Aims to Visualize Science through Monday Art and Design Presentation

Posted Thu, 08 Nov 2018 15:58:00 -0800

MOSCOW, Idaho — Nov. 8, 2018 — How people in the arts and sciences can work together by creating software to visualize and problem-solve human diseases will be discussed during a lecture at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in Room 032 of the Teaching and Learning Center on the University of Idaho campus. Read more

Study Highlights the Beginnings of a Beautiful Bacterial Friendship

Posted Wed, 24 Oct 2018 14:38:00 -0700

Department of Biological Sciences' Chris Marx and colleagues representing three other universities published a study this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The laboratory study addressed how two species can evolve a relationship that increases the chance of survival for both despite the energy costs to both. Read more

U of I Women in Math and Science Event Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Posted Tue, 25 Sep 2018 14:51:00 -0700

The University of Idaho and North Idaho College will welcome hundreds of young women from high schools across North Idaho for the 10th anniversary of the hands-on educational event Women in Math and Science, Oct. 2-3 in Coeur d’Alene.
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U of I Researcher, Cassini Team Spot Dust Storms on Titan

Posted Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:39:00 -0700

MOSCOW, Idaho — Sept. 24, 2018 — Data from the international Cassini spacecraft, which explored Saturn and its moons between 2004 and 2017, has revealed what appear to be giant dust storms in the equatorial regions of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. A team of scientists, including University of Idaho astrophysicist Jason Barnes, published their findings today in the journal Nature Geoscience. Read more

U of I Researcher, Cassini Team Spot Dust Storms on Titan

Posted Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:39:00 -0700

MOSCOW, Idaho — Sept. 24, 2018 — Data from the international Cassini spacecraft, which explored Saturn and its moons between 2004 and 2017, has revealed what appear to be giant dust storms in the equatorial regions of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. A team of scientists, including University of Idaho astrophysicist Jason Barnes, published their findings today in the journal Nature Geoscience. Read more

Climate Expert Leads Talk About Risks and Opportunities for Idaho

Posted Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:00:00 -0700

Kate Gordon, a leader on issues related to climate change and sustainable economic growth, will talk on the risks and opportunities for Idaho in a changing climate at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, as part of the Northwest Climate Conference in Boise. The talk is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session facilitated by Marcia Franklin of Idaho Public Television will follow Gordon’s presentation in the Grand Ballroom, Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. A reception will follow. Read more

Geography Speaker Series Focuses on Mapping West African Trade Networks

Posted Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700

The Geography Department's Speaker Series resumes from 3:30-4:40 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at McClure 209 with a presentation by Olivier Walther. Read more

Geography Speaker Series Focuses on Mapping West African Trade Networks

Posted Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700

The Geography Department's Speaker Series resumes from 3:30-4:40 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at McClure 209 with a presentation by Olivier Walther. Read more

Modeling Gut Microbial Dynamics

Posted Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700

Sean Gibbons, a Washington Research Foundation distinguished investigator and assistant professor at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, is this week's IBEST/CMCI Seminar Series featured speaker. Read more

Mathematics, Statistical Science Host First Jon A. Wellner Lecture

Posted Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700

The Departments of Mathematics and Statistical Science invite students, faculty and staff to attend the inaugural Jon A. Wellner Lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, in TLC 031. Read more

Mathematics, Statistical Science Host First Jon A. Wellner Lecture

Posted Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700

The Departments of Mathematics and Statistical Science invite students, faculty and staff to attend the inaugural Jon A. Wellner Lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, in TLC 031. Read more

U of I Secures Funding to Support Sustainability at Northwest Food Processing Plants

Posted Wed, 29 Aug 2018 11:13:00 -0700

The University of Idaho will work with food processors and suppliers in the Pacific Northwest to support reductions in their energy, water and waste footprints as part of a new Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) grant awarded to U of I and its partners around the state. The Idaho Department of Commerce recently released the first $700,000 installment of the $2.1 million grant earlier this month. An additional$1.4 million in funding is anticipated over the next two years. Professor Karen Humes, an expert in hydrology and geospatial science in U of I’s College of Science, will lead efforts to pilot, demonstrate and transfer technologies that will help food processors and producers reduce water and nutrient use, as well as recycle nutrients and other valuable byproducts. Read more

Research Symposium Sponsored by Center for Health in the Human Ecosystem is Oct. 11

Posted Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700

Kathryn Hanley, a professor of biology at New Mexico State University, will be the keynote speaker Thursday, Oct. 11, at the first Research Symposium sponsored by the Center for Health in the Human Ecosystem. Read more

U of I Visualizing Science Exhibit on Display at The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho

Posted Fri, 03 Aug 2018 09:40:00 -0700

The University of Idaho's Visualizing Science exhibit, which brings scientific research to life in art form and reveals a deep kinship inherent in seemingly disparate disciplines, is now on display at The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho. The exhibit is the result of a nine-month collaboration between interdisciplinary teams of faculty in science, art and design. The project was led by College of Art and Architecture professor and head of the art and design program Sally Graves Machlis and Prichard Art Gallery director Roger Rowley. Read more

Shelley McGuire Appointed Director for School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Posted Fri, 27 Jul 2018 10:43:00 -0700

Michelle (Shelley) McGuire has been appointed the new director for the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences effective Aug. 13, 2018. McGuire joins the University of Idaho and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences from the Washington State University School of Biological Sciences, where she worked as a professor in lactation physiology and nutrition.
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