LHSOM Faculty Perform at NASA Conference
Three music faculty from the Lionel Hampton School of Music in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences performed at the 2018 North American Saxophone Alliance Conference. Vanessa Sielert, LHSOM director, was selected to perform two new works for saxophone and piano, including “Bridges, Breaks and Bells” by alumnus Dylan Champagne ’17 and “Heartfelt and Diabolical” by Greg Yasinitsky of Washington State University. Javier Rodriguez, assistant professor of bassoon, participated as half of the “Post-Haste Reed Duo” and Patrick Jones, full-time lecturer of saxophone, performed two pieces by Miguel del Aguila.
Mark Warner Named President of SHA
Mark Warner, associate dean for graduate studies and professor of anthropology, was named president of the Society for Historical Archaeology in January 2018. SHA is an educational, not-for-profit organization that advocates for the study and protection of historical and underwater cultural resources. Warner has been a member of SHA for nearly 30 years. Prior to assuming the leadership of SHA, he served the organization in a variety of capacities, including committee member, committee chair, board of director member and annual conference co-organizer.
“Some Lived: An Idaho POW’s Story” Screens at Two Festivals
A documentary by Assistant Professor Denise Bennett titled “Some Lived: An Idaho POW’s Story” recently screened at two film festivals – the docLAHOMA Film Festival in Oklahoma City on Jan. 14 and the Spokane International Film Festival on Feb. 2 as part of the Best of the Northwest Shorts program.
Voicing Dissent – A New Book by Casey Johnson
Disagreement is, for better or worse, pervasive in our society. Not only do we form beliefs that differ from those around us, but increasingly we have platforms and opportunities to voice those disagreements and make them public. Assistant Professor of Philosophy Casey Johnson explores this in “Voicing Dissent: The Ethics and Epistemology of Making Disagreement Public,” published in Feb. 2018 by Routledge. The volume collects original essays from a number of prominent scholars to address how public disagreement affects what we know.
Vaccine Attitude Rises and Falls With Ideology
Political views and a person’s trust in government play a role in whether or not they get vaccinated, according to a study by three faculty members at the University of Idaho. Bert Baumgaertner, Juliet Carlisle and Florian Justwan, faculty members in the Department of Politics and Philosophy in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, published their findings based on responses to a 2017 national survey. Their paper, “The Influence of Political Ideology and Trust on Willingness to Vaccinate,” was published today in the journal Public Library of Science One (PLOS ONE). Read more.
Director of Choral Activities to Perform in South Carolina
Paul Thompson, assistant professor and director of choral activities in the Lionel Hampton School of Music, will travel to Florence, South Carolina for a performance of The Three Tenors of Florence on Feb. 12. Read more.
History Professor Offers Opinion on Cuba Embargo
Dale Graden, professor of history, authored an op-ed published in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News about the U.S.’s embargo on Cuba. Read his piece.
History Professor Describes Connection Between Spies and the Occult
Richard Spence, professor of history, details the life of Aleister Crowley, a known spy and arguably the most infamous occultist of the last century in the November/December edition of New Dawn Magazine. Read it now.
U of I Cellist Performs on Rare Five-String Instrument
Miranda Wilson, associate professor of cello and co-director of the Idaho Bach Festival, performed Bach Six Suites for Solo Cello from memory on a rare five-string, carbon fiber cello. Read more.
Deborah Thorne Discusses Debt with NBC News
Associate Professor of Sociology Deborah Thorne discusses personal debt load and the factors contributing to it in the United States with NBC News. Read more.
Thorsteinson’s Salary Research Highlighted by Payscale
Crack a joke at the start of salary negotiations and you may end up with more money asserts Todd J. Thorsteinson, chair of U of I’s Department of Psychology and Communication Studies. Read more at Payscale.com.
CLASS Faculty Take Part in Short Research Presentations
Faculty members Miranda Wilson (music), Denise Bennett (journalism and mass media) and Zach Turpin (English) all participated in ORED’s inaugural Short and Sweet Research Talk on Dec. 7. Watch the video.
Steve Smith, JAMM, Set to Retire in May
After nearly 40 years of reporting and editing and eight years on the University of Idaho faculty, Steve Smith (School of Journalism and Mass Media) is set to retire in May. Read more.
Kacy Pula Receives NACADA Award
Kacy Pula, assistant professor of psychology in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, was named NACADA Region 8's 2018 Excellence in Advising - Faculty Advisor. The award recognizes individuals whose primary responsibility is teaching and who spend a portion of their time providing academic advising services to students. Pula will be honored at the regional conference in Portland in March.
Vern Sielert Album Named Best of 2017
Congratulations to Vern Sielert, professor of trumpet and director of jazz studies in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. Sielert is a member of the Unhinged Sextet, whose album "Don't Blink" was named one of the best releases of 2017 by All About Jazz! The album features an original composition by Sielert. Read the full story.
Praise Continues for Blanchfield's "Proxies"
"Proxies," the latest book from College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences Assistant Professor Brian Blanchfield in the Department of English continues to gain recognition in the press. In addition to receiving a Whiting Award in Nonfiction and a finalist for the PEN Center USA 2017 Literary Award, the book was recently named to The New Statesman's 2017 Books of the Year list. Proxies has also been reviewed by The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, The Financial Times and London Magazine.
Jodie Nicotra Releases New Book
The Department of English and the University of Idaho Library helped celebrate Jodie Nicotra’s new book, “Becoming Rhetorical: Analyzing and Composing in a Multimedia World,” last week. This new book gives composition students the tools to become more dynamic, powerful communicators, attuned to the energy of rhetoric, and includes assignment options in written, visual, and multimodal formats. Nicotra’s book will be available through retailers in January 2018.
Rodney Frey Honored by Coeur d'Alene Tribe
The Natural Resources Department of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe hosted a celebration last week for Rodney Frey, professor of ethnography, acknowledging Frey's pending retirement from U of I and the collaborative work done with the tribe over the last 28 years. Some of the projects he worked on with the tribe included incorporating Schitsu’umsh oral literature and history into the Coeur d’Alene School District’s elementary schools, developing the DeSmet Center for Higher Education (1992-98) with Lewis-Clark State College, creating an interactive virtual world module (sqigwts.org) demonstrating the importance of indigenous knowledge in addressing climate change, and multiple experiences bringing U of I students to their community to engage and learn from the tribe. Much of this relationship is highlighted in Frey’s recent book “Carry Forth the Stories: An Ethnographer’s Journey into Native Oral Tradition” (WSU Press, 2017).