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Department of Fish & Wildlife Sciences' Dennis Scarnecchia Receives Prestigious Honor

Posted Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:16:00 -0800

Congratulations to Dennis Scarnecchia, who has been chosen as a recipient of the Order of Acipenser. This prestigious award is presented by the North American Sturgeon and Paddlefish Society (NASPS) to recognize outstanding contributions to the conservation, recovery, and/or management of sturgeon or paddlefish in North America. He will be receiving the award at the 2018 NASPS meeting, which will be held in Columbia, Missouri, Oct. 22-25, 2018. Read more

Sarah Martonick Accepted into LeadMe Mentorship Program

Posted Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:01:00 -0800

Each year, the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) selects a handful of qualified members among many applicants to participate in its LeadMe mentorship program. Sarah Martonick, post-award manager for the Office of Sponsored Programs, recently became one of those select few. LeadMe was developed to recognize and build emerging leaders within NCURA at the regional and national levels--and within the university research administrator community at large. As part of her role in this program, she will engage in a research project and present it at NCURA's upcoming Region VI meeting in Billings, Montana. The Office of Sponsored Programs and the Office of Research and Economic Development commend Sarah for hard work and dedication to becoming a leader among her peers in university research administration.

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Global Student Success Program Welcomes Second Cohort

Posted Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:50:00 -0800

The University of Idaho’s Global Student Success Program welcomed its second cohort of international students this spring. Through a partnership with Navitas, the GSSP launched in fall 2017 and now supports more than 40 students from 10 countries. The GSSP offers a holistic, wrap-around program to ensure that international students get the support they need to be successful in the U.S. academic system. The GSSP is located in Memorial Gym Room 111. Learn more about the GSSP. Read more

Communications and Marketing Wins CASE Awards

Posted Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:04:00 -0800

Congratulations to the University of Idaho Communications and Marketing team, which received several awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the professional organization for advancement and higher education communications professionals.
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Julie Amador Awarded Top 30 Under 40

Posted Tue, 09 Jan 2018 12:30:00 -0800

The Kootenai County Young Professionals group in Coeur d'Alene announced their Top 30 Under 40 Winner — Julie Amador. Julie Amador, Ph.D. is a professor of mathematics education at the University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene. Read more

ALCP Offers Thanks to Delora Shoop, Chris Menter and Karee Head

Posted Fri, 05 Jan 2018 12:20:00 -0800

The American Language and Culture Program would like to extend a big thank you to Delora Shoop (Student Accounts), Chris Menter (Registrar), and Karee Head (Admissions.) A new method of fee assessment caused problems with the charges for our ALCP students. Delora and Chris not only solved the problem within a few hours, they both looked at each individual record of about 50 ALCP students to make sure each one was corrected. Karee helped investigate the mystery with her expertise. We are impressed with their eagerness & speed at finding a solution, and grateful for the time and care they invested into making it all right. Thank you so much! Read more

Kacy Pula Receives NACADA Award

Posted Thu, 04 Jan 2018 10:18:00 -0800

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.

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Vern Sielert Album Named Best of 2017

Posted Thu, 04 Jan 2018 10:13:00 -0800

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.

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Generous Donors Help Women's Center with Remodel

Posted Thu, 04 Jan 2018 09:42:00 -0800

This month, the University of Idaho Women's Center began a remodel of their office to create more space for the center's growing professional staff. Read more

Pallen Photo Wins National Award

Posted Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:07:00 -0800

Congratulations to University of Idaho photographer Joe Pallen, whose image of frozen microbes stored for NASA in the University of Idaho Food Science Building was selected among the Top 17 Most Iconic Images of the Year by Libris. Libris by PhotoShelter, which helps organizations of all sizes organize and share their photos and videos, selected 17 images that capture some of the most memorable moments of 2017. Other winners included images of the eclipse, Women’s March, sporting events and everyday life. Pallen’s photo, showing Viking Lander probe samples in the deep freeze as part of space food research for trips to Mars, beat out more than 300 submissions from brands of all sizes and industries. The photo was originally featured in the Spring 2017 issue of Here We Have Idaho magazine. Read more

Praise Continues for Blanchfield's "Proxies"

Posted Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:37:00 -0800

"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.

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Farewell Reception for Natalie Magnus Dec. 14

Posted Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:54:00 -0800

Natalie Magnus, the coordinator for the Center for Volunteerism and Social Action in the Division of Student Affairs, will be leaving the University of Idaho at the end of 2017 to take a position at Western Washington University. Natalie's four years as program coordinator at the Center for Volunteerism and Social Action have been inarguably successful and she has continued to help the center build its admirable legacy of connecting students to communities near and far in meaningful ways. This year was another successful one for the center as Natalie was named the John Sarvey Administrator of the Year by IMPACT and our Alternative Service Breaks program was named the nation's best by Break Away. In that spirit, please join us on Thursday, Dec. 14, to say "farewell" and "thanks" to "Nat" for her service to U of I, the Division of Student Affairs and, of course, our students. We'll meet in the Vandal Student Lounge on the second floor of the Idaho Commons from 3-5 p.m. for refreshments and good company. Read more

Grant Harley Featured in Documentary Talk

Posted Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:30:00 -0800

Grant Harley, assistant professor in the University of Idaho Department of Geography, will speak this week during a screening of the documentary "The Underwater Forest," at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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U of I Library Faculty Member Selected for National Library Leadership Program

Posted Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:43:00 -0800

Ashlyn Velte, University of Idaho Library assistant professor and archivist in the Special Collections and Archives Department, has been selected as a 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader.

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De Pedro Named Steinway & Sons 2017 Top Teacher Recipient

Posted Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:59:00 -0800

Jovanni-Rey de Pedro, assistant professor of piano and piano pedagogy in the Lionel Hampton School of Music, was named a recipient of the Steinway & Sons 2017 Top Teacher Award. This annual recognition honors outstanding instruction and leadership in piano education. De Pedro will be presented with his award during his Feb. 3, 2018, recital at the Steinway Gallery of Spokane. Congratulations!

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CLASS Awards FY19 Key Grants Supporting Undergraduate Collaborative Research

Posted Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:25:00 -0800

The College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences has named the awardees of its FY19 CLASS Undergraduate Collaborative Research Key Grants. These grants are designed to encourage collaboration between CLASS faculty and undergraduate students on scholarly or creative projects. Read more

19 CLASS Students Receive Alumni Excellence Awards

Posted Wed, 06 Dec 2017 09:21:00 -0800

On Friday, Dec. 8, 19 students from the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences will be honored with an Alumni Award for Excellence. This is award is given by the University of Idaho Alumni Association to undergraduate seniors, graduate students and law students who have achieved outstanding academic success and have demonstrated career and professional preparation; campus and community leadership and involvement, or are leaders in the classroom, laboratory, campus and community. CLASS students made up 38 percent of the total award recipients. Read more

Seven CLASS Summer Research Grants Awarded

Posted Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:18:00 -0800

The College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences has named the awardees of its 2018 CLASS Summer Research Grants. These grants support tenure-track and tenured faculty in the creation of a sustainable research or creative project. Read more

Celebration for Jodie Nicotra's New Book Dec. 7

Posted Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:01:00 -0800

Join the Department of English and the University of Idaho Library from 11-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, on the first floor of the library, for a reception celebrating Jodie Nicotra's new book, "Becoming Rhetorical: Analyzing and Composing in a Multimedia World." The celebration will include coffee, tea and cookies. For more information, contact U of I's Department of English at 208-885-6156.

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Rodney Frey Honored by Coeur d'Alene Tribe

Posted Mon, 04 Dec 2017 09:10:00 -0800

The Natural Resources Department of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe will be hosting a gathering from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, for Rodney Frey, professor of ethnography. The event will be held at the Natural Resources Aripa Building (401 Anne Antelope Ave., Plummer) and will acknowledge Frey's pending retirement from U of I and the collaborative work done with the tribe over the last 28 years.

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Way to Go Events and Support Services

Posted Fri, 01 Dec 2017 13:37:00 -0800

Please extend a round of applause to the University of Idaho Events and Support Services (ESS) team for its continuous support of the Idaho high school football community.
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UI Raises Nearly $20,000 on #GivingTuesday Nov. 27

Posted Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:53:00 -0800

Thanks to a targeted social media and email strategy, U of I raised $19,666 during Giving Tuesday, a global online event that encourages philanthropy and year-end giving. Congratulations to Eric Billings, Anne Zabala, Mike Gotch, Holli Sampson, Josh Nishimoto, Whitney Schroeder, Brittany Hart and marketing and communications managers across the university for their work on this effort! For more information, go to Read more

Thank You to U of I Snowflake Creators

Posted Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:07:00 -0800

The University of Idaho Library would like to extend many thank yous to the U of I employees whose hands, minds and hearts brought to life the one-of-a-kind "U of I Snowflake" ornament and library holiday card. Read more

U of I Coeur d'Alene Named Volunteer of the Year

Posted Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:00:00 -0800

The University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene was recently named Volunteer of the Year by the Kootenai Health Foundation. The award was announced at this year's Festival of Trees celebration. The annual event benefits the community hospital in continuing their capital campaign for the expansion of Emergency and Surgical Services. Read more

Kolden and Abatzoglou Receive Visiting Scholarships to the University of Tasmania

Posted Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:39:00 -0800

College of Natural Resources Associate Professor Crystal Kolden and College of Science Associate Professor John Abatzoglou were awarded prestigious Visiting Scholarship awards from the University of Tasmania. These awards are highly competitive and help to cover travel costs for visiting scholars. Kolden and Abatzoglou will be traveling to Tasmania in December 2018 on sabbatical to work with internationally known fire ecologist David Bowman on global wildfire disaster research.

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Educational Leadership Program Ranked 17th Nationwide

Posted Tue, 28 Nov 2017 13:31:00 -0800

The University of Idaho's College of Education, Health and Human Sciences was recently listed by the ranking publication Top Master's in Education (TME) in the Best Master's in Educational Leadership category. The U of I appeared in 17th place on the nationwide list. 
The methodology for the ranking, according to TME, is based on aggregation of data from college and education databases as well as metadata analysis. The college and education databases come from the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. News and World Report and PayScale. The metadata analysis looks at other ranking results for the programs as well as student-reported satisfaction in those programs.

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Retirement Celebration for Andrzej Paszczynski Dec. 7

Posted Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:41:00 -0800

Please join the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in celebrating the retirement of Professor Andrzej Paszczynski after 30 years at the University of Idaho! A reception will be held at the University Inn Best Western Plus Centennial Room from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. Light snacks and a no-host bar will be provided. Please RSVP to Mary Ellen Martin at 885-0707 or

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Dean Panttaja Appointed Director of General Education

Posted Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:28:00 -0800

The Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives is delighted to announce that Dean Panttaja, professor of Theatre Arts in the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, has been appointed director of General Education at the University of Idaho.
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College of Science Students Earn Awards at Student Research Exposition

Posted Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:25:00 -0800

College of Science students presented their work recently on a variety of undergraduate and graduate research projects as part of the 13th annual Student Research Exposition at the University of Idaho. From laboratories to the field, from biochemistry to planetary geology, and from physical experiments to mathematical models, students presented a variety of work focused in scientific investigation. The event, held each fall in conjunction with a visit from the College of Science’s College Advisory Board, included awards to participating students by a panel of judges for their outstanding poster presentations. A Sigma Xi Award was also presented by the U of I chapter of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. Read more

Vandal Alumna Named CEHHS Advocacy Board Chair

Posted Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:15:00 -0800

Congratulations to Debby Bailey, who was elected by her peers to chair the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Advocacy Board. A devoted Vandal alumna who is also married to a Vandal, Bailey joined the board in 2012, when she retired as a principal in the Boise School District. She's brought a richness of experience as a classroom teacher and administrator to help advocate for and advise CEHHS.

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'HAPPY' Nominated for 2018 Theatre Billboard Awards in Mexico City

Posted Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:14:00 -0800

Theatre professor Robert Caisley's award-winning play "HAPPY" was nominated for a 2018 theatre Billboard Award in Mexico City, where the play has been playing to rave reviews since August at Teatro Milan. More info about the award is available online. Read more

College of Law Students Support Local Food Banks with Drive

Posted Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:11:00 -0800

College of Law students in Moscow and Boise raised $4,855.90 and donated 1,440 food items to local food banks. This year all donations in Moscow went to the Moscow Food Bank and all donations in Boise went to the Idaho Food Bank located in Boise. Last year, students were able to raise $4,455.01 in cash donations and 1,053 in food items. A special thanks to Phi Alpha Delta's Executive Board: Ali Raza Iqbal, Alex Hayes, Mallam Prior, Katie Vandenberg, Max Williams and Jeff Jimenez. Without their hard work and cooperation in both Boise and Moscow, none of this would have been possible.

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JAMM's Bennett Receives Additional Grant Support

Posted Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:08:00 -0800

Denise Bennett, assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Media in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, recently received extra financial support of her project titled "Idaho's LGBTQ Community." The project, a collaboration with the UI Library, aims to collect oral histories and a digital archive from members of the LGBTQ community in every county of the state. Bennett received a $4,000 grant from the Pride Foundation, a $2,000 grant from the Idaho State Historical Society and some private donations, which will be matched by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities grant.

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TSP Service Model Highlighted at National Conference

Posted Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:38:00 -0800

Vice President for Infrastructure and CIO Dan Ewart and ITS Director of Customer Experience and Engagement Brian Cox hosted a poster information session at the EDUCAUSE annual conference held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, earlier this month.
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Dean Ali Carr-Chellman Wins Outstanding Book Award

Posted Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:59:00 -0800

Congratulations College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Dean Ali Carr-Chellman! Her book, "Issues in Technology, Learning, and Instructional Design: Classic and Contemporary Dialogues," won the Association for Educational Communication and Technology Outstanding Book Award in the Design and Development Division during the AECT International Convention in Jacksonville, Florida. You make the Vandal family proud, Ali!
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Big Thank You to Daniel Priest with Sodexo

Posted Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:22:00 -0800

The College of Business and Economics would like to offer its thanks to Daniel Priest of Vandals Dining by Sodexo. On more than one occasion, Daniel has gone above and beyond to make catered events at the College of Business and Economics successful. Whether it means making extra trips for supplies, staying longer to help set up, or just helping out with last-minute details, he does whatever he can to make sure we have what we need. Thank you for always coming through, Daniel!

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Civil Engineering Graduate Student Selected Student of the Year by National Transportation Body

Posted Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:16:00 -0700

University of Idaho Civil Engineering master's student Regan Hansen of Firth, Idaho, has been selected to receive the 2017 Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) student of the year award. U of I's National Institute of Advanced Transportation Technology is a member of the regional University Transportation Center (UTC) known as PacTrans. Hansen's graduate research is focused on investigating the effects of roadway geometry on drivers' choice to pass on rural two-lane highways using driving simulation. More broadly he is interested in finding ways to leverage big data from connected vehicles, intelligent transportation systems, mobile technology, etc., to improve the safety and operational performance of our transportation systems. Read more

Christian Elsberry Named Assistant Vice President of Advancement Services

Posted Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:47:00 -0700

University Advancement is pleased to announce that Christian Elsberry is the University of Idaho's new assistant vice president for Advancement Services, effective Nov. 6. Elsberry currently serves as senior director of Administrative Services and chief fiscal officer for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences where she manages Finance, HR, Facilities and IT. Elsberry is also a proud alumna of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. In her new role, she will lead and manage the comprehensive activities of Advancement Information Services, Donor Relations and Stewardship, and the Prospect Management and Research programs. Read more

Undergrads Win Mathematical Modeling Competition

Posted Thu, 26 Oct 2017 15:00:00 -0700

On Oct. 21-22, three UI undergraduate College of Science math majors, Danny Bugingo, Beau Horenberger, and Carly Scott, won first place and a $100 cash prize during a mathematical modeling competition for undergraduates at Carroll College in Montana. Seventeen teams from six different schools participated, including Carroll College, Montana State University, Washington State University, University of Providence, Rocky Mountain College, and the University of Idaho.
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Aquaculture Research Institute Director Receives International Recognition

Posted Wed, 25 Oct 2017 11:29:00 -0700

This summer, Ron Hardy, Ph.D., director of the Aquaculture Research Institute at the University of Idaho, received the Honorary Lifetime Membership award from the World Aquaculture Society at its annual conference, held this year for the first time in Cape Town, South Africa. Read more

Farewell Reception for John and Barbara Foltz

Posted Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:42:00 -0700

After a collective 52 years at the University of Idaho, John and Barbara Foltz are moving on from the University of Idaho. Help us celebrate the Foltzs' service to the university with light appetizers from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in the Integrated Research and Innovation Center (IRIC) Atrium.

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Infrastructure Employees Are Pollution Prevention Champions

Posted Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:45:00 -0700

Congratulations and thank you to the Division of Infrastructure, specifically the Facilities and Environmental Health and Safety offices, for their environmentally conscious work and care to reduce pollution. They have been doing such a remarkable job with pollution prevention that the university was recognized this week by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality for its efforts, earning it the 2017 Pollution Prevention Champion award.
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Library Celebrates 60th Birthday

Posted Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:44:00 -0700

Congratulations to the University of Idaho Library on celebrating its 60th birthday. The library opened its doors in its current location on Oct. 23, 1957, with a formal dedication on Nov. 2 that included dignitaries such as then-Idaho Gov. Robert Smylie.
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Kudos to CNR for Centennial Celebration

Posted Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:21:00 -0700

Kudos to the staff and faculty who recently celebrated the College of Natural Resources Centennial! Your weekend was a huge success and you all deserve to celebrate! Congratulations!
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Vaughn Receives Association of Teacher Educators Award for Research

Posted Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:00:00 -0700

Associate Professor of Literacy Margaret Vaughn of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, has won the Association of Teacher Educators 2018 Distinguished Research in Teacher Education Award. Vaughn was recognized for her co-authorship of the manuscript titled “The Development of Teachers’ Vision from Preservice into their First Years Teaching: A Longitudinal Study,” published in Teaching and Teacher Education. She will be attending the awards ceremony in Las Vegas this February.
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CNR Graduate Students Attend NSF Summit in Montana

Posted Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:04:00 -0700

The College of Graduate Studies is sending four College of Natural Resources graduate students to the 2017 National Science Foundation Pacific Northwest Circle of Success: Mentoring Opportunities in STEM (PNW-COSMOS) Alliance Summit being held this week in Bozeman, Montana. The theme of the summit is "Collaborations across Our Communities."
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Winners and Leaders so far for Homecoming 2017

Posted Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:52:00 -0700

Thank you to everyone who decorated their offices for 2017 Homecoming! UI saw a record 22 offices participate! Overall, the College of Business & Economics Advising Suite took the top prize for small offices and the Department of Student Involvement won for large offices. Read more

LHSOM Receives National Recognition

Posted Thu, 05 Oct 2017 11:04:00 -0700

Congratulations to the Lionel Hampton School of Music, which was named one of the 2018 Best Music Schools in the nation and one of only TWO listed in the Pacific Northwest by In Tune Monthly.
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Norma Valdivia Joins Office of Equity & Diversity, Tribal Relations

Posted Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:54:00 -0700

The Office of Equity & Diversity and the Office of Tribal Relations welcomes Norma Valdivia as its new management assistant. Norma Valdivia was born and raised in Mexico and moved to the U.S. at 14 years old. She graduated from the University of Idaho in May 2017 with a B.A. in international studies and Spanish. She is very excited for this position because she will be able to assist and represent different programs within our UI community. During her free time she enjoys exercising, talking to her family and friends, and loves practicing other languages and assisting non-English speakers with translation. Send her your welcomes at

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Viviana Gonzalez Named Program Coordinator at OMA

Posted Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:51:00 -0700

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is pleased to introduce Alejandra Viviana González as its new program coordinator. Viviana is an Idaho native and a University of Idaho alumna. She graduated with a B.A. in political science and international and Latin American studies. Viviana is very involved in diversity initiatives and programs that create a welcoming and safe space to all students. In her free time, Viviana loves to visit her family, do service learning projects, and travel. She also enjoys dancing and attending cultural and educational events. Send her your welcomes at

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Design Selected for UI Gateway Mural

Posted Tue, 03 Oct 2017 14:23:00 -0700

More than 400 people voted to select a design and the results are in for the UI Gateway Murals project "Engaging the Community." Congratulations to Danielle Capelli and Darci Deaton for answering a call for public art that represents STEAMED (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Education and Design). Their mural selections were among four finalists voted on last week.
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Bob Hails Joins UI as Director for Distance and Extended Education Initiatives

Posted Mon, 02 Oct 2017 09:54:00 -0700

The Division of Strategic Enrollment Management is pleased to announce that Bob Hails has joined the University of Idaho as the new director for Distance and Extended Education Initiatives. Bob's first day was Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. Read more

UI Senior Wins First Place at Virology Association Meeting

Posted Fri, 29 Sep 2017 14:52:00 -0700

University of Idaho senior Emily Kizer was voted first place by attendees at the the 17th annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Virology Association the weekend of Sept. 23 in a poster presentation session with undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from across the nation. Kizer’s winning poster was similar to the work she presented at the Idaho IDeA Network of Biomedical Research (INBRE) conference in early August. At that event she also won first place as an INBRE Fellow. Read more

UI Alumni Relations Leader Has New Title

Posted Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:21:00 -0700

University Advancement and Alumni Relations are pleased to announce a job title change for Kathy Barnard. Barnard's new title is assistant vice president, Office of Alumni Relations and Advancement Communications. This new title more accurately reflects the scope of Barnard's responsibilities and is a salary-neutral change.
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Kudos to Liliana Vega, UI Extension Southwest

Posted Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:02:00 -0700

Kudos to Liliana Vega, 4-H Extension educator and associate professor at the University of Idaho Extension – Southern District (Ada/Canyon counties). She received the Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's "Sembrador del Futuro" award for 2017 (Planting Seeds for a Better Future) in recognition for the work she does with youth in the Treasure Valley, the difference she's making in the community by helping shape tomorrow's leaders and for her activism within the Latino community.
The chamber also specifically recognizes her program at Farmway Village (Caldwell Housing Authority) and the students at that site.

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Lysa Salsbury Elected Co-Chair of Women's Centers Committee for National Women's Studies Association

Posted Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:49:00 -0700

The National Women's Studies Association has named Lysa Salsbury, director of the University of Idaho Women's Center, as the incoming chair of record for the NWSA Women's Centers Committee. The Women's Centers Committee (WCC) advances the vital role that women's and gender equity centers play in the field of women's, gender and sexuality studies. The Women's Centers Committee supports the scholarship and best practices of women's centers across the nation, including developing research, documenting resources, building networks and alliances, and designing projects that support women's centers.
Salsbury has been a member of NWSA since 2006, and served as the WCC pre-conference co-chair in 2009 and 2010. Her two-year term as WCC co-chair will begin in November 2017. She will work in partnership with Lisa Logan, Women's Studies center manager at Eastern Washington University, to cultivate new opportunities and direction for women's center professionals, and identify productive solutions for the growth and advancement of women's center concerns within NWSA. Read more

Jesse Martinez Receives Zerelda Quintana Award

Posted Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:29:00 -0700

Congratulations to Jesse Martinez, director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs, who received the Zerelda Quintana Person of the Year Award Friday from the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs to mark the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. The award goes to those who have made a positive impact with the Hispanic community. Martinez was recognized for helping build the Idaho Hispanic Youth Summit and for rising from being a student in the College Assistance Migrant Program to become the director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Martinez received the award Friday at the Idaho Capitol in Boise.
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A Splash of Thanks for UI Facilities

Posted Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:23:00 -0700

The UI Swim Center pool opens Monday, Sept. 18, and we thank the UI Facilities team for their four-month project stewardship in getting us there. The entire university appreciates your hard work, especially that of Architectural and Engineering Services (AES) Project Manager Daryle R. Faircloth who managed the $1 million pool restoration project for the university. Read more

UI Faculty Contribute to Wildfire Research Report

Posted Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:19:00 -0700

University of Idaho faculty made major contributions to a National Academies of Sciences (NAS), Engineering and Medicine report, released in early September, titled "A Century of Wildland Fire Research: Contributions to Long-term Approaches for Wildland Fire Management." Department of Geography Associate Professor John Abatzoglou was one of four experts chosen to review the proceedings prior to publication and College of Natural Resources Assistant Professor Travis Paveglio's research on community variation in relationships and response to wildland fire was featured in the report. Read more

Eric Billings Named Director of Annual Giving

Posted Fri, 08 Sep 2017 07:57:00 -0700

University Advancement is pleased to announce that Eric Billings is the University of Idaho's new director of Annual Giving, effective Sept. 25. Billings currently serves as a major gifts officer in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and is a proud alumnus of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. In his new role, Billings will lead the university's Annual Giving program, which raises private support through phone, mail and online efforts. Congratulations, Eric!
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UI Extension Farm to Summer Program a Success

Posted Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:35:00 -0700

This summer, University of Idaho Extension helped launch a pilot Farm to Summer Program led by the Idaho Department of Agriculture's Idaho Preferred Program, in collaboration with Food Producers of Idaho, with many sponsors and supporters. Extension officers helped several Treasure Valley summer feeding programs procure local produce for a special "all Idaho lunch" and paired the meal with an educational presentation and activity delivered by UI undergraduate students Carly Weaver, UI Extension intern, and Clayton King, food producers intern. Students also received a gift bag with coupons, promotional materials and fresh produce to take home. The program reached students in Boise, Nampa, Caldwell, Marsing, Homedale and Payette.
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Caisley's Play "Happy" Premieres in Mexico City

Posted Wed, 06 Sep 2017 12:33:00 -0700

Theatre professor Robert Caisley's comedy "Happy," is currently enjoying its Spanish-language premiere at Teatro Milan in Mexico City. The play runs through December. "Happy" was also recently translated into Italian.
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UI Employees Give Over $2.2 Million

Posted Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:50:00 -0700

Thanks to our many generous donors, in FY2017, the University of Idaho had a record fundraising year, bringing in more than $38.7 million in pledges and gifts. UI Advancement staff would like to say a special “thank you” to UI employees. More than 600 employees contributed $2,275,305 to support UI scholarships and programs. We couldn’t do this without your generous support and commitment to our students and university.

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UI Library Associate Professor Elected President of Pacific Northwest Library Association

Posted Wed, 30 Aug 2017 10:02:00 -0700

Rick Stoddart, associate professor and education librarian at the University of Idaho, was elected president of the Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA) earlier this month.

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UI Cybersecurity Expert to Speak at IBR Breakfast Series

Posted Tue, 29 Aug 2017 13:46:00 -0700

As part of its breakfast series, the Idaho Business Review will take a look at what is being done to ensure the safety of online information in Idaho companies. The Oct. 10 event in Boise will feature a panel of experts, including Karen Thurston, director of the University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene's Cybersecurity Training and Operations Center. Thurston will discuss existing threats and anticipated ones. The breakfast is fro 8-10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at The Grove Hotel in Boise.

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UI Library Associate Dean and Alum Ben Hunter Named Librarian of the Year

Posted Mon, 28 Aug 2017 23:00:00 -0700

Ben Hunter, associate dean of University Libraries at the University of Idaho, has been named the 2017 Idaho Library Association (ILA) Librarian of the Year. The annual award recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made significant contributions to their library and communities. Read more

Children's Center Receives Accreditation Renewal

Posted Mon, 28 Aug 2017 12:15:00 -0700

Congratulations to Debbie Huffman, Megan Dixon and the rest of the staff at the University Children's Center for successfully completing the NAEYC Accreditation of Early Learning Programs site visit and receiving a five-year renewal of our accreditation for the program. Well done!
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UI Faculty Member Signs New Food Guide in Spokane Aug. 30

Posted Thu, 24 Aug 2017 10:57:00 -0700

The first and only detailed food guide for making brain-nourishing dietary choices, "The Alzheimer's Prevention Food Guide" will show you how to eat for total brain health and help prevent Alzheimer's before it starts. Authors Sue Linja, R.D.N., L.D., and UI Associated Professor SeAnne Safaii-Waite, Ph.D., R.D.N., L.D., will be signing the book from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednedsay, Aug. 30, at the Spokane Barnes & Noble, 15310 E. Indiana Ave.
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Thank You Note to Plumbing Shop

Posted Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:47:00 -0700

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Plumbing Shop for their efforts to repair our plumbing in the basement of the College of Natural Resources. They did a great job of working through the problem with us, and their positive attitudes and attention to detail were excellent. They kept us informed every step of the way and got us back up and running as quickly as possible. Their service is greatly appreciated!
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Liz Brandt Appointed Secretary of the Faculty

Posted Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:11:00 -0700

The Office of the President is pleased to announce that Liz Brandt has been appointed to the position of Secretary of the Faculty, effective Aug. 13, 2017.
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Congratulations to Law Professors Wendy Couture and Richard Seamon

Posted Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:49:00 -0700

The College of Law is pleased to announce the recipients of the Allan G. Shepard Professorship and the Margaret Wilson Schimke Distinguished Professorship.
Professor Wendy Couture is the Alan G. Shepard Professor of Law. The Allan G. Shepard Professorship is supported by the Allan Shepard Endowment, which was funded largely by the Estate of Muriel Kirk under administration of Donna Shepard (Justice Shepard's surviving spouse). The endowment supports a professorship for "at least one academic year."
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UI Creative Writing Professor’s Book to Launch on Aug. 24

Posted Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:30:00 -0700

Poet and writer Michael McGriff, assistant professor of creative writing, in the University of Idaho’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, will celebrate his latest collection of poems, “Early Hour,” during a reading and book unveiling at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 24 at BookPeople of Moscow, 521 S. Main Street, Moscow. Read more

Strive for Five Challenge Winners

Posted Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:14:00 -0700

Congratulations to those who participated in the Strive for Five Challenge sponsored by Blue Cross of Idaho. We had 18 total participants. Lisa Jones and Stacey Anderson were weekly winners and received $50 Visa gift cards. Stay tuned for the next Blue Cross of Idaho Wellness Challenge: Walktober Challenge, Oct. 3-31, 2017. More details to come!

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UI Media and Law Professors Update Media Law Book for Idaho

Posted Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:16:00 -0700

Idaho media law has changed significantly since 2003, which is why a collection of University of Idaho professors re-wrote the book on it. Read more

Roheim named Senior Associate Dean in CALS

Posted Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:33:00 -0700

Cathy A. Roheim has accepted a new position as Senior Associate Dean for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), effective Aug. 14, 2017.
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UI-WSU Team takes Fourth Place in Dairy Products Contest

Posted Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:04:00 -0700

MERIDIAN, Idaho — A team of students from the University of Idaho and Washington State University took fourth place in the New Product Competition at this year's Idaho Milk Processing Association (IMPA) conference Aug. 10-11 in Sun Valley.
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Kudos for a Fantastic Campus Visit

Posted Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:45:00 -0700

I just want to let you know how impressed we were by our visit to U of Idaho. Until our visit to the campus, the university was almost an unknown to us. Since our visit, however, your institution has quickly jumped to the top of Julia's list. (I have a second daughter who is only one year behind her: to be honest, we all felt the same way about the campus.) Read more

Seven Students Win Awards at Statewide Biomedical Research Conference

Posted Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:50:00 -0700

During the 2017 Idaho INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) Summer Research Conference in August, seven University of Idaho students took home prestigious awards for their presentations on their summer research in the INBRE program. The conference brought together upward of 220 students, faculty, and staff from 11 institutions of higher education in Idaho. This included 125 undergraduates, who competed in three categories.
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Kudos for a Fantastic UI Welcome

Posted Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:27:00 -0700

Below is an email recently received by the Dean of Students: We are dropping off our daughter today and I have a few observations and some instant feedback. First impressions are lasting and here are mine: We have older children who have attended university so we have some relevant background to make the following observations. U of I communicates extremely well with parents and students. The amount of email borders on spam, but in a good way. It's been a running joke in our house all summer "What, no VandalMail today"? Read more

New English Faculty Named a PEN Center Finalist

Posted Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:54:00 -0700

Brian Blanchfield, a newly hired assistant professor in the Department of English, was named a finalist for the 2017 PEN Center USA Book Award in Creative Nonfiction for his book, "Proxies." The winner will be announced in September at the 27th Annual Literary Awards Festival.
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Lawrence Named Associate Dean of CLASS

Posted Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:10:00 -0700

Torrey Lawrence, professor of music at the University of Idaho, has been named associate dean for undergraduate studies and faculty affairs in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. Lawrence, who has served as the director of the Lionel Hampton School of Music since 2013, began his new role on Aug. 14.
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New Leadership in Three CLASS Units

Posted Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:08:00 -0700

Effective Aug. 14, two departments and one school in the University of Idaho's College of Letters, Arts and Social Studies have new leaders at the helm. Read more

Eric Matson, Financial Technician, Student Benefits, Health, and Wellness

Posted Fri, 04 Aug 2017 11:41:00 -0700

Eric Matson is so helpful for all our department's travel needs! He is like a personal travel assistant. Vandal Health Ed has had several trips in the last few weeks and he has processed our mess of receipts with ease and without complaint ... all while moving offices! We appreciate him! Read more

Bennett Receives Funding for LGBTQ Oral History Project

Posted Thu, 13 Jul 2017 08:30:00 -0700

Denise Bennett, assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Media was awarded $3,500 by the Idaho Humanities Council to help fund a multimedia project examining the experiences and lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in the state of Idaho. Through the production of a documentary film about the life of Steven Nelson and his murder on April 29, 2016 and through oral history videos collected from members of Idaho's LGBTQ community throughout the state, this project seeks to preserve history, and examine social, cultural, political and legal issues in Idaho. Bennett also received a $1,000 grant from the Latah Community Foundation for the oral history aspects of this project as related to Latah County and funding from the CDIL – a partnership between the UI Library and the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.

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Mark Warner Releases New Book

Posted Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:57:00 -0700

Mark Warner, professor of anthropology and associate dean for graduate studies in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, has released a new book titled "Historical Archaeology Through a Western Lens." Warner wrote and co-edited the book with Margaret "Margie" Purser of Sonoma State University.

"It is the first broad synthesis of historical archaeologists exploring the histories of the West through archaeology," Warner said. "As Westerners, Margie and I recognized a need for this volume because historical archaeology has typically focused much more extensively on life in the East; we were overdue to have a volume that tries to pull together some of the major themes associated with settling the West." Read more

Retirement Celebration for Vanessa Dobbins

Posted Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:46:00 -0700

Vanessa Dobbins will be retiring from the College of Natural Resources at the end of July after nearly 28 years of service. Join us in wishing her well at a retirement reception from 2-4 p.m. Friday, July 21, on the second-floor landing in the CNR building.
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Russell Meeuf Releases Two New Books

Posted Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:35:00 -0700

Russell Meeuf, an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Media, published two new books this spring on popular culture and film history.
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Rodney Frey Releases New Book

Posted Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:29:00 -0700

Rodney Frey, professor of ethnography in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, has published a new book titled "Carry Forth the Stories: An Ethnographer's Journey into Native Oral Tradition" with WSU Press. Read more

Reception for Jill Kellogg-Serna, Director of Education Abroad, June 23

Posted Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:33:00 -0700

Please join International Programs in honoring Jill Kellogg-Serna, director of Education Abroad, and her 16 years of service to the University of Idaho. Please stop by the International Programs Office on Friday, June 23 between 2:30 and 4 p.m. to see Jill and wish her well in her new adventure. Light refreshments will be provided.
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UI Streets Emblematic of Vandal Pride

Posted Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:44:00 -0700

Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) enforcement and maintenance personnel are installing 12-foot-wide UI emblems on campus streets this summer, adding to our campus' already inviting sense of place. Funded by central administration, the eight thermal plastic emblems are each comprised of 32 individual "puzzle pieces" that must be melted to the asphalt with a propane torch. The heavy duty material is expected to endure four years of constant traffic, snow plowing and weather before needing replacement. After a week of grinding away the last vestiges of the previous, smaller, emblems and installing the new ones, five out of nine are in place. The remaining four, including one destined for downtown Moscow, will be installed after summer roadwork is completed.
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Eric Matson, Financial Technician, Idaho Commons and Bruce M. Pitman Center

Posted Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0700

Eric Matson is so helpful for our department's travel needs! He is like a personal travel assistant. Vandal Health Ed has had several trips in the last few weeks and he has processed our mess of receipts with ease and without complaint...all while moving offices! We appreciate him! Read more

Retirement Reception for Cheri Cole

Posted Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:57:00 -0700

Please, join the College of Graduate Studies for a reception to thank Cheri Cole for her years of dedicated service to the University of Idaho and the College of Graduate Studies. A retirement reception will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. Monday, June 26,. in the IRIC Atrium. Light refreshments will be provided.

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Priscilla Wegars Receives Statewide Award

Posted Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:34:00 -0700

Priscialla Wegars, affiliate assistant professor in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences and volunteer curator of the Asian American Comparative Collection, has been named one of 12 recipients of this year's Idaho State Historical Society's Esto Perpetua Award. Read more

History Professor Rick Spence Releases Fifth Book

Posted Mon, 05 Jun 2017 15:27:00 -0700

History Professor Richard "Rick" Spence's fifth book, "Wall Street and the Russian Revolution: 1905-1925" has been released by publisher TrineDay.
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CALS Summer of Science Team, CALS

Posted Sat, 03 Jun 2017 12:30:00 -0700

The CALS Summer of Science booth at the Farmer's Market was amazing! My child LOVED being able to see and touch so many bugs. What a great idea amd engagement opportunity. Well done! Read more

Charles Tibbals Named 2017 Friend of Martin Award Recipient

Posted Fri, 02 Jun 2017 12:22:00 -0700

Charles Tibbals, associate director of student services for the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, is the recipient of the university's 2017 Friend of Martin Award. This honor recognizes a UI staff or faculty member who has distinguished themselves via the depth and quality of their service to the students, staff and faculty of the Martin Institute and Program in International Studies. Read more

UI Library-CDIL Summer Fellows Complete Week of Digital Immersion and Learning

Posted Thu, 01 Jun 2017 14:28:00 -0700

The UI Library’s Center for Digital Inquiry and Learning (CDIL) hosted its first cohort of Summer Fellows during the last week of May. The fellows were Matthew Fox-Amato (History), Denise Bennett (Journalism and Mass Media), Kristine Levan (Sociology and Anthropology), and Adam Sowards (History). They spent an intensive week investigating the tools, techniques and theories informing contemporary digital humanities scholarship and pedagogy and discussing the challenges and opportunities digital scholarship offers their teaching and research.
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Foster Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award for Work with Genetic Programming

Posted Thu, 01 Jun 2017 14:18:00 -0700

James Foster, a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the University of Idaho College of Science, has earned a lifetime achievement award from an international academic society for his contributions to evolutionary computing in Europe.

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Kristine Levan Wins Olson Fellowship

Posted Thu, 01 Jun 2017 12:20:00 -0700

Kristine Levan, assistant professor of sociology in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, was awarded the 2017-18 Olsson Fellowship. Levan's research project titled "Community Relations with Law Enforcement through the Lens of Media Exposure" explores how media informs the public's opinions of law enforcement agencies through their representations in television, documentaries, films, social media and newspapers.
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Kudos: Justin Ross and Derrick Zimmerman

Posted Thu, 01 Jun 2017 08:51:00 -0700

I would like to extend a sincere thank you to Justin Ross & Derrick Zimmerman from Facilities.They professionally installed a window and window tint for the Office of Public Safety & Security. They provided service over and above what was originally requested. Thank you to both of these gentlemen for their exceptional service. Read more


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