Knowledge discovery and other creative pursuits are vital elements of a dynamic, modern research university. The University of Idaho stands out as a leading land-grant institution in the West. The vast majority of our research funding is competitively derived from sources external to the university, and most is spent within the state.
Our reputation has grown along with our research efforts. The University of Idaho is committed to addressing the needs of the state, the region and the world. Research and Extension stations in 42 of Idaho’s 44 counties connect the university to Idaho’s citizens through outreach and engagement. Our central campus in Moscow and centers in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Falls and Boise generate new knowledge and innovations that benefit the people of the state and beyond.
Our research also benefits members of our university community. Opportunities for research and creative activities attract the best and brightest faculty, staff and students to the University of Idaho, and we foster their continued success. Our students experience and explore a spectrum of topics, and our professors and researchers help discover and benefit from the latest advances in their fields.
Scholarly activity at the University of Idaho contributes to people's lives in different ways. It extends from addressing pressing problems such as water use and quality to food production in a variable climate to health and quality of life. It drives economic development. While faculty, staff and students make contributions to the overall body of knowledge in their particular disciplines, they also work in multidisciplinary teams across colleges, institutions and political boundaries to address the problems facing society. Their contributions are many and varied – extending from the basic sciences at one extreme to the fine arts at the other.
In this second edition of our research publication, we have again chosen a range of stories to illustrate the breadth of scholarly activity that is occurring at the University of Idaho. Together they illustrate not only the quality of our faculty, staff and students, but also that a range of topics can be found within our university. Finally, these stories demonstrate the University of Idaho's commitment to addressing some of the challenges facing our state and the region.
The topics in this report represent a small sample of the scholarly activities occurring at the University of Idaho. More will be highlighted in coming editions. In the meantime, we invite you to visit our website (www.uidaho.edu/research) to discover and explore more of the exciting scholarly activities at our university.