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U of I Honors Three Faculty with Rank of University Distinguished Professor

Posted Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:30:00 -0700

The University of Idaho is recognizing three of its most distinguished faculty members for contributions to their fields with the designation of University Distinguished Professor. College of Law Professor Barbara Cosens, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Professor Ronald Hardy and College of Science Professor Ruprecht Machleidt will receive the honorary designation during the University Awards for Excellence banquet on Wednesday, April 25. Read more

Ednetics CEO, SpaceX Co-Founder, and Renowned Chemist to Receive Honorary Doctorates During Commencement

Posted Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:31:00 -0700

The University of Idaho will honor a former student, an alumnus and a retired faculty member with honorary doctorates during the spring commencement ceremony May 12 in Moscow.

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Geography Department Seminar on Nationalism and Gender in Kurdistan April 19

Posted Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:03:00 -0700

Join the Department of Geography seminar series featuring Jessie Clark at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the Teaching and Learning Center Room 022. Clark's presentation is titled "'The State Kills, We Kill, Everyone Kills': Finding and Framing Humor in the Field," and will present her experiences researching the politics of nationalism among Kurdish women in Southeast Turkey (Northern Kurdistan) with a special emphasis on the role of humor in making sense of geopolitical issues. Read more

Student Projects Dominate Annual Innovation Month at U of I

Posted Mon, 26 Mar 2018 14:56:00 -0700

University of Idaho junior Kenny Sheffler filled a water bottle with excrement from his brother’s dog last summer and left the contraption in the sun. Within a day, the bottle had inflated and the waste had decomposed — turning into biogas and fertilizer. Read more

In Memoriam: Rolland Rolly Reid

Posted Mon, 26 Mar 2018 13:53:00 -0700

Longtime U of I geology faculty member Rolland "Rolly" Reid, 91, passed away peacefully at his home in Naples, Florida, on March 12, 2018. Read more

Research Provides Insight into the Formation of Tectonic Plates

Posted Mon, 26 Mar 2018 09:30:00 -0700

A new study by University of Idaho researchers provides insight into Earth’s early tectonic activity and could be a stepping stone to help researchers better understand not only tectonic plates, but also earthquakes, volcanoes and mineral deposits that arise as the plates move and form. The way oceanic tectonic plates separate, either by snapping or stretching apart, controls the shape of mid-ocean ridges, the underwater location where plates drift apart, according to a the study, which was published today in the journal Nature Geoscience. Read more

Mark Warner Named President of SHA

Posted Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:12:00 -0700

Mark Warner, associate dean for graduate studies and professor of anthropology in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, 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.

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Scientific Product Show March 22

Posted Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:54:00 -0700

The University of Idaho will host the Scientific Product Show, brought to you by Scientific Vendor Group, LLC, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the IRIC Atrium. The showcase features 14 vendors from various companies will be displaying the most up to date equipment and providing information what products they provide that can help you with your research. Door prizes available and refreshments provided. Read more

U of I Launches Student Data Science Competition through April 22

Posted Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:13:00 -0700

The College of Science, Department of Mathematics and IBEST are sponsoring the first-ever University of Idaho Student Data Science Competition. The competition is open from March 12 through April 22. The goal is to promote Data Science research and education on campus. There are two tracks to the competition: The Machine Learning competition will ask participants to grade 20,000 handwritten math quizzes, with the goal of developing a model that performs better than a random guess; The Data Visualization competition will ask participants to explore the provided dataset and tell us what you learn in a compelling visual manner. Participants can choose to compete in one or both of the competition tracks. Anyone with a University of Idaho email address is welcome to participate. However, prizes are limited to currently registered undergraduate and graduate students. Join us to win fabulous prizes, earn data glory, and learn! Information about the competition, and the registration form, are available online. Read more

U of I Launches Student Data Science Competition through April 22

Posted Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:13:00 -0700

The College of Science, Department of Mathematics and IBEST are sponsoring the first-ever University of Idaho Student Data Science Competition. The competition is open from March 12 through April 22. The goal is to promote Data Science research and education on campus. There are two tracks to the competition: The Machine Learning competition will ask participants to grade 20,000 handwritten math quizzes, with the goal of developing a model that performs better than a random guess; The Data Visualization competition will ask participants to explore the provided dataset and tell us what you learn in a compelling visual manner. Participants can choose to compete in one or both of the competition tracks. Anyone with a University of Idaho email address is welcome to participate. However, prizes are limited to currently registered undergraduate and graduate students. Join us to win fabulous prizes, earn data glory, and learn! Information about the competition, and the registration form, are available online. Read more

U of I Students Seek the Core of an Icon

Posted Sat, 10 Mar 2018 01:00:00 -0800

Since the construction of the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho, a towering whitebark pine snag has been prominently displayed within the educational facility, but little is known about what the tree weathered before it found sanctuary inside the building. A group of undergraduate students is attempting to pin down exactly what the tree endured while alive, and in which era it died.
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U of I Hosts First IWRRI Water Research Symposium March 7

Posted Thu, 01 Mar 2018 13:53:00 -0800

The University of Idaho Moscow will feature the work of seven research teams involved in grant-funded work through the Idaho Water Resources Research Institute (IWRRI) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 104b program on Wednesday, March 7, at the first ever Water Research Symposium. Read more

Seminar and Panel Discussion: The Invisible Water Utility Feb. 22

Posted Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:12:00 -0800

John Matthews of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) will present a talk titled: "The Invisible Water Utility: Redefining Sustainability in a Changing Climate" from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in the IRIC lobby. Thetalk will be followed by a panel discussion on "Resilient Water Management in a Climate Altered World." In addition to Matthews, panelists include College of Science researcher John Abatzoglou, College of Law Professor Barbara Cosens, and Idaho Water Resources Research Institute (IWRRI) Assistant Director Mark Solomon. Light refreshments will be available. This event is sponsored by IWRRI, the NSF IGERT Water Resources Program, and the Environmental Law Society. Read more

Barrie Robison Becomes New IBEST Director

Posted Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:45:00 -0800

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) team welcomes Barrie Robison as the incoming Director for the Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST), a Level 3 Institute within ORED at the University of Idaho. Robison previously held the position of associate director at IBEST and has a faculty position in the College of Science. Robison has a deep knowledge of the program and its focal areas of research. This, along with his positive energy, makes him an exceptional addition to ORED's leadership team. Read more

Job Opportunity: Financial Technician, Department of Biological Sciences

Posted Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:42:00 -0800

This position serves as a financial technician for the department of Biological Sciences. Read more

Despite Rise in Pacific Northwest Fires, Critical Unburned Areas Remain

Posted Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:13:00 -0800

While increased fire activity has threatened Pacific Northwest forests, University of Idaho researchers have found a silver-lining: the proportion of unburned areas critical for post-fire recovery has remained unchanged.

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Undergraduate Students Receive Fellowship Awards for Science, Math Research

Posted Fri, 02 Feb 2018 14:23:00 -0800

Congratulations to the 2018 Hill Undergraduate Research Fellowship award winners. Each year, a select number of undergraduate students of math and science are awarded a $950 scholarship, as well as approximately $1,500 to conduct research projects under the auspices of college faculty. This year’s awards cover projects ranging from a study on the structures of Saturn’s innermost rings to a multi-stability analysis of sound effects on binocular vision. Learn more about this year's recipients. Read more

Ada County Silver and Gold Celebration Honors Leah L. Frye and Alice Hennessey

Posted Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:59:00 -0800

The University of Idaho Alumni Association will honor two individuals for their achievements and service to the university at the Ada County Silver and Gold Celebration on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. The event is 6-8 p.m. at the Boise Centre, 850 West Front Street, in Boise. Read more

Job Opportunity: Financial Technician, Department of Biological Sciences

Posted Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:29:00 -0800

This position serves as a financial technician for the department of Biological Sciences. This position is responsible for the financial and personnel support needs for approximately 17 faculty members (names A-L) and their lab groups and works closely with the Financial Specialist. This support includes being responsible for monitoring departmental and grant budgets for principal investigators to maintain both accuracy and accountability; serving as a resource person for faculty and staff requiring information regarding grants, contracts, and disposition of funds and the options available for various budgetary requirements; being responsible for personnel functions of payroll and required personnel actions in Banner including the timely and accurate processing of approximately 200 Electronic Personnel Action Forms (EPAFs) per year. Ensuring compliance with policy and procedures and explaining those procedures to departmental faculty and staff; the department wide processing of claim vouchers for reimbursements and processing of purchasing card statements. Read more and apply. Read more

In Memoriam: Microbiology Professor Ron Crawford

Posted Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:03:00 -0800

Longtime University of Idaho faculty member Ronald L. Crawford passed away on Jan.11, 2018 at his home in Bend, Oregon, after battling pancreatic cancer. Ron joined the faculty in 1987 as head of the Department of Bacteriology and Biochemistry. Incidentally, this led to him becoming his twin brother's boss. They had many funny stories to share about the various confusions that being twins caused.
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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

U of I Study: Climate Models Predict Almond Harvest Expansion to Oregon

Posted Fri, 05 Jan 2018 12:17:00 -0800

Oregon almonds may replace their counterparts from California on grocery store shelves by the 2050s, according to a study of climate models published by University of Idaho researchers in the journal Climatic Change. Read more

Job Opportunity: Editor, TH, Department of Mathematics

Posted Tue, 19 Dec 2017 10:32:00 -0800

The Department of Mathematics seeks an individual to thoroughly and professionally edit journal articles and/or papers. Read more and apply. Read more

Open Session for IBEST Director Candidate Dec. 13

Posted Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:55:00 -0800

The Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) is hosting an open session for Barrie Robison, a candidate for the position of IBEST director. The forum is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.. 13, in the IRIC Atrium. This session is an opportunity to discuss his vision for IBEST, including major challenges he may see and what he would bring to the position in the role of director. IBEST faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. Read more

Open Session for IBEST Director Candidate Dec. 13

Posted Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:55:00 -0800

The Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) is hosting an open session for Barrie Robison, a candidate for the position of IBEST director. The forum is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.. 13, in the IRIC Atrium. This session is an opportunity to discuss his vision for IBEST, including major challenges he may see and what he would bring to the position in the role of director. IBEST faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. 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 Medical Students Advance in WWAMI Program

Posted Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:13:00 -0800

Second-year University of Idaho medical students from around Idaho will be honored Dec. 14 as the future doctors in the WWAMI Medical Education Program transition to the clinical phase of their education. 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

U of I Awards 618 Degrees at Fall Commencement Ceremony Dec. 9

Posted Thu, 30 Nov 2017 12:32:00 -0800

Graduating students are eligible to receive a combined 618 degrees this December at the University of Idaho fall commencement ceremony. Candidates applied for 436 baccalaureate degrees, 151 master’s degrees, 19 doctoral degrees, five law degrees and seven specialist degrees. 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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U of I-Led Research Working to Treat Brain Disease Injuries

Posted Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:30:00 -0800

Researchers led by a team of students and faculty at the University of Idaho discovered how adult brains may be able to more easily create new neural connections, potentially providing insight for treating neurological diseases and injuries. To do this, scientists from three universities analyzed how certain genes in adult mice prevent and foster the creation of synaptic connections, or the brain’s communication pathways between neurons, said Peter Fuerst, research team lead and U of I associate professor of biology. Read more

Idaho INBRE Open House Nov. 30

Posted Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:17:00 -0800

The Idaho INBRE Program invites faculty interested in becoming an INBRE mentor and students interested in summer research opportunities to an open house from 1:30-5 p.m., Thursday Nov. 30, in the Mines Building, Room 319. A special presentation will be given by Dr. Amy Bryant of the Boise VA Medical Center.

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Idaho INBRE Open House Nov. 30

Posted Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:17:00 -0800

The Idaho INBRE Program invites faculty interested in becoming an INBRE mentor and students interested in summer research opportunities to an open house from 1:30-5 p.m., Thursday Nov. 30, in the Mines Building, Room 319. A special presentation will be given by Dr. Amy Bryant of the Boise VA Medical Center.

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Job Opportunity: IBEST Director, Research

Posted Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:14:00 -0800

The Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST), a Level III Institute at the University of Idaho, facilitates and accelerates research in evolutionary science and bioinformatics, inclusive of all scholarly disciplines. IBEST faculty, staff, and students conduct basic research in evolution, as well as evolutionary modeling and applied evolutionary research in biomedical, agricultural, computational and conservation sciences. The IBEST missions are to a) facilitate interdisciplinary research in evolutionary studies, b) maintain and enhance Genomics and Computational Resources Core facilities, and c) promote interdisciplinary training of undergraduates, graduate students (through the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology graduate program), and postdoctoral fellows. The IBEST director will oversee the efforts relevant to this mission and will have a split appointment roughly half-time in the Office of Research and Economic Development, reporting to the vice president, and half-time as a participating faculty member in the incumbent’s tenure college and academic department. Read more

Randall Women in Science and IBEST presents "CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap"

Posted Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:52:00 -0800

The University of Idaho Randall Women in Science and IBEST (Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies) present the documentary "Code:Debugging the Gender Gap" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre as part of Computer Science Education Week. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This documentary exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap. "CODE" raises the question: What would society gain from having more women and minorities code. Admission is free. This film is not rated and contains suggestive language not appropriate for young audiences.

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Randall Women in Science and IBEST presents "CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap"

Posted Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:52:00 -0800

The University of Idaho Randall Women in Science and IBEST (Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies) present the documentary "Code:Debugging the Gender Gap" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre as part of Computer Science Education Week. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This documentary exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap. "CODE" raises the question: What would society gain from having more women and minorities code. Admission is free. This film is not rated and contains suggestive language not appropriate for young audiences.

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U of I-Led Team Reports Connections That Will Fuel Future Brain Trauma Research

Posted Tue, 07 Nov 2017 10:00:00 -0800

A team led by University of Idaho scientists has found a way to stimulate formation of new neural connections in the adult brain in a study that could eventually help humans fend off memory loss, brain trauma and other ailments in the central nervous system. Read more

U of I Sponsors Idaho Climate Summit in Moscow Nov. 16-17

Posted Tue, 07 Nov 2017 08:06:00 -0800

The University of Idaho is one of the major sponsors of the upcoming Idaho Climate Summit, a two-day summit about Idaho’s changing climate designed to explore market-based solutions for safeguarding Idaho’s economy, health, landscape and lifestyle. Read more

Job Opportunity: Academic Specialist, Mathematics

Posted Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:47:00 -0700

This position is responsible for the recruitment, hiring and dismissing, training, supervising, and assisting with scheduling of around 30 math tutors at the Polya Mathematics Learning Center. Responsibilities also include providing support to faculty, staff and students by proctoring, grading and inputting student written work, recording student scores within the Polya Database, and responding to student emails. This person will also assist in the day-to-day maintenance of the Polya Database and all other software used in the Polya Center and will create and send weekly grade reports to various departments on campus. This position serves as the supervising tutor for Math 108, Math 143, and Math 144 as needed and full-time during the summer session. This position will also surplus hardware and other supplies as needed. 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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CNR Professor Lisette Waits Recognized for International Research Contributions

Posted Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:23:00 -0700

University of Idaho Distinguished Professor Lisette Waits was awarded the Jean'ne M. Shreeve NSF EPSCoR Research Excellence Awardthis fall for her internationally recognized research in molecular ecology.

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UI WWAMI Medical Research Poster Expo

Posted Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:30:00 -0700

Please join the WWAMI Medical Education Program as it hosts its second Annual Medical Research Poster Expo from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in the Bruce M. Pitman Center's Vandal Ballroom. Medical students in their second year of the WWAMI program will be presenting their research posters to their peers and campus community.

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U of I Center Hosts Biology of Vector-Borne Diseases Course

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

The Center for Health in the Human Ecosystem will host the first Biology of Vector-Borne Diseases six-day course in June 2018. This course provides accessible, condensed training and knowledge networking for advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, new faculty and current professionals to ensure competency in basic biology, cutting edge technology and tools, expertise and resources for U.S. and global vector-borne diseases of plants, animals and humans.
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Idaho Geological Survey Celebrates National Geologic Map Day with Stibnite Area Map

Posted Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:03:00 -0700

The Idaho Geological Survey (IGS) is celebrating National Geologic Map Day today, Oct. 13, by highlighting its recent geologic map of central Idaho’s historic Stibnite Mining District.
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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

Randall Seminar Series Sept. 12

Posted Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:46:00 -0700

Billie Swalla, director of Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, will give a presentation at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in TLC 047 on "Origin, Evolution and Development of the Chordates." The talk is part of the College of Science's Randall Seminar Series. In addition, Swalla will participate in a discussion on "Sexism in STEM Fields" at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Bogey's at the UI Golf Course.

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Open and Reproducible Science Workshop Sept. 22

Posted Wed, 06 Sep 2017 12:40:00 -0700

The Vandal Ideas Project and the Center for Modeling Complex Interactions is offering Open and Reproducible Science Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, in the Summit Room of the Idaho Commons. The event is open to interested faculty, post-doctoral fellows and students. Register at http://www.cmciuidaho.org/openr/. Lunch will be provided. Read more

Job Opportunity: Coordinator of Advising, Department of Biological Sciences

Posted Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:03:00 -0700

The Department of Biological Sciences is seeking a Coordinator of Advising. For more information and to apply, click here. Read more

University of Idaho Research May Slow Antibiotic Resistance to Drugs

Posted Tue, 05 Sep 2017 01:00:00 -0700

New research from the University of Idaho has identified two genetic mutations in bacteria that help explain how some bacteria evolve and retain resistance to multiple antibiotics. The results, published Aug. 7 in Nature, could play a role in helping scientists slow or stop the spread of antibiotic resistance to multiple drugs, something responsible for 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths in the U.S. every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more

University of Idaho Research May Slow Antibiotic Resistance to Drugs

Posted Tue, 05 Sep 2017 01:00:00 -0700

New research from the University of Idaho has identified two genetic mutations in bacteria that help explain how some bacteria evolve and retain resistance to multiple antibiotics. The results, published Aug. 7 in Nature, could play a role in helping scientists slow or stop the spread of antibiotic resistance to multiple drugs, something responsible for 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths in the U.S. every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more

UI-Led Team Identifies Mutations Key to Antibiotic Resistance

Posted Tue, 29 Aug 2017 15:00:00 -0700

Two genetic mutations could be key to understanding how bacteria retain antibiotic resistance, according to a team led by University of Idaho researchers. Read more

UI-Led Team Identifies Mutations Key to Antibiotic Resistance

Posted Tue, 29 Aug 2017 15:00:00 -0700

Two genetic mutations could be key to understanding how bacteria retain antibiotic resistance, according to a team led by University of Idaho researchers. 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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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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Polya Training for Advisors

Posted Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:45:00 -0700

Last year, advisors across campus participated in a Polya engagement initiative to encourage and support students in their efforts to be successful with Math 108, Math 143, and Math 144. We are inviting you to join this initiative again for fall 2017. Attendance to Polya in the first weeks of school is essential to a student's success in these courses. Read more

UI Physicist Receives National Science Foundation Grant for Genome to Phenome Research

Posted Thu, 03 Aug 2017 08:42:00 -0700

A University of Idaho project examining changes in the amino acids that are the building blocks of life and how they lead to changes in living things was awarded a $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant, awarded to Associate Professor F. Marty Ytreberg in the Department of Physics in UI’s College of Science, is among eight projects totaling $41 Read more

UI Experts Offer Perspectives on Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse

Posted Mon, 31 Jul 2017 10:42:00 -0700

University of Idaho experts in natural resources, planetary science, physics and literature are available to speak to media about the scientific, educational and cultural impacts of this summer’s rare solar eclipse. Read more

James H. Cooley, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Posted Fri, 07 Jul 2017 13:29:00 -0700

James H. "Jim" Cooley died Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at his home near Troy. He was born March 25, 1930. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in chemistry from Middlebury College in 1953 and doctorate in organic chemistry at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He accepted a position as assistant professor of organic chemistry at the University of Idaho in 1957. He served as acting chair of the Chemistry Department during his final years on the faculty and retired as professor emeritus in 1992. Read more

UI Honors Late Dean With Memorial Tree

Posted Tue, 09 May 2017 00:30:00 -0700

A red-leaf Japanese maple blushed in the Monday afternoon sun as a crowd gathered in the courtyard where it was being planted behind Brink Hall on the University of Idaho campus. The tree was placed there in honor of and dedicated to former College of Science Dean Paul J. Joyce, who died last year in an automobile accident in Clearwater County. Read more

Researchers Examine How Supporting Pollinators Helps Agriculture

Posted Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:00:00 -0700

When agriculture helps pollinators, pollinators help agriculture, according to a research review published today by an international group of experts, including a University of Idaho researcher. Read more

Three UI Students Earn NSF National Fellowships for Graduate Research

Posted Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:00:00 -0700

Three University of Idaho students have earned prestigious fellowships from the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program will provide a three-year stipend of $34,000, as well as $12,000 education allowance for tuition and fees, for the recipients to pursue their graduate degrees. Read more

DEA Agent, U.S. Attorneys to Speak on Opioid and Heroin Abuse March 21-22

Posted Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:51:00 -0700

The University of Idaho WWAMI Medical Education Program and Vandal Health Education are offering two programs next week discussing opioid and heroin use.
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UI Video Game Studio Sees Success With First PC Product

Posted Sat, 04 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Video games are a billion dollar industry, but to a group of University of Idaho students that industry is also their preferred classroom.
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Ginger Carney Appointed Dean of UI’s College of Science

Posted Thu, 02 Mar 2017 15:30:00 -0800

The University of Idaho is pleased to announce that Ginger Carney has been named as the dean of the College of Science, as well as full professor of biology, effective Aug. 14, 2017. Read more

UI Library Selects First Think Open Fellowship Cohort

Posted Thu, 02 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0800

The University of Idaho Library has selected five faculty members for its inaugural Think Open Fellowship program. Read more

Study: Humans Responsible for Half of Northwest Wildfires

Posted Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:05:00 -0800

A first-of-its-kind analysis of wildfire records from 1992-2012 showed that humans started 84 percent of all wildfires nationwide. In northwestern states — including Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Montana — humans started about half of all wildfires.

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Annual UIdeas Symposium Highlights Faculty Members’ Intellectual Passions

Posted Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0800

The University of Idaho Sustainability Center will host its fifth annual UIdeas Symposium next week. The event will feature interdisciplinary and inspirational presentations from UI faculty sharing what they do, why they do it and how it relates to sustainability. Read more

UI Student Video Game Studio Releases First Game, ‘Darwin’s Demons’

Posted Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:22:00 -0800

People around the world celebrated Charles Darwin’s incredible contributions to science on Feb. 12, International Darwin Day. Today, they can celebrate him again by blasting evolving digital aliens in a new video game created by University of Idaho students, “Darwin’s Demons.”

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UI Visualizing Science Exhibit Brings Together Artists and Researchers

Posted Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:00:00 -0800

A new project from the University of Idaho brings scientific research to life in art form, revealing a deep kinship inherent in seemingly disparate disciplines. Read more

Research: Why Wildfires Become Disasters

Posted Tue, 07 Feb 2017 08:42:00 -0800

University of Idaho researchers and their international partners have conducted an unprecedented global study that establishes where mega-wildfires occur and why they become disasters. This research initiates new conversations on the important topic of how communities can better prepare for fire. The findings were published yesterday in the scientific journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.

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New UI lab is all things to all people

Posted Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:00:00 -0800

Researchers at the University of Idaho's new Integrated Research and Innovation Center are developing video games that evolve in response to a player's decisions. Read more

55 Students Recognized for Outstanding Academic Success, Leadership and Involvement

Posted Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0800

The University of Idaho Office of Alumni Relations will honor 55 students during its annual Awards for Excellence dinner at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in the International Ballroom of the Bruce M. Pitman Center.
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UI Professors Recognized for National and International Research Contributions

Posted Wed, 16 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0800

University of Idaho researchers Sanford Eigenbrode and Ron Hardy have been awarded the Jean'ne M. Shreeve NSF EPSCoR Research Excellence Award for their internationally recognized research that benefits the people and state of Idaho. Read more

Idaho INBRE Open House Nov. 15

Posted Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:37:00 -0800

Idaho INBRE is hosting an open house for undergraduate students interested in summer research opportunities in biomedical sciences from 2-4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, and noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Idaho INBRE Offices, Mines 320.

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Idaho Climate Indicators Website Connects Professionals, Citizens to Needed Science

Posted Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:00:00 -0800

Natural resource professionals and citizens across Idaho have noticed changes in recent decades: bigger wildfires, later frosts, earlier blooming lilacs, decreased snowpack. To demonstrate how these changes connect with climate science, a group of current and former University of Idaho researchers launched the website Indicators of Idaho's Changing Climate. Read more

UI Biology Researchers Develop Tool for Identifying New Species

Posted Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:13:00 -0700

On the surface, the Idaho giant salamander and the coastal giant salamander look almost identical. But their genes prove they’re actually distinct species — a phenomenon biologists call “cryptic species.”

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UI Biology Researchers Develop Tool for Identifying New Species

Posted Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:13:00 -0700

On the surface, the Idaho giant salamander and the coastal giant salamander look almost identical. But their genes prove they’re actually distinct species — a phenomenon biologists call “cryptic species.”

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Research Project Finds Energy, Water Savings in Food Processing Plants

Posted Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:23:00 -0700

Researchers at the University of Idaho, the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) are working together to help Idaho food processing companies reduce their energy and water use, with support from Avista Corp. Read more

Uranus May Have Tiny, Undiscovered Moons, UI Researchers Say

Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0700

University of Idaho researchers have spotted patterns in Uranus’ rings that hint at the presence of two tiny, previously undiscovered moonlets orbiting the solar system’s seventh planet. Read more

View Student Research at College of Science Expo

Posted Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:00:00 -0700

The 12th annual College of Science Student Research Exposition will be 2:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in the Mines Building third floor hallway. Numerous undergraduate and graduate students will display posters and explain their research. All university faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. Read more

UI Researchers Examine Waste Reclamation and Reuse in Idaho

Posted Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:00:00 -0700

Manure, byproducts of food processing, and other agricultural and aquacultural materials are often considered to be waste. However, the University of Idaho Center for Resilient Communities (CRC), in collaboration with industries across the state, is beginning a project to help Idaho view and use these nutrients as a resource. The National Science Foundation awarded the CRC nearly $3 million over the next three years to support the ReFEWS project, which will map Idaho’s opportunities for managing nutrients across landscapes for improved resilience in food, energy and water systems, known as FEWS. The project will focus on the Upper Snake River Watershed, which includes Twin Falls, Pocatello, Idaho Falls and the surrounding counties, but also will incorporate other sites across Idaho with an eye to improving community and human well-being. Read more

Study: Human-Caused Climate Change Has Doubled Western U.S. Forest Fire Area

Posted Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:00:00 -0700

Human-caused climate change has nearly doubled the amount of land burned in western U.S. forest fires over the past three decades, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Idaho and Columbia University. Read more

Yeast Gene Rapidly Evolves to Attack Viruses, Researchers Find

Posted Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Humans have used Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast in baking, brewing and winemaking for millennia. New research from the University of Idaho and the University of Colorado Boulder reveals another way that yeast species can help our species: by demonstrating how viruses interact with their hosts, and how hosts may evolve to fight back. Read more

Special Seminar: Careers in Medical Laboratory Science Sept. 27

Posted Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:45:00 -0700

This seminar will use a case-study approach to describe the real life experiences of working in a medical laboratory. From the onset of clinical symptoms, patients will be followed through their medical care while emphasizing the critical laboratory data physicians need to make diagnostic and patient treatment decisions. Read more

UI International Observe the Moon Night Oct. 8

Posted Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:42:00 -0700

Come celebrate International Observe the Moon Night at the UI Observatory from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Telescopes will be available for you to check out the moon's craters, mountains and lava fields with your own eyes. Experts from the Department of Physics will be on hand to answer all your lunar questions. Learn more here. Read more

Statistical Consulting Center Opens Aug. 30

Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:30:00 -0700

The Statistical Consulting Center (SCC) provides free assistance in the design of experiments and sample surveys, advice on statistical analyses, and expertise on recent developments in statistical research. Proper statistical design and analysis play a key role in producing quality research. The best time to seek statistical consulting is during the earliest stages of the research project, and before any data collection stage.

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EXPERTS AVAILABLE: Fire and Our Communities

Posted Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:00:00 -0700

Wildfire is a reality in the West, one that researchers at the University of Idaho are studying intensely. UI researchers across disciplines are doing ground-breaking work studying how to make communities more “fire-resilient,” and provide solutions that will help people and fire co-exist. Read more

UI, INL and Idaho Companies Partner to Expand Unmanned Aerial Systems Capabilities

Posted Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:00:00 -0700

The Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry has great potential to help Idahoans with precision agriculture, natural resource monitoring, wildland fire management and more. The University of Idaho, two Idaho industry partners and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) are joining forces to advance the state’s UAS capabilities and bring the technology to new customers. Read more

What Comes Next For NASA After Juno? Not Much

Posted Tue, 05 Jul 2016 08:00:00 -0700

The exploration of our outer solar system is about to hit a real slump. NASA is celebrating Juno's arrival at Jupiter, but in less than two years, Juno will be gone — it's slated to plunge into the gas giant and burn up. The Cassini spacecraft, now orbiting Saturn, will meet the same fate next year.
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UI and Partners Earn Grant to Evaluate New Statewide Health Care Model

Posted Thu, 19 May 2016 09:30:00 -0700

A team of researchers led by the University of Idaho is embarking on a three-year, $2.9 million project to evaluate an innovative model of health care being tested throughout Idaho. Read more

Researchers Examine Evolution with National Science Foundation Support

Posted Thu, 12 May 2016 15:30:00 -0700

University of Idaho faculty members in the Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) have been awarded $504,818 this year in new competitive grants as part of the National Science Foundation’s BEACON Science and Technology Center on Evolution in Action. Read more

Seed Grant Funding Launches 13 Faculty Projects

Posted Tue, 10 May 2016 13:00:00 -0700

Thirteen faculty members from across disciplines at the University of Idaho have earned grants through the university’s Seed Grant Program.
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Conference Brings Hundreds of Geologists to UI

Posted Mon, 09 May 2016 11:00:00 -0700

More than 400 geologists, geology students and others from across the nation and world will be in Moscow next week for the Geological Society of America Rocky Mountain Section Annual Meeting. Read more

Two UI Faculty Members Earn National Recognition for Research

Posted Mon, 02 May 2016 12:30:00 -0700

Two University of Idaho faculty members have received the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for early career scholars. Read more

Geological Society Conference Offers Field Trips, Workshops to Teachers and Public

Posted Mon, 25 Apr 2016 11:15:00 -0700

Teachers, geology enthusiasts and members of the public interested in the Palouse area’s history and significance can register for several field trips and workshops as part of the Geological Society of America’s Rocky Mountain Section Annual Meeting at the University of Idaho in May. Read more

UI Student Earns National Fellowship for Graduate Research

Posted Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0700

A University of Idaho undergraduate has earned a prestigious fellowship from the National Science Foundation that will fund three years of her graduate education. Read more

Five Teams Earn Vandal Ideas Project Grants

Posted Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:00:00 -0700

Proposals for neural modeling for brain research, enhancing education in a digital world, integrating evolution principles into video game design, improving scientific research through statistics, and uniting art and science rose to the top of a diverse field of projects to win the University of Idaho’s inaugural Vandal Ideas Project (VIP) grants. Read more

Annual U-Ideas Symposium Highlights Faculty Members’ Intellectual Passions

Posted Fri, 15 Apr 2016 11:00:00 -0700

The University of Idaho Sustainability Center will host its fourth annual U-Ideas Symposium on Thursday, April 21, featuring inspirational presentations from UI faculty members.
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UI Junior Receives Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Posted Mon, 04 Apr 2016 09:30:00 -0700

A University of Idaho engineering and science student has been selected to receive a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship through the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Read more

UI Scientist: Honeybee Hive Collapse Mystery Rooted in Hive Size

Posted Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:04:00 -0800

University of Idaho professor Brian Dennis is helping scientists understand a baffling but vitally important puzzle: What is causing the decline of honeybees? Working in collaboration with William Kemp, a U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist and UI alumnus, Dennis has built a mathematical model that lays the blame squarely on the bees themselves. Read more

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