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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

Study Doesn’t Support the Theory that Red and Eastern Wolves are Recent Hybrids, Researchers Argue

Posted Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

A team led by University of Idaho researchers is calling into question a widely publicized 2016 study that concluded eastern and red wolves are not distinct species, but rather recent hybrids of gray wolves and coyotes. In a comment paper that published today in the journal Science Advances, the team examines the previous study and argues that its genomic data and analyses do not definitively prove recent hybridization — but rather provide support for the genetic and evolutionary distinctiveness of red and eastern wolves. Read more

Ten Proposals Receive ORED Equipment and Infrastructure Support Award Funding

Posted Tue, 06 Jun 2017 11:57:00 -0700

Ten University of Idaho proposals were selected for funding through the Office of Research and Economic Development 2017 Equipment and Infrastructure Support Award program. The program supports equipment purchases, upgrades and repairs to enhance research, scholarship and creative activity at the university. Read more

New Faculty and Staff Fellows Will Support UI Research

Posted Tue, 30 May 2017 15:00:00 -0700

The University of Idaho Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) has named its inaugural class of ORED Faculty and Staff Fellows. The ORED Faculty and Staff Fellows program is intended to foster collaboration across the university, provide a development opportunity for faculty and staff members to explore administrative roles and build leadership capacity, and assist ORED with special initiatives and strategic planning across the research enterprise. Read more

UI Team Looking for ANSYS Multiphysics License Partners

Posted Mon, 15 May 2017 09:44:00 -0700

Are you interested in using the ANSYS Multiphysics software for research and/or teaching? A team consisting of seven faculty members from College of Engineering and College of Science is seeking partners to share in acquiring a campus-wide license for ANSYS Multiphysics. This license would support multiple research seats that can be checked out by multiple users. The license will also provide a generous number of seats for teaching labs. The software can be used for modeling problems in fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, fluid-structure interactions, heat transfer, combustion, electromagnetic fields, and mathematics. For additional details, please contact Professor Tao Xing at xing@uidaho.edu.

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UI Faculty and Staff selected for USAC programs

Posted Fri, 05 May 2017 15:47:00 -0700

Congratulations to all University of Idaho faculty and staff who have been selected to participate on University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) programs. Read more

NASA Physicist, National Park Service Leader Newest Inductees into UI Hall of Fame

Posted Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:15:00 -0700

The University of Idaho Alumni Association will induct two new members into its Hall of Fame at a luncheon on Friday, May 12. John Norbury and Roger Contor will become the newest members of the Hall of Fame, which was created in 1962 to recognize living alumni who achieved national or international distinction through their accomplishments and leadership. Read more

Individual Glacier Shapes Influence Ice Loss in Greenland, Researchers Find

Posted Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0700

Thinning glaciers in Greenland play a major role in rising sea levels around the globe. An international team of researchers, including a University of Idaho professor, have found that the glaciers’ shapes influence how quickly they thin and melt — allowing them to identify which glaciers are most likely to contribute to sea level rise. Read more

13 UI Faculty Explore New Projects with Seed Grant Funding

Posted Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:20:00 -0700

Thirteen faculty members from across disciplines at the University of Idaho have earned grants through the university’s 2017 Seed Grant Program.

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Math Student Research Showcase April 6

Posted Wed, 05 Apr 2017 09:37:00 -0700

Join the Mathematics Department in the College of Science as participating undergraduate and graduate students give 20-30 minute presentations on their research projects. The research showcase runs from 2-5 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in TLC 029.

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Boeing Safety Exec to Give Lecture on Aero Manufacturing

Posted Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:47:00 -0700

Boeing Safety Leader Suzanne Riney will give the lecture, "Automation Safety in Aerospace Manufacturing," at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 10, at the John C. Wahl ThinkTANK in the Janssen Engineering Building. Riney will discuss how robotics are used in the development and design of planes and other crafts in the 21st Century.
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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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Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Applications Open

Posted Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:10:00 -0800

Postdoctoral researchers are invited to apply to the Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program, which offers scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research in a wide range of topics relevant to the intelligence community. Eligible postdocs must be U.S. citizens and have received their Ph.D. within five years of the deadline. Read more

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

Microbes Featured at Science After Hours March 2

Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:02:00 -0800

University of Idaho researchers will discuss their work with microbes at the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute's Science After Hours "A Multitude of Microbes" event from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at the Moscow Food Co-op, 121 E. Fifth St. in Moscow. Read more

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program Accepting Applications

Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:55:00 -0800

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science is accepting applications for the Office of Science Graduate Research (SCGSR) program for 2017. Applications are due at 5 p.m. Eastern Time (2 p.m. Pacific Times) on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
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Zeiss Microscope Demonstration Feb. 21-22

Posted Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:09:00 -0800

Representatives of the Zeiss company will demonstrate some of their microscopes on campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, and Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Integrated Research and Innovation Center (IRIC), Room 143. On display will be two Zeiss motorized fluorescence research microscopes, as well as an Apotome.2 structured illumination device. For more information, contact IRIC Building Manager Russell McClanahan at russellm@uidaho.edu.
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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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Heroin and Opioid Awareness Seminar March 22

Posted Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:15:00 -0800

The UI WWAMI Medical Education Program and Gritman Medical Center is hosting a community forum presented by the United States Attorney's Office designed to highlight a unique, realistic perspective on the impact of prescription drug and opioid abuse. In addition, DEA agents will present cases that they have prosecuted federally in Idaho involving physicians intentionally diverting prescription drugs for unlawful purposes. The talk is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in the Bruce M. Pitman Center's Vandal Ballroom.
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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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Hohenlohe Lab takes over Science After Hours

Posted Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:22:00 -0800

University of Idaho researchers from Paul Hohenlohe's biological sciences lab will discuss their work at the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute's Science After Hours "Hohenlohe Lab Takeover: DNA, Disease and Devils" event from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Last Frontier Pizza, 100 W. Fourth Street.
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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

Spring 2017 Hours for the Statistical Consulting Center

Posted Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:30:00 -0800

The Statistical Consulting Center (SCC) provides 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. Faculty members, staff, and graduate students from any discipline are welcome to join us in our new location in IRIC.
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Idaho Regional Mathematics Center Hosts Online Book Club for Rural Math Teachers

Posted Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:02:00 -0800

In an ongoing effort to support math teachers at elementary schools in rural areas of North Idaho, the Regional Mathematics Center at the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene will offer an online book club beginning Thursday, Jan. 19.
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College of Science Dean Finalists Invited to Moscow

Posted Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:39:00 -0800

The Search Advisory Committee and Provost and Executive Vice President John Wiencek are pleased to announce that four finalists for the dean of the College of Science position have been selected to visit the Moscow campus. The finalists will visit between Jan. 12 and 20, 2017. The university community is invited to open forums followed by a reception. Read more

Dedication Ceremony for Paul J. Joyce Lounge Jan. 17

Posted Wed, 04 Jan 2017 12:26:00 -0800

University of Idaho faculty, staff and retirees are invited to a dedication ceremony for the Paul J. Joyce, Ph.D. Faculty and Staff Lounge, formerly the Brink Hall Faculty and Staff Lounge.
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22 Students Win Undergraduate Research Grants

Posted Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:42:00 -0800

The UI Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) has awarded Undergraduate Research Grants to 22 students from across six colleges. Each grant will support a faculty-mentored student research project during spring semester 2017. The student projects are diverse and range from studies of Galapagos snails to hydrogen fuel cells to nutritional intervention for nurses.
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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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Parent Lab Takes Over Science After Hours

Posted Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:39:00 -0800

University of Idaho researchers from Christine Parent's biological sciences lab will discuss their work at the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute's Science After Hours "Parent Lab Takeover: Spiders, Snails and Flies, Oh My!" event from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at BookPeople of Moscow, 521 S. Main St. Read more

IGS Researchers Help Idaho Prepare for Landslides, Other Hazards

Posted Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:34:00 -0800

Idaho Geological Survey researchers are working to help Idaho communities prepare for landslides and other natural hazards, with support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Idaho Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning program (Risk MAP).
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Chamber of Science Demonstrations Dec. 8

Posted Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:01:00 -0800

A magical evening of scientific demonstrations that will generate wonder and entertainment will be presented by the University of Idaho College of Science Ambassador Program at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in Renfrew Hall 112. This event is geared toward elementary-age children but will be enjoyed by the whole family. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased in advance in the Chemistry Office, Renfrew Hall 116, or at the door. Seating is limited.
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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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Northwest Knowledge Network Updates Metadata Editor

Posted Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:23:00 -0800

On Oct. 28, the Northwest Knowledge Network released a new version of its NKN Metadata Editor, which features an updated, responsive web format designed to guide users as they upload data to the network's secure servers. The metadata editor integrates with the NKN Portal backend system and allows users to submit well-documented data products. Read more

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

Science After Hours Features River and Stream Researchers

Posted Tue, 01 Nov 2016 13:11:00 -0700

University of Idaho researchers will discuss their river- and stream-related work at the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute's Science After Hours "A Focus on Flowing Water" event from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at White Pine Gear Exchange and Fly Shop, 309 S. Main St. in Moscow. Read more

Geography Twister

Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0700

Fourth-grade teacher Wes Bascom gathered his students in McDonald Elementary School’s multipurpose room Thursday for an expedition. “Today, you get to walk all over Idaho,” Bascom said. Without leaving the room, Bascom led two fourth-grade classes — about 30 kids — across the mountains and over the rivers of their home state.
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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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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

Job Opportunity: Department Chair, Geography and Geology

Posted Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:36:00 -0700

The University of Idaho invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair and Professor of the Department of Geography and Geology starting spring semester, 2017. 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

INL Official Presents on Critical Infrastructure and Resiliency Oct. 4

Posted Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:45:00 -0700

The UI Center for Resilient Communities (CRC) and Department of Computer Science invite faculty, staff and students to attend a seminar with Ron Fisher, director of Idaho National Lab's Homeland Security Division.
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Researchers Find Law Enforcement Use of Military Equipment Program Varies Nationwide

Posted Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:30:00 -0700

The federal government’s 1033 program allows the U.S. Department of Defense to transfer excess military equipment to local law enforcement agencies, from armored vehicles to M-16 rifles to office furniture. A team of geographers in the University of Idaho’s College of Science has found that agencies across the nation access this program at different rates, and likely for reasons tied to location.

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UI Researchers Use Proof and Argument to Help Teachers, Students in Mathematics

Posted Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:30:00 -0700

University of Idaho mathematics and education researchers will work with teachers across the Northwest beginning this fall to explore the success of a method for improving mathematics learning in eighth grade. The four-year project examines teaching and learning math with and through viable argumentation.

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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

Center for Modeling Complex Interactions Call for Pilot Grant Proposals

Posted Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:00:00 -0700

UI's Center for Modeling Complex Interactions (CMCI) is now accepting pilot grant proposals. Letters of intent are due Oct. 10; full proposals are due Nov. 15. CMCI is a NIH-funded COBRE (Center of Biomedical Research Excellence). Its goal is to bring together modelers and empirical scientists to address biomedical problems across all levels of biological organization, from biophysical to ecological. Read more

The Best Kept Secret in Idaho

Posted Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:00:00 -0700

Jeff Seegmiller, director of the University of Idaho's WWAMI Medical Education Program, said many people don't know about the UI's role in training future physicians under WWAMI, but that doesn't mean the regional program is not flourishing at the university.
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Idaho WWAMI Medical Research Poster Session

Posted Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:00:00 -0700

The WWAMI Medical Education Program will host its Idaho WWAMI Medical Research Poster Session from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the University Inn Best Western in Moscow. Over 30 different research posters will be on display relating to community health, global health and independent investigative medical research. Medical students will present their findings to individuals attending the poster session. Faculty and students are encouraged to attend.
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Researchers Find Rapid Evolution is Aiding Cancer-Stricken Tasmanian Devils

Posted Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0700

Over the past 20 years, tens of thousands of the world’s Tasmanian devils have died of a contagious cancer that spreads when the animals bite each other. Read more

Idaho NSF EPSCoR Seeking Faculty and Stakeholder MURI Applications

Posted Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:30:00 -0700

Idaho NSF EPSCoR has money available to support undergraduate students on projects that are of interest to faculty and/or collaborating stakeholders with thematic relevance to the broad statewide EPSCoR research theme called "Managing Idaho's Landscapes for Ecosystem Services," or MILES. Research efforts could include a range of efforts along the MILES theme relating to computer modeling, environmental science, social science, ecological science, geospatial sciences, visualization, economics, land use planning, and related disciplines.

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Science After Hours features Fire Perspectives

Posted Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:30:00 -0700

University of Idaho fire science researchers will discuss their work at the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute's Science After Hours "Fire Perspectives" event from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at Lodgepole North American Kitchen, 106 N. Main Street in Moscow.
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UI Researchers Identify How Climate Has Led to Beetle Outbreaks in Iconic Trees

Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:00:00 -0700

Temperature increases caused by climate change were a major factor driving the outbreak of mountain pine beetles that killed whitebark pine trees across millions of acres in and around Yellowstone National Park in the early 2000s, according to a new study by University of Idaho researchers and their partners. 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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Retired IGS Director Roy M. Breckenridge Dies

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

Roy M. Breckenridge, retired director of the Idaho Geological Survey and Idaho state geologist, died Aug. 1, 2016, after a battle with cancer.
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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

Mark Nielsen Appointed Interim Dean of the College of Science

Posted Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:00:00 -0700

The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President is pleased to announce that Mark Nielsen has been named as interim dean of the College of Science.
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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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Concept Mission Suggests ‘Tasting’ Moon of Saturn to Search for Life

Posted Mon, 13 Jun 2016 11:00:00 -0700

A tiny moon orbiting Saturn might be the perfect place to discover extraterrestrial life — and a University of Idaho graduate student led a project suggesting a way to find out. Read more

UI Emeritus Professor Discusses Insects at Science Pub

Posted Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700

A University of Idaho emeritus professor of entomology will present "Recognition of Cryptic Species" at the Palouse Discovery Science Center's Science Pub from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at Paradise Creek Brewery, 245 SE Paradise St. in Pullman. Read more

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

Academic Advisors Win Top Honors

Posted Tue, 10 May 2016 16:00:00 -0700

The academic advising community is delighted to announce two NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising award winners this year. Liz Bryant, health professions advisor, was awarded a certificate of merit in the New Advisor category. Debbie Moos, academic advisor in the College of Business and Economics, won in the Professional Advisor category. Please join us in congratulating them on this tremendous accomplishment.
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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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Registration Closes Soon for the Inland Northwest Genomics Research Symposium

Posted Mon, 09 May 2016 12:40:00 -0700

Genomics scientists from across the region will come together Thursday, May 19, for the Inland Northwest Genomics Research Symposium. Read more

Registration Closes Soon for the Inland Northwest Genomics Research Symposium

Posted Mon, 09 May 2016 12:40:00 -0700

Genomics scientists from across the region will come together Thursday, May 19, for the Inland Northwest Genomics Research Symposium. Read more

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

Paul Joseph Joyce: 1958-2016

Posted Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:00:00 -0700

Paul Joseph Joyce was born September 26, 1958 in Butte, Montana, one of the 12 children of Thomas and Dorothy Joyce. Academically gifted, he breezed through the Butte schools, and then graduated from Montana State University in just four years with both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics. He went on to the University of Utah for his doctorate, where he met and married his wife and best friend, Janalyn Steed. They had a son, Andrew, who brought great joy to the couple and became Paul’s favorite political debater, intellectual sparring partner and late night scotch drinker. Read more

Public Wake, Funeral Services for Paul Joyce April 28-29

Posted Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0700

Funeral services for Paul Joyce, dean of the College of Science, will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2016, in the Administration Building Auditorium. A reception will follow the service at the University Inn Best Western. Read more

UI Remembers Paul Joyce

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

The University of Idaho community is grieving the death of Paul Joyce, Dean of the College of Science, who died in a car accident Friday, April 22, near Orofino, Idaho. Paul was a committed member of our university leadership team, a dedicated scientist and researcher, and a valuable teacher and mentor. 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

2016 Three Minute Thesis Competition Winners Announced

Posted Tue, 19 Apr 2016 15:00:00 -0700

The College of Graduate Studies would like to congratulate all of the doctoral candidates would participated in the first inaugural 3MT competition at the University of Idaho. COGS hosted its first 3MT on April 12, 2016. We had 11 amazing doctoral students present their research to an audience and a panel of judges. Three minutes isn’t a lot of time, but our students did a fantastic job staying within the limits. For more information about the 3MT, please visit our website. Videos of the winning 3MT presentations will be posted on our website soon. 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

Learn About Plant Diversity and Evolution at Science After Hours

Posted Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:45:00 -0700

The Tank Lab will bring its plant expertise to the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute’s Science After Hours event from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at BookPeople of Moscow. Read more

Climate Change May Redraw Map of Places to Grow Cold-Sensitive Crops

Posted Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:00:00 -0700

Oregon almonds and Louisiana oranges? It could be if future projections in hardiness zones come to fruition. A new study by University of Idaho researchers uses climate models to assess how the coldest temperature recorded each winter in the United States may change over the next several decades, and what these temperature changes might mean for horticulture. Read more

UI, Research Partners Commit to Expand ClimateEngine.Org at White House Water Summit

Posted Tue, 22 Mar 2016 11:00:00 -0700

The research team behind ClimateEngine.org unveiled its commitment to expanding the web application’s unique role in helping the nation address water issues during today’s White House Water Summit held in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with United Nations World Water Day.
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Spring Climate Change and Renewable Energy Speaker Series Begins March 22

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2016 09:45:00 -0700

The University of Idaho Department of Chemistry in the College of Science is hosting the annual American Chemical Society Climate Change and Renewable Energy Speaker Series. On Tuesday, March 22, Kathy Hibbard, a program scientist and manager for NASA, will speak at UI about climate change and the energy in the Pacific Northwest: Examining the portfolio of options for balanced decisions. Hibbard's talk will be held at 12:30 p.m. in Renfrew 111. Read more

Follow UI Researchers on Mid-Atlantic Ridge Expedition

Posted Wed, 09 Mar 2016 08:00:00 -0800

A University of Idaho geologist, a graduate student and a recent alumnus are heading to Barbados for a five-week research expedition to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The UI community is invited to follow along on their journey at the expedition’s blog, http://poppingrocks.whoi.edu, and on Twitter @popping_rocks. Read more

Postdoctoral Researcher Contributes to UN Pollinators Report

Posted Wed, 09 Mar 2016 08:00:00 -0800

Anahi Espindola, a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Idaho Department of Biological Sciences, was part of an international group of 77 experts selected to create a United Nations-mandated global assessment of pollination and pollinators. The group’s report, released in late February, indicates that pollinator species face a growing threat of extinction, which in turn threatens human food supplies. The report also includes strategies for protecting pollinators. Read more

Geology Doctoral Student Earns Scholarship for Work on Lake Basins

Posted Wed, 24 Feb 2016 13:30:00 -0800

Andrew Canada, a doctoral student in geology, has been awarded the Norman F. Foster Memorial Scholarship from the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists Foundation to support his research project, “High-elevation lake basins in Nevada: Implications for topographic and hydrologic reconstruction of the Cordilleran hinterland.” The scholarship selection committee noted that it was impressed with Canada’s integration of geochemistry and geochronology with detailed field work. 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

UI Professor’s New Research Explores Nanotechnology-Based Explosives Sensor

Posted Thu, 18 Feb 2016 15:30:00 -0800

A University of Idaho researcher will dig into the details of nanotechnology-based explosives detection with a grant from the Department of Defense’s Office of Naval Research. Read more

Austin Lecture Addresses Tough Problems in a Changing World

Posted Thu, 18 Feb 2016 12:00:00 -0800

Biologist Margaret Werner-Washburne will discuss approaches to solving difficult problems in today’s world at the University of Idaho College of Science’s 11th annual Robert B. and Floretta F. Austin Distinguished Lecture in Science at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in the UI Menard Law Building Courtroom. The lecture is free and open to the public. Read more

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