Faculty Features

A green Anole on a log.
Research Reveals Rapid Evolution
UI professor uses DNA-sequencing tools to understand how Florida anoles adapted quickly to invading species
» Read about the green anoles adaption
False-color image of Europa’s trailing northern hemisphere showing numerous ridges (red) and band (light colored) features. Subduction zones may also be present in the study area and are identified by arrows.
Exploring Europa’s Mysteries
Geological sciences professor Simon Kattenhorn discovers evidence of plate tectonics on Jupiter’s icy moon
» Explore Jupiter's Earth-like moon
Teachers practicing using techniques learned during the Making Mathematics Reasoning Explicit program.
Beyond ‘Math Magic’
Teachers in joint UI-WSU program learn new ways to help students understand, apply math.
» Read about the Making Mathematics Reasoning Explicit program
The bottom of gecko's feet.
Discovering Geckos’ Sticky Secrets
Biology and engineering researcher investigates the tiny structures that give geckos their incredible climbing power – helping humans answer evolutionary questions and create high–tech materials.
» Read about the research on geckos' climbing power
Sunrise shining on the University of Idaho Administraion building
College of Science Recipients | Excellence Awards
College of Science faculty recognized during the Excellence Awards held on April 29, 2014.
» Congratulations to our faculty
Professor David McIlroy
Big Award for Tiny Research
Physics Professor David McIlroy Recognized with Idaho NSF EPSCoR Award for Work with Nanomaterials
» More about Professor McIlroy's work with nanotechnology
climate change scientists' base camp in Asia
A High View of Climate Change
UI geography researchers contribute to international studies of climate change
» Learn More about U of I researchers contributions to the study of climate change
A sun glint off the methane see on Staturn's moon Titan
Waves on an Alien World
UI physics researchers find first evidence of waves in Titan’s methane seas
» Read about Professor Jason Barnes's research
A volcano on a Galapagos island
Unearthing the Galápagos Story
Geology professor Dennis Geist studies the surprising geology deep beneath the Galápagos Islands
» Read more about Dennis's research
UI Researchers Help Decode New View of Saturn’s Moon Titan, Contribute to Cassini Mission
A team of NASA researchers around the nation, including Physics Assistant Professor Jason Barnes and his team of students, revealed this week a new view of Saturn’s moon Titan.
» Reab more about Jason Barnes and Matt Hedman's work
Pete Fuerst
Reading the Book of the Brain
Pete Fuerst's lab studies the intricate connections of the neural network
» Read more about Pete's research
Luke Harmon in front of a projection of OneZoom.
Visualizing a Vast World
Biology profesor Luke Harmson helps develop website that brings the tree of life to life
» Read more about Luke's participation in OneZoom
Selective removal of CPDs (in green) from the viral DNA replication centers (BrdU label in red) after UV irradation of HCMV-infected cells
Investigating a Common Virus’ Damaging Effect on Cells
Lee Fortunato’s research method reveals how a virus responsible for birth defects co-opts a cell’s ability to repair itself.
» Learn more about Fortunato's research
graduate student holding a fawn
Pronghorn Research Solves Decades-Old Evolutionary Controversy
Does a male pronghorn antelope’s number of matings increase the number of offspring he has?
» Read more about John Byer's research and Bateman’s Slope
From Moscow to the Galapagos
Dennis Geist, recently named President of the Charles Darwin Foundation, brings Galapagos research home to Moscow.
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Oscar Pistorious
Changing the World One Leg at a Time
Thanks to a team of researchers, including biological sciences assistant professor Craig McGowan, South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee, will compete in the Men’s 400 meters and the 4 x 400 meter relay at the London Olympics.
» Read more about Oscar and the research
Saturn's Moon Enceladus: An Ocean Deep and Wide
Graduate student Alex Patthoff and Professor Simon Kattenhorn find evidence that an ocean may flow below the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus. "Water provides the key ingredient for a habitable environment, and thus astrobiological potential— the ability to support life— which is why the search for liquid water elsewhere in the solar system has been one of the primary directives for NASA,” said Kattenhorn.
» Learn about Enceladus and the important discovery
Students playing with fire
Playing with fire and ice – and potatoes
Karen Harpp's geoscience education and outreach methods class shows fifth-grade students the fun of science.
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High school students watch a physics demonstration during the 2012 Jazz Fest
Sciences Makes Waves at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival
The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival had a new feature this year: academic-themed workshops for for visiting high school students. Faculty from Physics and Mathematics conducted workshops highlighting connections between music and the fields they teach.
» Read more about the Science workshop
a drawing of the Aerial Vehicle for In-situ and Airborne Titan Reconnaissance (AVIATR)
Proposed AVIATR Project Captures the Scientific Imagination
Jason Barnes of the Physics Department is the lead scientist on an exciting proposal for unmanned exploration of Saturn's moon Titan.
» Read more about AVIATR
Infrared color image of Titan from the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) instrument.
NASA Fuels U-Idaho Scientist’s Research of Outer Space
Physicist Jason Barnes studies Titan, one of Saturn’s moons
» Learn about Jason's research
Paul Joyce, Holly Wichman and Craig Miller Chasing a Virus Through Mathematical Models
Chasing a Virus Through Mathematical Models
Paul Joyce, Holly Wichman and Craig Miller, faculty in the College of Science, have set out to discover what the next move of the mutation process is going to be through mathematical models.
» Learn about mutating viruses and mathematics
Idaho Sparkles: New Mineral Named for Geology Professor
Geology Professor Mickey Gunter received one of the greatest honors that a mineralogist can receive. The International Mineralogical Association named a newly discovered mineral Gunterite.
» Read more about Gunterite and Mickey Gunter
Judy Parrish flying an airplane
Flying to New Heights
Judy Parrish’s CORE science class focused on the romance of aviation.
» Taking Students Above the Horizon
Plaque for the World's First Full Scale Nuclear Reactor
The Science of Historic Nuclear Weapons
Karen Harpp’s CORE science class, The Advent of the Atomic Bomb, is making science interesting and much more interactive.
» The Advent of the Atomic Bomb
Setting Students on the World Stage
Statistical Sciences Department head Rick Edgeman and colleagues in the University of Idaho’s College of Business and Economics are creating a new joint graduate-level certificate program with the Aarhus School of Business in Aarhus, Denmark that will connect students from both countries for a greater learning opportunity.
» Read the story
Malcom Renfrew with finch
Celebrating a Century:
Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Malcolm Renfrew
Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter proclaimed Oct. 12, 2010, to be Malcolm M. Renfrew Day in Idaho, recognizing Renfrew’s “highly successful career."
» Read about some of the highlights
mouth of an old bottle
Uncorking The Past
Bottle Analysis Shakes Up Chemistry and Anthropology
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Patrick Hrdlicka looking at "No see" explosives
Idaho “Nose” Explosive Detection: Grant Helps Develop Electronic Sniffer
University of Idaho researchers are nose-deep in sniffing out explosive vapors thanks to a recent $900,000 three-year grant from the Department of Defense for the detection of explosives.
» Read more about Professors Hrdlicka & McIlroy's explosive detecting device.
Student workin in lab
Researchers: 1, Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria: 0
University of Idaho Researchers Aim to Unlock Plasmid Transfer Secrets
In an effort to take the resistance out of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, University of Idaho researchers are getting down to the genetic level
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Larry Forney working with a student in his lab
V is For…The Word We're Afraid to Speak
Changing Women's Health at the Global Level
Increasing understanding about normal vaginal microbiota – or bacteria – so that physicians can better identify conditions that make women prone to infections and other diseases, and avoid the development of health problems.
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White Sands desert, New Mexico
It’s Not Only the Gene That Counts, But How You Use It
How lizards learned to change their pants
Scientists discover not only that different species can use the same gene to adapt to a new environment, but slight differences in its use can have important consequences.
» Learn about Erica Rosenblum's research in White Sands, New Mexico
Judith Parrish
Judith Totman Parrish Recognized for Lifetime Achievement
The Association of African Women Geoscientists (AAWG) has awarded Judith Totman Parrish a certificate of lifetime achievement.
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Trout research
Trout + Trout = Salmon?
Research in the Department of Biological Sciences
Joe Cloud, professor of biological sciences, is attempting to use rainbow trout as surrogate parents to increase the sockeye salmon population in Redfish Lake.
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Zaid Abdo
Building Core Power
Zaid Abdo, assistant professor of mathematics, statistics and bioinformatics
» 5,600 trials and counting