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Heritage Orchard Conference Presented by U of I as Monthly Webinar Series

Posted 7/30/2020 6:22:00 PM

SANDPOINT, Idaho — July 29, 2020 — A pandemic-prompted conversion of plans for another Sandpoint, Idaho-based Heritage Orchard Conference to a virtual format may demonstrate the true reach of the World Wide Web. Read more

U of I Research Dairy Project Launch Meeting Draws Contractors, Cooperators

Posted 7/30/2020 6:17:00 PM

MOSCOW, Idaho — July 29, 2020 — Flexibility in design and operation over the next 30 to 50 years must guide the creation of the nation’s largest research dairy, University of Idaho officials say. Read more

U of I Researchers, Moscow to Build on COVID-19 Wastewater Testing and Analysis

Posted 7/21/2020 5:10:00 PM

MOSCOW, Idaho — July 21, 2020 — Researchers at the University of Idaho have partnered with the City of Moscow to improve wastewater testing for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The team hopes to develop an early warning system for spikes in local cases. Read more

U of I Theatre Arts Presents Virtual Town Hall, Two Weekends of Theatre

Posted 7/21/2020 4:06:00 PM

MOSCOW, Idaho — July 20, 2020 — The University of Idaho Department of Theatre Arts is holding a virtual town hall 6 p.m. Friday, July 24, and two weekends of livestreamed theatrical readings featuring U of I alumni, faculty and several special guest artists. Read more

Grant Funding Supports Remote Learning Enhancements at U of I

Posted 7/16/2020 9:51:00 PM

MOSCOW, Idaho — July 16, 2020 — Access to online education will be broader and easier thanks to nearly $1 million in funding to the University of Idaho from Gov. Brad Little’s emergency relief fund aimed at helping educators enhance remote instruction in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

Faculty and Staff

IT Prioritizes Classroom Support During Start of Fall Semester

Posted 8/7/2020 10:32:00 PM

During the beginning of the fall semesters at U of I, Local IT Support Teams and the Technology Solutions Partners (TSP) must adjust their prioritization processes to focus on support for technology-enabled and HyFlex classrooms. Please be patient with the support staff as they attend to highest priorities which – during this period – will be requests related to course delivery. Read more

U of I File Migration to SharePoint in Progress

Posted 6/26/2020 10:29:00 PM

The file migration from the S: drive to SharePoint Storage Site in the cloud will continue over the next five weekends. During the migration, weekend access to files migrating from the S: drive to SharePoint will be unavailable until the process is completed. Read more

New Course Evaluation System for Summer 2020

Posted 6/12/2020 10:21:00 PM

Course evaluations have been moved to a new vendor, Campus Labs, beginning summer 2020. Course evaluation data prior to summer 2020 will remain in the old system and reports should be requested from Faculty and students will continue to receive email notifications when a course evaluation is open, with instructions and important information. Read more

NSF Implements New Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide

Posted 5/29/2020 8:27:00 PM

Beginning today, June 1, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will implement the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) for proposals submitted or due on or after this date. NSF has delayed the requirement to use NSF-approved formats for the biographical sketch and current and pending support sections of NSF proposals until Oct. 5. Proposers must continue to format these documents in accordance with PAPPG requirements (see PAPPG sections II.C.2.f and II.C.2.h). Read more

Join the NSF CAREER Proposal Conversation Group

Posted 5/1/2020 10:42:00 PM

The Research and Faculty Development team has announced the U of I National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Proposal Conversation Group for individuals working on — or planning — an NSF CAREER proposal. The group will help keep individuals on track with proposal development; allow participants to ask questions and brainstorm ideas, issues and solutions with peers and the team; and access proposal development resources and guides. Read more

Kudos and Acknowledgements

U of I Sociology Professor Dilshani Sarathchandra Earns Teaching Award

Posted 7/10/2020 9:57:00 PM

Dilshani Sarathchandra, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Idaho, was recognized for her innovative and creative approaches to teaching and her commitment to mentoring students. Sarathchandra received the Early Career Award for Innovation in Teaching Sociology from the Pacific Sociological Association. The award honors and encourages the work of junior faculty who typically have fewer than seven years of teaching experience. Read more

Professor Gabriel P. Potirniche Named New Chair of Department of Mechanical Engineering

Posted 6/12/2020 10:32:00 PM

Mechanical Engineering Professor Gabriel P. Potirniche will begin his position as chair of the University of Idaho College of Engineering Department of Mechanical Engineering on Sunday, June 28. Potirniche was recently promoted to full professor in mechanical engineering at U of I. He received his doctorate from Mississippi State University and joined U of I in 2007 as an assistant professor. He teaches and performed research in computational solid mechanics. Read more

Virtual Engineering Design EXPO Welcomes K-12 Across Three Countries

Posted 6/12/2020 10:30:00 PM

This year’s virtual Engineering Design EXPO had more than 14,000 unique visitors log on to explore capstone projects, and judges scored 41 virtual capstone presentations during 20 hours of simultaneous Zoom sessions. This year’s virtual K-12 program, the EXPO Extended Experience, welcomed fifth through 12th graders to participate in hands-on activities and submit completed projects to win prizes and a $4,000 U of I scholarship. Read more

Western U.S. Will Face Farming Challenges as Snow Falls as Rain

Posted 5/21/2020 9:45:00 PM

In some regions, warming from climate change is causing precipitation to fall as rain instead of snow. It is also altering the timing of snowmelt to shift and become out of synch with irrigation demands for agriculture. John Abatzoglou — from the Department of Geography — and his colleagues looked at how snowmelt affects food production and how changes in snowmelt may threaten food production in irrigated regions globally. Read more

Faculty Senate Announces New Leadership, Thanks Members

Posted 5/14/2020 10:53:00 PM

Congratulations to new Faculty Senate leadership for 2020-21, Barbara Kirchmeier, senate chair, and Russell Meeuf, senate vice chair. New senate members are Amin Ahmadzadeh, Teresa Cohn, Dan Hickman, Deb McIntosh, Kelly Quinnett, Bob Rinker and Elizbeth Wargo. A special thanks to Terry Greib for his leadership over the past year as senate chair and Kirchmeier for her work as vice chair. Read more

U of I in the News

Coping With Change — With A Trial Run

Posted 5/1/2020 5:10:00 PM

This article was written by Tony Murillo and published in Lewiston Tribune, May 1, 2020: Hunkering down from the coronavirus has been tough for most students. Read more

Grocery Store Workers Feel Customer Tension During Pandemic

Posted 4/27/2020 5:18:00 PM

This article was written by Tristan Schmick and published in Moscow-Pullman Daily News April 27, 2020 and the Coeur d’Alene Press, Monday, May 4, 2020: The job that I’m doing to pay for my tuition at the University of Idaho — a grocery store merchandiser — is crucial to keeping people going during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

Answering the Call by Covering the Pandemic

Posted 4/25/2020 4:03:00 PM

This article was written by Brianna Finnegan and published in Moscow-Pullman Daily News, April 25, 2020: After only four hours of sleep, my phone buzzes. I wake to another Idaho coronavirus case. Read more

In Memoriam

Bill Belknap

Posted 7/24/2020 9:47:00 PM

Willard S. (Bill) Belknap passed away on July 17 at the age of 81. Bill began working at the University of Idaho as athletic director of Vandal Athletics in 1978. Following 10 years in that position, Bill moved into the role of director of development and executive director of the U of I Foundation during the Centennial Campaign. Bill was inducted into the North Idaho Hall of Fame in 2003 as well as the University of Idaho Hall of Fame in 2008. Read more

Marilyn Howard, CEHHS Alumna

Posted 7/17/2020 9:47:00 PM

Marilyn Howard, College of Education, Health and Human Sciences alumna, donor and advocacy board member, died July 13 at her Eagle home. Education propelled Marilyn ’60, ’65 from Mackay to head of the class in Idaho’s education system. She pointed to two core pillars that supported her: reading and social responsibility. Marilyn served on multiple boards, two of which were the Garden City’s Learning Lab and Boise’s Wassmuth Center for Human Rights; both speaking to her core pillars. Read more

Kathleen Marie Clayton-Wonderlich

Posted 5/14/2020 11:32:00 PM

Kathleen Marie Clayton-Wonderlich passed away on Saturday, April 18. Clayton-Wonderlich was a resident of Nampa at the time of passing and was an employee of the University of Idaho for many years before retirement. Read more


University Communications and Marketing

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Phone: 208-885-6291

Fax: 208-885-5841


Web: Communications and Marketing

U of I Media Contacts