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Nationally Touring Civil Rights Exhibition Opens at U of I Library

Posted 11/11/2020 9:52:00 PM

“For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” a nationally touring exhibition from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) on the Road, opens this week at the University of Idaho Library in partnership with the Latah County Historical Society. Read more

OTT Publishes First Bi-Monthly Newsletter

Posted 11/10/2020 10:38:00 PM

The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) introduces its first newsletter, Tips and Tricks, to better keep U of I researchers informed of how technology transfer works at the University of Idaho and how its office can assist with patenting of unique discoveries, innovations and inventions. The first issue discusses preserving patentability and the key considerations in protecting discoveries before a patent is applied for and issued. Read more

Fall ’20 Marks Highest Progress Survey Response Rate to Date

Posted 10/20/2020 9:55:00 PM

In mid-September, course instructors reviewed students’ academic performance by submitting early warning grade progress surveys in VandalStar. Course instructor’s response rate, at 69% was the highest for any term thus far. The Fall 2019 submission rate was 52% with 1,034 total sections reporting. Fall 2020 term represents a 33% increase in overall submissions with 1,163 total sections completing progress surveys. Read more

3-D Printer to Revolutionize Biofluids and Biomechanics Research

Posted 10/20/2020 9:52:00 PM

With the help of a more than $300,000 major research instrumentation grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), the University of Idaho College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical Engineering is installing a high-resolution, mixed-material 3-D printer. To be housed in the Integrated Research and Innovation Center (IRIC), this state-of-the-art 3-D printer can print large, geometrically detailed and flexible 3-D structures. Read more

Admin Parking Lot Closed During Construction

Posted 10/12/2020 10:13:00 PM

The Campus Drive/Administration Building Circle Construction Project requires the closure of the main entrance to Gold Lot 40 (Administration Building) via Campus Drive from Monday, Oct. 19, to Monday, Nov. 9. While prep and concrete pouring will only take a few days, the concrete will require three weeks of curing. Read more

College of Engineering Earns Full Six-Year ABET Accreditation

Posted 9/3/2020 9:43:00 PM

All of the University of Idaho College of Engineering’s engineering and computer science degrees have been accredited by the engineering and computing accreditation commissions of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. Read more

Vandals Dining Lends A Helping Hand During COVID-19, Gifts More Than 500 Kids’ Meals

Posted 9/1/2020 9:42:00 PM

Vandals Dining at the University of Idaho gifted more than 500 complimentary Chick-fil-A meals to children 12 and under as a much-needed community outreach initiative in light of the heightened levels of food scarcity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Every child who cleared the proper COVID-19 safety enhancements was eligible to receive one meal per day within two weeks of Chick-fil-A’s reopening with no purchase necessary. The meal included chicken nuggets, a cookie and bottled water. Read more

Ericka Huggins to Provide Women’s Leadership Conference Keynote Sept. 8

Posted 8/31/2020 9:40:00 PM

Ericka Huggins – a human rights activist, poet, educator, Black Panther leader and former political prisoner — will provide a virtual keynote presentation for the 2020 Women’s Leadership Conference at noon Tuesday, Sept. 8, via Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. Register online. Read more

Psychology Professor Named as New Interim Associate Dean

Posted 8/26/2020 10:47:00 PM

University of Idaho Psychology Professor Traci Craig is the new interim associate dean for research and faculty affairs in the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences. Since joining U of I in 2002 as an assistant professor, Craig has held a variety of positions in the Psychology Department. She became an associate professor in 2008, and a full professor of psychology and communication studies in 2014 – the same year she accepted a position as associate dean of CLASS. Read more

What to Know When Renting a Car for University Business

Posted 8/19/2020 9:55:00 PM

There are several things to remember when renting a vehicle for university business. Rental vehicles are only to be used for official university business. Read more

How to Report a Vehicle Accident

Posted 8/17/2020 9:48:00 PM

Good driving habits and defensive driving techniques can help reduce the chances of an automobile accident. Unfortunately, accidents still occur. It is important to know what to do if you are involved in an accident while driving a University of Idaho-owned vehicle or rented vehicle. Read more

Register for the Introduction to Science and Technology Policy History, Organization, Analysis and Communication Workshop by Aug. 27

Posted 8/17/2020 9:45:00 PM

Register for the virtual Introduction to Science and Technology Policy History, Organization, Analysis and Communication workshop, taking place Aug. 31 through Sept. 3. Learn about science and technology policy including its history and organization, as well as understand the key principles involved in analyzing potential public policies that might respond to societal implications, and how to communicate results to policymakers and the public. Read more

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 studeval@uidaho.edu. 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

Engineering Design EXPO Goes Virtual Today

Posted 4/30/2020 10:13:00 PM

The University of Idaho College of Engineering hosts its virtual Engineering Design EXPO starting today, May 1, and invites the public to experience the ways U of I students are pushing the boundaries of technology. Electronic posters from this year’s student teams are available on the EXPO website. U of I team projects will be judged and scored today during private Zoom sessions, and recorded sessions will be available online soon. Read more

Reminder: 2020 All Employee Required Training is Available for Completion

Posted 4/28/2020 9:05:00 PM

Although employees have until Friday, Dec. 11 to complete the 2020 trainings, employees are encouraged to complete the required training as soon as possible. All regular faculty and staff, temporary faculty and staff, and student employees — including graduate students — with appointments lasting longer than three months must complete training no later than Dec. 11. Employees who do not complete the required training by the deadline may be subject to administrative or disciplinary actions. Read more

Reminder Regarding Current Parking Regulations

Posted 4/20/2020 11:05:00 PM

The Moscow campus will continue with academic break parking enforcement rules until the first day of fall semester, Monday, Aug. 24. No overnight parking or vehicle storage is allowed on any campus streets. Vehicles in violation may be cited and/or towed. Overnight parking is allowed in Purple or Silver parking lots, as well as the Economy Lot 57E. No permit is required for daytime parking — 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. — in Orange, Red, Blue, Purple and Silver lots. Read more

50% Remaining FY20 Citation Revenue Goes to Student Emergency Fund

Posted 4/20/2020 10:24:00 PM

Effective immediately through Tuesday, June 30, 50% of all University of Idaho’s parking citation fee payment revenue will go to the Bruce & Kathy Pitman Emergency Fund. Read more

Microsoft Teams Training for Faculty and Staff

Posted 4/6/2020 10:27:00 PM

Microsoft Teams is the university's new enterprise communication tool. Teams combines persistent chat rooms, video/voice, file sharing, meetings and other features into one application. Training on using Teams distance technology is available. Registration is limited to 250 participants for each session. Sessions will be recorded and made available for later viewing. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation message with the link to the training. Read more

Faculty Success Seminar on the National Science Foundation MRI Program is Tomorrow

Posted 4/6/2020 10:19:00 PM

Join the Research and Faculty Development team 12:30-1:30 p.m. tomorrow, April 8, via Zoom for a seminar on the National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program. The NSF MRI program supports the acquisition or development of multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training. Read more

FMLA An Option For At-Risk Employees

Posted 4/3/2020 10:46:00 PM

Many options are available for employees as we navigate the realities of COVID-19. While emergency funding is available to help, the traditional Family and Medical Leave Act (FLMA) remains an option. FMLA entitles eligible employees to take 12 weeks (480 hours) of unpaid leave in a 12-month period to care for yourself or a family member with a serious health condition. Although leave is unpaid, you can use accumulated leave for wage replacement during the FMLA period. Read more

U of I Students Receive Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships

Posted 4/2/2020 10:21:00 PM

The University of Idaho Distinguished Scholarships Program and the University Honors Program announced that Elizabeth Hoots (Ecology and Conservation Biology, College of Natural Resources) and Isabell Strawn (Biological Engineering, College of Engineering), both University Honors Program students, have received prestigious Goldwater Scholarship awards for the 2020-21 academic year from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. Read more

Technology Resources Available for Families without Internet Service

Posted 3/31/2020 11:00:00 PM

Additional technology resources are available for families without internet services. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released an agreement stating providers will waive late fees, will not cut off service for lack of payment and will open hot spots. Read more

Faculty Success Seminar: Find Funding Opportunities with Pivot is April 1

Posted 3/27/2020 10:41:00 PM

Join the Research and Faculty Development team via Zoom 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, to learn how to use Pivot, a funding opportunities database that identifies global funding information in all disciplines related to research programs, creative activities, collaborative activities, curriculum development, conferences, fellowships, equipment acquisition and more. Participants will learn how to create and customize their profile and how to conduct, track and save a funding search. Read more

Parking and Transportation Services Updates

Posted 3/25/2020 10:28:00 PM

The Parking and Transportation Services office at 1006 Railroad St. in the Intermodal Transit Center is closed to the public, but the Parking and Transportation Services customer service team will continue answering the phone and responding to emails as normal. The University of Idaho Moscow campus will continue with academic break parking enforcement rules until the first day of fall semester, Monday, Aug. 24. Read more

U of I - WSU Women’s Leadership Conference Postponed Until Fall

Posted 3/18/2020 10:50:00 PM

Amid escalating concerns and precautionary measures being taken around the containment of COVID-19 nationwide, Washington State University’s and the University of Idaho’s joint annual Women’s Leadership Conference is being rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 8. All current arrangements for the conference will remain in place. Presenters with accepted workshop proposals will remain on the schedule of events unless they indicate they are unable to attend on Sept. 8. Read more

Annual Vehicle Coverage Notice

Posted 3/10/2020 10:47:00 PM

In an effort to save time for individuals purchasing, titling and providing coverage for their vehicles, Asset Accounting, Purchasing Services and Risk Management and Insurance reviewed their processes and devised a simplified model. The new practice has been in effect since fall 2019. Units with vehicles will not participate in an annual coverage update/modification process unless they have chosen an exception to the automatic coverage process. Read more

Open Access Publishing Fund Supports 46 Researchers Across Four Colleges in Second Year

Posted 2/26/2020 11:04:00 PM

The Open Access Publishing Fund (OAPF) has disbursed its entire allocation of funds for this FY20. Created by a partnership with the University of Idaho Library, Office of the Provost and Office of Research and Economic Development, the OAPF allocated $30,000 to support U of I authors in their efforts to publish in open access journals by paying article processing charges. Read more

Learn about U of I’s Global Research at Next IRIC Lunch and Learn March 5

Posted 2/26/2020 11:01:00 PM

What does the “global reach” of University of Idaho research look like? Where in the world are our researchers doing their work, and what types of activities are they engaged in? Learn the answers to this and more during the next IRIC Lunch and Learn presentation, noon Thursday, March 5, in the IRIC Atrium. Read more

University of Idaho Employees Required to Take Specific Trainings Each Year

Posted 2/25/2020 10:06:00 PM

The University of Idaho recognizes the importance of providing training opportunities to all employees to enhance skills, professionalism and well-being. All employee training and required job-specific training play a key role in clarifying expectations and responsibilities and minimizing risk to the university. The university president or his designee assigns required training for all employees to complete each calendar year. Read more

New Faculty Success Seminar Added: Proposal Budget Building Basics is Feb. 26

Posted 2/20/2020 11:11:00 PM

As a new addition to the spring 2020 Faculty Success Seminars, from 12:30¬–1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in IRIC 305 or via Zoom, the Office of Sponsored Programs will provide an overview of building proposal budgets, including important concepts such as allowability, allocability and reasonableness. Participants will also learn about sponsor and federal policies on indirect costs and match and local resources within the Office of Sponsored Programs. Read more

University Honors Program Faculty Open House and Networking Event is Feb. 25

Posted 2/18/2020 10:04:00 PM

All faculty members interested in the University Honors Program are invited to attend a Faculty Open House and Networking event 2–3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Honors Program Dorm, Scholars LLC, located at Sixth and Line streets. This event is jointly hosted with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Read more

Accepting Nominations for the Jean'ne M. Shreeve NSF EPSCoR Research Excellence Award

Posted 2/14/2020 12:08:00 AM

Idaho NSF EPSCoR is seeking nominations for the Jean'ne M. Shreeve NSF EPSCoR Research Excellence Award. Nominations of eligible faculty members can be made on an annual basis and are due by 5 p.m. Friday, May 8. Read more

University Classrooms to be Used for Jazz Festival

Posted 2/14/2020 12:06:00 AM

The 2020 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival will be held Feb. 28-29. In order to host the festival, some university classrooms will be used for student competitions and educational sessions. Those whose classrooms may be impacted have already been contacted by the Registrar’s Office. Some classrooms being used to host the festival will not be available after 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, and others after 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27. Read more

Landscape Design Students Seek Projects; Request Deadline is March 1

Posted 2/14/2020 12:03:00 AM

Do you have a new residence that needs a landscape design? Or do you wish to have a design to renovate your existing landscape? Students in Landscape Architecture 289/489 are ready to assist you. For over three decades, students in the class have prepared landscape planting plans for clients in the Moscow area. The class is seeking clients for this spring. The deadline to request a design is March 1. Read more

VandalStar Progress Survey Gives Students Academic Alert

Posted 2/10/2020 11:42:00 PM

Course instructors across campus are being asked to review students’ academic performance in their courses. This review — Early Warning Grade Progress Survey — is important in giving students a timely update about how they are performing in their classes. Surveys are due Tuesday, Feb. 18, and are submitted through VandalStar. Read more

University-Level Promotions Review Committee Announced

Posted 2/7/2020 11:54:00 PM

The 2019-20 University-Level Promotions Review Committee met with the provost and executive vice president to participate in the development of recommendations on promotions in the ranks of instructor faculty, assistant and associate professors. The committee’s recommendations are considered by the provost and the president; the president makes the final decision. Read more

Faculty Success Seminar — NIH: Funding Mechanisms Overview is Feb 12

Posted 2/7/2020 11:52:00 PM

Are you wondering how National Institutes of Health (NIH) research project funding mechanisms differ? Join the Research and Faculty Development team 12:30–1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in IRIC 305, to learn about the NIH R03, R21 and R01 funding mechanisms. Read more

Ali Carr-Chellman Named AECT President

Posted 2/6/2020 10:25:00 PM

Ali Carr-Chellman, dean and professor of education in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, was elected as the president-elect designee for the Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). AECT is an international professional organization focused on improving learning. Members serve universities, military, industry, museums, libraries and hospitals as instructional designers, researchers, professors, teachers and educational technologists. Read more

Save the Date: Opportunity to Learn More About Fulbright Programs March 25

Posted 2/3/2020 10:59:00 PM

The Research and Faculty Development team will be hosting staff from the Institute of International Education to discuss the Fulbright U.S. Scholar and Student Programs on Wednesday, March 25. The time and location of this event will be announced soon. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program workshop will review the application and selection process, and one-on one meetings for prospective applicants to discuss their ideas with Institute of International Education staff will be available. Read more

Faculty Success Seminar, Broader Impacts Really Do Matter, Scheduled for Feb. 5

Posted 1/31/2020 10:46:00 PM

Join the Research and Faculty Development team 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in IRIC 305, for an info session on NSF Broader Impacts Review Criteria. As one of two NSF review criteria, broader impacts cannot be overlooked. On Feb. 5, participants will learn how to achieve meaningful broader impacts through research and related activities, and how to address these in an NSF proposal. Read more

Faculty are Invited to Apply to Upcoming Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

Posted 1/24/2020 10:31:00 PM

The Research and Faculty Development team in the Office of Research and Economic Development is requesting notice of intent to apply to the following limited submission funding opportunities posted to the team’s new online limited submission proposal management tool, InfoReady Review. For more information and to submit a notice of intent to apply to the limited submission funding opportunities listed, select a program from the table on the InfoReady Review homepage. Read more

Microsoft Office, File Storage and Account Login Changes Coming

Posted 1/23/2020 10:12:00 PM

Beginning 10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, all U of I-managed computers on the U of I network that have an older version of Office such as 2010, 2013 or 2016, will have the installation of Office apps on their computer upgraded to Office 365 Pro Plus. If your computer is not on the network at 10 p.m. Jan. 27, to allow this upgrade, the Office 365 Pro Plus installation will begin the next time you connect the computer to the U of I network. Read more

ITS Campus Awareness Phishing Campaign

Posted 1/21/2020 10:06:00 PM

Phishing emails remain a popular attack method for malicious actors. Your ability to spot a phish helps you guard yourself against attackers trying to trick you or steal personal information. As part of ongoing awareness efforts, ITS will periodically distribute fake phishing messages to random U of I employees. These emails look and function like real messages, allowing employees to practice spotting and reporting scams. Read more

Faculty Success Seminar on Project Management Plans for Large Proposals Rescheduled for April 15

Posted 1/16/2020 10:03:00 PM

The Faculty Success Seminar, “Developing Successful Project Management Plans for Large Proposals,” originally planned for Wednesday, Jan. 22, has been rescheduled. The seminar will now be held 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in IRIC 305. During the seminar, the Office of Research and Faculty Development will present the components of compelling management plans and share resources to help investigators create successful plans. Read more

Library Journal Package Reduced

Posted 1/10/2020 10:19:00 PM

In October 2019, the University of Idaho Library announced that they were renegotiating a contract with journal publisher Elsevier, resulting in a new contract under which they would lose access to some of their Elsevier content. The previous level of access had become unaffordable due to both university-wide budget reductions and the rapidly rising cost of the package. Negotiations for the 2020 Elsevier contract continued until late December and the new contract takes effect this month. Read more

2019 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Now Available

Posted 1/9/2020 10:59:00 PM

In a joint effort between Facilities and the Sustainability Center, the newest greenhouse gas inventory has been completed. As part of the university’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2030, the inventory provides information needed to assess the effectiveness of steps taken so far. The most extensive inventory to date, the report quantifies campus emissions from FY17 to FY19 and compares emissions to previous reports. Read more

ORED RISE Summer 2020 Graduate Student Research Fellowship Program Proposals Due Jan. 22

Posted 1/6/2020 10:59:00 PM

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) invites faculty to submit proposals by Wednesday, Jan. 22, for the new ORED Research, Infrastructure and Scholarly Excellence (RISE) Summer 2020 Graduate Research Fellowship program. This research fellowship program is intended to provide summer stipend support to U of I PhD graduate students pursuing research, scholarly or creative efforts furthering the growth of the U of I research enterprise. Read more

Update to Windows 10 Now to Avoid Network Connectivity Loss

Posted 1/2/2020 6:04:00 PM

Windows 7 systems that have not been upgraded to Windows 10 by Tuesday, Jan. 14, may lose network connectivity due to security concerns. Contact Local Support to set up a time to get assistance or get questions answered. Read more

Two Funding Opportunities from the Idaho NSF EPSCoR GEM3 Award

Posted 1/2/2020 6:02:00 PM

Two funding opportunities from the NSF EPSCoR Track-1 Research Infrastructure Improvement award, “Genes by Environment: Modeling, Mechanisms, and Mapping” (GEM3) are now open: (1) GEM3 Seed Funding, to support research projects related to GEM3; and (2) GEM3 Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) funds, to facilitate the development of courses related to GEM3 research areas. The deadline for each of these is 5 p.m. Feb. 14. Read more

Workshop Proposals for Idaho 4-H State Teen Association Convention Now Being Accepted

Posted 12/19/2019 11:13:00 PM

The 4-H Youth Development Department is requesting workshop proposals for the 2020 Idaho 4-H State Teen Association Convention (STAC), formerly Idaho 4-H Teen Conference, which will be held June 22-25, 2020, on the Moscow campus. This event brings youth ages 14-18 from across the state to participate in activities focusing on post-secondary and career exploration. Read more

2020 U of I Employee Required Training Launches Jan. 13, 2020

Posted 12/19/2019 11:12:00 PM

In an ongoing effort to train and educate staff, an updated, annual required training course will be available starting Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. The course will contain four chapters covering discrimination and harassment (including sexual misconduct), diversity and inclusion, IT security and fire safety. The training should take less than two hours to complete. Read more

Nominations Now Accepted for the Jean'ne M. Shreeve NSF EPSCoR Research Excellence Award

Posted 12/16/2019 10:34:00 PM

Idaho NSF EPSCoR is seeking nominations for the Jean'ne M. Shreeve NSF EPSCoR Research Excellence Award. Nominations of eligible faculty members can be made on an annual basis and are due by 5 p.m. May 8, 2020. Read more

New Workers Compensation Website

Posted 12/13/2019 10:51:00 PM

Employees injured at work have a right to file a Workers Compensation claim. For information about Workers Compensation for U of I employees, visit the new Workers Compensation website at uidaho.edu/workerscomp. Read more

Required Update to Windows 10

Posted 12/13/2019 10:48:00 PM

Windows 7 systems that have not been upgraded by the end of December may lose network connectivity due to security concerns. Be sure to respond when contacted by Local Support about this upgrade. Read more

Apply for ORED RISE Summer 2020 Graduate Student Research Fellowships by Jan. 22, 2020

Posted 12/12/2019 10:30:00 PM

The Office of Research and Economic Development invites faculty to submit proposals by Jan. 22, 2020, for the new ORED Research, Infrastructure and Scholarly Excellence (RISE) Summer 2020 Graduate Research Fellowship program. This research fellowship program is intended to provide summer stipend support to U of I doctoral graduate students pursuing research, scholarly or creative efforts furthering the growth of the U of I research enterprise. Read more

Staff Awards Nominations Now Open

Posted 12/10/2019 11:22:00 PM

Nominations for the 2020 Outstanding Employee Awards, Staff Educational Awards, Outstanding Team Award and the Lawrence C. McBride Prize are now open and due by Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. The awards and prizes will be presented in the spring of 2020 – location, date and time to be determined. Make nominations online. Learn more about Staff Awards. Read more

Campus Mail Holiday Hours

Posted 12/9/2019 11:22:00 PM

During the holiday, Campus Mail Services will be closed Dec. 23, 24, 25 and 26; and closing at noon Dec. 27 and 30. Mail and parcels will be sorted and delivered to selected locations. Campus Mail will also be closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, 2020, and will reopen with a normal schedule on Jan. 2, 2020. Read more

Donate to the Vandal Food Pantry as Payment for Fines Dec. 2-20

Posted 12/6/2019 9:37:00 PM

The U of I Library will accept food donations as payment for overdue book fines as part of the Food for Fines program. Drop off food donations at the Information Desk on the first floor of the library Dec. 2-20. The donations will benefit the Vandal Food Pantry, which provides students in need the opportunity get food with no questions and complete anonymity. Read more

Faculty Success Seminar Dec. 11: M.J. Murdock Trust Commercialization Initiation Program Info Session

Posted 12/5/2019 10:09:00 PM

Join the Research and Faculty Development team 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in IRIC 305, for an info session on the Murdock Trust Commercialization Initiation Program. The Murdock Commercialization Initiation Program supports the commercialization of bench discoveries in the natural sciences, medicine and engineering. During this seminar, learn strategies and tips to help align commercialization projects to the trust's funding priorities. Read more

Next Deadline for IRIC Space Applications is Jan. 9, 2020

Posted 12/3/2019 10:39:00 PM

The Integrated Research and Innovation Center (IRIC) Facility Committee is considering applications for space in the IRIC facility. U of I faculty and staff can access application forms online. The deadline for the next round of consideration is 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9. Read more

U of I Service Centers Discussed at Dec. 5 IRIC Lunch and Learn

Posted 12/2/2019 10:15:00 PM

During the next IRIC Lunch and Learn, noon Thursday, Dec. 5, in the IRIC Atrium, IRIC Facility Manager Russ McClanahan will discuss the university's more than 50 service centers located across the state. These centers are ready to help students, faculty and their collaborators engage in research, scholarly and creative activity. Read more

Thirty Days Until Microsoft Shifts to Windows 10: Update Now

Posted 12/2/2019 10:12:00 PM

To ensure the security of university data, University of Idaho is required to participate in Microsoft Operating System updates and improvements. If using Windows 7, it is time to shift to Windows 10 to get the latest features and security. ITS will help update to Windows 10 through December 2019. After the deadline of Jan. 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide support to U of I employees on Windows 7. Learn more on the Microsoft website. Read more

Responding to Disclosures of Interpersonal Violence Dec. 4

Posted 11/27/2019 7:40:00 PM

University of Idaho faculty and staff are invited to a 90-minute training session on handling disclosures of interpersonal violence from students 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the ISUB Whitewater Room. The training is hosted by Violence Prevention Programs and the Office of Civil Rights Investigations. Read more

Women's Leadership Conference 2020: Call for Proposals

Posted 11/19/2019 11:40:00 PM

The University of Idaho and Washington State University are once again partnering to hold the annual, one-day Women's Leadership Conference, and proposals are now being accepted. The deadline for proposal submissions is Jan. 24, 2020. Learn more or submit a proposal. The president's offices of both universities are co-sponsoring the event, which will be held in Moscow April 9, 2020. Read more

Navigating Change: Bite-Size Training for Employees

Posted 11/18/2019 11:03:00 PM

Join University of Idaho Employee Development and Learning for a bite-sized video-based learning series on navigating change. Hosted by Elissa Keim, director of employee development and workforce diversity, each session will explore a topic related to change and the social and emotional challenges that occur during periods of organizational change. All workshops are scheduled from noon to 1:15 p.m. in Bruce Pitman Center 040A. Due to licensing agreements, no Zoom Connection will be available. Read more

Middle School Students to Present Soil Research at Next IRIC Lunch and Learn Nov. 21

Posted 11/16/2019 12:29:00 AM

Join Palouse Prairie Middle School students at a special 11 a.m. Lunch and Learn on Thursday, Nov. 21, in the IRIC Atrium. The difference between high-yielding and low-yielding crops often comes down to the soil they are grown in. The level of biological activity in the soil is a particularly important factor. Improving degraded soil is a key practice in promoting plant growth and microbial activity. Read more

ORED Funds 12 Equipment and Infrastructure Support Proposals

Posted 11/15/2019 11:05:00 PM

Twelve proposals representing eight colleges and institutes were selected for funding through the fall 2019 Office of Research and Economic Development's (ORED) Research Infrastructure and Scholarly Excellence (RISE) Equipment and Infrastructure Support (EIS) award program. The program supports equipment purchases, upgrades and repairs to enhance research, scholarship and creative activity at the university. Read more

Faculty Success Seminar – NSF CAREER All Year: Integrating the Research and Education Plans Nov. 20

Posted 11/14/2019 10:58:00 PM

Join the Research and Faculty Development team 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in IRIC 305, to conclude the NSF CAREER All Year Seminars. In NSF CAREER proposals, the education plan must be approached with the same rigor as the research plan, and the two must be fully integrated. Learn how to integrate these two components and receive feedback on ideas. A recent CAREER awardee will discuss their experience and answer questions. Read more

Microsoft Updates for all Windows-Managed Computers Available Today at Noon

Posted 11/13/2019 10:43:00 PM

On the second Thursday of every month at noon, an update will be released to Windows-managed computers. The update will become mandatory on the third Wednesday of the month for any computers not updated by then. This means that employees have one week to update their computer on their own schedule by going to "Software Center" on their computer and then "Updates" in the left-hand column of the screen. If the update is not completed before 7 p.m. Read more

"Transforming Educational Reform in the Arab World" The Journey of the TAMAM Project Nov. 18

Posted 11/8/2019 10:08:00 PM

The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences will host Rima Karami-Akkary 3 p.m. Monday Nov. 18, in the Education Building, Room 141, to present her unique global perspective on grassroots school improvement. Karami-Akkary's presentation will center on the TAMAM project, for which she is the director and the principal investigator. Read more

Faculty Success Seminar: MW CTR-IN Funding Opportunities Nov. 13

Posted 11/7/2019 10:44:00 PM

Join the Research and Faculty Development team 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in IRIC 305 to learn about The Mountain West Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network (MW CTR-IN) application process and funding mechanisms. MW CTR-IN offers several funding opportunities and supportive resources for faculty interested in clinical and translational research that addresses emerging heath issues in the seven Mountain West partner states. Read more

New Employee Benefits Orientation Re-Scheduled

Posted 11/7/2019 12:18:00 AM

The New Employee Benefits Orientation originally scheduled for Monday, Nov.11 has been re-scheduled for 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12. Join Zoom meeting. Read more

Screening and Selecting Program Staff to Work with Minors

Posted 10/30/2019 9:10:00 PM

The Protection of Minors Standards requires all programs that serve youth (or are attended by minors) to screen and select employees and volunteers based on the type of contact they have with minors. Authorized Adults may work alone with youth. Supervised Adults may not work alone with minors. Supervised Adults work within the sightline and supervision of an Authorized Adult. Read more

Prepare for GIS Day, Nov. 13

Posted 10/29/2019 7:51:00 PM

This year's GIS Day at the University of Idaho will offer several associated learning opportunities. Registration is now open. GIS Day takes place Wednesday, Nov. 13. This event brings together scholars, students, professionals, businesses and the public to discuss geospatial technologies and demonstrate their many uses. Admission to this event is free and open to everyone. Read more

Faculty Success Seminar: Exploring Humanities Funding Opportunities Oct. 30

Posted 10/24/2019 9:33:00 PM

Join the Research and Faculty Development team 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in IRIC 305 to learn about exploring Humanities funding opportunities. This session highlights experiences and projects of College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences faculty members who have received external funding for scholarly and creative work in the humanities. Read more

Library Renegotiating Major Journal Package

Posted 10/22/2019 9:11:00 PM

The Library is renegotiating its contract with ScienceDirect publisher Elsevier as part of its efforts to reduce spending. The current contract is a bundled package of both high- and low-use journals that provides a great deal of content but locks the university into an expensive, fixed subscription with significant annual increases. In this model, the Library cannot choose which titles it subscribes to, providing no flexibility to reduce spending. Read more

Staff Market-Based Compensation Update Oct. 29

Posted 10/22/2019 9:04:00 PM

A presentation regarding the progress of market-based compensation for staff employees will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the Vandal Ballroom of the Bruce M. Pitman Center. The presentation will also be available via Zoom. Wes Matthews and Brian Foisy will be the presenters. Read more

ORED RISE EIS Deadline Extended to Oct. 25

Posted 10/21/2019 9:29:00 PM

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) is extending the deadline for the RISE Equipment and Infrastructure Support (EIS) program to 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25. This will allow more time to develop proposals and secure the required cost share for this program. Additionally, in an attempt to alleviate the burden associated with committing cash as match for this program, ORED is relaxing restrictions on what can be included as matching for this competition only. Read more

Podcasting Part Two: Assembling and Editing Oct. 24

Posted 10/21/2019 9:26:00 PM

Part two of a podcasting workshop series will take place 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the MILL in the Library. This workshop will introduce and demonstrate key audio editing concepts such as trimming, equalization, compression and noise reduction, as well as provide a quick overview of audio transcription for use in editing. Read more

Faculty Success Seminar Oct. 23: NSF CAREER All Year: Getting Started

Posted 10/18/2019 9:25:00 PM

Join the Research and Faculty Development team 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in IRIC 305 to learn about getting started on an NSF CAREER proposal. Being well prepared before you start writing your proposal ensures a more competitive application. Learn strategies for identifying and contacting NSF program officers, thinking ahead about education plans and considering the project's broader impacts. A recent CAREER awardee will discuss their experience and answer questions. Read more

Engage in Accreditation Process Thursday

Posted 10/18/2019 9:17:00 PM

Sonny Ramaswamy, president of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), will host an open forum beginning at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 in the ISUB Horizon Room. This meeting will also be available via Zoom for those needing to participate from a distance, meeting ID No. 437162516. The session will be recorded for viewing later and posted on the university's accreditation website. Read more

Policy Pub Speaker Series in Boise Oct. 28

Posted 10/17/2019 9:34:00 PM

The University of Idaho's James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research will present Policy Pub: Housing, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at Pengilly's, 513 W. Main Street, Boise. The Policy Pub will showcase perspectives on housing and housing affordability in Idaho. Panelists will discuss initiatives in city and county government, describe housing development and planning and explore impacts on youth. Read more

ORED RISE Funding Program Equipment Infrastructure Support Proposals Due Oct. 21

Posted 10/17/2019 9:31:00 PM

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) invites faculty to submit proposals by Monday, Oct. 21, for the ORED RISE Equipment and Infrastructure Support (EIS) program. The awards are intended to enhance U of I's research, scholarship and creative activity by providing support for equipment purchases, upgrades and repairs related to research and creative activity infrastructure. This will be the fourth time ORED has sponsored the EIS awards. Read more

Volunteer Services Standards Available Online

Posted 10/15/2019 8:41:00 PM

Departments which use volunteer services have access to the Standards for Departments Using Volunteer Services, which will provide compliance assistance and step-by-step instructions for completing the volunteer qualification checklist and the information for volunteers forms, all found on the Risk Management and Insurance webpage. The Volunteer Qualification Checklist is completed by the department online. Read more

Benefits/Open Enrollment Presentations Oct. 22, Oct. 24 and Oct. 30

Posted 10/14/2019 9:17:00 PM

A presentation regarding employee benefits will take place 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Summit Room of the Idaho Student Union Building. The presentation will also be available through Zoom for those off campus. Topics to be covered include: (1) a review of open enrollment period, coverage options and process for enrollment; (2) an overview of plan and rate changes for 2020; and (3) updates on the study of a potential move to the state health insurance plan. Read more

Faculty Success Seminar – Oct. 16: Tips for Successful Proposal Writing

Posted 10/10/2019 9:23:00 PM

Join the Research and Faculty Development team 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in IRIC 305 to learn tips for successful proposal writing. Successful proposal writing is framed by understanding your audience – in this case, proposal reviewers. Learn tips for enhancing the competitiveness of your next proposal, despite the targeted funding agency. Read more

Smart Growth Research Initiative is Subject of the Next IRIC Lunch and Learn

Posted 10/10/2019 9:18:00 PM

In the next IRIC Lunch and Learn presentation, noon Thursday, Oct. Read more

Open Call for GIS Day Presenters, Exhibits, Posters Until Nov. 1

Posted 10/9/2019 8:41:00 PM

The U of I GIS Day Planning Committee is soliciting presenters for short talks, exhibits and posters for the annual event taking place 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Crest/Horizon Rooms in the ISUB. Submit GIS Day presentation proposals through the online form by Nov. 1. GIS Day at the U of I is a free event that brings together scholars, students, professionals, businesses and the public to discuss geospatial technologies and demonstrate their many uses. Read more

Microsoft Update Week is this Week for all Windows-Managed Computers: October 2019

Posted 10/7/2019 8:16:00 PM

On the second Thursday of every month at noon an update will be released to Windows-managed computers. The update will become mandatory on the third Wednesday of the month for any computers not updated by then. This means that employees have one week to update their computer on their own schedule by going to “Software Center” on their computer and then “Updates” in the left-hand column of the screen. Read more

Goldwater Scholarship Campus Deadline Announced

Posted 10/2/2019 9:36:00 PM

Sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in mathematics, natural sciences or engineering should consider applying for the prestigious national Goldwater Scholarship. Scholarships of up to $7,500 each will be awarded in spring 2020 for the final one or two years of undergraduate study for students who are planning STEM careers. The campus deadline for applications is Monday, Nov. 25. Read more

Voluntary Employee Demographic Survey on Disability and Veteran Status Available via VandalWeb

Posted 9/30/2019 9:51:00 PM

The University of Idaho is committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive campus community that embraces the talents and achievements of all individuals. While this commitment to a diverse workforce is driven by U of I’s strategic plan, monitoring and reporting progress is also required by federal law. Read more

Library Hosts Peter and Donna Thomas Artist Talks, Demonstrations and Reception Beginning Oct. 8

Posted 9/30/2019 9:45:00 PM

The U of I Library is hosting a public talk by Peter and Donna Thomas 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, on the second floor of the library near the exhibit housed there. The talk will discuss how the Thomas’ create books ranging from miniature pieces to one-of-a-kind masterpieces inspired by nature. The Thomas’ will also discuss their experimentation with material, structure and content. Read more

FLSA Exempt Salary Test Update

Posted 9/27/2019 10:20:00 PM

On Sept. 24, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a new salary test of $684 per week for employees exempt from overtime pay. This means that all exempt employees must be paid at least $684 per week in addition to meeting the duties test for exempt status. The new standard will be effective Jan. 1, 2020. It is an increase from the previous standard of $455 which was established in 2004. Read more

Microsoft Security Update Mandatory by Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.

Posted 9/27/2019 10:18:00 PM

A new Microsoft Windows update for security was pushed out yesterday. Employees have until 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, to update their computer on their own schedule. Employees can start the update by going to Software Center on their desktop, then Updates in the left-hand column. Read more

Faculty Success Seminar Oct. 2: W.M. Keck Foundation Info Session

Posted 9/26/2019 9:28:00 PM

Join the Research and Faculty Development team from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in IRIC 305 to learn more about the W.M. Keck Foundation. The W.M. Keck Foundation is looking to support research projects in the fields of science, engineering and medicine that are novel, transformative and fall outside of the boundaries of what the federal government agencies will fund. Read more

Learn the Basics of Intellectual Property at the Next IRIC Lunch and Learn

Posted 9/26/2019 9:26:00 PM

Intellectual property, which includes inventions, literary and artistic works, designs and other creations of the mind, is a key output of any university and a cornerstone of their success. During the next Lunch and Learn talk, "Intellectual Property Basics for Academics," noon on Thursday, Oct. Read more

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