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Dawn Sweet Has Paper Published

Posted 6/10/2021 9:57:00 PM

Dawn Sweet, assistant professor in Communication and Psychology in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, recently published a paper about the relationship among mindfulness, rumination, depression, stress, anxiety, communication apprehension and willingness to communicate among veterinary medicine students. Students and practitioners of veterinary medicine experience higher rates of suicide and depression than other professions. Read more

Thousands Experience U of I Engineering Education Through Virtual and In-Person EXPO

Posted 5/28/2021 6:57:00 PM

More than 5,000 virtual users across 28 countries experienced engineering and computer science education at the University of Idaho through the 28th annual 2021 Engineering Design EXPO. Visitors were invited to engage in the event through a variety of virtual and in-person pathways. Read more

A U of I-Led Study Identifies a Protein That Saves Cells From Formaldehyde Toxicity

Posted 5/28/2021 6:54:00 PM

Normal cellular processes give rise to toxins, like formaldehyde, that cells must mitigate. Bacteria that feed on methanol, like Methylorubrum extorquens, produce a lot of formaldehyde. A U of I-led study published in PLOS Biology identified a protein that acts as a kill-switch, binding to formaldehyde and leading to a rapid cessation in growth and protein production. Read more

Rachel Otto Is Recipient of the Idaho Leadership in Career Development Award

Posted 5/21/2021 7:19:00 PM

Rachel Otto, senior career advising liaison and co-op coordinator with Career Services, is the 2021 Leadership in Career Development (LCD) Award winner from the Idaho Career Development Association. The LCD Award is the highest honor in Idaho that recognizes exceptional leadership in career development throughout the state and brings attention to the importance education and career choices play in people’s lives. Read more

Fritz Fiedler Named Chair of Department of Civil Engineering

Posted 5/21/2021 7:17:00 PM

University of Idaho Professor Fritz Fiedler has been named chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). He will begin serving in the position Thursday, July 1. Fiedler has taught more than a dozen different courses at every level from freshman to graduate, including CEE Senior Design, in which he has supervised approximately 100 projects in collaboration with industry sponsors. He was a co-creator of U of I’s unique interdisciplinary Water Resources Graduate Program. Read more

Dev Shrestha Named Chair of Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Posted 5/20/2021 3:56:00 PM

University of Idaho Professor Dev Shrestha has been named chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He will begin serving in the position Thursday, July 1. Shrestha researches and teaches in areas related to biological and agricultural engineering. He has secured more than $6 million of external competitive research grant funding working on more than 20 projects. His current research projects have mainly been funded by the U.S. Read more

Jagdish Patel and Colleagues Identify Natural Product That Inhibits Cancer Cells

Posted 5/19/2021 8:29:00 PM

U of I molecular modeler Jagdish Patel worked with Canadian scientists to identify a natural product from actinomycete extracts that might be useful in combating cancer. They focused on various actinomycete, a type of bacteria often used in the bioremediation of water or soil that has been polluted, and published their work in Cell Chemical Biology. Read more

Events Celebrated Honors Program Classes

Posted 5/18/2021 7:09:00 PM

The Honors Program celebrated 136 students on May 14 during three back-to-back in-person celebrations. The Honors Program class of 2020 had 80 students, and the class of 2021 had 56 students completing the program. Congratulations to all Honors Program graduates. Read more

Library Receives Grant to Digitize the Donald E. Crabtree Lithic Comparative Collection

Posted 5/18/2021 7:05:00 PM

The University of Idaho Library and the U of I Alfred W. Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology received $240,206 for a two-year project to digitize the Donald E. Crabtree Lithic Comparative Collection, a preeminent collection of lithic (stone) artifacts created by Crabtree as well as documents, slides and photographs related to his work. Read more

Thank You to Shelby Silflow

Posted 5/17/2021 7:15:00 PM

Thank you to Shelby Silflow for all her support. Her diligence and patience are greatly appreciated. Read more

Amin Mirkouei Is Published in Forbes Magazine

Posted 5/17/2021 7:06:00 PM

Idaho Falls industrial engineering Assistant Professor Amin Mirkouei was recently published in Forbes Magazine. His article discusses how rare earth elements (REEs) — essential components in healthcare, clean energy and communication technologies such as electric vehicles, wind turbines and microchips — can be recycled from electronic waste using agromining, a process of using plants to extract metals from the soil. Read more

Rusty Vineyard Named Director of Facilities Management

Posted 5/17/2021 7:02:00 PM

Russell “Rusty” Vineyard has accepted the position of director of Facilities Management and joined the team on May 3. Rusty has served as U of I’s executive director of Recreation and Wellbeing since 2018. Congratulations, Rusty, on your new role. Read more

Daniele Tonina Co-Authors Publication to Better Predict Stream Contribution to Greenhouse Emissions

Posted 5/14/2021 5:26:00 PM

University of Idaho Center for Ecohydraulics Research Associate Professor Daniele Tonina co-authored a publication on the role streams and rivers play in contributing large amounts of greenhouse gases around the world. The publication, “Controls on Nitrous Oxide Emissions From the Hyporheic Zones of Streams,” covers emissions of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas commonly found in streams and known for a warming potential 300 times that of carbon dioxide. Read more

VandalStar Committee Cares and Leads

Posted 5/13/2021 5:22:00 PM

Thank you to the VandalStar Implementation Committee for its continued partnership and commitment in leading the development of VandalStar at U of I. The members of this committee — which include students, faculty and staff — meet regularly to provide input and a guiding voice to create a supportive system that serves all students and their academic success goals. Read more

BCB Graduate Feature: Tanner Varrelman Eyes Fields in Disease, Databases

Posted 5/11/2021 7:32:00 PM

In 2014, Tanner Varrelman came to the University of Idaho as an undergraduate to study biology. Like many students, he wasn’t sure exactly what he wanted to do with his degree. Now a graduate of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) Ph.D. program, his years of research have led him to a unique combination of fields: disease and databases. Read more

Engineering Faculty Receive Program Development Funds

Posted 5/11/2021 7:24:00 PM

University of Idaho electrical engineering Assistant Professor Yacine Chakhchoukh, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Industrial Management Professor and Chair Indrajit Charit and Idaho Falls Center computer science Assistant Professor Costas Kolias each received $30,000 in collaboration funding for the next four years for projects led by Idaho National Laboratory (INL) researchers. Read more

Student Chemical Engineers Win Regional Jeopardy Competition

Posted 5/10/2021 6:59:00 PM

University of Idaho College of Engineering chemical engineering seniors Adriana Bryant, Niko Hansen, and Hannah Johnson, and junior Adam Irons won the Pacific Northwest Regional ChemE Jeopardy Competition hosted by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The team will compete in the national competition held during the AIChE Annual Meeting in November in Boston. AIChE is the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals. Read more

Sustainability Center Awards Student Grants

Posted 5/7/2021 8:44:00 PM

The results from students who earned grants from the Sustainability Center are in. An aluminum recycling competition among fraternities and sororities led by Addie White led to the collection of more than 81,000 cans from 13 teams. White was awarded a $983 grant, and the winning houses won more than $600 for the charity of choice, paid in part from funds from the cans. Beth Hoots and Natalie Wiley were awarded $2,200 to install Smart energy meters in five fraternity and sorority houses. Read more

Awesome Support, Ron Perry

Posted 5/6/2021 6:56:00 PM

Ron Perry, web designer for the College of Natural Resources, is always quick to respond and ready to help over the phone or via Zoom. You can always count on Ron to have a great sense of humor and a positive solution-oriented attitude. Thank you for all that you do, Ron. Read more

Advertising Team Places Second in Regional Competition

Posted 5/6/2021 6:55:00 PM

The University of Idaho placed second in the region during the virtual National Student Advertising Competition on April 20. Dane Claussen, lecturer of strategic communications, chose Maya Clark and Margot Vietri to be the team’s leaders (account executives). Other team members included: Andres Borales-Rosales, Saydee Brass, Kiera Carney, Jensen McNabb, Julia Moore, Olivia Nelson, Elizabeth Rabdau, Aliya Reames, Jethro Shorman, Kerigan Smith and Andrea Wadsworth. Read more

CEHHS Students Place at Research Symposium

Posted 5/4/2021 8:48:00 PM

The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Student Research Symposium showcases the research, scholarship and creative works of students. Many students competed in last month’s inaugural event. Undergraduate oral presentation winners included Devin Green, first; and Alexandro Johnson and Caden Gatlin, second. Graduate oral presentation winners were Lukas Krumpl, first; Rachel Freedman, second; and Julie Poynsenby, third. Read more

University Excellence Award Winners Are Announced

Posted 5/4/2021 8:46:00 PM

The 2020-21 University Excellence Award Winners are now featured on the celebration website. These awards are given to faculty, staff and graduate students who have shown exemplary dedication to U of I. They are a long-standing tradition with the aim of recognizing and encouraging academic excellence. Congratulations to all the honorees this year. Read more

Honors Program Students Present Research at Regional Conference

Posted 5/3/2021 9:00:00 PM

Honors students Rachael Crabb, music education, Lionel Hampton School of Music, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Hana Haakenstad, environmental science, College of Natural Resources; and Dasyre Sires psychology, CLASS; presented original research at the Western Regional Honors Council annual conference on April 10. The conference was hosted virtually by Southern Utah University and attended by students and faculty from the council’s 13 member states. Read more

U of I Researcher to Study STIs Using Biomimetic Models of the Female Reproductive Tract

Posted 4/27/2021 10:25:00 PM

Larry Forney from the Department of Biological Sciences will take part in a five-year grant of $7,875,379 that was awarded to an interdisciplinary team that also includes researchers from the University of Maryland, the University of Virginia and the University of Delaware. Read more

Zach Tudor Wins Career Achievement in Government Award

Posted 4/20/2021 10:08:00 PM

Zach Tudor, affiliate faculty and leader of Idaho National Laboratory’s national and homeland security research programs, received the Career Achievement in Government Award at the virtual Black Engineer of the Year Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Conference. The event recognizes exceptional leaders whose actions have energized corporations and communities to create connections between minority students, educators and professionals in scientific fields. Read more

International Research Team Discovers New Fish Species

Posted 4/20/2021 9:00:00 PM

A new species of fish has been discovered during a research study funded by the National Science Foundation and University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program that focused on deep-water snappers. The new species was named “Etelis boweni" by the research team in recognition of Brian Bowen, a research professor from the University of Hawaii who has spent over three decades studying marine fish. Read more

Student Media Students Earn SPJ Honors

Posted 4/19/2021 9:56:00 PM

Two reporters at The Argonaut student newspaper, senior journalism major Angela Palermo and first-year journalism major Cody Roberts, won first place in the Breaking News category for their coverage of anti-mask protests in Moscow in the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) 2021 Mark of Excellence Region 10 Awards. Their story will compete for the national award in that category. Read more

$500,000 USDA Grant Is Awarded to Lorie Higgins

Posted 4/14/2021 9:00:00 PM

Lorie Higgins is the recipient of a $500,000 three-year grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture/USDA. Lorie’s project is “Building and Sustaining Community Connections During and After Disasters: Rapid Response and Recovery Community Assessment Programs.” The project seeks to assist rural communities in Idaho, Wyoming and Montana with recovery from impacts of the pandemic in the area of community economic development. Read more

Vandal Giving Day 2021 Sets Record

Posted 4/9/2021 8:46:00 PM

Vandal Giving Day 2021 raised more funds than ever due in large part to the support of faculty and staff. The online event April 6-7 brought in $669,510 from 1,622 gifts to benefit students, programs, faculty and facilities. Read more

Combining QPI and Deep Learning to Improve Subcellular Imaging

Posted 4/9/2021 8:39:00 PM

Researchers from the University of Idaho and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are improving the ability to study the metabolism and dynamics of living cells. In a new paper published in PLOS One, Northwest Knowledge Network Director Luke Sheneman, Associate Professor of Physics Andreas Vasdekis and MIT Chemical Engineering Professor Gregory Stephanopoulos develop a unique framework for performing accurate, high-throughput and non-invasive subcellular imaging and classification. Read more

Students Earn More than $10K at Grand Challenge Scholars Program Pitch Event

Posted 4/8/2021 9:13:00 PM

Five engineering students earned a total of $10,500 during the fifth annual Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP) Pitch Event hosted by the College of Engineering. The GCSP is the only undergraduate program of its kind in Idaho, preparing students to solve the 14 Grand Challenges of Engineering in the 21st Century as established by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Read more

JAMM Sophomore John Webb Earns Top 10 Award in National Hearst News Competition

Posted 4/5/2021 9:27:00 PM

Broadcast journalism student John Webb placed ninth in a prestigious TV news competition that included the nation’s top journalism schools. Webb, a sophomore in the School of Journalism and Mass Media, was named among the top 10 finalists in the annual Hearst TV News Competition for his stories on the impact of COVID-19 shutdowns on schools and businesses in North Idaho’s Silver Valley. Read more

OAPF Supports 78 Researchers in Third Year; 143 Researchers Between FY19 and FY21

Posted 4/5/2021 9:21:00 PM

After allocating an additional $20,000, the Open Access Publishing Fund (OAPF) has disbursed its entire allocation for FY21. Created by a partnership with the library, Office of the Provost and Office of Research and Economic Development, the OAPF allocated $50,000 to support U of I authors in their efforts to publish in open access journals by paying article processing charges. In its third year, the OAPF funded 33 articles and supported 78 U of I researchers. Read more

Professors Research Effect of Warming on Dall’s Sheep in Alaska and Canada

Posted 4/1/2021 9:16:00 PM

Changes in Arctic habitats brought on by global warming could adversely affect Dall’s sheep in Alaska and Canada, according to a new paper published in PLOS One by University of Idaho researchers. Assistant Research Professor of Landscape and Wildlife Ecology Jocelyn Aycrigg, Professor of Wildlife Ecology Janet Rachlow and Professor Emeritus of Wildlife Ecology and Statistics Edward O. Read more

Emeritus Professor Co-Authors Study in Nature Journal

Posted 3/30/2021 9:38:00 PM

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences emeritus distinguished professor Ron Hardy has co-authored a new study published in the journal Nature. The study is a follow-up to one from 2000 that warned of the environmental impact of fish farms depleting wild fish stocks. The new study finds that fish farming has improved, with more farmed fish being fed plants, like soy. Read more

P3-R1 Grant Program Awardees Are Announced

Posted 3/30/2021 9:38:00 PM

The university has announced the first awards under the new P3-R1 Grant Program. The program provides institutional support for doctoral research assistants and postdoctoral scholars. Support is provided to faculty principal investigators (PIs) who secure external funding that meets the R1 goals of the university. Read more

Morphological Trade-Offs Balance Predation and Physiology

Posted 3/29/2021 9:29:00 PM

Christine Parent, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was awarded $19,000 from the Murdock Charitable Trust for the Partners in Science Program. The funded project, submitted and awarded through IBEST, will connect Parent with Paradise Creek Regional High School science teacher Matthew Pollard to study evolution using the Galápagos land snail as a natural system. Read more

LHSOM Students Present at National Conference

Posted 3/26/2021 9:43:00 PM

Congratulations to Lionel Hampton School of Music graduate piano students Emily Stoll and Abigail Silverberg on their successful presentation at the 2021 National Conference of the Music Teacher National Association. The presentation focused on the lives and piano works of Margaret Bonds and Florence Price, two 20th Century Black women composers. Emily and Abigail are pursuing degrees in piano performance and pedagogy at LHSOM and study under Eneida Larti. Read more

U of I Undergraduates to Present at National Conference

Posted 3/25/2021 9:39:00 PM

Six U of I undergraduates have been selected to present the results of their research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in April. Read more

Boschetti, International Team Create Portal to Assess Wildfire Risks in Individual Countries

Posted 3/24/2021 8:51:00 PM

Luigi Boschetti in the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences, and his colleagues have developed a new portal, within an international initiative called the Global Wildfire Information System that provides county-level, global multiyear fire activity statistics derived from NASA satellite data. The datasets distributed from the new “County Profiles” portal are designed to be used for Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change compliant fire activity reporting and emission inventories. Read more

Thank You to Travis Akin

Posted 3/11/2021 11:29:00 PM

Kudos to Travis Akin, ITS technology solutions partner in Region 8, for always being ready to help with technology questions and issues. He is quick to respond, always friendly and easy to work with. He is an incredibly hard worker. Read more

2021 MLK Jr. Art and Writing Contest Winners Are Announced

Posted 3/11/2021 11:27:00 PM

Congratulations to the contestants and winners who submitted pieces to the 2021 MLK Jr. Art and Writing Contest to commemorate the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The graduate writing winner is Akorede Seriki; the undergraduate writing winner is Jose Maciel; and the art winners are Carlie Houn and Anna Young. Read more

Early Warning Grade Progress Survey Update

Posted 3/11/2021 11:09:00 PM

In mid-February, course instructors reviewed students’ academic performance by submitting Early Warning Grade Progress Surveys in VandalStar. Course instructor response rate for Spring 2021 was 62% and represented a 9% increase over the Spring 2020 response rate of 53%. Total sections reporting increased from 1,019 in Spring 2020 to 1,155 in Spring 2021. More than 15,000 VandalStar alert flags and kudos were added to students’ VandalStar accounts in a 10-day period. Read more

Shelley McGuire Co-Edits New Book on Human Milk

Posted 2/26/2021 10:59:00 PM

A new book, “Human Milk: Sampling and Measurement of Energy-Yielding Nutrients and Other Macromolecules,” presents comprehensive and rigorous information on the origins, analysis, concentrations and variation in energy-yielding nutrients and other macromolecules present in human milk. The book was co-edited by Shelley McGuire, a professor in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and director of the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences. Read more

Forney Awarded Visiting Endowed Chair at University of Puerto Rico

Posted 2/22/2021 10:56:00 PM

University Distinguished Professor Larry J. Forney has been awarded the Hispanics in Research Capability Visiting Endowed Chair in Health Disparities Research from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus. Read more

Paper Explores Use of Shell Material to Gather DNA From Mollusks

Posted 2/19/2021 7:34:00 PM

Kelly Martin, a biology doctorate student, and two faculty members, including Christine Parent, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and Lisette Waits, distinguished professor in the College of Natural Resources, jointly produced a paper on mollusk shells that appeared in BioScience, a peer-reviewed science journal published by Oxford University. Read more

Thank You to Polly Tohaneanu

Posted 2/19/2021 12:01:00 AM

Kudos to Polly Tohaneanu in the College of Graduate Studies. She has made the admissions process much easier to navigate and provides excellent customer service. She is timely in her responses, thorough in her communication and is dedicated and available — seemingly all hours of the day or night. She is friendly and easy to work with, respectful and patient, knowledgeable and helpful. Read more

GeoWeaver: Improving Workflows for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Posted 2/18/2021 11:57:00 PM

When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, researchers are often stuck managing workflows on their own. The variety and complexity of machine learning models and the tremendous number of disparate tools and platforms make solo management a challenge – especially when big Earth data is involved. GeoWeaver is the open-source workflow management solution that many AI practitioners urgently need. Read more

Biology Professor Recognized by Alma Mater for Success, Service and Leadership

Posted 2/17/2021 10:48:00 PM

College of Science Professor Jim Bull has been recognized as the 2021 Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumnus by Texas Tech University College of Arts and Sciences, where he earned an undergraduate degree before earning his doctorate from the University of Utah. Read more

Johnson, Roberson Part of Team Named 2020 Top Innovators for Cybersecurity Research

Posted 2/17/2021 10:40:00 PM

College of Engineering Distinguished Professor Brian Johnson and Assistant Professor Dakota Roberson are part of a research and design team named by national magazine Public Utilities Fortnightly as one of the Top Innovators 2020 in the category of Transmission. Read more

Thank You to Josh Bowman-Collins

Posted 2/11/2021 11:12:00 PM

Thank you to Josh Bowman-Collins of Facilities for always working hard to keep buildings well-maintained. His diligence and quick problem-solving is appreciated. Read more

Karee Head Elected to AACRAO Board of Directors

Posted 2/9/2021 11:00:00 PM

University of Idaho International Admissions Specialist Karee Head was recently elected to the 2021-22 American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Board of Directors as their vice president of international education. AACRAO is a non-profit, voluntary, professional association of more than 11,000 higher education professionals who represent approximately 2,600 institutions in more than 40 countries. Read more

Distinguished Professor Celebrates 60 Years of Chemistry Research at U of I

Posted 2/1/2021 10:58:00 PM

University Distinguished Professor Jean’ne Shreeve celebrated 60 years with the University of Idaho chemistry department on Monday, a milestone that — along with Shreeve’s accomplishments — is a tough act to follow. Read more

Kerr Book Is Among Finalists for Annual Prose Award

Posted 1/28/2021 9:38:00 PM

A book published last year by Ashley Kerr, assistant professor of Spanish, was selected as one of three finalists for the 2021 PROSE Award from the Association of American Publishers (AAP). “Sex, Skulls and Citizens: Gender and Racial Science in Argentina (1860-1910)” argues that Indigenous and Creole women played a fundamental role in the development of Argentine racial science and its application to efforts to control Indigenous populations as the nation modernized and expanded. Read more

Latest Book by Ron McFarland Focuses on Fishing

Posted 1/26/2021 7:20:00 PM

The latest book by retired English professor Ron McFarland is a collection of poems, essays and stories about McFarland’s fishing experiences from Idaho’s lakes and streams to the Florida coast. “Professor McFarland in Reel Time” was published by A Word with You Press and is available at BookPeople of Moscow and online. McFarland, a professor emeritus, began teaching at U of I in 1970. Read more

Wu Receives USDA Grant for Green Nitrogen Fertilizer Manufacturing

Posted 1/26/2021 7:18:00 PM

Chemical and Biological Engineering Assistant Professor Sarah (Xiao) Wu received a grant for nearly $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to further her research using liquid-phase plasma to produce green nitrogen fertilizer. The most common nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing process is the Haber-Bosch process. This energy-intensive process involves taking hydrogen from natural gas and nitrogen from the air. Read more

Researchers Publish Findings on Consequences of Ventenata to Native Bunchgrasses

Posted 1/25/2021 11:38:00 PM

A research article by U of I Research Specialist Lisa Jones, Professor Tim Prather and alumnus Cleve Davis was recently published in the Invasive Plant Science and Management journal. The article describes the patterns of the annual grass ventenata and its infestation of Palouse prairie and canyon grasslands of North Idaho over the past 30 years. Read more

Kudos to the CLASS Dean’s Office

Posted 1/21/2021 10:41:00 PM

Thank you to those working in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences dean’s office: Alisa Goolsby, Kenwyn Richards, Julie Albrecht, Shawna Bertlin, Charles Tibbals, Sophie Becker, Kacey Parks, Suzi Ball, Mia Goodwin, Bob Hoffmann, Drew Moreno, Scott Brown, Traci Craig and Mark Warner. Thank you for your incredible work and for supporting students and colleagues. You’ve helped everyone get through this challenging year. Read more

Computer Science Doctoral Student Publishes in Patterns Journal

Posted 1/21/2021 9:59:00 PM

College of Engineering doctoral student Rayan Alshamrani has published an article titled “Model-Driven Decision-Making in Multiple Sclerosis Research: Existing Works and Latest Trends” in Patterns, one of Cell Press’ more than 50 scientific journals. Alshamrani’s article focuses on multiple sclerosis (MS), a disorder that strikes the body’s central nervous system. Read more

Assistant Professor Casey Johnson Discusses Mansplaining in Feminist Philosophy Quarterly

Posted 1/20/2021 10:25:00 PM

Several types of mansplaining — the explanation of something by a man, usually to a woman in a condescending or patronizing manner — exist, according to University of Idaho Assistant Professor of Philosophy Casey Johnson, but one in particular undercuts women’s discourse to make it appear less relevant. Read more

JAMM’s Dane Claussen Is Nominated for VP of International Scholars Organization

Posted 1/13/2021 10:44:00 PM

Dane S. Claussen, lecturer of strategic communications in the School of Journalism and Mass Media, is one of two official nominees for vice president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). AEJMC, with 4,000 members in 80 countries, is the primary U.S.-based professional organization for faculty and graduate students in journalism (on all platforms), mass communication, media studies, public relations, advertising and photojournalism. Read more

U of I Professor’s Paper on Research Tools Selected as Best of 2020 by Geoscience Group

Posted 1/12/2021 10:10:00 PM

Jason W. Karl, a professor in the College of Natural Resources, was awarded the 2020 Best Paper Award for a paper published in the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. Read more

Kudos to Max Stillwell

Posted 1/11/2021 11:02:00 PM

Max Stillwell has been a valuable help to the Counseling and Testing Center (CTC) team — and the entire Vandal Family. He goes above and beyond and has been instrumental in helping keep the CTC up and running. He is quick to respond to requests for help and easily navigates complex problems and issues. Max has been a hero in every sense of the word — responsive, kind, resourceful and knowledgeable. Read more

Leda Kobziar Publishes on Wildland Fire Smoke

Posted 1/11/2021 11:00:00 PM

An article on wildland fire smoke research by Leda Kobziar, a University of Idaho associate professor of wildland fire science in the College of Natural Resources, was recently published in Science, a peer-reviewed publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The article recommends that fire, infectious disease, epidemiology and air quality scientists should unite to determine the infectious potential of wildfire smoke. Read more

Thank You to Lydia Stucki

Posted 1/11/2021 10:55:00 PM

Thank you to Lydia Stucki, communications and events coordinator with the Institute for Modeling Collaboration and Innovation. Lydia is an invaluable member of the team and keeps everyone moving in the right direction to achieve their goals. Lydia is always thinking outside the box to solve problems and will step in to help in any way she can. She is always welcoming and friendly no matter the situation. She is a wonderful colleague and friend. Read more

Researchers Discuss Wolf Populations in Animal Conservation

Posted 1/8/2021 7:36:00 PM

Immigrating wolves may not always replenish wolf populations after individuals have been harvested, University of Idaho researchers and their colleagues learned in an eight-year study that included wolf groups in parts of Idaho and Canada. Read more

Tracey Johnson Publishes on Brood Parasitism of Greater Sage-Grouse

Posted 1/8/2021 7:32:00 PM

A paper published by University of Idaho’s Tracey N. Johnson, director of research at the Rinker Rock Creek Ranch, describes for the first time how sage-grouse nests in southern Idaho may be parasitized by quail. Parasitism occurs when one species lays its eggs in the nest of another species with the goal of having the host rear the parasite’s chicks. Read more

Kudos to Jessica Fleener

Posted 12/17/2020 11:03:00 PM

The Student Recreation Center has been unable to purchase more OEM refill containers for their automatic sanitizer dispensers. Jessica Fleener, team cleaning lead, took it upon herself to see if it was possible to refill the empty containers with a gel sanitizer product which is readily available. It took a couple weeks and multiple tries, but she finally figured out how to dismantle the container, clean it, refill it with the new product and make it work in the auto dispensing units. Read more

Thank You to Mark Brooker and Aaron Rice

Posted 12/17/2020 11:02:00 PM

Thank you to Electricians Mark Brooker and Aaron Rice, who helped the U of I Pitkin Forest Nursery with electrical issues. The electrical work in the greenhouse and the seedling quality lab was excellent. The nursery director was pleased to have the work completed in such a timely manner. Read more

Thank You to Jana Joyce

Posted 12/17/2020 11:00:00 PM

Jana Joyce, math program manager, has helped in so many ways this fiscal year. She is always willing to go the extra mile to get the job done. Her willingness to help has impacted the Moscow community as well. She has made difficult projects easier for everyone while adhering to her own daily tasks. She has an amazing heart, is a great colleague and a great friend. Read more

Kudos to Mareesa Wimbish

Posted 12/17/2020 11:00:00 PM

It has been a challenging time in the Student Accounts Office and Mareesa Wimbish, technical records specialist, has helped the team in numerous ways. She has given up her lunches and stayed after work to help with any tasks needing completion. She has helped with training new hires and has been willing to take on any task that is given to her. She comes to work and gets the job done with an exceptional attitude and wonderful customer service. Read more

Kudos to Julia McIlroy and Team

Posted 12/17/2020 10:59:00 PM

Julia McIlroy, director of Purchasing Services, and her team, worked tirelessly last summer to provide PPE for the Moscow campus. Your efforts to keep the Vandal Family safe are appreciated. Read more

Thank You for Making a Difference for Students

Posted 12/17/2020 10:58:00 PM

Thank you to the faculty and staff who use VandalStar. During these challenging times when our interactions cannot always be in person, staying connected is more important than ever. During the fall term, VandalStar connected and helped approximately 3,600 unique students during 5,800 meetings. They had a 94% student attendance rate for these meetings. Thank you for staying committed and engaged with students through VandalStar. Read more

OAPF Supports 52 Researchers in Third Year

Posted 12/16/2020 10:24:00 PM

The Open Access Publishing Fund (OAPF) has disbursed its entire allocation of funds for FY21. 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

Kudos to the CEHHS Dean’s Suite

Posted 12/16/2020 6:09:00 PM

Kudos to Twila Brown, Nancy Morrison, Tiffany Rittenhouse, Melanie Leija and Ramon Tafoya in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Dean’s office for working tirelessly this semester. Each one of them is unofficially covering for staff positions lost in the college and having to juggle multiple roles and endless tasks. Each of them is greatly appreciated. Read more

Kudos to CETL

Posted 12/16/2020 6:03:00 PM

CETL (Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning) has worked so hard over the summer to prepare faculty for teaching this semester. Their posted materials and webinars have been incredibly useful as we try to find ways to teach in a very difficult environment. Read more

Thank You to John Grimes

Posted 12/16/2020 6:03:00 PM

John Grimes, Engineering, needed to quickly learn about the TechHelp grant to complete the proposal process. He was extremely thorough, paying close attention to all the numbers, rules, etc. He has been so kind and patient. His help and attention to detail are appreciated. Read more

Thank You to Kathy Duke

Posted 12/16/2020 6:03:00 PM

Even though Kathy Duke, assistant to the dean, Engineering, got a new position at U of I, she was still willing and happy to help with questions pertaining to her previous position. Her help was appreciated. Read more

Thank You to Dan Noble

Posted 12/15/2020 10:16:00 PM

Dan Noble, employment services specialist, is very patient and helpful. His expertise and quick response to questions is much appreciated. Read more

Kudos to Sumit Shahi

Posted 12/15/2020 10:16:00 PM

Sumit Shahi, technology solutions partner Region 2, has answered many computer usage questions, gotten customers up to speed on syncing with OneDrive, Sharepoint and how to make sure they have all the software updates, which has become critical in the COVID-19 online work environment. Sumit is always super cheerful, friendly and competent. Read more

Raffaella Sini Discusses Temporary Gardens as Design Enquiry

Posted 12/15/2020 10:15:00 PM

Raffaella Sini, assistant professor of landscape architecture in the College of Art and Architecture, recently published “The ‘Here and Now Time:’ Temporary Gardens as Design Enquiry” in Landscape Research Record, a publication of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. The paper proposes a key to reading temporary gardens — by understanding them as artworks and looking at design process by hypothesizing different dimensions of time in space that are neither linear nor cyclical. Read more

Jamaica Ritcher Named Inaugural Honors Program Faculty Fellow

Posted 12/15/2020 10:12:00 PM

Jamaica Ritcher, instructor in the Department of English and director of the Writing Center, has been named the inaugural Honors Program faculty fellow for Spring and Fall semesters 2021. Read more

Thank You to Brandon Gardner

Posted 12/15/2020 10:11:00 PM

Brandon Gardner, technology solutions partner Region 2, has offered excellent, friendly and professional technology support, enabling faculty to quickly gain skills needed for the hyper-flex teaching mode. His skills and his kind, patient and caring manner are appreciated. Read more

Lilian Alessa Appointed to NASEM Committee

Posted 12/15/2020 9:08:00 PM

Lilian Alessa, professor of landscape architecture in the College of Art and Architecture and director of the Center for Resilient Communities, has been appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Committee entitled Leveraging the Future Research and Development Ecosystem for the Intelligence Community. Read more

Thank You to Elise Kokenge

Posted 12/11/2020 10:52:00 PM

Elise Kokenge, administrative specialist, Natural Resources and Society, always has a positive attitude, no matter what else is happening at the university. She displays empathy for other people’s circumstances and places a high priority on accuracy and thoroughness, which shows clearly in the quality of her work. Read more

Kudos to Kris Baird-Anderson

Posted 12/11/2020 10:50:00 PM

Thank you to Kris Baird-Anderson, graduation specialist, who is doing the work of three people and still manages to respond to all requests and inquiries in a timely manner. She is a dedicated employee who really knows how to put students first. The College of Graduate Studies appreciates her dedication to making the graduation experience a positive one for students. Read more

Thank You to Jennifer Burdin

Posted 12/11/2020 10:47:00 PM

Upon the retirement of the Facilities and Operations manager, Jennifer Burdin took on the duties related to facilities and operations. Jenny was a key facilitator to the build out of the expansion of the Law program at the Water Center. She was the point person in purchasing furniture, coordinating moves with Law, creating VandalCards for building access for approximately 150 staff, faculty and students and a host of other duties outside her normal role. Read more

Alumni Awards for Excellence Winners Are Announced

Posted 12/11/2020 10:46:00 PM

The Office of Alumni Relations, in partnership with college deans, has created videos honoring 51 incredible students and their staff or faculty mentors. The Alumni Award for Excellence recognizes distinguished U of I scholars for their academic and co-curricular pursuits. Take a moment to celebrate these students and those who made an impact on their educational journey. Read more

Kudos to April Shuck and Jacob Milleson

Posted 12/10/2020 11:59:00 PM

April Shuck and Jacob Milleson have managed and distributed Alumni Awards for Excellence and Student Alumni Relations “Hugs from Home” packages to students all while doing their regular work. Many events have shifted to virtual formats, which has meant relying on April and Jake to help execute the wrap up and delivery, which they have done wonderfully. Read more

Geologist Erika Rader and an International Team Prep for the Search for Life on Mars

Posted 12/10/2020 11:57:00 PM

To search more efficiently for a record of past life on Mars, it is critical to know where to look. Working on the Icelandic Askja volcano, geologist Erika Rader and colleagues used analytical instrumentation similar to those available on Mars rovers to characterize the geological features of microbial deposits and link the geology to microbial abundance and diversity. Read more

Thank You to Payroll Services

Posted 12/10/2020 11:56:00 PM

Thank you to the Payroll Services team for all of your hard work, patience and dedication to the university. You are all incredible and your hard work never goes unnoticed. Read more

Students Take Top Precautions to Participate in NASA, NSF Weather Study in Chile

Posted 12/10/2020 10:59:00 PM

A University of Idaho College of Engineering student research team is getting COVID-19 tested and will self-quarantine before embarking on a project to help NASA and the National Science Foundation in decades-long research to better detect eclipse-induced atmospheric gravity waves. These large-scale disturbances help predict the weather. Read more

Kudos to Travis Akin

Posted 12/9/2020 9:19:00 PM

Travis Akin, Technology Solutions Partner Region 8, always comes running anytime his IT expertise and assistance is needed. Travis has the best attitude and will always make sure his customers are taken care of. Read more

New Microscope Is Developed to Study Single Living Cells

Posted 12/9/2020 9:18:00 PM

Physicists Nava Subedi, Shahla Nemati, Andreas Vasdekis and a group of international colleagues and systems biologists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory combined two imaging techniques, quasi-lattice light-sheet and interferometric imaging, onto a standard inverted microscope. The new imaging system will help scientists quantify gene expression, metabolism and the location of organelles of single, living cells with ultralow phototoxicity and 3-D resolution. Read more

Thank You to Sean Sullivan

Posted 12/9/2020 9:16:00 PM

Sean Sullivan, Technology Solutions Partner Region 1, has a good rapport with customers, employees and visitors and can smooth the waters with even the most frustrated person. Sean has a can-do attitude, which helps put people at ease as he works on your issue. Sean’s experience and knowledge of campus and of his services helps get answers quickly and efficiently. Sean is a great asset, and it is a joy to work with him. Read more

Presidential Research Fund on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Proposals Are Funded

Posted 12/9/2020 8:10:00 PM

Proposals were selected for funding through a collaboration between the President’s Office, Provost’s Office and the Office of Research and Economic Development. The program was intended to seed new research and creative activity in issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion, especially in relation to the University of Idaho, its community and its history. In this competition, a total of $20,485 in funding was awarded. Recipients were selected from a competitive field of submissions. Read more

Thank You to Thad Gilkey

Posted 12/8/2020 11:16:00 PM

The Hardscape Department was paving a project at the corner of Sweet and Blake. Due to a couple of recent resignations, they were extremely short handed. Thad Gilkey, Electric Shop lead, stopped by to check on an electrical box that was installed in that area to be paved. When Thad arrived, he started leveling the asphalt with the rest of the crew. No questions asked; he just jumped right in. He stayed until it was complete. His help was much appreciated by the team. Read more

Kudos to Amanda Ferstead

Posted 12/8/2020 11:09:00 PM

Amanda Ferstead, Mental Health Program coordinator, has worked hard this semester to get several new initiatives off the ground in support of student wellbeing on campus. Both virtual Mental Health First Aid and Sources of Strength are evidence-based prevention programs that take quite a bit of coordination and time to implement with fidelity. Read more

U of I Researchers Find Protein Elimination by HCMV May Aid in Viral Spread Through Body

Posted 12/8/2020 11:09:00 PM

Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a herpes virus that can have negative consequences in immunocompromised individuals, including babies infected during pregnancy. U of I researchers Lee Fortunato, Man I Kuan, Hannah Jaeger, Onesmo Balemba, John O’Dowd, Deborah Duricka, Emmerentia Marx and colleagues found that HCMV infection promotes the elimination of a developmentally important protein, nidogen 1. Read more

Thank You to Dusty Fleener

Posted 12/8/2020 11:05:00 PM

Dusty Fleener, training coordinator, Employee Development and Learning, went out of his way to provide personalized training sessions on Go Sign Me Up. He did an outstanding job and filled participants in on everything they requested as well as several other items they were not aware of. In addition, he provided further training materials and links in several emails that will be useful for the crew in expanding their knowledge of the program as well as Excel. Read more


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