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Delivering on Our Brave and Bold Mission

Posted 7/2/2019 8:27:00 PM

This guest column was written by President Scott Green and published in the Idaho Press on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. I am thrilled to be back in Moscow to take the helm at the University of Idaho. To be in this role, after my childhood years roaming campus with my grandfather, Leon “Doc” Green, makes for a special homecoming. The U of I presidency is an incredible honor. Read more

New U of I Specialist Wants to Elevate Manure’s Profile

Posted 5/7/2019 3:33:00 PM

This article was written and photographed by Carol Ryan Dumas and published in the Capital Press on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The University of Idaho’s newest nutrient and waste management specialist, Linda Schott, grew up in rural Iowa, but she didn’t consider a career in agricultural until graduating from high school. Read more

Need-Based Aid Helps Bridge the Gap

Posted 2/20/2019 10:12:00 PM

This guest column was written by President Chuck Staben and published in Idaho Education News on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. It’s often said that college is not for everyone, and that’s true. But for many students, higher education is the right place to forge a future. Take a fairly typical student – let’s call her Emma. Idaho born and raised, she’s a Vandal freshman. With a 3.5 high school GPA, this strong student wants to be a veterinarian. She belongs in higher education. Read more

Idaho Business Review: A word with Chuck Staben

Posted 1/8/2019 12:19:00 AM

This article was written by Kim Burgess and published in the Idaho Business Review on Friday, Jan.4, 2019. As the Gem State’s tech industry booms, so does its demand for smart, skilled employees. The University of Idaho is working to fill some of that void. Read more

Admissions Offers Shouldn't Expire After a Year

Posted 12/17/2018 9:39:00 PM

This guest column was written by President Chuck Staben and published in Inside Higher Ed on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. Picture this: you’re a high school student from southeastern Idaho. You’ve already been automatically admitted to public higher education institutions, the University of Idaho included, on the basis of your academic qualifications (our statewide Direct Admissions program at work). Read more

U of I Team Aims to Help Industry, Academia by Discovering Why Scientific Research Findings May Not Always be Accurate

Posted 10/23/2018 4:47:00 PM

Until recently, Brian Wansink was a rock star in the field of nutrition science. Wansink’s research about shopping and eating habits drove numerous industry marketing strategies, and his work was cited more than 20,000 times, according to the online-media outlet Vox. But some of his findings were called into question recently, and a total of 13 of his studies have been retracted. Read more

Higher Education is the Road to the Future

Posted 10/10/2018 12:00:00 PM

“See it, and you can be it.” That’s the inspiring message you’ll hear often from Jerome High School and University of Idaho alumna Michelle Aragon. Michelle, now a vice president in marketing at a global firm in New York City, recently joined myself and others on a trip to Jerome. We wanted a firsthand look at U of I’s Caminos al Futuro project, a focused effort to improve college-going in the community, especially among Hispanic youth. Read more

'Because There is Magic in It'

Posted 9/21/2018 9:00:00 AM

As a former Disney animator, Za Vue knows the secret to great animation. With more than a decade working in Disney's Florida studio, Vue has worked on movies like "Pocahontas," "Tarzan," "Mulan" and "Brother Bear." In a guest lecture on the University of Idaho campus Thursday, Vue outlined the five core principles she looks for in animation and design. "Obviously, the first one is design, which encompasses drawing, composition, lines, all of that good stuff," Vue said. Read more

She Moved to Boise and Didn’t Know a Soul. Now, She’s Racked Up 29K Instagram Followers

Posted 9/11/2018 10:19:00 PM

Boise was different. She could sense that as soon as she got on the plane for a job interview here. All of her seatmates were cordial, nice, welcoming. People asked her questions. They genuinely wanted to know about curly haired, boisterous, tall, 34-year-old Diana DeJesus from West Palm Beach, Florida, and what brought her to Idaho. “Everyone was always willing to ask questions and just … talk,” DeJesus said. Read more

U of I Hosts Annual Design Days

Posted 7/14/2018 7:30:00 AM

High school students hailing from homes throughout the northwest attended three days of design-related courses on the University of Idaho campus this week. Kate Keenan, marketing and communication manager for the College of Art and Architecture, said the aim of the program is to give potential incoming college students a glimpse into what it is like to pursue a degree in some kind of design. Read more

Symphony of the Salmon: How Scientists are Learning by Putting Fish Migration to Music

Posted 7/9/2018 9:00:00 PM

What if you could compose music to understand how salmon migrate through rivers? A team of researchers from the University of Idaho and Eastern Washington University have found a way to do just that. Chinook salmon, such as those that migrate to and from Idaho up the Snake and Columbia rivers, are one of Idaho’s most popular sports fish and integral to the region's economy, ecology and identity. Read more

U of I Nursery Lends Hand to Deforested African Nation

Posted 6/29/2018 7:16:00 PM

The reach of the University of Idaho's Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research stretches farther than the Palouse. ​In fact, it can be seen as far as Togo, a small country in West Africa inhabited by about 7.6 million people. ​Andrew Nelson, director of the University of Idaho's CFNSR and Franklin H. Read more

Moscow Native Makes His Way Back Home

Posted 5/11/2018 8:00:00 AM

Drew Papineau, 25, is the student manager of the University of Idaho's Steer-a-Year program, president of the U of I Dairy Club, a College of Agricultural and Life Sciences ambassador and a peer leader for students of animal veterinary science at the U of I. It was not so long ago Papineau thought he would never graduate from a four-year institution, much less with a degree in animal veterinary science and an option for dairy. Read more

Grad Ready to Take on Fisheries

Posted 5/11/2018 7:30:00 AM

A major stressor for soon-to-be graduates is lining up a job once they've earned a degree. That's not something Josh Moore has to worry about. Moore will receive his degree in natural resources from the University of Idaho on Saturday. At 6 a.m. Sunday, he'll begin a job with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Moore, who graduated from high school in 2002 in New Meadows, Idaho, said back then he didn't see himself as a college prospect. Instead, he joined the U.S. Read more

The Numbers Don't Tell the Whole Story

Posted 5/9/2018 4:00:00 PM

The first graduate of the University of Idaho’s computer science bachelor’s degree partnership with North Idaho College, Adrian Beehner, crossed the stage this week to a bright future in our increasingly tech-focused economy. Without leaving Coeur d’Alene, the newly minted Vandal graduate was able to seamlessly transfer from NIC to earn a four-year degree from U of I. For Adrian, his family, his future employers and the region, his story matters a great deal. Read more

International Competition with $10 Million Prize Hopes to Solve Water Runoff Problem

Posted 5/7/2018 1:00:00 AM

Nine international teams, including one led by University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Professor Greg Moller, are trying to find a solution to harmful algae blooms caused by agricultural runoff in a competition with big environmental implications. Read more

Three Vandals Teams Just Won Big Sky Titles. Here's the Secret to Their Success.

Posted 5/2/2018 8:32:00 PM

The University of Idaho won three Big Sky conference championships in seven days late last month — and the Vandals filled their trophy case thanks in large part to athletes who left their home countries to pursue their dreams in remote Moscow, Idaho. The top three women's golfers, all six men's tennis singles starters and every women's tennis player are international athletes. Read more

University of Idaho Students’ Green Shower Prototype Hopes to Solve Global Water Waste and Energy Issues

Posted 4/18/2018 5:03:00 PM

One day shortly after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Maria Horta Vorse stepped out of the shower and started to feel uneasy. Her blood pressure rose, she blacked out and she nearly died, she said, because the heat dehydrated her. “It was terrifying,” she said, and after that she “had to settle for short, kind-of-cold showers.” But it sparked an idea. Read more

Local Students Take to the Sky

Posted 3/28/2018 9:00:00 AM

An unmanned aerial vehicle buzzed like a bee Tuesday morning above the outskirts of Moscow, its camera surveying a muddy patch of land at the University of Idaho's Parker Farm, 100 feet below. It was a small drone: a four-propeller, DJI Spark. Read more

U of I Students Seek the Core of an Icon

Posted 3/10/2018 9:00:00 AM

Since the construction of the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho, a towering whitebark pine snag has been prominently displayed within the educational facility, but little is known about what the tree weathered before it found sanctuary inside the building. A group of undergraduate students is attempting to pin down exactly what the tree endured while alive, and in which era it died. Read more

Fighting Poverty, ONE Step at a Time

Posted 2/21/2018 6:58:00 PM

University of Idaho Martin Institute Director Bill Smith has been with the university for 17 years, but his student Abby Rowe is the first he has seen to triple-major in international studies, crop management and Spanish. Rowe, 19, comes from a rural farming town in southeast Idaho. Were she to keep with tradition, she would continue a fifth-generation legacy of family farmers. Read more

U of I Group Helps Students Find Their Way

Posted 2/18/2018 4:00:00 PM

Aidan Neelon's grades rose from straight Cs to As and Bs last semester when the University of Idaho sophomore found the place he belonged on campus. Neelon, who grew up in Moscow, said he made the academic leap by joining the Raven Scholars, a university transition program for students on the autism spectrum. Since the program's inception in 2011, the retention rate among students who participate has been higher than the university's undergraduate retention average. Read more

What's it Like Being Joe Vandal? 'There Are Very Few People Who Know'

Posted 2/6/2018 6:00:00 PM

There are fans and then there are super fans. University of Idaho mascot Joe Vandal is the most super of the super fans. Joe seems to be at all the games and events in Moscow. But just who is this Vandal beef cake? Read more

U of I Taking the Right Steps to Address Mental Health

Posted 2/2/2018 8:30:00 AM

It is the time of year when higher education leaders present their budget requests to the state that reveal what positions, goals and departments are a high priority. Last week, University of Idaho President Chuck Staben went to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee at the statehouse in Boise to ask for money to hire two student-support case managers. Read more

Idaho Students Making Use of Local Woods

Posted 1/17/2018 8:30:00 AM

Future inhabitants of the University of Idaho’s president’s house will walk on locally sourced, student-harvested wooden floors for years to come thanks to the work of seven students over winter break. A class of U of I forestry students kicked off the year felling between 20 to 30 trees to be used in construction of the new president’s house on Nez Perce Drive in Moscow. Read more

Track to Ice: Pacific Northwest Bobsledder on Verge of Making 2018 Olympic Team

Posted 1/11/2018 10:00:00 PM

The U.S. Olympic bobsled team will be named on Monday—and there is a good chance there will be a Pacific Northwest athlete on the team. That’s unusual because the only World Cup-class bobsled track in the Western U.S. is in Utah. Olympic hopeful Sam Michener of Gresham, Oregon, came to bobsled in adulthood. The life-changing tip came while Michener was wrapping up his undergraduate years at the University of Idaho. Read more

U of I Students Come to Aid of Asylum Seeker

Posted 1/6/2018 8:30:00 AM

Mumin Abass reached the U.S.-Mexico border with nothing but the clothes on his back and a plea for asylum, according to his lawyers, a team of pro bono University of Idaho College of Law students. He's described on a fundraising page as a queer man from Ghana, a country in West Africa known for its suppression of LGBTQ rights. Read more

Graduation Improvements and Successes

Posted 1/2/2018 4:46:00 PM

Many of us in higher education and across Idaho’s education system have spent a lot of time in recent years working to get more of Idaho’s students to go to college. In today’s economy, we all know how important postsecondary education is for individual success, and for our society. But that goal of getting more students into the higher education system means nothing if we do not also have a goal of getting those students out of the system, graduated and on their way to a better life. Read more

UI Student Interviews as Finalist for Rhodes Scholarship

Posted 12/20/2017 8:30:00 AM

University of Idaho undergraduate student Zachary Lien identifies in several unique ways — as a queer man, an ex-Mormon, an apostate, a student and now, as a finalist for the class of 2018 Rhodes Scholars. The 21-year-old senior and Boise native was one of two students on the Palouse to interview as a finalist for the prestigious award this November. Though Lien did not receive the scholarship in the end, he said it felt good to know the opportunity went to "phenomenal" people. Read more

A Fire for Volunteering

Posted 12/16/2017 8:30:00 AM

Cheyenne Griffith says she loves to keep busy and her jam-packed schedule leaves no time for her to get bored. On top of double majoring in marketing and organizational sciences at the University of Idaho, Griffith is also a competitive baton twirler in the marching band and is training to get her private pilot's license. One of the 21-year-old's largest time commitments, however, is to the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department. Read more

U of I Researcher Honored for Clean Water Innovations

Posted 12/15/2017 5:30:00 PM

University of Idaho researcher Greg Moller has been elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for his innovative work to clean wastewater. An environmental chemist and toxicologist, Moller works to lessen the environmental footprint of communities and businesses by developing filters to remove pollutants, including phosphorus and nitrogen, from wastewater. He holds six patents, which are licensed to industry, and has three patents pending final approval. Read more

Moscow Woman's Sci-Fi Collection Becomes U of I's Treasure

Posted 12/14/2017 8:30:00 AM

Longtime Moscow resident and science fiction enthusiast Victoria Mitchell had spent decades collecting sci-fi-themed books, art, costumes and documents over the course of her career. A member of the Palouse Empire Science Fiction Association and a founding member of Moscow's annual science fiction convention, MosCon, Mitchell spent a large portion of her life absorbed in the world of sci-fi culture before she died in April at the age of 62. Read more

Researchers Collaborating on Potentially Important Project

Posted 12/12/2017 8:30:00 AM

Local researchers are designing a product that could change the nuclear industry. Like many good ideas, it started on a napkin. Executives from Tokyo-based Sakae Casting visited Idaho Falls in 2016 to determine where to open their first U.S. office. They brought a sample of their proprietary product: a thin aluminum plate embedded with a U-shaped cooling tube. Read more

Keeping Her Focus On and Off the Court

Posted 12/9/2017 8:30:00 AM

Torrin Crawford was a redshirt with a full-ride scholarship, a love for sports and a goal to become an elementary school teacher when she first enrolled at the University of Idaho in 2013. Now, after changing her major, facing an injury and proving her skill as a middle blocker on the U of I volleyball team, the 23-year-old will graduate from the university with a bachelor's degree in exercise science and health and a new goal to go on to nursing school. Read more

U of I-Led Research Working to Treat Brain Disease Injuries

Posted 11/28/2017 8:30:00 AM

Researchers led by a team of students and faculty at the University of Idaho discovered how adult brains may be able to more easily create new neural connections, potentially providing insight for treating neurological diseases and injuries. Read more

The Art of Picking a Speaker

Posted 11/21/2017 8:30:00 AM

Big names don't always mean big impact. And lesser-known names don't always mean they're easy to secure. Bill Smith, director of the University of Idaho's Martin Institute, a center dedicated to analyzing causes of war and conditions of peace internationally, spends a lot of time thinking about impact. In fact, it's his favorite thing about securing speakers – well-known or not. Read more

After Three Months, University of Idaho's I-GO Program Proving Successful

Posted 11/20/2017 1:00:00 AM

The University of Idaho is partnering with local high schools in an effort to increase the state's college go-on rate, which is one of the lowest in the country. The pilot program, called Idaho Go-On (I-GO), is being implemented at Nampa, Caldwell and Skyview High Schools, and so far, is proving to be a success. "At first, I didn't really know where to start," said Nayely Flores, a senior at Nampa High School. Read more

Going Where Life Takes Him

Posted 11/11/2017 9:11:00 PM

Retired Staff Sgt. Lanny McAden has never stayed in one place for too long. But he has found a home in Moscow. Raised in the relatively small city of Del Rio, Texas, the military veteran has spent 22 years traveling the world, serving in several occupations across multiple branches of the military. Read more

New Consumer Science Educator Joins Twin Falls Extension

Posted 10/23/2017 7:30:00 AM

Siew Guan Lee likes to eat. She really likes to eat. Sensory cues such as flavors of food ingredients and how a food feels in her mouth are an important part of her eating experience. While some may have turned those loves into a career as a chef, Lee found herself more interested in dietetics and nutrition. That led her from her home in Malaysia to the University of Idaho and eventually to Twin Falls as the new Family and Consumer Science Extension Educator. Read more

Innovation Den: Old Building Brought to Life

Posted 10/18/2017 9:35:00 PM

Downtown Coeur d’Alene’s Elks Building was vacant until last year when new owners decided to bring it back to life. The building’s new owner, Nick Smoot, told KREM 2 he wanted to turn the 100-year-old building into a space for tech companies to create the future. The building is now called "The Innovation Den" and it serves as a hub for bringing robots to life. The Innovation Den has 52 offices, six large suites, a barbershop, a lair for members, and a coffee shop. Read more

A Window to the Outside World

Posted 10/10/2017 7:30:00 AM

Hexian Xue, a professor of Chinese at the University of Idaho, believes learning Chinese really isn't as hard as Americans might think. "When students attend the first few classes, to be honest, they do not have the confidence to learn the Chinese language well," Xue said. Read more

Vandal Overnight Games Draws Enthusiastic Crowd

Posted 10/1/2017 7:30:00 AM

The University of Idaho's seventh Vandal Overnight Games event Saturday showed that the typical video game enthusiast is far from the hunched over, unkempt, basement-dwelling troll probably imagined by folks from the older generation. "You can see that this is a really social event," co-founder Darren Kearney said as hundreds of fresh-faced students and other gamers filtered into the Idaho Commons. Read more

University of Idaho Students Get New Lounge

Posted 9/29/2017 7:30:00 AM

The Associated Students University of Idaho unveiled a new student lounge Thursday in the Idaho Commons, complete with a small stage, TVs, charging stations and plenty of seating. But perhaps the biggest hit of the evening was the new $200 core-engaging Turnstone-brand buoy chairs, featuring rounded bottoms similar to an exercise ball that gave visiting students plenty of room to swivel. "It feels really fresh and open," student Erin Wheless, 21, said. "I really like the spinny chairs." Read more

Let the Demolition Begin

Posted 9/27/2017 7:30:00 AM

Work commenced this week on a $1.95 million project to demolish and rebuild the 1960s-era home on the University of Idaho campus that traditionally has housed the school's president and family. Golis Construction, of Moscow, is set to complete demolition within the next week, then will construct the new home on the existing foundation, according to UI Vice President for Infrastructure Dan Ewart. The new, contemporary-style residence is scheduled to be ready next fall. Read more

Not Just Dusty Shelves Anymore

Posted 9/12/2017 7:30:00 AM

The modern day library is a vast turnaround from those of the past. They have evolved from hushed, dusty shelves to vibrant, community and education-focused centers for the public. For Ben Hunter, bringing that vibrancy to the University of Idaho library is just his job. Read more

Paving the Road with Gold

Posted 9/11/2017 7:30:00 AM

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong may have made her way around the world, but she has not forgotten her Idaho roots. And neither has the University of Idaho. Saturday afternoon, Armstrong's legacy was sealed in Moscow as UI president Chuck Staben announced a portion of Paradise Path that runs through the university campus would be named the Kristin Armstrong Bikeway on Paradise Path. Read more

University of Idaho Research May Slow Antibiotic Resistance to Drugs

Posted 9/5/2017 8:00:00 AM

New research from the University of Idaho has identified two genetic mutations in bacteria that help explain how some bacteria evolve and retain resistance to multiple antibiotics. The results, published Aug. 7 in Nature, could play a role in helping scientists slow or stop the spread of antibiotic resistance to multiple drugs, something responsible for 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths in the U.S. every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more

Painting the Palouse One Home at a Time

Posted 8/28/2017 8:00:00 AM

Small mobs of University of Idaho students roamed North Almon Street in Moscow Saturday morning, dressed in white T-shirts and prepared to face the task ahead of them: learning how to paint a house in the late August sun. Read more

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