UI in the News
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Posted Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:30:00 -0800Local 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. In a meeting with local economic development representatives and researchers, Sakae CEO Takashi Suzuki posed a simple question: can this be used in the nuclear industry? University of Idaho Nuclear Engineering Director Richard Christensen sketched a design that incorporated the plates. On the napkin: a new nuclear fuel storage cask. Read more
Posted Sat, 09 Dec 2017 00:30:00 -0800Torrin 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. Growing up in Walla Walla, Wash., Crawford had always shown an interest in sports. She played high school basketball with the dream to eventually play in the Women's National Basketball Association. Read more
Posted Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:30:00 -0800Researchers 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. To do this, scientists from three universities analyzed how certain genes in adult mice prevent and foster the creation of synaptic connections, or the brain’s communication pathways between neurons, said Peter Fuerst, research team lead and U of I associate professor of biology. Read more
Posted Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:30:00 -0800Big 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
Posted Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:00:00 -0800The 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. Flores' experience preparing for life after high school is shared with thousands of other students in Idaho. Read more
Posted Sat, 11 Nov 2017 13:11:00 -0800Retired 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. Now, McAden is making the Pacific Northwest his home as he completes what he has never been able to do before - earn a master's degree in geography from the University of Idaho as a full-time, nontraditional student. Read more
Posted Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:30:00 -0700Siew 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
Posted Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:35:00 -0700Downtown 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
Posted Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:30:00 -0700Hexian 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. "But step by step, day by day, for at least some of the students, they become comfortable to say, 'Chinese is not as hard as I assumed.' " Xue, who teaches multiple levels of Chinese as well as a cultural course on Chinese cinema, is a co-director of the UI's Confucius Institute. Read more
Posted Sun, 01 Oct 2017 00:30:00 -0700The 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
Posted Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:30:00 -0700The 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
Posted Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:30:00 -0700Work 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
Posted Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:30:00 -0700The 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
Posted Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:30:00 -0700Three-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
Posted Tue, 05 Sep 2017 01:00:00 -0700New 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
Posted Mon, 28 Aug 2017 01:00:00 -0700Small 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.
Posted Fri, 11 Aug 2017 01:00:00 -0700From walk-on to scholarship athlete. Check. Budding entrepreneur with a potentially successful business already on the way. Check. A great outlook on life. Check again. There’s hardly a box Ed Hall hasn’t checked off in getting the most out of his college experience. Read more
Posted Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0700Let’s get this part out of the way, because other than its fun-fact component, his age will not matter for the remainder of this story. James Billings is 28 years old, one of the youngest head golf professionals in Central Oregon, if not in the entire state.
Yet his professionalism belies his age. He is poised and confident in his abilities. He has been around golf his entire life, he says, and has worked within golf operations since he was 16. Growing up in Vancouver, Washington, Billings would clean golf carts at a local club and then inquire around the clubhouse: “How does this course operate? Why does it work? Teach me.” Read more
Posted Thu, 06 Jul 2017 19:00:00 -0700University of Idaho research shows astronauts' vision can get worse in space.
Posted Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:30:00 -0700A new University of Idaho project will help 40 Jerome middle schoolers stay on track academically and prepare for college. The university announced Friday its new Latino Pre-College Outreach Project that will provide a full-time program coordinator on site at Jerome Middle School next school year. Read more
Posted Tue, 20 Jun 2017 01:00:00 -0700After 30 years leading the University of Idaho's Auditorium Chamber Music Series, Mary DuPree is ready to venture into something new — retirement. But retirement doesn't mean DuPree is going to step away from community outreach. She now leads the Palouse chapter of the Citizen's Climate Lobby. The 72-year-old first moved to Moscow in 1971 when she was offered a job to teach music at the UI. As a musicologist, she focuses on music through the lens of history, theory and aesthetics, she said. Read more
Posted Sat, 17 Jun 2017 01:00:00 -0700For every federal and state dollar spent to build the U.S. Highway 93 bypass around Kalispell, nine were produced by the time it was fully opened. That’s a billion-dollar harvest from 2001 to 2016, according to a first-of-its-kind study Ed Toavs produced when he went back to school at the University of Idaho. Read more
Posted Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:30:00 -0700In the unending desire of higher education institutions to differentiate themselves as unique, the University of Idaho is aligning itself with the state’s widely recognized timber industry. Idaho will build its new basketball arena with wood. “It ties in with our land grant mission. It ties in with the timber industry. It ties in with our need for a facility. This is really resonating with people,” UI Athletic Director Rob Spear said. Read more
Posted Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:30:00 -0700Jonathan Matteson's niche is that he doesn't have one. And that's the way he likes it. Currently in the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Idaho, Matteson is fully embracing the interdisciplinary aspect of the program, along with his roles as an instructor and artist. How he got to this place in life though, he said, is "an odd, odd tale." Read more
Posted Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:29:00 -0700Rosalie Sorrels — an Idaho singer, songwriter, storyteller and folk music legend with a career that spanned more than 50 years — died late Sunday night at her daughter Holly Marizu’s home in Reno, where Sorrels lived for the past two and a half years.
Posted Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:30:00 -0700University of Idaho officials discovered they were fulfilling a nearly 110-year-old plan as they set out to expand the school's medical education program recently. Site planning from the early 1900s called for a hospital-medical school district near the site of two of the university's newest additions: the WWAMI Medical Education Building and dedicated space inside Gritman Medical Center that will house the school's anatomy lab. Read more
Posted Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:30:00 -0700Planners for a new agricultural research center in the Magic Valley are milking every opportunity to create one of the world’s premiere research facilities. “This is the largest and best research dairy facility in the United States,” Michael Parrella, dean of the University of Idaho’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, said. “Could be in the world. ... It’s something we can hang our hat on, that we’re going to do better than anybody else.” Read more
Posted Sat, 03 Jun 2017 00:30:00 -0700The gently curving Gothic Revival archways and stairs, elaborate light fixtures and historic wood and metalwork that set the University of Idaho's historic Administration Building apart from other, younger buildings on campus are about to receive a facelift. The university will take another step this summer toward its goal of complete restoration of the historic structure. Read more
Posted Wed, 31 May 2017 00:30:00 -0700They go way back. Way, way back. Mel Schmidt from Coeur d’Alene High School and Jerry Kramer from Sandpoint High School butted heads on the football field, then played as teammates for three years at the University of Idaho. Read more
Posted Fri, 19 May 2017 16:39:00 -0700College is not for everyone, but certainly college should be for a lot more Idaho students than we are currently sending to college. That’s the basic message from University of Idaho President Chuck Staben, who visited the Idaho Press-Tribune editorial board last week. He was in the Treasure Valley for a variety of reasons, including for a meeting of the Governor’s Higher Education Task Force. Read more
Posted Sun, 14 May 2017 00:30:00 -0700Steve and Vicki Sell smiled photographing their daughter as she walked across the stage Saturday and accepted her degree in civil engineering from the University of Idaho. It's a scene that has repeated itself in the family almost 20 times in a tradition that extends back to the 1940s. Courtney Sell of Boise is the 19th member of her family to attend UI. Her maternal grandparents met on campus and her grandma, Ethel Renfrow, of Kendrick, now 89, was on hand for the milestone. Read more
Posted Sat, 13 May 2017 09:00:00 -0700For University of Idaho graduate Jonathan Moon, the life he lived before starting his education made all the difference. Like a great number of Generation Xers, Moon, now 38, wasn't anxious to tie himself back to a desk after high school, and he chose to venture the Northwest in the most unconventional ways. "I bounced around a lot, slept on a lot of couches," he said. "My life has taken some interesting turns." Read more
Posted Thu, 11 May 2017 00:30:00 -0700It's April 29 in Phoenix and the Idaho men's tennis team has just polished off Montana, 4-0, to win its second Big Sky Conference championship in three years. Teammates of Guilherme Scarpelli bull-rush the No. 6 singles court, where the freshman from Sao Paulo, Brazil, has retired his opponent in consecutive sets, 6-4, 6-3, to punch the program's third NCAA ticket in four years. And that's reason to celebrate. But only two people at the Phoenix Tennis Center realize the dilemma it's caused Idaho men's coach Abid Akbar. Read more
Posted Tue, 09 May 2017 00:30:00 -0700A red-leaf Japanese maple blushed in the Monday afternoon sun as a crowd gathered in the courtyard where it was being planted behind Brink Hall on the University of Idaho campus. The tree was placed there in honor of and dedicated to former College of Science Dean Paul J. Joyce, who died last year in an automobile accident in Clearwater County. Read more
Posted Mon, 08 May 2017 16:00:00 -0700A long-awaited livestock research facility got the go-ahead in a new feasibility study commissioned by the University of Idaho. A large focus of the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment will be sustainable milk production. It would include a 2,000-cow dairy with robotic milking machines and 1,000 acres of associate cropland and employ wastewater treatment and nutrient recovery systems. Read more
Posted Sat, 06 May 2017 00:30:00 -0700Laurie Vallem may only have three children, all of whom are grown, but she is also a mother figure to the 35 young men who live in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Idaho. The 55-year-old Deary resident has been the cook at SAE for the past three years, but she does more than prepare food for the young men - she also cares about their grades, holds them accountable for their chores and provides an ear to talk to when they are going through difficult times. Just like Mom. Read more
Posted Fri, 05 May 2017 19:00:00 -0700Commencement is a special time for a university president. I enjoy welcoming graduates to the stage as they take their next step toward exciting careers and new opportunities. This spring, we celebrate with the help of a distinguished UI alumnus, former Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, recognizing his long career of exemplary public service with an honorary doctorate of administrative science. Read more
‘She’s going to go far’: Work, Parenthood and a Language Barrier Won’t Stop University of Idaho Student from Graduating
Posted Sat, 29 Apr 2017 06:00:00 -0700When Vetamunisa Lupfer started classes at the University of Idaho a little over four years ago, her written English was lacking. So she wrote essays in Otjiherero or Afrikaans, languages she learned growing up in Namibia, and then translated them, a few words at a time, onto a new document. “It’s not easy at all,” she said of perfecting her English. “Up to this day I can’t even order some meals. I just point at pictures.” Read more
Posted Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:00:00 -0700Thursday evenings for University of Idaho doctoral students may include any number of activities.There is studying to be done, research to delve into, or just maybe a film to see or a cool, refreshing beverage to enjoy. Not so for student Husam Samkari, who can be found - as during the day - in a classroom at the Janssen Engineering Building on the UI campus. Read more
Posted Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:30:00 -0700Perhaps the best athlete in Eagle River High School history also happens to be a bona fide nerd. “I’ve got two tests tomorrow,” said Ed Hall, a junior mechanical engineering major at the University of Idaho, during a Monday interview from the school’s Moscow campus. “It’s pretty rigorous.” Read more
Posted Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:00:00 -0700When Brittnay and Danica Davis put pen to paper for the essay that would make their mother, Mirinda - Mindy - Davis the University of Idaho's Vandal Mom of the Year, they had a lot to say.
Posted Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0700At Thursday's Idaho State Board of Education meeting, we will ask the board to waive for one year the funding cap that limits what our university can spend on athletics. This $950,000 waiver allows the University of Idaho to spend its own funds to relieve a projected year-end deficit in the athletics program. I understand this request raises questions, so I want to explain it within the context of our vision and direction for UI athletics going forward.
Posted Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:16:00 -0700In March I visited with a group of students at Sandpoint High School. Having read coverage of a student presentation about go-on rates, I wanted to learn about student choices for life after high school firsthand. The visit enhanced my perspective on the progress we’re making and the challenges we still face in changing Idaho’s college-going culture.
Posted Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:00:00 -0700While most college students spend their spring breaks relaxing and taking a breather from day-to-day tasks, Payton McGriff was working to improve girls’ education in Togo, Africa.
Posted Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:30:00 -0700University of Idaho President Chuck Staben returned to Sandpoint Friday to discuss college and Idaho go on rates with about 20 Sandpoint High School students. Read more
Posted Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:48:00 -0700University of Idaho student Alaina Heuring is majoring in international studies, but meeting refugees in Twin Falls is giving her a new perspective. Read more
Posted Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:39:00 -0700There's an adage about learning about another person by getting into his or her shoes and walking around awhile. That's what's happening this week at North Idaho Correctional Institution, where a group of eight students from various disciplines at the University of Idaho are spending their spring break tutoring and assisting inmates at the medium-security prison in everything from writing, math, video technology to quilting. Read more
Posted Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:48:00 -0700When second-grade student Wil Hansen wrote to the University of Idaho saying he wanted to be a scientist and a farmer, all he hoped for was a letter back and, maybe, a pencil. Read more
Posted Sat, 04 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0800Video games are a billion dollar industry, but to a group of University of Idaho students that industry is also their preferred classroom.
Posted Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:30:00 -0800Madeleine Phelan, of Idaho Falls, is saving the environment one “swag bag” at a time. Phelan, a sophomore studying accounting at the University of Idaho, recently was awarded a $1,986.50 grant by the university’s Sustainability Center to fund her student-led project, “Sustain-a-Swag-Bag.” Read more
Posted Sat, 25 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800Like Bloomsday and Hoopfest, March Madness is becoming a staple of the Spokane sports calendar. And for that, Spokanites can thank the area’s only out-of-state Division 1 university. Read more
Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0800Excellence in public legal education has been a University of Idaho strength for many years. A survey of Idaho law, industry and public service leaders would find no shortage of talented professionals who chose the school’s College of Law for an affordable, high-quality education that prepared them for success. This month U of I took another step toward making that outstanding career training more accessible for students from Idaho and beyond as the State Board of Education approved a first-year curriculum in Boise. Read more
Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:30:00 -0800Victor Sanders has listened to other basketball players tell stories of growing up poverty-stricken or in the same house as a parent addicted to crack, and he knows his upbringing wasn’t as rough. Read more
Posted Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:30:00 -0800Maria Vega still remembers sitting as a young girl in the office of an immigration lawyer and thinking to herself that her mother, who had emigrated from Mexico, was not being treated fairly.
Posted Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:30:00 -0800Hassel Morrison was excelling in his media studies classes at Radford University, filling the airwaves as a radio DJ and interning with the Black Entertainment Television network, but something didn't seem quite right. Read more
Posted Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:00:00 -0800Researchers at the University of Idaho's new Integrated Research and Innovation Center are developing video games that evolve in response to a player's decisions. Read more
Posted Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0800The Standing Rock Sioux put a halt to construction of a multi-billion dollar oil pipeline late last year - but they didn't do it alone. Read more
Posted Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:35:00 -0800BOISE, Idaho — A University of Idaho team has won a coveted spot among the Russet Burbanks in those familiar red french fry holders emblazoned by golden arches. Their Clearwater Russet - developed by developed by a team of hundreds of people over 13 years, was selected by McDonalds for use as a french fry. Read more
Posted Fri, 16 Dec 2016 00:01:00 -0800The University of Idaho football team arrives in Boise on Sunday to begin preparations to play Colorado State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl next Thursday. Idaho is 8-4 and going to a bowl game for the first time since 2009 — yet some fans are bitter, disappointed and even angry. Read more
Posted Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:54:00 -0800It will be a busy weekend for Gunnery Sgt. Robert "Bobby" Brown, a 32-year-old University of Idaho student. Before the Marine, who is a student in the UI Navy Reserve Officers' Training Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program, graduates from the UI on Saturday, he will be commissioned today as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and will relinquish his duties as battalion commander for the UI Navy ROTC. That will be just one day after he celebrated his 32nd birthday. Read more
Posted Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0800
Tucked in an alleyway on the University of Idaho campus is a new means for Moscow to plug in to more sustainability. The university has installed the city's first electric vehicle charging station, which became fully operational last week. The two spaces at the charging station are open for use by the public. Read more
Posted Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:06:00 -0800The University of Idaho is encouraging students to get more shut-eye. They have compiled what they call a "nap map." It lists eight spots around campus they say are good for a quick nap. Read more
Posted Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:58:00 -0800Unless one attended the University of Idaho during the late 1960’s or the ‘70s and ‘80s, chances are good they have never heard of Syd Duncombe. Not one to toot his own horn, he was one of the most beloved instructors on campus. Several generations of future Idaho political leadership started to learn the craft in Duncombe’s political science courses.
Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:04:00 -0800Joshua McQueen, executive chef of Vandals Dining, and a few members of his staff spent Tuesday peeling about 300 pounds of potatoes, preparing 150 pounds of green beans, 30 turkeys, 14 hams and an array of sides for those unable to make it home for the Thanksgiving holiday. Read more
Posted Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:00:00 -0800Wyatt Wurtenberger, who graduated from Emmett High School last spring, was always iffy about college. “For most of high school I didn’t think I was going to go,” said Wurtenberger, 18. “I am not the most academically inclined. I am not worried about grades. I do what I can to pass.” One day in November 2015, a letter showed up at his house from the Idaho State Board of Education saying he’d already been accepted to several Idaho public colleges, including the University of Idaho and Boise State. Read more
Posted Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:54:00 -0800Linda Copple Trout began her journey to the Idaho Supreme Court in Tokyo, Japan. Her father, who, by the way, was the personal doctor to World War II’s General Ridgway at the time, was stationed at Tokyo Army Hospital, when a baby girl arrived. “’Do you know anyone interested in adopting a baby girl?’ He convinced my mother,’” says Trout. Read more
Posted Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:00:00 -0800A University of Idaho student was one of the 13 people that had their artwork selected for Starbucks holiday red cup campaign. According to Starbucks' website, Bronwyn Schumaker's "Evergreen Forest" design was inspired by a hike along her favorite mountain trail back in December. Read more
Posted Tue, 01 Nov 2016 07:57:00 -0700In the space under the stairs, walls of paper sketches close in around the artist at the drafting table. Shogo Ota stood over his new design, his hair a long, twisty black knot at the nape of his neck, his red plaid shirt a surrender to Pacific Northwest persuasion. As Seattle drizzled on the window behind him, he turned up the music and examined his sketchpad and the idea he calls simple: using one line to connect people. Read more
Posted Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:40:00 -0700
When his two children both decided to major in the arts in college, Marc Chopin did what any father who is an economist would do: He nudged them toward a minor in business, reasoning that this would help them face the harsh realities of making a living as an artist. Read more
Posted Sat, 29 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0700Eighty-five women from high schools throughout Idaho and Washington traveled to the University of Idaho to take a crack at dropping eggs from the second story of the UI Commons without breaking them. It was all part of the UI's 24th annual Women in Engineering Day - an event that pulls high school seniors and juniors interested in engineering to the UI and tasks them with an engineering project. Read more
Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0700Fourth-grade teacher Wes Bascom gathered his students in McDonald Elementary School’s multipurpose room Thursday for an expedition. “Today, you get to walk all over Idaho,” Bascom said. Without leaving the room, Bascom led two fourth-grade classes — about 30 kids — across the mountains and over the rivers of their home state.
Posted Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0700Found only in a critically endangered ecosystem known as the Palouse prairie, a storied giant was long thought to be extinct. Only a handful of sightings have been reported since the 1970s. Today, there are only 10 of these animals in captivity in the world. Seeing a rare species is one of the highlights of a naturalist’s life — and earlier this month, in Moscow, Idaho, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to see one.
Posted Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0700The state's perception of the University of Idaho has long needed an overhaul. When it comes time to select a university, students and parents are fretting over things such as graduation rates, academic strengths, class size, research opportunities, extracurricular activities and location. But that process is made more difficult when the perception of a school is skewed from the truth. Read more
Posted Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0700This fall on campus I met a Vandal freshman hailing from the Boise area. A good student in high school, and clearly a thoughtful young man, he’d applied for the University of Idaho last spring during a period when we’d temporarily waived our application fee. He told me he would not have applied if that $60 had been required – that cash just wasn’t on hand. There is a very good chance he would be at home right now instead of at college.
Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:00:00 -0700It took a string of phone calls, voicemails, emails and letters for Cruz Botello to attend the University of Idaho, but the third-year student has big plans now that he’s there. Botello, a 2014 Skyline High School graduate, became UI’s student body president in the fall. The position has become a demanding addition to Botello’s full-time academic schedule.
Posted Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:00:00 -0700Jeff Seegmiller, director of the University of Idaho's WWAMI Medical Education Program, said many people don't know about the UI's role in training future physicians under WWAMI, but that doesn't mean the regional program is not flourishing at the university.
Posted Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:00:00 -0700Marie Pengilly can make it rain 40 days and 40 nights or cause a 100-year drought. She can conjure up a blizzard or make a volcano erupt — just using her hands.
Her godlike powers come from a new technology called the Augmented Reality Sandbox, a powerful teaching tool for local students studying environmental science. Read more
Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0700David Pimentel never expected his decision to enroll in law school would lead him to a life trekking the globe with his wife and six children. Pimentel, 53, arrived in Moscow only last year after he accepted a position with the University of Idaho College of Law as an associate professor.
Posted Wed, 10 Aug 2016 08:00:00 -0700Today may be National Reading Day, but one local library is celebrating their title as the Most Beautiful Library in the State of Idaho. KLEW Palouse Bureau Chief, Alex Crescenti shows us what makes this one so special. Read more
Posted Mon, 01 Aug 2016 12:30:00 -0700After four years of planning, the University of Idaho and North Idaho College will now offer a baccalaureate program in computer science.
Posted Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:00:00 -0700Greg Moller and and Dan Strawn might have produced the world's first carbon negative advanced water treatment process, because it uses biochar - charcoal made from wood - that can be later used by farmers as fertilizer. Read more
Posted Tue, 05 Jul 2016 08:00:00 -0700The exploration of our outer solar system is about to hit a real slump. NASA is celebrating Juno's arrival at Jupiter, but in less than two years, Juno will be gone — it's slated to plunge into the gas giant and burn up. The Cassini spacecraft, now orbiting Saturn, will meet the same fate next year.
Posted Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 -0700
On Saturday, Idaho enjoys a special honor as the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is selected from the Payette National Forest near McCall. You don’t have to be a University of Idaho forestry graduate to know that Idaho provides abundant options for selecting what is known as “The People’s Tree.” What many may not realize is that July 2 is also the 154th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Morrill Act, the landmark legislation that created our land-grant-university system. What does that history mean for Idaho’s future? Read more
Posted Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:00:00 -0700HAILEY, Idaho — A three-way partnership between University of Idaho, USDA and environmental groups will allow UI researchers to perform extensive range and grazing-related research on the 10,400-acre Rock Creek Ranch in southcentral Idaho.
Posted Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:00:00 -0700Let’s travel back to a day that will always be part of our national memory - May 10, 1869. It was a dream come true: a railroad connecting the East and West coasts. The horns and bells of the Jupiter and No. 119 locomotives bellowed as they chugged along the rickety tracks and came face-to-face at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory. The crowd waited in anticipation for the last spike to be driven into the railroad tie, symbolizing completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad. Cheers filled the air as the maul hit the golden spike.
Posted Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:00:00 -0700Climate change has affected communities across the United States, but for Native Americans the effects hit closer to home. Donald Simpson, the climate project director, has seen climate change in the Northwest create challenges for Native American tribes. He says it is especially evident for tribes when it comes to their tribal culture - a culture centered on a relationship with their native lands. Read more
Posted Sun, 19 Jun 2016 08:00:00 -0700Imagine this is your work commute: You arrive at your office, don safety gear (including a respirator to protect you from poisonous gases), and enter an elevator crammed with 16 other people. Then, instead of heading up to your climate-controlled office, you are sent over a mile underground. There, you take an all-terrain vehicle that snakes through dark and dusty corridors while dropping another thousand feet deeper into the earth. Read more
Posted Sat, 18 Jun 2016 08:00:00 -0700The University of Idaho's recently released list of long-term goals are certainly lofty, but also worthwhile. Since September 2015, the university has been formulating a nine-year strategic plan that it unveiled at the Idaho State Board of Education meeting. Read more
Posted Sat, 04 Jun 2016 08:00:00 -0700Huddled between an arboretum and the administration building in a little-traveled corner of the University of Idaho's historic campus, a transformation is nearly complete. The nearly 50-year-old College of Education building has received a long-awaited renovation - if renovation can be defined as a complete gutting, rebuilding, rewiring and reviving - turning it from one of the least popular to most coveted buildings on campus, Cori Mantle-Bromley, dean of the College of Education, predicted. Read more
Posted Sun, 29 May 2016 08:00:00 -0700The last two sessions of the Idaho Legislature have resulted in funding increases for the state’s colleges and universities. But, according to a new study produced by the the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, financial support for higher education has decreased by more than 30 percent since 2007-2008 when adjusted for inflation. Read more
Posted Sun, 29 May 2016 08:00:00 -0700Two Idaho universities offer migrant student programs but can’t keep up with the demand. “We have more students applying to the program than we can serve,” said Gypsy Hall, associate director for Boise State University’s College Assistance Migrant Program. “There is definitely an interest in migrant students going to college.”
Posted Sun, 29 May 2016 08:00:00 -0700Fish are the primary source of animal protein in the diets of over 3 billion people. As the world’s population grows and incomes increase in developing countries, demand for fish and other seafood products is expected to double by 2030. Read more
Posted Mon, 16 May 2016 08:00:00 -0700Annelisa Wu said one of the first things that stuck out to her during a childhood visit to China was it was a cultural norm to first refuse a gift multiple times before finally accepting. Read more
Posted Sat, 14 May 2016 08:00:00 -0700Lucas Sass found his passion in organic chemistry during his time as an undergraduate at the University of Idaho, and now he's working to find a cure for cancer and potentially life-saving ways to deliver drugs to the brain.
Posted Tue, 03 May 2016 10:00:00 -0700I’m amused by all the fuss, frustration and foolish angst many parents and students endure as they travel across the country to various colleges and universities in search of the perfect match. In my educated opinion, most 18-year-old high school graduates don’t have a clue what they want to study, so why waste time and money seeking Big Name or Ivy League schools that eagerly take your fortune but don’t provide the stately claims offered in their glossy brochures? Read more
Posted Tue, 03 May 2016 09:00:00 -0700
After 20 years playing at college football's highest level, The Idaho Vandals are heading back to the FCS Level. Read more
Posted Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:00:00 -0700Around this time each year we celebrate our outdoor world and natural environment. From Arbor Day to Earth Day, I am reminded why Idaho’s natural resources are a keystone to our history and our future.
Posted Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:30:00 -0700Yesterday, the University of Idaho, where I am the president, accepted an invitation to join the Big Sky Conference, starting in fall 2018. The Sun Belt Conference, our current home in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Football Bowl Subdivision, elected not to renew our membership after 2017. Read more
Posted Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:00:00 -0700Here’s a guess: the next time University of Idaho president Chuck Staben joins his educrat compadres at a convention or gathering, every five minutes or so he’ll get clapped on the shoulder and steered into a corner and be told in a hushed tone: Read more
Posted Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:00:00 -0700
After two decades of playing at college football's most competitive and high-profile level, the University of Idaho will make the unprecedented move to leave the Football Bowl Subdivision and return to the Football Championship Subdivision.