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U of I Law Student Hopes to Inspire Son, Young Women to Follow Their Dreams

Posted 5/3/2021 6:49:00 PM

This story written by Rachel Spacek was published in the Idaho Press in Nampa on May 1. BOISE — As a single mother who took a long break between college and law school, Nicole Robles hopes to be a role model for her son, niece and other young women to show them you “you can break those barriers.” Read more

Western Innovator: Targeting Herbicide Resistance

Posted 4/21/2021 6:46:00 PM

This story by Carol Ryan Dumas was published in the Capital Press on April 20. KIMBERLY, Idaho — The newest weed specialist at the University of Idaho Kimberly Research and Extension Center crossed an ocean to further his studies in weed science. Read more

The Arithmetic of Compassion: How Psychology, Literature Help Explain Response to Pandemic

Posted 4/16/2021 8:23:00 PM

This podcast of “Public Health on Call” hosted by Colleen Barry and produced by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health was posted on April 16. There are psychological and cognitive obstacles to compassion, especially against an invisible virus. Dr. Paul Slovic, a psychology professor at the University of Oregon, and his son Dr. Scott Slovic, a literature professor at the University of Idaho talk with guest host Dr. Read more

Campus Can Crushers Recycle More Than 81,500 Cans Across U of I Campus

Posted 4/16/2021 6:13:00 PM

This story by Lynsey Amundson was published by KIVI-TV in Boise on April 15. MOSCOW — With a grant from the University of Idaho biology engineer student, Addie White, created "Campus Can Crushers" to help Idaho become more recycle friendly. “They are highly durable metal can crushers in the shape of university logos," White said. "It’s a project I started at the University of Idaho because our recycling program was cut.” Read more

University of Idaho student, recognized with national scholarship, researches how susceptible animals are to COVID-19

Posted 4/13/2021 3:38:00 PM

This story written by Greg Mason was published in The Spokesman-Review on April 10. The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention has said SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, likely originated in bats. And as efforts remain ongoing to neutralize the current COVID-19 outbreak, a University of Idaho student has been recognized with a national scholarship as he researches just how susceptible certain animal species are to the virus. Read more

The Mission? Fight space germs

Posted 4/7/2021 4:32:00 PM

This story written by Scott Jackson was published in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News on April 4. With the help of much younger, somewhat smaller scientists, a team of University of Idaho seniors studying chemical engineering have designed an experiment that will be delivered to the International Space Station next year. The experiment will explore the comparative effectiveness of bacteria-resistant polymers in a microgravity — or weightless — environment. Read more

How a Group of U of I Students Are Using Bandanas to Help Stop Sexual Violence Against Farmworker Women

Posted 3/31/2021 6:35:00 PM

Sexual harassment is not a new issue farmworker women have had to face. According to Justice for Migrant Women, 80% of farmworker women surveyed in California said they have experienced sexual harassment while out working in the fields. University of Idaho student Beatrice Santiago used to work out in the fields every summer with her family. She says she recalls hearing stories of women being sexually harassed while out working in the fields. Read more

Companies are Shaping a Free-Form Future for Mass Timber With U of I’s ICCU Arena

Posted 3/24/2021 10:23:00 PM

This article written by Matthew Marani was published in The Architect’s Newspaper on March 24. Moscow, Idaho, may not be the most auspicious venue for breakthrough architecture, but it’s where the future of mass timber is taking shape. Read more

U of I Parma Ag Center Reaches Funding Goal for Renovation, Expansion

Posted 3/24/2021 10:21:00 PM

This article written by Brad Carlson was published in Capital Press on March 22. The University of Idaho has the $7 million it needs to renovate and expand its agricultural research station near Parma. Read more

Nonprofit Partners with U of I College of Law to Prevent Evictions

Posted 3/10/2021 5:12:00 PM

This story was published by KTVB-TV in Boise on March 4. BOISE — Despite a national eviction moratorium being in place since last fall, more than 300 evictions were filed in Ada and Canyon County courts from September to December 2020. And although that moratorium was extended to March 31, 2021, eviction court cases continue. In 2021, there have been more than 200 eviction hearings in the Treasure Valley. Read more

U of I glaciologists studying fast-moving glacier with hopes of improving sea-level rise predictions

Posted 3/8/2021 6:34:00 PM

This story written by Eli Francovich of The Spokesman-Review appeared in The Fresno Bee on March 4. A team of University of Idaho scientists is studying a fast-moving glacier in Alaska in hopes of developing better predictions on how quickly global sea levels will rise. “What sets the speed limit for how fast the glacier will go?” asked Tim Bartholomaus a University of Idaho glaciologist. “That’s why we’re going to Turner. We’re trying to figure out the glacier speed limit. Read more

With Aims for In-Person Learning this Fall, Area Colleges Mull Plans for ‘Class of COVID-19’

Posted 3/1/2021 6:00:00 PM

This story written by Greg Mason and photos at the University of Idaho by Tyler Tjomsland were published in The Spokesman-Review on Feb. 28. Institutions are planning for as robust of an in-person experience as allowed by the ongoing pandemic. They’re doing so tentatively, however, citing state and federal guidelines that could change over time. College leaders are encouraged by the improving availability of COVID-19 vaccines. Read more

Study: U of I’s Teacher Prep Program Highlighted for Racial Diversity, High Admissions Standards

Posted 2/24/2021 9:30:00 PM

This story written by Devin Boykin was published on Feb. 22 on The University of Idaho’s teacher preparation program is among the nation’s best at maintaining high admissions standards while still establishing a racially diverse student body, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank says. Read more

A Jazzy Masterpiece

Posted 2/19/2021 10:23:00 PM

This story written by Devin Weeks was published in the Coeur d’Alene Press on Feb. 19. An eye-catching, jazzy masterpiece created by a Coeur d'Alene artist is the perfect accompaniment for a music festival named for a jazz musician. A digital creation by Riley Helal has been selected as the commemorative artwork for the U of I's 54th annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, a virtual event set for 25-27. Read more

“Poised to Shine:” Johanna Kalb Hired as University of Idaho College of Law’s New Dean

Posted 2/19/2021 10:19:00 PM

This story written by Greg Mason was published in The Spokesman-Review on Feb. 19. Johanna Kalb will be the new dean for the University of Idaho College of Law. (Courtesy of the University of Idaho). Within the past two years, the University of Idaho has installed a new president and a new provost. Now, the institution has a new dean for the university’s College of Law. Johanna Kalb cited the relatively new leadership among the reasons she’s excited to start in May. Read more

Ready for the Real Thing: U of I Students Practice the Art of the Injection at Vaccination Training

Posted 2/11/2021 7:34:00 PM

This story written by Scott Jackson appeared in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News on Feb. 11. In a clinical training for local medical, nursing and athletic training students, participants were unusually enthusiastic about stabbing their partners in the arm. About 40 aspiring doctors, nurses and athletic trainers Wednesday paired up and practiced administering vaccines by injecting each other with syringes filled with saline — a harmless saltwater solution. Read more

U of I Celebrates 132nd Anniversary as Gem State’s Only Land-Grant University

Posted 2/2/2021 4:26:00 PM

This video and story by Brian Holmes of KTVB-TV in Boise published on Jan. 29. MOSCOW, Idaho — Saturday, Jan. 30 marked the 132nd anniversary of the University of Idaho's establishment. When President Abraham Lincoln was in office in 1862, he secured Idaho's status as a territory of the United States, but he also did something else that left a mark on the Gem State. Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, named after Vermont Congressman Justin Smith Morrill. Read more

U of I Stock Market Expert, Students Give Insight on Wild Rise of GameStop’s Stocks

Posted 2/1/2021 8:03:00 PM

This story produced by Joe Parris was aired by KTVB-7 in Boise on Jan. 28. BOISE, Idaho — People looking to get into the stock market flooded onto the r/WallStreetBets Reddit page looking to get in on huge growth on stocks in the last week, with chatter on the forum helping lead GameStop's stock to skyrocket. “When you see volatility it’s a chance to make money on the upside and the downside and that’s exactly what’s going on right now,” said Dr. Read more

A Helping Hand for College Students with Autism

Posted 1/26/2021 9:18:00 PM

This story written by Lex Van Horn was published in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News on Jan. 23, 2021. Fluorescent lights and computers buzz like wasps. Every scratch of a pencil, every scrape of a chair against the floor, every click of a mouse, adds another level of distraction. After a lifetime of this, students who experience sensory overload, a symptom of some developmental disabilities, can come to despise the classroom. Read more

New U of I Degree Program Works to Fill Demand for Cybersecurity Professionals

Posted 1/13/2021 12:44:00 AM

This story was produced by Doug Nadvornick of Spokane Public Radio and published on Jan. 10. Russia’s recent hack of United States government agencies and private companies has brought the spotlight back to America’s cybersecurity vulnerabilities. It also brought a spotlight to the reality that the U.S. doesn’t have nearly enough qualified people who work in the cybersecurity field. The University of Idaho is working to fill the demand with a new bachelor’s degree program. Read more

Idaho Moose Research Shows Potential Causes of Recent Declines

Posted 1/7/2021 6:03:00 PM

University of Idaho scientists in collaboration with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game — which manages the state’s Shiras moose and sets hunting regulations — are exploring why some Idaho moose populations are on the decline. Read more

Asylum Seeker Reunited with Family from Efforts of U of I Immigration Law Clinic

Posted 1/4/2021 5:21:00 PM

This article written by Rachel Spacek appeared in the Idaho Press on Dec. 25. BOISE — Until earlier this month, a Guatemalan woman had been separated from her four children for more than three years. She spent over a year in the Northwest detention center in Tacoma, after she was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the U.S. and Mexico border. Read more

Wildfire Smoke May Spread Infectious Disease

Posted 12/23/2020 9:47:00 PM

This article written by Matt McGrath appeared in BBC News on Dec. 17. Scientists say that microbes and fungi can survive in large numbers in smoky plumes. The authors believe it's likely that organisms from the soil, known to cause infection, could be transferred in this way. They argue that greater monitoring of wildfire smoke by health authorities is urgently needed. Read more

Watch for the ‘Christmas Star’ Starting Next Week

Posted 12/17/2020 10:15:00 PM

This article appeared in the Coeur d’Alene Press on Dec. 17. Star-gazers will be able to catch a once-in-a-lifetime sight with the “Christmas star” or “Great Conjunction of 2020” as early as next Wednesday or Thursday next week with clear nights when Jupiter and Saturn appear at their closest at a tenth of a degree apart. University of Idaho physics professor Jason Barnes said the main event will be on Monday, Dec. Read more

How the COVID-19 Vaccine was Created so Quickly

Posted 12/15/2020 7:26:00 PM

This story by Stephanie Garibay appeared on KIVI-TV on Dec. 14. MAGIC VALLEY — With hospitals across the nation receiving the COVID-19 vaccine this week, some people are curious about how a vaccine was created so quickly, and a biological science professor says it's because they had a head start. Read more

Right Hire, Right Time

Posted 12/10/2020 7:19:00 PM

This article written by Scott Jackson appeared in the Moscow-Pullman Daily news on Dec. 9. As freshly minted University of Idaho Provost and Executive Vice President Torrey Lawrence begins his first few days in the position, the reaction to the hiring among faculty, staff and alumni has been decidedly positive. Read more

1918 Diary of Idaho Student Paints Picture of Life in the Last Pandemic

Posted 12/3/2020 7:44:00 PM

This story by Molly Wampler was published by Boise State Public Radio on Nov. 30. The COVID-19 pandemic isn't the first pandemic in recorded history. In fact, personal stories of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic exist deep in the archives. Read more

U of I’s $45M CAFE Project Underway

Posted 11/25/2020 6:54:00 PM

This article written by Sean Ellis of the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation was published in the Post Register in Idaho Falls on Nov. 24. POCATELLO — After nearly 15 years of being discussed, put on hold and then discussed again, the Idaho Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment is actually happening. “Things are moving forward. Read more

Faith led professor back to chemistry and recovery

Posted 11/23/2020 7:31:00 PM

This article written by Clark Corbin appeared on Idaho Education News on Nov. 18, 2020. Darren Thompson is a sought-after mentor and chemist who inspires students by opening a new world to them. He’s also an inventor, author of 41 published research papers and holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry. But to get to this point, Thompson battled depression and had to overcome a dark side. Read more

Beyond Awareness: Panel explores ways to help missing and murdered indigenous people

Posted 11/11/2020 10:19:00 PM

This article written by Madison Hardy was published in the Coeur d’Alene Press on Nov. 11, 2020. Last year nearly 5,600 Native American women were reported missing, and four in five were the victims of violence. Mass movements across North America have raised awareness of missing and murdered indigenous people through organized marches, community meetings, building databases, local city council meetings, tribal council meetings, and domestic violence training for police. Read more

From Ohio to Iowa to Idaho New University Partnerships Bolster Finances and Sustainability

Posted 11/5/2020 12:42:00 AM

This story was written by Allan Marks and published in Forbes on Nov. 3, 2020. Colleges and universities are turning to public-private partnerships (P3s) to upgrade campus energy systems, bolstering schools’ financial and environmental resilience. Higher education institutions face pressures to stabilize budgets, boost endowments, and optimize facilities usage. Read more

U of I Law Students Step Up to Work the Polls For Election 2020

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

This story was produced by Frankie Barnhill of Boise State Public Radio and was published on Nov. 2, 2020. Last week we heard from three election officials in different parts of Idaho about how they’re dealing with an unusual year. Today, we’re continuing our conversations with the folks volunteering to make sure every vote counts during this pandemic election. “Idaho Matters” welcomes University of Idaho law students Danielle Strollo and Jeannette Moody. Read more

Strong FY20 Financial Results Show U of I on the Path to Financial Sustainability

Posted 10/27/2020 10:45:00 PM

This guest column written by University of Idaho President Scott Green was published by the Idaho Press in Nampa on Oct. 28, 2020. Gem State residents can be proud of their land-grant institution, the University of Idaho. Despite challenges of the past year, the university community has stepped up in a big way to reverse budget deficits and keep enrollment stable amid a once-in-a-generation pandemic. Read more

U of I’s New ICCU Arena: A Mass Timber ‘Barn-Raising’

Posted 10/26/2020 9:36:00 PM

This story was written by Sholeh Patrick and published on Oct. 7, 2020, by the Coeur d’Alene Press. MOSCOW, Idaho — In America’s early days when a farmer needed a new barn, practically the whole town pitched in to build and raise it. This is almost like that. Fifty years ago, about the time the Kibbie Dome was built, University of Idaho dreamed of a basketball arena to pair with it. But given the expense and other priorities, that wasn’t to be. Until now. Read more

University of Idaho Marching Band Gets Creative Amid COVID-19

Posted 10/16/2020 9:35:00 PM

This story and video were produced by Taylor Viydo and published on Oct. 12, 2020, by KREM2. MOSCOW, Idaho — The University of Idaho Vandal marching band is getting creative when it comes to performing amidst COVID-19. The band doesn't have any fall football games to play at first and foremost. More importantly, band leaders have opted to take a cautious approach when it comes to students playing woodwind and brass instruments that could potentially spread contagious aerosols. Read more

Bay Watchers Keep an Eye on Coeur d’Alene Lake

Posted 8/27/2020 10:40:00 PM

This story was written by the Our Gem Collaborative team for the CDA Press on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. Along the shores of Coeur d’Alene Lake, citizen scientists are keeping a close eye and detailed log of changes in the water. Read more

Coping With Change — With A Trial Run

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

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

Grocery Store Workers Feel Customer Tension During Pandemic

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

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

Answering the Call by Covering the Pandemic

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

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

Anxiety, Depression Worsened by Lack of Social Interaction

Posted 4/22/2020 4:18:00 PM

This article was written by Hailee Maxey and published in Moscow-Pullman Daily News, April 22, 2020: The isolation that many countries have imposed to stem the spread of coronavirus has been hard on those like me with mental health issues. Read more

Virus Dashes Top-Flight Job Opportunities

Posted 4/22/2020 4:03:00 PM

This article was written by Brian Healy and published in Ravalli Republic, April 22, 2020: I was excited to learn early in the spring that I had a shot at two great summer jobs. Read more

Virus Requires a Pivot on the Job Front

Posted 4/22/2020 4:03:00 PM

This article was written by Brock Craven and published in Moscow-Pullman Daily News, April 22, 2020: When the coronavirus hammered my delivery-job income by slashing demand for letters and parcels, I switched to deliveries in a category where the virus has ramped up demand — takeout restaurant food. Read more

Raised in The Big City, I Thought I’d Seen It All

Posted 4/20/2020 4:59:00 PM

This article was written by Leo Tamba and published in Moscow-Pullman Daily News, April 20, 2020 and the Coeur d’Alene Press, May 1, 2020: I’m a University of Idaho football linebacker from the Los Angeles area, a place so big, diverse and pulsating that by the time you’re grown, you think you’ve seen it all. Read more

Tale of Two Airports Leaves Lasting Impression

Posted 4/20/2020 4:03:00 PM

This article was written by Ashlin Couch and published in Moscow-Pullman Daily News, April 22, 2020 and the Coeur d’Alene Press, April 24, 2020: I learned in the first few days after Idaho confirmed it had coronavirus what a difference a few days and a different country can make in airport scenes. Read more

Life Lessons: Davies Family Faces Scheduling Challenge

Posted 4/17/2020 5:04:00 PM

This article was written by Nataly Davies and published in Moscow-Pullman Daily News, April 17, 2020 and the The Argonaut, April 17, 2020: The coronavirus has been tough for all university students, but it has posed special problems for my husband, Luke, and me because we are both full-time students and the parents of an 8-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl. Read more

Remembering My Last Normal Day: The Day of the Play

Posted 4/15/2020 4:42:00 PM

This article was written by Jessica Megis and published in Moscow-Pullman Daily News, April 15, 2020 and the Coeur d’Alene Press, April 20, 2020: Burrowed inside my windbreaker, I walked briskly in the chill of a mid-March evening toward the University of Idaho’s Hartung Theater, unaware of how radically my life would change once the curtains closed. Read more

International Students Hit Hard By Virus

Posted 4/14/2020 5:01:00 PM

This article was written by Naga Pruidhvi and published in Moscow-Pullman Daily News, April 14, 2020: While the coronavirus has disrupted the lives of hundreds of thousands of university students across the United States, international students like me have been among the hardest hit. Read more

Born with Asthma, Scared Every Day What Catching Virus Could Mean

Posted 4/13/2020 4:55:00 PM

This article was written by Kian DeBord and was published in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, May 2, 2020: I am more concerned about coronavirus than most university students because I was born with asthma, and the virus attacks the lungs. Read more

Three Adults at Home; Two Without Incomes Because of Outbreak

Posted 4/13/2020 4:42:00 PM

This article was written by Julia Moore and published in Moscow-Pullman Daily News, April 13, 2020: Before the coronavirus surfaced, I was covering my University of Idaho living expenses with a job that I loved and obtained creative satisfaction from – eyelash extension artist. Read more

‘We Couldn’t Relax in Palm Springs’

Posted 4/11/2020 5:10:00 PM

This article was written by Reide Barkus: The hazmat gear that San Francisco International Airport employees had cocooned into was making an unmistakable statement about the danger of the coronavirus. Read more

Virus Dashed Multiple Career Opportunities

Posted 4/11/2020 5:10:00 PM

This article was written by Stella Davidson: As I sat on my bed in my parents’ home in Boise, I fielded a traumatic WhatsApp call from my best friend, who was studying in Lyon, France, for the school year. Read more

Phone Calls of Concern Recalled

Posted 4/11/2020 5:10:00 PM

This article was written by Stephanie Lazaro: In early March, as news was surfacing that universities outside Idaho were going to online classes and in some cases shutting down because of the coronavirus, parents of University of Idaho students started becoming concerned. Read more

Virus Puts Sports Writing on Hold, Leads to Construction Gig

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

This article was written by Armin Mesinovic: When the coronavirus forced the University of Idaho to go to online classes in late March, I moved back to my parents’ home in Boise, where I’ve been pitching in with my father’s tile-laying business. Read more

Virus Dashed Dreams of Germany, but New Doors Opened

Posted 4/11/2020 3:55:00 PM

This article was written by Anteia McCollum and published in Moscow-Pullman Daily News, April 11, 2020: The coronavirus dashed my hopes of going on an exciting Idaho National Guard adventure to Germany, but I ended up doing something even more worthwhile — helping hungry Idahoans fill their stomachs. Read more

UI developing gear for health care workers

Posted 4/4/2020 3:17:00 PM

The University of Idaho has devoted resources in various departments to produce personal protective equipment for health care workers as shortages of such gear have become commonplace with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Major projects include face shields to protect workers from splatter and spray of coughing patients as well as surgical masks, which have either been 3D printed or sewn from cloth. Read more

Prof offers some ways to stop spread of misinformation

Posted 3/24/2020 11:10:00 PM

This article was written by Justyna Tomtas and published in The Lewiston Tribune on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. As people social distance themselves and choose to stay home to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, social media makes it easy to keep in touch with others. But the communication platforms also spur the spread of misinformation. Read more

Grandiose plans offered for future of Lewiston’s Bollinger Center

Posted 2/20/2020 5:43:00 PM

This article was written by Joel Mills and published in The Lewiston Tribune on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. While there is a heap of doubt surrounding Lewiston’s Anne Bollinger Performing Arts Center, a group of University of Idaho architecture students offered their versions of a bright future Wednesday for the condemned former church and theater. Read more

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 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


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