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The Vandal Theory podcast asks, “What gets University of Idaho researchers’ brains buzzing... besides coffee?” These award-winning stories showcase researchers exploring and solving real-world problems. With interviews on all things Vandal, discover the world of U of I research with hosts Leigh Cooper and Kyle Pfannenstiel.

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Season 5, Episode 8: Jason Dykstra — Teaching Creativity

Question: What role does creativity play in our lives?

Meet Jason Dykstra, a member of the band The Plagiarists and visiting faculty and director of University of Idaho’s Housing Clinic. The Boise law professor studies why creativity is important — in life, and in law. As shown by a creativity test designed for the Apollo space program, people begin life as creative geniuses, only to see their creative roots shrink over time. But, as Dykstra and other researchers find, people can relearn creativity and make space to flex those muscles throughout their day-to-day lives.

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More U of I Research

U of I Boise Law Clinic Prevents Homelessness in Tight Housing Market

The Long Path to Law

U of I Alumnus Luis Cortes Romero Finds Success as a Lawyer, and It’s Personal

Music

Young Republicans” by Steve Combs via freemusicarchive.org, not modified.

La Femme Nakita” by The Plagiarists.

Season 5, Episode 7: Colette DePhelps — Female Farmers

Question: When you imagine a farmer, what picture do you have in your head?

Meet Colette DePhelps, an area extension educator specializing in community food systems for University of Idaho. As part of the Idaho Woman in Ag project, DePhelps is interviewing and surveying Idaho’s female farmers — who earn $1 for every $2.50 earned by male counterparts — and identifying the support they need.

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More U of I Agricultural and Life Sciences Stories

Undergrad Research Project Focuses on Nitrous Oxide Emissions

Dairy Waste Research

Global Food Security

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Young Republicans” by Steve Combs via freemusicarchive.org, not modified.

The Family Farm” by Heartland Nights via soundstripe.

Season 5, Episode 6: Florian Justwan — How Our Brains Wrestle With Politics

Question: What changes people’s minds about politics?

Meet Florian Justwan, a professor of political science at University of Idaho, who studies political psychology. Drawing on years of research into how people process political information, Justwan shows we often rely on our identities and social networks to interpret new political data. People may not weigh new facts as heavily as expected and Justwan offers advice on how to check our information blind spots.

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More U of I Research

Political Partisanship, Party Loyalty Shape Beliefs of 2016 Election Interference, U of I Study Shows

U of I Junior Wants to Show Idaho’s Latinx Population Anything Is Possible

Vandal Theory 4.2: Bert Baumgaertner — Vaccine Hesitancy

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Young Republicans” by Steve Combs via freemusicarchive.org, not modified.

Glasgow” by Falls

Season 5, Episode 5: Jaap Vos — Our Changing Idaho

Question: Just how much is Idaho growing?

Meet Jaap Vos, a professor of planning and natural resources at University of Idaho, where he also serves as interim head of the Natural Resources and Society department. Vos used novel data on driver’s license registrations and turnovers to create a fuller picture of Idaho’s unprecedented rates of population change. More than one in every four Idahoans are new to the state, Vos’s analysis found. “We’re not in the middle of nowhere anymore,” he said.

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More U of I Research

Idaho’s Demographics Changing at Unprecedented Rates, U of I Analysis Finds

CNR Students Use McCall Field Campus to Forge Futures and Friendships

Associate Degrees in Natural Resources Offered for First Time This Fall

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Young Republicans” by Steve Combs via freemusicarchive.org, not modified.

The Optimist” by EILOH

Season 5, Episode 4: Lisette Waits — Wildlife Conservation Genetics 

Question: What kind of tools come to mind when you think about wildlife conservation?

Meet Lisette Waits, a distinguished professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences at University of Idaho. Whether she is tracking an endangered population of pygmy rabbits, watching wolves spread across the West, or trying to identify a tent-smashing bear, Waits uses genetics to conserve wildlife.

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More U of I Fish and Wildlife Sciences

Conservation Scholars Build Network and Field Research Skills

Wildlife Biology Student Finds Career While Wrangling Rabbits

Professor Says Tuskless Elephants Arose from Poaching, Civil War

Music

Young Republicans” by Steve Combs via freemusicarchive.org, not modified.

Still Young” by Desert Dive via soundstripe.

Season 5, Episode 3: Tim Bartholomaus — Shifting Glaciers 

Question: What makes up a glacier?

Meet Tim Bartholomaus, an associate professor in the Department of Earth and Spatial Sciences at University of Idaho. Glaciers are more than just an ice cube slowly sliding through the landscape. Bartholomaus is exploring why a glacier’s speed varies, how well glaciologists can predict glacier and icesheet melt, and the balls of moss — adorably called glacier mice — that live on glaciers.

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More U of I Geology Research

Geology Student Travels to Iceland to Study Martian Climate

Geology Students Learn Hands-On from Hecla Mining Company Professionals

Vandal Explorer Series: Glacier Surge in Alaska

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Young Republicans” by Steve Combs via freemusicarchive.org, not modified.

If I Die” by Moments via soundstripe.

Season 5, Episode 2: Dilshani Sarathchandra and Kristin Haltinner — To Believe, or Not to Believe

Question: What makes someone believe in climate change?

Meet Dilshani Sarathchandra and Kristin Haltinner, sociology professors in the Department of Culture, Society and Justice at University of Idaho. They delve deep into people’s beliefs about climate change, recounting lessons learned over hundreds of interviews for their upcoming book “Inside the World of Climate Change Skeptics,” set to publish in spring 2023. The research team uncovers the nuanced identities of climate skeptics — many of whom worry about environmental degradation — to shape social understanding around one of the most pressing issues of our time.

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More U of I Sociology Research

Using Data to Shape the Criminal Justice System

U of I Professors to Release Findings on Climate Change Skepticism

Recidivism of Terrorists — Vandal Theory 3.5

Music

Young Republicans” by Steve Combs via freemusicarchive.org, not modified.

Great Beyond” by Reveille via soundstripe.

Season 5, Episode 1: Heidi Holubetz — Wildland Firefighter Nutrition

Question: Would you consider wildland firefighters athletes, and if so, what type of athlete would they be most like?

Meet Heidi Holubetz, a master’s student in the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Idaho. Wildland firefighters are considered tactical athletes who can burn 6,000 calories a day and require a solid nutrition plan. Holubetz and her fellow researchers are working to improve firefighter nutrition through education and collaborations with vendors who provide meals to firefighters.

Email us at vandaltheory@uidaho.edu.

More U of I Research and Activities Around Wildfire

Fueling the Firefighters: U of I Proposes Changes to USFS Wildland Firefighter Food Contract

New Science Tracks Microbes in Smoke: New Science Explores Microbes in Wildfire Smoke and the Ecological Impact of Dispersal

Rising to the Occasion: Students Lead Fire Mitigation at UIEF and Beyond

Music

Young Republicans” by Steve Combs via freemusicarchive.org, not modified.

Reveille” by Wild Soul via soundstripe.

For more episodes of “The Vandal Theory,” visit our podcast archive.

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