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The Vandal Theory Podcast

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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 and quick updates on all things Vandal, discover the world of U of I research with host Leigh Cooper.

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Season 2, Episode 7: Jon Waterhouse — Modern and Indigenous Science

“You’ll hear it at large native gatherings and small native gatherings. Someone will say ‘all my relations.’ What they mean is not…grandma and grandpa. They do mean that, but, when they say ‘all my relations,’ they’re looking out across the entire existence of what we see. The trees. The rocks. The whole works. We have a connection to all that. We’re not separate from the natural system. We’re just part of it.”

Meet Jon Waterhouse, a research scientist at the University of Idaho and a National Geographic Explorer. Jon has spent much of his time at National Geographic traveling with indigenous peoples from around the world, including the Amazon and Alaska. His goal is to provide a way for indigenous people to gather, record and communicate their place-based science with the wider world. At U of I, Jon will be continuing that work through a project called LINK, which combines virtual technology, modern environmental science and indigenous science.

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More U of I Research

U of I will begin designing the nation’s largest research dairy, called the Idaho Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE). A $1 million gift from the J.R. Simplot Co. brought the university commitment for the project to $10 million. Read more.

Department of Biological Sciences’ Larry Forney found that measuring the levels of acids and proteins in vaginal fluid may be a non-invasive, cost-effective way to assess the risk for preterm birth due to a short cervix. Read more.

Assistant Professor Dakota Roberson has earned a 2019-20 White House Fellowship and will spend a year working for the U.S. Department of Defense. His expertise in power systems and renewable energy integration led him to the national leadership and public service program. Read more.

Music

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

Impact Andante” by Kevin MacLeod via freeusicarchive.org, not modified.

Season 2, Episode 6: Steve Peterson — The Story of Idaho’s Economy

“Our analysis starts with a database, essentially a model of the entire economy. You’re painting a numeric picture of the economy and what the drivers are.”

Meet Steve Peterson, an associate clinical professor at the University of Idaho. Steve is an economist who lends his knowledge to regional businesses, non-profits and other organizations. He writes economic assessments for these groups, answering questions like, how much money does the Botanical Garden bring to Boise? Does the Moscow Farmers Market bring in enough money to justify putting in a public restroom? And how many jobs do the five Native American tribes of Idaho bring to the state?

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More U of I research

NASA will fund a research proposal to evaluate countermeasures that prevent or ease the signs and symptoms associated with brain and vision problems, which result from space travel. Read more.

The College of Art and Architecture in Boise launched its third Virtual Technology Laboratory. The lab will partner with the Autism Cross-Reality Institute to develop educational, diagnostic and therapeutic tools to aid individuals with autism. Read more.

The University of Idaho was ranked sixth among nearly 300 higher education institutions on the Sustainable Campus Index, a grade published by the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Learn more.

Music

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

Sun Tan Lines” by Florian Decors via freeusicarchive.org, not modified.

Season 2, Episode 5: Dilshani Sarathchandra — Feelings About Risk

“Our students would…rationalize their risky behavior by comparing themselves to their peers who they say also take similar actions and have remained safe.”

Meet Dilshani Sarathchandra, an assistant professor at the University of Idaho. Dilshani is a sociologist who studies risk assessment. She focuses not on the calculations behind risk assessment, but how our human emotions and feelings influence what we consider risky behavior. And it turns out we’re really terrible at deciding what is risky behavior and where to put our trust. Dilshani has spent her career studying this odd dichotomy between real and perceived risky behavior, including a number of studies on people’s trust in science and cybersecurity risk among college students.

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More U of I research

U of I has identified and cloned a gene that can fend off a major fungal threat to wheat and barley. This genetic advance could lead to new wheat varieties with more dependable yields and reduce the need for pesticides. Learn more.

David Ausband published a study on how wolves use the space around the sites where they rear their pups. The study suggests the closer the wolves are related to a litter of pups, the more time they will spend rearing the young. Read more.

The U of I wants to create a dynamic new meat science center and a $1 million gift took us one step closer. The new center will expand students’ educational opportunities in animal processing. Learn more.

Music

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

Terminalism” by Phylum Sinter via freeusicarchive.org, not modified.

Season 2, Episode 4: Mike Quist — Trailing Steelhead

“The most recent economic data that I could find were for 2011, and both salmon and steelhead fisheries brought in around $90 million to the state…It’s not a trivial part of our economy.”

Meet Mike Quist, an associate professor at the University of Idaho. Mike spends his time at U of I fishing. OK, that’s a bit simplistic. He actually studies fish, including the best ways to manage our fisheries. Fisheries management can be complicated with the involvement of anglers, conservationists, landowners, tribes and all levels of government. For his part, Mike often evaluates and monitors fish populations. He’s recently focused on studying steelhead trout populations in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more.

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More U of I Research

The University of Idaho Advanced Biofuels Lab is partnering with the U.S. Air Force on a project to commercialize a biofuel that doesn’t freeze at high altitudes and has the potential to be carbon-negative. Read more.

Postdoctoral Associate Jane Lucas published on Azteca alfari ant nests in trumpet trees. The study found that nursery chambers had fewer bacteria species than the rest of the nest. Learn more.

U of I’s Richard Christensen was awarded a U.S. Department of Energy grant to support the installation of a NuScale reactor plant simulator. The simulator is a virtual nuclear power plant control room and will be housed at U of I Idaho Falls. Read more.

Music

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

Springish” by Gillicuddy via freeusicarchive.org (License), not modified.

Season 2, Episode 3: Anastasia Telesetsky — Single-Use Plastics

“Someone reported that they were finding…single-use plastic bags in the Mariana Trench, which is one of the deepest places in the ocean, and it’s kind of remarkable just how far it’s traveled. And I’m a believer that this is a particular issue that we have social capital around, and we can actually see changes. That we can see behavioral changes.”

Meet Anastasia Telesetsky, a professor of law at the University of Idaho. Anastasia has focused much of her law career on international and environmental law including work on whaling, sustainable fisheries and climate change. Now, she is tackling a new oceanic plague, plastic pollution. Researchers estimate 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean every year; that’s roughly the weight of 90 aircraft carriers. To help solve the problem, Anastasia proposes an international ban on most single-use plastics.

Read more at The Conversation.

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More U of I research

Katherine Himes and U of I’s James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research have initiated the Idaho Climate-Economy Impacts Assessment, a two-year project to evaluate the economic impact of climate change on Idaho. Read more.

Doctoral student Andrew Maguire was awarded the Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology fellowship that will support Maguire’s Arctic research on trees. Learn more.

Research at U of  I often takes place beyond Idaho’s borders. Check out our website to watch five students who, during summer 2019, investigated everything from antelope diets in Mozambique to the logistics of building a boarding school in Togo.

Music

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

Assignment” by BoxCat Games via freeusicarchive.org (License), not modified.

Season 2, Episode 2: Matt Fox-Amato — Slavery and Photography

Stereograph showing Capt. B.S. Brown (left); Lt. John P. Shaw, Co. F 2nd Regt. Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry (center); and Lt. Fry (right) with African American men and boy at Camp Brightwood, D.C..
“Contraband Foreground,” c. 1861-1865, stereograph, albumen print, 8 x 18cm. Civil War Photograph Collection, Stereograph Cards Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, LC-DIG-stereo-1s02759.
an African American boy holding on to the horse drawn carriage in front of a planter's house. A man prepares to board the carriage.
Osborn and Durbec, “Planter’s summer residence, no. 10,” c. 1860, stereograph. Civil War Collection, Stereograph Cards Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, LC-DIG-stereo-1s03920.
Ten African Americans pose together at the top of an embankment.
Alexander Gardner, Richmond, Virginia. “Group of Negroes (‘Freedmen’) by canal,” April 1865, collodion negative. Civil War Glass Negatives and Related Prints Collection, Civil War Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, LC-DIG-cwpb-00468.

“These pictures of enslaved people…they’re primarily well-dressed studio portraits. They don’t show enslaved people visible dissenting from their position. And so what I talk about is how we see in the 1840s and 1850s slave holders taking up what is a neutral visual technology and warping it and turning it toward particular political ends. I call this dynamic in particular a quiet habit of domination.”

Meet Matt Fox-Amato, an assistant professor at the University of Idaho. In spring 2019, Matt published a book on the relationship between slavery and photography, a technological advancement that was developed and flourished in the two decades preceding the Civil War. His book draws on rare photographs from the middle of the 19th century, along with archival letters to investigate how photography affected how slavery and freedom were recorded, imagined and contested. The book is titled “Exposing Slavery: Photography, Human Bondage, and the Birth of Modern Visual Politics in America.”

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More U of I research

Assistant Professor Dakota Roberson was recognized as co-inventor on a patent that improves the ability to compensate against large electric power flow changes brought on by intermittent disturbances or even cyberattacks. Read more.

U of I researchers found people who are skeptical of health institutions and live farther away from a disease outbreak harbor less favorable vaccination views than those who are skeptical but live in closer proximity to an outbreak. Learn more.

U of I’s Adrienne Marshall found that back-to-back low snow years may become six times more common across the Western United States over the latter half of this century. Read more about the study and read Marshall’s story in The Conversation.

Music

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

Headway” by Kai Engel via freemusicarchive.org (License), not modified.

Photos

Used on U of I promos: Alexander Gardner, Richmond, Virginia. “Group of Negroes (‘Freedmen’) by canal,” April 1865, collodion negative. Civil War Glass Negatives and Related Prints Collection, Civil War Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, LC-DIG-cwpb-00468.

Osborn and Durbec, “Planter’s summer residence, no. 10,” c. 1860, stereograph. Civil War Collection, Stereograph Cards Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, LC-DIG-stereo-1s03920.

“Contraband Foreground,” c. 1861-1865, stereograph, albumen print, 8 x 18cm. Civil War Photograph Collection, Stereograph Cards Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, LC-DIG-stereo-1s02759.

Season 2, Episode 1: Jason Barnes — A Journey to Titan

“We really started thinking about, what do we want to explore on Titan? We want to explore these interesting organic grains…Of course, organic stuff is…what life is made of. It’s made of carbon-based molecules. And so when we’re looking at Titan we’re looking at the most exciting carbon chemistry anywhere but Earth.”

Meet Jason Barnes, who was recently promoted to professor at the University of Idaho. Jason is a founding member of an international team of scientists that has spent years designing a robotic quadcopter that can land on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. This drone-like rotorcraft, which is affectionately named Dragonfly, is intended to fly from sampling site to sampling site, studying the moon’s atmosphere and surface. In the long run, Dragonfly should help scientists answer questions about how life started on Earth.

Learn more about Project Dragonfly.

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The Dragonfly project will be led by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and is funded by NASA in the amount of up to $850 million. The project is 100 percent federally funded.

More U of I Research

Doctoral student Maria Zubkova found that the amount of area burned across Africa declined by 18.5 percent between 2002 and 2016. This reduction was likely driven by an increase in plant-available moisture. Learn more.

A group of current and retired faculty from the College of Art and Architecture contributed to the peer-reviewed online encyclopedia, Archipedia, which features the country's most architecturally significant structures. Read more.

U of I’s Tara Hudiburg was given the 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government. Learn more.

Music

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

Out of the Skies, Under the Earth” by Chris Zabriskie via freeusicarchive.org (License), not modified.

Season 1, Episode 3: Beyond the science — climate change and society in Idaho

Season 1, Episode 2: How is climate change affecting farming, ranching and aquaculture in Idaho?

Season 1, Episode 1: How is climate change affecting Idaho’s natural landscapes?

Contact

University Communications and Marketing

Phone: 208-885-6291

Fax: 208-885-5841

Email: uinews@uidaho.edu

Web: Communications and Marketing

U of I Media Contacts