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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 4, Episode 4: Erik Coats — Wastewater, Not a Waste

“Bacteria are pretty interesting creatures, if you will. They will store inside their cell food that they consume in a polymer form, not unlike, in a way, how we store excess food as fat. If we recover the dead bacterial cells and refine this polymer, it’s a plastic. It’s a plastic very similar to polypropylene or polyethylene. In order for this process to work well, we need a lot of that particular food, a lot of organic carbon. And circling back to dairy manure, there is a lot of concentrated organic material present in dairy manure.”

Meet Erik Coats, a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Idaho. As you can imagine, industrial and municipal wastewater contains more than just water. And it turns out all that “extra stuff” might have untapped potential. Erik hopes to use his knowledge of chemistry and engineering to extract nutrients and even plastics from our wastewater, providing extra cash for industry and municipalities and cleaning our water at the same time.

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More U of I Research

Working on an Icelandic volcano, geologist Erika Rader and colleagues used analytical instrumentation similar to those available on Mars rovers to characterize what geological features are most likely linked to high microbial abundance and diversity. They suggested a sampling strategy for looking for hints of microbes on Mars. Read more.

WWAMI faculty were awarded a $99,000 National Institutes of Health grant to explore the underlying causes of insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. The study will help improve understanding of the interaction between diet, the gut’s microbiome and the host. Read more.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, children from one Idaho school district are getting plenty of fresh air and teacher time. Beginning in September 2020, 100 K-5 students from the McCall-Donnelly School District learned science at the McCall Outdoor Science School. Read more.

Music

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

Travel” by Cambo via freemusicarchive.org, not modified.

Season 4, Episode 3: Geoffrey Heeren — Immigration Law Clinic

“Immigrants are not only working in important sectors of the economy, but they’re also generating tax revenue. Immigrants paid about $221 million in state and local taxes in Idaho in 2018. So, I think the state owes something to this population that’s really doing so much for it. And my clinic is, of course, not even going to come close to meeting the need for immigrant legal services in the state of Idaho, because we have a small number of students and the students are learning. But the hope is that the students who graduate from my clinic are going to go out and be lawyers and some of them at least might be immigration lawyers in the state who are serving this really, really important population.”

Meet Geoffrey Heeren, an associate professor of law at the University of Idaho and director of the Immigration Litigation and Appellate Clinic. Going from books to the courtroom is a big step, and when U of I law students accept an immigration case as part of the law clinic, they become responsible for their client’s future. Each case offers unique challenges for the students and provides their clients opportunities for legal representation and advice.

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More U of I Research

As an economics and international studies student, Nicole Handlen created a database on manufacturers in Idaho, and the Idaho Manufacturing Alliance will build an app using the database to give the state’s manufacturers a way to connect. Read more.

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences emeritus distinguished professor Ron Hardy has co-authored a new study as a follow-up to one from 2000 that warned of the environmental impact of fish farms depleting wild fish stocks. The new study finds that fish farming has improved, with more farmed fish being fed plants, like soy. Read more.

A student team earned $10,000 for its first-place win during the 2020 Hacking for Homebuilding competition. The team worked with construction professionals to develop a steel frame that sits between the wall studs and floor joists of a structure and allows for easy utility access through a collapsible or detachable baseboard. Read more.

Music

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

Disguises” by Ketsa via freemusicarchive.org, not modified.

Season 4, Episode 2: Bert Baumgaertner — Vaccine Hesitancy

“Moderates seem to be the most sensitive to changes in risk. So that’s to say, when risk is really low, the moderates behave similarly to conservatives in that not as many of them are willing to get vaccinated compared to democrats. But as you dial up the risk so that the risk is really, really high, then liberals and democrats are much more willing to get vaccinated than republicans and so are the moderates. So, the moderates sort of swing the most. They seem to be most sensitive to information about the risk of the disease.”

Meet Bert Baumgaertner, an associate professor in the Department of Politics and Philosophy at the University of Idaho. For months, the United States and the rest of the world have been tracking the development and now distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. But not everyone is planning on getting the vaccine. Before the pandemic, Bert was studying why some people get vaccines, why they don’t and what might change a person’s mind.

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The University of Idaho Confluence Lab, along with University of Oregon and Whitman College, was awarded a roughly $4.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to address racial and climate justice issues. Read more.

University of Idaho scientists in collaboration with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are exploring why some Idaho moose populations are declining. So far, they found that adult survival is high and are now looking at calf survival, disease and parasites. Read more.

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded more than $2 million to three projects that partner with College of Engineering faculty. The money will be used to help advance understanding of new nuclear technologies and make them safer to operate. Read more.

Music

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

Les Portes Du Futur” by Bill Vortex via freemusicarchive.org, not modified.

Season 4, Episode 1: Lachelle Smith — Connecting Idaho’s Medical Communities

“You know…really the whole point of ECHO is to improve access for rural and underserved patients, and this is a way to do that. And, like I said earlier, it’s that ripple effect of it’s not just the patient whose case we review in the ECHO session, but it’s all the other patients who will receive better care as a result of what their provider learned in ECHO.”

Meet Lachelle Smith, the director for ECHO Idaho. When you live in a small town, it’s hard to get specialized medical treatment. Medical specialists are often too far away and too expensive. But, through ECHO Idaho, the state’s healthcare work force is learning to address their patient’s individual needs by reviewing real case studies within an online community. ECHO Idaho helps the state’s health care workers keep abreast of the latest medical research and public health trends — knowledge they pass to their patients.

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NASA selected a College of Engineering team to build an experiment that will take place on the International Space Station. The team will research how microgravity impacts the efficacy of polymers known to resist bacteria on Earth. Read more.

Wildlife scientists Ryan Long and Savannah Rogers found grizzly bears take cool baths to help prevent overheating. Because the body temperature of mammals rises during lactation, female grizzly bears may take baths to facilitate milk production and ensure offspring survival. Read more.

The Idaho Beef Council announced a $250,000 gift to the University of Idaho. The endowment will provide scholarships to graduate students studying beef safety, nutrition and product development. Read more.

Music

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

Instrumental #2 Revisited” by Gillicuddy via freemusicarchive.org, not modified.

Season 3, Episode 8: Rebecca Scofield — Rodeo Outriders

“It was so deeply appealing to people to be able to consider themselves a cowboy that they often didn’t care who was necessarily excluded on the other side. Even when they themselves had faced that exclusion previously, they were able to take that mythology, reshape it, yes, but still redeploy it as a way to say we belong but maybe other people don’t.”

Meet Rebecca Scofield, an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Idaho. You don’t get more Western, masculine and American than a cowboy, right? That’s even more true for a cowboy who can ride a bucking bronco or an enraged steer at a rodeo. Rebecca wanted to delve into the idea of the cowboy from the point of view of people who may not, at first glance, fit into the archetype.

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Fish and Wildlife Sciences doctoral candidate Matthew Dunkle, along with researchers from the Yakama and Umatilla tribes, explored the spawning migrations of Pacific lampreys. The fish move nutrients from oceans to freshwater streams in non-random patterns. Read more.

Adam Jones, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was awarded a $1 million National Science Foundation grant to study sexual selection and sexual conflict in pipefish and seahorses. He wants to understand the relationship between sexual selection and genetics. Read more.

U of I researchers conducted a survey of inland Pacific Northwest farmers. They found that there was no relationship between documented changes in temperature and precipitation and the perceptions farmers have of those changes or the farmers’ intentions to alter their operations. Read more.

Music

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

Ghost Byzantine” by Blue Dot Sessions via freemusicarchive.org, not modified.

Season 3, Episode 7: Michael Haney — Idaho Educates Cybersecurity Experts

“From my honeypot research I’ve found that any new computer that connects to the internet, having never run any sort of service before, you’re discovered within an hour. Usually [after] about 30 minutes people start to connect to you with that tool that we call a ping. If you’re a high value target like the honeypots I’ve put up for infrastructure, within a day or two we start getting connection attempts, real scans trying to log into the system. People trying to log in every few minutes with different passwords just to see what happens.”

Meet Michael Haney, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Idaho. Computer hackers are always developing new tricks, and businesses hire professional cybersecurity experts to protect their important data. But there are not enough experts to go around. Idaho has now gone all in to educate the next wave of cybersecurity experts, and Michael is leading the charge.

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More U of I Research

Not to be stymied by COVID-19, the Vandal Marching Band packed away their woodwinds and brass instruments, which can spread aerosols, and embraced percussion. The entire band learned how to drum, an instrument that allows all members to participate while staying masked. Read more.

Glacier moss balls, which are nicknamed “glacier mice,” are globs of dirt and moss found on glaciers. Glaciologist Tim Bartholomaus and wildlife scientist Sophie Gilbert found the mice move roughly 2.5 centimeters a day in a herd-like fashion, but their movement doesn’t coincide with prevailing winds, downslope or sun angle. Read more.

Researchers partnered with the City of Moscow to improve wastewater testing for the virus that causes COVID-19 and develop an early warning system for detecting increases of cases in the community. They also used this technique to look for pockets of COVID-19 cases on the University of Idaho Moscow campus. Read more.

Music

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

Mission” by BoxCat Games via freemusicarchive.org, not modified.

Season 3, Episode 6: Frank Wilhelm — Toxic Lakes

“We do clearly have lakes where they haven’t had blooms and then recently, I’d say within the last 10 years, as part of the regular monitoring programs that occur, people have seen an increase or an occurrence of these blooms. Example in Idaho is Twin Lakes. Last year was the first time it had a toxic bloom in its history. So, people are naturally upset about that and very concerned in terms of what the future may hold.”

Meet Frank Wilhelm, a professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences at the University of Idaho and associate director of the Center for Research on Invasive Species. For Frank, research is about solving real-world problems. Frank has worked across the Northwest to preserve water quality for recreation, farming, drinking and general lake health. He’s specialized in studying algae that can cause lakes to become toxic for humans, animals and plants.

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The new Visiting Tribal Scholars Program at the University of Idaho will connect Native American students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics with Indigenous scientific methodology that provides mentorship for student success. Read more.

Erika Rader and Renee Love in the Department of Geography and Geological Sciences moved their Summer 2020 field course online during the COVID-19 pandemic. They used online tools like Minecraft, a video game focused on exploration and construction, to teach students how to read a map, move about the landscape safely and interpret rock formations. Read more.

U of I researchers David Ausband and Lisette Waits examined the effect of hunting on the genetic diversity of wolf populations. They found that hunting — because it creates opportunities for wolves to immigrate into nearby groups and breed — could make groups in subpopulations more related over time. Read more.

Music

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

Ghost Byzantine” by Blue Dot Sessions via freemusicarchive.org, not modified.

Season 3, Episode 5: Omi Hodwitz — Terrorism, Incarceration and Recidivism

“Currently, we don’t know anything about violent incarcerated political communities. We don’t know anything about their recidivism rates. There are currently no studies or databases that — to the best of my knowledge — exists in the western world that will give us some direction as to what recidivism looks like among this unique community of offenders.”

Meet Omi Hodwitz, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Idaho. In the United States, if a person becomes incarcerated, it is likely that, once released, they will commit more crimes and return to prison. But what about terrorists? Are they equally likely to be unable to break the cycle of incarceration? Using a database, Omi is tracking terrorists after they serve time.

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In December, an eight-student team from the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium in the College of Engineering will be in Chile recording gravity waves produced by the complete solar eclipse. Gravity waves are atmospheric disturbances that can influence weather. The team practiced measuring waves all summer by launching weather balloons weekly. Read more.

The University of Idaho has secured a National Institutes of Health grant of nearly $11 million to support continued modeling for biomedical research at U of I’s Read more.

A Meridian scientist and entrepreneur will work with Shelley and Mark McGuire in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences to perfect a simple home test to help breastfeeding mothers avoid allergic reactions by their infants. Read more.

Music

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

Impact Moderato” by Kevin MacLeod via freemusicarchive.org, not modified.

Season 3, Episode 4: Josh Bailey — The Perfect Running Gait

“When I’m in a fatigue state, I might not be in that physical readiness to handle that misstep, right? And so, often times, we think that the injury comes with your foot hitting the ground and it’s the result of how your body responds to that foot that’s hitting the ground that my group anticipates is the reason, right? So, it’s not necessarily the level, the impact, it’s how my body responds to that impact. That’s more important. And in a fresh state I can respond with that physical readiness. In a fatigue state, whether it be anatomical or physiological or whether it’s mental, I can’t respond to that.”

Meet, Josh Bailey, an assistant professor in the Department of Movement Sciences at the University of Idaho. Josh can’t seem to get away from runners. A runner himself, Josh now even studies this group of athletes. Specifically, he wants to understand how endurance runners manipulate the pattern of their gait during a long training run. He wants to help runners limit their chance of chronic injuries, especially when they become fatigued.

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Glaciologist Tim Bartholomaus and former U of I master’s student Tristan Amaral tested six methods to predict iceberg calving on 50 of Greenland’s glaciers that terminate in the sea. To reduce uncertainty in coastal flooding during the coming years, they identified the best way to include iceberg calving in simulations of future glacier and ice sheet loss. Read more.

As part of a team at the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, U of I alumnus Ensheng Dong helped develop an interactive world map that shows the status of COVID-19 around the world. The map tracks the number of confirmed cases, deaths and recovered individuals for all affected countries in real time. Read more.

A University of Idaho-led team will tackle a pair of viruses that cause major losses to the potato industry. U of I potato virus expert Alex Karasev will lead the project, which is funded by a $5.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute for Food and Agriculture. Read more.

Music

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

Driven to Success” by Scott Holmes via freemusicarchive.org, not modified.

Season 3, Episode 3: Teresa Cavazos Cohn — Combining Science and the Arts

“I really think a lot of us don’t like to identify as say simply an artist or simply a scientist or whatever it is that maybe is the category that defines us best. I think we like to think about ourselves as more complicated people. And I think a lot of the environmental challenges we’re facing ask us to be more complicated people, right, and step outside of our disciplines and try on different points of view.”

Meet Teresa Cavazos Cohn, a research assistant professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Society at the University of Idaho. For Teresa, it doesn’t get more important than helping people understand science, especially as we face challenges like a global pandemic and massive climate change-driven wildfires in the West. She likes pulling music, art and storytelling from the science communication toolshed to discuss issues like climate change and conservation.

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More U of I Research

University of Idaho volcanologist Erika Rader investigated the growth of volcanic formations by manufacturing lava bombs, which are melted blobs of lava ejected from a volcano. The research could provide insights into modeling lava flows and ensuring human safety during eruptions. Read more.

Architecture Professor Bruce Haglund has been recognized with the 2020 American Solar Energy Society Leadership in Solar Architecture and Design Award. Haglund received the award for his leadership in the field and his influence on generations of design professionals. Read more.

U of I geographer Grant Harley will use tree rings to reconstruct summer air temperature in the Eastern United States. With a National Science Foundation grant, the study will look back over the past 300 to 500 years of temperatures and help scientists understand trends across the Northern Hemisphere and predict future climates. Read more.

Music

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

The View from My Pod” written by Aaron Marsh, and performed and produced by The Europa Protoharmonic Symphony Orchestra via Soundstripe.

Season 3, Episode 2: Sydney Freeman Jr. — Universities Supporting the Black Community

“When you are a part of a group that has been marginalized or you have only a small representation in a broader space, a lot of times you are not free to express yourself in the way in which you would around people that identify the same way you do.”

Meet Sydney Freeman Jr. an associate professor in the Department of Leadership and Counseling at the University of Idaho. An expert in higher education, Sydney has spent much of his career studying leadership in the university setting. He has also investigated the issues facing Black students, faculty and staff on college campuses. He’s focused on how universities can support these individuals and other minorities as well as the obstacles Black faculty face while growing their careers.

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A $1 million U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant will allow U of I researchers Greg Moller, Dan Strawn and Martin Baker to test their Clean Water Machine from Florida to Oregon. They will test new technologies that should remove specific nutrients from lakes and streams to help control harmful algae blooms. Read more.

University of Idaho researchers and partner institutions have received more than $700,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop a collective strategy for increasing the engagement, involvement and success of American Indian and Alaska Native students in the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines and workforce. Read more.

Psychology’s Clarissa Richardson found that extended periods of quarantine result in depression and fear of the coronavirus has had a negative psychological effect on people. In addition, people who reported high levels of quarantine also reported high levels of depression and, in some cases, PTSD symptoms. Read more.

Music

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

Mission Ready” by Ketsa via freemusicarchive.org, not modified.

Season 3, Episode 1: Shelley McGuire — Human Breast Milk

“Each milk sample that we looked at was full of a rich and diverse bacteri[um] And we now really believe that that milk — what we call microbiome or the microbes in milk, the bacteria in milk — are really setting up the baby’s intestinal track to have a healthy microbiome, which we now think is incredibly important for health. For long-term health and short-term health.”

Meet Shelley McGuire, a professor in the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Idaho. Breast milk contains all the nutrients, fats, proteins and other components a baby needs to grow. But it turns out we know very little about breast milk. Shelley has been studying human — and even cow — breast milk her entire career and has studied everything from the microbes living in milk to whether the virus that causes COVID-19 can be transferred from mother to child.

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University of Idaho researchers are leading a nearly $6 million National Science Foundation cooperative agreement to use large and complex data sets to improve prediction and response measures for tick-borne diseases. Read more.

U of I virologist Paul Rowley is using mammalian cell cultures and a viral agent similar to the virus that causes COVID-19 to test whether the virus can use farm animals or North American bats as intermediate hosts to spread. Read more.

Professor Lisette Waits and former doctoral student Robert Lonsinger found that an increase in exotic and intrusive plants across the high desert region of the Great Basin increased coyote populations and decreased rabbit populations. Over several decades, this population shift led to a tenfold decline of kit foxes, which is a species of concern. Read more.

Music

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

Centaurus Waltz” by Florian Decros via freemusicarchive.org, not modified.

Special Season, Episode 4: Lil Alessa — COVID-19 Disinformation

Meet Lil Alessa, professor and co-director of the Center for Resilient Communities at the University of Idaho. We all know fake news exists, and you’ve probably noticed fake news about COVID-19 zooming by on your social media feeds. Lil and a group of academics are spending part of their time searching out disinformation on COVID-19 as it pops up. They then figure out whether there could be important consequences to the spread of that information. Lil and I chatted about the significance of disinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the COVID 19 Agricultural Economic Security map.

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Our entrepreneurial team CatheterX has designed an innovative urinary catheter that should prevent infections, save lives and reduce hospital costs. Read more.

The University of Idaho is working to identify a cure for coronaviruses, including COVID-19. The Department of Biological Sciences team expects to finish preliminary tests within a year. Read more.

John Abatzoglou, from the Department of Geography, and colleagues looked at how snowmelt affects food production and how changes in snowmelt may threaten production in irrigated regions. Read more.

Music

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

The Stork” by Ketsa via freeusicarchive.org, not modified.

Special Season, Episode 3: Lorie Higgins — A Rural Look at COVID-19

Meet Lorie Higgins, a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology and an Extension specialist at the University of Idaho. Many COVID-19 hot zones are located in large cities, but small towns and rural areas aren’t immune to the virus. Lorie, who’s an expert on rural communities, thinks there are likely benefits and challenges to living outside of big cities during the current pandemic. She thinks everything from the age of local populations to internet connectivity could impact how the pandemic impacts places like the Gem State. Lorie and I chatted virtually about how places like rural Idaho are dealing with COVID-19.

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Geographer Grant Harley and colleagues will be using tree rings to reconstruct summer air temperature in the Eastern United States, from North Carolina to maritime Eastern Canada. Read more.

Many climate change skeptics hold pro-environmental views. The researchers from U of I interviewed 33 Idahoan climate skeptics and found that many had concerns about pollution and deforestation and supported policies for clean air and water and alternative energy sources. Read more.

Ann Brown with Movement Sciences conducted a study on female collegiate dancers and their protein intake. The findings suggest protein supplementation for 12 weeks could be a simple way to improve the diets of female collegiate dancers without altering overall body weight. Read more.

Music

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

Multitudes” by Gillicuddy via freeusicarchive.org, not modified.

Special Season, Episode 2: Jamie Derrick — Calm in a Pandemic

Meet Jamie Derrick, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology and Communications Studies at the University of Idaho. I think we can all agree that going through a pandemic is stressful. Whether it’s concern for the health of our loved ones, job and food security or balancing childcare and work, there is a lot to keep us up at night. Jamie knows about stress, what triggers it, how it manifests and how we can overcome it. She is also an expert in helping people deal with trauma and has a toolkit for handling stress. Jamie and I chatted about how it feels to go through a pandemic, and we practiced tools for de-stressing.

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The Rural Studies Program and U of I Extension have developed infographics for every county in Idaho to help manage the unknown around the threat of COVID-19. Read more.

Researchers in the Mind and Movement Lab found that when older adults thought about posture as effortful, they had worse balance than when they stood in a relaxed way. In contrast, participants had the best balance when they thought about “lightening up” into length. Read more.

The College of Engineering’s Idaho Clean Snowmobile Team earned fourth place overall in the gasoline spark-ignited class at the 2020 Society of Automotive Engineers Clean Snowmobile Challenge. Read more.

Music

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

Gamma Muscae” by Florian Decros via freeusicarchive.org, not modified.

Special Season, Episode 1: Tanya Miura — The Virus Behind COVID-19

Meet Tanya Miura, an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Idaho. Unlike many of us, Tanya knew about coronaviruses before the current pandemic. She has studied this family of viruses throughout her entire career. Although no one is an expert on COVID-19 yet, Tanya has been following the outpouring of research on the virus, the spread of the pandemic and some of the misconceptions surrounding COVID-19. Tanya and I discuss the specifics of the virus itself.

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University of Idaho faculty are partnering with our sister institutions in the region to model intervention strategies across Idaho during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

Leda Kobziar used flying drones and vacuumed air onto filters to capture microbes found in smoke. Her team found more diversity of bacteria and fungi in the smoky air than in non-smoky air. Read more.

Tonia Dousay and Cassidy Hall from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction are partnering with Google to produce teachers who are ready to use technology in the classroom. Read more.

Music

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

Work Wonders” by Lobo Loco via freeusicarchive.org, not modified.

Season 2, Episode 8: Jenny Durrin — The Potato Nursery

“I’m not sure everyone’s aware, but Idaho is known for potatoes… We grow over 322,000 acres of potatoes and produce over a third of the potatoes in the U.S.”

Meet Jenny Durrin, the director of the Seed Potato Germplasm Program at the University of Idaho. Whether we are talking about French fries from McDonald’s or the small purple potatoes you find at farmers markets, 90% of potatoes produced in Idaho can trace their lineage to Jenny’s lab. Picture the lab as a potato nursery. A really sterile potato nursery. In the lab, Jenny is the caretaker of more than 300 varieties of potatoes including new varieties of the tubers produced by researchers at U of I.

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College of Engineering students earned top placement in the National Academy of Engineering Global Grand Challenges Summit student competition. Read more.

University of Idaho, Idaho Falls computer science graduate students took first place locally in the 2019 U.S. Department of Energy CyberForce Competition. Read more.

A University of Idaho-led team of researchers found that experimental fences — including fences made from beehives — reduced the number of times elephants left Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park to raid nearby crops by 80-95%. Read more.

Music

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

Coffee” by Cambo via freeusicarchive.org, not modified.

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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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

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

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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.

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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?

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