Research and Scholarship in the News, August 2016
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
A new challenge made simpler for local farmers, Moscow-Pullman Daily News
An overview of the five-year Regional Approaches to Climate Change (REACCH) project and how it helps grain farmers on the Palouse.
A Way to Fix the “One Bad Apple” Dilemma in Untraceable Supply Chains, Insights by Stanford Business
A new study by Jason Winfree (Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology) and colleagues at Stanford and the University of Maryland delves into solving quality problems that sometimes arise with untraceable goods.
Ag in action: Twilight Tour offers look at agriculture research in S. Idaho, KMVT TV
Don Morishita (Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences; Extension) discusses the Kimberley Research and Extension Center’s Twilight Tour.
Crop, pasture land prices increase in Northwest, California, Capital Press
Ben Eborn (Extension) weighs in on the USDA’s national report on agricultural land values.
Does manure have a future in root crops?
UI researchers including Amber Moore (Extension) are on the fourth year of a study examining how using manure as fertilizer affects sugar beets.
Down and dirty: Six-foot hole shows people the intricacies of soil, KMVT TV
A hole big enough to walk through at UI’s Kimberly Research and Extension Center shows people the importance of soil.
Extreme summer: More than 400,000 acres of land torched during 2015 wildfire season, Lewiston Tribune
UI Extension set up public meetings to help people find resources in the aftermath of 2015 wildfires.
Hay surpasses potatoes as Idaho’s top crop. Here’s why, Idaho Statesman
Garth Taylor (Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology) explains how hay became an import cash crop in Idaho.
Good grain crop, not so good prices, Twin Falls Times-News
Juliet Marshall (Extension) says winter wheat and barley yields have been high in Idaho.
Idaho ag exports down 19 percent in first half of 2016, Capital Press
Garth Taylor (Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology) ties falling Idaho agricultural exports to Russia’s boycott of some European Union commodities and the strength of the dollar.
Idaho quinoa growers get encouraging news in second season, Capital Press
Pam Hutchinson (Extension) has been studying effective herbicides for area quinoa growers.
Innovative farming technique comes to valley, Teton Valley News
Chris Rogers (Extension) discusses no-till practices and how they may apply in Eastern Idaho.
Nutrition vital to athletic performance, Coeur d’Alene Press
SeAnne Safaii (Foods and Nutrition) explains how nutrition affects athletes, including Ironman triathletes.
Researchers help nursery industry with native plant goals, Capital Press
UI researchers Stephen Love and Robert Tripepi (Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences) are partnering with the Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association to develop 10 new native plant species for Idaho’s landscape nursery industry.
Researchers test cover crop removal in dry beans, Capital Press
Researchers at UI’s Kimberley Research and Extension Center are studying how to manage cover crops in a way that will help control weeds. Other UI cover crop research was included in a story in the Twin Falls Times-News.
Rush skeletonweed infests Magic Valley, Twin Falls Times-News
Steve Hines (Extension) explains how invasive rush skeleton weed threatens other plants.
Small grain harvest wrapping up around southern Idaho, the Prairie Star
Steve Hines (Extension) said cereal grain and alfalfa crops made good progress this harvest season.
UI Seeks Partnership with Peru Potato Center, Capital Press
UI plans to work with the International Potato Center in share scientific expertise and access the center’s gene bank. These resources could help Idaho fight potato diseases and pests, said Mike Thornton (Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences). Stories about this potential partnership ran worldwide through the Associated Press, and in outlets including Yahoo, KTVB, Boise State Public Radio.
Western ranchers utilizing public lands receive good news, Progressive Cattleman
Sarah Baker (Extension) wrote this column about a bill affecting grazing on public lands.
Why Idaho’s family farms keep getting bigger, Idaho Statesman
Garth Taylor (Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology) explains how falling crop prices have led to fewer small farms in Idaho. This story also ran in Potato Grower.
College of Business and Economics
Medicaid expansion would lower taxes, improve economy, help Idahoans, Idaho Statesman
The Idaho Statesman editorial board sites research by Steven Peterson (Economics) showing the economic benefits of Medicaid expansion in Idaho. This article also ran in the Lewiston Tribune.
College of Engineering
Camping with the cyber generation, Moscow-Pullman Daily News
High schoolers from Washington and Idaho came to campus to learn about computer coding and cybersecurity at the GenCyber camp.
Chubbuck solar company creating new products for portable energy, KIDK TV
UI researchers are partnering with Idaho-based Inergy Solar to develop a small solar generator that can power a house. Stories on this project also ran in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and the Rexberg Standard-Journal.
High-stakes DARPA hacking contest pits computer against computer, Christian Science Monitor
Jim Alves-Foss (Computer Science) of UI’s Team CSDS discusses preparing for the DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge. This story ran in multiple outlets including Yahoo Tech, and other stories ran in outlets such as Scientific American and Computerworld. Team CSDS took sixth place in the competition.
College of Law
The Criminalization of Parenthood: Why Are Good Parents Being Charged With Child Neglect?, Reader’s Digest
David Pimentel (Law) discusses the legal implications of punishing parents who leave their children home alone or let them walk places alone.
With No Insanity Defense, Seriously Ill People End Up In Prison, NPR
Aliza Cover (Law) notes Idaho’s unusual lack of an insanity defense in this piece that discusses the case of Kyle Odom, who was arrested for shooting a North Idaho pastor.
College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
Canadian Lawyer Uncovers a Doping Scheme, and Russian Anger, The New York Times
Bill Smith (International Studies) explains the geopolitical importance of a Canadian law professor leading the World Anti-Doping Agency’s investigation of Russian athletic doping. Smith also spoke to USA Today about the intersection of sports and international affairs in connection to the Russian doping scheme.
Climate change is genocide for island nations, The Eugene Register-Guard
Scott Slovic (English) co-write this column about the failure to recognize how climate change is hurting island people and land.
Meghnad Saha: Physicist and nationalist, Physics Today
Somaditya Banerjee (History) tells the story of physics Meghnad Sahan, a renowned scientific leader in colonial and postcolonial in India. Banerjee also published an article on Indian physicist Satyendranath Bose in Physics in Perspective.
University of Idaho’s Boise dig turns up historic trinkets, Idaho Statesman
Mark Warner (Anthropology and Sociology) and students conducted a three-week anthropological dig at the site of historical Fort Boise. Boise State Public Radio also ran stories about the beginning and end of the project, and other stories aired on Boise’s KISS FM and on KTVB/Northwest Cable News.
College of Natural Resources
The West’s ‘new normal’: Another long season of volatile wildfires, High Country News
Crystal Kolden (Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences) discuss long-term drought and wildfire in California, as well as the role of climate change on wildfire patterns in the West. Research on wildfire science by Kolden, Alistair Smith (Forest Rangeland and Fire Sciences) and other UI faculty members was also mentioned in the New York Times Dot Earth blog.
Got deer? Cougars could help control herds, study says, Fox News
A study by Sophie Gilbert (Fish and Wildlife Sciences) explains how reintroducing cougars to East Coast states could help reduce car crashes caused by deer. Stories about this research also appeared in the Inlander and the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.
Idaho universities offer robust wildfire research, Idaho Statesman
Several UI researchers’ work is cited in this roundup of wildfire research by Boise State University Vice President for Research Mark Rudin.
Wonder Where Pepperoni Went? Now We Know, Columbia University State of the Planet
A team of researchers including UI’s Jan Eitel and Lee Vierling (Natural Resources and Society) are part of “Animals on the Move,” a field project tracking species in Alaska and western Canada.
College of Science
The Secrets of Brewer's Yeast, Inverse.com
Paul Rowley (Biological Sciences) studies how naturally occurring toxins in yeast-infecting viruses could be engineered to target dangerous fungal infections.
Cheers to Your Health Guys: The Benefits of Beer, The Good Men Project
This article on beer and health mentions research by Kris Waynant (Chemistry) studying beneficial compounds in hops.
Hellish Venus Might Have Been Habitable for Billions of Years, Scientific American
Jason Barnes (Physics) comments on a new study suggesting Venus was once habitable.
Researcher studies soil health as climate change coping strategy, Capital Press
John Abatzoglou (Geography) summarizes UI’s Regional Approaches to Climate Change (REACCH) project in this story about a Washington, D.C.-based agronomist.
Tooth and Nail: Dogs are heat radiators, Moscow-Pullman Daily News
Jason Barnes (Physics) explains how the star Sirius connects to the phrase “the dog days of summer.”
Where the Pronghorns Play, Wild West Magazine
This story on the pronghorn includes a summary of research by John Byers (Biological Sciences) about how the predators of the Pleistocene may have shaped modern pronghorn behavior.
Cloning Fast Facts, CNN
A timeline of animal cloning includes Idaho Gem, a mule cloned by UI researchers in 2003.
Partnership aims to boost Idaho’s drone sector, Idaho Statesman
A partnership among UI, zData Inc. and Empire Unmanned seeks to expand opportunities for using drones in agriculture, natural resources and other industries in Idaho.
U of I design studio aims to teach evolution through gaming, KREM TV
Students in UI’s own video game design studio, Polymorphic Games, blend evolution and entertainment in their game “Darwin’s Demons.” This story also ran on Northwest Cable News, and another story on the project aired on Boise State Public Radio.
Water research a growing focus at INL, CAES, Idaho Falls Post-Register
Water is a growing area for research at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), a partnership among the Idaho National Laboratory, UI, Boise State University, Idaho State University and the University of Wyoming.