2016 UI Research Highlights
- ORED launched its redesigned, mobile-responsive website and published the first issue of the Scholars and Researchers newsletter.
- On the heels of 2015’s record-breaking fire season, UI fire science researchers published a call to action for U.S. academic institutions and government agencies to work together to address the complex problem of wildfire.
- Statistics and wildlife sciences professor Brian Dennis published a paper in PLoS One about his mathematical model demonstrating that honeybee hive collapse is rooted in hive size.
- Natural resources researchers received a $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to start a STEM program for Nez Perce high school students.
- UI awarded the inaugural Vandal Ideas Project grants to five innovative, interdisciplinary teams.
- UI celebrated a “Month of Innovation” with interdisciplinary events, entrepreneurial challenges, and presentations of student research and creative activity.
- Two faculty members — Tara Hudiburg and Craig McGowan — received the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for early career scholars, the CAREER Award.
- An interdisciplinary research team was awarded a $2.9 million contract to evaluate Idaho’s Statewide Healthcare Innovation Plan.
- President Chuck Staben announced that Janet Nelson accepted the positon of vice president for Research and Economic Development.
- The Regional Approaches to Climate Change in Pacific Northwest Agriculture (REACCH) project marked its final season with a string of field days across Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
- UI hosted the first-ever National Tribal Climate Camp at its McCall Field Campus.
- The Aquaculture Research Institute hosted the International Symposium on Fish Nutrition and Feeding in Sun Valley.
- July brought multiple state-funded IGEM grants to UI researchers, including a $2.1 million grant to develop new methods of protecting physical systems, such as energy infrastructure, from cyberattacks.
- Paul Hohenlohe, an assistant professor of biological sciences, co-authored a study published in Nature Communications showing Tasmanian devils are rapidly evolving in response to a contagious cancer.
- A team of natural resources researchers published a paper in the journal BioScience calling for a national habitat conservation system.
- ORED welcomed new Vice President for Research and Economic Development Janet Nelson.
- Mathematics and education researchers received a nearly $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to test a method for using proof and argument to improve mathematics learning.
- Education researchers received a $2.8 million Natural Science Foundation grant to provide teachers in rural school districts access to innovative online professional learning experiences in mathematics.
- John Abatzoglou, an associate professor of geography, published a paper in PNAS showing that human-caused climate change has nearly doubled the amount of land burned in western U.S. forest fires over the past three decades.
- The Lake Social-Ecological Systems laboratory at UI Coeur d’Alene opened, establishing a center for studying the vital contributions of North Idaho’s lakes.
- Education researchers received a $1.2 million U.S. Department of Education grant to help Native American students complete teaching degrees.
- ORED welcomed new Office of Technology Transfer director Jeremy Tamsen.
- College of Business and Economics students won cash prizes at the Idaho Pitch competition.
- The National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology (NIATT) was awarded $4 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct traffic operations and vehicle safety research.