Research and Scholarship in the News, June 2016
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
University of Idaho turning wastewater into drinking water, KREM TV (Spokane)
Greg Moller (Food Science) demonstrates his N-E-W Tech system to turn wastewater into drinking water and fertilizer.
Study puts economic value on agriculture in Northwest, Idaho, Idaho Press-Tribune
A U of I study shows that 12 cents of every dollar generated are attributed to agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries in the Northwest.
Grow Southern Idaho; Rainbow Trout, KMVT TV
Gary Fornshell (Extension) explains how water conditions in southern Idaho are good for trout.
Your child eat a plant? Is your grass sick? Call these experts, Idaho Statesman
The UI Extension’s Master Gardener program helps gardeners around the state.
Deadly bacteria wants to eat your potato crop, Western Farmer-Stockman
Nora Olsen (Extension) explains why and how to watch for a bacterial potato pest.
Fireblight damage is showing up due to wet weather a couple weeks ago, Rexburg Standard Journal
Lance Ellis (Extension) writes a column about treating and preventing fireblight.
University of Idaho graduate hopes to change lives through nutrition, Coeur d’Alene Press
Dietetics graduate Angelina Ely discusses her project to help low-income cancer patients afford nutritional supplements.
University of Idaho leads major research effort to reduce the threat of nematodes, Potato Pro
Louise-Marie Dandurand (Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences) leads a $3.2 million research project to study the potato cyst nematode.
Small Grains on Track, Twin Falls Times-News
Steve Hines (Extension) discusses how spring growing conditions have affected wheat.
Officials say alfalfa production hindered by rain, KMVT TV
Glenn Shewmaker (Extension) explains how rain affects the alfalfa harvest.
Avoid the chase: Preventing ‘runbacks’ when moving cattle on the range, Progressive Cattleman
Chad Cheyney (Extension) suggests strategies for efficient cattle moving.
When It Comes to Soil Tests, Stick to the Basics, Twin Falls Times-News
Chris Rogers and Amber Moore (Extension) explain the importance of soil testing.
Intermittent rains across Idaho slowed fieldwork, The Prairie Star
Ben Eborn (Extension) discusses how rain and cool weather affect crops like sugarbeets and alfalfa.
Wheat geneticist brings new approach at U of I , Capital Press
Daolin Fu, a new Extension wheat geneticist, will focus on developing “pre-breeding” material with desirable traits and developing breeding technology.
Researchers investigate quinoa for PCN control, Capital Press
A U of I trial is determining whether growing quinoa can help control potato-damaging pale cyst nematodes.
U of I tests show good alternatives to metribuzin in spuds, Capital Press
Pam Hutchinson (Extension) is conducting field trials to find more effective alternatives to the herbicide metibuzin.
Essie Fallahi (Extension) has worked with a Northwest Nazarene University researcher to design technology to help farmers manage their crops and control costs.
College of Engineering
In The Future, We'll Leave Software Bug Hunting to the Machines, Motherboard
Jim Alves-Foss (Computer Science) discuss their work for DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenges competition.
U.S. energy secretary promotes nuclear energy in visit to INL, Idaho State Journal
Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announces funding toward nuclear research and infrastructure in Idaho.
Lighted markers to be installed to improve safety on Capitol Way, The Olympian
U of I’s National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology (NIATT) is partnering with Evolution Markings to install lighted raised pavement markers in Olympia. This story was picked up by the Associate Press and ran in outlets around the region.
These U of I-educated lab rats work to make world better, Coeur d’Alene Press North Idaho Business Journal
Idaho National Laboratory employees discuss how their U of I education prepared them for research and discovery.
College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
U of I Study Shows Growing Hispanic Population in Schools, Twin Falls Times-News
Results of the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research’s study of Idaho’s Hispanic population include that Hispanic children account for 42 percent of Idaho’s K-12 school enrollment growth in the past five years. Other stories on this study ran in the Spokesman-Review and KIDK TV.
College of Natural Resources
Trees of life: tiny beetles turn Californian forests into tinder for energy, The Guardian
Alistair Smith (Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences) and Crystal Kolden (Geography) explain the role of dead trees in forest health and wildfire risk. A story on this topic also ran in ProArb Magazine.
Idaho & the Arctic … What’s the Connection?, Medium
Andrew Kliskey (Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences) explains the Idaho-Arctic research connections through the Center for Resilient Communities.
Paddlefish Caviar Sales Support Community and Conservation, Ranger Review (Glendive, Montana)
Dennis Scarnecchia (Fish and Wildlife Sciences) explains why paddlefish is important to Yellowstone and North America, and what threatens the species.
Carp removal project launched at Lake Spokane, Spokesman-Review
U of I will partner on a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Avista project to remove non-native carp behind Long Lake Dam.
College of Science
Lab of the Rings, The Inlander
Matthew Hedman (Physics) discusses his research of Saturn’s rings in the Inlander’s annual Scholastic Fantastic issue.
Researcher predicts cold hardiness zone shift, Capital Press
Graduate student Lauren Parker (Geography) explains her research calculating how climate change might affect crop hardiness zones in the United States.
NRCS plans SNOTEL sites to study mid-elevation snowpack, Capital Press
John Abatzoglou (Geography) comments on changes in mid-elevation snowpack and how a new SNOTEL site could provide opportunities for further research.
Vegan Fish Food: The Holy Grail Of Trout Farming, Northwest News Network
Ron Hardy (Aquaculture Research Institute) discusses the institute’s research into plant-fed fish and their global importance, as well as the U of I-sponsored International Symposium on Fish Nutrition and Feeding. This story ran on public radio stations throughout the region, and other stories about the symposium also ran in AgInfo.Net, Idaho Business Review and Idaho Public Radio.
U of I, Nature Conservancy, land trust turn Central Idaho ranch into learning center, Idaho Statesman
U of I is partnering with the Wood River Land Trust and the Nature Conservancy to establish a sustainable rangeland research and educational center at Rock Creek Ranch near Hailey.
Why Native American Tribes Are In McCall To Plan For Climate Change, Boise State Public Radio
The U of I-sponsored National Tribal Climate Camp brought participants from six tribes to the McCall Outdoor Science Center to discuss climate change.
Preserving Tribal History in Idaho’s Classrooms, Idaho Ed News
Mark Solomon (Idaho Water Resources Research Institute) and Coeur d’Alene tribe lake management coordinator Laura Laumatia present about their work teaching a tribal sovereignty class.
Bringing Together the World to Farm Fish for the Future, Twin Falls Times-News
U of I Aquaculture Research Institute director Ron Hardy discusses the importance of fish nutrition to Idaho and the world. This column also appeared in the Idaho Statesman. Stories about the symposium also ran in AgInfo.Net, Idaho Business Review and Idaho Public Radio.
‘Writing about the world’ — Case studies range from both personal and analytical, U of I Argonaut
U of I Seed Grant winners discuss their work.