Research and Scholarship in the News, May 2016
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Spring Signals Start of Growing Season at Research and Extension Center, Twin Falls Times-News
Researchers at the UI Research and Extension Center in Kimberly examine potato cultivars.
What is your cattle's manure telling you?, Progressive Cattleman
John Hall (Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Cummings Research, Extension and Education Center) discusses how manure quality reveals cattle health.
Researchers test almonds in Idaho, Capital Press
UI has a new almond orchard being studied by Essie Fallahi (Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences, Parma Research, Extension and Education Center).
Idaho Ag Exports Fall 22 Percent as Prices Drop, Competition Intensifies, Twin Falls Times-News
Garth Taylor (Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology) discusses the factors leading to Idaho’s weakening agricultural markets in 2015.
Importance of range monitoring highlighted, Western Livestock Journal
Jim Sprinkle (Extension) discusses techniques for getting started monitoring rangeland.
Wireworm Re-emerges as Significant Grain Pest, Twin Falls Times-News
Arash Rashed (Extension) explains why wire worms are a risk to grain farmers.
Why is there iron in my cereal? Ask Dr. Universe
Brennan Smith (Food Science) answers a nutrition question in Washington State University’s science column for children.
Zebra chip puts potato growers on edge, Western Farmer-Stockman
Erik Wenninger (Extension) explains the threat of zebra chip disease for potato farmers.
Spring Greens: How to Use your Early Garden Vegetables, Twin Falls Times-News
Tony McCammon (Extension) warns gardeners not to plant too early, but be ready to harvest cold crops.
Hay Crop Looks Good But Not Worth Much, Twin Falls Times-News
Steven Hines (Extension) says growing conditions and water have been good for hay, but market outlook is bad.
Researchers warn of potential for volunteer, late blight challenges, Capital Press
Extension researchers explain how soil temperatures over the winter increase the risk of late blight pathogen in potato crops.
Washington beef cattle increase halts decades-long decline, Capital Press
Neil Rimbey (Extension) credits an increase in beef cows across the Northwest to a price spike.
Trials evaluate cereal cyst nematode resistance, Capital Press
Doctoral student Pooria Ensafi discusses how resistant varieties could help Idaho grain growers resist cereal cyst nematode.
Parma research station gets state-of-the-art cold storage facility, Capital Press
The Parma Extension and Education Center now has a cold storage facility, which will allow them to study the effects of storage on fruits and vegetables.
Idaho farmers watching for early insects, Capital Press
Erik Wenninger (Extension) explains how the mild winter could present insect, pest and disease challenges.
Researchers attempting to understand spotted wing drosophila, Capital Press
Jim Barbour (Extension) discusses an exotic fruit fly that could damage Northwest fruit crops.
College of Art and Architecture
The Community’s Con, The Inlander
Rayce Bird (Gaming, Simulation and Visualization) discusses his work in “monster-making” and his plans for the Lilac City Comicon.
College of Business and Economics
U of I Team Awarded Grant to Study Medical Pilot Program, Twin Falls Times News
A team of interdisciplinary UI researchers led by Shenghan Xu (Business) will analyze and evaluate Idaho’s new health care pilot program.
The Feller Pump, SafeGuard Equipment take firsts in business competitions, Moscow-Pullman Daily News
Student entrepreneurs compete in the Idaho Business Plan and Idaho Pitch competitions.
College of Engineering
Cybersecurity education a win-win for Idaho, Idaho Statesman
In a column, Michael Haney (Computer Science) explains why cybersecurity is important for the energy sector, and how UI and its partners are excelling at cybersecurity research and education. This column also ran in the Idaho Falls Post-Register and Moscow-Pullman Daily News.
Could Fish Fitness Improve Catch Rates of Hatchery Trout?, Twin Falls Times-News
Researchers at UI Boise are helping Idaho Fish and Game design better fish hatchery systems using the indoor, river-simulating flume.
Seniors showcase capstone projects at engineering expo, UI Argonaut
Student researchers present their projects to judges, students and the public at Engineering and Design EXPO.
College of Law
Why The Idaho Supreme Court Race Matters, Idaho Public Radio
Elizabeth Brant (Law) explains the importance of the Idaho Supreme Court election.
Decades-Old Lands Debate Flares Up in the West, Twin Falls Times-News
Jerrold Long (Law) discusses Constitutional issues related to federal land ownership.
College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
Allegations of doping cast a shadow over the Olympic movement, Los Angeles Times
Bill Smith (International Studies) explains the significance of alleged Russian Olympic doping programs.
College of Natural Resources
Grazing Goats Get Government Work, Stateline (Pew Charitable Trusts blog)
Karen Launchbaugh (Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences) provides expertise on using goats to get rid of unwanted vegetation. This story appeared in outlets nationwide, including PBS NewsHour.
Into the Wyoming wild, UI graduating senior receives research fellowship, UI Argonaut
Undergraduate Katey Huggler (Wildlife Resources) talks about how her education at UI prepared her to win an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
We should celebrate Arbor Day every day of the year, Idaho Statesman
In a column for the Statesman, College of Natural Resources Dean Kurt Pregitzer celebrates Idaho’s forests.
Wildfires to increase in Alaska with future climate change, EurekAlert
Doctoral candidate Adam Young (Natural Resources) discusses his work on a University of Montana-led research project that projects increased probability of Alaskan wildfires.
Idaho Range Livestock Symposium provided valuable information for western producers, Progressive Cattleman
The symposium included master’s student Chris Schachtschneider (Natural Resources) presenting his research about using grazing to reduce wildfire risk. Jim Sprinkle (Extension) shared his research about rangeland monitoring.
Florida: A Lesson in Prescribed Fire, The Nature Conservancy
A photo essay about UI CNR students who learned about managing controlled burns at the Disney Wilderness Preserve.
College of Science
Palouse Falls a ‘site of wonder’ for thousands of years, Spokesman-Review
Visitors learn the geological history of Palouse Falls at a field trip for the Geological Society of America meeting hosted by UI.
UI senior works to cure cancer, Moscow-Pullman Daily News
Undergraduate Lucas Sass (Chemistry) discusses his research into the properties of acids found in hops and his plans to continue his studies in graduate school.
UI to host Geological Society of America Rocky Mountain Section Conference, UI Argonaut
Leslie Baker (Geology) and students talk about the importance of and student experience at the Geological Society of America’s Rocky Mountain Section conference, hosted by UI.
An eye on her future, Idaho Press Tribune
A reprint of UI’s article on biology graduate Deidrie Briggs, who plans to become an optometrist.
Farmed fish nutrition the focus of ISFNF 2016, Global Aquaculture Advocate
Ron Hardy (director of UI’s Aquaculture Research Institute) discusses the upcoming International Symposium on Fish Nutrition and Feeding, hosted by UI in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Research all across Idaho helps decision makers understand water issues, Idaho Statesman
Idaho EPSCoR’s Managing Idaho’s Landscapes for Ecosystem Services (MILES) brings together the state’s universities to study vital environmental and social questions. A UI-led team focuses on water quality in Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Results surprise high school H20 researchers, Moscow-Pullman Daily News
Regional high school students come to UI to present their water resources projects, hosted by UI’s Confluence Project.
University-wide grant prompts interdisciplinary research, UI Argonaut
An overview of the Vandal Ideas Project and its grant winners.
Idaho Incubator Evolves with State's Wine Industry, Wines and Vines
UI’s Agribusiness Incubator provides services for Idaho’s family-run wineries.