Research and Scholarship in the News, November 2016
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College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Cattle prices are soft, and will remain that way for a while longer, KMVT TV
Hernan Tejeda (Agricultural Economics) explains how feeding practices may have contributed to soft cattle prices.
Few zebra chip problems despite record Idaho psyllid population, Capital Press
Erik Wenninger (Extension) discusses results of potato psyllid trapping.
Jeff Kronenberg delivers food safety lessons in Kyrgyzstan, Idaho Business Review
Jeff Kronenberg (Food Science) is providing technical assistance for dairy processing companies in Kyrgystan.
Business leaders to Trump: Tweak Obamacare, trade is huge and don’t wall off immigrants, Idaho Statesman
Garth Taylor (Agricultural Economics) discusses the role of trade deals and immigrant workers in the economic health of Idaho agriculture.
Researchers to keynote Idaho spud conference, Capital Press
Kasia Kinzer (Extension) is bringing plant pathologists to Idaho as co-organizer of the 49th Annual Idaho Potato Conference.
Researcher makes first finding of disease strain in Idaho spuds, Capital Press
James Woodhall (Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences) found a tuber infected with the fungal pathogen Rhizoctonia solani.
There's science behind fall's splendor, Lewiston Tribune
Yvonne Barkley (Extension) explains how leaves change color.
Winter wheat planting is under way, KMVT TV
Don Morishita (Kimberly Research and Extension Center) explains how farmers time winter wheat planting.
UI researcher finalizing free online water tool, Capital Press
Rick Allen (Kimberly Research and Extension Center) is developing a web-based mapping tool that farmers can use to track crop water use using satellite imagery.
College of Art and Architecture
His View: The improving prospects of relying on renewable energy, Moscow-Pullman Daily News
Adjunct professor Edward Jepson (Bioregional Planning) penned this column about renewable energy.
Manure as a Resource, AgInfo.net
Lilian Alessa (Landscape Architecture) discusses the ReFEWS project and the Center for Resilient Communities.
Is your favorite Idaho building among the top 100 in the state?, Idaho Statesman
UI architecture faculty spent three years compiling a list of Idaho’s 100 most significant buildings for an online encyclopedia. The Idaho Falls Post-Register also wrote about this project.
University of Idaho’s ag dean joins trade mission to China, Capital Press
Dean Michael Parrella is looking to establish ties with China’s research and education institutions, as well as farm industry leaders.
College of Business and Economics
NAFTA and Idaho: Winners and Losers, Boise Weekly
Eric Stuen and Steven Peterson (economics) provide an in-depth explanation of how NAFTA and technological change have affected the economy in Idaho, especially in industries such as timber.
College of Education
Making most of a sabbatical, Moscow-Pullman Daily News
Potlatch teacher Leigh Wilson is working with UI and WSU researchers to observe math education strategies.
College of Engineering
The dawn of artificial intelligence, Coeur d’Alene Press
Joseph Qualls (Computer Science) brings a passion for artificial intelligence technology to UI Coeur d’Alene.
College of Law
Rights activist: Children die needlessly due to Idaho law, Moscow-Pullman Daily News
Shaakirrah Sanders (Law) explains how the law could help protect children in faith-healing communities.
College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
A 'revolutionary' election, Moscow-Pullman Daily News
Katherine Aiken (History) discusses the historical significance of the presidential election.
Could Civic Journalism Have Helped Journalists Get Election Coverage Right?, Mediashift
Steve Smith (Journalism) talks about engaging the public in news agenda-setting.
The presidential campaign as told through a satirical 17th century play, Tampa Bay Times
Robert Caisley (Theater) comments on the political significance of “Tartuffe.”
Health experts warn about the effects of vaping on the brain, KLEW TV
Steve Meier (Psychology) is trying to increase awareness of vaping dangers.
How Cracking the Right Joke Benefits Salary Negotiations, Association for Psychological Science
This piece refers to research by Todd Thorsteinson (Psychology) examining the effect of “anchoring” in salary negotiation.
Idaho women gain ground in Statehouse after Election Day, Associated Press
Katherine Aiken (History) discusses potential challenges that may limit women for running for political office.
Study: low political participation has stymied economic development, Idaho Business Review
The Center for Local Government Research and Outreach found that Idaho ranks among the bottom five in several measures of political activism, efficacy and satisfaction.
Trafficking now third largest criminal enterprise, Moscow-Pullman Daily News
Lori Celaya and Marta Boris (Spanish) discuss their research on human trafficking on Mexico’s northern border.
College of Natural Resources
Food and Fear: Modeling animal tradeoffs shaped by landscape complexity, NSF Science Nation
Janet Rachlow (Fish and Wildlife Sciences) uses collars and unmanned aerial vehicles to track pygmy rabbits in Idaho’s desert sagebrush steppe. Read more about this project in Here We Have Idaho magazine.
Lessons in the Ashes, Northwest Climate Science Center
This bio of Crystal Kolden (Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences) explains her dedication to wildfire research.
November Is The Worst Month For Car Crashes With Deer, The Dodo
Sophie Gilbert (Wildlife Ecology) explains possible reasons why deer-vehicle crashes increase in the fall.
OR-7's son spotted in California with female wolf, The Oregonian
Researchers in UI’s Laboratory for Ecological, Evolutionary and Conservation Genetics identified the pup of a famed Oregon wolf using fecal samples. This story also ran on NBC Bay Area.
Rangeland fall forum focuses on water, land use, Idaho Press-Tribune
Participants at UI’s Fall Rangeland forum learned about watersheds, wildfire and development.
The elephant in the room — UI researchers work on human, elephant interactions in Mozambique, The Argonaut
Graduate student Paola Branco and her mentor, faculty member Ryan Long (Fish and Wildlife Sciences), seek conservation solutions to conflict between humans and elephants at Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa.
UI study looks at big picture in conservation, Moscow-Pullman Daily News
Jocelyn Aycrigg (Conservation Biology) and discusses how a more cohesive plan for national habitat conservation.
Where Trees Meet Tundra, Decoding Signals of Climate Change, Columbia University Earth Institute
Jan Eitel (Natural Resources and Society) is part of a NASA project to combine satellite observations of northern regions with fine-scale ground studies.
College of Science
Geography Twister, Lewiston Tribune
Karen Humes and Patrick Olsen (Geography) presented a National Geographic Society giant map of Idaho to fourth-graders.
How can we protect our National Parks? Here’s an idea., High Country News
Professor Emeritus Gundars Rudzitis (Geography) wrote this column about introducing a new Civilian Conservation Corps.
N. Idaho deputies seeing steady requests for active shooter training, KREM TV
Michelle Wiest (Statistics) contributes statistical insight into this story on active shooters. This story also appeared on Northwest Cable News.
UI students demonstrate the use of drones to Idaho legislators, KLEW TV
UI researchers showed visiting Idaho legislators how drone technology can be used to monitor forests and farms.
How Evolution Can Make Video Game Minions Into Big Bads, Inverse
Terry Soule (Computer Science) and Barrie Robison (Biology) discuss the Polymorphic Games project.
Idaho Climate Indicators Website Connects Professionals, Citizens to Needed Science, Clearwater Tribune
A website produced by UI students and faculty shares climate science information with the public.
Standing tall against cybercriminals, Coeur d’Alene Press
Karen Thurston runs the Cybersecurity Training and Operations Center at UI Coeur d’Alene, which can provide cybersecurity assessments to businesses and nonprofits.
Strategizing science — Staben hopes to alleviate funding issues that are barriers to research goal, The Argonaut
President Chuck Staben discusses his goal for UI to expand its research capabilities and earn Carnegie R1 status by 2025. Faculty members Dave McIlroy (Physics), Patrick Hrdlicka (Chemistry) and Frank Cheng (Chemistry) comment on opportunities, needs and challenges.
Making sense of the 2016 election, Moscow-Pullman Daily News
UI faculty from political science and law explained factors that played into the presidential election results.