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Morrill Hall Room 414
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Morrill Hall Room 103
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Moscow, Idaho

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875 Perimeter Drive
MS 3003
Moscow, ID 83844-3003

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Water Center Suite 324
Boise, Idaho

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322 E. Front St., Suite 324
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March 2019

Scholars and Researchers Newsletter
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From the Vice President

 

Janet E. Nelson, Ph.D.Founded in 1946, the Fulbright Program is a distinguished international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and designed to foster mutual understanding between Americans and people of other countries. I am proud to say that many Fulbrighters have been associated with the University of Idaho as students, faculty members and administrators. The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) is rolling out even more resources and best practices to embrace a Fulbright Culture on our campus.

Each year the University of Idaho hosts Fulbright Scholars who come to do research here. For instance, Alexey Sakhnov, Ph.D., from the Kutateladze Institute of Thermodynamics in Novosibirsk, Russia, is currently working with Professor John Crepeau, a former Fulbright Faculty Scholar himself. We also continue to send our researchers and scholars overseas through the Fulbright Program, such as Associate Professor of Economics Eric Stuen, who spent January 2019 at the University of Economics in Vietnam; Associate Professor Brant Miller from the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, who has received a Fulbright at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso in Chile for the coming academic year; and Kennedy Lab Manager Jensen Hegg, Ph.D., in the College of Natural Resources received his Fulbright Award to conduct research in Brazil. I also invite you to read more about U of I senior Taylor Azizeh, who was just selected for Fulbright Study/Research award. I hope she has a fantastic experience in Denmark.

In ORED, I recently appointed Carly Cummings (ccummings@uidaho.edu), Ph.D., as director for Research and Faculty Development, and Professor Scott Slovic (slovic@uidaho.edu), an ORED Faculty Fellow and a three-time Fulbright awardee, as liaisons for the Fulbright Faculty Scholar Program at U of I. They are responsible for publicizing the program and helping colleagues prepare competitive applications. Carly and Scott have organized information and mentoring sessions and are also happy to meet individually with faculty members who are interested in applying for Fulbrights. Carly will attend a Fulbright liaisons training event in Denver, Colorado, in late March. Additionally, ORED offers financial support to supplement Fulbright and other scholarly fellowships in order to reduce the financial burden on faculty members receiving these prestigious awards.

We are excited to celebrate the achievements of our incoming and outgoing Fulbright Scholars at U of I. We encourage our colleagues and students to continue to participate in this wonderful program.

Go Vandals!



Janet E. Nelson, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Upcoming ORED Events

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Photo: Jeremy Tamsen
 

Join ORED for its Next Round of SAS (Short and Sweet) Talks on Public Impact Research:

How Does Research Make the World a Better Place?

 
Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are encouraged to save the date for our next round of SAS Talks from 4-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the IRIC Atrium, Moscow. Take part in an evening of lightning fast talks: 20 slides, 20 seconds each, on the research being done at the University of Idaho that is making a difference in the world. This will be the fourth installment of the successful talks that have been enjoyed by many. View past presentations and learn more on the new SAS Talks Website.
Exterior of Morrill Hall, photo by Jeremy Tamsen
Photo: Jeremy Tamsen
 

Office of Research and Economic Development to Host Open House

 
Travel through Morrill Hall at the spring Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) Open House from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in Moscow. Faculty, students and staff will have the chance to meet ORED staff and learn about the multitude of services offered at the University of Idaho. There will be an opportunity to mingle with the offices of Sponsored Programs, Technology Transfer, Economic Development, Research and Faculty Development, Research Assurances, campus veterinarian, staff of the Integrated Research and Innovation Center, the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, Aquaculture Research Institute, Idaho Geological Survey, Idaho Water Resources Research Institute, Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies, Northwest Knowledge Network and the Center for Modeling Complex Interactions. Enjoy tours of every floor, attendee favors, delectable desserts and a chance at raffle prizes. Join for an informative and fun afternoon on a journey through ORED.

Celebrate Awards

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Michael Strickland headshot

Two U of I Faculty Receive CAREER Awards

Two University of Idaho assistant professors have earned national Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Elizabeth Cassel and Michael Strickland will receive a combined $1.38 million in funding for their projects through the prestigious NSF CAREER program, meant to fund the research and education activities of early career faculty. Read more.
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Jensen Hegg headshot

Student, Lab Manager Selected for 2019 Fulbright Awards

U of I student Taylor Azizeh, environmental sciences and wildlife resources major, and Jensen Hegg, manager at the Kennedy Laboratory for Integrative Fish Ecology, won Fulbright awards to conduct international research.

Azizeh was selected for a Fulbright Study/Research Award to Denmark. While there, Azizeh will be attending master’s-level courses and conducting research and field work at the Arctic Research Center in Denmark and the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources in Nuuk, respectively.

Hegg received a Fulbright Scholar Award to work with migratory megafish in the Amazon River and along the coast around the Amazon River basin. His research will be based in the cities of Belém and São Luis in Brazil.

Azizeh and Hegg join a distinguished group of participants from across the world that earn the honor of enhancing their education through The Fulbright Program, a long-standing educational exchange program that is designed to increase understanding between the United States and the world. Participants are selected based on academics, leadership and professional achievements in their fields.
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Feedback or suggestions? Please pass them along to ored-news@uidaho.edu.

Get to Know ORED

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Calm Waters Ahead

New program technician paves the way for ambitious scientific initiative
Kyra Sims spent much of her childhood playing in the waters of Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. Now she plays a critical role in researching them.

Sims is a new program technician for the Idaho Water Resources Research Institute (IWRRI), a multidisciplinary research center housed in the University of Idaho’s Office of Research and Economic Development. As IWRRI’s newest staff member, she supports colleagues through various administrative roles and connects IWRRI to the public through social media.

Sims comes on board at an exciting time for IWRRI, which is planning a regional-level citizen science campaign starting this fall in the Spokane River basin area, where local citizens will help test and map nitrate and phosphorous levels in the water. Higher concentrations of these nutrients can help alert IWRRI staff to issues like the presence of pesticides or heavy metals in the area.

One of Sims’ many support roles in this effort is beta-testing the water quality testing kits for IWRRI’s citizen science campaign. These efforts will help ensure the kits and directions are easy to understand when the kits are deployed to the general public. It’s also necessary for increasing the validity of the data, which will be collected and crowdsourced.

“We want to connect people to the science,” she said. “In order to get them there, they need to be informed. That’s where I come in with the social media: to make people more aware of what we do.”

Sims is a pioneer of social media, literally.

“I started using social media when it started, back when Myspace and dial-up were popular.” Sims said. “Fun fact: I had a Facebook account the month it went public.”

Sims also produced and updated social media channels as a side business before earning her Bachelor of Science degree in economics at Eastern Washington University.

“My clients would send me info, and I’d make it pretty and post it,” Sims said. “It was fun being creative and to figure out the psychological reasoning behind why people like, follow and respond to things.”

Sims will use her experiences to build interest and awareness of IWRRI and its programs.

“I think we have a great opportunity ahead of us,” Sims said. “There’s lots of room for us to grow our social media presence. If we can build more awareness, we can get the conversations started.”

Sims has loved science ever since college and is eager to promote it with a strong drive and enthusiasm.

“Science is about more than just using beakers and test tubes; it’s about thinking critically on topics. Not to mention, it can be very cool,” Sims said. “I’m especially motivated by my co-workers’ passion for water and environmental science. I get excited when they get excited.”

Learn more about IWRRI’s citizen science initiatives by following its Facebook page at facebook.com/iwrrimoscow.

ORED Tip of the Month

Please make sure to connect with the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) Post-Award group before seeking changes to your sponsored project, such as adjusting your period of performance, scope of work, budgeted funds or other items. Terms, conditions and regulations govern which project changes are at the discretion of the university — and which require prior approval from the sponsor. Coordinating your project changes at least 30 days in advance with OSP will help avoid any denials to after-the-fact requests from sponsors later on. Learn more in Administrative Procedures Manual (45.14) or contact postaward@uidaho.edu with questions.
 

— Sarah Martonick
Post Award Manager,
Office of Sponsored Programs
 

Special Announcements

Learn more about ORED’s new Research and Faculty Development (RFD) team and its services.

Physical Address:
Morrill Hall 105

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3010
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83844-3010

Phone: 208-885-6689

Email: vpresearch@uidaho.edu

Web: ORED

Map

Physical Address:

Morrill Hall Room 414
Moscow, ID  83844

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr., MS 3010
Moscow, ID  83844-3010

Phone: 208-885-6162

Email: ored-ora@uidaho.edu

Web: ORA Website

Map

Physical Address:

Morrill Hall Room 103
Moscow, ID  83843

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr., MS 3020
Moscow, ID  83844-3020

Phone: 208-885-6651

Fax: 208-885-4990

Email: osp@uidaho.edu

Web: OSP Website

Map

Physical Address:
Morrill Hall 103
Moscow, Idaho

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 3003
Moscow, ID 83844-3003

Jeremy Tamsen
Phone: 208-885-4550
Email: tamsen@uidaho.edu
Web: OTT Website

Map

Physical Address:
Water Center Suite 324
Boise, Idaho

Mailing Address:
322 E. Front St., Suite 324
Boise, ID 83702

Jana Jones
Phone: 208-364-4568
Email: janajones@uidaho.edu