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U of I Visualizing Science Exhibit on Display at The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho

Posted Fri, 03 Aug 2018 09:40:00 -0700

The University of Idaho's Visualizing Science exhibit, which brings scientific research to life in art form and reveals a deep kinship inherent in seemingly disparate disciplines, is now on display at The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho. The exhibit is the result of a nine-month collaboration between interdisciplinary teams of faculty in science, art and design. The project was led by College of Art and Architecture professor and head of the art and design program Sally Graves Machlis and Prichard Art Gallery director Roger Rowley. Read more

Shelley McGuire Appointed Director for School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Posted Fri, 27 Jul 2018 10:43:00 -0700

Michelle (Shelley) McGuire has been appointed the new director for the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences effective Aug. 13, 2018. McGuire joins the University of Idaho and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences from the Washington State University School of Biological Sciences, where she worked as a professor in lactation physiology and nutrition.
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Antibiotic Resistance, Vaccines, Malaria among Projects Funded for U of I Researchers

Posted Wed, 27 Jun 2018 08:00:00 -0700

University of Idaho researchers are trying to answer questions that could help slow the spread of antibiotic drug resistance, develop techniques to produce vaccines more quickly and help with treatment of malaria thanks to three federal grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The awards to Eva Top, Craig Miller and Holly Wichman in the College of Science and Shirley Luckhart in the colleges of Science and Agricultural and Life Sciences, total nearly $5 million to support multiyear studies aimed at improving disease treatment.

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U of I Experts Available to Discuss Climate Change, Upcoming Fire Season

Posted Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:02:00 -0700

In Idaho, earlier drying and snow melt over the past half-century have extended the state’s fire season. University of Idaho experts believe the length of time vegetation is dry enough to sustain a burn has lengthened by roughly a month since the 1980s. These changes, as well as shifts in drought conditions, snowpack and myriad other effects of climate change, have prompted frequent questions to university scientists and researchers in recent years. U of I researchers have a diversity of expertise in the varied global, regional and local effects of climate change and the way society can adapt to this evolving climate. U of I experts in climate change, fire science, water resources and other fields are available to speak to media about their ongoing research, trends across the Northwest and the world, as well as answer specialized questions relating to their work. Read more

U of I Undergrads Study Stem Cells, Brain Disorders with Unique Research Award

Posted Fri, 08 Jun 2018 14:00:00 -0700

A University of Idaho sophomore is working to create tendon from stem cells while a senior studies neurological disorders – all with the help of a 15-month undergraduate research award. LeeAnn Hold, a sophomore from El Dorado Hills, California, and Alexandra Flores, a senior from Caldwell, are among undergraduate students from 12 colleges and universities in the United States accepted into the most recent class of the Beckman Scholars Program for undergraduate research. Read more

U of I, Colorado, Columbia Study Pinpoints 2017 Wildfire Triggers Ahead of Fire Season

Posted Tue, 05 Jun 2018 10:00:00 -0700

Western wildfire seasons are worse when it’s dry and fuel-rich and the chances of ignition are high. All three factors were pushed to their limits last year, triggering one of the largest and costliest U.S. wildfire seasons in recent decades, according to a new paper by a University of Idaho researcher and counterparts at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Columbia University. “Policy steps are being made to alleviate the costs of firefighting and allow for more proactive fire risk mitigation,” said John Abatzoglou, associate professor in U of I’s Department of Geography. “However, fire is a natural hazard that we will live with and efforts should be made to reflect fire risks based on future conditions rather than the past.” Read more

Yellowstone Study Develops New Way of Estimating Magma in Park Supervolcano

Posted Mon, 04 Jun 2018 10:30:00 -0700

New research from the University of Idaho and Washington State University suggests previous studies have significantly underestimated the amount of heat escaping from the hot springs inside Yellowstone National Park. “By learning about these processes, we will build on our understanding of the Yellowstone supervolcano’s eruption cycle,” said Peter Larson, a professor in the School of Environment at Washington State University. A team of scientists — led by Larson and U of I’s Jerry Fairley, a professor in the College of Science’s Department of Geological Sciences — measured the volume of hot water flowing through several hot springs and estimated the heat loss from the springs. Their study is titled “Direct Measurement of Advective Heat Flux from Several Yellowstone Hot Springs, Wyoming, USA” and was published this week in the journal Geosphere. Read more

U of I Faculty Awarded Seed Grant Funding for 19 Projects

Posted Tue, 15 May 2018 11:00:00 -0700

Nineteen faculty members at the University of Idaho were awarded funding for FY2019 through the university’s Seed Grant program. Sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development, the Seed Grant program helps early career faculty establish a scholarly program. The program aims to promote research, outreach and creative activities that will improve individual faculty competitiveness for external funding and/or will result in publications, patents, recognition, awards or exhibitions/performances. Seed Grant awards ranged from $8,200 to $12,000. Read more

IWRRI Announces First Jordan Scholar Recipient

Posted Fri, 11 May 2018 13:06:00 -0700

The Idaho Water Resources Research Institute (IWRRI) is proud to announce Kyle Duckett as the inaugural recipient of the Joseph Jordan Water Resource Scholarship. Duckett is a master's student in the Department of Geology. He will receive $5,000 in tuition support and a 10-week summer internship with Idaho Power Company to gain experience in the field of water resources. Read more

Center for Modeling Complex Interactions (CMCI) Request for White Papers

Posted Thu, 10 May 2018 11:22:00 -0700

The Center for Modeling Complex Interactions (CMCI) requests white papers outlining ideas for research projects related to our mission. CMCI fosters interdisciplinary biomedical research by bringing together modelers and empirical scientists to address problems across all levels of biological organization, from biophysical to ecological. See www.cmciuidaho.org for more information. First consideration of white papers will begin on May 25, 2018 and white papers will be accepted until June 4, 2018. Learn more about the paper requirements here. Read more

Two U of I Faculty Members Earn National Recognition for Research

Posted Thu, 10 May 2018 09:38:00 -0700

Two University of Idaho faculty members have received the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for early career scholars. Christine Parent, an assistant professor of biological sciences and member of the Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST), and Eric Mittelstaedt, an assistant professor of geology and geophysics, both in the U of I College of Science, earned Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards, along with a combined $1.7 million in research funding. Read more

Two U of I Faculty Members Earn National Recognition for Research

Posted Thu, 10 May 2018 09:38:00 -0700

Two University of Idaho faculty members have received the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for early career scholars. Christine Parent, an assistant professor of biological sciences and member of the Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST), and Eric Mittelstaedt, an assistant professor of geology and geophysics, both in the U of I College of Science, earned Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards, along with a combined $1.7 million in research funding. Read more

ORED Announces Equipment and Infrastructure Support (EIS) Award Funding

Posted Thu, 03 May 2018 10:48:00 -0700

Twelve University of Idaho proposals were selected for funding in 2018 through the Office of Research and Economic Development's (ORED) Equipment and Infrastructure Support (EIS) Award program. The program supports equipment purchases, upgrades and repairs to enhance research, scholarship and creative activity at the university.
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ORED Announces Equipment and Infrastructure Support (EIS) Award Funding

Posted Thu, 03 May 2018 10:48:00 -0700

Twelve University of Idaho proposals were selected for funding in 2018 through the Office of Research and Economic Development's (ORED) Equipment and Infrastructure Support (EIS) Award program. The program supports equipment purchases, upgrades and repairs to enhance research, scholarship and creative activity at the university.
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Data Science Competition Celebration May 8

Posted Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:28:00 -0700

Join U of I as it celebrates the completion of the 2018 Data Science Competition from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, in the IRIC Atrium. The celebration will include refreshments, T-shirt giveaways, and awards. The final scoring will be revealed and the winners will be announced! All are invited and encouraged to attend this celebration! Read more

Data Science Competition Celebration May 8

Posted Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:28:00 -0700

Join U of I as it celebrates the completion of the 2018 Data Science Competition from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, in the IRIC Atrium. The celebration will include refreshments, T-shirt giveaways, and awards. The final scoring will be revealed and the winners will be announced! All are invited and encouraged to attend this celebration! Read more

U of I Honors Three Faculty with Rank of University Distinguished Professor

Posted Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:30:00 -0700

The University of Idaho is recognizing three of its most distinguished faculty members for contributions to their fields with the designation of University Distinguished Professor. College of Law Professor Barbara Cosens, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Professor Ronald Hardy and College of Science Professor Ruprecht Machleidt will receive the honorary designation during the University Awards for Excellence banquet on Wednesday, April 25. Read more

Ednetics CEO, SpaceX Co-Founder, and Renowned Chemist to Receive Honorary Doctorates During Commencement

Posted Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:31:00 -0700

The University of Idaho will honor a former student, an alumnus and a retired faculty member with honorary doctorates during the spring commencement ceremony May 12 in Moscow.

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Geography Department Seminar on Nationalism and Gender in Kurdistan April 19

Posted Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:03:00 -0700

Join the Department of Geography seminar series featuring Jessie Clark at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the Teaching and Learning Center Room 022. Clark's presentation is titled "'The State Kills, We Kill, Everyone Kills': Finding and Framing Humor in the Field," and will present her experiences researching the politics of nationalism among Kurdish women in Southeast Turkey (Northern Kurdistan) with a special emphasis on the role of humor in making sense of geopolitical issues. Read more

Student Projects Dominate Annual Innovation Month at U of I

Posted Mon, 26 Mar 2018 14:56:00 -0700

University of Idaho junior Kenny Sheffler filled a water bottle with excrement from his brother’s dog last summer and left the contraption in the sun. Within a day, the bottle had inflated and the waste had decomposed — turning into biogas and fertilizer. Read more

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