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Idaho WWAMI Students Encourage Aspiring Physicians at Health Expo

Posted Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:06:00 -0800

BOISE, Idaho — Jan. 17, 2019 — Four Idaho WWAMI medical students from the University of Idaho will help aspiring physicians learn more about the process of applying to, and the experience of, medical school as part of the 2019 Boise School District Health Professions Expo from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Denis Technical Education Center Annex, 3324 S. Pro Tech Drive, Boise. Read more

U of I-Led Study Finds Evidence of Changing Seasons, Rain on Titan’s North Pole

Posted Wed, 16 Jan 2019 08:41:00 -0800

MOSCOW, Idaho — Jan. 16, 2019 — An image from the international Cassini spacecraft provides evidence of rainfall on the north pole of Titan, the largest of Saturn’s moons. The rainfall would be the first indication of the start of a summer season in the moon’s northern hemisphere. Read more

U of I Study Predicts Increase in Global List of Threatened Plant Species

Posted Mon, 03 Dec 2018 14:39:00 -0800

MOSCOW, Idaho — Dec. 3, 2018 — More than 15,000 plant species have a high probability of being considered threatened or near-threatened under a new model used to predict conservation status. The model, which shows the predicted levels of risk to plants worldwide, was published as part of a study to help governments and resource managers evaluate where conservation resources are most needed. Read more

U of I Women in Math and Science Event Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Posted Tue, 25 Sep 2018 14:51:00 -0700

The University of Idaho and North Idaho College will welcome hundreds of young women from high schools across North Idaho for the 10th anniversary of the hands-on educational event Women in Math and Science, Oct. 2-3 in Coeur d’Alene.
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U of I Researcher, Cassini Team Spot Dust Storms on Titan

Posted Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:39:00 -0700

MOSCOW, Idaho — Sept. 24, 2018 — Data from the international Cassini spacecraft, which explored Saturn and its moons between 2004 and 2017, has revealed what appear to be giant dust storms in the equatorial regions of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. A team of scientists, including University of Idaho astrophysicist Jason Barnes, published their findings today in the journal Nature Geoscience. Read more

Climate Expert Leads Talk About Risks and Opportunities for Idaho

Posted Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:00:00 -0700

Kate Gordon, a leader on issues related to climate change and sustainable economic growth, will talk on the risks and opportunities for Idaho in a changing climate at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, as part of the Northwest Climate Conference in Boise. The talk is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session facilitated by Marcia Franklin of Idaho Public Television will follow Gordon’s presentation in the Grand Ballroom, Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. A reception will follow. Read more

Geography Speaker Series Focuses on Mapping West African Trade Networks

Posted Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700

The Geography Department's Speaker Series resumes from 3:30-4:40 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at McClure 209 with a presentation by Olivier Walther. Read more

Modeling Gut Microbial Dynamics

Posted Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700

Sean Gibbons, a Washington Research Foundation distinguished investigator and assistant professor at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, is this week's IBEST/CMCI Seminar Series featured speaker. Read more

Mathematics, Statistical Science Host First Jon A. Wellner Lecture

Posted Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700

The Departments of Mathematics and Statistical Science invite students, faculty and staff to attend the inaugural Jon A. Wellner Lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, in TLC 031. Read more

U of I Secures Funding to Support Sustainability at Northwest Food Processing Plants

Posted Wed, 29 Aug 2018 11:13:00 -0700

The University of Idaho will work with food processors and suppliers in the Pacific Northwest to support reductions in their energy, water and waste footprints as part of a new Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) grant awarded to U of I and its partners around the state. The Idaho Department of Commerce recently released the first $700,000 installment of the $2.1 million grant earlier this month. An additional$1.4 million in funding is anticipated over the next two years. Professor Karen Humes, an expert in hydrology and geospatial science in U of I’s College of Science, will lead efforts to pilot, demonstrate and transfer technologies that will help food processors and producers reduce water and nutrient use, as well as recycle nutrients and other valuable byproducts. Read more

Research Symposium Sponsored by Center for Health in the Human Ecosystem is Oct. 11

Posted Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700

Kathryn Hanley, a professor of biology at New Mexico State University, will be the keynote speaker Thursday, Oct. 11, at the first Research Symposium sponsored by the Center for Health in the Human Ecosystem. Read more

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


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