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Researchers Identify Seasonal Lakes at Titan's North Pole

Posted Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:07:00 -0700

U of I doctoral graduate Shannon MacKenzie, Associate Professor Jason Barnes and Assistant Professor Matthew Hedman from the Department of Physics published in Nature Astronomy. Using Cassini spacecraft observations, the team identified three north pole lakes that seem to disappear between winter and summer on Titan, Saturn's largest moon. Their findings likely provide regional evidence for seasonal changes in evaporation and precipitation and may have implications for sediment processing and habitability. Read more

Researchers Identify Seasonal Lakes at Titan's North Pole

Posted Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:07:00 -0700

U of I doctoral graduate Shannon MacKenzie, Associate Professor Jason Barnes and Assistant Professor Matthew Hedman from the Department of Physics published in Nature Astronomy. Using Cassini spacecraft observations, the team identified three north pole lakes that seem to disappear between winter and summer on Titan, Saturn's largest moon. Their findings likely provide regional evidence for seasonal changes in evaporation and precipitation and may have implications for sediment processing and habitability. Read more

U of I Researcher Jill Johnson Publishes Paper on Heat Shock Proteins in Nature Communications

Posted Mon, 15 Apr 2019 14:29:00 -0700

Professor Jill Johnson, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Alberta and the University of Würzburg, recently published a paper in Nature Communications titled, "The Conserved NxNNWHW Motif in Aha1-Type Co-Chaperones Modulates the Kinetics of Hsp90 ATPase Stimulation and is Essential for In Vivo Function." This research seeks to understand how Hsp90 partners with interacting cochaperones to help 10-15 percent of cellular proteins fold properly. Read more

U of I Researcher Jill Johnson Publishes Paper on Heat Shock Proteins in Nature Communications

Posted Mon, 15 Apr 2019 14:29:00 -0700

Professor Jill Johnson, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Alberta and the University of Würzburg, recently published a paper in Nature Communications titled, "The Conserved NxNNWHW Motif in Aha1-Type Co-Chaperones Modulates the Kinetics of Hsp90 ATPase Stimulation and is Essential for In Vivo Function." This research seeks to understand how Hsp90 partners with interacting cochaperones to help 10-15 percent of cellular proteins fold properly. Read more

Clint Elg to Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Posted Fri, 12 Apr 2019 14:49:00 -0700

Clint Elg is one of only 2,050 students nationwide who is receiving the prestigious and very competitive National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship this year. Elg is a doctoral student in the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program and is in the lab of Biological Sciences Professor Eva Top. Read more

Clint Elg to Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Posted Fri, 12 Apr 2019 14:49:00 -0700

Clint Elg is one of only 2,050 students nationwide who is receiving the prestigious and very competitive National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship this year. Elg is a doctoral student in the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program and is in the lab of Biological Sciences Professor Eva Top. Read more

U of I STEM Days Offer Hands-On College Experience to Vallivue Students

Posted Wed, 10 Apr 2019 13:16:00 -0700

BOISE, Idaho — April 10, 2019 — About 240 Vallivue students will explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities led by University of Idaho faculty during U of I’s STEM Days, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 16-17, at the Idaho Water Center in Boise. Read more

Biological Sciences Researcher Diana Mitchell Published in Scientific Reports - Nature

Posted Mon, 01 Apr 2019 16:37:00 -0700

Assistant Professor Diana Mitchell, in collaboration with Deb Stenkamp of the Department of Biological Sciences and the IBEST GRC, recently published a paper in the Scientific Reports - Nature Journal titled "Regeneration Associated Transcriptional Signature of Retinal Microglia and Macrophages." Funding for this work was provided by Idaho INBRE through a technology access grant awarded to Mitchell and an National Institutes of Health R21 grant awarded to Stenkamp. Their research seeks to understand the remarkable capacity in which zebrafish can regenerate retinal neurons, in this case with a focus on immune cell populations present during retinal repair. Read more

College of Science Staff, Faculty and Graduate Student Awards for 2019

Posted Fri, 29 Mar 2019 14:41:00 -0700

The College of Science held its annual staff, faculty and graduate student awards ceremony on Monday, March 25. The students who received the Dean's Graduate Award were Andrew Canada (Geology), Rosebella Capio (Statistical Science), Rajani Dhingra (Physics), Sarah Hendricks (BCB), Laura Jenkins (Biological Sciences) , Dan Reiss (Mathematics), David Russell (Geography). Sarah Hendricks also received the Diane Haynes Memorial Award as the college's outstanding graduating graduate student. Read more

National Academy of Sciences Member Jim Bull to Join U of I Faculty

Posted Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:01:00 -0800

MOSCOW, Idaho — Feb. 13, 2019 — National Academy of Sciences (NAS) member Jim Bull will join the University of Idaho faculty in fall 2019. He will be the first NAS member affiliated with an educational institution in Idaho, according to NAS. The academy is a nonprofit and private society of scholars charged by Congress to provide the nation objective and independent council on scientific and technological matters; Bull was elected to NAS in 2016. Read more

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

Undergrads Win Mathematical Modeling Competition

Posted Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:41:00 -0800

Congratulations to students Beau Horenberger, Danny Bugingo and Ned Caisley for taking first place in the 2018 Montana Mathematical Modeling Challenge (MMMC). This year's competition took place Oct. 20-21, at Carroll College in Helena, Montana. The U of I team finished first for both the oral presentation and the written paper. Read more

Speaker Aims to Visualize Science through Monday Art and Design Presentation

Posted Thu, 08 Nov 2018 15:58:00 -0800

MOSCOW, Idaho — Nov. 8, 2018 — How people in the arts and sciences can work together by creating software to visualize and problem-solve human diseases will be discussed during a lecture at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in Room 032 of the Teaching and Learning Center on the University of Idaho campus. Read more

Study Highlights the Beginnings of a Beautiful Bacterial Friendship

Posted Wed, 24 Oct 2018 14:38:00 -0700

Department of Biological Sciences' Chris Marx and colleagues representing three other universities published a study this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The laboratory study addressed how two species can evolve a relationship that increases the chance of survival for both despite the energy costs to both. 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

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

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