University-wide grant prompts interdisciplinary research 04.25.2016

Everyone wanted the chance to be the research VIP. The Vandal Idea Project, a university-wide grant program funded through the President’s Office, awarded five teams of interdisciplinary researchers funds for innovative projects. Thirty-eight proposals were submitted to the program, said College of Science Dean Paul Joyce, who was interviewed prior to his death in a

Turning water to gold — Moscow beer scene celebrates community 04.25.2016

Tyler Hawkins may be a brewmaster today, but that wasn’t what Neil Marzolf originally hired him to do — originally, he hired him to milk his goats. At first, Marzolf and his wife Ramirose Attebury, a University of Idaho reference librarian, planned to start a goat barn five miles outside of Moscow. One day, Marzolf

The business of brewing — Moscow brewery localizes supplies 04.25.2016

Four months into its presence in Latah County, Rants and Raves Brewery strives to have a positive impact in Moscow through supply localization and water conservation. The fledging brewery plans to localize the entirety of its hop and wheat supply by the year 2020, beginning with the establishment of a hop farm in Latah County.

UI receives grant to help Nez Perce students become more engaged in STEM fields 04.18.2016

In a 2011 review of the Lapwai community, Melinda Hamilton, the Idaho National Laboratory education director at the time, found that as a whole, the community had an interest in providing its children with more education opportunities. Three years later, Kay Seven, director of the Nez Perce tribal education department, received a call from Hamilton

‘Drugs of tomorrow’ — UI student receives Hill Fellowship for work in organic chemistry 03.24.2016

Though he’s a biologist by major, University of Idaho student researcher Lupe Gutierrez’s interest in organic chemistry was sparked by a carbon compounds class with professor Kristopher Waynant. Gutierrez said he’s always loved the sciences, so when the option of doing research outside the classroom came up, he jumped on it. “I just emailed him

What’s the buzz? — UI researchers attempt a glimpse into local bee hives 03.21.2016

Though the rolling green Palouse hills may look lifeless, there are unseen forces at work. Tiny pollinators buzz between fields. According to University of Idaho graduate researcher Paul Rhoades, there are over 180 different bee species on the Palouse.  He said that bee research of this scale has never really been done in this region.

The excitement of discovery — UI geologist shares rich professional, personal background 02.29.2016

Communist Czechoslovakia didn’t provide many food options during weekends. When University of Idaho geology professor Peter Isaacson, who was in Bolivia on a Fullbright Fellowship research grant, took a stroll to the zoo to find food, he said he noticed a suspicious government official following him. “That was it. You couldn’t get any food on

Tiny tech, big impact — Nanosprings have big implications for bomb detection 02.25.2016

The most notable thing in David McIlroy’s lab is the amount of tin foil. It may look like the aliens are coming, but McIlroy is using it for another purpose. McIlroy, a physicist at the University of Idaho, is using it as an inexpensive medium to grow nanosprings. Nanosprings, which he said look like an

Rings, moons and the age of the universe — UI researcher measures mass of Saturn’s brightest ring 02.16.2016

University of Idaho physics professor Matthew Hedman and others from NASA’s Cassini mission have discovered how to weigh Saturn’s rings — no giant scale necessary. “What we did was literally weigh the rings, in the sense that we were figuring out their mass by measuring the gravitational interactions between the rings,” Hedman said. Hedman said

Demystifying the gender gap — Researchers explore why more women go to college than men 02.04.2016

Fifty-three percent of Idaho women go on to pursue higher education immediately after high school, compared to only 38 percent of Idaho men, according to a study produced late last year. The study, commissioned by the University of Idaho McClure Center for Public Policy Research said that while this gender gap isn’t unique to Idaho,

The fault in CO2 emissions — Researchers analyze CO2 emissions from East African fault line 02.01.2016

Eastern Africa is one of the most volcanically active regions of the world. However, James Muirhead, a University of Idaho geology doctoral student, and Hyunwoo Lee, a University of New Mexico Ph.D candidate, were more interested with what was going on under the ground. That’s why Muirhead and Lee set their sights on the East

The first of its kind — Climate research projects higher temperatures for PNW 01.25.2016

It’s July. The sky is blue and the rolling hills of the Palouse contrast a vibrant green. In the sweltering heat of summer, a bead of sweat rolls down the forehead of a farmer. He must wonder if it’s actually getting warmer, or if it’s just his imagination. Local researchers believe they have answered that

Dealing with decline — Idaho experiences dip in agricultural revenue 01.19.2016

Many businesses move in cyclical patterns, with periods of highs and lows, of growth and stagnation. The agriculture industry is no exception. After five straight years of revenue increases in Idaho farm cash receipts, Garth Taylor, University of Idaho professor of agricultural economics, said farm cash receipts for the state of Idaho in 2015 are

Life after high school — UI study highlights causes of Idaho’s low go-on rates 01.19.2016

It can be a tall order to ask educated youth to pursue higher education in a state with one of the lowest national go-on rates. That’s why University of Idaho President Chuck Staben commissioned a study to better understand why Idaho students aren’t pursuing higher education. The UI McClure Center for Public Policy Research released

Continuing learning opportunities — Idaho received EPA grant to continue science project 01.05.2016

“Confluence” refers to the merging of two rivers. According to Brant Miller, the University of Idaho professor spearheading the Confluence Project, that name was chosen for the intersectional nature of the project. “The Confluence Project essentially is the model for graduate students to support local high schools to take students in the field to learn

Training the trainers — Dept. of Agriculture grant funds food safety training 11.09.2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently awarded the University of Idaho with a $1.2 million federal grant for its Food Safety Center, which will go toward education for food producers about safe practices. Barbara Petty, interim UI Extension director, said the grant comes from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), part of the

Nuclear education — UI one of 15 universities receiving grant to aid young nuclear engineering program 10.29.2015

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently awarded the University of Idaho with a grant totaling $434,048 to encourage the growth of nuclear engineering and community education. College of Engineering Professor Vivek Utgikar said the NRC grant also aims to help younger faculty by providing support for their research and teaching activities so that they can better

Papers and potential — UI is exploring new strategies to improve writing papers 09.28.2015

As part of University of Idaho’s new planning strategy, Brad Fenwick, vice president of Global Strategic Alliances with Elsevier, conducted a study on the university’s success in regards to writing research papers. The purpose of the study was to find the university’s strong points, where it is not doing as well and how it can

Tribes generate revenue — Study finds Idaho tribes are economic powerhouse 09.04.2015

In Idaho communities adjacent to tribal lands, University of Idaho Economics Professor Steve Peterson said he sees plenty of partnership opportunities between the two groups. Often, Peterson said, communities don’t think to partner with the tribe. “I ask, ‘Why don’t you just partner with the tribe?’ And they say ‘Oh, we never thought about it,’”

Fulbright Gateway Orientation brings international students, scholars to Moscow 09.04.2015

Khalid Shalan started researching opportunities to study abroad when he could not find proper facilities for his research in his home country of Egypt. After contacting international professors to find the necessary equipment, he came across the Fulbright Program. “I really appreciate the fact that this is program was made with the intention of avoiding

Brief: Soil chemistry textbook updated, cheaper 07.21.2015

Thanks to the work of University of Idaho professor for Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences department Daniel Strawn, undergraduate students of soil science have a rare privilege. The fourth and newest edition of their textbook “Soil Chemistry” will be available at a cheaper price than older versions of the book. The update comes 14 years

Definitely not Nessie 07.21.2015

UI graduate student researches migration of Amazonian catfish After studying abroad in Brazil and being enthralled by the wildlife and culture that exists there, University of Idaho doctoral candidate Jens Hegg knew he had to return to the Amazon again someday. “I’ve always wanted to go to the jungle,” Hegg said. Hegg said he was

An eye for engineering 05.04.2015

Students showcase capstone projects in 22nd annual Engineering EXPO The University of Idaho Clean Snowmobile Team won big Friday at the 22nd annual Engineering and Design EXPO, the longest running student engineering showcase in the Northwest that features senior engineering capstone projects. “It’s a great opportunity for engineers of all sorts, and I would just

Eliminating waste water 04.06.2015

Funding from Idaho enables further research into new wastewater treatment technology Researchers from the University of Idaho recently received $427,000 from the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission to test the feasibility of the latest version of a water treatment process called Nutrient, Energy, Water (N-E-W) Tech. “What we did is we looked at nature and said

Deforestation takes root in the Philippines 03.09.2015

UI researchers aid Philippinesin service learning trip There is strength in asking for help, and after regaining contact with an old friend, a Moscow resident learned help was needed across the Pacific Ocean. Loreca Stauber and her friend, now the leader of the Socio-Economic and Gender Advocacy Association in the Philippines, said there are several