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Daily Archives: February 13, 2012


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Heidi Reeder

Heidi Reeder, associate professor of communication, was interviewed for a Valentine’s Day story about male-female friendship. The story is slated to air at 9 p.m. Tuesday on FOX-9 and at 10 p.m. on KIVI-6. The story also features to communication students.

Photography Workshop Focuses on Social Justice

The Women’s Center will present “What does your lens capture: Photography, Social Justice and Self Identity,” a free photography workshop for students, faculty and staff from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in the Student Union Farnsworth Room.

This interactive workshop will examine how photography is used as a means of expression. Participants will have the opportunity to think about how photography contributes to the identity behind the lens, as well as how photography can be a medium to aid in awareness, promote humanity and support social justice activism.

Following examples of professional photographic social justice work, participants will have the opportunity to discuss their identities and create a digital representation.


Lisa Dawley and Chris Haskell

Boise State’s 3D GameLab, developed by Lisa Dawley and Chris Haskell in the Department of Educational Technology, earned a place in the 2012 Horizon Report, published by the New Media Consortium. The report predicts trends over the next five years in educational technology in higher education. 3D GameLab helps teachers turn their classrooms into a living adventure that challenges students with motivating quests, engaging projects, games and activities.

With 3D GameLab teachers can tie innovative learning activities to standards they want to achieve. The lab allows teachers to create an exciting personalized curriculum based on quests that provide students choices connected to their interests.


Feb. 17: Mark Roll, Materials Science and Engineering

Guest speaker Mark Roll from the Department of Chemical & Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Idaho will speak on “Nano-Building Blocks for Nano-Structured Materials” at 11:40 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in MEC Room 106. The event is open to the public.

Beyond the Blue Podcast: The Truth About Vaccines — Risk vs. Reward?

Vaccines have had a profoundly positive impact on human health, but the practice of vaccination also has its detractors. Juliette Tinker, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Boise State, explores the causes of the current loss of confidence in vaccine safety, and the impacts this loss has had on the incidence of disease in this week’s Beyond the Blue podcast, “Risk vs. Reward? The Truth About Vaccines.”

Listeners can access the website featuring a series of faculty podcasts at or go directly to Tinker’s presentation. Visitors can download all podcasts and subscribe to receive automatic downloads of new content whenever they open iTunes.

In this podcast, Tinker presents rationale regarding why vaccine research is needed and analyzes the pipeline for continued development of new and improved methods of immunization. She examines the historical benefits of vaccines that have been used to fight smallpox, polio, rubella and many other infectious diseases. Her current research regarding the search for a vaccine to fight staph infections also is chronicled.

Tinker holds a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Iowa and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Colorado. She serves as chair of the Institutional Biosafety Committee and is a member of the Central District Health Immunization Advisory Board. Tinker has been at Boise State since 2005, and does research and writing on pathogenic bacteriology and vaccinology.

The Beyond the Blue website has been developed to showcase the expertise and innovative spirit that exists in many fields at Boise State. Known for its unique blue turf and nationally ranked football program, Boise State is demonstrating creativity beyond the blue in faculty podcasts intended to introduce a variety of topics to casual listeners.

New faculty podcasts are being added on a regular basis, including:

The website contains bonus video and editorial content about the university, including its growth, research initiatives and student life. A related collection of faculty interviews also is accessible from the Reader’s Corner radio show hosted by Boise State President Bob Kustra on Boise State Public Radio.


Shari Stroud

Shari Stroud, Boise State’s Twin Falls program coordinator, was quoted in a story in the Times-News about the dual-credit program that give high school students college credit for some courses. Read it here.

Gilbert and Sullivan Comedy ‘Iolanthe’ is Feb. 24-26

Boise State’s departments of Music and Theatre Arts jointly present the comedy “Iolanthe” Feb. 24-26. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, in the Student Union Special Events Center.

Politics and aristocracy meet the fairies of Fairyland in Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious comedy “Iolanthe.” Widely considered one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best works, “Iolanthe” is a zany ride to a place where romance, politics, money and magic meet — in ways only Gilbert and Sullivan could imagine.

Musically, the work has more complexity and depth than almost any other Gilbert and Sullivan collaboration, said musical director and producer Laura Rushing-Raynes. The musical score borrows compositional techniques from composer Richard Wagner’s ring cycle (think of the fairies as lightweight valkyries with their own musical themes) and, to a certain extent, parodies Mendelssohn’s ballet music from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

“We get a superbly engaging blend of musical comedy, opera and ballet — along with Gilbert and Sullivan-style absurd, satiric portrayals of British aristocracy, politics, battles between the sexes and class distinctions,” Rushing-Raynes said.

In addition to Rushing-Raynes, the collaboration between the departments of Music and Theatre Arts features Christopher Raynes as stage director, working closely with Idaho Dance Theatre co-artistic director Marla Hansen; Craig Purdy, conductor; Ann Price, stage voice and dialect coach; Mike Baltzell, technical director; and Keri Fitch design supervision. The cast is an intriguing and creative mix of music and theatre arts students, with the lead role of the Lord Chancellor, played by Alaggio Laurino, an art history major with an extensive musical theatre background.

To learn more about Gilbert and Sullivan and “Iolanthe,” visit, a website maintained by associate math professor emeritus and Gilbert and Sullivan fan Alex Feldman.

Tickets are on sale now at all Select-a-Seat outlets. All current full-time Boise State students, faculty, alumni and staff may get one free ticket at the Student Union Information Desk with their Boise State ID card. General admission tickets are $12 each. Non-Boise State students of any age, seniors (60-plus) and military members may purchase tickets for $10 with ID. Tickets also may be purchased at the door beginning one hour before show time. Doors open a half hour before the show.

For more information, visit, call 426-3957 or send an email to



OSP Hosts NSF CAREER Award Session

The Office of Sponsored Programs invites the campus community to attend a discussion on the NSF Early Faculty Career Development Program (NSF CAREER Award). OSP staff will explain the eligibility and administrative requirements and answer questions on the submission process.

Inanc Senocak and Wan Kuang, CAREER award recipients, will be present to answer questions regarding their experiences with the submission, the NSF review process and the relationship of the PI with NSF and the program officer after awarding.

Registration is not required. The session is from 10-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in the Student Union Hatch C Ballroom. If you have any questions, contact Linda Georgiev at 426-1427.


Rodney Carrington Comes to Taco Bell Arena May 10; Tickets on Sale Feb. 17

Comedian Rodney Carrington will bring his “Laughter’s Good” tour to Taco Bell Arena at 7 p.m. May 10. The show is for mature audiences.

Tickets are $45.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Taco Bell Arena box office, at 426-1766, at all Select-a-Seat locations and online at

A Texas native, Carrington has been making audiences laugh for almost 20 years with his unique brand of stand-up comedy. The country singer-songwriter has recorded eight major label comedy albums, which have sold more than two million copies. Two of his albums have been certified gold.

His albums include such hit comedy-inspired songs as “Dancin’ With a Man,” “Show Them to Me” and “Don’t Look Now.” His Christmas album, “Make It Christmas” features the song “Camouflage and Christmas Lights.” Carrington also is an actor, having starred in his own sitcom, “Rodney,” for two seasons on ABC. He also co-wrote and co-starred in the feature film “Beer for My Horses” with Toby Keith. In 2008, Carrington co-starred in Trace Adkins’ hit music video, “I Got My Game On,” for which he won a CMT Music Video Award for Supporting Character of the Year. He went on to receive extensive airplay on CMT for his 2009 comedy sketch music video, “If I’m the Only One” — the song debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Comedy Music charts. In addition, he released a book titled “Rodney Carrington: Coming Clean.”


Annual Professional Staff Basketball Shoot-off is Feb. 14

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love, and what better love to celebrate than your love of shooting basketball free throws and winning prizes? The Professional Staff Association is sponsoring its annual basketball free-throw contest from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the Taco Bell Arena auxiliary gym.

Shoot as many baskets as you can in one minute. The shooters with the top two scores will match up for the finals the following evening (Wednesday, Feb. 15) at halftime of the Bronco men’s basketball game. Each of the two finalists will get to attend the game for free, courtesy of the Department of Athletics. Prizes for first and second place will be provided by the Boise State Bookstore and the Rec Center.

Come out and compete for prizes, bragging rights and fame. Or just come out and compete for fun and the opportunity to socialize with your Boise State colleagues.

Remember: Cupid may shoot arrows, but Bronco staff members shoot basketballs.


Roger Quarles, Bill Parrett, Kathleen Budge, Lisa Kinnaman and Kelly Cross

Roger Quarles, Bill Parrett, Kathleen Budg, Lisa Kinnaman and Kelly Cross, College of Education, were featured in an Idaho Statesman story about the statewide Leads Project aimed at improving Idaho schools. Read the story here.


President Bob Kustra

President Bob Kustra was featured in an Idaho Statesman story by Dan Popkey about his unique perspective on ethics in politics. The story focuses on Kustra’s experience as lieutenant governor of Illinois. Read the story here.