UPDATE http://news.boisestate.edu/update Your Source for Campus News Sun, 01 Mar 2015 23:15:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Research: Mitigation Efforts Benefit Greater Sage-Grouse http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/03/01/research-mitigation-efforts-benefit-greater-sage-grouse/ http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/03/01/research-mitigation-efforts-benefit-greater-sage-grouse/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 23:15:08 +0000 http://news.boisestate.edu/update/?p=615622 Sage-grouse620x320

From the U.S. Geological Survey

Efforts to mitigate the effects of natural gas development are leading to better nest survival for greater sage-grouse. The probability of one egg hatching in a particular nesting season is higher compared to areas where such actions were not taken, according to research recently published in the journal Wildlife Biology.

LauraBond_1The article is co-authored by Laura Bond, bioinformatics coordinator in Boise State’s Biomolecular Research Center, and researchers with the USGS and Big Horn Environmental Consultants. It is the first to look at the application of science-based on-site mitigation techniques and sage-grouse nest survival in the Intermountain West.

Mitigation techniques are actions taken to reduce or offset the impacts of human activities on an ecosystem or a species, such as minimizing sagebrush removal and using remote monitoring of wells to reduce vehicle traffic.

“High nest survival is critical to the species’ continued existence,” said USGS emeritus scientist and co-author Mark Fuller. “These are ground-nesting birds that produce on average 6-10 eggs each year. Their nests are vulnerable to predation and other factors, making it difficult for the greater sage-grouse populations to maintain numbers.”

Sagebrush habitat is increasingly being developed for oil and gas resources, and land managers face complex challenges in balancing energy demands with conservation measures for sagebrush-dependent species such as the greater sage-grouse. Agencies responsible for managing sagebrush habitat and greater sage-grouse populations encourage the use of adaptive management measures, such as science-based mitigation during oil and gas development and operations.

Grouse HenFrom 2008 to 2011, scientists monitored greater sage-grouse nests in a natural gas field in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming. An oil and gas developer, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, applied adaptive management measures to reduce impacts to greater sage-grouse and other wildlife. Researchers measured nest survival in mitigated and non-mitigated areas, as well as in relatively unaltered areas without oil and gas development. Nest survival was determined by the evidence of at least one successfully hatched egg, a standard measurement in avian scientific studies.

The scientists discovered that on-site mitigation techniques increased the number of surviving greater sage-grouse nests relative to areas where no mitigation techniques were applied. Among mitigation techniques studied, piping discharge water to a treatment facility instead of constructing an on-site reservoir resulted in higher nest survival in the surrounding area.

“One theory is that reservoir water attracts new predators such as the striped skunk to the area where they eat greater sage-grouse eggs and destroy the nest,” said Chris Kirol, a research biologist with Big Horn Environmental Consultants and lead author of the study.

“Although we did find that nests located in areas outside of energy development had the highest survival rates, which agrees with the larger body of sage-grouse research, properly targeted mitigation techniques can benefit greater sage-grouse nest survival,” said Kirol. “Our results can help inform future adaptive management and greater sage-grouse conservation efforts in sagebrush habitat affected by energy development.”

Greater sage-grouse live in parts of 11 states and two Canadian provinces in western North America. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is formally reviewing the status of greater sage-grouse to determine if the species is warranted for listing under the Endangered Species Act.



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Chad Erpelding http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/03/01/chad-erpelding-2/ http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/03/01/chad-erpelding-2/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 23:05:09 +0000 http://news.boisestate.edu/update/?p=615732

Chad Erpelding

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director
Department of Art
College of Arts and Sciences


“Biggest Gainer: Dow Jones Industrial Average: March 2013: HPQ,” acrylic, screen print and glue on canvas, 12″x12″ 2014

Chad Erpelding has an exhibition titled “Dogs of the Dow” at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri. The work focuses on the fluctuations of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, revealing the complicated global network of activity of the index. As part of the exhibition, Erpelding gave a visiting artist lecture and met with students.

Image caption: “Biggest Gainer: Dow Jones Industrial Average: March 2013: HPQ” and is acrylic, screen print, and glue on canvas, 12″x12″ 2014.

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New Explore Magazine Connects Research to a Healthy Economy http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/02/27/new-explore-magazine-connects-research-healthy-economy/ http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/02/27/new-explore-magazine-connects-research-healthy-economy/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:04:33 +0000 http://news.boisestate.edu/update/?p=615572 Explore_2015_CoverThe 2015 edition of Boise State Explore magazine is now available online at research.boisestate.edu/explore.

This issue looks at how the university’s innovative research is fostering a healthy economy. Assets ranging from faculty expertise and student research to labs, field sites and new inventions strengthen industry partnerships and advance our quality of life.

“The current Explore magazine reflects the incredible upward trajectory of our research endeavors and how those efforts are fueling the economy beyond our campus borders,” said Mark Rudin, vice president for research and economic development and the magazine’s executive editor. “Our faculty researchers are not only engaging in incredibly dynamic work in their labs, they are training the workforce of the future and positively changing lives.”

Stories look at the process of taking innovative ideas from concept to reality, university-industry collaborations, solutions for industry, preparing students for the workforce and more. Feature stories offer a peak into the university’s linguistics lab and our dynamic sculpture program, and some of the latest publications from university authors.

A very limited number of print copies of the magazine are available. To request copies for university-related activities, contact heathercalkins@boisestate.edu.

Copies are mailed to research universities across the United States, distributed by university faculty to their peers at national and international conferences and technical meetings, and made available to deans’ offices at Boise State. The magazine is produced by the Division of Research with support from the Office of Communications and Marketing. Boise State Explore is a member publication of the University Research Magazine Association.




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Kevin Learned http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/02/27/kevin-learned-13/ http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/02/27/kevin-learned-13/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:02:09 +0000 http://news.boisestate.edu/update/?p=615552

Kevin Learned

Venture College

Kevin Learned, director of the Venture College, penned a column for the Idaho Statesman Business Insider titled “26 angel-backed Treasure Valley firms create 330 jobs.” In it he notes that new businesses are the prime job creators in the U.S. economy. “The implication of these data is that one of the most important steps a community interested in economic growth can take is to create a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem,” he said. Read the full column here.
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Albertsons Library to Display Shakespeare Folio http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/02/27/albertsons-library-display-shakespeare-folio/ http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/02/27/albertsons-library-display-shakespeare-folio/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:22:57 +0000 http://news.boisestate.edu/update/?p=615072
The title page of the First Folio at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

The title page of the First Folio held at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., has selected Albertsons Library at Boise State University as one of the hosts for a traveling tour of William Shakespeare’s First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books.

The national traveling exhibition is called “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare.” The tour in 2016 will mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death.

“We are very excited to be hosting the Shakespeare First Folio exhibit,” said Tracy Bicknell-Holmes, dean of Albertsons Library. “As the only library in Idaho to have the exhibit, our mission will be to share Shakespeare with the public through events open to the community and state. There will be opportunities for a lot of people to share in this wonderful experience.”

The Albertsons Library application team consisted of Boise State librarians Gwyn Hervochon, Kelsey Keyes and library assistant Kimberly Holling, with major support from Arts and Humanities Institute Director Nick Miller and AHI Gallery Director Stephanie Bacon. The exhibition will be installed in the Arts and Humanities Institute Gallery in the Yanke Family Research Center.

Published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, the First Folio is the first collected edition of his plays and contains 36 scripts.

Without the First Folio, we would not have 18 of Shakespeare’s plays, including “Macbeth,” “Julius Caesar,” “Twelfth Night,” “The Tempest,” “Antony and Cleopatra,” “The Comedy of Errors” and “As You Like It.” All 18 appeared for the first time in print in the First Folio and would otherwise have been lost.

John Heminge and Henry Condell, two of Shakespeare’s fellow actors, compiled his plays, hoping to preserve them for future generations. Many of Shakespeare’s plays, which were written to be performed, were not published during his lifetime.

Shakespeare’s playwright colleagues printed only 750 copies of the book. About 233 still exist and the Folger owns 82 of those. At auction, a First Folio can sell for more than $5 million. It originally sold for one British pound — about $200 today.

The tour of First Folio will stop in every state, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. The First Folio traveling tour will stop at 23 museums, 20 universities, five public libraries, three historical societies and one theater.

Hundreds of libraries, museums, historical societies and other organizations competed for a chance to host a four-week display of a First Folio.

For the First Folio tour, the rare book will be opened to one of the most quoted lines in the world, “to be or not to be” from Hamlet. A multi-panel exhibition exploring the significance of Shakespeare, then and now, with additional digital content and interactive activities, will accompany the First Folio. Each of the 52 tour locations is planning numerous programs for the public and families around the exhibition.

The First Folio tour begins in January 2016 at three sites. A total of 18 First Folios will be on display during the tour. Six will travel at any one time.

The final Shakespeare First Folio will return to the Folger in December 2016. The local touring dates for First Folio will be announced in April 2015.

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Mary Andrews http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/02/27/mary-andrews-2/ http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/02/27/mary-andrews-2/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:32:59 +0000 http://news.boisestate.edu/update/?p=615412

Mary Andrews

Director of Economic Development
Division of Research and Economic Development

Mary Andrews was quoted in an Idaho Statesman story about the increased involvement of Boise State students in this year’s Sun Valley Film Festival. Students were offered greatly discounted tickets to attend the festival, and many are working as interns at the event. Andrews noted that the university’s relationship with the Sun Valley Film Festival, as well as a partnership with the Family of Woman Film Festival, provides students with more opportunities to pursue their careers. Read the story here.
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Photo of the Week — Feb. 26 http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/02/27/photo-week-feb-26/ http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/02/27/photo-week-feb-26/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:05:33 +0000 http://news.boisestate.edu/update/?p=615382 China Night, 2015, Spring, February 23, Jordan Ballroom, Brian Angers Photos

Boise State University’s Chinese Club led a colorful celebration of the Year of the Sheep at the annual China Night event. It featured Chinese traditional and ethnic dances, modern Chinese songs, a Kung-Fu demonstration, a choir and Boise State student musical performances. Boise State offers more than 200 student clubs and organizations.

Photo by Brian Angers

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Lisa Growette Bostaph http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/02/26/lisa-growette-bostaph/ http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/02/26/lisa-growette-bostaph/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:13:24 +0000 http://news.boisestate.edu/update/?p=614832

Lisa Growette Bostaph

Associate Professor
Department of Criminal Justice
College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs

The Idaho Senate has unanimously confirmed Lisa Growette Bostaph for another term on the five-member Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole. She has served on the board since 2013 after appointment by Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and confirmation by the Senate.

Bostaph has taught at Boise State since 2003. Her academic research has focused on race and gender issues in policing, the criminal justice system’s response to domestic violence and public perceptions of the criminal justice system.

She has conducted research for the Idaho Criminal Justice Commission on such issues as best practices for misdemeanor probation and alternatives to incarceration, and she has studied teen dating violence and the training needs for victim advocates in Idaho.

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Abstracts Due March 6 for ‘Global Concerns’ Conference http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/02/26/abstracts-due-march-6-global-concerns-conference/ http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/02/26/abstracts-due-march-6-global-concerns-conference/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:12:30 +0000 http://news.boisestate.edu/update/?p=614922 IASE257x134Boise State University will host the 57th annual meeting and symposium of the Idaho Academy of Science and Engineering March 19-20 in the Student Union Building. This year the event will be held in conjunction with the 13th annual IEEE Workshop on Microelectronics and Electron Devices.

The theme for this year’s symposium is “Addressing Global Concerns.” The deadline to submit abstracts or get the early registration discount is Friday, March 6.

The two-day event features multiple concurrent sessions, poster sessions, networking opportunities, and a reception and awards banquet.

A Global Challenges panel discussion from 6-7:30 p.m. March 19 is free andn open to the public. It will be held in the Student Union Hatch Ballroom. A reception follows at the Stonehouse at 709 E. Park Boulevard.

The conference banquet will be held at the new Zions Bank building in downtown Boise.

Abstracts of papers and posters accepted for presentation are published in the online, open-source, peer-reviewed Journal of the Idaho Academy of Science.

For more information or to register, visit www.idacadsci.org.

Boise State sponsors include the College of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences and the Division of Extended Studies.

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Jennifer Forbey http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/02/26/jennifer-forbey-4/ http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/02/26/jennifer-forbey-4/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:11:36 +0000 http://news.boisestate.edu/update/?p=615012

Jennifer Forbey

Associate professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Jennifer Forbey was quoted in an Idaho Statesman story about sagebrush-related research. Forbey noted that sagebrush is a staple for some wildlife, who eat different parts of the plant. For instance, pygmy rabbits eat leaves and stems, while sage grouse eat only the leaves. Read the full story here.
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Gary Moncrief http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/02/26/gary-moncrief-41/ http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/02/26/gary-moncrief-41/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:57:15 +0000 http://news.boisestate.edu/update/?p=615032

Gary Moncrief

Department of Political Science

Gary Moncrief was quoted in a MagicValley.com article on a push to legalize medical marijuana. Moncrief commented on the process of getting an initiative on the ballot, noting that Idaho has “significantly fewer initiatives [that] make the ballot than most western states.” Read the story here.
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Application Deadline for Foundation Scholarships March 15 http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/02/26/application-deadline-foundation-scholarships-march-15/ http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/02/26/application-deadline-foundation-scholarships-march-15/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:56:34 +0000 http://news.boisestate.edu/update/?p=615062 More than $141,000 in scholarship awards administered by the Boise State University Foundation is available to students for academic year 2015-2016.

Boise State students of all majors, ages and backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. The application deadline for all foundation-administered scholarships is March 15.

“Scholarships are the top philanthropic priority and the most direct way to impact the lives of our students. With the support of our generous donors, it is our honor to connect scholarships to students reassuring them that they are coveted, lifelong members of the Bronco family,” said Chris Anton, chief operating officer of the Boise State Foundation.

This year, a new process connects students to scholarships administered by the foundation. Application materials are available for download online. Final applications should be emailed to foundationscholarships@boisestate.edu. Keep this in mind as you, or your student, is applying or re-applying for a foundation-administered scholarship.

For more information about the scholarships, contact the Boise State Foundation at foundationscholarships@boisestate.edu or (208) 426-3276.

About Boise State University Foundation:
A nonprofit Idaho organization, the Boise State Foundation was established in 1964 for the benefit of Boise State.  The Foundation works closely with the Division of University Advancement to inspire, generate, and prudently manage private support for the university.

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