U of I in the News
This page highlights coverage of the University of Idaho in media. It includes news and feature articles, as well as editorial and opinion pieces. To suggest an article to be featured on this site, please email Brad Gary at [email protected].
Posted Tue, 07 May 2019 08:33:00 -0700
This article was written and photographed by Carol Ryan Dumas and published in the Capital Press on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.
The University of Idaho’s newest nutrient and waste management specialist, Linda Schott, grew up in rural Iowa, but she didn’t consider a career in agricultural until graduating from high school. Read more
Posted Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:12:00 -0800
This guest column was written by President Chuck Staben and published in Idaho Education News on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.
It’s often said that college is not for everyone, and that’s true. But for many students, higher education is the right place to forge a future. Take a fairly typical student – let’s call her Emma. Idaho born and raised, she’s a Vandal freshman. With a 3.5 high school GPA, this strong student wants to be a veterinarian. She belongs in higher education. Read more
Posted Mon, 07 Jan 2019 16:19:00 -0800
This article was written by Kim Burgess and published in the Idaho Business Review on Friday, Jan.4, 2019.
As the Gem State’s tech industry booms, so does its demand for smart, skilled employees. The University of Idaho is working to fill some of that void. Read more
Posted Mon, 17 Dec 2018 13:39:00 -0800
This guest column was written by President Chuck Staben and published in Inside Higher Ed on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.
Picture this: you’re a high school student from southeastern Idaho. You’ve already been automatically admitted to public higher education institutions, the University of Idaho included, on the basis of your academic qualifications (our statewide Direct Admissions program at work). But like many people from your Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints community, you’re inclined to serve a religious mission –at least two years in a faraway place, with limited contact home, and with all your energy focused on serving your faith. Read more
U of I Team Aims to Help Industry, Academia by Discovering Why Scientific Research Findings May Not Always be Accurate
Posted Tue, 23 Oct 2018 09:47:00 -0700
Until recently, Brian Wansink was a rock star in the field of nutrition science. Wansink’s research about shopping and eating habits drove numerous industry marketing strategies, and his work was cited more than 20,000 times, according to the online-media outlet Vox. But some of his findings were called into question recently, and a total of 13 of his studies have been retracted. Though he stands by his findings, Vox reports Wansink is retiring June 30 from Cornell University, where he has been director of the school’s Food and Brand Lab. Read more
Posted Wed, 10 Oct 2018 05:00:00 -0700
“See it, and you can be it.” That’s the inspiring message you’ll hear often from Jerome High School and University of Idaho alumna Michelle Aragon. Michelle, now a vice president in marketing at a global firm in New York City, recently joined myself and others on a trip to Jerome. We wanted a firsthand look at U of I’s Caminos al Futuro project, a focused effort to improve college-going in the community, especially among Hispanic youth. Read more
Posted Fri, 21 Sep 2018 02:00:00 -0700
As a former Disney animator, Za Vue knows the secret to great animation. With more than a decade working in Disney's Florida studio, Vue has worked on movies like "Pocahontas," "Tarzan," "Mulan" and "Brother Bear." In a guest lecture on the University of Idaho campus Thursday, Vue outlined the five core principles she looks for in animation and design. "Obviously, the first one is design, which encompasses drawing, composition, lines, all of that good stuff," Vue said. "Then after that, I think about color, value, brushwork and edges." Read more
Posted Tue, 11 Sep 2018 15:19:00 -0700
Boise was different. She could sense that as soon as she got on the plane for a job interview here. All of her seatmates were cordial, nice, welcoming. People asked her questions. They genuinely wanted to know about curly haired, boisterous, tall, 34-year-old Diana DeJesus from West Palm Beach, Florida, and what brought her to Idaho. “Everyone was always willing to ask questions and just … talk,” DeJesus said. “That is not common where I’m from in Florida, not common at all.” Now, two years to the day after her interview for the University of Idaho’s assistant director of admissions for its law school, DeJesus is the one asking questions of Idaho residents. Read more
Posted Sat, 14 Jul 2018 00:30:00 -0700
High school students hailing from homes throughout the northwest attended three days of design-related courses on the University of Idaho campus this week. Kate Keenan, marketing and communication manager for the College of Art and Architecture, said the aim of the program is to give potential incoming college students a glimpse into what it is like to pursue a degree in some kind of design.
Posted Mon, 09 Jul 2018 14:00:00 -0700
What if you could compose music to understand how salmon migrate through rivers? A team of researchers from the University of Idaho and Eastern Washington University have found a way to do just that. Chinook salmon, such as those that migrate to and from Idaho up the Snake and Columbia rivers, are one of Idaho’s most popular sports fish and integral to the region's economy, ecology and identity. Understanding in detail their migratory habits is key to understanding how dams and other man-made influences affect their survival and the river ecosystem writ large.
Posted Fri, 29 Jun 2018 12:16:00 -0700
The reach of the University of Idaho's Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research stretches farther than the Palouse. In fact, it can be seen as far as Togo, a small country in West Africa inhabited by about 7.6 million people. Andrew Nelson, director of the University of Idaho's CFNSR and Franklin H. Pitkin Forest Nursery, said the university has partnered with Togo locals and non-governmental organizations since 2016 to help the country grow high quality plants for restoration of degraded forests. Nelson said the goal is to engage Togo residents with their natural resources and improve those resources to create a sustainable supply using native species to prevent deforestation. Read more
Posted Fri, 11 May 2018 01:00:00 -0700
Drew Papineau, 25, is the student manager of the University of Idaho's Steer-a-Year program, president of the U of I Dairy Club, a College of Agricultural and Life Sciences ambassador and a peer leader for students of animal veterinary science at the U of I. It was not so long ago Papineau thought he would never graduate from a four-year institution, much less with a degree in animal veterinary science and an option for dairy. But Papineau will do just that this weekend, walking with what is expected to be more than 1,300 students graduating from the U of I's Moscow campus Saturday during the U of I 2018 Spring Commencement ceremony. Read more
Posted Fri, 11 May 2018 00:30:00 -0700
A major stressor for soon-to-be graduates is lining up a job once they've earned a degree. That's not something Josh Moore has to worry about. Moore will receive his degree in natural resources from the University of Idaho on Saturday. At 6 a.m. Sunday, he'll begin a job with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Moore, who graduated from high school in 2002 in New Meadows, Idaho, said back then he didn't see himself as a college prospect. Instead, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where he spent more than 12 years in the aviation supply and logistics division. He was deployed to Iraq for six months in 2008. Read more
Posted Wed, 09 May 2018 09:00:00 -0700
The first graduate of the University of Idaho’s computer science bachelor’s degree partnership with North Idaho College, Adrian Beehner, crossed the stage this week to a bright future in our increasingly tech-focused economy. Without leaving Coeur d’Alene, the newly minted Vandal graduate was able to seamlessly transfer from NIC to earn a four-year degree from U of I. For Adrian, his family, his future employers and the region, his story matters a great deal. Unfortunately, in one key way, Adrian’s success doesn’t count. Read more
Posted Sun, 06 May 2018 18:00:00 -0700
Nine international teams, including one led by University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Professor Greg Moller, are trying to find a solution to harmful algae blooms caused by agricultural runoff in a competition with big environmental implications.
Posted Wed, 02 May 2018 13:32:00 -0700
The University of Idaho won three Big Sky conference championships in seven days late last month — and the Vandals filled their trophy case thanks in large part to athletes who left their home countries to pursue their dreams in remote Moscow, Idaho. The top three women's golfers, all six men's tennis singles starters and every women's tennis player are international athletes. Those three championship teams have brought 16 international athletes to U of I; the rest of the athletic department has a combined 18. Read more
University of Idaho Students’ Green Shower Prototype Hopes to Solve Global Water Waste and Energy Issues
Posted Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:03:00 -0700
One day shortly after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Maria Horta Vorse stepped out of the shower and started to feel uneasy. Her blood pressure rose, she blacked out and she nearly died, she said, because the heat dehydrated her. “It was terrifying,” she said, and after that she “had to settle for short, kind-of-cold showers.” But it sparked an idea. Together with her husband Chad Vorse, the two created a bathing system that allowed her to shower safely while preserving energy and recycling waste water. And they realized it could solve bigger, global issues with unclean water. So they invented just that: the Forever Shower. And on Tuesday, their team of four – all University of Idaho students – presented a prototype to a group of judges in the Northwest Entrepreneur Competition at Whitworth University. The Forever Shower group competed against seven other teams in a technology category – a branch of other categories of competitions.
Posted Wed, 28 Mar 2018 02:00:00 -0700
An unmanned aerial vehicle buzzed like a bee Tuesday morning above the outskirts of Moscow, its camera surveying a muddy patch of land at the University of Idaho's Parker Farm, 100 feet below. It was a small drone: a four-propeller, DJI Spark. Its pilots, a couple of 14-year-olds from Moscow Middle School, Barrett Abendroth and Jackson Prestwich, stood near a licensed pilot as they controlled the drone's direction with joysticks and watched the camera's view on an electronic tablet from the ground. The two were among dozens of local middle and high school students who learned to fly the drone and program their own devices Monday and Tuesday as part of a series of workshops from the U of I's new Idaho Drone League (I-Drone) program. Read more
Posted Sat, 10 Mar 2018 01:00:00 -0800
Since the construction of the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho, a towering whitebark pine snag has been prominently displayed within the educational facility, but little is known about what the tree weathered before it found sanctuary inside the building. A group of undergraduate students is attempting to pin down exactly what the tree endured while alive, and in which era it died.
Posted Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:58:00 -0800
University of Idaho Martin Institute Director Bill Smith has been with the university for 17 years, but his student Abby Rowe is the first he has seen to triple-major in international studies, crop management and Spanish. Rowe, 19, comes from a rural farming town in southeast Idaho. Were she to keep with tradition, she would continue a fifth-generation legacy of family farmers. Someday, Rowe said, she may go that route, but right now, she's focusing her knowledge and skills on an international cause: fighting poverty in Africa. Read more
Posted Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:00:00 -0800
Aidan Neelon's grades rose from straight Cs to As and Bs last semester when the University of Idaho sophomore found the place he belonged on campus. Neelon, who grew up in Moscow, said he made the academic leap by joining the Raven Scholars, a university transition program for students on the autism spectrum. Since the program's inception in 2011, the retention rate among students who participate has been higher than the university's undergraduate retention average. Read more
Posted Tue, 06 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0800
There are fans and then there are super fans. University of Idaho mascot Joe Vandal is the most super of the super fans. Joe seems to be at all the games and events in Moscow. But just who is this Vandal beef cake? Read more
Posted Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:30:00 -0800
It is the time of year when higher education leaders present their budget requests to the state that reveal what positions, goals and departments are a high priority. Last week, University of Idaho President Chuck Staben went to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee at the statehouse in Boise to ask for money to hire two student-support case managers. Their jobs would be to provide crisis intervention and short-term counseling as well as referral support for students, the Daily News reported. Read more
Posted Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:30:00 -0800
Future inhabitants of the University of Idaho’s president’s house will walk on locally sourced, student-harvested wooden floors for years to come thanks to the work of seven students over winter break. A class of U of I forestry students kicked off the year felling between 20 to 30 trees to be used in construction of the new president’s house on Nez Perce Drive in Moscow. Read more
Posted Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:00:00 -0800
The U.S. Olympic bobsled team will be named on Monday—and there is a good chance there will be a Pacific Northwest athlete on the team. That’s unusual because the only World Cup-class bobsled track in the Western U.S. is in Utah. Olympic hopeful Sam Michener of Gresham, Oregon, came to bobsled in adulthood. The life-changing tip came while Michener was wrapping up his undergraduate years at the University of Idaho. He was running track—he was a standout sprinter—and thinking about where to go for medical school. Read more
Posted Sat, 06 Jan 2018 00:30:00 -0800
Mumin Abass reached the U.S.-Mexico border with nothing but the clothes on his back and a plea for asylum, according to his lawyers, a team of pro bono University of Idaho College of Law students. He's described on a fundraising page as a queer man from Ghana, a country in West Africa known for its suppression of LGBTQ rights. Read more
Posted Tue, 02 Jan 2018 08:46:00 -0800
Many of us in higher education and across Idaho’s education system have spent a lot of time in recent years working to get more of Idaho’s students to go to college. In today’s economy, we all know how important postsecondary education is for individual success, and for our society. But that goal of getting more students into the higher education system means nothing if we do not also have a goal of getting those students out of the system, graduated and on their way to a better life.
Posted Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:30:00 -0800
University of Idaho undergraduate student Zachary Lien identifies in several unique ways — as a queer man, an ex-Mormon, an apostate, a student and now, as a finalist for the class of 2018 Rhodes Scholars. The 21-year-old senior and Boise native was one of two students on the Palouse to interview as a finalist for the prestigious award this November. Though Lien did not receive the scholarship in the end, he said it felt good to know the opportunity went to "phenomenal" people. The Rhodes Scholarship is awarded to just 32 students across the U.S. each year, earning them a full ride to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. For many students around the world, it is the ultimate academic goal and honor. Read more
Posted Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:30:00 -0800
Cheyenne Griffith says she loves to keep busy and her jam-packed schedule leaves no time for her to get bored. On top of double majoring in marketing and organizational sciences at the University of Idaho, Griffith is also a competitive baton twirler in the marching band and is training to get her private pilot's license. One of the 21-year-old's largest time commitments, however, is to the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department. Griffith has been a student resident volunteer for the fire department for the past four years and received the yearly resident's award at the department's annual dinner earlier this month. The award was voted by her peers in the program. Although she is also a full-time student, Griffith said she volunteers because it has become something she is truly passionate about it. Read more
Posted Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:30:00 -0800
University of Idaho researcher Greg Moller has been elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for his innovative work to clean wastewater. An environmental chemist and toxicologist, Moller works to lessen the environmental footprint of communities and businesses by developing filters to remove pollutants, including phosphorus and nitrogen, from wastewater. He holds six patents, which are licensed to industry, and has three patents pending final approval. His filter systems now treat billions of gallons of wastewater a year across the U.S. and in Great Britain and South Korea. Moller said he is humbled to be included with such a distinguished group of individuals. Read more
Posted Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:30:00 -0800
Longtime Moscow resident and science fiction enthusiast Victoria Mitchell had spent decades collecting sci-fi-themed books, art, costumes and documents over the course of her career. A member of the Palouse Empire Science Fiction Association and a founding member of Moscow's annual science fiction convention, MosCon, Mitchell spent a large portion of her life absorbed in the world of sci-fi culture before she died in April at the age of 62. Now, her memory will live on in the University of Idaho Library's Special Collections and Archives, as staff and students spend the next few months sorting through at least 325 boxes and a collection of approximately 5,000 sci-fi books to be displayed in the years to come. Read more
Posted Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:30:00 -0800
Local researchers are designing a product that could change the nuclear industry. Like many good ideas, it started on a napkin. Executives from Tokyo-based Sakae Casting visited Idaho Falls in 2016 to determine where to open their first U.S. office. They brought a sample of their proprietary product: a thin aluminum plate embedded with a U-shaped cooling tube. In a meeting with local economic development representatives and researchers, Sakae CEO Takashi Suzuki posed a simple question: can this be used in the nuclear industry? University of Idaho Nuclear Engineering Director Richard Christensen sketched a design that incorporated the plates. On the napkin: a new nuclear fuel storage cask. Read more
Posted Sat, 09 Dec 2017 00:30:00 -0800
Torrin Crawford was a redshirt with a full-ride scholarship, a love for sports and a goal to become an elementary school teacher when she first enrolled at the University of Idaho in 2013. Now, after changing her major, facing an injury and proving her skill as a middle blocker on the U of I volleyball team, the 23-year-old will graduate from the university with a bachelor's degree in exercise science and health and a new goal to go on to nursing school. Growing up in Walla Walla, Wash., Crawford had always shown an interest in sports. She played high school basketball with the dream to eventually play in the Women's National Basketball Association. Read more
Posted Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:30:00 -0800
Researchers led by a team of students and faculty at the University of Idaho discovered how adult brains may be able to more easily create new neural connections, potentially providing insight for treating neurological diseases and injuries. To do this, scientists from three universities analyzed how certain genes in adult mice prevent and foster the creation of synaptic connections, or the brain’s communication pathways between neurons, said Peter Fuerst, research team lead and U of I associate professor of biology. Read more
Posted Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:30:00 -0800
Big names don't always mean big impact. And lesser-known names don't always mean they're easy to secure. Bill Smith, director of the University of Idaho's Martin Institute, a center dedicated to analyzing causes of war and conditions of peace internationally, spends a lot of time thinking about impact. In fact, it's his favorite thing about securing speakers – well-known or not. Read more
Posted Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:00:00 -0800
The University of Idaho is partnering with local high schools in an effort to increase the state's college go-on rate, which is one of the lowest in the country. The pilot program, called Idaho Go-On (I-GO), is being implemented at Nampa, Caldwell and Skyview High Schools, and so far, is proving to be a success. "At first, I didn't really know where to start," said Nayely Flores, a senior at Nampa High School. Flores' experience preparing for life after high school is shared with thousands of other students in Idaho. Read more
Posted Sat, 11 Nov 2017 13:11:00 -0800
Retired Staff Sgt. Lanny McAden has never stayed in one place for too long. But he has found a home in Moscow. Raised in the relatively small city of Del Rio, Texas, the military veteran has spent 22 years traveling the world, serving in several occupations across multiple branches of the military. Now, McAden is making the Pacific Northwest his home as he completes what he has never been able to do before - earn a master's degree in geography from the University of Idaho as a full-time, nontraditional student. Read more
Posted Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:30:00 -0700
Siew Guan Lee likes to eat. She really likes to eat. Sensory cues such as flavors of food ingredients and how a food feels in her mouth are an important part of her eating experience. While some may have turned those loves into a career as a chef, Lee found herself more interested in dietetics and nutrition. That led her from her home in Malaysia to the University of Idaho and eventually to Twin Falls as the new Family and Consumer Science Extension Educator. Read more
Posted Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:35:00 -0700
Downtown Coeur d’Alene’s Elks Building was vacant until last year when new owners decided to bring it back to life. The building’s new owner, Nick Smoot, told KREM 2 he wanted to turn the 100-year-old building into a space for tech companies to create the future. The building is now called "The Innovation Den" and it serves as a hub for bringing robots to life. The Innovation Den has 52 offices, six large suites, a barbershop, a lair for members, and a coffee shop. Read more
Posted Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:30:00 -0700
Hexian Xue, a professor of Chinese at the University of Idaho, believes learning Chinese really isn't as hard as Americans might think. "When students attend the first few classes, to be honest, they do not have the confidence to learn the Chinese language well," Xue said. "But step by step, day by day, for at least some of the students, they become comfortable to say, 'Chinese is not as hard as I assumed.' " Xue, who teaches multiple levels of Chinese as well as a cultural course on Chinese cinema, is a co-director of the UI's Confucius Institute. Read more
Posted Sun, 01 Oct 2017 00:30:00 -0700
The University of Idaho's seventh Vandal Overnight Games event Saturday showed that the typical video game enthusiast is far from the hunched over, unkempt, basement-dwelling troll probably imagined by folks from the older generation. "You can see that this is a really social event," co-founder Darren Kearney said as hundreds of fresh-faced students and other gamers filtered into the Idaho Commons. Read more
Posted Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:30:00 -0700
The Associated Students University of Idaho unveiled a new student lounge Thursday in the Idaho Commons, complete with a small stage, TVs, charging stations and plenty of seating. But perhaps the biggest hit of the evening was the new $200 core-engaging Turnstone-brand buoy chairs, featuring rounded bottoms similar to an exercise ball that gave visiting students plenty of room to swivel. "It feels really fresh and open," student Erin Wheless, 21, said. "I really like the spinny chairs." Read more
Posted Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:30:00 -0700
Work commenced this week on a $1.95 million project to demolish and rebuild the 1960s-era home on the University of Idaho campus that traditionally has housed the school's president and family. Golis Construction, of Moscow, is set to complete demolition within the next week, then will construct the new home on the existing foundation, according to UI Vice President for Infrastructure Dan Ewart. The new, contemporary-style residence is scheduled to be ready next fall. Read more
Posted Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:30:00 -0700
The modern day library is a vast turnaround from those of the past. They have evolved from hushed, dusty shelves to vibrant, community and education-focused centers for the public. For Ben Hunter, bringing that vibrancy to the University of Idaho library is just his job. Read more
Posted Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:30:00 -0700
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong may have made her way around the world, but she has not forgotten her Idaho roots. And neither has the University of Idaho. Saturday afternoon, Armstrong's legacy was sealed in Moscow as UI president Chuck Staben announced a portion of Paradise Path that runs through the university campus would be named the Kristin Armstrong Bikeway on Paradise Path. Read more
Posted Tue, 05 Sep 2017 01:00:00 -0700
New research from the University of Idaho has identified two genetic mutations in bacteria that help explain how some bacteria evolve and retain resistance to multiple antibiotics. The results, published Aug. 7 in Nature, could play a role in helping scientists slow or stop the spread of antibiotic resistance to multiple drugs, something responsible for 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths in the U.S. every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more
Posted Mon, 28 Aug 2017 01:00:00 -0700
Small mobs of University of Idaho students roamed North Almon Street in Moscow Saturday morning, dressed in white T-shirts and prepared to face the task ahead of them: learning how to paint a house in the late August sun.
Posted Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:29:00 -0700
Rosalie Sorrels — an Idaho singer, songwriter, storyteller and folk music legend with a career that spanned more than 50 years — died late Sunday night at her daughter Holly Marizu’s home in Reno, where Sorrels lived for the past two and a half years.