News Blog: July 2011

C of I to host ‘Reach for the Stars’ with astronaut Jose Hernandez

Latino schoolchildren in the Caldwell area will have the opportunity to meet a NASA astronaut and learn about the benefits of continued education on Aug. 7 as The College of Idaho hosts “Reach for the Stars,” a space-themed celebration featuring guest speaker Jose Hernandez. The free public event, set for 1 p.m. in Morrison Quadrangle at the heart of the College’s Caldwell campus, includes a free BBQ lunch for the first 200 guests, guided tours of campus— including the Orma J.

C of I hires alumna as admission counselor

The College of Idaho has hired Rachel Blood as a counselor in the Office of Admission. Blood comes to the College from the Boise School District, where she worked with the Title I program at Grace Jordan Elementary School.  She graduated from C of I in 2009, majoring in English and earning a minor in psychology.

Blood, who grew up in Boise and attended Capital High School, is excited to be back at her alma mater.

C of I professor wins NSF grant to study ‘brain training’

A College of Idaho psychology professor and her students will use a newly awarded National Science Foundation grant to examine the effectiveness of the growing number of programs that claim to improve memory and attention. The NSF awarded Dr. Meredith Minear a $216,454 grant – paid out over 36 months – to fund her project “Training and Transfer of Executive Processes,” which examines the human brain’s ability to train.

C of I professor wins NSF grant to boost awareness of Idaho flora

Dr. Don Mansfield, a professor of biology at The College of Idaho, will use a $365,815 National Science Foundation grant to enhance what scientists and the public know about plants, lichens and fungi in southwest Idaho and surrounding areas. The NSF grant will be paid out over 36 months to fund SWITCH, a collaboration between C of I and Boise State University to create an online resource focusing on the unique botany of the region.