The Caldwell community is in for a delicious night of education when the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History hosts “All about Chocolate” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, in room 103 of Boone Science Hall on The College of Idaho Campus. Participants will learn about and sample more than a dozen varieties of chocolate with Dr. Patrick Fields, a visiting botanist and chocolate expert. Admission is $15 per person, with all proceeds going to the museum.
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.
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.