Talking on a cell phone or listening to a personal music player while exercising seem as natural to most people as walking or breathing. Yet most of the dozens of electronic devices we use contain the heavy metal cadmium, the culprit in a variety of maladies if ingested. For the past decade, College of Idaho biology professor Dr. Sara Heggland and more than 40 of her students have studied how cadmium affects bone health and the onset of osteoporosis.
The bugs will be out in Boise on Saturday, Aug. 20, as the Idaho Botanical Garden and The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History put on their annual celebration of insect life, Bug Day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Garden in Boise’s north end. Bug Day includes fun and educational activities for the entire family. Tickets cost $8 for adults or $4 for children 4-12 and adult IBG members.
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.