News Blog: Faculty News

C of I professors win grant for astronomy outreach

On August 21, Idaho residents and visitors will have a front-row seat for a unique phenomenon—a full solar eclipse. In anticipation of the once-in-a-lifetime event, the C of I’s Whittenberger Planetarium is holding a series of special programs leading up to the big day.

One such event was Astronomy Day, held April 22 for the Caldwell and Treasure Valley communities. Astronomy Day featured science- and math-themed activities, including solar viewing, engaging in chemistry demonstrations, and building pinhole projectors to help guests safely view the eclipse.

C of I art gallery invites guests to PLAY

Giant tinker toys. Comic books. A huge tent. Oversized army men. Colossal crayons. Pick-up sticks. Stuffed animals. Books with interactive video and audio. A barrel of monkeys.

Thanks to artists Alice Vinson and Glen Granzow, The College of Idaho invites patrons young and old to come experience PLAY—the newest exhibit in the Rosenthal Gallery of Art. A delightful collaboration in art and technology, PLAY is sure to bring out the kid in everyone.

Dr. Luke Daniels awarded Fulbright Fellowship

“Nice to meet you.” “I’d like the fried rice.”

Those are just a couple of phrases C of I biology Professor Luke Daniels is practicing as he prepares to travel to Indonesia next month. Daniels, who was awarded a U.S. Fulbright Senior Scholar Teaching Award, will spend a semester teaching cell biology and computational biology at Gadjah Mada University in the city of Yogyakarta.

“I’ve always enjoyed traveling to see different places and different cultures,” Daniels said. “But, I’ve never lived abroad for this long.”

C of I English professor releases new poetry book

From the perspective of a female sign twirler, College of Idaho English professor Diane Raptosh celebrates body and beauty, justice and possibility, difference and community in her latest poetry book, Human Directional, which will be released Sept. 19.

Raptosh, Idaho’s most recent Writer-In-Residence (2013-2016) and Boise’s first poet laureate, will read from Human Directional at an upcoming book signing, happening at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at Rediscovered Books in downtown Boise.

C of I professor creates community music ensemble

As Alison Moulton played the last note on her flute of Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, in the last concert of her college career, a wave of sadness crashed over her. She wasn’t choosing the path of a professional musician, and she knew the opportunity to play in a high-caliber orchestra post-college would be pretty slim.

But slim leaves room for hope to become reality.

C of I professor receives Murdock Trust grant

According to the Idaho Department of Lands, approximately 740,000 acres burned across the state of Idaho in 2015. The majority of those acres were found in Idaho forests, which house some of the best river and stream habitats for salmon spawning.

C of I cellists create ‘Music from the Fringe’

This summer, ten musicians and composers descended upon The College of Idaho campus to take part in Music from the Fringe 2. Set up by Langroise Trio cellist Sam Smith and his wife Nancy, Music from the Fringe combined a remote-viewing experience to produce a brand-new musical work that will premiere when the Boise Cello Collective takes the stage at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in Jewett Auditorium.

“We’re probably the only people on the planet that use remote viewing for music,” Nancy Smith said.

C of I lab studies vaping effects on bone health

Enjoy the puff, without the harmful stuff. That’s how electronic cigarettes have been marketed. But with little research on how e-cigarettes and vaping can affect the human body, questions remain as to how safe this rapidly growing “safer alternative” to smoking really is.

After hearing that traces of heavy metals have been found in the vapor of e-cigarettes, College of Idaho biology professor Dr. Sara Heggland and her INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) lab decided to investigate.

C of I theatre professor receives Boise City grant

For nearly 20 years, Professor Joe Golden has helped grow and strengthen The College of Idaho theatre department, using his stage experience and collaborating with Professor Mike Hartwell to help students create professional productions while earning respect and acclaim in the Treasure Valley and beyond.

Dayley, students update Southeast Asia textbook

The professors who are more than talking heads at the front of the classroom—those who take time to work individually with their students—are the ones that make a personal impact on an education. For College of Idaho political economy professor Dr. Robert Dayley, that professor was Dr. Clark Neher, his mentor at Northern Illinois University.

While earning his Ph.D., Dayley helped Neher research the first edition of the textbook Southeast Asia in the New International Era.  Today, Dayley continues the tradition with his own students at the C of I.

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