Shy, elusive and able to fit into the smallest of underwater cracks, the signal crayfish isn’t the easiest animal to get one’s hands on. But this summer, a group of students at The College of Idaho is diving right into a study of the crayfish and its ability to serve as a key indicator of contaminants in Idaho’s aquatic environments.
Starting in fall 2013, The College of Idaho will offer a new major in mathematics-computer science that capitalizes on its strong liberal arts curriculum and its proximity to the vibrant high-tech business center of Boise.
John Ottenhoff, vice president for academic affairs, said the C of I offers an ideal environment for studying computer science.
Southwest Idaho’s tiny Dry Creek contains more water than its name suggests, but only a little. Just a few feet across and less than a foot deep in most places, Dry is the kind of stream that makes one think “No way are there fish in there.”
But the fish are there, alright – native redband trout. And this summer, College of Idaho student Shelby Richins is doing her best to make sure the fish will always be there through her honors thesis project “Genetics, Movement, and Distribution of Columbia River Redband Trout in Dry Creek, Idaho.”
Hiking, skiing, horseback riding. Growing up in Ketchum encircled by central Idaho’s rugged Sawtooth, Pioneer and Boulder mountains, College of Idaho senior Tanya Greenwood never found herself lacking an opportunity to explore and enjoy the outdoors.
This summer, Greenwood is translating her appreciation for those spectacular wild areas into public advocacy and outreach with assistance from a College of Idaho program created to help students interested in environmental issues develop their leadership abilities.
The College of Idaho congratulates the 211 students who made the Spring 2013 Dean’s List. To receive Dean's List recognition, a student must complete at least nine graded credits and achieve a GPA of 3.75 or higher for the semester. About 20 percent of the College’s total enrollment made the Dean’s List during the spring semester. Students honored are listed below by hometown:
College of Idaho student Makhosazana “Khosi” Nkambule will spend her summer locating villages with large orphan populations in her native Swaziland as part of her plan to help alleviate poverty. The sophomore’s project has received support from the market and social research firm ActivQuest and is working to secure funding from Rising Tides, a program that promotes self-sufficiency for young people leaving the foster care system.
The spring 2013 issue of The College of Idaho’s “Quest” magazine is in mailboxes now! The issue has a theme of “Scholarship,” honoring the College’s long-standing tradition of academic excellence and the many scholarly accomplishments of C of I students, faculty and alumni.
Not many college freshmen get a chance to discover a new virus and contribute to the fight against diseases affecting humans. Yet that’s exactly what students taking a College of Idaho introductory biology course this year have done as part of a national genomics research project.
From the impact of land management practices on biodiversity to the unveiling of a strategy game for Android smartphones, the wide-ranging scholarly and creative work of College of Idaho students will be on display during the 8th annual Student Research Conference on Saturday, April 27.