C of I Newsletter

2006. 09. 29.

back to archive

Editor’s Note: This is a resend of Thursday’s newsletter. There was a technical issue that cut off the last story in the version sent last night. I apologize for any inconvenience this error has caused.

Biology Students and Faculty Participate in Research Conference

Albertson college students in the INBRE(IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) summer research fellowship program presented their findings at the 5th Annual Idaho-INBRE conference hosted by North Idaho College last month. Six students spent their summer working in research labs on campus. The students were Lindsey Hunt, Jackelin Rodriguez-Reyes, Derek Erstad, April Reimers, Paris Humphries, and Megan Blanksma. CofI Faculty also participated in the conference. Dr. Sara Heggland presented research on heavy metal environmental toxicology. Dr. Art Ayers lectured on using medical case studies and research in cell biology classes. Dr. Ann Koga served on a panel discussion on bioinformatics in the classroom.

Planetarium Ponders Pluto

What happened to Pluto? Inquiring minds can discover the answer to the question during the Whittenberger Planetarium's public shows over the next few months. The planetarium is located on the Albertson College of Idaho campus and offers public shows on the second Thursday of each month. These shows will focus on the recent reclassification of Pluto as an asteroid. Also included in each show will be an overview of the current night sky-the constellations, planets, and any other astronomical events visible that month. Dates for the fall shows are October 12th, November 9th, and December 14th. All shows begin at 7:30 pm in the Boone Science Hall. The cost is $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children ages 5-18. Reservations are required as seating is limited. Please make reservations by calling JoAnn Bellon at 459-5211.

Langroise Trio Begins New Season in Perfect Harmony

Albertson College of Idaho's Artists in Residence, the Langroise Trio, will kick-off this year's concert series this weekend. The Trio's first performance will feature the work of two Romantic Era composers Herzogenberg, a contemporary of Brahams, and Taniev, a contemporary of Tchaikovsky, and Nocturne by Sammartini. 'The program gives the audience some exposure to romantic composers that they may not be very familiar with,' Cellist Sam Smith said. 'They were selected because they're full-size romantic pieces, while Sammartini's is decidedly not from the Romantic Era, so there is also a nice variety.' Music lovers will have two opportunities to enjoy the program. The first concert will be presented at the Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts in Boise on Friday, September 29, at 7:30 p.m. The cost for the concert is $10 for adults and $5 for students. A free concert will be presented on Saturday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Langroise Recital Hall on the Albertson College of Idaho campus. The next concert Langroise Trio concert will be presented on January 19 and 20 and will feature guest artists Robin Wells on piano and Corey McKnight as counter tenor.

Cherrington named NAIA Setter of the Week, Lady Yotes move to No. 11 in poll

ACI setter Erin Cherrington earned the highest honor for NAIA volleyball as she was named National Setter of the Week. The news was preceded by the Yotes moving up to No. 11 in the NAIA Top-25 poll - the highest ranking in program history. The senior from Granby, Colo. recorded 257 assists, 56 digs, 18 blocks, and ten aces during the week, helping CofI to a 4-1 record, two victories against nationally-ranked teams, and a trip to the title game of the Best of the Best Challenge in Indiana, where she was named to the All-Tournament team. She had a trio of double-doubles in the tournament, including a 63 assist, 21 dig, seven block match in a win over now No. 19 Lindenwood. Cherrington, who earlier this week earned her 11th Cascade Conference and NAIA Region I Setter of the Week award, currently leads the NAIA in assists per game average. She also is the third CofI volleyball player to earn NAIA weekly honors. You can catch the Coyotes in action this weekend, playing at Evergreen State on Friday and Northwest on Saturday.

Theatre Director Performs for Political Fundraiser

The Fool Squad, made up of Tom Willmorth and CofI Theatre Director Joe Golden will perform in an evening of humor and politics to raise money for democratic candidate Jim Hansen's campaign for a U.S. Senate seat. Joe and company will share the stage with Idaho's own Carole King. The Fool Squad will perform on Friday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre. More information is available online

Museum Specimens Help Define New World Wasps

Specimens of 'cicada killers' (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae, Nyssoninae, Sphecius) on loan from the Orma J. Smith Museum have helped advance the research of Dr. C.W. Holliday from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. The specimens were used in making an improved key to the New World species (Holliday and Coelho, 2006, Annals of the Entomological Society of America, Volume 99, Number 5, pages 793-798). The authors were able to allow for variation found in the genus by the examination of numerous specimens from a variety of museum collections that had not previously been possible. CofI and the Museum were acknowledged for the loan of the material in the journal article. 'This is one example of the way Museum collections can be used to further science,' Museum Director William H. Clark said. 'It is also a positive way to have the College and Museum names out in front of the international scientific community.' Those interested in viewing the wasps and the resulting scientific publication are invited to stop by the museum. For museum hours, contact JoAnn Bellon.