C of I Newsletter

2006. 10. 19.

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Professors Take Knowledge on the Road

Political economy professors Kerry Hunter and Jasper LiCalzi will join fellow political scientist and CofI graduate Sean Eudaily '97 to participate in the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association Annual Conference in Bend, OR, on Oct 19-21. Eudaily, who is now an associate professor at the University of Montana-Western, and LiCalzi will both participate in a roundtable on current political issues in the Northwest. Hunter will deliver the keynote address, The Role of the Supreme Court in American Political Culture: Preserving the Founding Myths, which is based upon his recently published book. Hunter will also participate in a roundtable on the Supreme Court. In addition to the roundtable, LiCalzi will serve as chair and discussant for a panel on the U. S. Congress and the President. LiCalzi serves as a member of the association’s executive council and will attend governance meetings during the gathering.

Alumnus Awarded Chairmanship

Jay Breidt '87 was recently appointed as the Chairman of the Department of Statistics at Colorado State University. Breidt graduated from the College of Idaho summa cum laude with degrees in mathematics and English literature. He earned his Ph.D. in statistics from Colorado State University in 1991. He began his teaching career at the university in January 2001. Briedt’s research interests include time series and survey sampling. He has been involved in consultation on the design and analysis of several large-scale government surveys.

Canyon County Rivalry Continues

Idaho’s oldest intercollegiate basketball rivalry resumes Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Idaho Center in Nampa as the Coyote men’s basketball team and Northwest Nazarene Crusaders hook up in the United Heritage Tip-off. The game will begin at 7:05 p.m. and will mark the 184th meeting between the two Canyon County schools, dating back to 1933. Last year, CofI picked up a 78-71 win and now leads the all-time series, 111-72. The game also features several in-game contests between the student bodies and administrations of the two schools, including the always popular baseball team tug-of-war. For advance tickets, contact Dave Hahn by email or by phone at (208)459-5835. Tickets prices are $20 Coaches Row (courtside), $7 adult general admission, $4 seniors and $2 students.

Community Invited to First Year Lecture

Julie Otsuka, author of the Albertson College of Idaho first year novel When the Emperor Was Divine, will give a free public lecture next month. Otsuka will read from her work at 7 p.m., November 8 in the Langroise Recital Hall. Otsuka’s work explores the Japanese-American experiences during World War II. Although When the Emperor Was Divine is a novel, Otsuka's family did share some of the overall experiences of the novel's characters. Her grandfather was arrested by the FBI the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, and her mother, uncle, and grandmother were sent to an internment camp several months later. They remained in a camp in Topaz, Utah, for three and a half years.

Summer Brought Many to Museum

During the summer 2006, the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History was a very busy place with visits from six out-of-state researchers.

Dr. Robert Hershler, of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, visited the Museum in early July to meet the invertebrate curators and examine the collection of freshwater gastropods (snails). Dr. Hershler is actively using the Museum's collection in his research on Idaho snails.

Dr. Patrick Fields, Museum Curator of Paleobotany in Michigan, visited in July to continue curation of the museum's plant fossil collection. Pat also helped the put on the very successful 'Doc Choc' fundraising event.

Dr. Allen F. Sanborn of the Barry University of Miami Shores in Florida came to the Museum with his wife in August and spent time identifying cicadas.

Dr. Paul E. Blom, the museum's Curator of Entomology, traveled from his home in Prosser, WA, to attend a Museum Workday to help curate ant specimens and finish a manuscript that he and Clark have prepared on the ants of INL. Paul also helped prepare for a research expedition to Baja California, Mexico, taken in August with Clark and Dave and Val Ward.

Charles Stains of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and his wife, Sue, spent time in the Museum sorting beetles of the family Chrysomelidae. He identified many specimens including the hispines, his research group. Charlie gave an excellent presentation to the Idaho Entomology Group and Museum Curators in the Museum in September.

Dr. C. Barry Knisley of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, spent time in the Museum working with tiger beetle records for his research.

'These visits serve multiple purposes,' Museum Director William H. Clark explained. 'They obviously help the visiting researcher with their research, they help identify and curate specimens in the museum, they provide valuable networking with the museum's curators and volunteers, and they help spread the word concerning the museum and ACI.'