Natural Sciences

C of I student wins Goldwater Scholarship

College of Idaho student Dannen Wright is a 2014 recipient of the Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious award available to American undergraduates studying the sciences.

C of I Planetarium set for March public show

The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium invites the public to learn about the Spring Equinox at its March public show, set for 7 p.m. on Friday, March 14 inside Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. Guests will have the opportunity to explore equinoxes, solstices and the circumstances that bring them about. The show, which costs $4 for adults or $2 for children ages 4-17, also will include an overview of the current and upcoming constellations and planets visible in the Idaho night sky.

C of I Planetarium hosts February public show

Have you ever wondered what happened to Pluto? Come find out – and learn about dwarf planets and exoplanets – during the Whittenberger Planetarium’s February public show, set for 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, inside Boone Science Hall on The College of Idaho campus in Caldwell.

This fascinating look at dwarf planets is the final installation of a series of public shows on the topic. The show, which costs $4 for adults or $2 for children ages 4-17, also will include an overview of the current and upcoming constellations and planets visible in the Idaho night sky.

Science education receives $750K from Murdock grant

College of Idaho students will soon enjoy updated teaching laboratories in Boone Science Hall with the help of a $750,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust that is supporting a major renovation of the facility.

“The College of Idaho’s philosophy is to help students learn science by doing science,” said C of I President Marv Henberg. “That means engaging our students in research and directed inquiry, and this generous grant will help us create improved teaching spaces for doing science.”

C of I Planetarium hosts December public show

The Winter Solstice will be the topic of exploration when The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium hosts its final public show of 2013 at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, inside Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. Guests will learn all about equinoxes and solstices and receive an overview of the constellations and planets visible in Idaho’s December night sky.

C of I Planetarium hosts November public show

Dwarf planets and exoplanets will be the topics of conversation when The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium hosts its next public show at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8. Guests will find out what happened to Pluto and learn about other planets outside of our Solar System in addition to receiving an overview of the constellations and planets visible in the November night sky.

C of I Planetarium hosts October public show

Dwarf planets and exoplanets will be the topics of conversation when The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium hosts its next public show at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. Guests will find out what happened to Pluto and learn about other planets outside of our Solar System in addition to receiving an overview of the constellations and planets visible in the October night sky.

C of I Planetarium hosts September public show

The Autumnal Equinox is almost here, and The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium is ready for it! The equinox will be the topic of the Planetarium’s first public show of the new school year, set for 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 inside Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. The show – the first featuring the Planetarium’s new sound equipment – also will offer an overview of constellations, planets and moon phases visible in the September night sky.

Orma J. Smith Museum set for annual Bug Day

The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History is set for Bug Day, the annual celebration of insects that is one of the museum’s signature events. Bug Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children and IBG members.

C of I professor lends Idaho ground squirrels a helping hand

Measuring roughly 10 inches in length and weighing less than a pound, Idaho’s ground squirrels live their lives relatively unnoticed by much of the outside world. Apart from the farmers who consider them pests and the predators that rely upon them for survival, few are aware of the ground squirrels’ quiet existence, and fewer still realize the important role they play in Idaho’s ecosystems.

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