Natural Sciences

C of I student completes Rocky Mountain research

College of Idaho student and Parma native Laura Barbour spent most of her summer gaining valuable research experience through an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) funded by the National Science Foundation. And the view wasn’t bad, either.

Orma J. Smith Museum readies 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. 25, at the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children and IBG members.

Whittenberger Planetarium hosts June public show

The planet Venus will transit the sun on June 5, the last opportunity to witness the rare astronomical event until December 2117. The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium invites the Treasure Valley community to learn more about the transit during its June public show, set for  7 p.m. June 13 inside Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell.

Whittenberger Planetarium hosts May public show

Idaho will experience a partial eclipse on May 20. Thanks to The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium, Idahoans will have an opportunity to learn about the eclipse in advance when the planetarium hosts a public show at 7 p.m. May 9 inside Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell.

C of I to host planetarium show, Astronomy Day

Space enthusiasts and the public will have two opportunities to learn about the spring sky during an April celebration of Astronomy Month at The College of Idaho. Whittenberger Planetarium will host a public show featuring the planet Saturn at 7 p.m. April 11 inside Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. Tickets cost $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 4-17. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (208) 459-5211. The College also will hold its annual Astronomy Day on April 28.

Whittenberger Planetarium hosts storyteller Jim Cogan

The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium and Caldwell Fine Arts are bringing storyteller Jim Cogan back to Caldwell. Cogan will be hosted as the town’s “Storyteller in Residence” by Caldwell Fine Arts March 12-16. He will share stories with schools and other community groups during the days in addition to hour-long presentations beginning at 7 p.m. March 12 and 14 at the planetarium, located inside Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for children. Reservations must be made in advance by calling (208) 459-5211.

Scholarship Gala puts a 'Spotlight on Science'

The College of Idaho has long enjoyed a tradition of excellence in the sciences. The commitment to studying nature began with founder William Judson Boone and continues today through collaborative faculty-student research and hundreds of alumni enjoying careers in scientific fields.

Whittenberger Planetarium to host autumnal equinox show

The Whittenberger Planetarium at The College of Idaho will recognize the autumnal equinox with a program that explains the reasons for the seasons in addition to a tour of September’s constellations.  The program is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the planetarium, located inside Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus.

C of I researchers examine bone health

Talking on a cell phone or listening to a personal music player while exercising seem as natural to most people as walking or breathing. Yet most of the dozens of electronic devices we use contain the heavy metal cadmium, the culprit in a variety of maladies if ingested. For the past decade, College of Idaho biology professor Dr. Sara Heggland and more than 40 of her students have studied how cadmium affects bone health and the onset of osteoporosis.

Orma J. Smith Museum set for annual Bug Day event

The bugs will be out in Boise on Saturday, Aug. 20, as the Idaho Botanical Garden and The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History put on their annual celebration of insect life, Bug Day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Garden in Boise’s north end.  Bug Day includes fun and educational activities for the entire family. Tickets cost $8 for adults or $4 for children 4-12 and adult IBG members.

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