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Professor named Boise's first Poet Laureate

College of Idaho professor and Boise resident Diane Raptosh has been selected as Boise’s first Poet Laureate, the city’s Department of Arts & History announced today, Jan. 15.

Raptosh, a professor of English and the Eyck-Berringer Chair at The College of Idaho, is the recipient of a number of honors and awards in the field of poetry and is the author of American Amnesiac (Etruscan Press, 2013) among other works.

Gift of $2.5 million to create history professorship

An estate gift will honor a popular College of Idaho history professor and establish a fully endowed professorship dedicated to outstanding teaching in world history.

The $2.5 million gift, which has yet to be realized from an anonymous donor, will create the Franklin Specht Chair in History in honor of the professor emeritus who taught history courses at The College of Idaho for more than three decades.

C of I Judaic studies chair reaches $2.2 million goal

The College of Idaho will fill a new, fully endowed chair in Judaic studies – the first of its kind in the Intermountain West – thanks to the successful completion of a $2.2 million fundraising initiative.

C of I professor publishes book on nature, language

Scott Knickerbocker, a professor of English and environmental studies at The College of Idaho, has released a new book titled "Ecopoetics: The Language of Nature, the Nature of Language." The book explores how poets not usually considered nature poets express humanity’s relationship with nature. Published by University of Massachusetts Press, the book is available for $26.95 on the UMass website.

Freshman class prepares to discover Idaho soil virus

Freshmen at The College of Idaho will get an opportunity to discover a new virus during their introductory biology lab course this year, thanks to the College’s acceptance into the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science Education Alliance.

As the first Idaho school to be invited into the prestigious Alliance, the College is participating in a national genomics research project that also aims to introduce science students to novel research at the beginning of their undergraduate experience.

C of I, ISU partner to educate more PAs

The College of Idaho and Idaho State University will address the growing need for primary health providers in Idaho and the nation by educating more physician assistants beginning in fall 2014.

At a news conference today, leaders from both institutions signed an agreement to expand ISU’s two-year Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program  to a third campus at The College of Idaho in Caldwell. ISU's MPAS Program, which began in 1995, has graduated 16 classes and 508 physician assistants.

College of Idaho Insights discusses free speech

In today's episode of College of Idaho Insights, faculty members discuss the 1st Amendment issues involved in a recent controversial billboard in Idaho and comments from the mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco that Chick-fil-A stores aren't welcome in their cities.

C of I appoints business and accounting director

The College of Idaho has hired Dr. Scott Johnson as director of its business and accounting program. Johnson comes to the College from the University of Greenwich in London, where he has worked as a lecturer and employer liaison for the business school since 2008. He previously has served as a professor at Southeast Missouri State University and San Jose State University and held several visiting lecturer positions. At the C of I, Johnson will direct one of the College’s fastest-growing academic departments while also serving as a professor of business.

Obamacare decision discussed on Insights

In today's episode of College of Idaho Insights, two professors discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Obamacare ruling, the justices differing opinions, the ramifications of the ruling and the impact of the decision on this year's presidential election.

The roundtable features College of Idaho professors Kerry Hunter and Jasper LiCalzi from the Department of Political Economy.

C of I Insights discusses mental biases

In today's episode of College of Idaho Insights, faculty discuss the thinking errors that lead people - including many intelligent people - to make mistakes and the issues surrounding how reason and emotion impact the decision-making of individuals.

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