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Online News 3/7/16

Online News 3/7/16

2016 Career Award | Boise State Women Honored | Golden Apple Awards | Students Recognized for Work at Minidoka Site | Engineering Students in Action | COEN News

Second Boise State 2016 CAREER Award Looks at Common Knee Injury

By: Kathleen Tuck

Image of Trevor Lujan holding a model knee

Despite the fact that it’s one of the most prevalent injuries in the U.S., very little is known about the cause of meniscal tears in the knee. We know even less about how to restore full function once this painful injury does occur.

Trevor Lujan, assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering, earned a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award to investigate why the meniscus fails so often and how the risk of failure is affected by age. The award is the NSF’s most prestigious program supporting junior faculty who effectively integrate outstanding research and education within the context of their organization’s mission.

View the full “Second Boise State 2016 CAREER Award Looks at Common Knee Injury” article

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22 Boise State Women Honored by Idaho Business Review

By: Brady W Moore

Image of Amy MollThe Idaho Business Review honored its list of Idaho’s 50 Women of the Year this week and 22 of them are faculty, alumnae, staff or friends of Boise State University.

They include faculty members Amy Moll, dean of the College of Engineering and a professor in materials science and engineering, and Nancy Napier, a distinguished professor in the College of Business and Economics.

The award recipients were evaluated based on five categories: professional achievements, leadership, mentorship to other women, community service and community leadership.

View the full “22 Boise State Women Honored by Idaho Business Review” article

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Golden Apple Recipients Honored at Awards Ceremony

By: Brady W Moore

Image of a clipart golden appleBoise State University proudly congratulates the winners of the 2016 Golden Apple Awards. This year’s Golden Apple recipients are:

  • College of Education: Professor Sarah Anderson
  • College of Engineering: Krishna Pakala, Ph.D.
  • School of Public Service: Andrew Giacomazzi, Ph.D.
  • College of Health Sciences: Pamela Strohfus, Ph.D.
  • College of Business and Economics: Mary Olson, Ph.D.
  • College of Arts and Sciences: Kelly Myers, Ph.D.
  • College of Innovation and Design: Heidi Reeder, Ph.D.
  • Graduate College: Julie Heath, Ph.D.

The Golden Apple Award is sponsored by the Associated Students of Boise State University as a way for students to thank teachers who encouraged them and instilled a passion for learning. More than 380 student nominations were received for more than 70 faculty members.

The nominees and recipients were honored at an awards ceremony Feb. 29.

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Engineering Students Recognized for Work at Minidoka Site

By: Kathleen Tuck

Image of the "Minidoka National Historic Site" sign with a guard tower in the background

Work done by a group of Boise State construction management students in conjunction with the university’s service-learning program is being recognized by the Society for History in the Federal Government.

The project to build a historical reconstruction of a guard tower at the Minidoka National Historic Site in Jerome County in 2014 will receive the John Wesley Powell Prize for outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation projects.

“The award committee made the selection because the project is an excellent example of collaboration and reconstruction of a structure that is strongly tied to a place and time that is fading in many memories,” wrote members of the awards committee. “The students and volunteers learned not only how to build a tower, but also heard the experiences of the people who were guarded at Minidoka National Historic Site.”

View the full “Engineering Students Recognized for Work at Minidoka Site” article

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Engineering Students in Action

Image of Louise McGowin snowboarding My name is Louise McGowin and I am studying Mechanical Engineering. In 2013, I received my first bachelor’s degree from University of North Carolina in Information Systems. After working for HP as a software engineer for a couple of years, I realized my passions and interests better aligned with Mechanical Engineering, so I decided to come to Boise State University.

View the full student spotlight on Louise McGowin


Image of Matt Shroll in Melbourne, Australia playing with a kangaroo

My name is Matt Shroll and during the sophomore year of my Civil Engineering degree, I embarked on a journey to Melbourne, Australia.  This proved a critical point for my academic progression — a new learning environment and diversified friendships and social interactions. My semester in Australia taught me the importance of adaptability both inside and outside of the classroom. This was critical to my academic maturation and transition into a career in engineering consulting.

View Matt Shroll’s full study abroad experience


Image of Evan Rust at the Great Wall of ChinaEvan Rust (Mechanical Engineering graduate and Top Ten Scholar, 2014, now an engineer at NIST, Maryland): Studying in Chengdu, China was hands down the most educational experience I had while completing my undergraduate degree.

View Evan Rust’s full study abroad experience

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COEN News

Please share with your departments: Shipping hazardous materials

Please be aware that shipping hazardous materials illegally can result in hefty fines.  Training is required to ship all hazardous materials (including dry ice) and you are not allowed to transport hazardous materials in your luggage or on your person, especially via air travel.

UW – Madison just received a $56,000 fine from the FAA that resulted from a graduate student packing research materials in his suitcase.  View the full “UW-Madison fined $56,000 in airport hazmat incident” article.

EHSS is happy to ship your hazardous materials to your destination.


NSF CAREER Grant Seminar March 18

View more information on the Grant Seminar.

For those of you interested in submitting to the NSF CAREER program

NSF CAREER Grant Seminar: Essentials and How-To’s

Friday, March 18
9-11 a.m.
SUB Simplot B Ballroom

Interested in the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)? This symposium will help you get started, and will feature:

  • Overview of CAREER grant essentials
  • A panel of Boise State CAREER awardees who will share their insights and success tips
  • How to integrate research and education plans
  • Quick-start outline to get you started on your submission plan
  • Individual resources to support YOU

Who should attend?

Early career faculty; and staff, faculty and administrators who would like to support early career faculty.
Click here to RSVP to the NSF CAREER Grant Symposium.


Support Interdisciplinary Student Team through PonyUp

Image of three male mechanical engineer studentsTen Boise State University seniors from the College of Engineering are working on a capstone project to benefit a local non-profit company, Ūsful Glassworks. Since its inception six years ago, the company has steadily grown. They transform used glass bottles of various shapes, sizes and colors into new usable glass products such as cups, carafes, wind chimes and art. Ūsful Glassworks employs and trains those in the community with employment boundaries (such as at-risk youth, veterans, homeless and those with disabilities) to produce these re-purposed products. The employees go through a special program that helps prepare them for future jobs, as well as provides them with letters of recommendation.

View the full “Support Interdisciplinary Student Team through PonyUp” article


Upcoming Events

  • March 11 – MSE Seminar –10:30 – 11:20 am in ENGR 110
    Dr. Brittany Muntifering – Sandia Labs
    Exploring the Effects of Ion Irradiation: Single Ion Strikes to Macroscopic Property Changes
  • March 11MBE Seminar –noon – 1 pm in MEC 106
    Donald Cummings
    – AIAA Distinguished Lecture
    Adventures in Aerospace: Five Decades of Discovery
  • March 12 – State MATHCOUNTS
    8am – 3pm
    Hatch Ballroom Boise State
  • March 18 – MSE Seminar –10:30 – 11:20 am in ENGR 110Dr. Whitney Hansen – Boise State University
    Innovation + Idea Development: How Venture College is Changing Student’s Lives
  • March 23-26Hackfort: Born from Treefort Music Fest, Hackfort convenes the brightest from Boise tech community with world-class innovators through panel discussions, workshops and TED-style talks that explore the intersection of technology with education, civic life and the arts.

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