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March 11th, 2020 News
EVENTS AND DEADLINES
June 21-23, 2020: NIH, NIGMS Eight Biennial National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE) at the Warman Park Marriott, Washington, D.C. NISBRE is a national scientific meeting to showcase the scientific and training accomplishments of the IDeA program of the NIGMS. The hotel block is available to book now. See the conference website for more information.
Idaho Diversity Network Regional Mentoring Conference: Collective Mentoring for Diverse Populations: Reflections, Research, & Strategies will be held on Monday, April 27th, 2020 at University of Idaho, Moscow, ID. This one-day event is open to faculty, staff, and students. Click here to register and learn more. 

American Indian Service's Pre-Freshman Engineering Program in Idaho (a collaborative project between Idaho State University and Idaho National Lab) will be one of the featured topics of the next IM STEM Network Meeting on Broadening Participation in STEM in Rural Communities - Thursday, March 19th, 2020 (2:00 p.m. MT). Register here.

UPDATE: The seminar at the University of Idaho on NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1, Track-2, and Track-4 programs, presented by Dr. Timothy VanReken, NSF Program Officer, has been cancelled. The event was originally scheduled for Monday, March 23rd, 2020 (10:30–11:45 a.m. PT), however, plans are now underway for a virtual presentation. An updated agenda will be available soon. Please contact U of I Research and Faculty Development if you have any questions regarding this event.

DID YOU KNOW?
INBRE: There is research underway at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to address the latest viral threat from the virus SARS-CoV-2 which causes the disease COVID-19.  NIH is maintaining a ‘Coronoavirus Disease 2019 Situation Summary’ page with links to the latest information from the NIH and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). You can access this page at https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus.
EPSCoR: Some of Idaho NSF EPSCoR’s participants (past and present) are among the world’s most influential researchers of the past decade, as demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science. Read more here!
RESEARCH
Dr. Suzanne Oppenheimer was recognized in October as a College of Western Idaho Faculty of Distinction. Each summer, Dr. Oppenheimer leads an INBRE research project at the community college, giving her students a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in scientific research for an intensive two weeks. The students then attend the INBRE Summer Research Conference and present posters about their projects. In 2019, two of those students, Brandi Sweet and Charity Watson, won third place in the conference poster competition for students who have completed ≤ 100 hours of research. Congratulations, Dr. Oppenheimer! Read the story!
 
Stakeholder Advisory Group Explores Scenario Development. The Idaho NSF EPSCoR GEM3 research team recently held their second Owyhee Stakeholder Advisory Group meeting in Murphy, Idaho. The meetings help to foster science-stakeholder relationships and lead to increased understanding of public attitudes toward sagebrush steppe ecosystems which will aid in decision making for the Owyhee region. Read full story here.


 
STUDENTS / EDUCATION
As soon as INBRE 2019 Summer Fellow and current Academic Year Fellow Lance Fredericks graduates in May 2020, he will be traveling to Ethiopia as a medical intern for Uryadi’s Village, an orphanage located in Sodo. While in Ethiopia, he will be working with children who have long-standing medical issues, such as inherited HIV. Read more about Lance’s current research in Dr. Paul Rowley’s lab and his plans for the future here.
 
Idaho GEM3 project focusing on trout and sagebrush aims to produduce new scientists. The $20 million GEM3 award is engaging researchers from public universities throughout Idaho to help create the “next generation of science leaders and workers” through its summer internships and its Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) classes. Ruth Andrews, a sophomore at Idaho State University and VIP intern in Dr. Keith Reinhardt’s Lab of Plant Physiological Ecology, has plans to become a research scientist. Read more here.
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